Library to host live music

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BELLEVUE — The Bellevue Public Library presents the high lonesome sound of modern day troubadour, Ben Stalets on Thursday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Following in the footsteps of the greats like Bob Dylan, Townes van Zandt and John Prine; acclaimed songwriter Ben Stalets delivers his own lonesome, twang-filled rootsy folk songs. It’s timeless, comfortable and sure to delight.

For more information, contact the Bellevue Public Library 419-483-4769.

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Relay for Life raises over $3,600

Team T Gene won Most Spirited Team at this year’s Mini-Relay for Life event that was held at Bellevue High School on May 1. The smallest members of the team competed in a donut eating contest — the catch was they weren’t allowed to use their hands.

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BELLEVUE — After all of the donations and contributions were tabulated, this year’s 4th annual Mini-Relay for Life, which was sponsored by the National Honor Society in cooperation with The Bellevue Hospital raised over $3,600 for the American Cancer Society.

The event was held on May 1 and had an Olympic theme, “Care the Torch for the Cure” with featured the five intertwined Olympic rings — blue, yellow, black, green and red — the colors were chosen because every nation had at least one of them in its national flag.

During the Mini-Relay for Life event the rings were transformed into five ribbons that represented different cancer diagnosis — blue for colon, esophageal, ovarian, prostate and stomach cancer; yellow for bone caner; black for melanoma, green for gallbladder, liver and lymphoma and red for AIDS/HIV and blood cancers.

The event featured 15 relay teams — BHS National Honor Society, The Bellevue Hospital, The Bellevue Rec Center, The Roeser Family, Team T Gene, Art Club, BHS Band, Bellevue Middle School Asset Team, BHS Choir, FCCLA, Key Club, RESIST, BHS Student Council, FFA, Drama Club, and the Engineering Club and Yearbook.

At the end of the day, several awards were given out to the various teams and individuals.

This year’s winners included:

• Most Spirited Team — Team T Gene (The Mick & Dinah Dwyer Family)

• Most Spirited Individual — Sierra Walker

• Most Laps Walked by a Team — FFA

• Best Project Runway Design — The Roeser Family

• Highest Point Total for Team Events — The Roeser Family

• Best Spirit Stick — Band

A silent auction was also held to raise funds for the American Cancer Society, baskets were donated by local businesses and organizations at the high school.

The silent auction winners were:

His & Her Basket (contributed by the Roeser Family) — Elaine Brock

Gardening Basket (contributed by FFA) — Kim Roeser

Spring Planter (contributed by Russell’s) — Dinah Dwyer

Cup of Joe Basket (contributed by Prom Committee/Yearbook) — Dinah Dwyer

Summer Fun Basket (contributed by Key Club) — Elizabeth Yingling

Picnic Basket (contributed by The Lions Club) — Sue Eastman

Movie Basket (contributed by FCCLA) — Jesse Jacobs

Car Care Basket (contributed by Engineering Club) — Mandi Artino

Lotions and Potions Basket (contributed by the Choir) — Jill Mohr

Amber Hatten can be reached at 419-483-4190 ext. 1969. Follow us on Twitter @BellevueGazette.

Team T Gene won Most Spirited Team at this year’s Mini-Relay for Life event that was held at Bellevue High School on May 1. The smallest members of the team competed in a donut eating contest — the catch was they weren’t allowed to use their hands. T Gene won Most Spirited Team at this year’s Mini-Relay for Life event that was held at Bellevue High School on May 1. The smallest members of the team competed in a donut eating contest — the catch was they weren’t allowed to use their hands.

By Amber Hatten


The struggle to control the Munda Airstrip

Operation Cartwheel was a plan hammered out in the April 1943 by General Douglas MacArthur and Admiral William Halsey, a strategy to topple Japanese control of the South Pacific. On June 30 the first ground forces landed on the island of New Georgia. The prize would be the Munda airstrip on the western coast of the island.

Private First Class Frank Petrarca

Lieutenant Robert S. Scott

Bill Oddo Contributing Columnist

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(Continued from last week)

The Japanese commander on the New Georgia was Major General Nabor Sasaki, and he took every step available to defend his airfield. Fortifications were dug into the ground, reinforced with logs hewn from the jungle and carefully camouflaged to allow the Americans to advance nearly upon the positions before his soldiers turned their machine guns loose. At night, his seasoned Japanese soldiers would creep into Americans positions, killing quickly and silently, and waging a very effective battle on the psyche of the young combat troops from the United States. It was an effective tactic that preserved his hold on the Munda airstrip, and demoralized the American soldiers.

