Patrol blitz on turnpike
A four-day enforcement blitz on the Ohio Turnpike netted law enforcement officials drugs, handguns and nearly $30,000 in currency.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol conducted the operation Dec. 16-19 between Toledo and Cleveland, making 238 traffic stops that resulted in seven drug arrests, two felony weapon arrests and three misdemeanor drug arrests.
The patrol estimated the total value of the seized contraband at $218,557:
• About 6 ½ pounds of marijuana
• About two pounds of heroin
• 28 grams of hashish
• 1 gram of cocaine
• 209 prescription pills
• Two semi-automatic handguns
• $29,487 in U.S. currency
Four persons were recently injured in two separate crashes on state routes 795 and 163, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol
On Dec. 22, a 2000 Pontiac driven by Pierre Leduc, 20, of Elmore, was traveling west on Route 795 when he failed to yield while turning left onto Cross Roads Parkway. The patrol said his vehicle struck a 2013 Chevrolet driven by Mandi Sparks, 40, of Genoa,
Leduc suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Toledo Hospital. Sparks and two others in her car, Jessica Sparks, 17, Genoa, and Linda Miller, 71, also of Genoa, were transported to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center with serious but non-life threatening injuries, the patrol said.
On Dec. 21, at 3:05 a.m. patrol troopers responded to a one-vehicle injury traffic crash on State Route 163, west of Bradner Road in Lake Township.
A 2000 Ford Ranger operated by Jesse Molina Jr., 36, of Genoa, was westbound on Route 163 and went off the north side of the road. The vehicle then struck a tree, rotated, and struck a house.
Molina, who sustained serious, non-life threatening injuries, was transported by Lake Township Emergency Medical Service to St. Charles Hospital.
According to the patrol, the house sustained damage to the front porch and possible structural damage to the foundation.
The homeowner was not displaced as a result of the damage and the occupants weren’t injured. The patrol said alcohol contributed to the crash and Molina was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and failure to maintain reasonable control.
Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Lake Township fire and police departments and Wood County Sheriff’s Department.
The Genoa school board and bargaining unit representing non-teaching employees have reached a tentative agreement on a new two-year contract, Dennis Mock, superintendent said.
The agreement calls for a 1.5 percent raise for the 2013-14 school year plus a $150 stipend and a 1.25 percent raise for the 2014-15 year.
A vacancy on the Northwestern Water and Sewer District Board of Trustees has been filled with the appointment of Shad Ridenour, of Center Township.
The appointment is effect Jan. 1, 2014, according to Jerry Greiner, president of the district.
Ridenour was appointed to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Alex Molner. Ridenour’s term expires at the end of 2018.
The board is responsible for the operation of the district, which provides water and sewer service for about 17,000 customers.