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By JIM VAN ANGLENThe Associated Press
MOBILE, Ala. Anenormous storm system thatdumped snow and sleet onthe nation’s midsection andunleashed damaging torna-does around the Deep Southbegan punching its waytoward the Northeast today,slowing holiday travel.Post-Christmas travel-ers braced for flight delaysand a raft of weather warn-ings for drivers, a day afterrare winter twisters damagedbuildings in Louisiana andAlabama.Snow and ice coveredroads in southern Illinoisand southern Indiana earlytoday. Officials urged resi-dents to stay home if theycan. State police reportednumerous slide-off accidentsin the Evansville, Ind., areaand white-out conditions onInterstate 64 in Indiana withwind gusts around 30 mph.The storm system headedfrom the Gulf Coast to NewEngland has been blamedfor three deaths and severalinjuries, though no one waskilled outright in the torna-does. In snowy Arkansas, thestorm left more than 189,000customers without electric-ity today, utility EntergyArkansas said.Severe thunderstorms wereforecast for the Carolinaswhile a line of blizzardand winter storm warningsstretched from Arkansas upthe Ohio River to New Yorkand on to Maine.Thirty-four tornadoes werereported in Texas, Louisiana,Mississippi and Alabamaduring the outbreak Tuesday,the National Weather Servicesaid.Rick Cauley’s family washosting relatives for Christmaswhen tornado sirens went off in Mobile. Not taking anychances, he and his wife,Ashley, hustled everyonedown the block to take shel-ter at the athletic field houseat Mobile’s Murphy HighSchool in Mobile.It turns out, that wasn’t theplace to head.“As luck would have it,that’s where the tornado hit,”Cauley said. “The pressuredropped and the ears startedpopping and it got crazy for asecond.” They were all fine,though the school was dam-aged, as were a church andseveral homes, but officialssay no one was seriouslyinjured.Camera footage capturedthe approach of the large fun-nel cloud.Mobile was the biggestcity hit by numerous twisters.Along with brutal, straight-line winds, the storms knockeddown countless trees, blewthe roofs off homes and leftmany Christmas celebrationsin the dark. Torrential rainsdrenched the region and sev-eral places saw flash flood-ing.More than 325 flightsaround the U.S. were can-celed as of this morning,according to the flight trackerFlightAware.com. The can-celations were mostly spreadaround airports that had beenor soon would be in the pathof the storm.Holiday travelers in thenation’s much colder midsec-tion battled treacherous driv-ing conditions from freezingrain and blizzard conditionsfrom the same fast-movingstorms. In Arkansas, highwaydepartment officials said thestate was fortunate the snow-storm hit on Christmas Day
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Girls Basketball: VickiMauk Holiday Invitationalat Elida, 6/7:30 p.m.
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Girls Basketball (6 p.m.):Lancaster at Van Wert, 1 p.m.St. John’s at Spencerville;Fort Jennings at McComb;Ottoville at Ada; VickiMauk Holiday Invitationalat Elida, 6/7:30 p.m.O-G at Columbus Grove;Crestview at Hicksville(V only), 7 p.m.Boys Basketball:Ottawa-Glandorf atColumbus Grove, 6 p.m.Wrestling: Elida at TiffinColumbian Classic, noonSwimming andDiving: Van Wert DivingInvitational, 11 a.m.
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Girls Basketball: Jeffersonand Lincolnview at ParkwayChatt Insurance HolidayTournament, 3/4:30 p.m.Boys Basketball (6 p.m.):Lincolnview at Fort Jennings;Ottoville at Shawnee; LimaSenior at Elida; Kalida atAda; Jefferson at ParkwayChatt Insurance HolidayTournament, 6:30/8 p.m.Wrestling: St. John’s atMarion Harding Classic,8 a.m.; Elida at TiffinColumbian Classic, 10 a.m.
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Jim Perry, former Delphosresident, and The DelphosHerald are offering a freeseminar for job-seekers from8-11 a.m. on Jan. 26 at theEagles Lodge in Delphos.“Getting Over the Wall”is a 3-hour intensive seminardesigned to get candidatespast hidden objections thatare preventing them fromgetting an opportunity tomeet with decision-makers.Though there is nocharge for the program, pre-registration is essential inorder to assure availability of handouts; space is limited.To attend, RSVP to NancySpencer at nspencer@delpho-sherald.com or call 419-695-0015, ext. 134. Leave a mes-sage, including the numberand names of participants.
