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A sentencing hearing is set for Aug. 21 at 1 p.m. for a former state representative convicted of theft last month in Ottawa County Common Pleas Court.
Steven Kraus, 56, who represented the 89th district, was found guilty of a fifth degree felony theft charge but jurors found him not guilty of burglary and breaking and entering charges.
Attorneys for Kraus last week filed motions for acquittal, a new trial, or, absent a new trial, a reduction of the charges.
Kraus was indicted last year on allegations he entered a Danbury Township home around April 4 and took several items. A real estate agent and auctioneer at the time, Kraus claimed he went to the residence at the request of the listing agent for the home to inventory property for a possible auction.
The levels of a toxin that shut down the water supply for Toledo water customers for three days last August inched up in samples and tests taken from the raw water intake crib in Lake Erie last week.
On Monday, Aug. 10, samples taken from the intake crib showed .99 parts per billion of microcystin in the raw lake water, and non-detected in tap water. On Tuesday, Aug. 11, tests showed it dropped slightly to 6 ppb in raw lake water and no detection in the tap water.
By Wednesday, Aug. 12, the level increased to its highest level so far this year. Samples and tests showed 4.9 ppb of microcystin in the raw lake water, and a non-detect in tap water. The “dashboard” remained at watch status
In June, Toledo launched its easy-to-read “dashboard” or graphic on water quality that is posted to the city’s website. It is updated to reflect the most recent water quality data analysis. The color-coded system shows the current status of the region’s drinking water quality.
A malicious prosecution complaint filed by a North Genoa-Clay Center Road man against his neighbors is scheduled for trial Jan. 5, 2016 in Ottawa County Common Pleas Court.
Anthony Simon filed the complaint against his neighbors, Wayne and Dorothy Fondessy.
The Clay Township residents have been in a legal dispute for about five years and Simon had also filed complaints against Terry Mitchell, the township police chief, and James Blausey, who was a patrol officer for the township at the time.
After a hearing last month, the court granted a summary judgment in favor of Mitchell’s and Blausey’s motion to have Simon’s claims dismissed.
A motion by the Fondessys for summary judgment was also granted to dismiss Simon’s claim of false arrest and intentional infliction of emotional distress, according to the court docket, but their motion on the malicious prosecution complaint was denied.
Wesley Miller, attorney for Simon, last week said his client may file an appeal in the case involving Mitchell and Blausey.
Several burglaries and thefts from vehicles were reported recently to the Lake Township Police Department.
On Aug. 9, a resident of the 1200 block of Millbury Road reported someone forced their way into his home and removed a Play Station 3, golf clubs, savings bonds, jewelry and power tools.
A resident of the 29000 block of Kearsley Street on Aug. 7 reported the theft of a leaf blower from his garage.
Several thefts from vehicles parked at a commercial complex at 27800 Lemoyne Rd. were reported Aug. 9:
• The doors, two mirrors, two headlight assembly units and a fire extinguisher were removed from a Peterbilt tractor.
Gordon Lumber, once a mainstay in the Oak Harbor business community, is selling off the last of its land south of the Portage River Bridge as well as its corporate office building in Fremont.
“We just outgrew it and we already had a facility in Findlay,” said operations manager Rob Hofelich of the reasoning behind closing the buildings based in Oak Harbor.
The building materials company notified village officials in early spring that it would be transferring the truss and panel division to the Findlay facility located near U.S. 224, according to Village Administrator Randy Genzman.
“They are completely out of here,” he said Tuesday.
The move south allowed Gordon Lumber to quadruple its roof and floor truss operation, Hofelich explained. Ten employees once staffed the operation. There are 40 now in Findlay. The move to a larger city also allowed the company to draw from a larger pool of prospective staff in and around the area. It also placed the operation directly adjacent of the Interstate-75 corridor, a vital transportation route for the company.
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