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After a recent session of the Ottawa County Grand Jury, indictments have been returned against the following individuals, according to Prosecuting Attorney Mark Mulligan:


• Willard B. Barnette, Jr., 50, currently being held in the Ottawa County Detention Facility, has been indicted on one count of domestic violence after Danbury Township police responded to a complaint last month that he had allegedly caused harm to a family member. The charge is a felony of the third degree due to Barnette’s two prior domestic violence convictions.

• William Blair Wise, 39, Kelleys Island, was charged with one count of Failure to Comply with a police officer, a felony of the third degree, after officers attempted to stop him for a traffic violation in Danbury Township last month.

• Gary E. Smith, 34, of Toledo, and Jeremy D. Zunk, 36, who is currently being held in the Ottawa County Detention Facility, were each charged with six counts of criminal non-support, all felonies of the fifth degree, after both failed to pay court-ordered child support for their dependents from 2003 through the present.

Mulligan noted that any parent or custodian who is owed in excess of six months of court-ordered back child support in a two-year period may be eligible to have the matter presented to the Grand Jury for criminal charges. Call Carolyn Renwand in the prosecutor’s office at 419-734-6845 for more information.

A summons has been issued for Smith to make his initial appearance in the Ottawa County Court of Common Pleas April 13. Warrants have been issued for all other defendants.

Benefit planned
A spaghetti dinner benefit will be held for Woodmore Wildcat Jerhid Fegley and his family March 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Woodmore Elementary School cafeteria. Fegley is undergoing treatment at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for lymphoproliferative disease.

The dinner will include spaghetti with meat sauce, bread, cole slaw, cake and a drink. Drive up and carry-out dinners will also be available. The benefit will also include a raffle.

Advance dinner and raffle tickets are available at the elementary school or by calling the school at 419-849-2382.

TPS forum set
Toledo Public Schools Superintendent John Foley will host a series of community meetings in the coming weeks to review a number of key issues that the district is facing, including updates on the Building for Success Program.

A meeting for the Waite Learning Community will be held March 31 at 6 p.m. at East Broadway Middle School, 1755 East Broadway, East Toledo.

Foley will answer questions from parents and community members and seek input on district-related matters.

Jammin’ for MS research
The Sixth Annual MS JAM will be held March 21, noon to 11 p.m. at Tam O Shanter Fieldhouse in Sylvania.

The MS JAM is a family event featuring 11 hours of music performed by more than 40 musicians as well as food, beverages, raffles, silent auction and family activities.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the more than 3,500 people known to have multiple sclerosis in Northwest Ohio through the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Since 2004, more than $85,000 has been raised by The MS JAM Foundation, (a 501c3 non-profit). For more information about the MS JAM call 419-356-6208. Tickets are available online at

Harpist to perform
Enjoy a musical treat of Christian instrumental music as harpist and speaker Eduard Klassen performs with a Paraguayan folk harp March 19 at 7 p.m. at Otterbein Portage Valley, 20311 Pemberville Rd., Pemberville.

This event is free; however, a freewill offering will be collected. RSVP to 419-833-7000 or 800-749-4950.

Learn more about Klassen at Additional information about Otterbein Retirement Living Communities and Avalon by Otterbein is available at or by calling 513-933-5471.

Heating assistance
Customers of Columbia Gas of Ohio and the American Electric Power (AEP) Company may be able to get some additional help with their heating bills.

Columbia Gas is providing customers who are between 175 and 200 percent of the poverty level up to $250 to help with their bills. No termination notice is required, and the assistance will last until funds are depleted. AEP customers who are between zero and 200 percent of the poverty level are eligible for up to $175 in assistance with their AEP bills. AEP also does not require a termination notice. Assistance will be provided until May 31, unless funds are depleted earlier.

Individuals who may have received assistance from the Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (EHEAP) for AEP can come back for assistance from this new AEP Fuel Funds. The same goes for Columbia Gas customers who may have received assistance through EHEAP. However, the person must have been income-eligible for EHEAP and now be over the 175 percent poverty level, but under 200 percent.

For more information or to make an appointment to get the additional assistance, call WSOS in Wood County at 419-353-7407; in Ottawa County at 419-734-2652; in Seneca County at 419-447-0084; or in Sandusky County at 419-334-5126. 

Safe boating classes
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (Flotilla 6 6 9CR) will be present a two-day Boater Safety Class April 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. and April 25 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the auxiliary’s Woodville Mall offices (Elder Beerman concourse), 3725 Williston Rd., Northwood.

The classes are open to anyone age 14 or older. A $35 registration fee will be collected at the start of class. Group and family discounts are available. Pre-registration is strongly recommended. Call 419-698-4122 to register or obtain more information.

In addition, the auxiliary offers free courtesy Vessel Safety Checks (VSC), which can be arranged by calling 419-849-3491.

Republican Club meeting
Jim Carter, president of the Northern Wood County Republican Club (NWCRC) will discuss the “State of the County” at the club’s March meeting March 23 at the Holiday Inn Express, 10621 Fremont Pike in Perrysburg.

Doors will open at 7 p.m., with the brief monthly meeting and featured speaker to follow beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The Northern Wood County Republican Club meets on the fourth Monday of every other month at 7:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express. The NWCRC does not make political candidate endorsements or ballot issue endorsements. Suggested annual contributions are $15/person or $20/family.

Police to hold auction
The Toledo Police Department will hold its first abandoned and forfeited motor vehicle auction of the year March 28 at 11 a.m. at the police impound lot, 198 Dura Ave.

All vehicles will be sold “as is” without any warranty and all sales are final. There will be no refunds for any reason. There will be approximately 120 cars, trucks and motor vehicles up for auction. Most will have a salvage title. Visit to view a list of vehicles currently scheduled for auction.

Terms of the sale will be cash or check. No third party checks will be accepted. Those paying cash will receive their titles at the conclusion of the auction. Successful bidders paying by check will receive their titles by certified mail in about four weeks. The full purchase price for the vehicle must be paid upon completion of the auction.

Those interested in bidding on a vehicle must register at the auctioneer’s trailer, starting at 9 a.m. A photo ID is required. There is no charge to register.

For more information, call 419-245-3399 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on weekends.

Rain barrels available.
The Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District reminds local residents that New Englander Rain Barrels are available at a discounted price of $79.95 through the Rain Garden Initiative. The normal price is $119.95.

The barrels will allow purchasers to catch and save rainwater for watering plants, washing clothes and other purposes.

Orders will be taken through March 27. To order, call 877-977-3135 or order online at Orders will be delivered April 4 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Erie Street Market, 237 S. Erie St., Toledo.

“Window for Murder”
The Pemberville Opera House and Pemberville Freedom Area Historical Society will present, “Window for Murder” March 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Pemberville Opera House.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under and are available at Beeker’s General Store or by contacting Carol at 419-287-4848 or




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