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Vol. 23, No. 16 April 23, 2014 www.oakwoodregister.com • Follow us on Facebook & Twitter Locket & Charm Collection 18K Gold & Sterling Silver 937-643-9600 WeberJewelers.com M O N I C A R I C H K O S A N N And they're off... Eager youngsters race from the starting line at Saturday's annual Easter Egg Hunt in Oakwood. The week- end's warm weather drew an enthusiastic crowd of candy seekers. Assisting the Easter Bunny this year were the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 107, sponsoring the event, and Boy Scout Troop 101 in Oakwood. City Council pays tribute to Castleman, officers Meeting for the first time since the death of longtime councilman Stanley Castleman, Oakwood City Council on Monday passed a resolu- tion honoring one of their own. The meeting, which had been postponed from its original April 7 date because of Castleman's death earlier this month, afforded council an opportu- nity to formally recognize Castleman, who sat on the city's budget review committee for 10 years prior to being elected to city council in 2003. "During his 10 years in elected office, Stanley Castleman served Oakwood with distinction and worked tirelessly to maintain the wonderful attributes of our city," Mayor William Duncan said in read- ing a resolution before council hon- oring Castleman's contributions to the city, which included terms as chairman of city council's finance, public properties and public utilities committees. "Stanley always based his advice and recommendations on the long-term interests of our com- munity and was highly regarded by his peers." "We truly lost a public servant," Oakwood City Manager Norb Klopsch said of Castleman's passing. Council also extended congratula- tions to Maj. Randy Baldridge who retires from the Oakwood Public Safety Department at the end of April, and recognized Capt. Alan Hill of the Public Safety Department on his completion of the Certified Law Enforcement Executive train- ing program. Hill becomes the first Oakwood officer to complete the 12-month professional development course. In legislative matters, council approved two housekeeping mea- sures addressing street lighting and sidewalk and curb repair. The two pieces of legislation are annual pre- liminary resolutions required to ulti- mately fund both street lighting and sidewalk repairs in subsequent mea- sures expected to be introduced in coming months. Council also voted to update wording on the city's park- ing policies, first adopted in 1986. In his closing remarks, Duncan noted that Oakwood city government "is now in year six of lower actual expenditures because this council is frugal." He added that about half of those expenditure reductions have come from capital projects. The next Oakwood City Council meeting is slated for 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 5, in the City Building. Board Meeting Oakwood police investigate burglaries, credit card thefts The Oakwood Public Safety Department is investigating three burglaries that occurred over the past three months on Harman Avenue. The department also is investigating two other incidents where the method of entry, or cir- cumstances, were similar. In addi- tion to the area burglaries, police last week also released details on an investigation into two thefts of credit cards at the Old River Athletic Complex in Oakwood. Police say an investigation into the Harman Avenue burglaries leads them to believe that the suspect or suspects may be knocking on doors in the area of the burglar- ies, if someone answers the door the individual states he has the wrong address or offers some other excuse and moves on. When the suspect locates an address and gets no answer, they go to the rear of the home and force entry into the residence by breaking out a win- dow or forcing a door, according to police. Interviews conducted following several of the burglaries reveal that an individual had called at neighboring homes during the timeframe of the reported burglar- ies. Once the resident answered the door the individual provided an excuse that they had the wrong house and immediately left. Police say it was only later that investiga- tion follow-up revealed the earlier suspicious circumstances. The bur- glaries have occurred between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. In several of the incidents, an individual has been observed going to doors in the vicinity where the burglaries have occurred. This per- son is described as a white male in his forties; he is reportedly clean cut. Police are asking residents to immediately call 911 and report any suspicious circumstances or individuals. Police also are ask- ing residents to immediately report any instances of individuals at a residence who do not have spe- cific business or claim to have the wrong address and then immedi- ately leave. Residents witnessing such behavior are asked to con- tact the Oakwood Public Safety Department and provide a direc- tion of travel, description of the person and any vehicle description. In an unrelated incident, the Oakwood Public Safety Department also is investigating two thefts from the Old River Athletic Complex in Oakwood. In both instances credit cards were Store security camera image of a suspect in an Oakwood police investigation into credit cards stolen at the Old River Athletic Complex. See Thefts on page 6 u

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