News Briefs Week of 8/2/2021

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Open house set
Students interested in a career with the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve are invited to an open house at Port Security Unit 309, Erie Industrial Park Building 360, in Port Clinton on Friday, Aug. 20 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
RSVP to Chief Health Specialist Puchala at

Sheriff’s office
The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office recently completed the Ohio Collaborative recertification process, Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) Executive Director Karhlton Moore announced.
Recertification of the Ohio Collaborative standards takes place on a revolving, three-to-four-year cycle.
There are 534 agencies that are certified, and 12 in the process of becoming certified, by meeting standards for the use of force, including deadly force, and agency recruitment and hiring.
More than 29,262 officers representing over 85 percent of all law enforcement officers in Ohio, including most of Ohio’s metropolitan areas, are employed by an agency that is involved in some form of the certification process.
The standards are the first of their kind in Ohio and were developed and established by the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board as part of the state’s efforts to strengthen community and police relations.
The state has partnered with the Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association and the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police to help certify Ohio’s nearly 900 law enforcement agencies on a process to ensure that they are in compliance with Ohio’s new standards.

HOPE Toledo Pre-K
preschool project
John C. Jones, president of HOPE Toledo, recently announced the organization’s partnership with nine community-based preschool providers to offer more than 200 high-quality, full-day, affordable preschool seats to 4-year-olds across the Toledo area.
Enrollment is available now at with classes scheduled to begin Sept. 1.
The nine inaugural HOPE Toledo Pre-K partner providers include East Toledo Family Center, All 4 Kids, Believe Academy, Catholic Club, Children's Discovery Center (Talmadge), Learning Ladder Child Care 2, Quality Time Child Care Center, Rise and Shine Childcare Academy and Toledo Day Nursery.
“We are truly excited to see our vision begin to come to fruition through our partnership with these nine partner providers,” said Jones. “And this is just the start as we look to bring more providers on board in order to fulfill our mission — that every Toledo child has the opportunity to attend a high-quality early childhood educational program that prepares them to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.”
For more information or to enroll a child, visit For more information on how to become a HOPE Toledo Pre-K Provider, contact Elisa Huss-Hage at or call 419-367-8600.

Indicted man
found dead
A man who was indicted in January of this year by the Wood County grand jury has been found dead in his Florida home.
Ralph Slaske was a general contractor who owned Slaske Builders. He was the subject of an extensive investigation by the Perrysburg City Police Department and Wood County prosecutor that resulted in a 25-count indictment.
His body was found July 22 in his Manatee County Florida home.
He was scheduled for a pre-trial conference Aug. 4 and was facing a charge of theft of more than $1.5 million from multiple victims, money laundering and tampering with records.
Most of the offenses were felonies.
Slaske had been released on a $50,000 bond although a warrant for his arrest had been issued July 20.
Charges against him will be dismissed, the prosecutor’s office said, as is the practice in criminal cases in which the defendant dies.
Slaske’s death remains under investigation in Florida.

Tools for School
The Salvation Army is getting ready to help students start the school year off geared for success.
Tools for School is a Salvation Army program that provides backpacks with school supplies to students and helps Toledo Public School teachers with supplies for their classrooms. By providing basic school supplies and a new backpack, the organization hopes to level the playing field for children who may not otherwise be able to start school with the tools they need to succeed throughout the school year.
Backpacks and supplies will be distributed Monday-Friday, Aug. 2-6 from 9 a.m.-noon at The Salvation Army, 620 N. Erie St., Toledo.
A photo ID, proof of address, and custody papers, if applicable, are required. For more info, visit


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