Two weeks into the campaign, Admiral Halsey committed two more divisions to the island in efforts to shore up the faltering men of the 43rd Infantry and reinforce the battle for the Munda airstrip. In addition to the 25th Infantry Division, the men of the 37th Infantry Division were landed at New Georgia. Private Rodger Young’s 148th Regiment, young men from the Ohio National Guard, were about to receive their baptism by fire. Along landing with the 37th was the 145th Regiment.

By July 27, the 37th Infantry had battled its way to the foot of Horseshoe Hill, a well fortified position overlooking the main inland approach to the airstrip. As machine gun fire and enemy mortars rained down on the American soldiers from the enemy positions above, casualties began to mount. Private First Class Frank Petrarca, a National Guardsman from Cleveland, Ohio, could hear calls of ‘medic’ all around him. His forward patrol had moved within 100 yards of the enemy position, before the devastating fire ripped heavily into them. Quickly the young medic did his best to treat the most seriously wounded. One of the was Private First Class Scott, his body so badly battered that he could not even be moved — despite the fact he was laying within 75 yards of the enemy position.

Heedless of the rain of mortars and machine gun bullets, PFC Petrarca did his best to treat PFC Scott and two other wounded Americans nearby. As mortar fire erupted closer to their tenuous position, Petrarca used his own body to shield the wounded Scott, remaining with him until he finally died of his wounds.

Throughout the following day, American units continued to deploy in small platoons at strategic locations along the approaches to the Munda airstrip. The heavy combat had left much of the ground desolate, the hidden enemy positions scattered in such a way that advances were usually made in platoon or squad-size elements.

Frustration was high among the embattled young American soldiers, many suffering from battle fatigue. Morale was falling as heavily as the daily rains that soaked their uniforms and flooded their positions, and the Japanese continued to snipe at them from hidden positions during the day, and probe their encampments during the night. On July 29, First Lieutenant Robert Sheldon Scott of Santa Fee, NM was leading his platoon into a company assault of the enemy positions.

Advancing up a hill overlooking the airstrip, First Lieutenant Scott’s platoon moved within 75 yards of the hidden Japanese position, when the enemy counter-attacked. Swarming out of their bunkers and foxholes, throwing grenades and firing in volleys, the Japanese soldiers overwhelmed Lieutenant Scott’s small platoon, forcing them to quickly pull back — all but the intrepid lieutenant.

Ducking behind the blasted remains of a tree stump, Lieutenant Scott stood his ground against the enemy assault. Firing his carbine and throwing grenades, along he turned back the wave of enemy soldiers. In the brief lull that followed he replenished his supply of grenades, then continued to hide behind the meager shelter of his blasted out tree stump. From his vantage point, he had a good view of the enemy bunkers. He continued to fire on them until an enemy round struck his carbine. A shrapnel round opened the flesh on his head, but he refused to leave his position. A wound to his left hand didn’t inhibit him from continuing to throw grenades with his right, his accuracy destroying enemy bunkers and positions one after another. Watching from a distance, the rest of his company was amazed and inspired by the lieutenant’s one-man stand and rushed forward, taking the hill. When they did, they found that the intrepid young officer had thrown nearly three dozen grenades, and a total of 28 Japanese bodies were counted in the bunkers he had destroyed.

His battle won, the wounded and weary officer finally rose from the shelter of his small stump to join his victorious company. It was amazing, not only what he had done, but he had accomplished it from the small protection of a skinny tree stump, shattered in half only a few feet above ground. Lieutenant Robert Scott was no little guy, like Rodger Young, who would be well concealed behind a small tree stump. At 6’5” tall, Lieutenant Robert Scott was one of the tallest men to ever be awarded the Medal of Honor.

(Continued to next week)

Operation Cartwheel was a plan hammered out in the April 1943 by General Douglas MacArthur and Admiral William Halsey, a strategy to topple Japanese control of the South Pacific. On June 30 the first ground forces landed on the island of New Georgia. The prize would be the Munda airstrip on the western coast of the island. Cartwheel was a plan hammered out in the April 1943 by General Douglas MacArthur and Admiral William Halsey, a strategy to topple Japanese control of the South Pacific. On June 30 the first ground forces landed on the island of New Georgia. The prize would be the Munda airstrip on the western coast of the island.

