By DENISE GRANT
Staff Writer
The Hancock County commissioners established tap fees Thursday for businesses connecting to the sewer line in the new Distribution Drive industrial park.
Commissioner Phillip Riegle said the fees are the same as for any other sewer taps in the county. A fee of $5,500 will be charged for residential units connecting to the gravity sewer, and a $1,000 per acre fee for any future industrial or residential developments not included in the tax increment financing area.
A tax increment financing plan allows additional real estate tax revenue, created by new development in a specific area, to be diverted from public entities like schools and townships, and used to finance infrastructure improvements.
The commissioners agreed to finance infrastructure for Findlay’s new Ohio Logistics Business Park through a tax increment financing plan. It is expected to take 10 years to pay off the nearly $2 million in debt.
Ohio Logistics, at 12560 Distribution Drive, built a 125,000-square-foot addition on the north side of its warehouse, and a 130,000-square-foot warehouse to the east of its building. The expansion is expected to create 35 to 45 jobs, with the company to begin occupying the new warehouses this month.
The 47-acre industrial park is north of Hancock County 99 and east of Ball Metal and the CSX railroad tracks.
The park will include the existing 21-acre Ohio Logistics warehouse tract. Five lots on the east side of Distribution Drive will be for use by other businesses to be recruited.
Separately Thursday, the commissioners approved the sale of equipment formerly used by the Hancock County Engineer’s Office.
The equipment, including a 1960 grader, plasma cutter, flip-deck mower, drill press, two tool boxes, a traffic arrow board and two air compressors, will be sold by online auction at GovDeals.
All of the equipment is valued at less than $2,500.
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By LOU WILIN
STAFF WRITER
The University of Findlay continues to lay groundwork, with Findlay city officials’ help, to build a $9 million, 5,000-seat lacrosse/football stadium off Trenton Avenue.
Findlay City Planning Commission on Thursday recommended City Council close Foulke Avenue from Morey Avenue to Cory Street, and also close four nearby alleys. Council will have the final say in a few weeks, but the university makes a compelling argument.
“West Foulke runs straight through where the middle of the stadium would be, roughly on the 50-yard line,” said Todd Jenkins, engineering project manager for Peterman Associates.
Closing the street and alleys will enable water, sewer and other utility lines to be moved and stadium designs to advance, he said.
The four north-south alleys which would be closed all extend from Trenton Avenue to Foulke Avenue, between Morey Avenue on the west and Cory Street on the east.
A construction date for the open-air stadium has not been set yet. But the university plans for the women’s lacrosse team to play on the new turf by spring 2015, and the football team to use it in fall 2015.
The stadium will be in the block bounded by Morey Avenue on the west, Cory Street on the east, Trenton Avenue on the north and Howard Run on the south. The area is now the site of Kremer Field, and is behind the Koehler Fitness and Recreation Complex, residential housing and offices.
The stadium also will offer more space to the university’s intramural sports programs, which include 25 activities and 3,000 participants.
It also will host eight concerts a year which will be live-streamed online.
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By LOU WILIN
STAFF WRITER
Construction of a Taylor Volkswagen dealership will start soon at the southeast corner of Hancock County 99 and Speedway Drive in Findlay.
It will likely open in early 2015, Taylor Automotive General Manager Steve Taylor said Thursday.
Plans for the $5 million, 25,000-square-foot building with offices, showroom, service and parts departments were approved Thursday by Findlay City Planning Commission.
Taylor will employ 25 to 30 at the dealership.
“We are itching to break ground and get going,” Taylor said. “We think there’s pretty good demand for Volkswagen in Findlay.”
He is hoping to sell 100 new and used cars per month. With 9.5 acres at his site, he has room to expand the dealership eventually, he said.
Taylor a year ago had been considering building the dealership at the former site of Imperial House Motel, 1305 W. Main Cross St. The hotel was demolished in 2008, and the site just southeast of the Interstate 75-Ohio 12 interchange is barren.
