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City ordered to provide security for Riviera Maia

toledoblade.com — A housing court judge today ordered the city of Toledo to post 24-hour security guards at a shuttered West Toledo apartment complex. Toledo Municipal Court by city Housing Judge C. Allen McConnell had previously ordered the owners of the troubled Riviera Maia complex to arrange for private security to guard the empty apartment buildings to prevent vandalism and looting that might create blight in the area.
Dec 22, 2014

RT @toledonews: City of Toledo must provide security for Riviera Maia, to prevent looting, vandalism on shuttered property. tol.bz/1sRI5rs

Campbell signs extension with UT football

toledoblade.com — Matt Campbell will be the University of Toledo's football coach in 2015. The coach, rumored to be in Pitt's search for a head coach, has signed an extension with the University of Toledo, according to a source familiar with the negotiations. UT will announce the extension later today.

A time before cell phones

toledoblade.com — Christmas calls swamped the Ohio Bell Telephone Co. long distance switchboard in Toledo on Dec. 25, 1949. About 413 operators were scheduled to deliver the gift of a phone connection. This Toledo Blade archive photo shows one of the afternoon shifts at the telephone company on what was to become the busiest day of the year, in terms of call volume.
Dec 22, 2014

RT @toledonews: #MondayMemories: This is how you called your friends & relatives on Christmas Day, 1949. tol.bz/1APRAw3 http://t.co…

Rev. 'Slim' Lake gets 5 years in prison

toledoblade.com — Despite a lengthy plea for leniency, street preacher Charles "Slim" Lake was sentenced today to five years in prison for selling and possessing drugs. Lake, 58, of 2731 Glendale Ave., entered Alford pleas earlier this month before Lucas County Common Pleas Linda Jennings to two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs and four counts of aggravated possession of drugs.
Dec 22, 2014

Initial story on Slim's sentencing for drug possession and trafficking. bit.ly/1Cr2mNb

Rev. Lake is many things, but he’s no drug dealer

toledoblade.com — The Rev. Slim Lake isn't wearing his trademark leather shoes these days: one white, the other black - a sartorial sign of racial unity. Instead, he's sporting a pair of plastic orange flip-flops, courtesy of the Lucas County jail. On Monday, Lake, 58, is scheduled to be sentenced by Common Pleas Court Judge Linda Jennings on drug trafficking and possession charges.
Dec 22, 2014

Slim sentenced today for selling/possessing drugs. MT @toledonews: GERRITT: Slim Lake is no drug dealer tol.bz/13PuSK4 @BladeOpinion

Kirk: U.S. relations with Cuba

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Woman arraigned in drowning death of boy, 4

toledoblade.com — HURON, Ohio - A Huron woman has been arraigned in a drowning death of a 4-year-old child who was killed late Sunday in a single-car traffic accident in Erie County's Milan Township, authorities said. The driver, Lindsay Gundlach, 32, was arraigned today in Erie County Municipal Court in Milan in the death of Javin Jaques, who was pronounced dead about 12:30 a.m.
Dec 22, 2014

BREAKING: Woman arraigned in #drowning death of boy, 4 in #Erie County - po.st/P8DbSt via @po_st @toledonews

Officials: Programs must focus on ‘frequent fliers’

toledoblade.com — Without question, the Lucas County jail has been plagued with inmate overcrowding for decades. But it is a problem that county officials, criminal-justice professionals, and social-service providers believe can be reduced by targeting repeat offenders to keep them from returning to jail.
Dec 22, 2014

National Institute of Corrections -- 17% inmates have serious mental illness and 68% have a substance abuse problem. bit.ly/13r7rFO

Lucas Co. commissioners to proceed with sales tax increase

toledoblade.com — The Lucas County Commissioners voted unanimously today to push ahead with plans for a quarter-percent sales tax increase. But taxpayers will still have two public hearings and a final vote before the one-quarter-of-one-percent increase can take effect next year. The commissioners voted 3-0 to make a public notice of two public hearings - Jan.
Dec 22, 2014

RT @toledonews: Lucas County Commissioners to proceed with sales tax increase of 0.25 percent tol.bz/1wBNjgo @TomFTroy

Tiffin woman in critical condition after Sunday crash

toledoblade.com — TIFFIN, Ohio - A Tiffin woman remained in critical condition today after being injured in a rollover crash early Sunday in Seneca County's Pleasant Township, the Ohio Highway Patrol said. Nicole Wagner, 30, of Tiffin was listed in critical condition at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center today, according to a hospital spokesman.

