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Obituaries 2State/Local 3Politics 4Community 5Sports 6Church 7Classifieds 8Television 9World briefs 10
Friday, September 28, 2012
50¢ dailyDelphos, Ohio
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The Delphos PublicLibrary is sponsoringtwo new programs.The Delphos MasterGardeners will pres-ent “Forcing Bulbs” at6:30 p.m. Monday.Get indoor beauty dur-ing the winter with fragrantand colorful flowers.This is a free program.Deborah Mayes willpresent “So you wantto do your family tree?”at 6 p.m. on Oct. 10.Learn how to beginyour family tree andwhich resources to use.This is a free program.Contact the librarywith any questions or toregister for these pro-grams at 419-695-4015.
‘Scottoberfest’set for local man
The fundraiser,“Scottoberfest: Diggin’ Deep forWorm,” for Delphos communitymember Scott German will beheld on Oct. 6 at the DelphosRecreation & Bowling Center.A corn hole tournamentwill begin at 1 p.m. for $30.Registration will be held onthat day. Prizes will be awardedto first and second place.Bingo is $15 a ticketat 20 games per ticket andstarts at 2:30 p.m. Ticketscan be purchased beforehandat the Delphos RecreationCenter or by calling JodiMoenter at 419-296-9561.A carry-out or eat-in steakdinner will be served from4-7 p.m. for $10. Ticketsmay be purchased at theVFW, Delphos Fire Station orDelphos Recreation Center.Tickets for a large opportu-nity raffle may be purchased atthe VFW, Delphos Fire Stationor DRC for $20. Only 400 tick-ets will be sold with a singlecash prize of $3,000. The win-ner will be picked at midnight.Other events on Oct. 6include bowling, live andsilent auctions, multiplebands and a 50/50 drawing.Auction items include: Hog,including processing cost; BBQchicken dinner for 20; live treeplus planting; 2-man swing;four tickets Browns vs RavensNov. 4; four tickets Lions vsSeahawks Oct 28; four ticketsOSU basketball vs. Long BeachState, Dec. 12; four tickets U.of Cincinnati football vs SouthFlorida Nov 23; autographedmemorabilia from Dale EarnhartSr, Joey Logano, Pete Rose,Kellie Pickler; three-night stayin Gatlinburg Tenn.; and more.A golf outing will beheld on Oct. 13. To par-ticipate, register with ShaunaSmith at 419-309-7843.
Mostly sunnySaturday.Highs inthe lower70s. Lowsin the upper40s. See page 2.
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Ottoville celebrates grandparents
Students at Ottoville Elementary celebrated Grandparents Day on Wednesdayand Thursday. Above: Makenna Brokamp, seated, shows her grandparents herdesk in Elaine Schimmoeller’s second-grade class. From left, grandparents Kevinand Marie Schnipke, with little cousin Zach, great-grandmother Joan Schnipke andgrandmother Joyce Brokamp look at their granddaughter’s work.Below: Second-graders escort grandparents to their classrooms.