But Taylor had to give up on that site when it turned out it had less space than it initially appeared. The state has right of way claims which it may use for a planned Interstate 75 widening.
The Volkswagen dealership will be Taylor’s third dealership in Findlay, joining Taylor Hyundai at 15199 U.S. 224 East, and Taylor Kia at 12002 Hancock County 99, northeast of the Speedway Drive site.
Taylor Automotive bought the Hyundai property and franchise in 2012 from Tom Ahl. It opened the Kia dealership in 2010.
It also owns Cadillac and Kia dealerships in Toledo, a Hyundai franchise in Perrysburg and a Kia franchise in Lima.
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By JOY BROWN
STAFF WRITER
Terms of the settlement in the Carla Reeg civil rights case were “confidential,” but Findlay government’s monetary payments and attorney fees in the case are public matters, according to legal precedents.
On April 8, Law Director Don Rasmussen provided City Council members with a letter stamped “FYI,” explaining his request to appropriate $3,344 from the city’s self-insurance fund.
The money was to go toward “the settlement claim we reached in the Reeg matter that I discussed with you in executive session,” he wrote to council.
“I remind you that this settlement is confidential. I am providing this letter to you directly for your information only,” Rasmussen told council. “This letter will not be read at council.”
At its April 15 meeting, council gave the ordinance for the appropriation a first reading, with no discussion. The ordinance was given a second reading this week.
No explanation for the proposed appropriation was offered in the council meeting packets that are made available to the public prior to each regular council meeting.
The packets include information on matters that council is expected to consider, and other information such as committee meeting minutes.
The Courier on April 16 made a public records request that asked for copies of correspondence from this year labeled “FYI” that had been included in council members’ meeting packets but had not been released to the public.
Rasmussen’s April 8 letter was not provided until a reporter asked him about it in person. Rasmussen said he didn’t immediately release the letter because settlement details were still being completed and he didn’t want to jeopardize them.
The city released the document last week.
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The University of Findlay honored Kohei Suzuki, founder of GSW Manufacturing, and his son Joji “George” Suzuki, the company’s former president, during a ceremony at the Findlay Country Club on Thursday.
The university awarded Kohei Suzuki with an honorary doctor of business administration, and George Suzuki received a distinguished alumnus award from the university’s alumni association.
The university presented the honorary degree in recognition of Kohei Suzuki’s efforts to bridge the culture gap between Japan and Findlay, creating understanding, friendship and joint economic benefits, according to the university.
Kohei Suzuki, who founded several companies in Japan, established GSW Manufacturing in Findlay’s Tall Timbers industrial park in 1989, the first wholly Japanese-owned company in Findlay. GSW serves as the North American headquarters for G.S. Eletech, which manufactures automobile electrical and hose assemblies.
Under Suzuki’s leadership, GSW spearheaded a Japan study tour for educators and community leaders to experience Japan first-hand. GSW supported the trip for 10 years between 1993 and 2003, sending more than 20 community leaders. The program is now supported by the Friends of Findlay, a consortium of Japan-based companies in northwestern Ohio.
He also invested in downtown Findlay, bringing authentic Japanese culture and cuisine to the community with the establishment of Japan West restaurant.
Joji “George” Suzuki was honored for his international business career and for setting an example as a 1999 graduate of the University of Findlay’s master of business administration program.
George Suzuki is the president of G.S. Eletech of Japan, a position he has held since 2013.
In 1987, George Suzuki started G.S. Wiring Systems in California, and in 1989 he moved to Findlay to start GSW Manufacturing, where he served as president from 1994 to 1999, according to the university.
In 2001, George Suzuki became a managing director of G.S. Eletech in Aichi, Japan.
The next year, he came back to Findlay to lead GSW Manufacturing, again as president, and then he returned to Japan in 2008.

