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2 – The Herald Friday, September 28, 2012
For The Record
Vol. 143 No. 77
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald, Inc.Don Hemple,advertising manager
,circulation managerThe Daily Herald (USPS 15258000) is published daily exceptSundays and Holidays.By carrier in Delphos andarea towns, or by rural motorroute where available $2.09 perweek. By mail in Allen, VanWert, or Putnam County, $105per year. Outside these counties$119 per year.Entered in the post officein Delphos, Ohio 45833 asPeriodicals, postage paid atDelphos, Ohio.No mail subscriptions will beaccepted in towns or villageswhere The Daily Herald papercarriers or motor routes providedaily home delivery for $2.09per week.405 North Main St.TELEPHONE 695-0015Office Hours8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.POSTMASTER:Send address changesto THE DAILY HERALD,405 N. Main St.Delphos, Ohio 45833
April 24, 1963-Sept. 27, 2012
Janet A. (Plikerd) Ruen,49, of Venedocia, died at 1:15p.m. Thursday at the Van WertInpatient Hospice Center.She was born April 24, 1963,in Lima to Wesley and Dorothea(Pugh) Plikerd. Her mother sur-vives in Spencerville.On Sept. 24, 1983, she mar-ried Douglas Ruen, who sur-vives in Venedocia.Other survivors include twodaughters, Rachel (Bryan) Sipeof Mendon and Laura (Josh)Lyle of Spencerville; twogranddaughters, Payten GraceLyle and Jaymee Leigh Lyle.She was preceded in death bya sister and brother-in-law, JulieAnn and Mark Stechschulte.Mrs. Ruen was a graduateof Spencerville High Schoolwhere she enjoyed participatingin school musicals. She thenearned her degree in businessadministration at NorthwesternBusiness College in Lima.She was a member and hadbeen Worthy Matron of theSpencerville Chapter 130,Order of Eastern Star. She hadformerly acted at the Van WertTheater and enjoyed scrapbook-ing.Funeral services will beginat 11 a.m. Monday at ThomasE. Bayliff Funeral Home, theRev. Jan Johnson officiating.Burial will be at a later date inthe Venedocia Cemetery.Friends may call from 4-8p.m. Sunday and after 10 a.m.Monday at the funeral home.Preferred memorials are tothe Van Wert Humane Society.
Janet A.(Plikerd) Ruen
the Rev.Donald R., 77, of Gibsonburg,Mass of Christian Burial willbegin at 11 a.m. Monday atImmaculate ConceptionChurch, Ottoville, where hisbody will lie in state one hourprior to the service. BishopLeonard P. Blair will officiate.Burial will follow at St. Mary’sCemetery, Ottoville.Visitation will be held fromnoon to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdayat St. Michael’s CatholicChurch, Gibsonburg, withthe Rosary said at 3:30 p.m.Additional visitation will beheld on Sunday at ImmaculateConception Church, withReception of the Body andVespers at 4 p.m. followedby visitation until 8 p.m. TheHerman-Kinn-Veh FuneralHome & Cremation Services,Gibsonburg and The Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home,Jackson Township, assistedwith Father Mueller’s arrange-ments. Those wishing to sendan online condolence pleasevisit: www.hermankinn.comor www.love-heitmeyerfuner-alhome.com.
Jack G., 82, of Gomer, funeral services willbegin at 11 a.m. Saturday atHartman Sons Funeral Home,Columbus Grove, Pastor DennyCoates officiating. Burial willbe in Pike Run Cemetery,Gomer. Friends may call from2-8 p.m. today at the funeralhome. Preferred memorials arethe Gideons.
Gary E., 61,of Spencerville, funeral ser-vices will begin at 11 a.m.Saturday at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Pastor Jim Lyleofficiating. Burial will be inMaplewood Cemetery east of Spencerville. Friends may callfrom 7-9 p.m. today and after9 a.m. Saturday at the funeralhome. Preferred memorials areto donor’s choice.
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyThe Associated PressTONIGHT:
Mostlyclear. Lows in the mid 40s.North winds around 5 mphin the evening becominglight and variable.
