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BY STEPHANIE GROVESsgroves@delphosherald.com
KENDRICK WOODS —Allen, Auglaize and ShelbyCounty commissionersinspected a meandering sec-tion of the Auglaize Riverchoked by a massive blockageof tree trunks, cut wood andother debris near KendrickWoods on Thursday.The Auglaize River andTwo Mile Creek StreamEnhancement Project #1306was approved on Nov. 20.Rahrig Tree Co. from Forestwill begin work on the obstruc-tions in the early spring.Engineers estimatedclearing logjams and treesalong a 67-mile stretch of the Auglaize River fromWestminster in Allen Countythrough Auglaize Countyand ending at the AllenCounty-Putnam County lineat approximately $777,000.Translating to an averagecost of $1 to $8 per squareacre funded through assess-ments of property ownerswho live around the AuglaizeRiver basin.Allen County Soil &Water Conservation DistrictRiver Inspector Ethan Collinshas been involved with theproject since last year.“We work with the con-tractors and landowners tomake sure all parties involvedunderstand the process andare accommodated,” Collinsexplained. “The removal isscheduled to be completed byApril 1, 2014.”According to the clearingand snagging section of the bid,the logjams have been groupedinto four classes according tothe type or size, “A” being thesmallest to “D” being the larg-est. Labor to remove and dis-pose of the debris varies byclass. There are 1,280 class “A”logjams at $260,770, 364 class“B” at $139,810, 95 class “C”at $97,300 and 21 class “D”50,900 totaling $548,780. Theobstruction affects 85,863 acresin Allen County, 20,249 acresin Van Wert County, 406 acresin Shelby County and 14,995acres in Putnam County. Atemporary 75-foot workingeasement will be establishedalong the outer tree line duringthe work. A permanent 25-footeasement will exist for futuremaintenance along the outertree line. Landowners will bepermitted to farm and crop theeasement area.Allen County Soil &Water Conservation Districtemployee Scott Langenkampprovided some backgroundon factors attributing to thebottlenecks affecting the nat-ural flow of the river.“Debris has gatheredaround the river’s curves overthe past five years, causingflooding, erosion and affect-ing wildlife,” Langenkampexplained. “The ice storm in2005, the flood in 2009 andthe ongoing loss of Ash treesdue to Emerald Ash Borer arecontributing factors highlyimpacting the jams.Once things start up in thespring, workers will begin atthe Putnam-Allen county lineand move south, stretchingabout 60 miles, and ending atthe Allen-Hardin county line.For more information onthe Auglaize River Log JamProject, contact the AllenSoil and Water district at419-233-0040, ext. 3, or logonto allenswcd.com.
Friday, November 30, 2012
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Partly cloudySaturday.Highs in theupper 50s.A 30 per-cent chanceof showers in the eve-ning. Warmer. Lowsaround 50. See page 2.
Mercer County murder investigations progressing
BY ED GEBERTTimes Bulletin Editor
CELINA — Mercer CountySheriff Jeff Grey still has two murderinvestigations going on. One datesback exactly one year to the day thebodies of Robert and Colleen Grubewere discovered at their home nearFort Recovery. The other case beganless than a month ago with the shoot-ing of Melinda Shinn at her home inRockford.On Thursday, Grey called togethermembers of the media to provide anupdate on both investigations.He began with the Shinn murdercase which centers on 40-year-oldDaniel Charles Martin. Shinn andMartin lived together in a mobilehome in Rockford and argued dur-ing the evening of Nov. 7. The nextmorning, Rockford Police were calledto the trailer where Shinn’s body wasdiscovered. Martin was nowhere tobe found, although his vehicle waslater located in Fort Wayne. Theeffort put into trying to find Martin isstill continuing.