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Former BG businessman sentenced on federal charges PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 20 December 2013 09:56
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FILE - This undated photo released by the Department of Justice shows Richard Schmidt, 47. (AP Photo/Department of Justice)
TOLEDO - Was he simply a survivalist, or a man plotting a race war?
This was the much-debated question Thursday at the sentencing of Richard Schmidt.
Schmidt, 47, Toledo, was sentenced to 71 months - just under six years - on federal counterfeiting and firearms charges in the court of U.S. District Court Judge Jack Zouhary Thursday afternoon. He had owned the Spindletop Sports Zone store at the Woodland Mall in Bowling Green.
"You say you're a collector. The government says you're a soldier," said Zouhary prior to pronouncing sentence.
Schmidt pleaded guilty in July to two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, being a felon in possession of body armor, and trafficking in counterfeit goods.
Last Updated on Friday, 20 December 2013 10:56
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Perrysburg Twp. eyes new zoning PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 19 December 2013 12:18
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LIME CITY - Perrysburg Township residents may decide again next year whether they want zoning laws enacted in certain areas.
Township Administrator Walt Celley asked trustees for permission Wednesday to begin looking at zoning proposals that could be placed on the November 2014 ballot. "If you want to do that, we need some direction," he said. "It's a lot of work."
Redefining unzoned areas of the township has been voted down in the past. But officials have experienced some additional problems with landowners, and adding zoning may lessen future nuisances to residents.
Trustees Gary Britten, Bob Mack and Craig LaHote agreed that it might be time to ask voters again whether they want additional regulations placed on land use.
"As the years have gone by, more cases have surfaced that make a strong argument for zoning," Mack said. "And since the last time we tried, we have plenty of situations we can say to people, 'Hey, this would be a good reason to have zoning.'"
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 December 2013 12:43
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Lake garden doesn’t grow PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 19 December 2013 12:23
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File photo. The hand prints of children decorate the fence surrounding a compassion garden. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
MILLBURY - A community garden started this summer wasn't squashed, but didn't exactly grow either.
At Tuesday's meeting, Lake Township Trustee Chairwoman Melanie Bowen said the garden, which was planted on land donated by the township, was abandoned by its two organizers about mid-summer.
"I do think it was a good project. I don't know if we're going to do it again," said Bowen, who ended up overseeing the garden. "The project needs someone who can stay with it."
The garden did net five truckloads of produce, which was donated to the Feed Your Neighbors program, held monthly out of the Walbridge fire station.
The food pantry patrons enjoyed squash, zucchini, corn, tomatoes, peppers and cabbage, plus herbs like basil, oregano and thyme.
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Electric rate hike in works for BG PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor   
Thursday, 19 December 2013 11:12
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Bowling Green Municipal Electric rates will increase an average of five percent for most customers each of the next four years following action late Wednesday afternoon by the BG Board of Public Utilities.
The new rate schedule takes effect March 1, 2014, with adjustments planned on the same date in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Director of Utilities Brian O'Connell said the rate hikes are the result of a long-term decision to switch from purchasing power on the open wholesale market to relying on fixed assets of which the city is a partial owner. Among the fixed assets are the Prairie States coal plant in Illinois and four hydro-electric plants on the Ohio River that will go on line in the next two years. Power from the Prairie States plant will cost the city $73.66 per megawatt hour, while power from the hydro plants will cost the city an estimated $100 per megawatt hour. O'Connell said another cost figuring into the hike is a two-year spike in the cost of transmitting power on the grid.
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