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Mostly sunny inThursday morn-ing then becom-ing partly cloudy.Highs 15 to 20.A 30 percent chance of snow after midnight. Lowsaround 15. See page 2.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
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School staff, teachers are first line of defense
BY STEPHANIE GROVESsgroves@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — “I pledgeallegiance to the Flag of theUnited States of America andto the Republic for which itstands, one nation…” Thenthere was an abrupt crack-le and whine emitted fromthe microphone attached tothe PA system. “Attention,attention, code purple, codepurple. There is an intruderin the building,” PrincipalMiller spoke with a calm, yetrigid voice.A silence fell across theroom and the students’ eyesturned to their teacher, Mr.Smith, who immediatelysprung up from his desk andwent into action.“Let’s roll,” Smith direct-ed the classroom full of kids.Without hesitation, eachstudent followed the proce-dures they practiced timeand time again, sprinting tothe classroom doors ensur-ing they are locked, gather-ing desks and chairs to builda barricade at the doorwaysand positioning themselvesto engage the intruder with abarrage of textbooks.This fictitious scenario isnot unlike the real-life simu-lations taught by the DelphosPolice Department during
ALiCE
training with DelphosCity Schools staff and admin-istration on Tuesday.School safety has been inthe forefront of everyone’smind. While the nation strug-gles with the aftermath of the Newtown massacre andquestions about school safe-ty, teachers, school adminis-trators and law enforcementofficials have been scram-bling for answers.Sergeant Mark Slate andOfficer Ryan Kimmet of theDelphos Police Departmentpresented the crisis trainingprogram
ALiCE
, an acro-nym for Alert, Lockdown,Information, Counter andEvacuation. The programis geared to prepare firstresponders to think on theirfeet and choose the optionsthat save lives if they wouldencounter an intruder oractive shooter.The session began withSlate describing grim detailsof some of the deadliestschool shootings in U.S.history. There have been 78documented school shootingssince 1978.In 1999, Eric Harris andDylan Klebold plotted for ayear before they killed 13people and wounded 24 moreat their Columbine HighSchool. They then commit-ted suicide. Seven yearslater, Duane Roger Morrisonentered Platte Canyon HighSchool in Bailey, Coloradoand took six female studentshostage, sexually assaultedeach of them and releasedfive of them one by one. Aslaw enforcement stormed theclassroom, Morrison killedthe last hostage and turnedthe gun on himself. Fivedays later, in Nickel Mines,PA, Charles Carl Roberts IVstormed a one-room Amishschoolhouse with three guns,sent the boys and adults out-side, barricaded the doorswith two-by-fours and thenshot 11 girls “execution-
Wildcats, Jays selling pre-saletickets
Both Jefferson and St. John’sare selling pre-sale tickets to boysbasketball games.The Wildcats host PauldingFriday and visit Arlington Saturday.Prices are $5 for adults and $4 forstudents and are available at all fourCity School District buildings andthe Administrative Building.The Blue Jays have two homegames: St. Henry Friday (6:30p.m.) and Spencerville Saturday.Adult tickets (and those at the gates)are $6, students $4 and will be soldin the high school office duringschool hours until 3:30 p.m. Friday.All tickets are $6 at the door.
TODAY
WrestlingState Dual TournamentQuarterfinalsDiv. IIIRegion 17 at Columbus Grove:Columbus Grove vs. Antwerp, 6p.m.Region 24 at Bath: Jefferson vs.Spencerville, 6 p.m.At Coldwater: St. John’s vs.Riverdale, 6 p.m.Div. IIAt Toledo Central Catholic:Elida vs. Bowling Green, 6 p.m.
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BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — Safety Service Director GregBerquist had good news for city council on Tuesday. Acheck for $18,000 was received for the city’s portionof a claim in a class action suit against Syngenta AGand other manufacturers of atrazine, a chemical usedin fertilizer that found its way in to the water systemsof more than 1,000 municipalities more than a decadeago.Berquist said the city filed paperwork for the suitlast year and the check is the city’s share of a $105million settlement.He also noted the city is still waiting for more than$50,000 from FEMA for storm damage from late Juneand he found an additional $77,000 in revenue in thebudget.Berquist added that he will soon be ready to sitdown with the Finance Committee to solidify the 2013budget.Councilman Rick Hanser said he had heard positivecomments about the new walk bridge at WaterworksPark and wanted to formally thank the DelphosStadium Club for the work.Council heard on second reading an ordinanceallowing Berquist and/or the mayor to purchase com-modities in 2013.