“Our detectives are working veryclosely with other law enforcementagencies, both in Ohio and outsideOhio, attempting to locate him,” stat-ed Grey. “Right after the warrant wasissued, we requested the assistanceof the United States Marshal Service.They have a lot more resources anda lot more tools. They are very pro-fessional in tracking people down...They have worked with us on thecase.”The U.S. Marshal Service hasposted a $2,500 reward for infor-mation that will lead to Martin’sarrest. Anyone who has informa-tion about where Martin is at cancontact the Sheriff’s Office here at(419) 586-7724, or use tip lines at(866) 4-WANTED or on the MercerCounty Sheriff’s website, www.mer-cercountysheriff.org. Martin is stillconsidered to a dangerous fugitive.“If someone sees him out on thestreet or knows where he is at, theyshould contact their local law enforce-ment agency,” Grey continued. “Wedo believe that he is still armed, soit is important that the public helpus with information, but the publicallows law enforcement to make theapprehension. We don’t want anyoneelse to get hurt including Mr. Martin.Our goal is to make an arrest, bringhim in and work through the courtprocess.”Grey went on to explain thatalthough the Rockford PoliceDepartment initially investigated themurder, his office was requested totake over the investigation.“I want the people of Rockfordto be aware that we didn’t come inand take it. The Rockford PoliceDepartment is working very closelywith us on that case. They just have asmall agency and don’t have quite asmany resources as we do to be ableto work a case of this magnitude,”he shared.As for the Grube case, Grey saidthat he is encouraged with recentdevelopments in the investigation.He related, “Before I was sayingmy confidence level was high, todayI’m saying it is very high. So whileit’s been 12 months, I want to stressto the people of Mercer County,this is not a case that is sitting ona shelf. It’s a case that we are veryactively working and putting a lot of resources into. It’s taken some time,but I believe we’re going down theright path.”The bodies of Robert and ColleenGrube were discovered one year agotoday, bound with duct tape and deadof gunshot wounds. There were nosigns of forced entry to their homeoutside of Fort Recovery. Grey statedthat he is pleased with the direction inwhich the investigation is headed.“We have ruled out several peo-ple as possible suspects, howeverwe continue to follow up on any andall tips that come in,” he announced.“We have some individuals who I
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey speaks at a Thursday press confer-ence. Grey gave updates on the current progress of investigations intothe murders of Robert and Colleen Grube one year ago and the mur-der of Melinda Schinn earlier this month. (Times Bulletin/Ed Gebert)Daniel C. Martin
Area commissioners inspect Auglaize River logjam
 Local girlsin ‘HolidaySpectacular’
Local dancers willappear in the OhioNorthern “HolidaySpectacular” at the CivicCenter in Lima thisweekend. They are, frontfrom left, Kennedy Sterling, Madeline Brantley, AllisonMiller, Hayleigh Bacomeand Cassidy Schafer; andback, Gracie Renner, AnnaMenke, Kristina White, Jada Schafer and AryonMcClurg. Camden Schaferwas absent. Showtimes are7:30 p.m. today; 2 p.m. and7:30 p.m. Saturday and2 p.m. Sunday. (DelphosHerald/Stephanie Groves)TODAY
Boys Basketball (6p.m.): Jefferson at Vanlue;Arlington at Fort Jennings;Ottoville at Cory-Rawson;St. Henry at Spencerville;Lincolnview, Van Wertand Crestview at VWCHospital Tip-Off Classic,6/7:30 p.m.; Elida Tip-Off Classic, 6:30/8 p.m.
Boys Basketball (6 p.m.):Fort Jennings at Ayersville;Spencerville at Minster;Lincolnview, Van Wert andCrestview at VWC HospitalTip-Off Classic, 6/7:30 p.m.;Kalida at Vanlue; Van Burenat Columbus Grove; ElidaTip-Off Classic, 6:30/8 p.m.Girls Basketball (1p.m.): Lincolnview atOttoville; Fort Jennings atBluffton; Ottawa-Glandorf at Kalida; St. John’s at St.Marys Memorial, 6 p.m.Wrestling (10 a.m.):Jefferson and VanWert at Oak HarborInvitational; Spencerville,Lincolnview and Elidaat Coldwater SielskiMemorial Tournament;Columbus Grove atCory-Rawson Duals.Swimming andDiving: Elida at VanWert Relay Inv., 6 p.m.
St. John’s boysbasketball tickets on sale
St. John’s High Schoolhas Blue Jay BasketballGeneral Admission SeasonTickets available.Cost is $50 fornine home games.If interested in purchas-ing a ticket, call St. John’sHigh School at 419-692-5371, ext. 1146; or stopin during school hours.
