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Diginitaries gather at BGSU for BCI lab groundbreaking PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Dupont   
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 12:20
Dignitaries, academics, law enforcement officials and other civic leaders gathered Wednesday on a lawn in Bowling Green State University to break ground for a state-of-the-art forensic lab.
The 30,000-square-feet Bureau of Criminal Investigation lab is scheduled to open in September, 2014, and will replace a lab now in rental space elsewhere in Bowling Green. Employment will be up slightly at the new facility, to about 40, according to Thomas Stickrath, superintendent of Ohio BCI.
Attorney General Mike DeWine praised the speed with which the $11.9 million project has moved, both through the state and university bureaucracies.
BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey said it was just two years ago that she first spoke with DeWine about the possibility of locating the lab on campus.
The lab BCI lab provides on-site laboratory services  and on-site investigative services.
The university has moved ahead to create three new undergraduate majors, starting this fall, in forensic science, with a couple more in the wings. Also a masters degree in forensic science is expected to be offered starting in fall, 2014 when the lab is expected to open.
That program, Provost Rodney Rogers, will be for both full- and part-time students to accommodate the needs of professionals already working in the field.
He said he expects as 300 to 400 students to be enrolled in the undergraduate programs, and about 60 in the graduate program.
DeWine said the building will be designed to allow visitor to view the activities without disrupting the work. This should help expose young people to science and the scientific professions.  Bowling Green is an ideal spot because of its central location within the 22-county area it serves, he noted.
It is one of three BCI labs in the state.
And DeWine says he expects it will set the standard for forensic labs throughout the nation.
“Our core mission is to protect Ohio families,” DeWine said. The lab does that by “finding the bad guys, and in some instances, who didn’t do it.”
The new facility, the attorney general said,  “makes Ohioans safer.”
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 July 2013 08:15
Rossford council votes to stay in TARTA PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 June 2013 23:25
ROSSFORD — In a decisive 5-2 vote, City Council decided Monday to remain a member of TARTA.
The vote marked a turnabout for the council where membership in the regional transportation authority has a been a sore topic for over a decade.
Councilmen have long complained about lack of ridership, lack of service and lack of accountability, and along with Perrysburg, Rossford officials asked State Sen. Randy Gardner to push for legislation to allow communities an easier way to exit the system.
The council set up a committee to study the options and consider the alternatives. What they found, said Councilman Mike Scott, who was a member of the committee, was that providing any kind of service to the city’s elderly and disabled who most rely on the system would be far more expensive than staying in.
The city residents now pay 2,25 mills to TARTA, Scott estimated that the city would have to raise that to 4 mills to provide its own, inferior service.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 June 2013 07:51
Machine fire reported at North Baltimore PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel Staff   
Friday, 22 February 2013 11:34

NORTH BALTIMORE — Village firefighters were dispatched to D.S. Brown, 330 E. Cherry St., just before 10:30 a.m. Friday on a report of a machine on fire in the shipping department.

The firm is located between Cherry Street and Quarry Road, just east of the Slippery Elm Trail.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 February 2013 11:38
Anti-fracking petition launched in BG PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Tuesday, 04 June 2013 10:05
A group of local citizens is about to launch an initiative petition drive to put a charter amendment on the November ballot that would ban hydraulic fracturing as a means to drill for oil and gas in Bowling Green.
Lisa Kochheiser, public relations and marketing person for the FreshWater Accountability Project, based in Grand Rapids, told city council Monday night the city needs to act now. She said the fact that Bowling Green is a charter city provides the city with a better chance of protecting the community.
"It is not ironclad but offers a better chance of success," she said.
Hydraulic fracturing is a process that uses a pressurized liquid, usually water and other material, to fracture layers of rock to unlock deposits of oil and natural gas.
The group is concerned about potential environmental impacts of the process, such as contamination of ground water and risks to air quality and the disposal of waste.
Ex-Falcon sues over concussions PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 29 August 2012 10:06
Cody Silk, a former Bowling Green State University football player, has filed a lawsuit in the Court of Claims of Ohio against the university.
Silk, 21, os Sterling Heights, Mich., is suing for damage inflicted by concussions he alledgedly received as a freshman. He said an ill-fitted helmet caused permanent neurological damage which caused him to lose his scholarship and prevented him from obtaining a college degree.
The lawsuit claims that "BGSU used Cody's damaged neurological and mental state to revoke his athletic scholarship, and prematurely terminate his academic career at BGSU, and in doing so breached the terms of the scholarship grant-in-aid given to him."
Named as defendants in the suit are the university, head football coach David Clawson, head athletic trainer Douglas Boersma, assistant athletic trainer Annette Davidson, and equipment manager Joe Sharp.
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