City receives $18Kcheck in settlement;Berquist finds $77,000
During the ALiCE training at Jefferson High School on Tuesday, teachers and staff practice building a barricade at the classroom doorway.
 
See ALICE, page 2
Students cower as shots ring out at Texas college
By JUAN A. LOZANOand MICHAEL GRACZYKThe Associated Press
HOUSTON — LuisResendiz hid quietly in asmall room with dozens of classmates after gunshotserupted in a courtyard onhis college campus north of Houston.There his mind quick-ly drifted to last month’sConnecticut elementaryschool massacre that left 20children dead, wondering if another gunman was on arampage on the other side of the door.“I didn’t think somethinglike this could happen,” saidResendiz, 22, who crouchedin the room for about 20 min-utes before being allowed toleave. “You don’t think aboutit happening to you.”A volley of gunshotsaround noon Tuesday at LoneStar College prompted alockdown then evacuation of the campus. A maintenanceworker who was caught inthe crossfire was sent to ahospital, along with two oth-ers who authorities believewere involved in the shoot-ing.Carlton Berry, 22, wasarrested Tuesday andformally booked earlyWednesday on two countsof aggravated assault witha deadly weapon, accordingto Harris County Sheriff’sOffice records. Berry will bearraigned Thursday. Bond isset at $60,000.Berry was hospitalized,sheriff’s officials said. Hiscondition, along with theconditions of the other personinvolved in the shooting andmaintenance worker were notavailable.A fourth person also wastaken to a hospital for treat-ment of a medical condition,Harris County sheriff’s Maj.Armando Tello said, withoutdescribing that medical con-dition.Authorities offered nodetails on what promptedthe shooting. One of the twopeople involved had a stu-dent ID, and both peoplewere hospitalized, Tello said.At least 10 patrol cars clus-tered on the campus’ westside as emergency personneltended to the wounded andloaded them onto stretch-ers. Students led by offi-cers ran from the buildingswhere they had been hidingas authorities evacuated thecampus.Keisha Cohn, 27, was in abuilding about 50 feet awayand began running as soon asshe heard the shots.“To stay where I waswasn’t an option,” said Cohn,who fled from a buildingthat houses computers andstudy areas. All the studentswere eventually evacuated,running out of buildings aspolice officers led them tosafety. Mark Zaragosa saidhe had just left an EMT classwhen he saw two people whowere injured, so he stoppedto help them. He describedthe wounds as minor: Onewith a gunshot to the kneeand another to the buttocks.“We were carrying (oneman) over to an open areaand they (the officers) toldus to put him down — withall weapons drawn — andthey cuffed him right there,”Zaragosa told KHOU-TV.The shooting last monthat Sandy Hook ElementarySchool in Newtown, Conn.,heightened security concernsat campuses across the coun-try. In Texas, several schooldistricts have either imple-mented or are consideringa plan to allow faculty tocarry guns on campus. Whileguns are not allowed on col-lege campuses, the TexasLegislature this year mightdebate a bill that would allowthem.Richard Carpenter, chan-cellor of the Lone StarCollege System, said thecampus is a gun-free zonethat “has been safe for 40years.” “We think it’s stillsafe,” he added. The campusreopened late Tuesday after-noon, with classes expectedto resume today.Daniel Flores, 19, was ina second-floor tutoring labwith about 60 people whenhe heard a noise that sounded“like someone was kickinga door.” Once he and oth-ers realized that sound wasgunfire, they fled to the near-by student services center,where authorities kept themfor about 30 minutes beforeletting them leave.Cody Harris, 20, said hewas in a classroom withsix or seven other studentswaiting for a psychologyclass to start when he heardeight shots. He and otherstudents looked at eachother, said, “I guess weshould get out of here,” andfled. “I was just worriedabout getting out,” Harrissaid. “I called my grand-mother and asked her topick me up.”
