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The 55th Annual Five Point Steam Threshers reunion scheduled for Sunday, July 19, has been POSTPONED due to the wet conditions of the fields.
The event is now scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 26.
Police canine unit now discontinued; dog retired By Beth Church
The Rossford Police Department has discontinued its canine unit, and the decision was announced at the July 13 meeting of Rossford City Council.
Police Chief Glenn Goss said the decision was based on several factors, including the canine officer’s resignation and changes in federal law enforcement practices.
Sergeant Scott Williams resigned this month to take a position in the private sector, the chief said.
He and the Belgian Malinois, “Gideon,” went through six weeks of specialized training in Pennsylvania in 2012.
Hollywood Casino donated $12,750 to pay for the cost of the dog and the training.
Sgt. Williams asked to keep the dog, and Chief Goss agreed.
“They were both trained together, and he listens to Sgt. Williams’ commands,” the chief explained.
He noted the liability of having a police dog adopted by a family, after Gideon was trained to bite and track criminals.
As the dog is now 5 years old, Chief Goss said the possibility for retraining it with a new handler is slim.
In addition, the chief said a federal order by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in January eliminated the DEA assistance and federal prosecution that previously allowed cities to keep the cash discovered during traffic stops.
The federal assistance made it much easier for Rossford to prove in court that seized cash was drug-related, Chief Goss said.
“And in federal court, the burden of proof is on the person to show he earned it legally,” he explained. “But in the state courts, the burden is on the police and prosecutor.”
“We can continue to work as we did, but it’s a lot harder and would take a lot more time,” he added.
In 2011, Officer Williams was responsible for seizures of $100,000 in drug money.
“But we’re down 81.4 percent in cash seizures,” the chief said.
Even if Sgt. Williams had not left the department, the chief believes the same decision was likely to be made by 2017.
Council postponed a decision on selling the equipment related to the canine unit.
Councilman Dan Wagner questioned whether there may be a need for a canine unit in the future, and suggested the public safety committee discuss that option.
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Rossford lies at the heart of the Crossroads of America, an area experiencing tremendous economic growth, located at the crossroads of Interstate 75 and the Ohio Turnpike. The city's population of approximately 6,000 is primarily a mix of descendants of Polish, Czechoslovakian, German and Ukrainian workers who came from Pennsylvania to work at the glass plant, now Pilkington.
Rossford was incorporated as a village in 1939 and as a city in 1971. The City is a municipal corporation which operates under its own charter and is governed by a mayor and seven-member City Council. Rossford is served by full-time police and part-time fire departments, dispatched from the neighboring Village of Walbridge.
The City maintains a Community Recreation Center and three parks, one of which,Veterans Memorial Park, features a seasonal marina along with picnic areas and diamonds and courts for baseball, tennis, basketball and volleyball.
Rossford has three elementary schools, Glenwood, Indian Hills and Eagle Point, a junior high and high school and All Saints parochial school for grades pre-kindergarten through eight.
The city boasts a public library and many service and community organizations such as the Rossford Business Association, Lions Club and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Its Rossford Community Service League sponsors annual activities such as a Valentine's Day Dance, Easter egg hunt, Halloween, Memorial Day parades and their Christmas tree lighting.
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