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Dayton man guilty of assault PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK/Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 10:20
A Dayton man was sentenced for 17 months on an aggravated assault charge Tuesday.
Damarcus Buress, 24, appeared in the courtroom of Wood County Judge Robert Pollex.
Buress pleaded guilty to the single amended charge of aggravated assault, a fourth-degree felony, in December. He had previously been indicted on one count of rape.
The Oct. 4 incident in question involved a then-17-year-old female, who was a student at Bowling Green State University at the time.
"There was a reason this case was negotiated the way it was," said Buress' attorney, William Stephenson. "It was evidentiary-based."
Stephenson noted that Buress holds an associate's degree in criminal justice, which he said is unusual of defendants in felony cases.
Aaron Lindsey, the prosecuting attorney in the case, indicated the plea agreement was reached with the consent of the victim. A video showing Buress and the victim prior to the incident was reportedly a mitigating factor in the amendment of the charge.
Otsego making high tech upgrade PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 12:48
TONTOGANY – The Otsego School District is looking to increase its technological footprint in the classroom.
At last week’s regular meeting, the board heard from Superintendent Adam Koch about a plan to use permanent improvement monies garnered from the transfer of three former district elementary schools to purchase laptop computers for use in the classroom.
Currently there are 210 Chrome Book laptop computers in use by students at the junior high and high school buildings. The computers permit a variety of options for students and teachers in the classroom and cost around $250 each.
With the receipt of more than $84,000 from the transfer of the Weston, Grand Rapids, and Haskins school buildings, the district, Koch said, is interested in adding technological infrastructure, including increasing the number of Chrome Book computers in use by students.
Koch said there is a possibility that, at some point, the district may even have a one-to-one program, in which each student would have a computer for use.
There was a question, however, of whether the high school and junior high buildings’ Wi-Fi internet systems would be able to handle a large number of computers online at once. Koch said that there would have to be tests to see if the current Wi-Fi could handle the load. One such test was expected Friday, when a large number of students were to gather and use the computers for scheduling online.
Full pull for economy PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 09:36
File photo.
Every August the sounds of National Tractor Pulling Championships fill the air in Bowling Green.
More than 50,000 fans crowd into the Wood County Fairgrounds for three days of truck and tractor pulling competition.
And while the sounds of the national pull may be disturbing to some, there is no denying the event has a massive effect economically on Bowling Green and Wood County.
A conservative estimate of the total economic impact of the pull for 2013 was $33.8 million, according to a study done by Hedges and Company. The firm is based in Hudson, Ohio, and is an automotive industry aftermarket research and strategic planning firm.
The study was discussed Monday evening by Julie Hedges, members of the board of directors of the Northwestern Ohio Tractor Pullers Association (NWOTPA), as well as city and county government officials. The study was done last year at the 47th annual pull, which was named the national pull of the year by the National Tractor Pullers Association.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 09:40
BG mulls Ridge lot's future PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN, Sentinel City Editor   
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 11:28
File photo. Former Ridge Elementary property.
Three dozen people spent about 45 minutes Monday night sharing ideas and submitting written comments about how Bowling Green’s Department of Parks and Recreation should use the former Ridge Elementary property.
The three-acre property will represent the first public green space in the city’s First Ward, following demolition of the school building this spring. The city acquired the property from the BG Board of Education last fall, following closure of the school last May.
Director of Parks and Recreation Dr. Michelle Grigore said she will continue to accept written comments through March 24. “At that point I will prepare a report based on the comments and submit it to Municipal Administrator John Fawcett,” she said. Copies of the document will also be provided to all who left an email address Monday night and those who submit written comments.
Comments may be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or dropped off at the Community Center, 1245 W. Newton Road.
Grigore said based on federal safety standards for playground equipment it has been determined the funnel ball site and basketball hoop can remain, while other playground equipment will have to be removed. The stone gravel track at the north end of the playground needs regrading, if it is retained.
“What is the best use? How do you want to see this area used?” Grigore asked.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 11:31
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