Commissioners from Allen, Auglaize and Shelby counties toured several areas of the Auglaize River containing log- jams on Thursday. Above is a portion of the river near Kendrick Woods. (Delphos Herald/Stephanie Groves) See relatedphotos on page 12.See MURDERS, page 2
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2 The Herald Friday, November 30, 2012
For The Record
The DelphosHerald
Vol. 143 No. 121
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald, Inc.Don Hemple,advertising manager
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Delphos womanarrested onwarrant
At 9:13 p.m. on Thursday,Delphos Police served anarrested warrant in the 600block of South Bredeick Streeton Megan Fischbach, 22, of Delphos.Reports indicate the war-rant wasissuedout of RichlandCounty ona failure toappear fora crimi-nal tres-passingcharge.Fisch-bach wastransported to the Van WertCounty Jail awaiting officialsfrom Richland County to takecustody of her.
Delphos weather
High temperature Thursdayin Delphos was 48 degrees,low was 28. High a year agotoday was 39, low was 38.Record high for today is 65,set in 1934. Record low is -1,set in 1958.
JohnHenry Jr., 64, of Lima and for-merly of Spencerville, funeralservices will begin at 10 a.m.Saturday at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Spencerville,the Rev. Stephen Blum offi-ciating. Burial will be inNew Salem Cemetery southof Monticello. Friends maycall from 3-7 p.m. Friday atthe funeral home. Preferredmemorials are to MarimorIndustries.
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyThe Associated PressTONIGHT:
Partlycloudy. Lows in the upper30s. Southeast winds around5 mph.
Partlycloudy. Highs in the upper50s. South winds 5 to 15 mphbecoming 15 to 20 mph in theafternoon.
 Mostly cloudy through mid-night then becoming cloudy.A 30 percent chance of show-ers. Warmer. Lows around 50.South winds 15 to 20 mph.
Showers like-ly. Highs in the upper 50s.Southwest winds 10 to 20mph. Chance of rain 60 per-cent.
Mostly cloudy. Lows in thelower 50s.
Mostly cloudywith a 20 percent chance of showers. Highs in the lower60s.
Mostly cloudy with a 50 per-cent chance of showers. Lowsin the lower 50s.
Showerslikely. Highs in the mid 50s.Chance of rain 60 percent.
Internet service goesout across Syria
BEIRUT — Internet ser-vice went down Thursdayacross Syria and internationalflights were canceled at theDamascus airport when a roadnear the facility was closed byheavy fighting in the coun-try’s civil war.Activists said PresidentBashar Assad’s regime pulledthe plug on the Internet, per-haps in preparation for a majoroffensive. Cellphone servicealso went out in Damascusand parts of central Syria, theysaid. The government blamedrebel fighters for the outages.With pressure buildingagainst the regime on severalfronts and government forceson their heels in the battlefor the northern commercialhub of Aleppo, rebels haverecently begun pushing backinto Damascus after largelybeing driven out of the capi-tal following a July offen-sive. One Damascus residentreported seeing rebel forcesnear a suburb of the city previ-ously deemed to be safe fromfighting.The Internet outage, con-firmed by two U.S.-basedcompanies that monitor onlineconnectivity, is unprecedent-ed in Syria’s 20-month-olduprising against Assad, whichactivists say has killed morethan 40,000 people.Regime forces suffered astring of tactical defeats inrecent weeks, losing air basesand other strategic facilities.The government may be try-ing to blunt additional rebeloffensives by hampering com-munications.U.S. State Departmentspokeswoman VictoriaNuland condemned what shecalled the regime’s “assault”on Syrians’ ability to com-municate with each other andexpress themselves. She saidthe move spoke to a desperateattempt by Assad to cling topower.Syrian authorities often cutphone and Internet service inselect areas to disrupt rebelcommunications when regimeforces are conducting majoroperations.The government sent mixedsignals about the Internet out-age but denied it was nation-wide. The pro-regime TVstation Al-Ikhbariya quotedInformation Minister Omranal-Zoubi as saying that “ter-rorists” have targeted Internetcables, interrupting service inseveral cities.Separately, state-run TVsaid the outage was due to atechnical failure that affectedsome provinces, adding thattechnicians were trying to fixit.Activists in Syria, reachedby satellite telephones unaf-fected by the outage, con-firmed the communicationsproblems.A young Syrian business-man who lives in an upscaleneighborhood of Damascus,which some refer to as partof “the green zone” becauseit has remained relativelysafe, sent a text message toan Associated Press reporterThursday that said the Internethad been cut in his area andthat mobile phone service wascutting out.He said he was driv-ing Wednesday through theDamascus suburb of Aqraba,near the airport, and saw doz-ens of rebel fighters for thefirst time in the area, ridingin pickup trucks and motor-cycles, and wielding AK-47s.Their presence so close tothe “green zone” may haveled to the Internet being cut,said the resident, who spokeon condition of anonymitybecause he feared governmentreprisal. He said the militarywas positioned a few hundredmeters away from the rebelfighters and had built largespeed bumps to enclose thearea.The opposition said theInternet blackout was an omi-nous sign that the regime waspreparing a major offensive.