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Free rides to be offered in BG for New Year's revelers PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 30 December 2013 12:44
Lt. Jerrod Savidge of Bowling Green’s Ohio Highway Patrol post (right) speaks to the media while Maj. Tony Hetrick of the Bowling Green Police Department looks on during a press conference. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
New Year’s revelers who may have taken in too much holiday cheer can get a free ride home thanks to a new program in Bowling Green.
The program, “Swallow Your Pride, Call for a Ride,” sponsored by Safe Communities of Wood County, is the result of partnerships among more than 20 local law enforcement agencies, wrecker companies, bars, and other organizations, including Bowling Green’s Downtown Business Association and the AAA.
Free transportation will be available from 6 p.m. Tuesday through 6 a.m. Wednesday to persons who reside within 10 miles of Bowling Green. Tipsy Tow, sponsored by AAA Northwest Ohio, will also be available.
Those wishing to get a ride can call 419-819-5315. Tipsy Tow may be contacted at 1-800-AAA-HELP.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 December 2013 09:54
New Year challenges offered PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 30 December 2013 11:02
File photo. Participants prepare for the Polar Plunge in Waterville. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Looking for some ways to "take the plunge" or challenge yourself on the first day of 2014?
You don't have to look far.
Two events on Wednesday invite area residents to brave the cold and jump start the New Year.
The 84th annual Polar Plunge will take place at precisely 2:30 p.m. along the Maumee River at Memorial Park in Waterville.
Mike Hill, of the Waterville Polar Bear Club, noted the event began in 1929 with Herb Mericle, who founded the club.
"When it started out years ago, it was only about one or two people that would go out and watch him do it."
The 2:30 p.m. start time is kept as a tribute to Mericle, who went into the water at that time.
Cooper Tire ends buyout agreement with Apollo PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Monday, 30 December 2013 11:32
FINDLAY (AP) — Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. is calling off its proposed $2.2 billion sale to India’s Apollo Tyres, a deal that would have created the world’s seventh largest tire company.
The Findlay company said today that financing is no longer available and continues to claim, as it has for months, that Apollo breached the terms of the agreement.
The boards of both companies and Cooper shareholders had approved the buyout, but negotiations with the union representing Cooper employees became a sticking point.
After Apollo sought a better price citing labor issues in China and weaker profit, Cooper accused the company of stalling.
Cooper took its claim to a Delaware court, but the court ruled last month that Apollo did not breach its obligation to quickly reach a pact with the United Steelworkers union.
Cooper did not further elaborate today on how it believes Apollo ignored terms of the deal and did not immediately respond to a request seeking comment.
The company did say that it’s become clear that the deal signed in June will not close.
Last Updated on Monday, 30 December 2013 11:34
Drivers on drunk driving list PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Monday, 30 December 2013 10:59
Sixteen Wood County residents are listed on an enhanced state registry of those with at least five drunk driving convictions.
The Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) launched the listing this week.
The registry, which lists those convicted at least five times of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and meet certain other criteria established by law, was created by automating what have formerly been a paper-driven process.
The registry is available online at It may be searched through a variety of criteria, including name, county, and ZIP code.
Several recent media reports had identified gaps in the registry, which was created in 2008. The upgrades reportedly improve the system and the results.
Instead of relying on local court jurisdictions to submit forms to add a habitual offender to the registry, the new system compiles the information automatically from already existing electronic records.
The Associated Press reports that the list now contains more than 5,300 names, where it had included about 400 prior to the updated registry. Previously, courts from only about half of Ohio's counties were included on the list.
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