Community Unity holds ‘Free Food on Us’
Members of Community Unity teamed up with students from UNOH and thelocal Roger’s Rangers Tuesday during Free Food On Us at the Delphos Eagles. FreeFood On Us is a food distribution that serves families in the Delphos area who are inneed. All food items are donated and delivered by the West Ohio Food Bank. UNOHstudents unload food items brought by the West Ohio Food Bank. (Delphos Herald/ Stacy Taff)Sergeant Mark Slate coaches Delphos Jefferson Senior High School staff and teachersduring ALiCE training held on Tuesday. (Delphos Herald/Stephanie Groves)
 
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Prince Harry’s wartimerole draws reprisal fears
By GREGORY KATZThe Associated Press
LONDON — PrinceHarry’s admission that hekilled Taliban fighters whileworking as a helicopter gun-ner in Afghanistan drewintense British media cov-erage Tuesday and sparkedconcerns about possiblereprisals.The 28-year-old princespoke in a pooled inter-view published late Mondayafter he was safely out of Afghanistan. He had spentthe last 20 weeks deployedas a co-pilot and gunner in aheavily armed Apache attackhelicopter.Asked if he had killedfrom the cockpit, the third-in-line to the British thronesaid: “Yeah, so, lots of peoplehave.”The response was imme-diate Tuesday: The DailyMirror tabloid ran a page-oneheadline “Royal SensationHarry: I Killed Taliban” alongwith a photo of a macho-looking Harry in combat gearand designer shades. Othernewspapers ran similar gung-ho stories about the prince’smilitary exploits. “Harry: IHave Killed” was the storyin the Daily Mail. Video shotduring the prince’s deploy-ment was shown dozens of times on Britain’s majornews networks.In Parliament on Tuesday,Defense Minister MarkFrancois praised Harry, say-ing the prince should be com-mended for his bravery. He“has done well for his coun-try,” Francois said, offeringkind words for a prince whohas occasionally embarrassedthe royal family, most recent-ly by being photographednaked as he played strip bil-liards at a Las Vegas hotel.Many in Harry’s fam-ily have also seen combat— most recently his uncle,Prince Andrew, who flewRoyal Navy helicopters dur-ing the 1982 Falklands War.Prince Philip, his grandfather,served on Royal Navy battle-ships during World War II.Not everyone wasapplauding the soldier-prince.Lindsey German, leader of the Stop the War Coalition,called Harry’s comments“arrogant and insensitive”and raised the prospect thatHarry might have accidentlytargeted Afghan civilians.Former officer CharlesHeyman, who edits a year-book on British forces, saidthe prince’s words may raisethe already high threat levelagainst him.“The royal family are alltargets, and he now probablybecomes the prime target,royal family-wise,” Heymansaid. “But he can live withthat. He’s a soldier, he knowswhat he’s doing.”Heyman said it was com-mendable that Harry hadundertaken such a dangerousand demanding military job.“By and large, the world’selite make sure their sons anddaughters go nowhere nearthe firing line. So it bringscredit to the royal family, andit’s good for army morale,that Harry’s not sitting backin London saying, ‘Welldone, boys!”’ he said.Heyman said as an Apachegunner, Harry would haveopened fire when directed todo so by a ground controllerwho would most likely havebeen under enemy fire. Theprince typically would havebeen firing at Taliban forcesin bunkers or protected insome way, not at troops outin the open, said the formerofficer.“They would have beenopening fire to relieve pres-sure on the ground, maybeeven to rescue people on theground,” Heyman explained.“If he was using machineguns, there is no way hecould say categorically hedestroyed the target. But if he was using the Hellfiremissiles against a bunker, hewould be able to say cat-egorically that he destroyedthe target.”If there’s a large explo-sion and no more enemyfire from the target area, thegunner can be “pretty sure”the enemy has been killed,Heyman said.Col. Richard Kemp, a for-mer British commander inAfghanistan, said the feveredpress response to Harry’swords reflected a certainnaivety about the realities of war.“He’s flying an attackhelicopter armed with mis-siles and machine guns, andits purpose is predominantlyto come in and provide firesupport for troops fightingthe Taliban, so it would bevery, very surprising if hedidn’t swoop in and kill,”Kemp said.He said Harry’s tone wasappropriate in the interview.“I know it’s a delicate sub- ject, but I’m surprised by howmuch people have seized onwhat he said,” Kemp said.“If he’d been bragging aboutkilling, that would have beenwrong, but he didn’t bragabout it.”
