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N. Baltimore tries to cure EMS billing PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 10 January 2014 10:30
NORTH BALTIMORE - A three-year analysis of the village's EMS service has shown the department has been billing patients for less than one-fourth of its runs.
The discovery, shared with council members Thursday night by EMS Chief Eric Larson, could potentially mean thousands of dollars in unbilled revenue for the village.
Larson, who was first appointed as interim EMS chief last summer before being given the official title, has been working to reform the village's EMS billing and staffing structure.
Standing before council on Thursday, Larson said the department didn't bill for 82 percent of its runs in 2010, 88 percent in 2011 and 89 percent in 2012.
"It's something that needs to be addressed and fixed," Larson said.
The lack of billing, Larson said, is largely due to not having insurance information for patients.
However, several council members expressed dismay the department was not more aggressive in following up on obtaining a patient's insurance information in order for the EMS department to be paid for services provided.
Cold & snow costly to local businesses PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 09 January 2014 11:35
Server Amber Bodi clears a table Wednesday at Kermits in BG. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Monday and Tuesday's snow fall, high winds, and arctic temperatures shuttered many businesses around the county.
"A 'seat of the pants' view from a walk around downtown Tuesday showed about 95 percent of the businesses were closed," Barbara Ruland, executive director of Downtown BG said Wednesday.
"It was like a ghost town," Ruland added.
"Numerous businesses were, of course, closed" in Bowling Green, said Earlene Kilpatrick, executive director of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, "but we are seeing more traffic, and more cars out and about just in general. I'm sure our businesses are very anxious to get back to normal and be able to serve their customers."
As far as putting a number on how much the storm has cost the area, Michael Carroll, director for the Center for Regional Development at Bowling Green State University, said that's hard to figure.
(Updated 10:35 a.m.) Perrysburg Twp. shooting victim expected to survive PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 09 January 2014 15:01
PERRYSBURG – The victim of a Wednesday night shooting in the Perrysburg Heights area of Perrysburg Township is expected to recover from his injuries.
The victim, identified as Alec Castillo, 19, was reportedly taken to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo, following the incident, which was reported at approximately 8:15 p.m.
Perrysburg Township Deputy Police Chief Mike Gilmore confirmed this morning that, while no one has been arrested for the shooting, two people – identified as Richard Owens Jr., 47, and Damien Owens, 20, both of Perrysburg – had been taken into custody for obstructing official business while the incident was being investigated.
Castillo was reportedly found near Gloria and Broad streets and had been shot two times.
Gilmore also said that two vehicles, neither of which belonged to the victim, were towed as part of the investigation.
The incident is being termed a felonious assault and remains under investigation.
Last Updated on Friday, 10 January 2014 10:13
Perrysburg Twp. may try zoning... again PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 09 January 2014 11:27
LIME CITY - Those living in the unzoned areas of Perrysburg Township will likely decide in November whether more regulations should be brought to the area.
During Wednesday's trustees meeting, Administrator Walt Celley provided a timeline of how the zoning proposal will proceed leading up to the election.
The goal is to design a new zoning map that would allow all existing uses of property without new zoning, creating non-conforming uses that make it difficult to sell land, borrow against it or refinance debt. Celley said once the map is developed, it will require input from property owners, who should check to ensure the proposed zoning would fit with their land use so that adjustments can be made if needed.
"For the residents out there, particularly the commercial properties, we're going to try to identify you. But if you have a small commercial enterprise in an unzoned area, you really need to look at this at some point," Celley said. "We're certainly available to take calls, we'll meet with individuals, we'll do whatever it takes to get it as good as possible."
Trustee Craig LaHote noted it's been 10 years since residents were last asked to consider zoning.
"I think it's time to put it up for a vote again," he said.
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