Kindergartenregistration set
Kindergarten registrationfor prospective OttovilleElementary students forthe 2013-14 school year isscheduled for Jan. 2-11.To be eligible forkindergarten, a childmust be 5 years of agebefore Oct. 1, 2013.Call the school at 453-3357 between 9 a.m. and3 p.m. or send a noteto register a child.Information neededconsists of child’s name,child’s Social Securitynumber, child’s birth date,parents’ names, addressand phone number.
Storm heads east after twisters, 3 dead
Delphos is experiencing its second measurable snow of the season today. Flurries beganto fly around 7:30 a.m. Residents can expect to see 7-9 inches of wintery mix accumulatethroughout the day. Roadways are reported slippery and caution is advised for those whoare going to be driving today and this evening. (Delphos Herald/Stephanie Groves)
Santa visits 230 Christmas Eve
Santa stopped in Delphos Christmas Eve to deliver gifts collected by the DelphosOptimist Club. Santa made 230 stops. (Delphos Herald/Stephanie Groves)
Delays litter long road to vehicle rearview rulesNY firemen’s killermapped out plan
By GEORGE M. WALSHand MARY ESCHThe Associated Press
WEBSTER, N.Y. — Theex-con turned sniper whokilled two firefighters wantedto make sure his goodbyenote was legible, typing outhis desire to “do what I likedoing best, killing people”before setting the house wherehe lived with his sister ablaze,police said.Police Chief GeraldPickering said Tuesdaythat the 62-year-old loner,William Spengler, broughtplenty of ammunition withhim for three weapons includ-ing a military-style assaultrifle as he set out on a questto burn down his neighbor-hood just before sunrise onChristmas Eve.And when firefight-ers arrived to stop him, heunleashed a torrent of bul-lets, shattering the windshieldof the fire truck that vol-unteer firefighter and policeLt. Michael Chiapperini, 43,drove to the scene. Fellowfirefighter Tomasz Kaczowka,19, who worked as a 911 dis-patcher, was killed as well.Two other firefighterswere struck by bullets, onein the pelvis and the otherin the chest and knee. Theyremained hospitalized instable condition and wereexpected to survive.On Tuesday, investigatorsfound a body in the Spenglerhome, presumably that of thesister a neighbor said Spenglerhated: 67-year-old CherylSpengler. Spengler’s pen-chant for death had surfacedbefore. He served 17 years inprison for manslaughter in the1980 hammer slaying of hisgrandmother.But his intent was unmis-takable when he left his flam-ing home carrying a pump-action shotgun, a .38-caliberrevolver and a .223-calibersemiautomatic Bushmasterrifle with flash suppression,the same make and caliberweapon used in the elementaryschool massacre in Newtown,Conn., that killed 26.“He was equipped to goto war, kill innocent people,”the chief said of a felon whowasn’t allowed to possessweapons because of his crim-inal past. It was not clear howhe got them.The assault rifle wasbelieved to be the weaponthat struck down the firefight-ers. He then killed himself as seven houses burned ona sliver of land along LakeOntario. His body was notfound on a nearby beach untilhours afterward.Residents of the suburbanRochester neighborhood wholeft their homes during thefire were allowed to returnTuesday. Police SWAT teammembers had used an armoredvehicle to evacuate more than30 residents.Spengler’s motive was leftunclear, Pickering said, evenas authorities began analyzinga two- to three-page typewrit-ten rambling note Spengler
By LISA LEFFThe Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO — In the pri-vate hell of a mother’s grief, thesounds come back to Judy Neiman.The SUV door slamming. The slightbump as she backed up in the bankparking lot. The emergency roomdoctor’s sobs as he said her 9-year-old daughter Sydnee, who previouslyhad survived four open heart surger-ies, would not make it this time.Her own cries of: How could Ihave missed seeing her?The 53-year-old woman has sen-tenced herself to go on living in theawful stillness of her West Richland,Wash., home, where she makes a pleafor what she wants since she can’thave Sydnee back: More steps takenby the government and automakersto help prevent parents from acciden-tally killing their children, as she dida year ago this month.“They have to do something,because I’ve read about it happeningto other people. I read about it andI said, ‘I would die if it happens tome,”’ Neiman says. “Then it did hap-pen to me.”There is, in fact, a law in place thatcalls for new manufacturing require-ments to improve the visibility behindpassenger vehicles to help preventsuch fatal backing crashes, which thegovernment estimates kill some 228people every year — 110 of themchildren age 10 and under — andinjures another 17,000.Congress passed the measurewith strong bipartisan backing, andRepublican President George W.Bush signed it in 2008.But almost five years later, thestandards have yet to be mandat-ed because of delays by the U.S.Department of Transportation, whichfaced a Feb. 28, 2011, deadline toissue the new guidelines for car man-ufacturers. Transportation SecretaryRay LaHood has pushed back thatdeadline three times — promisingin February that the rules would be
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High temperature Tuesdayin Delphos was 32 degrees,low was 29. High a year agotoday was 67, low was 47.Record high for today is 62,set in 1988. Record low fortoday is 28, set in 1932.