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Ohio AG in Celina to renewfocus on unsolved homicides
BY ED GEBERTDHI correspondent
CELINA — Almost 10months ago, Mercer CountySheriff Deputies were calledto investigate a double homi-cide at a residence east of FortRecovery. Inside, the bodiesof Robert Grube and his care-taker daughter, Colleen, werefound bound with duct tapeand shot to death. To date, thecase remains under investiga-tion, but is an unsolved homi-cide case.The Grube case is far fromthe only murder case that isunresolved in Ohio. More than5,000 deaths across the stateare officially unsolved. Now,Ohio Attorney General MikeDeWine wants to expand thedatabase in an effort to getmore information.“The stories are really whatget me. The individuals, thefamily members who do nothave answers,” DeWine relat-ed. “All these people deserve justice. From my early daysas a county prosecuting attor-ney working with victims, Ilearned that for families wholost a loved one being mur-dered, there’s really never clo-sure. We use that term, andit’s kind of an absurd term. Iwould think that the part of grief and part of the inabilityto deal with it has to be forthose families who don’t havean answer to ‘Who killed myloved one?’ and “Why did theykill them?’”To that end, DeWinereported that his office is put-ting a new emphasis on get-ting a database expanded toinclude all 5,153 cold casesinvolving homicide in Ohio.He noted that he decided tomake the announcement inMercer County because of theGrube case.“The Sheriff and his teamhave done an absolutely fan-tastic job on this case, but thiscase remains unsolved today,”he explained.Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey pointed out that theAttorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI)has been a big help all duringthe investigation of the Grubemurders.Grey noted, “From the veryfirst day we got the call onthis case, and when deputiesarrived and found out whatthey had, we backed out andcalled BCI’s Crime Lab. We’rea small office. We don’t haveour own crime lab. BCI sentpeople right away to help withthe crime scene, collect evi-dence from the crime scene,and work alongside our detec-tives.” He went on to say thatthe BCI investigators workedwith the Mercer County inves-tigators in rehashing the evi-dence and following up leads.Grey even mentioned thathe had received a phone callfrom DeWine early in the pro-cess to make sure the MercerCounty staff was getting asmuch assistance as possible toconduct the investigation.Grey also stated that thehelp given by the state haskept this case open. “Althoughtoday, we don’t have that crimesolved, I still have a very posi-tive outlook that we’re goingto find Robert and Colleen’skillers because of the coop-erative effort. Here we are overnine months later, and we’restill getting information. AgentDavis and Sgt. Timmerman arestill working the case, and nota week goes by that they don’ttell me of new informationthat they have, new tips, andnew leads. Those are thingsthat without the cooperationand working together of stateagency and local agency, thiscase may have been in a boxon a shelf at this point,” headmitted.Along with that, Grey notedthat the reward money beingoffered for information lead-ing to the arrest and convictionof the killers has grown from$10,000 to $20,000.“So we want people to knowthere is reward money out thereto help us solve this case,”Grey said, noting the additionalattention being generated byDeWine making his announce-ment in Celina. “Hopefullywe’ll be able to have anotherpress conference someday inthe future explaining that wecaptured the killers.”DeWine explained that hehas been involved with thiscase throughout the investiga-tion and is quite familiar withMercer County, so he wanted tocome to Celina to announce hisnew initiative about unsolvedhomicides. He noted that whileevery murder is a tragedy, suchcrimes hit rural areas especiallyhard due to the unexpectednessof the events.The database was actuallybegun several years ago byBCI, but the process has beenslow. At present only 166 mur-der cases are on the website,but that will soon change withthe addition of 445 cold casesfrom the files of the DaytonPolice Department and theMontgomery County Sheriff’sOffice.“We have a long, long wayto go,” conceded DeWine.Currently, the crimes rangefrom 2011 murders like theGrube case back to the 1964shooting death of a HamiltonCounty gas station night atten-dant. DeWine is asking for therest of Ohio’s law enforcementagencies to enter informationon their unsolved homicidecases into the database, a pro-cess DeWine said takes onlyabout ten minutes.“I am sending out a lettertoday to 17,000 law enforce-ment partners, every sheriff in the state and every chief of police, asking them to assistus, assist themselves, andassist the public by enteringthis information,” the attorneygeneral declared. Since par-ticipation is purely voluntary,he knows that not every sin-gle case will make it into thedatabase anytime soon, but hewants to get as many enteredas possible to try to generatemore tips and more informa-tion. He pointed out that BCIcould help local agencies withspecial investigations units, acrime scene unit to identifyevidence for submission to thelab, a crime lab to analyze evi-dence, a criminal intelligenceunit to digitize and preservecase files, and a cyber crimesunit to examine electronicdevices like cell phones.In addition, DeWine saidhis office plans to highlight onecold case each month, givingit special publicity through themedia and petitioning the pub-lic for any possible new leads.He believes help can be foundin a more complete database.“We want to dramaticallyexpand that database,” hedeclared. “Those of us in lawenforcement have an obliga-tion to the victims, to the vic-tims’ families, to do everythingin our power to solve thesecases.”
