Local school and police officials say security cameras are a big help in reducing vandalism, improving student safety and identifying students responsible for breaking the rules.
School districts in Huron, Willard, Norwalk, Bellevue, Sandusky and Margaretta all have turned to video surveillance to help them monitor school property.
By PAT SHENIGO
Erie County Commissioner
Editor's note: We asked commissioners Shenigo and Tom Ferrell Jr. for columns about their endorsements in the May 2 primary for Erie County Commissioner. We received one from Shenigo.
Last week Americans looked back in sorrow at the Oklahoma city bombings. The lives of 168 men, women and children were lost in that heinous act of domestic terrorism and countless other lives were affected by these losses.
The Bellevue Library isn't just a place to find a good book to read, you can learn anything! Granted our library does not always have the book you may want, but you can request it from one of the other libraries in the CLEVENET system. You can learn a new language, read about world history and other cultures, find a new recipe for dinner or learn a new craft.
In 2004 and again in 2008 many Republicans here in Erie County voted in the Democrat's primary election. Today I am writing to urge folks, on May 4, to consider voting again in the Republican primary. This is a crucial time for our country with questions about health care, the national debt and international affairs constantly in the headlines.
My family does not use the Bellevue Public Library on a daily basis but we have always used it and feel not having a library available would be a huge loss to so many who do participate in what it offers. Stop in and see for yourself what is available, if you say you do not use it or have no need for it. I would bet your family members and your neighbors use it if you were to ask them.
Let it be known that we have one of the finest family-oriented facilities in this area, historical in nature, worthy of your attention. It is our Bellevue Public Library.
Please let your vote be a positive vote in the coming election. May you reap the benefits of your positive action.
Elsa M. Bricker
I am not a resident of Margaretta Township. I have grandchildren who attend the school. Whatever reason you have in voting down the school levy is your own personal business. Maybe you have something against the board, but the students didn't cause the problem. Remember, the board has to come up for re-election.
I read the newspaper article about Carol Smith with great dismay. I am writing in support of a veteran teacher who was instrumental in influencing my sons and granddaughters who have since graduated from Perkins High School.
I urge my friends and neighbors to vote for Bill Monaghan on May 4.
Bill has done an excellent job as our commissioner. He has kept services going without borrowing money or raising our taxes.
He has worked hard to bring jobs to Erie County.
He has reached out to Huron, Ottawa and Lorain counties to find better ways to work together.
I supported Bill Monaghan in his first term politically, financially and personally.
It is time to put a man with real integrity in the county commission. We need Sam Artino serving our needs. Please vote for Sam Artino in the Democratic primary and restore some integrity to our party.
Les Hall, Castalia
The Nov. 4 election asks you to deploy the best person for the task of stabilizing our county resources and capture momentum in developing NASA, the U.S. 250 corridor and the expansion of sewer lines as a springboard for jobs. We have all faced a challenging year, and we have each probably made some painful choices. Now is not the time to change leadership.
Detectives have solved Norwalk's fetus mystery.
A now-deceased doctor owned the fetus found last week in a junkyard van and likely used it for teaching purposes, which is fairly common among the medical community, said Huron County Sheriff's Capt. Ted Patrick.
The jury just came back and they found Thomas Ricks guilty of aggravated murder.
Ricks is one of two men suspected in the March 11, 2008, shooting death of Calvin Harper Jr.
He faces life in prison.
Erie County prosecutor Kevin Baxter described the murder as a set-up in a dangerous environment of drug dealings.
Sandusky police officers are expected to ask for the city to use its emergency piggy bank to call back laid-off officers at tonight's city commission meeting.
This and many other items on the agenda. Stay tuned to www.sanduskyregister.com to view the livestream video broadcast of the city commission meeting. It starts at 5 p.m.
Steam comes from the engine block of a semi truck as Perkins fire sprays water to a semi truck that was on fire at Ohio 4, just north of Strub Road today.
No one was injured, but traffic had to be rerouted as crews cleared the scene.
A few days ago when I got to work and checked my e-mail, I found a long press release from the Jennifer Brunner campaign, criticizing Lee Fisher, her opponent in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate.