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Local, state and federal officials lauded the opening Monday of the Great Lakes Dredged Material Center for Innovation, saying the facility represents a milestone in the re-use of material that would otherwise be deposited in Lake Erie.

Paul Toth, president and chief executive officer of the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, said it was time to think differently about the nearly 1 million cubic yards of material dredged annually from the shipping channel at the Port of Toledo.

“The Center for Innovation will help us to better understand how to derive value from the material so it can be used to enhance the region in a sustainable manner,” he said.

A California firm will take over billing for ambulance service in Lake Township.

The township trustees Tuesday approved a resolution to contract with Health Services Integration, Inc., Santa Rosa, California, for collecting fees from ambulance runs.

Fire Chief Bruce Moritz said the change was needed after Mercy LifeStar, which provides paramedic personnel for the township’s Medic 50 ambulance, decided to end its billing service.

Under the five-year agreement with the township, Health Services Integration will receive 3.25 percent of all payments collected for Medic 50 services and ambulance runs by township personnel.

Residents of Benton Township in Ottawa County continue to press for answers while a local quarry operation awaits a permit from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to dispose spent lime from the City of Toledo’s water treatment plant into the quarry.

According to a permit application filed with the Ohio EPA, Rocky Ridge Development, owner of the quarry along State Route 590, is seeking to dispose 3.6 million cubic yards of spent lime into the quarry at a rate of 90,000 cubic yards per year.

“Rocky Ridge Development, LLC proposes to blend the spent lime with soil to create a stable, engineered fill material inside the quarry,” the application says. “Based on laboratory testing and site knowledge, use of this material as engineered fill will not create a nuisance or harm human health or the environment…”

A Millbury woman is searching for her family’s elderly orange and white cat, which has been missing since July 22 from her home in the 2900 block of Millbury Road.815SHARKY1

Keri Drain said the cat slipped out of her house when she opened the door to go to work that morning, which also happened to be her birthday.

The cat, named Sharky, has sneaked out on previous occasions, but always returned, she said.

“He would always stay to the left or right of us. He wouldn’t go further than one house away,” she said.

Lake Township police and the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office are asking anyone with information about a township man who’s been indicted on two counts of rape against victims under 10 years old to contact them.

The Ottawa County Grand Jury on Aug. 3 issued a secret indictment against Earl H. Weidner, II, 39, on the rape charges. Authorities sought the secret indictment because Weidner allegedly threatened victims and their families if the victims told.

He is being held on an $800,000 bond in the Ottawa County Jail.

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