Private First Class Frank Petrarca First Class Frank Petrarca

Lieutenant Robert S. Scott Robert S. Scott

Bill Oddo Contributing Columnist Oddo Contributing Columnist


Pay tribute Monday to our fallen veterans

Sally Boyd Contributing Columnist

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The flags are flying; the flowers are in bloom. Step away from the grill on Monday – Memorial Day – a holiday which demands some reflection on what it means to be an American and what it has taken to claim that status.

Memorial Day is special. Of course, there are the burgers, barbeque and beer, but the day should be so much more. It is the history, the solemnity, the honor and tribute to our military dead, the flowers, the flags, and Taps echoing among the cemetery headstones.

Bellevue hosts a wonderful Memorial Day ceremony every year sponsored by the local American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts. World War I veterans have vanished. World War II vets are getting fewer each year, so that brings us to veterans of the Korean War, Vietnam War and now the seemingly-never-ending battles in Iraq and Afghanistan. We owe them all our gratitude.

The observation begins with a 9:30 a.m. veterans’ parade through downtown out to Bellevue Cemetery where ceremonies will be held in the appropriately decorated veterans’ section. There will be speeches, music, the reading of the names of Bellevueans who have died in service to the nation, the placing of honor wreaths, a 21-gun salute and the traditional playing of Taps by Bellevue High School trumpeters.

The celebration reminds us of who we are, from where we have come, and what it takes to protect and preserve this great nation. None of the remainder of the day would be possible except for the sacrifices these men have made throughout our history. I hope you will celebrate the gift of freedom we have all been given.

But, in case you are curious about the history of Memorial Day and the appropriate way to display the U.S. flag, here is some information gleaned from The Old Farmers Almanac:

“The custom of honoring ancestors by cleaning cemeteries and decorating graves is an ancient and worldwide tradition, but the specific origin of Memorial Day, or Decoration Day as it was first known, are unclear.

“In early rural America, this duty was usually performed in late summer and was an occasion for family reunions and picnics. After the Civil War, America’s need for a secular, patriotic ceremony to honor its military dead became prominent, as monuments to fallen soldiers were erected and dedicated, and ceremonies centering on the decoration of soldiers’ graves were held in towns and cities throughout the nation.

“After World War I, the day expanded to honor those who have died in all American wars. In 1971, Memorial Day became a national holiday by an act of Congress; it is now celebrated on the last Monday in May.

“On June 22, 1942, Congress passed a joint resolution, later amended on Dec. 22, 1942, that encompassed what has come to be known as the U.S. Flag Code. Here are highlights:

• “The flag of the United States is the emblem of our identity as a separate nation… Therefore, citizens should stand at attention and salute when their flag is passing in a parade or being hoisted or lowered.

• “The custom is to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on flagstaffs in the open.

• “When the flag is hung vertically or horizontally on a wall, window or door the Union (blue) should be to the observer’s left.

• “The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.

• “It should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement.

• “The flag should be displayed on all days, especially on:

  • New Year’s Day, Jan. 1
  • Inauguration Day, Jan. 20
  • Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, third Monday in January
  • Lincoln’s Birthday, Feb. 12
  • Washington’s Birthday, third Monday in February
  • Easter Sunday (variable)
  • Mother’s Day, second Sunday in May
  • Armed Forces Day, third Saturday in May
  • Memorial Day (half-staff until noon), the last Monday in May
  • Flag Day, June 14
  • Father’s Day, third Sunday in June
  • Independence Day, July 4
  • Labor Day, first Monday in September
  • Constitution Day, Sept. 17
  • Columbus Day, second Monday in October
  • Navy Day, Oct. 27
  • Veterans Day, Nov. 11
  • Thanksgiving Day, fourth Thursday in November
  • Christmas Day, Dec. 25

And such other days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States, the birthdays of states (date of admission), and on state holidays.

• “It should be displayed at every public institution and in or near every polling place on election days, and at schoolhouses during school days.

• “The flag should not be displayed on a float except from a staff, nor draped over the hood, top, sides, or back of a vehicle.

• “No other flag should be placed above the flag of the United States or, if on the same level, to its right.

• “When flags of states, cities, etc., are flown on the same halyard, the United States flag should be at the peak.

• “When displayed from a staff in a church or auditorium, the flag should occupy the position of honor and be placed at the speaker’s right as he faces the audience.

• “When flown at half-staff, the flag should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to half-staff position. It should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.

• “The flag should not be dipped to any person or thing.

• “It should never be displayed with the union down, save as a signal of dire distress.

• “When the flag is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem, it should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”

So, before you fire up that grill on Monday, please take time to honor the men and women of the U.S. military, particularly those who died in the line of duty. Visit the cemetery. Thank a vet.