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The Hancock County Young Guns will be competing with 11 other teams from Ohio and Indiana in a nationally-sponsored trapshooting competition on Saturday at Jaqua’s Fine Guns and Gun Club.
Young Guns head coach Louie Scheiderer on Thursday said 274 youths were registered for the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation event, to be held at 900 E. Bigelow Ave. Shooting with five-member teams will begin at 9:30 a.m. and last all day, he said.
Students in grades four through 12 will be competing in various divisions, according to grade level and ability. The foundation will be donating $1,000 toward door prizes and provide $19,000 in endowments to clubs with champions and runners-up.
Rookie teams will shoot 500 clay targets and advanced teams 1,000 targets.
Scheiderer said the endowment funding is particularly welcome because it helps pay for equipment and operational costs.
“My club shoots over $6,000 worth of practice targets each year,” Scheiderer said.
Young Guns was established in 2009 with nine members. It now has 41 participants, seven of them girls, who reside here and as far away as Celina and Perrysburg, Scheiderer said. They practice each week at Jaqua’s and attend several seasonal competitions.
The club is accepting new members. For more information, visit its website at www.hcyg.org.

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Bluffton's Lauren Parkins (left) and Taylor Monday exchange high fives after Parkins caught an infield fly ball Thursday night during the Pirates' 2-0 win against Paulding.  (Photo by Kent Tarbox)

Bluffton’s Lauren Parkins (left) and Taylor Monday exchange high fives after Parkins caught an infield fly ball Thursday night during the Pirates’ 2-0 win against Paulding. (Photo by Kent Tarbox)

BLUFFTON — Sami Fruchey tossed a three-hitter in seven innings of work to complete her second straight shutout in the circle in Bluffton’s 2-0 win against Paulding in Northwest Conference action on Thursday.
Olivia Hunt’s third-inning triple plated one of the Pirates’ (10-3, 5-2 NWC) two runs.
Paulding (4-10, 3-5) got a single from Morgan Riley.

Paulding 000 000 0 — 0 3 1
Bluffton 001 001 x — 2 5 0
WP — Fruchey (9-3). LP — Farr. top hitters: (Blu) Hunt 3B, RBI.
records: Paulding 4-10 overall, 3-5 Northwest Conference; Bluffton 10-3, 5-2.
ARLINGTON 7
OLD FORT 5
OLD FORT — Shayna Helms and Erin Helms combined for three singles, a triple and three RBIs as Arlington scored five runs in the sixth inning to defeat Old Fort 7-5 in a nonleague softball game.
Dani Heaster singled twice and drove in a run as well for Arlington (15-4), which converted two double plays to end the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings.
Krista Ward and Michaela Davidson each doubled, singled and drove in a run to lead Old Fort (10-8).

Arlington 000 025 0 — 7 10 2
Old Fort 000 112 1 — 5 12 1
WP — Myers (1-0). LP — Pence. top hitters: (Arl) S. Helms 3B, 1B, RBI; E. Helms 2-1B, 2 RBI; Heaster 2-1B, RBI. (OF) Ward & Davidson 2B, 1B, RBI; P. Miller 2-1B
records: Arlington 15-4, Old Fort 10-8.
PANDORA-GILBOA 10
OTTOVILLE 0
PANDORA — Pandora-Gilboa broke a scoreless game open with seven runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and rolled past Ottoville 10-0 in a five-inning Putnam County League contest.
Brittany Riegle doubled and drove in two runs, Megan Maag added a single and an RBI, while Jenna Sigler and Shana Hovest each notched a double for the Rockets (5-10, 2-2 PCL).
Nikki Burgei singled to record the only hit for Ottoville (1-11, 0-3).

Ottoville 000 00 — 0 1 2
Pandora-Gilboa 000 73 — 10 6 1
WP — Maag (5-10). LP — Von Sossan. top hitters: (P-G) Reigle 2B, 2 RBI; Maag 1B, RBI; Sigler 2B; Hovest 2B.
records: Ottoville 1-11 overall, 0-3 Putnam County League; Pandora-Gilboa 5-10 overall, 2-2 Putnam County League.
TOLEDO ST. URSULA 11
FINDLAY 5
TOLEDO — St. Ursula tallied 11 hits and scored in every inning except the fifth in an 11-5 Three Rivers Athletic Conference victory against Findlay on Thursday.
Kirstin Webb had a pair of singles and three RBIs for the Arrows (10-8, 6-5 TRAC).
Mariah Nill doubled and drove in two runs for Findlay (6-18, 4-7).

Findlay 021 000 2 — 5 8 3
St. Ursula 121 302 2 — 11 11 2
WP — Ott. LP — Bowling (4-16). top hitters: (Fin) Nill 2B, 2 RBI. (SUA) Webb 2-1B, 3 RBI.
records: Findlay 6-18 overall, 4-7 Three Rivers Athletic Conference; St. Ursula 10-8 overall, 6-5 Three Rivers Athletic Conference.
CONTINENTAL 17
KALIDA 16
CONTINENTAL — Continental hammered out 20 hits and scored one run in the bottom of the seventh to edge Kalida 17-16 in a Putnam County League matchup.
Emily Logan singled three times and drove in two runs, Erica Fitzwater added a triple, two singles and two RBIs, while Alex Quigley and Amelia Weller each tallied four singles for Continental (6-8, 2-1 PCL).
Laine Laudick notched five singles, Casey Wehri added a pair of singles and Sarah Hovest hit a double for Kalida (4-12, 1-4).