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Margaret M. Wilson, 95,of Spencerville, passed awayat 3:45 p.m. Tuesday with herfamily at her side at RoselawnManor Nursing Home, whereshe had resided for 10 years.She was born May 16,1917, in Delphos to Frederickand Mary Jane (Morgan)Krebs, who preceded her indeath.On Sept. 9, 1935, she mar-ried James A. Wilson, whodied April 19, 1958.She is survived by 12 chil-dren, Jim (Nancy) Wilsonof Tom Ball, Texas, George“Chet” Wilson of Santa RosaCalif., Jerry (Marilyn) Wilsonof Dennison,Dave (Susie) Wilsonof Waynesfield, Joe (Judy)Wilson and Mary Kohli of Lima, Bill (Glenda) Wilsonof Cumberland, Ind., Tom(Rita) Wilson of Elida, Chuck(Bonnie) Wilson of Dunkirk,Sandy Dearth of Madison,Wis., Sally Denbow of SanJose, Calif., and Carol Heilof Spencerville; a daughter-in-law, Barbara Wilson of Spencerville; 26 grandchil-dren, 49 great-grandchildrenand 2 great-great-grandchil-dren; and a brother-in-law,Robert (Coralee) Wilson of Van Wert.She was also preceded indeath by her sons John Wilsonand 4-year-old Paul Richard.Mrs. Wilson was a mem-ber of the Monticello UnitedBrethren In Christ Church andalso attended the First BaptistChurch of Spencerville. Shehad worked at the WoolworthStore in Lima and then becamea nurse’s aide and workedin home health, the LimaT. B. Hospital, RoselawnManor and Columbia NursingHomes. She had also workedat the Tomato Cannery inMandon. She also enjoyedroller skating, dancing and the“Charleston”, Welsh singingin Gomer where she had livedearlier and breakfast withfriends at Jim’s Restaurant inDelphos.Funeral services will be at 2p.m. Friday in the MonticelloUnited Brethren Churchwith Pastors Andrew Atkinsand Jim Fletcher officiating.Burial will follow south of the church at the New SalemCemetery.Friends may call from 2-8p.m. Thursday at the ThomasE. Bayliff Funeral Home inSpencerville and after 1 p.m.Friday at the church.Memorials may be made tothe Monticello or First BaptistChurches.
