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Child rapist disrupts court PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 09:26
Lucas T. Dezanett
The sentencing in a rape case Tuesday devolved at times into a nearly “circus”-like atmosphere as both the defendant and his wife made multiple outbursts that interrupted the proceedings.
Wood County Common Pleas Court Judge Alan Mayberry on Tuesday ordered Millbury resident Lucas T. Dezanett to serve 16 years in prison during the matter.
Dezanett was immediately taken into custody following the hearing.
The 38-year-old man originally entered an Alford plea in January to felony rape and sexual battery charges. Such a plea does not admit guilt, but acknowledges the prosecution has enough evidence to prove the charges and thus consents to a guilty finding. The plea was made in exchange for dropping additional charges and reducing the severity of the two charges to which he was sentenced.
Mayberry found him guilty during his original plea hearing, and Dezanett subsequently filed to withdraw his plea at what was originally to be a sentencing proceeding in February. A hearing on the withdrawal, taking place in two parts set roughly a week apart, was held in March, and the withdrawal was denied.
At Tuesday’s proceedings, the defendant immediately indicated his desire to appeal the rulings and requested an attorney be appointed for that purpose.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 10:42
Walleye wait for warmer water PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 09:54
File photo. Fishermen are seen trying to catch walleye in the Maumee River near Fort Meigs. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
PERRYSBURG - Anglers itching at a shot to catch their limit of walleye are having to wait a little longer than usual this year.
Cold temperatures and high water levels have delayed the annual walleye run on the Maumee and Sandusky rivers, which usually draws a large number of fisherfolk to the waters to try their luck.
"Obviously, everything's a little behind because of all the ice we've had," said John Windau, communications specialist with the Ohio Division of Wildlife.
"Last week anglers were able to get into the river and start catching a few, but with the rains the river's back up and it's somewhat fishable, but it's pretty difficult to fish right now."
Indeed, the Maumee was expected to reach minor flood stage again on Monday after a bout of rain. Over the weekend, the river reached moderate flood stage - near 17.5 feet - at Grand Rapids, submerging portions of Mary Jane Thurstin State Park.
Food for thought—inspections go online PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 08:51
Is your favorite food spot the cleanest in the county?
Now you can look to the Web to find out.
Food inspection reports are now available online through the Wood County Health District at
Improved accessibility of those records is the result of a data system that allows information to be updated after inspectors complete their reports, said Pat Snyder, the district's health information, education and communications manager.
Previously, those public records could be accessed at the health district or by requesting copies that came with a fee. Reports could also be requested via email, but there was a delay and significant staff efforts involved in looking them up, Snyder said.
"Now with them available online, (people) can look up the info they want to see and have it accessible as soon as they want."
The documents also give important context to reports, which otherwise can appear oversimplified if only listing the number of violations. Snyder acknowledged there can be a big difference between a non-critical violation and something more meaningful, such as a food temperature issue. "If you don't know what that means, (the report) is not of much value to you."
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 10:41
Man convicted in boy’s death gets hearing PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 09:52
File photo. Ronald Pheils in court. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
The Ohio Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals granted an evidentiary hearing Friday in the 2011 death of a toddler that sent a Perrysburg Township man to prison.
The hearing had previously been denied by the Wood County courts.
Ronald Pheils, now 21, was convicted of reckless homicide in the March 2011, death of a three-year-old boy left in his care. He was sentenced to three years in prison.
The Lucas County Coroner's Office had ruled the death a homicide related to shaken baby syndrome, and Pheils had reportedly admitted while incarcerated in the Wood County jail that he had thrown the boy up in the air while playing with him.
After a first failed appeal in 2012, Pheils filed a post-conviction petition with the trial court, presided over by Wood County Judge Alan Mayberry.
According to the decision, Pheils asserted his counsel had been ineffective in that he had not spoken with a medical expert in the case. According to the attorney, "one of the jurors he spoke to after trial told him that the lack of a rebuttal witness to the coroner's testimony was dispositive in deliberations," the decision stated.
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