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Published: Saturday, 10/29/2005

Hillsdale man arraigned for sexual assault of girl

HILLSDALE - A 26-year-old Hillsdale man was arraigned yesterday in Hillsdale County Circuit Court on sexual assault and kidnapping charges stemming from accusations that he abducted and assaulted a 14-year-old Hillsdale girl Thursday.

Bond was denied for Matt Urban, who was charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping a minor to commit sexual assault, and assault with intent to murder.

Urban is accused of kidnapping the girl about 3:30 a.m., beating her, sexually assaulting her, and then binding and gagging her in a wooded area and leaving her there. The girl escaped and contacted authorities. She was treated at Hillsdale Community Health Center, Hillsdale County sheriff's deputies said.

LIMA, Ohio - Twenty five people from the Lima area were arrested on drug charges Thursday during a daylong warrant sweep, police said.

From noon until about 8 p.m., Lima police, U.S. Marshals Service, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, Allen County Sheriff's Office, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and other agencies swept the area looking for people wanted for drug-related offenses, police Lt. Tony Swygart said.

The sweep was coordinated through Lima police's Proactive Crime Enforcement Unit. Of those men and women arrested, most were wanted for drug trafficking.

TECUMSEH, Mich. - Authorities have identified the body of a Ridgeway Township woman found Wednesday in a burned-out van.

Martina Prielipp, 40, was found by her husband, Daniel, at 8 a.m. Wednesday in the van at Prielipp Farms on South Downing Highway, several miles southeast of Tecumseh.

Mr. Prielipp drove his wife, who had suffered burns from a fire of unknown origin, to University of Michigan Hospitals, Ann Arbor, where she died Wednesday night, Lenawee County sheriff's deputies said.

The state fire marshal is investigating the incident.

FINDLAY - A trooper from the Ohio Highway Patrol's Bucyrus district headquarters was promoted yesterday to sergeant and named assistant commander of the patrol's Findlay post.

William R. Ogden, Jr., received his new rank and position from Col. Paul McClellan, superintendent of the highway patrol.

Sergeant Ogden joined the highway patrol in May, 1992, and was assigned to commercial motor vehicle enforcement at the Bucyrus district headquarters, where he was named trooper of the year in 1997 and 1998.

HURON, Ohio - The Ohio auditor's office has upheld the use of state funds to help Erie MetroParks buy and maintain the 1,300-acre Edison Woods Preserve, confirming a 2003 ruling issued by Ohio's inspector general.

In a letter to state Sen. Jeffrey Armbruster that was released this week, state Auditor Betty Montgomery said $50,000 in state capital improvement funds issued to Erie MetroParks in 2002 was spent properly. She wrote that expenses for maintaining and restoring the site "do constitute costs associated with the acquisition of the land."

In 2001, Erie MetroParks began a 20-year project to restore forests, meadows, and wetlands on the property, installing trails and planting more than 300 acres of poorly drained farmland for prairie meadows.

The auditor's decision "insures that the remaining 15 years of the 20-year restoration plan will be properly funded," Brad Phillips, a MetroParks spokesman, said.



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