A Wood County judge has halted for now his previous order that state officials must return 11 exotic animals seized from a Stony Ridge owner after the Ohio Department of Agriculture on Friday stepped up its legal effort to keep them. The animals were seized Wednesday from Kenny Hetrick's Tiger Ridge Exotics off Fremont Pike and transported to a holding facility in Reynoldsburg, where they will remain pending a newly scheduled hearing on Tuesday before Judge Reeve Kelsey in Wood County Common Pleas Court.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture said today it is opposing a court order to return the 11 large exotic animals they seized from Tiger Ridge Exotics. "The position here is that the animals can't be safely returned without posing a danger to their health and safety," spokesman Erica Hawkins said.

The owners of an exotic animal farm in Stony Ridge said they are attempting to obtain an order to stop the seizure of animals today from their property. Corrina Dankert, the daughter of Kenny Hetrick, who owns the animals at Tiger Ridge Exotics off Fremont Pike, said their attorney, Karen Novak of Toledo, is in the process of getting a stop order signed by a judge to stop the transport of the animals off the property.

One person was in critical condition late Tuesday after a three-vehicle morning crash that closed northbound I-75 for about 90 minutes. Troopers at the Bowling Green post of the Ohio Highway Patrol said that Christopher Henderson, 22, of Archbold, had been on the right berm of I-75 in Wood County's Bloom Township when, about 11:40 a.m., he pulled his car into the path of a car driven by Mark Sutherin, 61, of Mount Victory, Ohio, and was struck from behind.

The state on Monday approved a new round of tax credits for business development, this time on 14 projects that are expected to create or retain more than 2,400 jobs. The projects are expected to result in more than $32.5 million a year in new payroll and spark business investments totaling nearly $82 million, according to the Ohio Development Services Agency .

Walbridge and Lake Township are taking Rossford's cue and contracting with the Wood County Sheriff's Office for police and fire dispatching services. The village council and township board took steps last week, within a day of each other, toward making the switch.

Mary Schaller, left, administrative assistant, and director Beth Genson sit in the office at 1001 Dixie Hwy. The bureau used to share offices with its Bowling Green counterpart.

Eight rural and small-town northwest Ohio hospitals -- including Fisher-Titus Medical Center -- have formed a partnership to pool resources and save money, said Stan Korduki, president of Wood County Hospital.

Creating a bird feeder and observing live owls up close are among the opportunities to connect with nature this week in Perrysburg. The Wood County Park District has several events upcoming in Perrysburg parks, allowing people a chance to get out and discover nature.

Joseph Carlos Garcia, 30, was charged with felonious assault in the stabbing of Thomas Coup, 33, according to the Wood County Sheriff's Office, and booked into the Wood County jail, where he was being held in lieu of $100,000 bond. Detective Sgt.

A Cygnet man was arrested and a North Baltimore man was hospitalized following a stabbing incident in Cygnet Thursday night.

Trustee Gary Britten would like to create a precautionary reserve fund for disaster clean up in case of an emergency in Perrysburg Township. Mr. Britten doesn't know how much the reserve should be, but he said township officials need to start planning such a fund.

Pothole repairs will require lane closings today and Friday, weather permitting, in the I-75 construction zone in Wood County, the Ohio Department of Transportation announced. Between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. today, lane closings are likely between Cygnet and Portage roads, south of U.S. 6, ODOT said.

The Rossford Board of Education has taken the first of two votes necessary to place a new money levy on the May ballot. The board is considering placing a 5.9 mill-operating levy and passed a resolution at a special meeting Saturday that the money was needed.

The Penta Career Center Board of Education has reelected William Green as its president and Paul Walker as its vice president. At its organizational meeting, the board for the vocational school in Perrysburg Township again picked Mr. Green of Swanton from the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center, as its leader.

Voters in Bowling Green will have their first contested mayoral race in 16 years with the announcement by coffeehouse owner Kelly Wicks that he plans to seek the office. Mr. Wicks, a Democrat, said in November that he would run for mayor and on Thursday night kicked off his campaign at the Grounds for Thought coffee shop that he owns with his wife, Laura.

The township fire chief presented figures about his department's work in 2014 at Wednesday trustees meeting. He said the department had 1,651 total runs, down 49 from the year before.