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05-22-29-31-36Estimated jackpot:$130,000SEOUL, South Korea(AP) — North Korea swiftlylashed out against the U.N.Security Council’s condemna-tion of its December launchof a long-range rocket, sayingWednesday that it will strength-en its military defenses —including its nuclear weaponry— in response.The defiant statementfrom North Korea’s ForeignMinistry was issued hours afterthe Security Council unani-mously adopted a resolutioncondemning Pyongyang’s Dec.12 rocket launch as a viola-tion of a ban against nuclearand missile activity. The resolu-tion, which won approval fromPyongyang’s ally and protectorChina after drawn-out discus-sions, also expanded sanctionsagainst the North.In Pyongyang, the ForeignMinistry maintained that thelaunch was a peaceful bid tosend a satellite into space, nota test of long-range missiletechnology. But now, NorthKorea will “counter the U.S.hostile policy with strength,not with words,” the ministrysaid, ominously warning thatNorth Korea will “bolster themilitary capabilities for self-defense including the nucleardeterrence.”The wording “considerablyand strongly hints at the possi-bility of a nuclear test,” analystHong Hyun-ik at the privateSejong Institute think tank nearSeoul said Wednesday.A nuclear test would fitinto a familiar pattern of defi-ance in Pyongyang. In 2006and 2009, North Korea fol-lowed up rocket launches justweeks later by testing atomicdevices, which experts sayis necessary for develop-ment of nuclear warheads.However, North Korea hasa new leader, Kim Jong Un,who took over in December2011 following the death of father Kim Jong Il. How hewill handle the standoff withthe international communityremains unclear.There was no indicationtoday of an imminent nucleartest. However, satellite pho-tos taken last month at NorthKorea’s underground nucleartest site in Punggye-ri in thefar northeast showed contin-ued activity that suggested astate of readiness even in win-ter, according to analysis by38 North, a North Korea web-site affiliated with the JohnsHopkins School for AdvancedInternational Studies.Last month’s rocket launchhas been celebrated as a suc-cess in North Korea, and thescientists involved treated likeheroes. Kim Jong Un citedthe launch in his New Year’sDay speech laying out NorthKorea’s main policies andgoals for the upcoming year,and banners hailing the launchare posted on buildings acrossthe capital.Washington and its alliesconsider the long-range rocketlaunch a covert test of ballisticmissile technology, and suspectPyongyang is working towardmounting a nuclear warheadon a missile capable of strikingthe U.S.North Korea claims the rightto build nuclear weapons asa defense against the UnitedStates, which stations morethan 28,000 troops in SouthKorea. The foes fought in thethree-year Korean War, whichended in a truce in 1953 and leftthe Korean Peninsula divided atthe 38th parallel.Six-nation disarmamentnegotiations, hosted by Chinaand aimed at offering NorthKorea much-needed food andfuel in return for dismantlingits nuclear program, have beenstalled since North Koreawalked away from the talks fol-lowing U.N. punishment for its2009 rocket launch.
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Activists: Governmentrocket kills 6 in Syria
BEIRUT (AP) — A rocketfired by Syrian regime forcesslammed into a northern rebel-held village today, killing sixmembers of a single family,activists said, while Turkey’sforeign minister called on theinternational community todeclare the Syrian regime’sbombardment of its own citi-zens a war crime.With violence escalat-ing and hopes of a politicalsolution dwindling, Russiaannounced for the first timethat it has evacuated familiesof its diplomats in Syria sometime ago but said it is not plan-ning a large-scale evacuationof the tens of thousands of itscitizens still in the country.Russia has been the mainprotector of President BasharAssad, shielding him fromU.N. sanctions over hiscrackdown on an uprisingthat began in March 2011.In Moscow, Foreign MinisterSergey Lavrov sought to playdown the significance of evacuation of 77 of its citi-zens who had fled Syria andwere flown back to Moscowtoday. He told reporters thatabout 1,000 Russians residingin Syria contacted consularofficials to express their inter-est in leaving the country, butno large-scale evacuation wasimmediately planned.Both sides have increasedattacks over the past weeks asdiplomatic efforts have floun-dered with the oppositionrejecting any dialogue withAssad in power and Syrianofficials saying the presidentwill stay until the end of histerm in mid-2014, and will berunning for re-election.Syria’s conflict started 22months ago as an uprisingagainst Assad, whose fam-ily has ruled the countryfor four decades. It quicklymorphed into a civil war,with rebels taking up armsto fight back against abloody crackdown by thegovernment. The regimealso has turned increasinglyto airstrikes.