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NEWTOWN, Conn. —This Christmas was unlikeany other in Newtown.When a gunman wipedout nearly an entire first-grade class and killed stu-dents and adults in two otherfirst-grade classrooms just11 days before Christmas,it made it impossible for theholiday to be the same thisyear.Some residents, likeJoanne Brunetti, have foundways to console and helptheir grieving neighbors.Well-wishers from aroundthe country are stopping byto do the same.Brunetti watched over26 candles that had beenlit at midnight, just beforeChristmas Day, in honor of those slain at Sandy HookElementary School. She andher husband, Bill, signed upfor a three-hour shift anderected a tent to ensure thatthe candle flames never wentout throughout the day.“You have to do some-thing and you don’t knowwhat to do, you know? Youreally feel very helplessin this situation,” she saidTuesday. “People have beenwonderful to everybody inNewtown whether you werepart of what happened or not.My thought is if we were allthis nice to each other all thetime maybe things like thiswouldn’t happen.”At a town hall memorial,Faith Leonard waved to peo-ple driving by and handedout Christmas cookies, chil-dren’s gifts and hugs to any-one who needed it.“I guess my thought wasif I could be here helpingout maybe one person wouldbe able to spend more timewith their family or grievein the way they needed to,”said Leonard, who drove toNewtown from Gilbert, Ariz.,to volunteer on Christmasmorning. “I know they’vebeen inundated with sup-port and that’s great, but it’salways nice to have a presentto open on Christmas Day.”Julian Revie played“Silent Night” on a pianoon the sidewalk at the down-town memorial. Revie, fromOttawa, Canada, was in thearea visiting at the time of the shootings. He canceledhis plans to go to Australia,found a piano online andchose to spend Christmas Eveand Christmas Day playingfor the people of Newtown.“It was such a mood of respectful silence,” saidRevie, who planned to leavethe piano behind. “But yes-terday being Christmas Eveand today being ChristmasDay, I thought now it’s timefor some Christmas carolsfor the children.”Many town residentsattended Christmas Eve ser-vices Monday evening andspent the morning at homewith their families. Othersattended church services insearch of a new beginning.At St. Rose of LimaRoman Catholic Church,attended by eight of the childvictims of the massacre, thepastor told parishioners that“today is the day we begineverything all over again.”Recalling the shootingsat Sandy Hook ElementarySchool on Dec. 14, the Rev.Robert Weiss said: “Themoment the first responderbroke through the doors weknew good always over-comes evil.”“We know Christmas in away we never ever thoughtwe would know it,” he said.“We need a little Christmasand we’ve been given it.”Volunteers hung orna-ments on a series of memo-rial Christmas trees Tuesdaymorning while police offi-cers from around the statetook extra shifts to directtraffic, patrol the town andgive police here a break.“It’s a nice thing that theycan use us this way,” TedLatiak, a police detectivefrom Greenwich, Conn., saidChristmas morning, as heand a fellow detective, eachworking a half-day shift,came out of a store withbagels and coffee for otherofficers.The expansive memori-als throughout town havebecome gathering points forresidents and visitors alike.A steady stream of residents,some in pajamas, relit candlesthat had been extinguished inan overnight snowstorm.Others took pictures,dropped off toys and foughtback tears at a huge sidewalkmemorial in the center of Newtown’s Sandy Hook sec-tion that is filled with stuffedanimals, poems, flowers,posters and cards. Snow cov-ered a pile of teddy bearsdisplayed in town.Newtown officials plan toconvert the countless memen-tos paying tribute to the 20children and six adults intoa memorial. Thousands of flowers, letters, signs, pho-tos, candles, teddy bears andother items at sites aroundtown will be turned into soiland blocks to be used in amemorial, The News Timesin Danbury reports.The mementos will stayup until after the New Yearas residents and visitors paytheir respects.Police have yet to offer apossible motive for gunmanAdam Lanza’s rampage. The20-year-old Newtown man,who lived at home, killedhis mother in her bed beforeheading to the school andkilling 20 children — alleither 6 or 7 years— andsix adults. He then killedhimself.