Sally Boyd may be reached at

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Private First Class Frank Petrarca

Private Rodger Young

Bill Oddo Contributing Columnist

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Advances and small victories such as the one achieved on Robert Scott’s hill overlooking the Munda airstrip continued the following day. Slowly the Americans were gaining ground and were not within 1,000 yards of their objective. On the last day of July, small platoons of American soldiers all round Munda continued to move forward. The desperate Japanese, determined to fight to the last man, furiously resisted every advance.

Only 20 yards from the Japanese lines, two soldiers of the old Ohio National Guard huddled in a muddy foxhole as the mortar fire rained around them. Suddenly, one of them struck close enough for the shrapnel to reach their sheltered position. A short distance away, PFC Frank Petrarca heard the cries of the wounded.

Grabbing his aid bag, he prepared to go their rescue. One of the soldiers in his platoon grabbed his arm and urged him to remain where he was. In order to reach the wounded, he would have to move over a barren hilltop, fully exposed to the enemy. From a distance of 20 yards, he would be an easy target. PFC Petrarca shook off his comrades warning. There were wounded Americans, and he was their medic. He had a job to do.

Amazingly, considering the hail of fire directed his way, the fearless medic managed to move within two yards of the wounded men when a mortar round fell at his feet. The words of his subsequent Medal of Honor citation state, ‘Even on the threshold of death, he continued to display valor and contempt for the foe; himself to his knees, this intrepid soldiers shouted defiance at the enemy, made a last attempt to reach his wounded comrade and fell in glorious death.’ The date was July 31, 1943. It was PFC Frank Joseph Petrarca’s 25th birthday.

A short distance away from the place where a young medic named Petrarca was dying, the 148th Infantry Regiment was making a sweep along the north flank of the Japanese fortifications. A 20-man patrol was sent out under Lieutenant and Platoon Sergeant Walter Rigby early in the morning, working its way along a seemingly deserted trail that was heavily overgrown. The patrol was well into the enemy held area, perhaps as much as a mile forward of the rest of the American force. Among the young enlisted men who followed Sergeant Rigby deeper and deeper into the fortress of the enemy was his boyhood friend, Private Rodger Young.

It was nearing 4 p.m. when the lieutenant began withdrawing his platoon, hoping to return to the Company B bivouac area before darkness set in. As the patrol moved silently down the trail, high above them five Japanese soldiers monitored their movement from a well-concealed machine gun nest. The well placed enemy position gave the Japanese a commanding view of the trail, and they held their fire until the patrol was well into the open and only a short distance in front of their muzzle of their guns — then they opened fire.

Two soldiers fell dead in the initial volley, as the remaining 18 men dug frantically for cover. Above them the enemy soldiers held down the tripper of their machine gun, pouring unrelenting death on Sergeant Rigby and his men.

The lieutenant attempted a mass maneuver to remove his men from danger. It was an utter failure, and two more Americans fell to the deadly fire. All the 16 survivors could do was press their bodies to the earth and pray. they were trapped from above, unable to move, and darkness would set in before long. ‘We didn’t know how we were going to get out — we were surrounded by the Japanese,’ Private William Ridenour later recalled. ‘We were in a semi-circle, and we lit up our ammunition. We had to burn it up. That’s one of the lessons you learn, not to leave any ammunition for the enemy to use on you.’

Sergeant Rigby did his best to rally his men, but it was heart-rending. ‘We (had) walked right into a trap,’ he remembered. In the opening moments, four young men from his hometown area had fallen. Unlike the regular Army, when a National Guard unit goes into war, a company or a platoon is often heavily made up of a group of young men who all come from the same city or region.

As the young NCO struggled to carry out his order: ‘We had been ordered to burn our rations when we were told to withdraw,’ he noticed movement from another of his hometown soldiers. It was his boyhood friend, Private Rodger Young.

‘Rodger was bound and determined to get that Japanese machine gun. In his position he had to know he was going to get killed. When I gave the order to retreat, I saw one of the boys beside him poke him with a steak and tell him to draw back but he had his sight on that pillbox and started after it.’

(Continued to next week)

Private First Class Frank Petrarca First Class Frank Petrarca

Private Rodger Young Rodger Young

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Rare Bison born at African Safari Wildlife Park

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PORT CLINTON — Amongst the annual glut of springtime animal births at African Safari Wildlife Park, one calf stands out-“white” bison born on May 10. The calf was sired by Avalanche, an adult White Bison who arrived at the park in early-2014.

