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• Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner announced March 1 Toledo Police Department Chief Mike Navarre would also serve as head of the city’s fire and rescue department in order to downsize government and partly reduce an $11.9 million deficit from the city’s general fund. Finkbeiner said the city could save up to $140,000 by having Navarre serve in a split capacity.
• A charter bus carrying a college baseball team from Ohio plunged off a highway ramp early March 2 and slammed into the pavement below, killing six people, injuring 29 and scattering sports equipment across the road, authorities said. The bus, carrying the team from Mennonite-affiliated Bluffton University, toppled off the Northside Drive bridge in Atlanta onto a pickup truck on Interstate 75 shortly before dawn.
• The UT men’s basketball team won the regular-season Mid-American Conference title, the program’s first since 1980. The win clinched a postseason berth in the National Invitation Tournament.
• Fathers 4 Justice, a nonprofit organization that pushes for equality in family courts, rallied in front of the Lucas County Domestic Relations Court March 26.
• Bass Pro Shops announced tentative conceptual plans for its $50 million superstore to be developed in Rossford near the Interstate 75 and Ohio Turnpike intersection. The store is expected to draw about 3 million visitors a year.
• Toledo City Council passed an ordinance that allowed the fire department to enter the ambulance business. Council, on a 7-5 vote, opted to approve the lease of six ambulances to be placed at five fire stations around the city. The move is expected to generate $1.2 million per year for the city’s general fund. Those opposed to the plan said the city interfered with private enterprise in an attempt to reduce an $11.9 million deficit in the city’s general operating fund.
• Toledo artist Leslie Adams unveiled her portrait of former Gov. Bob Taft March 27 in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda. Adams said she devoted two years to the project.
• Members of the Toledo Storm’s front office confirmed March 21 the Toledo Mud Hens organization was in negotiations to purchase the minor league hockey franchise from owner Tim Gladieux.