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(Continued from page 1)style”, killing three peoplebefore committing suicide.Two of the wounded girlsdied later.The reality check, of sorts,brought the room of educa-tors to a somber, yet uni-fied mind-set. Principal JohnEdinger spoke on the open-ing segment of the training.“It was eye-opening andsickening. Taking the livesof innocent kids. ” Edingerspoke earnestly. “TheNewtown shooting remindsme of the precious lives wehave to protect.”Coaching the facultyin lock-down proceduresincludes ensuring all partici-pants are aware of the propercodes announced during anintrusion, teaching hands-onself-defense mechanisms,creating effective door barri-cades, developing and learn-ing contingency evacuationplans and establishing safesites after an evacuation. Inaddition, there have been sit-uations where students werein a lock-down situation forhours. Slate recommends thatteachers have an emergencykit prepared in case a situa-tion should warrant.“The kits should includebandages, snacks and eventampons, which would beuseful to stop the bleeding of any wounds,” Slate affirmed.“Take the plastic liner out of a metal trash can and use it[the trash can] as a toilet.”If an intruder storms aclassroom armed with aweapon, the staff and teach-ers are instructed to use aself-defense mechanism likeforcefully throw any object,like books or computers, torender the intruder unbal-anced and make him or heran easier target for a hands-on counterattack.Prior to the beginning of the school year, staff andteachers began the first partof the ALICE training, wherethe staff viewed clips fromthe Columbine shooting anddelved into the mind of anactive shooter.“There are always flaws inthe system.” Edinger stated.“No matter how prepared weare, an intruder will get inand do what ever they aregoing to do. Instead of beingsitting ducks, this programgives us control and allowsus to be aggressive. We havea proactive police depart-ment that work hands-onand genuinely cares for thecommunity. Additionally, theparents ‘step up to the plate’and are always supportivewhen dealing with studentand school issues.”Edinger and the teachersare very enamored with theALICE training, the DelphosPolice Department and thesupport of the community, asa whole.
Woman strip searchedafter flight on 9/11 sues
DETROIT (AP) — Awoman who says she was ethni-cally targeted for a strip searchat Detroit Metropolitan Airportfiled a lawsuit Tuesday againstan airline and federal transporta-tion officials.Authorities removedShoshana Hebshi from aFrontier Airlines plane after itlanded in Detroit on Sept. 11,2011, the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. The crewhad reported suspicious behav-ior by two Indian-Americanmen sitting near her, sayingthey spent a lot of time in abathroom.Hebshi, who describes her-self as half-Arab and half-Jew-ish, said she and the men hadnever met before the flight andhad nothing in common beyonda similar skin tone.After removing her fromthe plane and handcuffingher, agents ordered Hebshi toremove her clothes, bend overand cough while being searched,she said in a complaint filed inDetroit federal court.The freelance writer fromSylvania, Ohio, said she is con-cerned about what she believeswas ethnic profiling based onher dark complexion and whatthat pattern of treatment mightmean for her 7-year-old twins.“I was frightened and humil-iated,” Hebshi told the DetroitFree Press. “As an Americancitizen and a mom, I’m reallyconcerned about my childrengrowing up in a country whereyour skin color and your namecan put your freedom and lib-erty at risk at any time.”Hebshi said the U.S. hasa “history of profiling andoppressing people who look dif-ferent.” She added that authori-ties assume “someone who isbrown is a criminal.”Frontier and theTransportation SecurityAdministration declined com-ment on the suit Tuesday.Hebshi said no one ever toldher why she was being targetedand what was happening.“They wouldn’t even tell mewhat was going on,” she saidTuesday. “No would answer me.”The American Civil LibertiesUnion is assisting Hebshi in herlawsuit. ACLU lawyer MichaelSteinberg said Hebshi “didnothing that was suspicious” towarrant such treatment.