White Bison are sacred to several Native American cultures, representing abundance and hope. These births come on the heels of the passage of the National Bison Legacy Act, which designated the bison as the national mammal of the United States. Once numbering in the millions, hunting had pushed the bison to near-extinction by the 1890s. Conservation programs have since helped populations rebound.

The new arrival is visible daily in the Drive-Thru Safari.

African Safari Wildlife Park, 267 S. Lightner Rd. in Port Clinton is the mid-west’s only drive-thru safari. The park is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Thursday, May 26. Starting on Friday, May 27 the park shifts to their summer schedule and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. — rain or shine.

Tickets are $15.95 for adults, children ages four to six get in for $9.95 and children under age three get in free — until May 27. That price includes the drive-thru and walk-thru portions of the park. Prices increase during the summer to $21.95 for adults and $13.95 for children, but does include camel rides, pig races and the educational animal shows.

For more information visit the park’s website,

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Bellevue sees 14 cent increase since Monday

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BELLEVUE — Gas prices in the region rose over 28 cents over the weekend, jumping to $2.59 per gallon, according to prices reported to

The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline was $2.59 on Tuesday, up over 34 cents from last month’s average. Still, it’s 20 cents lower than last year’s average.

In Ohio, the average price went up almost 14 cents per gallon to $2.51. Most prices locally were just slightly higher than the state average.

“With crude oil prices rallying over the past 6 weeks, reaching the highest point that we’ve seen since November before Friday’s close, we should expect wholesale and retail gasoline prices to rise further,” said Gregg Laskoski, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.

The lowest prices in the region were $2.36 in Seneca County on Tuesday afternoon, followed by Erie, Huron and Sandusky counties all reporting $2.49 per gallon.

Locally, all of the gas stations were showing the same price — $2.59. Discounts were being offered at Bassett’s Petroleum for those who Bassett’s gas points and Circle K was offering discounts for rewards members.

Nationally, the average increased just 1.7 cents to just over $2.30 per gallon — making Ohio the seventh most expensive state to buy gasoline. California was reporting the highest gas prices in the United States averaging $2.80 per gallon.

“The good news for consumers is that even with the recent increases in the price at the pump, on average we’re still paying about 45 cents less per gallon this year versus last.”

By Amber Hatten


Second Run celebrates one year anniversary

Second Run Upscale Retail Shop celebrated it’s one year anniversary earlier this month. The shop is a retail store that is run by adult individuals with Developmental Disabilities. Pictured above are, front row, from left, Richard, Kelley and Kenny. Back row, from left, HR Manager Anita; Jeffrey, Program Director Tonya Marvin; CEO Christine Covelle; Caitlyn, Rodney and Day Array Specialist Jon Vogel.

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BELLEVUE — Second Run Upscale Retail Store celebrated their one-year anniversary earlier this month. The shop is a retail store that is run by adult individuals with Developmental Disabilities. The shop has a little bit of everything for sale.

They offer have blankets, wood furniture, glassware, home décor, spring planters, and books. The shop is made up of donated or consigned items. People who are cleaning out their attic, or have things they want to part with but don’t want to hassle with a garage sale, the individuals along with Jon Vogel, the store’s Day Array Specialist, will be glad to come to your home to pick up the item and sell it in the shop.

Second Run opened April 19, 2015, and has been going very well especially for employees Richard and Kelley. They are learning about pricing items, consignment percentages, and sales tax. They especially enjoy meeting the customers.

Caitlyn, Rodney, Kenny, and Jeff have a shredding shop in the back of the store. Anyone in the community with old documents they want to get rid of but may have some confidential information, Vogel can either come by and pick up or they can be dropped off for the individuals to shred them. The service is free and all information is kept confidential.

The individuals work very hard and learn community employment and have a lot of fun.

“Our individuals really enjoy working at these tasks and it gives them a sense of accomplishment and a big part of the community.,” said CEO Christine Covella.

Those who are interested in donating or consigning items for the store or having documents shredded, please call Jon Vogel at 567-267-9030.