USPS to defaulton second $5Bpayment
By HOPE YENThe Associated Press
WASHINGTON — TheU.S. Postal Service, on thebrink of default on a secondmultibillion-dollar payment itcan’t afford to pay, is sound-ing a new cautionary note thathaving squeezed out all the costsavings within its power, themail agency’s viability now liesalmost entirely with Congress.In an interview, PostmasterGeneral Patrick Donahoe saidthe mail agency will be forcedto miss the $5.6 billion pay-ment due to the Treasury onSunday, its second default inas many months. Congress hasleft Washington until after theNovember elections, withoutapproving a postal fix.For more than a year, thePostal Service has been seek-ing legislation that would allowit to eliminate Saturday maildelivery and reduce its $5 bil-lion annual payment for futureretiree health benefits. Since theHouse failed to act, the postoffice says it’s been seeking toreassure anxious customers thatservice will not be disrupted,even with cash levels runningperilously low.“Absolutely, we would beprofitable right now,” Donahoetold The Associated Press, whenasked whether congressionaldelays were to blame for muchof the postal losses, expected toreach a record $15 billion thisyear.He said the two missed pay-ments totaling $11.1 billionfor future retiree health ben-efits — payments ordered byCongress in 2006 that no othergovernment agency or businessis required to make — alongwith similar expenses make upthe bulk of the annual loss. Theremainder is nearly $3 billionin losses, he said, which wouldhave been offset by savings if the service had been allowed tomove to five-day mail delivery.Donahoe said the post officewill hit a low point in cashnext month but avert immediatebankruptcy due to a series of retirement incentives, employeereductions and boosts in pro-ductivity among remaining staff that saved nearly $2 billion overthe past year.But the post office has fewtools left to build its revenue,he said, without either havingto pay upfront money it lacks orget approval from postal unionsor Congress.“We’ve done a lot to reducecost out of our system,” Donahoesaid. “The problem now is this:There’s nowhere to go.”Postal unions also sayCongress is mostly to blamefor losses, but disagree that areduction to five-day delivery isan answer.“What is needed is forCongress to undo the harmit has done with the prefund-ing mandate and for the PostalService to develop a balancedplan moving forward,” saidFredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers. He said cuttingSaturday delivery would in par-ticular hurt rural residents andthe elderly who depend moreheavily on the mail for prescrip-tion drugs and other goods.The Postal Service lastmonth failed to pay $5.5 billion,its first default ever on a pay-ment. While it will miss a sec-ond payment Sunday, it expectsto make a $1.4 billion paymentdue to the Labor Department onOct. 15 for workers’ compensa-tion. Cash levels are expectedto hit a low after that labor pay-ment before rising again due toincreased volume from holidayand election mail, including bal-lots for early voting.
One Tank Trip
Take a small trip to view one of mankind’s biggest accomplishments
BY ED GEBERTDHI correspondent
WAPAKONETA — Theterm “American hero” istossed around a lot but it isso appropriate in describ-ing Wapakoneta native NeilArmstrong. The man whowas first to set foot on themoon has a much largerstory than just that onesmall step.Since Armstrong’s deathon Aug. 25, interest hasbeen renewed in the careerof the pilot and astronaut. Inhis hometown is an attrac-tion that not only takes inmuch of Armstrong’s career,but also highlights manyof the accomplishments of this country’s early days inspace.The Armstrong Air andSpace Museum is open year-round just off Interstate 75near the U.S. 33 interchange.Within the confines of thegrounds are many fascinat-ing exhibits and interactivedisplays that help youthand adults gain a greaterknowledge and appreciationfor American heroes likeArmstrong.Very popular exhibitsinclude the Gemini VIIIcapsule which served asArmstrong’s first space-craft. He and David Scottconducted the first spacerendezvous and docking in1966. Visitors have a chanceto see the capsule and toexperience what it was liketo perform the docking pro-cedure with a simulator.Another simulator mim-ics the steps to land theApollo lunar module on thelunar surface. Or try land-ing the space shuttle in yetanother simulator.The museum itself isdesigned to be more than astatic museum. Sound andmotion are everywherewith the three simula-tors, 10 audio/visual ele-ments, and seven interac-tive exhibits. The AstroTheater offers a movieabout the landing of theEagle in 1969 and the nightsky projected 56 feet highonto the dome ceiling. TheInfinity Room is designedto give visitors a feel forwhat walking in space islike, looking around to seeonly stars for as far as theeye can see.So much space his-tory is represented at theArmstrong Air and SpaceMuseum. There is a replicaof the 1957 Soviet satel-lite Sputnik, along with thespacesuit worn by Armstrongwhile aboard Gemini VIIIand another spacesuit fromthe Apollo days. Replicacapsules from both Apolloand Gemini give people achance to compare the prog-ress made in just a few shortsteps at NASA.Also inside the muse-um is a real piece of spaceexploration — a moon rockcollected by the Apollo 11crew. You can also get anupclose look at a