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Special Olympics equipment stolen from Wood Lane PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 10 March 2014 09:34
The Wood County Special Olympics will still go on as authorities look into the thefts of hundreds of dollars in sporting equipment used for the event.
The items were kept at the Bowling Green Community Center.
“We’re still working on who may have been there,” said Maj. Tony Hetrick of the Bowling Green Police Division. He said the incident remains under investigation and there are no suspects as yet.
“The total value of the basketballs and the yoga mats is $700,” said Wood Lane Superintendent Melanie Stretchbery of the stolen items. “It’s not a substantial amount of money, it’s just disappointment” that people would steal the items, she said.
The thefts – including 10 yoga mats and 10 to 15 basketballs – were noticed on Feb. 19 and 20, and were reported to police on Thursday. The items were taken from the storage closet in the Wood Lane gymnasium at the Community Center on West Newton Road. Stretchbery indicated the yoga mats “were not brand new, but the replacement on those would cost about $350. But the basketballs were brand, brand new.”
Whether or not the closet containing the items was locked at the time is uncertain. According to the police report, private groups that rent the gym are given a master key which unlocks both the gym and the storage closets. There were two renters between Feb. 12, the last time that Wood Lane staff used the closet, and the discovery of the theft, but in the report a Community Center staff member indicated “the Wood Lane staff continually leaves the closets unlocked.” Another narrative from a Wood Lane staff member said the closets were “normally locked.”
Last Updated on Monday, 10 March 2014 09:58
BG to hold meeting on Poe-Haskins intersection PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Saturday, 08 March 2014 09:36
Bowling Green will hold a public information meeting next Friday to provide details about the reconstruction of the intersection of Haskins and Poe roads.
The 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. event will be held in Council Chambers of the City Administrative Services Building, 304 N. Church St.
The $700,000 project will add left turn lanes to Haskins Road, resurface the intersection, replace traffic signals, replace curb ramps, sidewalks and curbs at the intersection, and install new sidewalk on the west side of Haskins Road south from Poe Road.
Beginning April 5 Haskins Road will be closed for approximately 30 days. There will be no access to Poe Road from Haskins Road.
Traffic on Poe Road will be maintained during construction. Facilities with multiple driveways on Poe Road may be limited to a single driveway.
Dunbridge man wants unsafe alley closed PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 10 March 2014 09:33
A Dunbridge man has renewed his push for the closure of an alley he says is unsafe.
EJ Mansour unsuccessfully petitioned Wood County commissioners in 1999 asking them to vacate a portion of an alley running between Oak Street and Dunbridge Road in the village. He spoke last week with commissioners and Middleton Township Trustee Fred Vetter about submitting another petition.
Mansour, whose property aligns with a portion of the alley, said it has brought public safety concerns for decades, and a plan to install signs or barriers was never completed after the 1999 petition. Visibility can be difficult at certain times, and when combined with drivers traveling too fast in the area, it creates unsafe conditions.
“Nothing was ever done in that alley, ever. No signs, no barricades,” he said.
“The best thing that can be done here is to close this alley.”
Mansour’s 1999 effort was not approved after township trustees did not support vacating the alley.
While safety is a concern, it’s not the only factor. Commissioner Jim Carter cautioned that while there’s currently no public use of the alley — it doesn’t contain water or sewer lines, for example — that doesn’t mean there won’t be future value in keeping it.
“Anytime that something has already been surveyed as a record of being available to the public, it’s something we have to take very seriously when we say we no longer need the public (to access) that piece of property,” Carter said.
Lack of quorums dogs health DAC PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 08 March 2014 09:35
The Wood County Health District Advisory Council will meet again later this month after a quorum failed to appear Thursday.
The group needs to name a new president and secretary, as well as make several appointments; however, a quorum of at least 23 members was required to conduct business, and only 16 were present.
The District Advisory Council is made up of the president of the Wood County Board of Commissioners and representatives of the county's cities, villages and townships. The council primarily makes appointments and recommendations to the board of health and reviews its annual and special reports.
Action that was scheduled for Thursday will be attempted again March 28 following a meeting of the Wood County Township Association.
Council members met at the last township meeting in January, but the prosecutor's office will need to determine whether the meeting was valid, said Linda Holmes, an assistant prosecutor with Wood County's civil division.
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