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Dayton suburb anxiousabout possible defense
COLUMBUS (AP) —Workers, employers and lob-byists for Ohio’s growing oiland gas industry are descend-ing on the Statehouse to toutthe industry’s economic ben-efits.The lobbying eventWednesday is expected todraw more than 200 industryrepresentatives and 75 law-makers. It’s sponsored by theOhio Oil & Gas Association,the Ohio Petroleum Counciland the Ohio Shale Coalition.Participants will visit law-makers in their offices andat a scheduled luncheonfeaturing pro-industry stateReps. David Hall and SeanO’Brien. Hall is a MillersburgRepublican. O’Brien is aDemocrat from Hubbard.The event comes 12 daysbefore Gov. John Kasichintroduces his two-year statebudget.The Republican governor’splan may include tax hikes onlarge-scale oil and gas drillerswhose proceeds would funda modest statewide income-tax cut. The plan previouslystalled.
FAIRBORN (AP) —Businesses in a southwestOhio community fear afinancial blow from possibledefense spending cuts at anearby Air Force base.Wright-Patterson AirForce Base near Fairborn hasmore than 29,000 military andcivilian personnel, includingcontractors and private busi-nesses. Of that number, nearly14,000 military and civilianpersonnel are employed by theAir Force Materiel Commandheadquartered there.“The only way we surviveis with the base, so any upor down at the base affectsus,” said Mike Gharst, ownerof Roush’s Restaurant in theDayton suburb of Fairborn,which has a population of about 32,000. “If (cuts) hap-pen, we’ll just be slower.”The Pentagon has orderedmeasures aimed at cuttingcosts and improving effi-ciency that are expected toaffect the base and othersunder the command of theAFMC. The AFMC employs82,000 people at its ninebases, which also includeones in Tennessee, California,Florida, Massachusetts, Utah,New Mexico, Georgia andOklahoma.The AFMC, whichemploys people in acquisi-tion, research and develop-ment, testing and other duties,could impose a civilian hir-ing freeze and fire sometemporary employees amongother cost-cutting moves, theDayton Daily News reported.AFMC spokeswoman SusanMurphy said that officialsexpect to outline specificcost-cutting measures for theshort term this week, andthat deeper cuts could fol-low if Congress and PresidentBarack Obama don’t stopnearly $500 billion in auto-matic budget cuts scheduledto start in March. Murphystressed that actions beingconsidered for the short termwould not prevent hiring “if it’s necessary to continue thecommand’s mission,” and thecommand has been looking atcuts that could be reversed if more money becomes avail-able.She said unnecessary trav-el already has been curtailed.The command could deferbase maintenance and curbthe purchase of office equip-ment, among other possibili-ties already outlined by theAir Force. Spending on advi-sory and assistance servicesalso could be reduced, andcurrent contracts also couldbe reviewed for any cost-cut-ting possibilities.Angie Stringer, managerof Cadillac Jack’s restaurantin Fairborn, says a worst-casescenario from massive cuts is“that we could be out of a jobourselves. We’re struggling asit is to keep the business upand running.”Wright-Patterson retireeCarl Newman, 76, says thebase is definitely importantto everyday life in the com-munity.“The people that live herework there or have relativeswho work there,” he said. “Iwouldn’t call it a companytown, but it’s kind of in thatsame vein.”Newman says fewer AirForce contracts to local con-tractors also would hurt busi-nesses.Fred Domicone, ownerof Domicone Printing Inc.,said the town can tell whenthe number of employees atthe base changes. “We canactually see it in the volumeof people that come in,” hesaid. “We can see it in theamount of open businessesin the community. And it’s anoticeable difference.”But Joseph E. Zeis, execu-tive vice president and chief strategic officer of the DaytonDevelopment Coalition, saidthe area can better withstandcuts if it focuses on core areastied to Wright-Patterson and itsindustrial and research base,even as defense budgets are cut.Some of those areas includeadvanced automation efficien-cies, unmanned aerial systemsand information technology.Military and commercialtechnologies have merged,and the “civilian aerospaceworld is expanding rapidly,”Zeis said.
“The only way wesurvive is with thebase, so any up ordown at the baseaffects us. If (cuts)happen, we’ll justbe slower.”