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Esther K. Pohlman, 87, of Delphos died at 12:55 p.m.Saturday at The Meadows of Ottawa-Glandorf.She was born on Jan. 28,1925, to Joseph Michel andAnna (Birkemeier) Michel,who preceded her in death.She was married to OrvilleH. Dickman who preceded herin death. She then married EarlPohlman on Feb. 28, 1976. Hesurvives in Delphos.Survivors also include herchildren, Denny (MariBeth)Dickman of Van Wert, Byron(Ellen) Dickman of Germany,Glenn (Barb) Dickman of Delphos, Cynthia (Ray Hobbs)Altman of Findlay, Darlene(Paul) Langhals of Cloverdale,Diane Bishop of Ottawa, Deb(Jerry) Dunnigan of ColumbusGrove and Marcia (Larry)Klima of Ottawa; two sis-ters, Julie (Curt) Sheffel of Findlay and Phyllis Riley of Defiance; sisters-in-law, EdnaMichel and Ethel Schwinnenof Delphos and Imogene(Bob) Ellerbrock of Ottawa;many nieces and nephews; 18grandchildren, 37 great grand-children with one very specialgreat-grandchild on the way;and five great-great-grand-children.She was also preceded indeath by an infant daughter,Mary Dickman; sons, OrvilleDickman Jr. and DavidDickman; a great-grandchild,Dakotah Young; five sisters,Lucille Geckle, Helen Siefer,Mildred Schrieber, GenevieveBrinkman and BernadineMansfield; and a brother,Albert Michel.Mrs. Pohlman retired fromPhillips in Ottawa where sheworked from 1966 to 1988.She took great pride in beingan excellent seamstress andgardener. She was a memberof the Delphos Eagles 471,Auxiliary Ladies V.F.W. 3035and Gold Star Mothers.Mass of Christian Burialwill be held at 11 a.m. onSaturday at St. John theEvangelist Church in Delphos.Burial will follow in St. Peterand Paul Cemetery in Ottawa.Family and friends may callfrom 2-8 p.m. Friday at Harterand Schier Funeral Home.Memorial contributionsmay be made to the DickmanKids Relay for Life Team ordonor’s choice.Sister Catherine Brickner,CPPS (formerly known asSister M. Lucina), died Sundayat Emma Hall in the MariaJoseph Living Care Center inDayton. She had been a Sisterof the Precious Blood for 63years.She was born in Ottovillein 1932, one of 10 childrenborn to John J. and Philomena(Warnecke) Brickner, whopreceded her death.Sister Catherine is sur-vived by her sisters, LaurettaSchaffer; Rose (Otto J.)Wenzlick and Carolyn (GeraldP.) Schimmoeller; brothers,Walter J.(Rose Ann) Brickner;Ralph W. (Sharon) Brickner;Steven V. (Sandy) Brickner;and John N. (Joan) Brickner.Preceding her in death wereher brother, Clifford A.(Mary)Brickner; and her sister, DorisAnn (Arnold) Ricker.Sister Brickner formallyentered the Congregation of the Sisters of the PreciousBlood on Aug. 28, 1949, atthe age of 17. For 23 years, Sr.Catherine taught grades 1-12in Ohio, Indiana, Missouriand Colorado. In 1976, Sisterbegan a new ministry as activ-ity director for the elderlyin California and Ohio. In2001, Sr. Catherine retiredat Salem Heights Convent inDayton. Due to failing healthshe moved in 2004 to EmmaHall.Resurrection liturgyfor Precious Blood SisterCatherine Brickner will beheld at 10:30 a.m. Thursdayat Salem Heights Chapel,4960 Salem Ave., Dayton.Visitation will be held from6:30-8 p.m. today and from9:30-10:15 a.m. Thursday atthe chapel.
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Today is Wednesday, Dec.26, the 361st day of 2012. Thereare five days left in the year. Theseven-day African-Americanholiday Kwanzaa begins today.This is Boxing Day.
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On Dec. 26, 1972, the 33rdpresident of the United States,Harry S. Truman, died in KansasCity, Mo., at age 88.
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In 1776, the British suf-fered a major defeat in theBattle of Trenton during theRevolutionary War.In 1799, former PresidentGeorge Washington was eulo-gized by Col. Henry Lee as “firstin war, first in peace and first inthe hearts of his countrymen.”
Ohio woman dies, manhurt in Christmas shooting
CINCINNATI (AP) —Police say a Christmas nightdouble shooting in Cincinnatileft a 20-year-old womandead and a man wounded.The Cincinnati Enquirerreports the gunfire startedduring an argument at anapartment in the Westwoodneighborhood. Police iden-tified the dead woman asKyila Shields. The wounded25-year-old man was takento a hospital at about 7:45p.m. and later was releasedafter treatment. His namewas not released.Police said earlyWednesday that they areseeking a 27-year-old manwho is the suspected shoot-er.Police in Cincinnati alsoinvestigated two other shoot-ings earlier on ChristmasDay.Did you know that morethan three billion greetingcards are sent annually in theUnited States alone?
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 Each year, Veterans of Foreign Wars posts across the country offer young men and women chance to earn scholarshipsand other incentives through the “Voice of Democracy” Program. Here are the winners from the Delphos post.
