2 – The Herald Wednesday, February 13, 2013
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ODAY IN HISTORY
Vol. 143 No. 174
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Prosecutor: Chicago gangwar led to teen’s death
March 22, 1946 - Feb. 11, 2013
John “David” Whittington,66, of Gomer, passed awayat 1:47 p.m. Monday from amassive heart attack at LimaMemorial Hospital.He was born on March 22,1946, in Lima to John andNorma (Notter) Whittington,who preceded him in death.He was united in marriageto Linda Jane Renner, whosurvives in Gomer.Other survivors includea daughter, Cynthia Lynn(Scott) Neubert of Delphos;a sister, Nancy (Larry) Millerof Lima; two grandsons, EvanJohn Neubert and Alex DavidNeubert; a sister-in-law, Jill(Arnold) Renner; and threenieces and three nephews.He was also preceded indeath by his grandparents,Thomas and Mabel (Ballard)Whittington, Penegoes, NorthWales; great-grandparents,Thomas and Sara Whittingtonand Richard and BerniceNotter; and brother-in-law,Allen Keith Renner.Mr. Whittington was ateacher at Perry Local Schoolsand Delphos Jefferson HighSchool, where he taught sci-ence, biology and anatomyand was a guidance counselor.He lectured Indian relic adulteducation courses at VantageVocational School andScience Methods at the OSULima Campus. He also servedas a student teacher supervi-sor at OSU Lima campus. Hewas a harness racing clerkat Shelby, Putnam and AllenCounty fairs and volunteeredas a juvenile probation offi-cer and teacher for the LimaJuvenile Court.He was a member of theGomer United Church orChrist, the Ohio State AlumniAssociation, Allen CountyGo-Bucks Club and WelshSociety of Northwest Ohio,serving as the current presi-dent; past member of theLima Emergency PlanningCommission, NationalAssociation of BiologyTeachers and Ohio Academyof Science Olympiads atOSU; judged local, regionaland state science fairs; anddirected marine biology campson Andros Island, Bahamas.He was awarded the N.W.Ohio Science Teacher of theYear, National Association’sBiology Teacher of the Year,Lima Senior High SchoolHall of Fame and HonoraryWildcat Award at Jefferson.Mr. Whittington gradu-ated from Lima Senior HighSchool in 1964, the Ohio StateUniversity in 1968 and theUniversity of Dayton in 1972,where he earned his mastersdegree in guidance.He enjoyed reading, gar-dening, harness horse racing,traveling, boxing, gamblingand antiquing. He was an avidIndian relic historian and col-lector.Funeral services will beheld at 11 a.m. on Saturday atthe Gomer United Church of Christ the Rev. David Howelland Brian Knoderer offici-ating. Burial will follow inthe Pike Run and TawelfanCemetery in Gomer.Visitation will be from 3-8p.m. on Friday at Harter andSchier Funeral Home and onehour prior to services Saturdayat the church.Memorial contributionsmay be made to the WelshSociety of Northwest Ohio.
Oct. 12, 1919-Feb. 11, 2013
Elizabeth Smith, 93,of Delphos, died at 5:15a.m. Monday at VancrestHealthcare Center.She was born Oct. 12, 1919,in Paulding County to Josephand Marie (Hrachovska)Sochor, who preceded her indeath.On July 30, 1941, she mar-ried Lloyd Smith, who sur-vives in Delphos.Other survivors include ason, Donald (Sally) Smith of Hernando, Fla.; two daugh-ters, Susan (John) Ebey of Santa Monica, Calif., and Barb(Kim) Bradshaw of Elida;and two grandchildren, RyanBradshaw of Kansas City,Mo., and Laura Bradshaw of Santiago, Chile.She was also preceded indeath by a brother, JosephSochor; and three sisters, MaryStraznicky, Bessie Polasekand Anna Allmandinger.Mrs. Smith was a tellerat Commercial Bank for 19years. She was a member of St.John the Evangelist CatholicChurch and its Altar RosarySociety and CD of A and theFirst Catholic Slovak LadiesAssoc. She enjoyed baking,sewing, needlework and sheloved her grandchildren.Mass of Christian Burialwill begin at 11 a.m. Fridayat St. John the EvangelistCatholic Church, the Rev.Melvin Verhoff officiating.Burial will be in the churchcemetery.Friends may call from 2-4,6-8 p.m. Thursday at Harterand Schier Funeral Home,where a parish wake willbegin at 7:30 p.m.In lieu of flowers, the fam-ily would prefer all donationsbe made to St. John’s ParishFoundation or St. VincentdePaul Society.High temperature Tuesdayin Delphos was 41 degrees,low was 28. High a year agotoday was 29, low was 18.Record high for today is 66,set in 1990. Record low is -8,set in 1944.
