Local Briefs

New Riegel Schools Audit/Financial Committee meeting

There is to be a New Riegel Schools Audit/Financial Committee meeting 7 p.m. Monday in the library/media center.

Seneca County Board of Health meeting

There is to be a Seneca County Board of Health meeting 6 p.m. Thursday at Seneca County General Health District conference room A, 71 S. Washington St., Tiffin. For any questions, call Beth Schwitzer at (419) 447-3691.

Tiger attack at Topeka Zoo

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — City officials say a tiger mauled a zookeeper at the Topeka Zoo in northeastern Kansas.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the incident happened around 9:30 a.m. Saturday, when a Sumatran tiger named Sanjiv tackled the worker in an enclosed outdoor space.

Topeka Zoo director Brendan Wiley says the zookeeper suffered lacerations and puncture wounds to her head, neck and back. Wiley says she was awake and alert when she was taken by ambulance to a hospital and was in stable condition Saturday afternoon. The zookeeper’s name has not been released.

The zoo was open at the time of the attack and was witnessed by some people. It reopened about 45 minutes after the attack.

Officials are investigating what led up to the attack.

Sanjiv came to the Topeka Zoo in August 2017 from a zoo in Akron, Ohio.

State officials warn of timber theft spurred by high prices

COLUMBUS (AP) — State officials in Ohio say timber theft has increased due to high prices for white oak and black walnut.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry is offering tips to help residents prevent thefts on public and private land.

Division Chief Dan Balser says in a release that timber poachers often work in secluded areas not visible from homes. He says they often remove the most valuable lower log section trees, leaving upper sections and limbs behind.

Small trailers and winches, or logging equipment like loaders and large trucks are sometimes used by thieves.

State officials urge Ohioans to inspect their property often, conduct inventories and report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement the theft of timber is suspected.