Kalida 161 602 0 — 16 13 5
Continental 343 042 1 — 17 20 6
WP — Recker. LP — Nagy. top hitters: (Kal) Laudick 5-1B; Hovest 2B; Wehri 2-1B. (Cont) Quiqley 4-1B; Fitzwater 2-1B, 3B, 2 RBI; Scott 3-1B; Logan 3-1B, 2 RBI; Weller 4-1B.
records: Kalida 4-12 overall, 1-4 Putnam County League; Continental 6-8 overall, 2-1 Putnam County League.
PATRICK HENRY 4
AYERSVILLE 1
DEFIANCE — Natalie Herder singled twice and drove in two runs while earning the win in the circle as Patrick Henry knocked off Ayersville 4-1 in nonleague softball action.
Patrick Henry improved to 17-3 on the season.

Patrick Henry 011 100 1 — 4 3 1
Ayersville 010 000 0 — 1 5 1
WP — Herder (1-0). top hitters: (PH) Herder 2-1B, 2 RBI. (Ayers) Carnahan 2B.
records: Patrick Henry 17-3.
CAREY 9
FREMONT ROSS 2
CAREY — Fremont Ross jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but it was all Carey after that as the Blue Devils won 9-2 in a nonconference softball game on Thursday.
Abby Hall tripled, singled and drove in a run for Carey (12-6), and Makenzie Wentling ripped two singles and had two RBIs. Dani Berardinelli-Clark picked up her first win of the season, allowing an earned run on two hits in seven innings while walking 10 batters and striking out six.

Fremont Ross 110 000 0 — 2 2 2
Carey 030 321 x — 9 10 3
WP — Berardinelli-Clark (1-0). LP — Swaisgood. top hitters: (FR) Swaisgood 2-1B. (Car) Hall 3B, 1B, RBI; Schlack 2B, 1B, RBI; Wentling 2-1B, 2 RBI; Draper 2-1B; Fletcher 1B, 2 RBI.
records: Fremont Ross 5-16, Carey 12-6.
NORTH BALTIMORE 9
LIBERTY CENTER 1
NORTH BALTIMORE — Bailey Boyer led North Baltimore’s hit parade Thursday as the Tigers downed Liberty Center 9-1 in a nonconference softball game.
Boyer had three singles, Hanna Brian 2 singles and an RBI, and Kelcie Bean two singes as North Baltimore improved to 7-11. Bean picked up the win in the circle.
Lexie Noll singled and tripled for Liberty Center (2-17).

Liberty Center 000 000 1 — 1 5 3
North Baltimore 020 412 x — 9 12 1
WP — Bean (3-7). LP — Noll. top hitters: (LC) Gilson 2-1B; Noll 1B, 3B. (NB) Brian 2-1B, RBI; Boyer 3-1B; Bean 2-1B.
records: Liberty Center 2-17, North Baltimore 7-11.
MILLER CITY 8
HOLGATE 6
HOLGATE — Tiffany Welty smacked a two-run, eighth-inning single Thursday as Miller City rallied from an early 4-0 deficit to defeat Holgate 8-6 in a nonconference softball game.
Welty also doubled and had four RBIs on the day. Cassie Niese had three singles and an RBI, and winning pitcher Kylee Ricker doubled and drove in a run for Miller City (9-6).
Salina Gray, Sarah Niese and Natalie Kelly each had two hits for Holgate (3-9).

Miller City 011 013 02 — 8 8 2
Holgate 400 011 00 — 6 13 3
WP — Ricker (3-2). LP — Howe. top hitters: (MC) Niese 3-1B, RBI; Welty 2-1B, 2B, 4-RBI; Ricker 2B, RBI. (Hol) Kelly 2-1B, RBI; Gray 2-1B, RBI; Niese 2-1B, RBI.
records: Miller City 9-6, Holgate 3-9.
RIVERDALE 12
COLONEL CRAWFORD 3
NORTH ROBINSON — Taylor Farmer allowed three runs on eight hits, while striking out 10 and walking two in seven innings as Riverdale topped Colonel Crawford 12-3 in North Central Conference play.
Aricka Hill tripled, doubled and drove in three runs, Hannah Morris singled twice and had two RBIs and Jordyn Wright added three singles and an RBI for the Falcons (12-9, 5-6 NCC).
Bri Rankins and Courtney Tinkey had two hits each for Colonel Crawford (6-12, 2-8).