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey speaks about the Grubemurder case at a press conference Thursday morning asOhio Attorney General Mike DeWine looks on
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Man behindanti-Muslimfilm ordered jailed
By GREG RISLINGThe Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — Afederal judge on Thursdaydetermined that a Californiaman behind a crudely pro-duced anti-Islamic video thatinflamed parts of the MiddleEast is a flight risk and orderedhim detained.Citing a lengthy patternof deception, U.S. CentralDistrict Chief Magistrate JudgeSuzanne Segal said NakoulaBasseley Nakoula should beheld after officials said he vio-lated his probation from a 2010check fraud conviction.“The court has a lack of trust in this defendant at thistime,” Segal said.Nakoula, 55, was arrestedThursday. He had eight proba-tion violations, including lyingto his probation officers andusing aliases, and he mightface new charges that carrya maximum two-year prisonterm, authorities said. Nakoulawill remain behind bars untilanother hearing where a judgewill rule if he broke the termsof his probation.Nakoula wore beige pantsand a collared shirt when hewas led into the courtroomhandcuffed and shackled. Heappeared relaxed, smiling atone point before the hearingand conferring with his attor-ney.After his 2010 conviction,Nakoula was sentenced to21 months in prison and wasbarred from using computersor the Internet for five yearswithout approval from his pro-bation officer.In July, a 14-minute trail-er for the film “Innocenceof Muslims” was posted onYouTube, leading to pro-tests around the Middle East.Nakoula, a Christian origi-nally from Egypt, went intohiding after he was identifiedas the man behind the trailer,which depicts Muhammad as awomanizer, religious fraud andchild molester.In court Thursday, AssistantU.S. Attorney Robert Dugdalesaid Nakoula was flight risk,partially because of the uproarover the film. The violence inthe Middle East broke out Sept.11 and has spread since, killingdozens, including Ambassadorto Libya Christopher Stevens.“He has every incentive todisappear,” Dugdale said.The hearing had an unusu-al wrinkle as the news mediawere banned from the court-room, and reporters had towatch the proceedings on aTV in a different courthousea couple blocks away. Courtofficials didn’t give a reasonfor the decision.Nakoula’s attorney StevenSeiden sought to have thehearing closed and his clientreleased on $10,000 bail. Heargued Nakoula has checked inwith his probation officer fre-quently and made no attemptsto leave Southern California.Seiden was concerned thatNakoula would be in dangerin federal prison because of Muslim inmates, but prosecu-tors said he likely would beplaced in protective custody.The full story aboutNakoula and the video stillisn’t known.The movie was made lastyear by a man who calledhimself Sam Bacile. After theviolence erupted, a man whoidentified himself as Bacilespoke to media outlets, includ-ing The Associated Press, tookcredit for the film and said itwas meant to portray the truthabout Muhammad and Islam,which he called a cancer.ST. RITA’SA boy was born Sept. 26 toKelly and Patrick Horstman of Fort Jennings.