Second Run is open Monday through Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Second Run Upscale Retail Shop celebrated it’s one year anniversary earlier this month. The shop is a retail store that is run by adult individuals with Developmental Disabilities. Pictured above are, front row, from left, Richard, Kelley and Kenny. Back row, from left, HR Manager Anita; Jeffrey, Program Director Tonya Marvin; CEO Christine Covelle; Caitlyn, Rodney and Day Array Specialist Jon Vogel. Run Upscale Retail Shop celebrated it’s one year anniversary earlier this month. The shop is a retail store that is run by adult individuals with Developmental Disabilities. Pictured above are, front row, from left, Richard, Kelley and Kenny. Back row, from left, HR Manager Anita; Jeffrey, Program Director Tonya Marvin; CEO Christine Covelle; Caitlyn, Rodney and Day Array Specialist Jon Vogel.
Shop has something for everyone


Bellevue Police Blotter

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Bellevue Police Department

Friday, May 20

Theft: A man and woman went to the police station to speak to an officer regarding a woman stealing blank checks and clothes from their home.

Sanitation: Bellevue police received a call from a man at the rec center who said that a jogger came to report quite a few hypodermic needles on Monroe St., heading east past the curve by the Knights of Columbus Hall. Officers advised that they removed the syringe.

Information: An administrator at Bellevue Middle School went to the police station to make a report of students fighting.

Information: Officers advised they had spoke with a woman in the 300 block of Union St. who thought someone had entered her home. Officers advised they would be clearing the house, and later advised the house was clear.

EMS overdose: A man called Bellevue PD and advised that he and his girlfriend had gotten into a fight and she took a bunch of medication and now she won’t wake up. The caller told officers she was breathing. North Central EMS was contacted along with Detective Burt. Officers advised the squad would be taking the woman to the hospital. Officers advised that life flight was on the ground at the hospital.

Assault: A man called police to report an assault in the 1000 block of Monroe St. Officers advised that they would be transporting one male back to the station.

Assist other agency: Huron County Sheriff’s Office called Bellevue PD and asked if they could attempt to locate a subject at Pizza Wheel who had a warrant. Officers advised Felicia Beckman was arrested on a warrant out of Norwalk PD for failure to appear.

Information: A woman called police to state that she needed officers to come to Revere Plastics because her boyfriend stole documents like her will and the deed to her house. She then stated that her boyfriend’s car could travel through time, and that the date was wrong before the call terminated. Officers advised they attempted to call the number back, but received no answer. They then called Clyde PD and advised them of the call.

Saturday, May 21

Disturbance: Police received a call from a man who advised a female tried to break into his house on the 100 block of Kilbourne St. and assault him. The caller stated that she had gotten into her vehicle, a Ford Explorer, and left. Officers advised they checked the area, but were unable to locate the vehicle. The man was told to call back if the female returned.

Information: A man called police to advise that he was on his way from Huron to Bellevue to go to the man from the earlier disturbance’s house. According to the caller, he heard the man had beaten up his daughter, who is eight months pregnant. The man suggested that officers meet him at the house before he took matters into his own hands. Bellevue PD asked if his daughter was the female who allegedly broke into the male’s house in the prior disturbance call, and he stated yes. Officers ended up making contact with the subjects at the car wash. A report was taken from the woman, and all subjects left the area.

Disturbance: Bellevue PD received a call from a Taco Bell employee who said there was a man in the lobby cussing people out. The man was wearing a hoodie, and driving a tan car. Officers advised the male left before their arrival, heading east on Rt. 20.

Traffic stop: Officers advised they would have a vehicle stopped near E. Main St. and Bauer Rd. for speeding. Officers advised consent was given to search the vehicle with negative results. The operator was issued a citation for speeding.

Petty theft: A man called police to report that someone stole a television and some speakers after a memorial held for his stepson at the VFW.

Summons: Police advised they would be out at the 300 block of North Sandusky St. to serve a summons on a 23-year-old woman. Officers advised Erie County does have a warrant for the female, but did not want her at the time, just wanted officers to advise her of the warrant. Officers advised they were unable to make contact.

Suspicious vehicle: A Willows employee called police advising of a suspicious vehicle. Officers were unable to locate it.

Hazard: Police received a call advising that five teenagers were throwing things off the overpass by Cherry Blvd. The caller stated that she was on East Center by the car wash and could see the subjects, who appeared to be four boys and one girl. Officers advised they saw the subjects, but the kids had taken off when they got turned around. Officers were unable to locate them.

Information: A man came to the station to advise that he had been at the drive-in in Norwalk with his girlfriend and children, and his girlfriend left him there. The man told police his girlfriend had been drinking a lot lately on top of taking prescription medication, and he was worried about going home because he knew it would turn into an argument and the two had a history of physical altercations. The man hoped to speak to an officer about what his options were. Officers advised him that it was a civil issue. The man advised that he may be staying the night at his brother’s house.

