News Briefs Week Of 7/11/2022

Workshop will
cover trapping
A workshop to learn more about trapping turtles and gigging frogs is scheduled for July 13, in Oak Harbor. The workshop is free of charge, and preregistration is required.
The workshop will be held from 6 - 9 p.m. at the Oak Harbor Conservation Club, 12055 West Toussaint North Road, Oak Harbor.
To register, visit the Wild Ohio Harvest Community Events page at
Professionals from the Division of Wildlife and Oak Harbor Conservation Club will highlight topics, including net use and turtle trap baits. Instructors will also discuss equipment, techniques, and locations to go frog gigging. Season dates, regulations, and preparing game will also be covered.
The class will take place partially outdoors and participants are encouraged to wear outdoor clothes (such as waders) and sturdy footwear. Bug spray and sunscreen are recommended.
Participants will be given the opportunity to try out their new skills by gigging frogs at the end of the program. A valid Ohio fishing license is required. Frog gigs will be provided.
Ohio’s turtle season is open from July 1 to Dec. 3, 2022. Only snapping and soft shell turtles may be taken with a minimum straight-line carapace length of 11 inches. There is no bag limit for turtles. Ohio’s frog season is open from June 10, 2022 to April 30, 2023, and only green frogs and bullfrogs may be harvested with a daily limit of 15 frogs.
A valid Ohio fishing license is required to trap turtles and gig frogs. For information or to purchase a license, visit

Injury crash in
Jerusalem Twp.
The Toledo Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a two-vehicle, multiple injury crash in Jerusalem Township on State Rt. 2 near Lyon Road. The crash occurred July 3 at approximately 3:45 a.m.
A Chevrolet Equinox was eastbound on Route 2 while a Honda Civic, driven by Edwin Cordova- Mendez, 18, of Annapolis, Maryland was westbound.
Cordova- Mendez traveled left of center, and struck the Chevrolet Equinox head on.
There were two occupants in the Equinox who were transported by ground ambulance for non- life threatening injuries.
There were five occupants in the Honda Civic, and four were sent by ground ambulance for non- life threatening injuries.
Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash. The crash remains under investigation.

Fatal crash in
Lake Twp.
Troopers from the Bowling Green Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to a two- vehicle fatal crash that occurred on State Rt. 420, south of Libbey Road in Lake Township, on July 2 around 10:24 a.m.
Bryan Dearth, 26, of Clyde, was driving a Ford F-350 northbound on Route 420. Richard Haas, 40, of Sandusky, was driving a 2008 Chrysler Town and Country northbound on State Route 420 as well.
Mr. Haas failed to maintain an assured clear distance while approaching the Dearth vehicle and struck it in the rear.
Dearth was not wearing his seatbelt and suffered minor injuries. The front passenger of the Ford, Alexander Pocock, 26, of Bellevue, was not wearing a seatbelt and suffered minor injuries. Two young children who were in the rear seat of the Ford and fastened in child restraints suffered minor injuries.
Haas was not wearing a seatbelt. He was transported to St. Vincent Hospital by Lake Township EMS where he was pronounced deceased.

Elections board
to meet Wed.
The Ottawa County Board of Elections is meeting July 13 at 1 p.m. for a regular board meeting and to address any other business that comes before the board. The meeting will be held at the board office,
8444 W. St. Rt. 163, Oak Harbor, in the Veterans Memorial Building.

16 killed in
crashes over
July 4 weekend
The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reporting 16 people lost their lives in 16 traffic crashes during the July Fourth reporting period, which began July 1 and ended July 4.
Impairment was determined to be a factor in four of those crashes.
Troopers made 444 arrests for impaired driving and 239 for drug-related charges. The patrol responded to 559 crashes and made more than 33,000 traffic contacts in total. Troopers also provided assistance to more than 2,588 motorists.
During last year’s Fourth of July reporting period from July 2 through 5, a total of 21 fatal crashes killed 23 people. Of those, 12 crashes and 12 fatalities involved alcohol and/or drugs.
Motorists are encouraged to call #677 to report impaired drivers or drug activity.

Reward offered
in arson case
The State Fire Marshal is asking for the public’s assistance identifying the person(s) responsible for an arson that occurred July 3 at approximately 10 p.m. at 8300 W. Genzman Rd. in Oak Harbor.
Investigators say firefighters with the Carroll Township Fire Department arrived at the scene to find a mobile home fully engulfed. One firefighter suffered heat exhaustion and another received a leg injury while trying to extinguish the blaze. Both firefighters were transported to an area hospital for treatment.
The vacant mobile home is considered to be a total loss.
The Blue Ribbon Arson Committee is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for this fire. Anyone with information can contact the Fire Marshal’s office at 800-589-2728.