By DON BABWINThe Associated Press
CHICAGO — Two mencircled a park on Chicago’sSouth Side looking for mem-bers of a rival gang before onecrept up on a group seekingshelter from the rain under acanopy and opened fire, strik-ing a 15-year-old honor studentwho once made a video protest-ing gang violence, prosecutorssaid Tuesday.New details about the deathof Hadiya Pendleton emergedduring a court hearing in whicha judge denied bail for thetwo men charged with mur-der in her death, 18-year-oldMichael Ward and 20-year-oldKenneth Williams. Williams’attorney denied that his cli-ent was a gang member, butCook County Assistant State’sAttorney Jennifer Sexton laidout in sometimes chilling detail— much of it, she said, pro-vided by the defendants them-selves — of a hunt for rivalgang members that ended witha deadly case of mistaken iden-tity. Authorities have said noone in Pendleton’s group wasaffiliated with a gang. Her deathis one of dozens of homicidesin Chicago already this year buthas drawn national attention inpart because the drum majoretteperformed as President BarackObama’s inaugural festivities just days before the shooting.Sexton said Ward andWilliams belonged to theSUWU gang and were trollingthe streets about a mile fromObama’s Chicago home onJan. 29, looking for membersof a rival 4-6 Terror gang. Theysaw Pendleton and her friendshuddled under the canopyabout 2 p.m., mistook them formembers of the other gang andpulled over in an alley, she said.Ward told police the twogangs had been shooting ateach other since 2010, and hewas angry with the 4-6 Terrorgang for shooting and killinga friend of his, Sexton said. Hehopped out of the car and washanded a gun by Williams, whopolice said had been shot inthe arm by a member of a rivalgang just six months earlier,she said.“Defendant Ward admittedhe snuck up on the group andthey didn’t see him coming,”Sexton said. He fired at leastsix times, she told the judge.One bullet struck a 17-year-oldin the left ankle, and anothergrazed the left foot of another17-year-old. Pendleton was hitin the upper back.“She was able to make itoutside of the park and thencollapsed on the street,” Sextonsaid. The teen died later that day.
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyThe Associated PressTONIGHT:
Partly cloudy.Lows in the lower 30s.Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph.
Partlycloudy. A 20 percent chanceof rain in the afternoon. Highsin the upper 40s. Southwestwinds 10 to 20 mph.
Mostly cloudy. A 20 per-cent chance of snow show-ers through midnight. Lowsaround 30. West winds 10 to15 mph.
Cloudy with a30 percent chance of snowshowers. Colder. Highs in themid 30s. West winds 10 to 20mph.
Cloudywith a 30 percent chance of snow showers. Lows around20.
Mostlycloudy with a 30 percentchance of snow showers.Highs in the mid 20s.