modelof the Saturn V rocketwhich was the power to putArmstrong and the otherApollo astronauts beyondearth’s orbit.Armstrong not onlyflew spacecraft, but alsoother vehicles like jets,gliders and helicopters.An Aeronca Champion inwhich Armstrong learned tofly at the age of 15 at anairfield near Wapakoneta, isproudly displayed, as is anF5D Skylancer experimen-tal airplane which he alsoflew as a test pilot.The museum was pro-posed on the very dayArmstong’s step on thelunar surface was made.Ohio Gov. James Rhodesproposed the museum, not just as an honor for theOhio native, but also for allOhioans who have attemptedto defy gravity, and to pro-vide a history of the spaceprogram. Of the $1 mil-lion originally set aside toconstruct the museum, morethan half was raised by thecitizens of Wapakoneta whowished to honor their nativeson. The museum openedits doors for the first timeexactly three years afterArmstrong’s giant “leap formankind.”The museum remainsdedicated to the state’saeronautical history as wellas Ohio’s contributions toaviation and space explo-ration from the early daysthrough current times.The cost is reasonablealso. Adult admission is $8with children 6-12 just $4,and group rates are avail-able. The museum is openfrom Labor Day throughMemorial Day Tuesday -Saturday from 9:30 a.m. - 5p.m. and Sunday from 12-5p.m. Between Memorial Dayand Labor Day, the museumis also open on Monday from9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. However,the museum is alwaysclosed on ThanksgivingDay, Christmas Day andNew Year’s Day.
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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.
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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.
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At least 2 Ohioboards set earlyvoting hours
By ANN SANNERThe Associated Press
COLUMBUS — At leasttwo Ohio elections boardshave set their own hoursduring disputed early votingdays, as the battleground statewaits for a federal appealscourt to sort out whether peo-ple can cast an early ballot onthe three days before ElectionDay.Jefferson County in east-ern Ohio and Wayne Countyin the northeast have set theirown early-voting hours forthe Nov. 6 general election.Elections board members inSummit County, where Akronis the county seat, also votedon election hours but it wasunclear if the vote counted.The Obama campaign andDemocrats sued earlier thisyear over part of the newOhio law that cuts off earlyvoting on the Friday eveningbefore a Tuesday election,except for military person-nel and Ohio voters livingoverseas. U.S. District JudgePeter Economus in Augustissued a preliminary injunc-tion, saying the law wasunconstitutional in changingthe in-person early votingdeadline. The state appealedEconomus’ ruling.Economus also said heexpected Secretary of StateJon Husted to direct all coun-ty election boards to maintaina consistent schedule on thosethree days. Husted initiallybanned all of Ohio’s 88 coun-ty boards from establishinghours while the appeal pro-cess is under way. He laterrescinded that directive afterhe was ordered to appearbefore the judge.Ohio is among 32 states,plus the District of Columbia,that allow voters to cast earlyballots in person without hav-ing to give reasons. Ohio’sprevious law allowed earlyvoting on the three daysbefore a Tuesday election.In Jefferson County, theelections board voted to settentative early voting hoursfor the Saturday before Nov.6. The time is in line withthe board’s normal businesshours for that day, said DianeGribble, the board’s director.“Whether we’re votingor we’re not, we’re here,”Gribble said, adding the officewould comply with any courtruling or Husted directive.“This is just trying to coverall of the bases.”Wayne County electionsofficials held a special meetingto set hours on the Saturdayand Monday before ElectionDay. The two Democrats andtwo Republicans on the boardapproved the hours withoutany objections, said B. JeanMohr, the board’s chair.In Summit County, twoDemocrats on the boardmoved to set early votinghours during the disputeddays while one of their GOPcounterparts is recovering inthe hospital from a car acci-dent. Ray Weber, the loneattending Republican, leftTuesday’s meeting in protest.It wasn’t clear whether the2-0 vote to approve early vot-ing hours on the three daysstands.The county prosecutor’soffice said the board had aquorum at the time of thevote because Weber was stillin the room. Husted’s officedisagreed.Weber said Thursday thatthe topic should have beenon the board agenda and notbrought up “by ambush.”“Unless the court setsthe hours, Secretary of StateHusted will set the hours... not the Summit CountyDemocratic Party, or eventhe Summit County Board of Elections,” said Weber, anAkron lawyer.CIRCLEVILLE (AP) —Authorities say three youngchildren were found living ina central Ohio home wheretwo methamphetamine labswere operating.Police in Circleville,south of Columbus, said thedrug operations were foundThursday night when officerswere assisting with a proba-tion check. Police said a manand a woman at the homeadmitted they were makingmeth there.WBNS-TV reports thatchildren ages 3, 5 and 10 wereliving in the home and wereexposed to the chemicals.They were removed by socialservices.The mother and her boy-friend, who is the father of twoof the children, were arrested.