Patriotic Pen winners
What I would tell America’sfounding fathers
By Alyssa HohlbeinJefferson Middle SchoolGrade 6
Dear Founding Fathers,There is so much I would like to tell you. First, I wouldlike to thank you for fighting for our freedom and makingAmerica. I am glad that you made the constitution. If itwas not for the Constitution, the American people wouldnot have freedoms or rights. This helped make the govern-ment.Secondly I want to tell you how I dislike slavery. Istrongly dislike how the blacks were treated in the pastbecause of their skin color. Other countries have slavery. Iwish they did not. I am very glad that our country does nothave slavery anymore.Another thing I would like to tell you is how I dislikewar. I don’t like all the killing, but I know we need war tofight for our country and our freedoms. I think all the peopelthat fight for our country should get an award. This wouldbe the right thing to do.I am thankful for the right to vote. I think everyoneshould vote because it is their right. It is not fair when some-one does not vote then dislikes the President. I know therewere some people that were unable to vote, but today peoplecan vote by mail if they are not able to go out to vote.Now, I would like to tell you about our economy today.It is not doing very well. What advice could you give ourgovernment today? What do you think we could do to helpmake it better? We could really use some help.I want to tell you that freedom is a great thing. I thinkevery country should be set free. It is not fair that othercountries are made to worship gods that they do not wantto, and if they do not they will be killed. These are somethings I just wanted to tell you. Again, thank you for makingAmerica a great place to live.
By Hayley Ryanne SmithJefferson Middle SchoolGrade 6
If I could get to meet America’s Founding Fathers I think that itwould be a great honor to meet some of the greatest people in ourcountry’s history. I would also say my opinion on what our countryis today. Also, I would say some things that I don’t think they didright. So here is what I would say.First I would ask them why they had slaves. I mean I know thatthey needed them for work, but I mean didn’t they know African-American people were just like us. Didn’t they see that? Once Iheard a story about President Lincoln. That he had gone to a slaveauction and paid the highest price for that person and it was a younglady. When they got back to his house he said, “You can go nowI’m setting you free.” She said, “Since you are letting me free mydecision is to stay here with you.” That made me think about whatit would be like if I was a slave. What I would say to our FoundingFathers is what would it be like if you were a slave. How would youwant to be treated?Another question I would ask them is why didn’t they let womenvote? Why only men? I think that it is because men always had todo the dirty work and women always stayed in the house takingcare of the children or doing housework. So they think women arenot important enough to take care of the big things like voting for aPresident. Well they were wrong! Now women vote almost every-where in the world and that is great! Also some countries don’t letwomen vote and I think that it is not fair. Plus some countries don’thave a Representative Democracy which is sad because most of those people have to go off to war or have to work really hard. I feelsorry for them because they don’t have a life for their kids and forthem to be free. I guess some people aren’t so lucky.The last thing I would tell them is that they did a great job andthat they were really great people and what they did for this countrywas so great. Also they fought for what they thought was right andwhat they believed in and that I would support them in anythingelse they would choose to do. That is what I would say to America’sFounding Fathers.
Prosecutors push mandatory jury trials
By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINSThe Associated Press
COLUMBUS — Ohioprosecutors say they’re notgiving up in their efforts topass a law that would allowthem to demand that criminaldefendants undergo a trial by jury.The proposal by theOhio Prosecuting AttorneysAssociation, which wasbefore lawmakers this yearand in the past, is aimed atsituations where defendantswaive their rights to a jurytrial and demand a judge hearthe case instead.Occasionally, prosecutorsbelieve a judge will not pro-vide a fair hearing and theywant the ability to demand a jury trial, said John Murphy,a lobbyist with the prosecut-ing attorneys association.“The only time we runinto problem is when thisparticular judge won’t giveus a fair hearing for one rea-son or another,” Murphy said.“Some judges have particularviews on cases we disagreewith.”Several prosecutors testi-fied before House and Senatecommittees this year in sup-port of the measure, whichpassed in the House but diedin the Senate earlier thismonth. It would apply onlyto serious crimes.“Prosecutors and thevictims of crimes shouldhave the same choices asthe criminals,” PortageCounty Prosecutor VictorVigluicci told the SenateJudiciary Committee ear-lier this year.“In a time when we havefinally come to recognize notonly the rights of the crimi-nally accused, but also therights of the victims of theircrimes, giving the victims,through the State, some sayin the use of a jury at trialseems only fair,” he said.Prosecutors note that morethan two dozen states allowprosecutors to request a jurytrial, as does the federal courtsystem.The Ohio State BarAssociation and numerous judges opposed the measure.They said that while theOhio Constitution guaran-tees a criminal defendant theright to a jury trial, it doesn’trequire it.They also say prosecutorscan already ask that judg-es with a perceived bias beremoved from a trial. Andthey say the proposal couldcost taxpayers because of theadded expense of more jurytrials.“Eliminating the right toa bench trial for those whoare criminally accused wouldbe contrary to the fair andeconomic administration of  justice,” according to a Dec.11 letter to the judiciary com-mittee from 34 CuyahogaCounty court judges.Judges also say the pro-posal makes more sensein the federal court systemwhere judges are appointedfor life and it’s harder toremove them from cases forbias.The proposal would alsoapply to death penalty cases,where a three-judge panelsometimes is better equippedto handle such complicatedcases than a jury, which canbe overwhelmed because of the nature of crimes in capi-tal cases, said state publicdefender Tim Young.A financial analysis of the bill by the nonpartisanOhio Legislative ServiceCommission predicted onlya “minimal” increase in coststo counties of giving pros-ecutors the right to demand atrial by jury.The commission con-cluded “there will be veryfew circumstances in whicha prosecutor would want todemand a jury trial.”
