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Man sentenced to community control

A man was sentenced to community control during a hearing in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley’s courtroom.

Ethan E.D. Johnson, 29, entered a written plea of guilty to a charge of possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony, court records state.

Kelbley sentenced Johnson to three years of community control and 62 days in Seneca County Jail, with credit for 49 days served.

Johnson must undergo counseling, substance abuse rehabilitation and/or treatment as determined necessary.

He also must be evaluated and complete a substance abuse rehabilitation program through First Step Recovery Detox & Treatment Center in Warren and undergo random drug and/or alcohol urinalysis as directed by Adult Parole Authority, according to court records.

Youth sex report investigated

Tiffin Police Department is investigating a report of youth sex abuse.

The alleged incident was reported at 1740 W. Market St., according to a police report.

First-responders assist man

Tiffin Police Department, Tiffin’s Public Works and Tiffin Fire Rescue Division assisted with a report of a suicidal man on South Sandusky Street on Monday morning.

At 9:30 a.m., a person reported there was a suicidal man at 162 ½ S. Sandusky St. who attempted to harm himself Sunday night and was going to try again Monday, according to a police report.

Tiffin Police Department’s crisis negotiation and special response teams were contacted.

The man responded to officers, the report states.

A person was turned over to Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital, and Firelands Counseling & Recovery Services was contacted.

Commissioners plan budget meeting Wednesday

Seneca County commissioners are to meet at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday with judges Michael Kelbley, Steve Shuff and Mark Repp and Sheriff Bill Eckelberry at their office, 111 Madison St.

They also are to discuss the county budget.

County to receive $158,000 in CDBG grant funds

Seneca Regional Planning Commission announced Monday the county has received $158,000 in grant funding through the Community Development Block Grant Program for county projects.

Regional Planning Executive Director Charlene Watkins said the funding is to be used on three projects and is to help to pay for administration and required Fair Housing programs, according to a county news release.

One project will use $73,900 for sidewalk improvements in Bloomville to replace 1,000 linear feet of sidewalk beside Marion and Beeghly streets.

Another $43,100 was approved for Melmore’s park in Eden Township to pay for 24-foot by 24-foot pavilion and installation of a restroom at the ball park. Those projects will add to other recent park improvements.

Another $9,400 is to assist up to eight households with up to three months delinquent rent or mortgage payments, or first month’s rent and deposit, to help homeless families or families avoiding homelessness.

The CDBG funds do not pertain to Tiffin because the city has its own CDBG program.

Remaining funds will be used for administration and Fair Housing programs as required by the Ohio Development Services Agency. ODSA is the agency that administers the program.

Watkins said this is the first time Melmore has received funds through the CDBG program.

“We are glad to see rural Seneca County benefitting from the Community Development Block Grant and providing much-needed services to our residents,” she said in the release.

The CDBG program is bi-annual, and the county is eligible to apply for funding again in 2021 for projects in 2022.

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