Safety Day upcoming

Seneca County Firemen’s Association is to have Safety Day 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday at Walmart, 2801 W. SR 18.

Tiffin Police Department is to have a bicycle rodeo, and equipment is to be on display.

The event is weather-permitting.

Celebrate 4th of July with patriotic concert at president’s home

FREMONT – Celebrate Independence Day with a patriotic concert by the Toledo Symphony Concert Band at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.

The annual Independence Day Concert is from 2-3:30 p.m. July 4 on the lawn of the historic Hayes Home. Admission is free. Take along a chair or blanket for seating.

The Toledo Symphony Concert Band will perform a variety of songs on the verandah of the home. In a Fourth of July tradition, Civil War reenactors will punctuate the performance of the “1812 Overture” with cannon fire.

The concert is sponsored by Hal and Diane Hawk, Crown Battery Manufacturing Co. with additional funding by Mosser Construction.

The Hayes Home and museum will be open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 4.

The last tour of the home is at 4 p.m.

The library is to be closed for the holiday.

Ribbon cutting celebrating

new gallery on Court Street

Join Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce for a ribbon cutting for Court Street Gallery at 4:15 p.m. Thursday.

The ceremony will take place at 4:30 pm. This event kicks off an After Five for the Court Street Gallery, 33 Court St. The opening will feature various works by owner Tom Hoffman. The opening will include some of Hoffman’s abstract art, offering some contemporary pieces.

Hoffman’s work has been showcased at the Tiffin University Diane Kidd Art Gallery earlier in 2019. The show was a sample of what the Court Street Gallery will offer. Hoffman’s art has been featured in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, previously.

Hoffman has a degree in architecture from the University of Illinois. He is known as a modern artist with abstract features included in his work. The gallery first opened its doors in April, and gave some previews during downtown events like the chocolate walk.

Court Street Gallery hours are noon-4 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, noon-6 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday June-October, and other times by appointment.

Human trafficking awareness

seminar announced

FINDLAY – There is an open public seminar scheduled for 2-4 p.m. Sunday to discuss human trafficking awareness at the Findlay Elks, 900 W. Melrose St.

The event will feature Marlene Carson, a survivor of domestic minor sex trafficking and founder of The Switch and Rehab’s Hideaway.

The event is free but donations accepted.

New program could cut time spent in line at BMV

COLUMBUS (AP) — The state is testing a program that could reduce the time people spend in line at the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

People who need to renew their driver’s license or auto registration can check-in online and advance in the queue without physically waiting in a BMV office. After checking in online, customers will have a four-hour window to arrive at the office, check in at a kiosk and claim their spot in line.

The state announced Monday that the pilot program will be tested at 12 deputy registrar locations, mostly in the Columbus area. State officials say it could be expanded to additional bureau offices in other parts of the state later.

There are 186 deputy registrar locations in Ohio. They process about 16 million transactions annually.

Ohio man pleads guilty to defrauding local governments

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — An Ohio man pleaded guilty Monday to stealing nearly $750,000 from state and local governments by submitting phony invoices to them.

Robert Mutua Muli of Carrollton, Ohio, struck a plea bargain with federal prosecutors in Alexandria, Virginia. Under the plea deal, Muli, 59, admitted that he conspired to commit wire fraud against four separate state and local governments. He faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced in October.

According to court documents, Muli would submit phony invoices to the governments’ finance departments. The invoices were made to resemble legitimate bills from vendors like Dell Computers.

The biggest victim was Fairfax County, Virginia, which lost more than $610,000. The county was not identified in court papers, but a county spokesman confirmed Tuesday that the county was the victim. He said the county reported the fraud to law enforcement and has addressed its internal procedures to prevent future losses.

The city of Detroit lost more than $130,000 and the state of Vermont lost $3,900.