Tiffin again named Tree City USA

For the 37th straight year, Tiffin was recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA community.

According to a city release, Tiffin is to receive a Growth Award for the fifth year since joining the program. The awards are to be presented April 18 at the annual meeting of the organization.

The city is to receive the Growth Award to recognize a higher level of tree care, the release states. Tiffin is to receive the award for its Christmas tree recycling program and for the further education of Tiffin Shade Tree and Beautification Commission members.

Each year, the tree commission applies for membership in Tree City USA on behalf of the city. Cities are eligible if they meet four standards: maintaining a tree board or department, having a tree care ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and observing Arbor Day with a proclamation.

The tree commission meets monthly to discuss tree plantings for Tiffin’s boulevards, flower plantings in baskets downtown and to learn more about trees.

Man sentenced after 2nd conviction in tot’s drowning

OTTAWA (AP) — An Ohio man who withdrew a guilty plea after serving part of a life sentence in the drowning of his 1-year-old son and later was found guilty in a jury trial was sentenced again Monday.

A court official said a judge in Ottawa sentenced Michael Luebrecht to 20 years to life in prison. A Putnam County jury Friday found Luebrecht guilty of aggravated murder. Luebrecht and his attorney had argued that medications he took for mental health issues contributed to the killing at his northwestern Ohio home in 2005.

Luebrecht had been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison after he pleaded guilty in 2006 in the drowning of his son, Joel.

A message seeking comment was left Monday for Luebrecht’s attorney.

Luebrecht testified at trial that he did not remember much in the months before his son’s death, but said he clearly recalled killing him.

“There was a mission to kill Joel and that mission had to be done,” he said, describing how he felt like there was an outside force pushing him.

The boy’s mother testified she blamed doctors who kept changing her husband’s medication that he was taking for depression and obsessive compulsive disorder.

Amy Luebrecht said medications her husband took from 1994 to 2004 were working until his medication was changed.

County Prosecutor Gary Lammers noted Luebrecht lied several times on the day of his son’s death, including telling a neighbor that the boy fell into a bathtub.

Tiffin board’s Support Services Committee to meet Friday

The Tiffin City Board of Education’s Support Services Committee is to meet at 8 a.m. Friday in the Administration Building, 244 S. Monroe St.