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An Oak Harbor woman convicted on a weapons charges in a domestic dispute last spring is heading to prison for 15 months.

Following her sentencing Jan. 9, Ann Goode, 43, was handed over to Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office custody until she could be transported to an Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections facility. The charge stemmed from a fight with her daughter in March when Goode grabbed a gun and threatened to shoot the girl’s horses. In the end, though, she didn’t hurt the horses.

She pleaded guilty in September to an amended felony charge of attempted possession of a gun while under disability. The court ordered a presentencing investigation and set an early December sentencing date that ended up being delayed three times.

During sentencing hearing, Goode’s lawyer, Stephanie Lenke, told the judge Goode had been on probation since July 2014. “She has been well behaved and has not violated her probation,” Lenke said. She added Goode has completed court-ordered treatment assessments and counseling.

Goode then spoke quietly as she told the judge she took responsibility for what happened that day. Prosecutor Joe Gerber had nothing to add, he told the court.

In coming weeks, Oak Harbor Village Council is going digital. That is, the sound system used to record village council meetings and other public events is being updated after nearly two decades of service.

Council members have talked repeatedly over the years about replacing the TRAC double cassette tape system in place since the late 1990s. They’ve even tucked away money for the eventual change-over but never pushed for an upgrade, Councilman Jon Fickert has noted repeatedly at meetings.

That changed in the last quarter of 2014 when continued system malfunctions could not be overlooked anymore. Among the problems is members of the public who wanted to listen to recorded meetings could not because of device breakdowns.

“This unit is on its last legs,” new fiscal clerk Henry Jarrett told council at its first meeting of the year.

Late last year, council hired Torrence Sound System of Perrysburg to check out their old system and recommend a replacement.

Can we win the fight?

On August 2, at approximately 2:30 a.m., Toledo issued a tap water ban to communities that consume city water after high levels of a toxin created by blue green algae was detected in samples taken from the Collins Park water treatment plant on the East Side.savingLakeErieHeader

Samples from the plant, which draws its water from the western basin of Lake Erie, the 12th largest freshwater lake in the world, showed that microcystin, produced by blooms of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, was detected at 3 parts per billion (ppb), exceeding the 1 ppb safety threshold established by the World Health Organization. The toxin, at high levels, can cause abnormal liver function in humans and animals.

A safety consultant from Buckeye Firearms Association has been invited to a Jan. 24 workshop of the Lake school board to explain the association’s Faculty/Administrator Training & Emergency Response (FASTER) program.

The program offers training for school personnel in the event of an actual shooter on school property.

Tim Krugh, school board president, said that although some Lake district employees have permits to carry concealed weapons the board currently doesn’t authorize anyone to bring weapons on school property.

The board will make no decisions at the workshop, he said.

“We’re just looking for ways we can minimize the chance of a tragic shooting, with an eye on prevention,” Krugh said. “We want to look at all viable options and see what the program has to offer.”

Mark Hummer, chief of the Lake Township Police Department, and Steve Poiry, the department’s school resource officer, have been invited to the workshop, according to Krugh, who said any decision to loosen the board’s policy would be done in collaboration with the police department.

The Genoa school board is spending much of its time this month interviewing candidates for the superintendent’s position.

Board members met Wednesday and have scheduled meetings for Jan. 12, 19 and 21 for interviews, which are being held in executive session.

The current superintendent, Dennis Mock, has announced his intention to retire July 31.

The board also hosted a community forum Dec. 1 to gather public input on the search for a new superintendent.

The board will hold its organizational meeting Jan. 14 at 5 p.m. and then meet in regular session at 6 p.m. when it will turn its attention to the district’s financial condition and discuss placing another property tax levy on the ballot.

Last month, the board took the preliminary steps for going back to the ballot, approving resolutions of necessity for the renewal of a 5-mill, 5-year operating issue and a new emergency levy that will generate an additional $1.025 million a year if passed.

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