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James “Jim” Wilcox 66,of Delphos passed awayon Thursday at ZusmanCommunity Hospice inColumbus.Arrangements are incom-plete at Harter and SchierFuneral Home.Donna Williams, 74, diedThursday at St. Rita’s MedicalCenter.Arrangements are incom-plete at Harter and SchierFuneral Home.
Giffords faces Ariz. shooterfor first time in court
Marijuanacharges pendingagainst juvenilesResident turns in fraudulent checkBusiness reportsfake $50 bill
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyThe Associated PressTONIGHT:
Partly cloudy.Lows in the mid 40s. Southwinds 10 to 15 mph.
Partlycloudy. Highs in the upper60s. Southwest winds 10 to20 mph.
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Mostly sunnyin the morning then becomingpartly cloudy. Highs in theupper 60s. South winds 15 to20 mph.
Partlycloudy. Chance of showersand a slight chance of a thun-derstorm after midnight. Lowsin the mid 50s. Chance of measurable precipitation 50percent.
Showers like-ly. Highs in the upper 50s.Chance of precipitation 70percent.
Partly cloudy. A 20 percentchance of rain showersAnd snow showers throughmidnight. Lows in the lower30s.
The Associated Press
TUCSON, Ariz. — Thepain was palpable, measuredin silent stares in the court-room between an emotion-less murderer and woundedformer congresswoman wholooked her attempted killerin the eyes for the first timesince he shot her in the head.Gabrielle Giffords limpedto the podium Thursday, herastronaut husband by herside, inside a packed Tucsoncourtroom before a judgeordered Jared Lee Loughnerto spend the rest of his lifein prison.It was the first time sincethe January 2011 shootingrampage that his victimswould get a chance to speaktheir minds directly to him.Loughner sat silent, butappeared to absorb everyword, his blank gaze fixedon each victim as they scold-ed him, told stories of theirpain and loss and recountedthose horrific moments whengunfire changed their livesforever.“You killed six innocentpeople,” said Giffords’ hus-band, Mark Kelly. “Her lifehas been forever changed.Plans she had for our fam-ily and her career have beenimmeasurably altered. ...Every day is a continuousstruggle to do those thingsshe once was so good at.”Giffords, wearing a blackbrace around her torso, lookedclosely at the 24-year-oldLoughner for several minuteswithout uttering a word.Loughner looked on,appearing to listen, but show-ing no emotion. His mothersobbed nearby.He was then ordered toserve seven consecutive lifesentences, plus 140 years infederal prison for the shoot-ings that killed six people andwounded 13 as Giffords metwith constituents in a Tucsonshopping plaza. Giffords wasleft partially blind with a par-alyzed right arm and braininjury.Loughner’s guilty pleaenables him to avoid a fed-eral death sentence, and stateprosecutors said they wouldnot file separate charges,largely to spare the victimscontinued pain, and giventhat Loughner will never seefreedom again.The sentence marked theend of a nearly two-year-longsaga in which Loughner, whohas schizophrenia, was forc-ibly medicated at a Missouriprison medical facility so hecould be competent to under-stand the charges againsthim. U.S. District JudgeLarry Burns recommendedThursday that he remainthere indefinitely, and con-tinue to be medicated, but it’sup to federal prison officialswhere he will ultimately beincarcerated.Some victims, includingGiffords, welcomed the pleadeal as a way to move on.It spared victims and theirfamilies from having to gothrough a potentially lengthyand traumatic trial.At the hearing, Loughnerlooked nothing like the smil-ing bald man with a bruisearound his eye seen in themug shot taken after theshooting. He had closelycropped brown hair and waswearing dress pants, shirt andtie.One by one, his victimsapproached the podium, thenturned toward Loughner whosat at a table with his defenseattorneys.Loughner declined tospeak on his own behalf.Mavy Stoddard, who wasshot three times and cradledher dying husband, 76-year-old Dorwin Stoddard, in herarms as he lay bleeding aftershielding her from gunfire,was among those who spoke.“You took away my life,my love and my reason forliving,” Stoddard said.