Riverdale 302 004 3 — 12 9 0
Colonel Crawford 020 001 0 — 3 8 1
WP — Farmer. LP — Widman. top hitters: (Riv) Morris 2-1B, 2 RBI; Wright 3-1B, RBI; Hill 2B, 3B, 3 RBI. (CC) Rankins 2-1B; Tinkey 2-1B.
records: Riverdale 12-9 overall, 5-6 North Central Conference; Colonel Crawford 6-12 overall, 2-8 North Central Conference.
COLUMBUS GROVE 7
LINCOLNVIEW 6
COLUMBUS GROVE — Columbus Grove kept its hopes of a share of the Northwest Conference title with a 7-6 NWC softball victory over Lincolnview on Thursday.
The win gives the Bulldogs (12-7) a 6-1 mark in the NWC. Convoy Crestview sits in first with a 7-0 league mark.
Hope Schroeder homered for Grove in Thursday’s win. Deanna Kleman and Micah Stechschulte each had two hits.

Lincolnview 004 001 1 — 6 8 3
Columbus Grove 000 140 2 — 7 8 1
WP — G. Schroeder (1-4). LP — McClure. top hitters: (Lin) Springer 1B, 2B; Ashbaugh 2B. (CG) H. Schroeder Hr; Kleman 2-1B; M. Stechschulte 2-1B.
records: Lincolnview 11-11, 5-3 Northwest Conference; Columbus Grove 12-7, 6-1 NWC.
ADA 7
DELPHOS JEFFERSON 4
ADA — Ada plated four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to hold off Delphos Jefferson 7-4 and earn its first Northwest Conference win of the season.
Tori Wyss came through with a double, a single and three RBIs, Ashley Summer had a double and drove in a run and Quinn High notched a pair of singles for Ada (11-7, 1-7 NWC).
Shayla Rice recorded a double, a single and an RBI and Samantha Branham tallied a double and an RBI for Jefferson (2-15, 0-8).

Jefferson 000 040 0 — 4 4 6
Ada 001 204 x — 7 6 6
WP — Sumner. LP — Thompson. top hitters: (DJ) Thompson 2-1B; Rice 1B, 2B, RBI; Branham 2B, RBI. (Ada) High 2-1B; Sumner 2B, RBI; Wyss 1B, 2B, 3 RBI.
records: Delphos Jefferson 2-15 overall, 0-8 Northwest Conference; Ada 11-7 overall, 1-7 Northwest Conference.
LAKOTA 5
VAN BUREN 1
KANSAS — Morgan Gangwer drilled three singles and drove in a run while picking up the win in the circle as Lakota scored five unearned runs to beat Van Buren 5-1 in nonleague softball action on Thursday.
Lakota (14-6) scored three runs in the third inning to break a 1-1 tie.
Nichole Miller had three singles for Van Buren (10-12), which had five errors.

Van Buren 100 000 0 — 1 4 5
Lakota 103 100 0 — 5 9 0
WP — Gangwer. LP — Miller. top hitters: (VB) Miller 3-1B. (Lak) Gangwer 3-1B, RBI.
records: Van Buren 10-12, Lakota 14-6.
OTTAWA-GLANDORF 13
LIBERTY-BENTON 3
Michelle Sdao homered and drove in runs as Ottawa-Glandorf beat Liberty-Benton 13-3 in five innings Thursday in nonconference softball.
Sdao finished 3 for 3 including a double, and Stephanie Hempfling went 2 for 4 for Ottawa-Glandorf (14-3), which also took advantage of four L-B errors.
Katie Devore was 2 for 2 with a double for Liberty-Benton (7-11).

Ottawa Glandorf 330 43 — 13 11 1
Liberty-Benton 000 03 — 3 6 4
WP — Kitchen 3-2 (kramer). LP — Katie Roberts. top hitters: (O-G) Sdao 3-3, HR, 2B, 3RBI; Hempfling 2-4. (L-B) Hannah Brown 1-1; Katie Devore 2-2, 2B.
records: Ottawa-Glandorf 14-3. Liberty-Benton 7-11.
TIFFIN COLUMBIAN 12
HOPEWELL-LOUDON 7
TIFFIN — Brittany DuMonte belted a home run, two singles and drove in three runs as Tiffin Columbian knocked off Hopewell-Loudon 12-7 in nonconference softball action on Thursday.
Ronnie Daughenbaugh also had three hits, all singles, for Tiffin Columbian, which scored four runs in the sixth to extend its’ lead to 12-5.
Gabby Gregg hit three singles for Hopewell-Loudon (2-16), and Abby Park had doubled, singled and drove in a run.

