News Briefs Week of 8/10/20

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AMVETS rep needed
for commission
Wood County Common Pleas Court judges are accepting recommendations from AMVETS posts in Wood County for an appointment of an AMVETS representative to the Wood County Veterans Service Commission.
The appointment will fill an unexpired term ending Feb. 14, 2023.
Interested persons should contact local AMVET posts by Sept. 18.

Ickes sworn in as judge
Attorney Jon M. Ickes was sworn in recently to fill an open judge’s seat of the Sandusky County Common Pleas Court Judge. The swearing in was done by Sandusky County Juvenile Court Judge, Bradley J. Smith.
Judge Ickes, of Fremont, must run for election on Nov. 3 to retain the seat for the term ending Dec. 31, 2020. Ickes is replacing Judge John P. Dewey, who retired on May 31.

Robbery suspect caught
On Aug. 4, at approximately 9:05 a.m., Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Erie Island Service Plaza on the Ohio Turnpike in Sandusky County.
It was reported a female attempted to steal a vehicle at the gas station. Upon arrival troopers made contact with a male victim at the gas station who told them a female brandished a knife and demanded the keys to his vehicle. When he refused the female suspect fled into the Erie Islands building.
Troopers from the Milan Post, Bucyrus District Criminal Patrol Section and an agent from the U.S. Border Patrol located the female suspect inside the building near the truck driver shower area.
The suspect did not immediately comply with officers commands to surrender and eventually was taken into custody with the use of a Taser.
The suspect was in possession of a knife at the time of the arrest, troopers said. The suspect was identified as Lisa Michelle Todaro, 33, of Cuyahoga Falls, OH.
She was incarcerated in the Sandusky County jail and charged with attempted aggravated robbery, a first degree felony. Additional charges will be filed at a later time. There were no reported injuries to the victim, suspect or arresting officers.

Tax collection
Despite the pandemic’s effect on the economy, 98.3 percent of the current taxes on real estate, public utilities and special assessments in Wood County have been collected for the second half of 2020, according to Matthew Oestreich, county auditor.
A total of $98.4 million was collected and distributed to schools ($59.5 million); townships ($9 million), municipalities ($8.2 million) and other agencies and boards.

Recycling site changes
Perrysburg Township and the Wood County Solid Waste Management District announced that, beginning Sept. 1, the 24/7 residential recycling drop-off site located behind the Perrysburg Township offices at 26609 Lime City Rd. will no longer accept cardboard.
Violations of posted regulations are a criminal trespass, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree under Ohio Revised Code 2911.21. The facility is under video surveillance and local law enforcement may issue criminal citations for observed violations.
The Perrysburg Township site has struggled for many months with overfull containers, primarily due to a high volume of cardboard, uncollapsed boxes and commercial use.
Although intended to be open 24/7, the site is routinely closed four days per week due to the containers being full. The nine containers at the site are dumped twice each week, on Wednesday and Saturday, and the site is closed when all containers are full.
Opened as a 24/7 residential recycling facility in summer 2018, the original operating plan called for six containers to be picked up once a week. Despite the addition of three containers and doubling the number of pick up days, the site has been overwhelmed with material.
The Wood County Solid Waste Management District currently pays more than $50,000 per year to fund the recycling program at Perrysburg Township, including a $12,500 payment to Perrysburg Township to maintain the site.
Cardboard may be recycled at the Bowling Green Recycling Center, 1040 N. College Dr.

10 free trees
Area property owners are invited to spruce up their landscapes by joining the Arbor Day Foundation. Join the Arbor Day Foundation with a $10 donation in August and receive 10 free Norway spruce trees or 10 white flowering dogwood trees through the Foundation’s “Trees for America” campaign.
The trees will be shipped postpaid between Oct. 15 and Dec. 10, depending on the right time for planting in each member’s area. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge.
“Norway spruce trees truly provide year-round beauty for any landscape,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “White flowering dogwood trees will add color and beauty to your yard throughout the year with their showy spring flowers, scarlet autumn foliage, and red berries that attract songbirds in the winter.”
New members of the Arbor Day Foundation will also receive “The Tree Book,” which includes information about tree planting and care, and a subscription to “Arbor Day,” the Foundation’s bimonthly publication.
To receive the free trees, join online at or send a $10 membership contribution by Aug. 31 to Ten Free Norway Spruces or Ten Free White Dogwood, Arbor Day Foundation, 211 N. 12th St, Lincoln, NE 68508.

Fishing line clean-up
Partners for Clean Streams is seeking volunteers to help collect fishing line, lead lures and hooks from the banks of the Maumee River through the “Get the Lead Out” program.
Registration online at is required. Group sizes for each session will be limited to 10 people.
Get the Lead Out sessions will be held three times in August, weather and water-levels permitting. Updates or changes on the clean-ups will be posted on Partners for Clean Streams’ Facebook page and Twitter @PCSMaumee. Dates include:
• Aug. 8 from 9-11 a.m. at Side Cut-Riverview Shelter;
• Aug. 13 from 6-8 p.m., Location TBD;
• Aug. 25 from 6-8 p.m., TBD.
Trash bags and gloves will be provided. Attendees should wear masks or proper face coverings and close-toed shoes that can get wet.
During a Get the Lead Out clean-up, volunteers walk in the shallow water of the Maumee River and along its banks, sometimes over logs, rocks and through tall grasses, collecting lead and line that had snagged during the spring fishing runs. All the lead will be sold for reuse and the fishing line will be recycled.

Moth suppression
program starting
The Ohio Department of Agriculture is reminding property owners that the deadline to apply for the Gypsy Moth Suppression Program is Sept. 1, 2020..
The voluntary program is implemented in the general infested areas of northern and northeastern Ohio. After the treatment survey application is received, a site evaluation will be conducted by ODA field staff to determine if the area meets spray site criteria. Spray treatments will not eradicate the gypsy moth, but treatments will be applied to reduce the impact of the pest on trees and residents of infested areas.
The gypsy moth is a non-native, invasive species that feeds on the leaves of more than 300 different trees and shrubs and is especially fond of oak. A healthy tree can usually withstand only two years of defoliation before it is permanently damaged or dies.
For more information on the gypsy moth, including maps of the gypsy moth quarantine area and information on the different treatment materials, please visit


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