“I am so lonesome, hateliving without him,” sheadded, her voice cracking.Staring down at Loughner,she said, “We will never letyou win. You will not takeour spirit.”Susan Hileman, who wasshot three times while tryingto save her 9-year-old neigh-bor, shook as she spoke.“We’ve been told aboutyour demons, about the ill-ness that skewed your think-ing,” she said. “Your parents,your schools, your commu-nity, they all failed you. It’sall true. It’s not enough.”“You pointed a weaponand shot me three times,” sheadded.Before the attack, officialsat Pima Community Collegehad suspended Loughnerover safety concerns after hisclassroom disruptions. Theytold him that if he wantedto return, he would have toget a mental health clearance.Loughner dropped out.The court-appointed psy-chologist who treated himhad warned that althoughLoughner was competent toplead guilty, he remainedseverely mentally ill and hiscondition could deteriorateunder the stress of a trial.Legal experts had pre-dicted that the only viabledefense for Loughner wasinsanity, but his attorneysnever mounted it.At 2:47 p.m. on Sunday,Delphos Police were con-tacted by a resident in the600 block of West First Streetin reference to subjects in aparked vehicle smoking whatappeared to be marijuana.Upon officers’ arrival inthe area, they located thevehicle and four juvenile sub- jects inside it. A check of thevehicle and the subjects foundwhat appeared to be drug par-aphernalia and a green leafysubstance consistent withbeing marijuana.The juveniles were takeninto custody and later turnover to their parents. Chargesare pending in this matter.At 8:28 a.m. on Monday,Delphos Police were calledto a bank in Delphos in refer-ence to a fraudulent check.After speaking with bankofficials, it was found the victimhad received a letter advisingthem they had won the lotteryand upon cashing the check,the victim needed to return alarge sum of money back to thesender for a processing fee.The check was in fact nogood and was an attemptto scam the victim out of money. Police have receivedseveral complaints in the pastfew weeks of similar scams tosend money back to a senderfor a processing fee or a simi-lar reason.Police warn residents anynotice they receive statingthey won a large amount of money or if they are sellingan item that the buyer wantsto send more money than theselling price and that the sell-er needs to send money back,it is likely a scam and theyshould not send any moneywithout checking with a localbank or authorities to verifythe check is legitimate.At 3:48 p.m. on Monday,Delphos Police were called toa business in the 1300 blockof East Fifth Street in refer-ence to a suspicious bill at thebusiness.Upon officers’ arrival, anemployee of the business stat-ed someone had attempted todeposit a $50 bill that waschecked with a counterfeit billpen, showed signs that the billwas counterfeit. Upon speak-ing with the victim, it wasfound they had received it atanother business in Delphosand had no idea who origi-nally used the bill.The bill was collected byofficers and the case will beturned over to the DetectiveBureau for further investiga-tion.Corn $7.56Wheat $8.78Soybeans $14.79
A boy was born Nov. 7 toSusan Ball and David Retig IIof Venedocia.A boy was born Nov. 8 toMarcie and Chris Ricker of Delphos.CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Thursday:
Estimated jackpot: $13 M
Pick 3 Evening
Pick 3 Midday
Pick 4 Evening
Pick 4 Midday
Pick 5 Evening
Pick 5 Midday
Estimated jackpot: $168 M
Rolling Cash 5
By The Associated Press
Today is Friday, Nov. 9,the 314th day of 2012. Thereare 52 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight inHistory:
On Nov. 9, 1938, Nazislooted and burned syna-gogues as well as Jewish-owned stores and houses inGermany and Austria in apogrom that became knownas “Kristallnacht.”
On this date:
In 1965, the great Northeastblackout occurred as a seriesof power failures lasting upto 13 1/2 hours left 30 millionpeople in seven states and partof Canada without electricity.
Van Wert Cinemas
Fri nov 9-THU 15
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH: Special showing ofBreaking Dawn part 1 @ 7pm. Premiere of Break-ing Dawn Part 2 @10pm. Tickets to view BOTHmovies: $12.00; Tickets for Breaking Dawn Part 2 only: Adults $7; Children 11 and younger: $5;Seniors $5. We will NOT honor the BYOB special forthe premiere of Breaking Dawn Part 2 at 10pm