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Shining light on child abuse PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 10 April 2014 09:20
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Gracelynn Mills (left) and Aliyah Bridges (middle) of the First United Methodist Church Preschool, carry pinwheels to plant in commemeration of child abuse prevention. (Photos: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Beams of colored light shined off spinning pinwheel blades Wednesday morning, recognizing child abuse cases in Wood County and the hope for a better future.
The 777 blue pinwheels, one for each case investigated in 2013, are five fewer than last year, but they represent a steady stream of child abuse incidents.
"It represents the whole gamut of the cases that we receive," Sandi Carsey, Children's Services administrator, said of the shimmering field of pinwheels.
Several child deaths contributed to the numbers early in 2013, but fortunately fell off and balanced out with no fatalities the rest of the year, said Dave Wigent, director of Wood County Job and Family Services.
While deaths were few, abuse was still high, and many cases, particularly those involving neglect, were connected to drug use, Wigent said.
"Our toughest cases tend to be neglect cases. They cycle through - you can work with a family for a period of time, close out the case, and a high percentage of those cases come back into the system," he said.
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 April 2014 12:10
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(Updated) Bones on Maumee River island confirmed as Native American PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 12:14
MAUMEE – The Lucas County Coroner’s Office has confirmed that human remains – including a skull – found on a Maumee River island Wednesday belong to a Native American gravesite.
“The coroner already has looked at the photos (of the bones) and confirmed that it is an Indian burial,” said Scott Carpenter of the Toledo Metroparks.
The bones were discovered late Wednesday morning by a fisherman at Audubon Island, a large island in the Maumee River visible from Orleans Park in Perrysburg. The island is just east of the Perrysburg/Maumee bridge and is the site of the Audubon Islands Nature Preserve.
Maumee Police Sgt. T. J. Stratton said the fisherman discovered the bones “on the edge of the water” at the island.
Just after 12 p.m., Maumee Fire personnel, as well as Metroparks rangers, took a boat to the site to investigate.
Carpenter said that the visible remains included a skull and what appeared to be a shoulder bone, which were located on a bluff eaten away by water erosion on the east side of the island. 
“I can only assume the rest is still attached underneath the ground,” he said.
Carpenter noted the area is “where we had confirmed exposed Indian graves in the past.”
He said that such incidents “happened multiple times in the past.”
“What we’re instructed to do by the (Ohio) Historical Society is to take pictures of them,” and supply them to both the Historical Society and the Lucas County Coroner’s Office “and if there’s anything they want us to do, we will.”
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 April 2014 12:08
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(Updated) Six pulled from Maumee River near Waterville PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel Staff   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 15:01
A water rescue boat from the Perrysburg Fire  Division moves up the Maumee River after rescue efforts Wednesday, April  9, 2014. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
A water rescue boat from the Perrysburg Fire Division moves up the Maumee River after rescue efforts Wednesday, April 9, 2014. (Photos: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
WATERVILLE - Six people had to be fished out of the Maumee River Wednesday after three kayakers capsized and three firefighters took a boat out to get the kayakers to shore. The firefighters' boat took on water, and the rescuers ended up having to be rescued themselves.
The kayakers were in the Waterville area of the Maumee River when they overturned around noon, and got stranded on the island just upstream from the Route 64 bridge.
According to Waterville Fire Chief Patrick Wambo, three firefighters were taking a boat out to the island to rescue the kayakers, when the fire boat took on water. The motor stalled out while the boat was raised, allowing water to swamp the craft, Wambo said.
A boat from Monclova Fire Department was then dispatched to pick up the three firefighters in the river, and two of the kayakers on the
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 April 2014 12:09
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Frack gift doubles to $20M PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel Sports Staff   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 10:05
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File photo. Bill Frack (Photo: Andrew Weber/Sentinel-Tribune)
FINDLAY — Bill Frack’s generosity is putting Bowling Green State University’s men’s basketball program in an even better position to succeed.
The value of his gift to the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation, benefiting the Falcon men’s basketball program and community needs in Hancock County, has nearly doubled to about $20 million since it was first announced in 2011.
Three-quarters of the annual distributions from the series of existing trusts go to the men’s basketball program with the remaining proceeds supporting community needs in Hancock County, foundation president Katherine Kreuchauf said.
The increased endowment was announced Wednesday morning during a press conference at The Heritage.
“It’s a game-changer for us in the sense the monies are to be used above and beyond our normal operating budget,” BG athletics director Chris Kingston said. “We’re going to be able to do things that we haven’t been able to do or that others don’t do ... things above and beyond that can make a difference in the quality of players and staff we can attract to this program.”
Kingston said the possible uses of the money include paying for airplanes to allow coaches to recruit in multiple cities on the same day, capital improvements to the Stroh Center and an improved nonconference schedule.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 19:34
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