Briefly, Sept. 5

Man sentenced to 18 months in prison

A man admitted Tuesday he walked away from CROSSWAEH.

Brett M. Epps Jr., 23, pleaded guilty to a charge of escape, a third-degree felony, during a hearing in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley’s courtroom.

Kelbley followed the joint recommendation and sentenced him to 18 months in prison, with credit for 133 days served.

Epps declined to speak before sentencing.

Man pleads guilty to burglary

A man pleaded guilty to a burglary charge during a hearing in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley’s courtroom Tuesday.

Lucas L. Prater, 27, pleaded guilty to a charge of burglary, a third-degree felony.

The case was referred for a pre-sentence investigation.

The joint recommendation is for Prater to serve a three-year term of community control under the supervision of the drug intensive probation officer, undergo random drug and/or alcohol urinalysis, complete a substance abuse assessment through Rigel Recovery Services as directed by the probation officer, complete all recommended services and pay restitution of $352.85.

Several indicted

Several people were indicted by a Seneca County grand jury.

Blane E. Sheridan, 28, of Fostoria, was charged with illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto the grounds of a specified governmental facility, a third-degree felony, and trafficking in heroin, a fourth-degree felony, court records state.

Jeffrey L. Williams Jr., 42, of Tiffin, was charged with two counts of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, fourth-degree felonies.

The grand jury found that within 10 years of allegedly committing the offenses, he previously had been convicted of or pleaded guilty to three equivalent offenses, according to his indictment.

Alyison P. Biddle, 24, of Bloomville, was charged with theft, a fifth-degree felony.

The alleged offense involved SNAP assistance payments valued at $1,000 or more from Seneca County Department of Job and Family Services, according to her indictment.

Senior Ministries to host auction

St. Francis Senior Ministries are to host a quarter auction 1-4 p.m. Saturday in Elizabeth Schaefer Auditorium, 190 St. Francis Ave.

Admission is $5 and includes two bidding paddles.

Extra paddles are $1 each.

There also is to be a 50/50 raffle.

Proceeds from the auction are to benefit the St. Francis Senior Ministries Walk to End Alzheimer’s team.

For more information, call (419) 447-2723.

Heidelberg has used pianos for sale

The Heidelberg University School of Music & Theater is to have used pianos for sale 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday in Brenneman Musica Hall.

There are 10 upright pianos and one grand piano with bench for $100 each — cash or check.

All pianos are in good condition and tuned. Students have used the pianos in studios for lessons and practice for years and pianos are being sold as is.

The grand piano is on the second floor and all others are on the main level of the building. Purchasers are responsible for moving the pianos to their new homes.

The instruments are being offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For questions or more information, call (419) 448-2073.

The Community Music School also is to host an open house at 2 p.m., followed by the piano sale.

The school hosts the Children’s Musical Theatre, the new Middle School and High School Musical Theatre Program, the Youth Orchestra, the Youth Wind Ensemble, private lessons and a musical theatre course.

Chamber to host patent seminar

Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services, in conjunction with Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp., are to host a free seminar titled “Patently Good Ideas: Intellectual Property Law for Business and Entrepreneurs” 6-8 p.m. Sept. 13 in the Chamber Building, 19 W. Market St., Suite B.

Jacob M. Ward, registered patent attorney from Ward Law Office of Tiffin, is to present the course. He is to explain the basics of patents, trademarks and copyrights, and how businesses and entrepreneurs can use these business tools to their advantage.

To register, call (419) 408-5500 or email info@wardpatent.com.

Chamber seeking nominations

Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services is to present the Outstanding Citizenship Award at the annual meeting in October.

The citizenship award honors an individual who has proven himself or herself to be outstanding among peers in the areas of professional competence, civic contribution and personal qualities.

The Women’s Career Excellence Award also is to be delivered.

The award recognizes the potential of all women as valued members and leaders of the community and those who support them. The Women’s Career Excellence Award honors individuals who strive toward the highest levels of professional accomplishment, who excel in their chosen field, have devoted time and energy to their community in a meaningful way and who also open paths so that others may follow.

Deadline for nominations for either awards is Sept. 12

To nominate an individual for this award, contact (419) 447-4141 or visit tiffinchamber.com.

Friedman Village earns clean report

The Ohio Department of Health visited Friedman Village at St. Francis Assisted Living and found the facility deficiency free.

Friedman Village at St. Francis is a part of the St. Francis Senior Ministries life plan community. St. Francis Senior Ministries has assisted living rooms as well as independent living, nursing care, post hospital rehabilitation and a specialized Alzheimer’s/dementia residence.

For more information, visit www.stfrancistiffin.org.