The Press Newspaper

Toledo, Ohio & Lake Erie

The Press Newspaper

The Press Newspaper


Juan G. Lopez, of 20781 Ottawa St., Martin, has been indicted by the Ottawa County Grand Jury on one count each of Aggravated Robbery and Felonious Assault after he allegedly broke into a Martin residence last month, then caused serious injuries the home’s occupant. The charges are felonies of the first and second degree, respectively.

The Grand Jury also returned indictments against:

• Richard E. Ontko, 29, of 32 N. Lentz Rd., Oak Harbor, indicted on one count each of Tampering with Evidence and Carrying Concealed Weapons, felonies of the third and fourth degree; along with three felony counts of Possession of Drugs and misdemeanor charges of Assault and Aggravated Menacing. Deputies of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at a Salem Township residence last month where Ontko allegedly threatened a man with a firearm.

• Michael E. Brown, 39, 421-1/2 E. Adams St., Sandusky, has been indicted on felony charges of Kidnapping, Gross Sexual Imposition and Rape, along with a misdemeanor count of Assault. Brown is accused of holding down a woman on Put-in-Bay on July 30 and sexually assaulting her, then assaulting a witness who tried to render assistance to the victim.

A summons has been issued for Ontko. He is scheduled to make an initial appearance in the Ottawa County Court of Common Please on Aug. 27. A warrant has been issued for Brown.

Ottawa County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Mulligan noted that an indictment is a formal charge in the Court of Common Pleas and does not denote guilt or innocence.

Bird Walk set
Magee Marsh Wildlife area will join locales around the globe in celebrating the kickoff weekend of the “Pledge to Fledge” project by offering a Beginning Birder Walk Saturday, Aug. 25.

The “Pledge to Fledge” project is an effort to mobilize everyday birders across six continents to share their interest in birding with the non-birders they know. Learn more at

The Magee Marsh program will begin at 10 a.m. Participants should meet at the Bird Center. The program will include an easy walk. Binoculars will be provided for those who need them.

For directions or more information, call Mary at 419-898-0960, ext. 31

Owens welcoming students
Fall semester classes will begin Aug. 20 at Owens Community College.

The semester will mark the first for the college’s new president, Dr. Mike Bower. Also new this fall, Owens will offer an associate’s degree in vascular sonography and unveil new state-of-the-art occupational therapy assistant, dental assisting and math emporium laboratories, as well as a new virtual welding training system. Alumni Hall has been refurbished to include a comprehensive fitness center.

The college also introduced a new Honors Program partnership with Eastern Michigan University, along with many new transfer opportunities.

Owens, in partnership with Toledo Public Schools, will also welcome over 40 students participating in the new Gateway to College program. The program is designed for young adults ages 16 to 20 who have dropped out of high school or are significantly behind in credits and unlikely to graduate. Participants complete their high school diploma requirements while simultaneously earning college credit toward an associate degree or certificate. Owens is the only academic institution in Ohio to offer the program.

Antique & classic boat show
The Toledo Antique & Classic Boat Show will be held Saturday and Sunday Aug. 25 and 26 at the Toledo Yacht Club, 3900 N. Summit St.

Hours for the show, which has grown to be one of the region’s premier in-water wooden boat shows, are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Show extras will include live music, antique autos, marine antique and flea market, vendors and artisans. Admission is $4, with children ages 10 and younger admitted free. 

Free parking is available at Detwiler Golf Course. For more information, visit, call 419-255-2628 or email        

Labor Day Crackdown
Through Labor Day weekend, the Lucas County Traffic Safety Program and the Lucas County DUI Task Force are joining law enforcement and highway safety agencies across the country in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

The goal of this campaign is to deter drunk driving through education, sobriety checkpoints and increased enforcement. Alcohol-impaired motor vehicle crashes cost more than an estimated 37 billion annually, and in 2010 more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes – one every 51 minutes.