— Mike Gharst,owner of Roush’sRestaurant, Fairborn
Former Ohio lawmakergets 3 years in prison
By JULIECARR SMYTHThe Associated Press
COLUMBUS — A formerOhio state lawmaker attribut-ed years of falsified campaignfinance reports and misspend-ing to “errors in judgment”Tuesday ahead of being sen-tenced to three years in pris-on for election falsification,grand theft and other charges.Under a plea deal, four-term Dayton DemocratClayton Luckie will also haveto repay the salary of $11,893that he collected from the timeof his indictment last fall tothe end of his term Dec. 31and serve three years’ proba-tion when released. He reportsto prison March 18.Luckie told visitingFranklin County CommonPleas Judge Alan Travis thathe always did his best forthe people who elected him.He apologized publicly to hisconstituents, his family andhis Statehouse colleagues.“I apologize to thosewho looked up to me as arole model,” Luckie told the judge. “I tell them that I’mhuman and I fell short in thisinstance.”Franklin CountyProsecutor Ron O’Briensaid Luckie did more thanfall short. He engaged in apattern of illegal activity thatbegan with the first campaignfinance report he filed as alawmaker in 2006 through tofalsified documents submit-ted after an investigation waslaunched against him.State and federal inves-tigators found that Luckieskimmed nearly $130,000 incampaign funds for personaluse and failed to list campaignexpenditures for six years.“Almost from the beginning,there were checks and cashwithdrawals that were convert-ed for personal use on the larg-est scale I have seen,” O’Briensaid. The Ohio Secretary of State’s office told O’Brien itis the largest such case of cam-paign finance misappropriationever documented.“When public officialsbetray the trust that has beengiven to them, it can have adevastating impact on our sys-tem of government,” FederalBureau of Investigation spe-cial agent in charge EdwardHanko said in a statement.“These officials are account-able for their actions and whenthey violate the law, there arevery real consequences.”Luckie was indicted inOctober on 49 felony counts,42 of which were droppedas part of the plea deal —while the grand theft chargewas added. He faced morethan 10 years in prison com-bined, but the judge agreedto O’Brien’s recommendationthat the sentences be imposedconcurrently.Luckie will be eligible forearly release in six monthsand his attorney, Lloyd Pierre-Louis, said he most likelywould request release at thattime. O’Brien said he willoppose early release barringLuckie being able to providesignificant help to the ongoingFBI investigation into cam-paign activity surroundingOhio payday lending legisla-tion.Pierre-Louis agreed withLuckie’s explanation to the judge that he was “stretchedtoo thin,” saying he didn’tunderstand how to properlymanage campaign financereports. All sides agreedTuesday that Luckie’s cam-paign finance misdeeds didnot touch his legislative work.“The issues weren’t thathe was in his mind intention-ally dipping into his campaignaccount for purposes of steal-ing,” Pierre-Louis said. “Thiswas an issue where in his viewhe had certain rights, certainopportunities to spend prop-erly, and those unfortunatelywere comingled at times.”After news of the investi-gation went public last year,Luckie agreed not to seek re-election. He declined to resignover the objections of OhioHouse Democratic LeaderArmond Budish and the stateRepublican party — stayingin office through the end of the session.House Democratic leadersstripped Luckie of his com-mittee assignments after hewas indicted, and he didn’treturn to the Statehouse forany votes.
Ohio couple ad-mits putting kidsin plastic totes
STEUBENVILLE (AP)— An eastern Ohio couplehas pleaded guilty to pun-ishing their three childrenby forcing them into plasticboxes sealed with duct tapeand only a square cut in thetop for air.A prosecutor said the chil-dren, ages 5, 6 and 8, werecrammed into the boxes aspunishment June 16 at thefamily home in Steubenvillewhile the parents went to thegrocery store and left twouncles at home with them.WTOL-TV reports that thefather, James Taylor, plead-ed guilty Tuesday to twocounts of child endangermentand one count of unlawfulrestraint. The plea deal callsfor a year in jail.Samantha Taylor pleadedguilty to the same chargesand got two years of pro-bation. The two other menpleaded guilty to unlawfulrestraint and got probation.
