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A proposed Taco Bell for downtown Oak Harbor prompted concerns among village councilmembers about traffic congestion at the village’s busiest intersection.

News of the likelihood of a Taco Bell store being built next to the BP station at the corner of Water and Locusts streets (Ohio 19 and Ohio 163) surfaced during the administrator’s report discussed at Tuesday night’s council meeting.

Administrator Randy Genzman said the land had been sold recently but he did not know the name of the new franchise owners. The land is currently held in a trusteeship and a trustee began the preliminary permit paperwork.

“We won’t know who the owners are until they file the rest of their paperwork,” he said.

It was one of several changes underway in the downtown landscape discussed during the meeting.

Beck Oil also recently bought the former Kurt’s BP station at 101 E. Water St. and has leased the land to another agent, Genzman said. The previous owner retired in December. Permit requests also indicate that a photography studio is going in at a former salon site and that a medical professional plans to set up shop in the former Fehlhaber photography studio store.

Councilman Jon Fickert was glad to hear people are willing to invest their time and money by opening new businesses in the downtown.

Each year, wastewater is released into Lake Erie from outdated combined sewer systems. These systems collect rainwater runoff, domestic savingLakeErieHeadersewage and industrial wastewater in the same pipe that handles wastewater disposal and storm water drainage. Following heavy rains, due to combined sewer overflows, raw sewage and storm water are transported into the lake, bypassing municipal sewage treatment plants. The phosphorus from the waste contributes toward the development of harmful algal blooms.

Toledo police are saying that a $1.6 million project to 160 Sky-Cop surveillance cameras around the city is paying off.

Camera evidence helped lead to the conviction of Deontay Smith, 25, on six charges related to the East Toledo murder of Michael Macklin, Jr. in what is described as a gang shooting. Macklin, 20, was shot in the jaw and left shoulder on Feb. 2, 2013 at Walden and Greenwood.

It was a Sky-Cop camera at Steadman and Starr that helped provide the evidence needed to convince a jury.

“At 1:13 in the morning at Walden and Greenwood, Mr. Macklin was stopped at his vehicle and then a light colored SUV pulled up, fired multiple shots at Mr. Macklin and he was struck multiple times and the vehicle fled towards Nevada. We responded and he passed away early that morning,” said Sgt. Joe Heffernan, the TPD public information officer,

“One of the key pieces of evidence that we used to piece this together was that Sky-Cop camera was able to see a car, not right at that location where the murder happened, but able to see a vehicle matching that description leave in that area right before and right after the crime happened. So, from that, we were able to trace down who owned the car, which led us to the murderer.”

Bella, a white Pomeranian dog that vanished from a backyard in East Toledo on November 9, was reunited with its owner, Heather Shafer, of White Street, earlier this month.

Shafer received a phone call on Jan. 3 from someone who saw an article about the lost canine and accompanying photo that appeared in The Press that week. The caller, who wished to remain anonymous, knew the whereabouts of the dog, according to Shafer.

Shafer’s boyfriend Dakota McClure and her mother, Angie, went to an apartment on Hickory Street, about a mile from Shafer’s home, where the caller said the 1 ½ year old dog was located. The man who answered their knocks on the door, however, stated there was no such dog in his apartment.

McClure said he received additional information from the anonymous caller that the dog would be in an adjacent apartment, where other dogs could be heard barking.

“We could hear Bella barking in there,” said McClure. “The guy got offensive, and wouldn’t open the door, so we called the police.”

With a blanket of snow covering the ground and the temperature below freezing, members of the East Toledo Club Thursday saw a presentation of a volunteer’s work in a much warmer part of the world – the Republic of Mozambique, Africa.

Ron Overmyer, a former Ohio State University Extension educator who’s volunteered with the Farmer-to-Farmer program administered by the Citizens for Foreign Affairs, gave club members a view of a country still working to overcome the effects of a civil war that ended years ago.

It’s a palette of contrasts, he said of life in and around the town of Cantandica in the west central part of the country, where he was working with the Samora Machel Farmer Association.

Homes, schools and other buildings made of thatched roofs and mud bricks are still common, but so are cell phones.

“Cell phones are ubiquitous. They’re skipping the phone poles like we had and going to towers and cell phones,” he said, adding that pre-paid phone cards are widely used.

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