Thief drives off with Ohio man’sChristmas giftsOhio native getshigh militaryhonor
SPRINGFIELD (AP) —An Ohio man says a thief  jumped into his idling car onChristmas and fled with hisfamily’s holiday gifts.WHIO-TV reports MichaelChandler was warming up theDodge Neon for his wife and6-year-old son Tuesday nightafter a visit to his in-laws inSpringfield.When he went back outsideto get in the car, it was gone.So was his son’s scooter, andother Christmas gifts that werein the car.Chandler said he didn’tthink about the possibility thatsomeone would steal his idlingcar on Christmas. Springfieldpolice have put out an alertfor the 2000 dark purple four-door Neon.Police say it’s illegal toleave an idling car unattended,but Chandler won’t be ticket-ed. They figure he’s sufferedenough.AKRON (AP) — An Ohionative who grew up to be aU.S. Army Ranger has beenawarded the military’s sec-ond-highest award for valor.The Akron Beacon Journalreports that 22-year-old Sgt.Craig Warfle — who grew upin Stow, near Akron — wasawarded the DistinguishedService Cross for actions inbattle in Afghanistan in 2010.Warfle’s parents tell thenewspaper their son knew asa teenager that he wanted tobecome an elite soldier. Heenlisted before graduatingfrom high school in 2008.The Army said that onAug. 18 and 19, 2010, Warfledisplayed heroism while ona mission to kill and captureTaliban members. His squadleader was killed, and Warflewas wounded during the firefight that resulted in the deathof at least 16 Taliban fighters.
Ohio motoristswarned as stormmoves in
COLUMBUS (AP) —Strong winds and snowfallthat have knocked out powerto hundreds of Ohio homesand are disrupting post-holidaytravel.Dozens of flights at Ohioairports are expected to becanceled or are delayed. Aspokesman said as many as80 percent of flights out of Cleveland could be canceledby this afternoon.Several western Ohio coun-ties have issued road travelwarnings.Parts of Ohio are alreadyunder blizzard or winter weath-er warnings, with freezing rainturning to snow predicted forWednesday. It’s expected to beheaviest in western and north-ern Ohio.Snow accumulations inOhio could be up to 10 inch-es, and temperatures will benoticeably colder the rest of the week.The Ohio Department of Transportation says it pretreat-ed major highways in anticipa-tion of ice and heavy snow.
Firearms groupoffers to trainteachers
COLUMBUS (AP) —Following the killing of 20children and six educators inNewtown, Conn., an Ohio-based gun group says it islaunching a test program totrain teachers how to use fire-arms.The Columbus Dispatchreports that the BuckeyeFirearms Association says itwill initially accept applica-tions from 24 teachers for itsArmed Teacher Pilot Program.The three-day firearm-train-ing class will be held at theTactical Defense Institute inWest Union. The associa-tion will pay for the training,including lodging and ammu-nition.Association legal chairmanKen Hanson said in a state-ment that teachers and schoolboard members have been“asking us for years” for thiskind of training. He said thegroup’s long-term goal is todevelop a standard curriculumand make the training avail-able to any teacher or schoolofficial.
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