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Man pleads insanity (2-11-14) PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 11 February 2014 10:27
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Thomas Boyer in court on Monday. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Bail was set at $250,000 Monday for a Custar man accused of shooting a bank contractor in the back outside of his residence.
Thomas Boyer, 53, appeared for a hearing in the courtroom of Wood County Judge Reeve Kelsey. Boyer is charged with one count of attempted murder and one count of felonious assault in the Nov. 20 shooting of William Morris, 42, Rutland, in the 22000 block of Defiance Pike.
The matter before the court Monday was originally scheduled for an arraignment, and bail was set at $250,000, no 10 percent allowed.
The case was continued to April 7 at 1:30 p.m.
Boyer's attorney, William Stephenson, entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity for him last month.
Boyer is listed in court records as currently residing at the Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital in Toledo.
According to the Wood County Sheriff's Office, Boyer shot Morris in the back once with a shotgun after Morris came to Boyer's residence, which was foreclosed, to determine if it was occupied, and to change the locks and winterize it if it was not.
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Zoning for industry in Middleton approved (2-10-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 10 February 2014 11:00
Making the land more attractive to developers, Wood County Planning Commission members voted unanimously Tuesday to recommend rezoning a 160-acre parcel in Middleton Township.
The final decision rests with Middleton Township, but the county planning commission took the first step on Tuesday, recommending the zoning change from A-1 Agricultural to M-1 Industrial at the southwest corner of Mercer Road and Ohio 582, near Interstate 75.
"There is no end-user right now, but the people who are now looking to develop properties really want it to be zoned before they commit to it," said Diane Huffman, a Bowling Green attorney representing property owners James and Connie Ziss, of Sandusky.
"That does seem to be the trend nowadays, is shovel-ready," said Dave Steiner, planning commission director. "Companies don't want to wait for zoning. They want it already zoned."
Brian McMahon of Danberry National Ltd., who is marketing the property and an adjoining 70-acre parcel to the west, illustrated that point by recalling the development of the FedEx facility in the northern part of the county. The site was chosen because zoning was in place, and even when the mayor of Rossford tried to meet with the company and promise rezoning of a city-proposed site, FedEx balked.
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BG honors citizens (2-10-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN, Sentinel City Editor   
Monday, 10 February 2014 11:02
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Megan Newlove with her family on stage Saturday evening. (Photos: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Bowling Green natives Steve McEwen and Megan Newlove were named the city's Outstanding Citizens of the Year Saturday night.
The 113th and 114th recipients of the award were honored during the BG Chamber of Commerce's Annual Meeting and Dinner in the Grand Ballroom of the Bowling Green State University Bowen-Thompson Student Union. The first awards were presented in 1957.
Also honored were Evelyn Bachman with the Athena Award and Michael Penrod with the Zeus Award.
"He has been the benefactor to so many local organizations and causes (that) they are too numerous to mention. He asks for no recognition and continues to never say 'no' when asked to contribute to our community," presenter Mark Remeis said of McEwen.  "Simply put, our winner is a man who wants the best for his community and the people in it." Remeis, presented the award for 2013 recipient Al Green, who could not attend.
Among McEwen's involvements have been the Wood County District Public Library renovation and development of the natural gas-powered bookmobile, volunteering in the school system, at the First Presbyterian Church, supporting the Simpson Garden Park development, providing amateur radio help in time of emergency, the BGSU Presidents Club and Falcon Club and his homeowners association.
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BG master plan to be updated (2-10-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN, Sentinel City Editor   
Monday, 10 February 2014 10:47
Efforts to update Bowling Green's 27-year-old Future Land Use section of the Master Plan will be reported to Bowling Green City Council Feb. 18.
BG Planning Director Heather Sayler Friday morning told directors of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce about that report. She encouraged directors and others to share their ideas with her office or by attending meetings of the 18-member steering committee. The next session is Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the City Administrative Services Building.
A full-fledged public meeting will be announced later. The proposed update will eventually go to the City Planning Commission and then to council for review, hearings and approval.
"The steering committee has had some tough discussions. Things are very much in the preliminary stages. We have held some informal conversations with small groups. We are very excited about this. It is very overdue," Sayler said.
She noted that "some very conflicting views" have been offered. For example, some people want to see a Costco and restaurants like an Olive Garden, but at the same time do not want to have the city congested with the traffic those might bring. "Others want to preserve the unique downtown. The question becomes, how do we do all of that?"
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