Sunday, May 22

Vehicle fire: Bellevue PD received a call from a Norfolk Southern employee that there is a box car on fire at building E7. Officers transferred the call to the Bellevue Fire Department and advised Huron County.

Escort: A man asked for an officer to come to his residence on the 100 block of Shumaker Dr. to retrieve his belongings, because his girlfriend was yelling after he had come home. Officers were advised, but the man and his children ended up staying at the residence for the evening.

Suspicious vehicle: Police received a call advising of a suspicious silver Chrysler 300 parked at the corner of Gardner and Pleasant. It had been there for approximately 15 minutes with its lights on. Officers made contact with the subject, who was just in the driveway waiting on someone else.

Fire aid: Bellevue Fire Department toned out for a mutual aid with Groton Township at Norfolk Southern for a box car fire.

Disturbance: A woman called Bellevue Pd and advised that there was a male at her door trying to get into her house in the 700 block of Gardner St. The caller did not know the man, and advised that all the doors were secure. Officers arrived and advised they arrested the male, Myles Moyer, who had an active warrant out of Seneca County. Bellevue PD advised the residence was outside of their jurisdiction, and contacted Sandusky County officers who took the male into custody.

Warrant arrest: Bellevue PD received a call from Seneca County advising they had a Larry Spencer Jr. in custody on a warrant out of Bellevue Municipal Court for failure to comply.

Prisoner transport: Officers advised they picked up Larry Spencer Jr. from Seneca County Jail and transported him to Sandusky County jail.

Disturbance: A woman called police to advise that a man was at the storage units on North Buckeye St., and he was taking her jeep. Officers spoke to the subjects, and advised that it was a verbal disagreement.

Persons suspicious: Police received a call from a woman who advised that her neighbor had tried to lure kids into her apartment at the Bryn Mawr Apartment Complex. The woman requested to speak to an officer. Officers advised that it appeared to be a misunderstanding.

Information: A woman called police from the Bellevue Middle school basketball court to report an unruly subject causing issues in the stands. Officers advised that they would not be removing anyone at that time, but would stick around to make sure everything was okay.

Parking complaint: A man called Bellevue PD and asked to speak with an officer about his neighbors in the 200 block of Sheridan St. parking in his yard. Officers advised they attempted to make contact with the neighbors.

Monday, May 23

Prisoner transport: Officers went to Sandusky County Jail to pick up Nathan Pickering and Jocelyn Caudill for Bellevue Municipal Court.

Animal bite: A man called Bellevue PD and advised that he was bitten by a pit bull while doing some work in the 100 block of Howard St. The caller told police the subject at the location took the dog in a Jeep and headed to Sandusky.

Prisoner transport: Officers returned Nathan Pickering and Jocelyn Caudill to Sandusky County Jail.

Warrant arrest: Officers advised they would be checking an apartment in the 100 block of Kilbourne St. for a 23-year-old woman who has a warrant out of Bellevue Municipal Court. Officers advised the woman was not at the location.

Trespassing: A man called police and advised there were juveniles skateboarding on his business property in the 200 block of Castalia St. and would like an officer to speak to them. Officers advised the juveniles were told to leave the property.

Animal bite: A woman called police to report her dog had been attacked and bitten by three larger dogs while she was walking it in the 100 block of Crystal Ct. She said this was a repeat incident, and the owner did not try to restrain his dogs. Officers advised they would be out in the area to attempt to make contact the owner of the dogs. Officers advised they took statements, and would be investigating further.

Information: Police received a call from a woman concerned that there may have been a Peeping Tom at her window in the 100 block of Brandon Blvd. She told officers she found a tin can filled with cigarette butts outside her bedroom window, but said she doesn’t smoke and didn’t know who would have put it there or why. She advised she didn’t see any signs of entry on the residence, or anyone in the area. Officers took a report.

Harassment: A man called police and advised his ex-wife had been harassing him over the phone. The caller advised he had made prior reports against her.

Escort: A man called police and advised that he went to the 100 block of Belle Ave. to get a tire removed from a boat trailer so he could have the boat removed from the property. The female at the residence stated that the boat’s title belonged to someone else, and was not cooperating. The caller advised he had made a previous report regarding the boat and the residents. The subjects ended up making an agreement so officers were no longer needed.×250-11.jpg


Council adopts four resolutions

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BELLEVUE — Prior to the start of Monday’s City Council meeting Mayor Kevin Strecker presented Sharon and Kyle Barnes, of Barnes Nursery, with a key to the city.

Mayor Strecker emphasized hows the Barnes’ took over the city’s compost facility and have been an asset to the community by donating compost to programs like The Bellevue Hospital’s Community Garden and mulch to Central Park.