Referee willintervene induct-tapedstudents case
AKRON (AP) — A ref-eree is going to hear the caseof a northeast Ohio teacherwho may be fired over anallegation that she posted aFacebook photo of her stu-dents with their mouths cov-ered with duct tape.The Akron Public SchoolsBoard of Education is tryingto fire Melissa Cairns, a mid-dle-school math teacher. TheAkron Beacon Journal reportsthat the teachers’ union onTuesday filed a request for areferee, who will then make arecommendation to the schoolboard.The district says the photo,posted on Cairn’s personalFacebook page, showed someof her students with duct tapeacross their mouths. The cap-tion read: “Finally found away to get them to be quiet!!!”Cairns told WEWS-TVthat posting the photo was“stupid and not well thoughtout.”
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Submitted by U.S.Senator Sherrod Brown
In 2011, Jeanne Brignerreached out to my office afterher mortgage servicer misap-plied her monthly mortgagepayment – an action whichled her into foreclosure. Unlikemany Ohioans,Jeanne was ableto keep her home,but only after pay-ing thousands of dollars in unnec-essary fees.Unfortunately, thestate of mortgageservicing is so badthat Jeanne is con-sidered one of thelucky ones.Last week,in Columbus,Youngstown, andToledo, I heard from Jeanneand other homeowners whowere unjustly foreclosed on – upending families and eco-nomically depressing localcommunities. We all know thedevastation that foreclosuresinflict on our communities,homeowners, and families.From fraudulent legal docu-ments to scheming mortgageservicers, U.S. homeownershave endured egregious viola-tions by big banks. Enough isenough.In 2010, America discov-ered that the same Wall Streetbanks that had brought oureconomy to the brink of col-lapse were taking advantage of homeowners to pad their ownpockets.While one in 10 Ohioanswas out-of-work, the nation’slargest banks were generatingbillions in profits by ignor-ing the law and foreclosing onhomeowners who were tryingtheir hardest to pay their billson time. And today, middle-class families are still sufferingfrom mortgage lenders’ mal-feasance.Earlier this month, 10 of ournation’s largest banks reachedan agreement to pay $8.5 bil-lion to homeowners who wereaffected by unlawful foreclo-sures. The settlement moneywill be divided among all 4.4million eligible homeown-ers—including about 96,000Ohioans. Resources will besplit between mortgage relief for borrowers, including loanmodifications, and direct pay-ments to homeowners. Whileborrowers will be contacted bythe end of March if they areeligible, I also urge you to con-tact the Ohio Housing FinanceAgency, a housing counselor,or my office if you believe youare eligible but have not beencontacted.Though each borrower iseligible for up to$125,000 in relief,most will receivemuch less thanthat. If every eli-gible borrowerwereprovidedequal relief, eachhousehold wouldonly receive about$2,200. This wouldhardly compensatefamilies who lostcountless hours indisputes and possi-bly their homes as aresult of wrongful foreclosureproceedings.That’s why I’m calling forsome common sense reformsthat will make this a better dealfor homeowners.Last week, I sent a letterto regulators demanding thatevery dollar distributed giveshomeowners the maximumbenefit and prevents banksfrom avoiding their responsi-bilities.But while these paymentswill provide some relief tohomeowners, we must alsostop these abuses before theystart. That’s why I’m urgingregulators to use the lessonslearned from the foreclosurereview process to fix a brokenmortgage servicing model.If we’re going to shore upour economy, we need reformslike those in my ForeclosureFraud and Homeowner AbusePrevention Act. The reforms Ihave proposed would requirebanks to provide meaning-ful protections for borrow-ers before they near the pointof defaulting; participate inloan modifications; stop fore-closures when borrowers aretrying to work with banks topay their bills on time; andhire enough staff to work withhomeowners instead of issuingdefault judgments on foreclo-sures.As the recent bank settle-ment shows, this bill wouldhave prevented bank abusesif it had been in place in 2009and 2010. Congress must passthis important legislation.The truth is that we all havea stake in this fight. Even themost responsible homeownercan get caught up in the webcreated by sloppy mortgageservicing practices. And entireneighborhoods see their prop-erty values decline when fore-closures increase. That’s whywe all benefit when these bigbanks take responsibility fortheir actions.We must provide relief tothe millions of homeownersforced into foreclosure. Nowis the time to move forwardand correct the problems inour housing market to protectfuture borrowers.
Securing a better dealfor Ohio Homeowners
Brown

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