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BG police see jump in calls for service PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 10:30
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The Bowling Green Police Division handled more than 30,500 calls for service in 2013 - an increase of more than 2,000 from 2012.
These figures and others were released Monday in the agency's 2013 annual report.
All told, BGPD received 30,519 calls for service, up from 28,371 in 2012. There were a total of 4,094 traffic citations issued, and 2,903 criminal arrests. Operating a vehicle while impaired (OVI) arrests numbered 385.
The total number of traffic crashes in 2013 - 977 - decreased by 68 over 2012, but the number of injury crashes, 102, increased by six over the previous year. There were no fatal crashes in 2013.
Additionally, the report shows that use of force by officers has been declining in recent years, from 56 incidents in 2011 to 18 in 2013. Of those incidents, officers deployed a TASER or pepper spray 11 times.
"The amount of force that we've had to utilize has really gone down," said Maj. Tony Hetrick.
The report indicates the decline in use of force may be related to the issuance of TASERs to officers, since perpetrators are familiar with what they do and would be less likely to engage them, as well as changing tactics resulting from training given to officers in the agency.
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Perrysburg Twp. citizens asked to clear hydrants PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 11:15
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LIME CITY - On the heels of the department's busiest recorded month, Fire Chief Tom Brice asks Perrysburg Township residents to help with those calls by keeping fire hydrants clear of snow.
"If they've got a hydrant in their front yard that's drifted over, if they could shovel that out, that would help us immensely. We've noted several areas where the hydrants are rather buried, and (that) is going to create a major issue for us potentially if there would be a fire in that area."
Brice told trustees at Wednesday's meeting that the department responded to 174 calls in January, up from the previous high of around 165. That month follows the department's busiest year, with 2013 service totaling 1,700 runs, according to an annual report made available Wednesday.
Of the 1,700, there were 305 fire runs and 1,395 medical calls. The average time from dispatch to arrival on-scene was 7 minutes and 8 seconds, with 90 percent of responses en route within 90 seconds of being dispatched.
"The most common emergencies in 2013 were related to falls, illness, heart problems, motor-vehicle accidents and respiratory emergencies," the report states, adding that there were no fire casualties or fires deemed suspicious in 2013.
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Rossford may face new levy PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 11:23
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ROSSFORD - Monday it was Treasurer James Rossler's turn to speak during the board's Five Good Minutes section on the agenda.
The information he had to share wasn't good, though.
Rossler gave a brief history of the district's financial picture. In the end he concluded: "The challenges will create huge decisions that the district will have to face."
After the meeting, he said those challenges will lead the district to seek new operating money sometime within the year.
Rossford, he said, has gone 12 years without seeking new money. The district first passed a 7.9-mill operating levy in 1992, and then renewed that and added another 7.9-mill levy in 2002. Voters approved renewals of both those levies in 2012.
The school district, which includes a large section of Perrysburg Township, had been able to rely on steady growth in residential and commercial tax bases.
In the last several years, that has not been the case.
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County transit plan speeds up PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 11:14
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Stakeholders learned at the start of a work session Monday they have less time than anticipated to finish work on updating Wood County's Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan.
Robin Richter, director of senior and transportation services for WSOS Community Action, who is facilitating the effort, told the group the deadline set by the Ohio Department of Transportation is now late March. The timeline called for the group to adopt a plan at a March 20 meeting and submit it to the Wood County Commissioners in early April, and then to the ODOT.
Richter will be adjusting the meeting schedule to meet the deadline.
The ODOT deadline is important for agencies that want to apply for grants to help cover the cost of transportation vehicles, both new and replacement.
Richter noted there are at least 80 funding sources, based on data gathered by the group. The sources range from tax support to agencies such as United Way and the Salvation Army.
Monday's meeting produced a list of possible strategies to consider in developing the plan. The strategies will be prioritized at a Feb. 26 meeting at 2 p.m. in the Commissioner's Hearing Room of the Wood County Office Building.
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