“I fear that cutting theInternet may be a prelude toa massacre in Damascus,”said Adib Shishakly, a Syrianopposition figure from Cairo,Egypt. “The regime feels itis being choked off by rebelswho are closing in on thecapital from its suburbs. It’s adesperate move; they are try-ing to sever communicationsbetween activists.”Renesys, a U.S.-based net-work security firm that stud-ies Internet disruption, said ina statement that Syria effec-tively disappeared from theInternet at 12:26 p.m. localtime.“In the global routingtable, all 84 of Syria’s IPaddress blocks have becomeunreachable, effectivelyremoving the country fromthe Internet,” Renesys said. Itadded that the main autono-mous system responsible forInternet in the country is theSyrian TelecommunicationsEstablishment, and that “all of their customer networks arecurrently unreachable.”Akamai Technologies Inc.,another U.S.-based companythat distributes content on theInternet, also confirmed thecomplete outage.A girl, Anastasia Katherine,was born Nov. 24 to Greg andMartha Wittler of Akron.She weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounceand was 19 1/2 inches long.Grandparents are Leroy andJane Wittler of Fort Jenningsand Lt. Col. John and TammyMoskal of Carmel, Ind.
Study: Like a tree, growthrings show lobster age
BY CLARKE CANFIELDThe Associated Press
PORTLAND, Maine — Forthe first time, scientists havefigured out how to determinethe age of a lobster — by count-ing its rings, like a tree.Nobody knows how old lob-sters can live to be; some peopleestimate they live to more than100.But knowing — rather thansimply guessing — their ageand that of other shellfish couldhelp scientists better understandthe population and assist regu-lators of the lucrative industry,said Raouf Kilada, a researchassociate at the University of New Brunswick who was thelead author of a scientific paperdocumenting the process.Before now, scientistsdeduced a lobster’s age judgingby size and other variables. Butit’s now known that lobstersand other crustaceans, such ascrabs and shrimp, grow onering per year in hidden-awayinternal spots, Kilada said.“Having the age informationfor any commercial species willdefinitely improve the stockassessment and ensure sustain-ability,” he said after presentinghis findings Thursday at a sci-entific conference in Portland.Scientists already could tella fish’s age by counting thegrowth rings found in a bonypart of its inner ear, a shark’sage from the rings in its verte-brae and a scallop or clam’s agefrom the rings of its shell.But crustaceans posed aproblem because of the appar-ent absence of any perma-nent growth structures. It wasthought that when lobsters andother crustaceans molt, theyshed all calcified body partsthat might record annual growthbands.For their research, Kilada andfive other Canadian researcherstook a closer look at lobsters,snow crabs, northern shrimpand sculptured shrimp.They found that growthrings, in fact, could be foundin the eyestalk — a stalk con-nected to the body with an eye-ball on the end — of lobsters,crabs and shrimp. In lobstersand crabs, the rings were alsofound in the so-called “gastricmills,” parts of the stomachwith three teeth-like structuresused to grind up food.To find the growth bands,the scientists dissected the eye-stalks and the gastric mills, cutout sections and viewed themunder microscopes.Lobsters don’t lose repro-ductive capabilities or organfunctions or exhibit signs of aging as they get older, butnobody knows for sure how oldthey can live to be.“We’ve thought lobsterscould live to 100 years old, andthis new aging technique will bea way to document that,” saidBob Bayer, executive directorof the University of Maine’sLobster Institute.The paper was published inthis month’s Canadian Journalof Fisheries and AquaticSciences, a well-regarded peer-reviewed scientific journalbased in Ottawa, Ontario, thathas been published since 1901.Kilada’s was one of more than50 scientific presentations at theconference, attended by morethan 100 lobster scientists fromthe U.S., Canada and Europe.Bayer agreed that this is thefirst time scientists have a directmethod to place an age on crus-taceans.