“They run a community minded business and they are someone we want to have on our team,” said Mayor Strecker.

During his report, Mayor Strecker informed council that Huron County Public Health will be holding a training and distributing free Narcan kits on Tuesday, May 31 at the Bellevue Public Library from 5 to 7 p.m.

Safety Service Director Mike Lantz then delivered his report to council providing updates on several departments.

“The work on bridge on Near Rd. is set to begin tomorrow (Tuesday) and that’s a time table of a couple weeks to get done,” Lantz said. “There are some catch basis that are being installed in front of the water treatment plant due to some flood issues. Kevin Scagnetti wanted to get someone down there, since that is going to be an area we are looking to some new asphalt.

Lantz also informed council that work had begun on the clarifier at the water treatment plant.

“They will be finishing up the sandblasting in another two weeks or so before they get that coated,” he said. “All of the metal that was in bad shape has been replaced. They are working on sandblasting the super structure that’s in there now.”

None of the council members had anything new to report; however, First Ward council member Duane Baker did express some concern about the number of abandoned houses with high lawns.

“I’ve been getting calls from people about the high lawns at the abandoned homes,” Baker said.

Baker did tell his constituents that the city is aware of the issue and the houses are on a list of lawns that still need to be mowed.

“I read an article about how Sandusky is tearing down abandoned houses and I think it’s something council should look into this year,” he said.”We need to find ways to get money to take these houses down. Some haven’t had utilities in three or four years, those aren’t going to come back and I don’t think the CRA is going to help that.”

Mayor Strecker told Baker the city is looking into funding to take down some of the buildings, including the old Ben Franklin building downtown.

Third Ward council member Steve Hill agreed with Baker and said that the city should “find a way to make it work,” suggesting they speak to Sandusky to see how they handled the issue.

Hill then gave the floor to Bellevue Parks and Recreation Director Marc Weisenberger to explain Resolution R-9-16, which was on the agenda to be given it’s first reading on Monday.

The resolution would authorize Weisenberger to apply for a grant through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources in Huron County. Weisenberger explained the grant would cover a Nature Works project, which will be used to repair and improve Robert Peter’s Park.

The Rec Department is looking into adding better lighting, resurfacing the tennis and basketball courts, building restrooms that are more compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and adding a proper back entrance.

“We want to keep this park in good shape,” Weisenberger said.

Weisenberger noted that the grant is an 80:20 reimbursement grant, which means the city would have to appropriate 80 percent of the project funds from the budget, which would later be reimbursed by ODNR. The other 20 percent of the funds would have to come from donations or good-will offerings.

In total, Weisenberger is estimating the project will cost around $98,000, of that $78,000 will be reimbursed once the project is complete.

During the legislative portion of the meeting, the rules were suspended and Resolution R-9-16 was given all three readings and was unanimously adopted by a 7-0 vote.

Council also suspended the rules and gave Ordinance No. 8-16, which authorizes the city to enter into a union contract with the America Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) for service, maintenance and clerical employees working for the city. Ordinance No. 8-16 was also passed by a vote of 7-0.

Council then heard the second reading of Resolution R-5-16, which renews the contract the city has with Huron County Emergency Management Agency for emergency management services.

Also on the agenda to be given their second readings were Resolutions R-6-16 and R-7-16, which are companion resolutions for a renewal of a one-mill tax levy for the parks and recreation department.

The first resolution R-6-16 is simply requesting the auditors from Sandusky, Erie and Huron counties certify to council what the one-mill levy will do and how much money it will bring in. The second resolution R-7-16 is for the board of elections. It simply states that council did request the information from the auditor’s office and would like the levy to go on the ballot.

Council At Large John Miller made a motion to spend the rules and give Resolution R-6-16 it’s third and final reading. Miller’s motion was granted and Resolution R-6-16 was given it’s third reading and adopted by a vote of 7-0. Since the two resolutions go together, Hill then made a motion to suspend the rules for Resolution, R-7-16, to give it a third and final reading. It was adopted unanimously.

Although the resolutions were adopted by the council on Monday, the reports from the county auditors still have to justify the levy and the board of elections has to approve the measure to go on the November ballot. Council is unable to pass the levy themselves because it surpasses their 10-mill limit, so it requires voter approval.

Ivy Keller can be reached at 419-483-4190 ext. 1967. Follow us on Twitter @BellevueGazette.
Discusses city’s numerous abandoned houses

By Ivy Keller