Loan awarded
to district
The Ohio Water Development Authority is awarding $13.9 million in low-interest loans to communities to improve wastewater and drinking water infrastructure.
For the month of June, the authority funded six projects that will provide improvements and replace aging infrastructure. The projects received an interest rate ranging from 0.98 - 3.48 percent.
Among the projects to be awarded, the Northwestern Water & Sewer District is receiving $720,776 at 3.05 percent for 20 years for the construction of 2,300 feet of waterline along Main Street in Walbridge to replace aging lines.

Hydrant flushing
Effective July 11 through August, weekdays from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., crews from the Northwestern Water & Sewer District will be flushing hydrants in Lake Township, in Northwood northeast of Woodville Road, and in the Village of Millbury.
Hydrant flushing scheduled at this time in Middleton and Perrysburg townships has been postponed. Residents are advised to flush water from their taps if the water becomes discolored. Avoid doing laundry until water is clear.

Nominees sought
for resources
assistance council
Lucas County’s Natural Resources Assistance Council is seeking nominees to fill two seats on the board that evaluates and recommends projects for funding through the Clean Ohio program.
Clean Ohio funds have returned more than $18 million dollars to Lucas County for protecting more than 2,900 acres of open spaces, riparian areas, and wetlands.
During each round of Clean Ohio funding, the 11-member NRAC evaluates applications and recommends projects for funding in Lucas County. The council is seeking two appointees for three-year terms. NRAC service is voluntary without compensation.
To be a candidate for a position on the NRAC, an applicant must be appointed by one of the following types of organizations: local government, conservation or environmental organization, municipal park system or park district, business, planning agency, or port authority, statewide organization representing agriculture or forestry, or soil and water conservation district
Qualified candidates should submit applications to the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments by 5 p.m. July 28.
Applicants must submit: completed nomination form, resume, a letter from their organization in support of their nomination.
Submit applications as a PDF to or by mail to: TMACOG, Sara Guiher, Water Quality Planner, P.O. Box 9508, Toledo, OH 43697-9508.

Putts for Mutts
Area golfers are invited to play a round and raise funds for Fur Angels Rescue at “Putts for Mutts,” Sunday, July 24 at the Legacy Golf Club.
“As a volunteer with Fur Angels Rescue, I see firsthand the impact that this non-profit organization has on animals in our community – like a cat named Gunner who was hit by a car and had a fractured leg and a broken pelvis, and a dog named Bella who needed help finding a home after her owner passed,” event co-chair Jill Borkowski said.
“Gunner and Bella and our adopted pets are the reason I am co-chairing this event,” she said. “My husband and I wanted to honor our pets who have passed – our dogs Belle and Bailey and our cat Oreo – by doing something special to help homeless dogs and cats.”
The event will kick off with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. and will include 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch from Outback Steakhouse Toledo, a dessert bar, a silent auction and more. Donuts, bagels and coffee and a mimosa/bloody mary/screwdriver cash bar will be available at registration.
The cost is $110. Teams and individuals are welcome. Non-golfers can attend the silent auction and lunch for $25/person.
Auction items will include:
• A Zamboni ride at a Toledo Walleye game.
• The chance to watch batting practice on the field prior to a Boston Red Sox home game and a tour of Fenway Park.
• A two-night stay with parking at the Kimpton Aertson Hotel in Nashville.
• The chance to throw out the first pitch at a Toledo Mud Hens game.
• Cincinnati Reds tickets.
To register or inquire about hole sponsorships, contact Borkowski at 419-367-6828 or The registration form, a full list of auction items, and regular updates are available at
The “Putts Fur Mutts” Golf Outing netted over $21,000 prior to a COVID hiatus. Supporters, including Paws & Remember of Northwest Ohio and Mark Feldstein & Associates, help underwrite the expenses associated with the event.

Demonstration Day
planned at museum
Come out to the Log Cabin to meet with historic re-enactors on the grounds of the Wood County Museum on Saturday, July 9 from 12-4 p.m.
The free family event will feature patriotic demonstrations and activities. The Log Cabin will be open for visitors to go inside and children will have the chance to learn how to “drill.” Cannon and musket demonstrations are also scheduled.
The Demonstration Day is free to attend. The museum will be open from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, July 9 with regular admission – $7 for adults, with discounts for seniors, veterans and children.
The Museum is located at 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green, handicap accessible with an elevator, handicap restrooms, and ample parking in the visitor lot as well as behind the museum (south side). The south elevator entrance is also behind the museum.


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