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am not comfortable calling asuspect quite yet at this point,but we are very curious aboutthem. That is our focus at thispoint. We are really focusingand putting a lot of effort into afew people that might possiblybe involved. We have a goodindication that we are on theright track. So hopefully we’llhave some resolution soon.”According to Grey, detec-tives have traveled through-out southern and southwest-ern Ohio as well as Indiana,Kentucky, and Tennessee andhave been in contact with lawenforcement in several otherstates. A $20,000 reward isbeing offered for informationleading to the arrest and con-viction of those responsiblefor the deaths of Robert andColleen Grube.Grey admitted that tipson the murders have sloweddown over the past 12 months,but new evidence is continu-ing to come in. More than 250people have been interviewedin connection with the case,some of those multiple times.Grey also thanked the Sheriff’soffices in Darke County, Ohioalong with Randolph Countyand Jay County in Indiana.Now, with two high-profilemurder cases, Mercer Countylaw enforcement is concen-trating on getting these twocases wrapped up.“Right now the priority of theMercer County Sheriff’s Officeis to find Daniel Charles Martinand to find who is responsiblefor Robert and Colleen’s mur-ders, Grey summarized. “Myconfidence level remains veryhigh that we are going to besuccessful in finding Martinand in solving that case.”
Historic Boston churchconsiders sale of hymnal
BOSTON (AP) — One of the nation’s oldest churches isconsidering selling a copy of the first book ever publishedin British North America.Members of the OldSouth Church in Boston onSunday are scheduled to voteon whether to sell one of their two copies of the BayPsalm Book, published in1640, along with a collec-tion of Colonial-era silver.They say the sale could helppay for repairs and assure thefinancial future of the church,established in 1669.A Sotheby’s executivecalls the psalm book “theGutenberg Bible of America,”and says it could fetch $10million to $20 million at auc-tion. Just 11 copies remain.The church’s lay leader-ship has mostly endorsed theidea.Some remain stronglyopposed. Church historianJeff Makholm calls the sale“preposterous and irrespon-sible.”
Federal prisons urged togrant more early releases
NEW YORK (AP) — Forhumanitarian and economicreasons, the federal Bureauof Prisons should grant moreearly releases to incapacitatedand terminally ill prisoners,two advocacy groups say in areport depicting current policiesas sometimes “cruel as well assenseless.”The report, issued todayby Human Rights Watch andFamilies Against MandatoryMinimums, says the Bureauof Prisons oversees more than218,000 inmates, yet has recom-mended an average of only twodozen compassionate releases ayear since 1992.Human Rights Watchsenior adviser Jamie Fellner,a co-author of the report, saidCongress in 1984 granted feder-al courts the authority to reducesentences under “extraordinaryand compelling” circumstances.However, the report says fed-eral prisoners can’t seek sucha sentence reduction from thecourts on their own; only theBOP has the authority to file amotion requesting judicial con-sideration of early release.“Justice sometimes requirescompassion, even for peoplewho have broken the law,”Fellner said. “But prison offi-cials prevent judges from decid-ing when compassion requiresa sentence reduction. This isunfair to the prisoners and cost-ly to the country.”Responding by email, theBOP said it reviews each early-release request on a case-by-case basis and also takes intoconsideration information pro-vided by the U.S. Attorney’sOffice.“It is the bureau’s responsi-bility to consider public safety”when determining whether topursue these motions, the BOPstatement said.Though the new report isgenerally critical of BOP poli-cies, it cites some “promisingsigns” — including formationof a BOP working group to lookat the compassionate releaseprogram. It said the BOP’s newdirector, Charles Samuels, hasexpressed interest in reformingthe program and noted that thenumber of release cases for-warded to the courts had risenslightly under his leadership, to37 between Jan. 1 and Nov. 15of this year.The report urges Congress tochange the existing law, whichgives prisoners no right to chal-lenge BOP decisions in court. Italso says the BOP should bringcompassionate release motionsto court whenever a prisonerpresents compelling arguments,regardless of whether prisonofficials believe early release iswarranted.The BOP’s budget is morethan $6 billion, and care of ail-ing and aging prisoners is amajor factor in rising expenses.The report says one way to curbthese costs would be increaseduse of compassionate releasefor prisoners posing minimalrisk to public safety.The report says the BOPdoes not keep an overall countof prisoners who seek compas-sionate release, but provideda breakdown for the FederalMedical Center in Butner, N.C.,which houses nearly 1,000inmates with medical problems.During 2011, the report says,the warden made decisions on147 requests for compassion-ate release and approved 12 of them.

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