Hopewell-Loudon 000 500 2 — 7 13 5
Tiffin Columbian 105 204 x — 12 11 2
WP — Schalk. LP — Coppus (1-11). top hitters: (H-L) Park 2B, 1B, RBI; Gregg 3-1B; Sauber 2-1B. (TC) DuMonte HR, 2-1B, 3 RBI; Daughenbaugh 3-1B; Shope 2B, 1B, RBI.
records: Hopewell-Loudon 2-16.
FOSTORIA 8
TIFFIN CALVERT 4
TIFFIN — Fostoria scored six runs in a three-inning stretch and capitalized on six Tiffin Calvert errors to earn an 8-4 nonconference victory on Thursday.
Breanna Biles doubled and drove in a run, Alex Hersch added two singles and an RBI and Jada Hampton recorded a single and an RBI for Fostoria (5-13).
Allison Huss hit a double and drove in three runs and Taylor Ritzler tallied three singles for Calvert (7-7).

Fostoria 200 123 0 — 8 5 2
Calvert 300 010 0 — 4 7 6
WP — Moore. LP — Bennett. top hitters: (Fos) Gonyer 2B; Biles 2B, RBI; Hersch 2-1B; Hampton 1B, RBI. (TC) Ritzler 3-1B; Brickner 2-1B; Huss 2B, 3 RBI.
records: Fostoria 5-13; Tiffin Calvert 7-7.

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By MAX FILBY
STAFF WRITER
Ohio Police Chief David Oliver may not oversee the biggest city, but on Facebook, his department is second only to New York City.
Oliver, police chief in Brimfield, Ohio, is known for his comments and open letters on his department’s Facebook page. The chief has been so successful at attracting followers that his department’s page has the second most “likes” after New York City’s Police Department, he told 30 Flag City Morning Rotary members during a visit to Findlay on Wednesday.
“I’m pretty good at not keeping my mouth shut on there,” Oliver said. “They say if you get 500 likes then you’re doing good.”
Brimfield’s Police Department now has 147,000 followers on Facebook, in a town of about 10,500 located in northeastern Ohio. While Oliver said his intention wasn’t to get as many likes as possible, he said the page has been a great way to inform the public and bridge the gap between police and citizens.
“Residents have a right to know what’s going on,” Oliver said.
Oliver shared some of the stories he’s posted on the department’s Facebook page, including one about a theft where a man tried to steal a 50-inch TV from a Walmart.
Police also filed drug charges against the thief after finding cocaine in his pocket, despite him denying that the pants he was wearing were actually his.
“I asked him, ‘Did you get dressed in the dark this morning?’ and he said, ‘Yes, I did, I didn’t recognize the pants weren’t mine.’”
Oliver has also shared open letters on Facebook to the families affected by the Sandy Hook massacre, and one to Kanye West, criticizing comments he made saying that performing was the same as being a police officer or a soldier. Both posts were liked and shared thousands of times, the first one in a few days and the second one within just a few minutes, Oliver said.
“I probably walked out to ask one of my officers what we were doing for lunch and within seven minutes I had an email from Facebook saying it went viral,” Oliver said about his open “Letter to West.”
Oliver was invited to speak at the Rotary meeting as part of a fundraiser for the Fraternal Order of Police’s Fort Findlay Lodge 20 “Shop with a cop” program, put on every holiday season to provide needy children with gifts.
The fundraiser will net the group around $200 to $300, helping it to buy presents for a few of the 110 kids it plans to help later this year, said David Hill, FOP president.
“Any amount helps,” Hill said. “Our main goal is to just help more and more each year.”
The union has helped nearly 1,000 kids since the program’s inception in 2002, Hill said.
Oliver said he also participates in a similar “shop with a cop” program in the Brimfield area. Oliver and his wife have also started a foundation in his name that helps survivors of sexual assault.
Oliver has also written a book, “No Mopes Allowed,” about being a police chief and an Internet sensation.
Oliver, who jokes about being named “the coolest police chief ever” on websites such as The Huffington Post and TMZ, said he spends about four hours a day monitoring the Facebook page and notifying community members of crimes through it.
“I printed that off and showed it to everyone in the department and said ‘look who you work for.’”
Despite his time spent online, Oliver said he’s still most committed to fulfilling his job of helping people, catching criminals and showing people that police are just like them.
“I will ride this horse as long as I can,” he said. “When I’m driving and I’m in my plain clothes and a cop gets behind me, I get nervous, too. I think, ‘Go follow a real criminal,’ unless I know him. Then I start swerving and messing with him. You have to mess with people sometimes.”
Online:
Brimfield Police Department Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/BrimfieldPolice
Filby: 419-427-8422
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Twitter: @MaxFilby

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