Lucas County Dogs for Adoption: 12-21

toledoblade.com — Dogs remain available at the Lucas County Canine Care & Control Office, 410 South Erie St., Toledo. For information, call 419-213-2800. For a complete list of available dogs, go to lucascountydogs.petfinder.com. A $100 adoption fee includes spay-neuter, a heartworm check, microchip ID, vaccinations, and a behavioral evaluation.

Restaurant inspections 12-22

toledoblade.com — Recently released inspection reports of Lucas County food-service operations Violations: Little Caesar's Pizza, 222 N. Reynolds, inspected Oct. 29. Hot water in kitchen hand sink only reaches 97 degrees after running for several minutes. Hot water minimum temperature is 100 degrees. Provide proper hot water at hand sink.
Dec 22, 2014

Check out this week's Lucas County inspection reports on local #restaurants. | bit.ly/1CoVlwd

Good Samaritans use social media to reunite hundreds of pets, owners

opinion.toledoblade.com — For pet parents, there's nothing quite like the panic and constant worry experienced when a furry child is missing. The world can be a dangerous place for lost animals, so a group of more than 5,000 Toledo-area Good Samaritans is working every day to reunite lost pets with their owners.
Dec 22, 2014

A large, active group of Good Samaritans uses social media to reunite 100s of lost pets with owners: po.st/vojEhR #ActsOfKindness

Police trace South Toledoan’s past for killer

toledoblade.com — On his way home from a party Saturday afternoon, Isaac King, Jr., 56, dropped off his stepdaughter, then texted her that she had left her cappuccino cup in his car. But moments after he pulled into his driveway, he was shot dead by an unidentified assailant. "He didn't act like anything was wrong.
Dec 22, 2014

Isaac King, Jr., shot and killed outside his South Toledo home Saturday evening; no arrests. bit.ly/1zVgfB1

Toledo woman arrested following stabbing that occurred during argument with man

toledoblade.com — A South Toledo woman was taken into custody by Toledo Police early today following a stabbing that occurred during an argument in North Toledo. According to a Toledo Police complaint, Lori Aiken, 44, allegedly stabbed a man in the back, causing serious injury. The incident occurred near Chestnut and Streicher streets.
Dec 21, 2014

RT @toledonews: #Toledo woman arrested early today after allegedly stabbing a man in the back during an argument. tol.bz/1Cj6tLg

Dec 21, 2014

RT @toledonews: #Toledo woman arrested early today after allegedly stabbing a man in the back during an argument. tol.bz/1Cj6tLg

University of Toledo graduate's work lessens degree of danger in global U.S. hot spots

toledoblade.com — One of the gravest dangers to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last decade has been improvised explosive devices. Two-thirds of all casualties in Iraq have been caused by the crudely made bombs, Pentagon data show.

Walleye Winterfest setting pace for other possible ECHL events

toledoblade.com — The idea for an outdoor hockey game in Toledo didn't come on the heels of the Detroit Red Wings' first appearance in the NHL's Winter Classic five years ago. Nor did it come after a period of what seemed to be a deluge of major-league, minor-league,
Dec 21, 2014

Winterfest brings the outdoor hockey craze to Toledo, part of a popular - and some say oversaturated - trend toledoblade.com/Walleye/2014/1…

Enthusiam, optimism propel UT grads

toledoblade.com — Breon Mitchell smiled uncontrollably, secured her new diploma under one arm, and tightly hugged her teary-eyed mother. The scene was repeated hundreds of times Saturday around the perimeter of University of Toledo's Savage Arena at the end of its fall commencement ceremony.

Sylvania church has 21st Century interpretation of Christmas story

toledoblade.com — The live nativity at Sylvania First United Methodist Church isn't the typical setup of church members dressed in first-century Middle Eastern costume, a stable providing the backdrop, and livestock on the side. This one has five scenes, not one, and no animals, but there will still be church members providing the visuals.