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The Diocese of Toledo announced July 12 that Good Shepherd Parish, 550 Clark St., East Toledo, will merge with Epiphany of the Lord Parish.

Epiphany of the Lord was formed in 2005 when the Toledo parishes of Sacred Heart, St. Stephen and St. Thomas Aquinas merged to form one parish community. The parish includes more than 1,700 registered households and more than 4,200 parishioners.

The merger, known canonically as an “extinctive-union merger,” means that Good Shepherd Parish will close and its territory will become part of Epiphany of the Lord Parish, effective Aug. 24.

A response filed in court on behalf of Dan Hoppe, whose appointment to the Woodmore school board is being challenged by the Sandusky County prosecutor’s office, repeats the claim his appointment met the requirements set by state law for filling a vacant seat.

The response was filed earlier this month in the Sixth District Court of Appeals for Sandusky County.

“After reviewing the initial filings by both parties, we remain confident that the court of appeals will hold that Mr. Hoppe properly holds his seat on the board,” Tim McCarthy, attorney for Hoppe, said last week. “He was first appointed by a majority of a quorum of the board in a meeting on May 19, and then by a majority of the full four-member board on May 31. Either qualifies him to hold the office of member of the Woodmore Board of Education.”

Local governments have until Aug. 7 to submit claims for reimbursement from a settlement the state has reached with two major providers of rock salt used during winter to de-ice roadways.

Attorney General Mike DeWine recently announced a settlement of $11.5 million with Morton Salt, Inc. and Cargill, Inc. to resolve allegations the companies conspired, causing state and local governments to pay higher than normal prices.

DeWine’s office filed an anti-trust lawsuit against the companies in March 2012, alleging they, in effect, divided up the rock salt market in Ohio by agreeing to not compete with each other. The result was above market salt prices for about a decade, ending in 2010.

Under the settlement, Morton and Cargill will pay a combined $11.5 million, most of which will be distributed to local governments, the Ohio Department of Transportation and Ohio Turnpike Commission.

If you are hoping there is any hope that harmful algal blooms will not occur in Lake Erie again this year, think again.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, 2015 looks to be the second worst year ever for HABs, based on a phosphorous load from the Maumee River that has already exceeded recommended target loads.

The NOAA, a federal agency, and its research partners, using an ensemble modeling approach, predict that the 2015 western Lake Erie bloom season will not only be among the most severe in recent years, it could become the second most severe behind the record-setting 2011 bloom.

While scientists say it could take 5 to 10 years to receive the 40 percent reduction they are recommending, this year’s total phosphorous load from the Maumee is already at 1,586 tons, way over the 860 tons recommended to keep HABs in check. That does not include additional phosphorous that could load into the lake yet this year.

The application of the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and a similar article of the Ohio Constitution was a major part of a court case that emanated from a traffic stop in 2011 by a Lake Township police officer on I-280.

The Ohio Supreme Court last month affirmed a decision by the Sixth District Court of Appeals that the officer lacked authority to enforce a lane violation on an interstate highway and the ensuing search of the vehicle was unreasonable. The Supreme Court also agreed the appeals court properly ordered drugs seized during the search to be excluded from evidence.

“A traffic stop for a minor misdemeanor made outside a police officer’s statutory jurisdiction or authority violates the guarantee against unreasonable searches and seizures established by Article 1, Section 14 of the Ohio Constitution,” the court ruled.

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