Police say kidsremoved frommeth-lab house
COLUMBUS (AP) —President Barack Obama willreturn to Ohio next week inthe aftermath of the first presi-dential debate with RepublicanMitt Romney.The Obama campaign saidThursday the president willstay in Colorado for a cam-paign event the day after theOct. 3 evening debate at theUniversity of Denver, thenleave one battleground statefor another.Obama will have an Oct.4 evening rally in Columbus,and a rally Friday in Cleveland.No other details have beenreleased yet.Both Obama and Romneycampaigned in Ohio onWednesday, with recent pollsindicating the Democraticpresident has widened his leadin a state that could be crucialfor Romney. Romney and run-ning mate Paul Ryan appearedat a series of Ohio events overthree days this week.
President setsnext Ohio visitsOct. 4-5
DELAWARE (AP) —An Ohio sheriff’s depart-ment says a woman has beenstruck by a pet llama thatwas trying to greet her andhas died.A report by the DelawareCounty Sheriff’s Office saysformer coroner FlorenceLenahan apparently had aheart attack as she was beingtaken to a hospital.The report says the74-year-old Lenahan calledfor help Tuesday after a llamanamed Baby Doll slipped onwet grass while running togreet her and knocked herdown, causing her to hit herhead on concrete. It saysthere’s no evidence the llamawas acting maliciously.Lenahan’s family isworking with the DelawareCounty Humane Society tofind homes for the animalson her property.
Ohio womandies after petllama slips,strikes her
DAYTON (AP) — Anew report from the Centersfor Disease Control andPrevention shows that morethan two-thirds of the peoplewho contracted a flu virusspread by swine at countyfairs were from Ohio.The report releasedThursday also showed that11 of 16 people hospitalizedfor H3N2v this summer wereOhioans. The state also hadthe only reported death asso-ciated with the outbreak.The Dayton Daily Newsreports that 107 cases of thenew flu were reported fromJuly 28 through Sept. 24. Dr.Celia Quinn, author of theCDC report, said most caseswere fairly mild.Nationally, 306 caseshave been reported. Indianahad the most cases, with 138human infections reported.
Report: Most swine fu cases were in Ohio
Drivers beware — theris
k of colliding withdeer is greater during theOctober-January deer mat-ing season warn officials atthe Ohio Insurance Institute(OII), Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR)Division of Wildlife, OhioDepartment of Public Safety(ODPS) and the Ohio StateHighway Patrol (OSHP).ODPS reports thatalthough such collisions aredown — 22,696 deer-vehiclecrashes in 2011, down 2.2percent from 2010’s 23,201reported crashes (25,146 in2009) — there were sevenrelated fatalities and 1,031injuries in Ohio last year.This compares to fourfatalities and 1,063 injuriesreported in 2010, and fourdeaths and 1,137 injuries in2009.
Ohio deer-vehiclecollisions declinefor thirdconsecutive year
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