In 2011, Lucas County recorded 23 fatal crashes and 29 fatalities.  Forty-five percent of the fatal crashes were alcohol or drug related and 10 people died because someone chose to drive impaired.  During the first six months of 2012, there have been 18 fatal crashes and 19 deaths in Lucas County with 33 percent of these crashes alcohol or drug related.

Volunteers needed
Riders Unlimited, Inc. of Oak Harbor is seeking volunteers to assist with therapeutic horseback riding lessons. A training session will be held Aug. 27 at 6 p.m.

Call Rebekah at 419-898-6164 for more information.

Meet the director
The public will have the chance to meet Jeff Sailer, the Toledo Zoo’s new executive director, and welcome him to the community at events planned for Aug. 27 and Sept. 1.

The Meet and Greet events with Sailer will be at the zoo’s Arctic Encounter exhibit on Aug. 27 from 10 a.m. to noon. Admission on Monday mornings (10 a.m. to 12 p.m.) is free for Lucas County residents. A valid ID showing proof of Lucas County residency is required.

The Sept. 1 Meet and Greet will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“In my short time here, this region has already proven to be full of terrific people, and I’m glad to be a part of the community,” Sailer said. “The Toledo Zoo has a wonderful reputation in the zoo field.”

Mr. Sailer comes to the Toledo Zoo from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in New York, where he was the director of Central Park, Prospect Park and Queens Zoos. Prior to joining WCS, Mr. Sailer was the curator of birds for the Miami Metrozoo, where he helped plan and develop a new 1.5-acre Asian-themed aviary and built up a world-class bird collection. He has also traveled throughout the South Pacific studying island ecosystems and the avifauna inhabiting them. He holds a master’s degree in zoology from the University of Florida and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Ball State University.

WSOS preschool applications
WSOS is accepting applications for preschoolers in its early childhood centers in Wood County.

The program is open to children birth to age 5. Kindergarten-age and special-needs students are also accepted. Preschool centers are located in Bowling Green, Pemberville, Perrysburg and Rossford. In addition, if it is not convenient to bring the child to the center, parents have the option of having a teacher come to their home and having their child taught there.

The options available at the WSOS centers include half-day classes and/or home visitation services four days per week, made possible through the Head Start program. Each of these centers has been awarded three-star ratings from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

The comprehensive program provides early childhood education that includes nutrition/health services for the child, and social services for the family. In addition, families who enroll in the program benefit by having access to a variety of community resources, diverse parent education programs and other social services that often assist the family to become self-sufficient.

For more information call the Bowling Green center at 419-353-7407; the Pemberville center at 419-287-4057; the Perrysburg center at 419-874-4644 or the Rossford center at 419-661-0502.

More information is also available by calling 1-800-775-9767 or visiting

Fatal mowing accident
Ottawa County authorities say a Graytown man was killed as a result of  an accident involving a riding mower slipping into a drainage ditch.

According to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department, Albert C. Boss, Jr., 75, of Elliston-Trowbridge Road, had been mowing along the ditch when the mower slipped from a grassy cross-over and then flipped over, trapping him under it.

Paramedics from the Allen Clay Joint Fire District and a sheriff’s deputy found him partially submerged and pinned under the mower when they arrived.

Paramedics determined Boss was deceased after extracting him from the ditch.

The sheriff’s department said it received a call of an overturned mower shortly after 2 p.m. An officer from the Clay Township Police Department also assisted.



Boy Scouts

Do you favor or oppose the Boy Scouts admitting girls?
2025031565 [{"id":"252","title":"Favor","votes":"11","pct":22,"type":"x","order":"1","resources":[]},{"id":"253","title":"Oppose","votes":"34","pct":68,"type":"x","order":"2","resources":[]},{"id":"254","title":"No opinion","votes":"5","pct":10,"type":"x","order":"3","resources":[]}] ["#194e84","#3b6b9c","#1f242a","#37414a","#60bb22","#f2babb"] sbar 160 160 /component/communitypolls/vote/94-boy-scouts No answer selected. Please try again. Thank you for your vote. Answers Votes ...