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Conviction reversed for head of theft ring PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 13 January 2014 11:07
The Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals has reversed the conviction of a Sylvania man convicted in Wood County court of being part of a theft ring.
In a decision released Friday, the court stated that "because we find the trial court committed a structural error, we reverse" in the case of Herbie H. Betz, 44.
The decision stated that a mistrial, moved for at the time of the guilty verdict by the defense, should have been granted to Betz, because two jurors said they felt intimidated by actions they reportedly observed on the part of two members of Betz' family during a recess in the trial.
"We conclude the trial judge failed to fulfill his fundamental duty to ensure the trial was fair and impartial" due to the incident, the decision read.
The court also voided restitution in the case, which has been remanded back to the Wood County Court of Common Pleas for further proceedings.
"I'm assuming they're remanding it for a new trial," said Wood County Prosecutor Paul Dobson. He indicated that he will need to discuss the matter with the prosecutor on the case, as well as appellate counsel to determine if there is a possibility of further appeal in the case.
Deeply rooted in parks PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor   
Saturday, 11 January 2014 09:16
Bryan Bockbrader, a stewardship coordinator for Wood County Park District, is seen at J.C. Reuthinger Memorial Preserve in Perrysburg. (Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Seed catalogs may have been a popular diversion for gardeners stuck at home this week by snow and cold and ice.
For a couple of dozen volunteers, Thursday offered an opportunity to get their gardening hands dirty at the annual Wood County Park District's native plant seed cleaning marathon.
"Seventy-five percent of the district's volunteer hours are based around the native plant program," Bryan Bockbrader, head of the district's stewardship program said. "That's just awesome."
Volunteers donated 5,756 hours to all park projects in 2012.
Bolstering the native plant populations in the district's 19 parks is a key part of the stewardship program, along with educating residents about native plants and encouraging removal of a variety of invasive plants, shrubs and trees.
Bockbrader is especially proud of the native plant work that has been done at William Henry Harrison Park just south of Pemberville, and at Otsego Park on Ohio 65 along the Maumee River.
Last Updated on Saturday, 11 January 2014 09:27
Grant will help meet transit needs PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Saturday, 11 January 2014 09:30
A group of Wood County human services agencies recently received $7,500 from the United Way to help coordinate transportation services for their clients.
In addition, the National Easter Seals Office agreed to provide technical assistance to the group via its Accessible Transportation Technical Support Project.
The funds come as a coordinated human service and public transportation plan is being updated this year.
The first plan was completed in 2008 by the Bowling Green State University Institute for Child and Family Policy, with the Children's Resource Center leading the effort. The goals for the 2014 update are very similar to the first plan: assess need, inventory current services, identify strategies, and create an action plan to implement those strategies.
Get help paying heat bills PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 11 January 2014 09:02
Officials at WSOS, a community action agency, are confident they will have enough money to meet the needs of those people requiring help paying heating bills.
Brian Taylor, a basic needs specialist, said there is a limit on funding from the emergency and regular  Home Energy Assistance Program. But he said even with an increase in demand "there's no concern as of right now" with funding running short.
"I think we'll be OK.  We've been able to budget pretty well and forecast what we'll need every year."  
WSOS serves four Northwest Ohio counties, including Wood County.
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