With officials expecting crowds in the thousands to visit Perrysburg Saturday for a Bicentennial Parade and Sunday night for a fireworks show, the city police and fire departments are gearing up for a long weekend. "It's basically all hands on deck, everyone from the fire division will have assignments," Deputy Chief Rudy Ruiz said.

The Wood County Democratic Party selected Kelly Wicks, a Bowling Green businessman, to run for the open 3rd District Ohio House of Representatives seat. Michael Zickar, chairman of the Wood County Democratic Party, said the party's central committee chose Mr. Wicks as its nominee to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of State Rep. Tim Brown on the Nov. 8 ballot during a meeting Thursday night.

By HOLLY SHIVELY STAFF WRITER BOWLING GREEN - State Rep. Tim Brown's resignation has created a whirlwind of conversation about the November election.

Authorities have located the parents of a 4-year-old boy who was found overnight wandering by himself in this county community unharmed. Chief Deputy Eric Reynolds said the boy was found about 3 a.m. on Front Street in Cygnet.

The Wood County Sheriff's Office is looking for the parents of a child found in the Cygnet area this morning.

A Pensacola, Fla., man arrested after a shootout with Northwood and Oregon police is expected to testify in the trial of his half-brother on charges stemming from the same course of events. Kenneth Maldonado, 26, entered into a plea agreement in Wood County Common Pleas Court last week that calls for him to receive a nine-year prison sentence in exchange for "testifying truthfully" in the trial of co-defendant, Jack Welninski, 31, of Waukegan, Ill., according to Thomas Matuszak, chief assistant county prosecutor.

Destiny Rodriguez, 18, pleaded guilty before Wood County Common Pleas Court Judge Robert Pollex to attempted escape and trespass in a habitation. Both charges are fourth-degree felonies that could carry up to 18 months in prison.Judge Pollex set her sentencing for Aug. 30 for those charges and the prior case.

Petitions filed by citizen group Rossford Voters' Voice earlier this year regarding an income tax change will be sent to the Wood County Board of Elections, according to Rossford mayor Neil MacKinnon. City Council voted in January to decrease income tax reciprocity from 100 to 50 percent for residents who work outside the city to pay for road and infrastructure projects.

While more than a dozen of them have been built in Toledo's western suburbs, modern roundabouts so far have been absent from areas east of the Maumee River. The Ohio Department of Transportation is about to start building the first roundabout in northern Wood County at the Perrysburg Township intersection of State Rt.

It would make sense economically for both Toledo and the surrounding towns and townships. Indeed, the math should make it a no-brainer.

An Illinois man charged with attempted murder and assault after a confrontation with police in Northwood in December will go to trial next month. Jack Welninski, 30, and his attorney Scott Coon, reject a plea agreement in Wood County Common Pleas Court.

Renowned Antarctic conservationist Robert Swan told about 150 people at the Toledo Zoo's Museum of Science on Thursday the world must embrace renewable energy on a larger scale to help slow catastrophic global effects of climate change. Mr. Swan, the first person to walk both the North and South Poles, gave a 75-minute presentation.

Evidence collected from a recent fire at a Millbury Road residence will likely be presented to the Wood County Grand Jury, according to Lake Township Police Chief Mark Hummer. Firefighters and police responded about 12:30 a.m. on June 13 to a report of a fire at a residence at 29693 Millbury Road.

Wood County Crimestoppers are asking for your help identifying two people in connection with aggravated thefts at stores in Perrysburg Township. "They're traveling, and they're traveling fast, so what they do, is they go from one store very quickly.

Two Democratic candidates have stepped forward to run for the newly vacant state House District 3 seat since the resignation of incumbent Rep. Tim Brown . Wood County Democratic Chairman Michael Zickar said Daniel Gordon, a Bowling Green city councilman, and Kelly Wicks, an unsuccessful candidate for mayor of Bowling Green last year, have informed him of their interest in the nomination.

Right now, they are looking to identify two individuals involved in a theft at a retail store. Police say the two suspects blatantly walked behind the counter and stole several items.

Derided by some as a blight, but also eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, a trackless former railroad bridge next to the Ohio Turnpike's Maumee River bridge is to be torn down next year. The Wood County Port Authority, which acquired what was once the Toledo Terminal Railroad's Upper River Bridge five years ago from CSX Transportation, says engineering studies have determined the rusting, 114-year-old hulk to be so unsound that it can't be renovated for use as part of a bicycle and pedestrian trail along abandoned sections of that railroad.

There may be trash talk among nonprofit organizations this week as Castles for a Cause approaches, kicking off Levis Commons' fifth annual Sand-Tastic summer event. Six local nonprofit organizations will try to build their best sandcastles starting at 6 p.m. Thursday for a shot at a $1,000 prize.

The board of trustees for the American Legion-run program voted Thursday to move the week-long civics program to Miami University. The trustees and BGSU representatives had been negotiating on a potential new five-year agreement, but failed to reach a resolution.

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