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Rogue ex-LAPD officerbelieved dead after standoff
BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif.(AP) — As police scouredmountain peaks for days, usingeverything from bloodhoundsto high-tech helicopters, therevenge-seeking ex-cop theywanted was hiding amongthem, holed up in a vacationcabin across the street fromtheir command post.It was there thatChristopher Dorner apparent-ly took refuge last Thursday,four days after beginning adeadly rampage that wouldclaim four lives. The searchended abruptly Tuesday whena man believed to be Dornerbolted from hiding, stole twocars, barricaded himself in avacant cabin and mounted alast stand in a furious shoot-out in which he killed onesheriff’s deputy and woundedanother before the buildingerupted in flames. He neveremerged from the ruins andhours later a charred body wasfound inside. “We have rea-son to believe that it is him,”San Bernardino County sher-iff’s spokeswoman CynthiaBachman said. Dorner, 33,had said in a lengthy rantpolice believe he posted onFacebook that he expected todie in one final, violent con-frontation with police, and if itwas him in the cabin that’s justwhat happened. The appar-ent end came very close towhere his trail went cold sixdays earlier when his burningpickup truck — with guns andcamping gear inside — wasabandoned on a fire road inthe San Bernardino NationalForest near the ski resorttown of Big Bear Lake. Hisfootprints led away from thetruck and vanished on frozensoil. With no sign of him andfew leads, police offered a $1million reward to bring himto justice and end a “reignof terror” that had more than50 families of targeted LosAngeles police officers underround-the-clock protectionafter he threatened to bring“warfare” to the LAPD, offi-cers and their kin.Just a few hours afterpolice announced Tuesdaythat they had fielded morethan 1,000 tips with no sign of Dorner, word came that a manmatching his description hadtied up two people in a BigBear Lake cabin, stole theircar and fled. Authorities didn’timmediately give more detailson the two people.Game wardens from theCalifornia Department of Fishand Wildlife who were part of the search detail spotted thepurple Nissan that had beenreported stolen going in theopposite direction and gavechase, department spokesmanLt. Patrick Foy said. The driv-er looked like Dorner.They lost the purple carafter it passed a school bus andturned onto a side road, buttwo other Fish and Wildlifepatrols turned up that roada short time later, and weresearching for the car when awhite pickup truck sped errati-cally toward the wardens.“He took a close look at thedriver and realized it was thesuspect,” Foy said.Dorner, who allegedlystole the pickup truck at gun-point after crashing the firstcar, rolled down a windowand opened fire on the war-dens, striking a warden’s truckmore than a dozen times.One of the wardens shotat the suspect as he rounded acurve in the road. It’s unclearif he hit him, but the stolenpickup careened off the roadand crashed in a snow bank.Dorner then ran on foot tothe cabin where he barricadedhimself and got in a shootoutwith San Bernardino Countysheriff’s deputies and otherofficers who arrived.Two deputies were shot,one fatally. A SWAT teamsurrounded the cabin andused an armored vehicle tobreak out the cabin windows,said a law enforcement offi-cial who requested anonymitybecause the investigation wasongoing. The officers thenpumped a gas into the cabinand blasted a message overa loudspeaker: “Surrender orcome out.”The armored vehicle thentore down each of the cabin’sfour walls.A single shot was heardinside before the cabin wasengulfed in flames, the lawenforcement official told TheAssociated Press.
Ohio man gets 9years for rapingteen girl
BELLEFONTAINE (AP)— An Ohio man has been sen-tenced to nine years in prisonfor raping a 14-year-old girl.WHIO-TV says 35-year-old Michael Williams hadpleaded guilty in January. Hewas sentenced Tuesday inBellefontaine, in west-centralOhio.He will also have to servefive years of probation afterhe gets out of prison and reg-ister as a sex offender.Authorities say Williamswas arrested Aug. 3 aftera member of the victim’sfamily reported the crimeto Bellefontaine police.Prosecutors noted for thecourt that the victim suffered“serious emotional harm” atthe hands of Williams.DELAWARE (AP) — Theboyfriend of a central Ohiowoman killed in crash causedby a repeat drunken driver issuing the man’s employer andthose who may have servedhim alcohol.WBNS-TV says an attor-ney for Brad Weaver filed thewrongful death lawsuit thisweek. His girlfriend, HeidiHecker, was killed in the Nov.8 crash. Weaver and the cou-ple’s 10-month-old daughterwere injured.A jury convicted 45-year-old Marc Kraft last week, anda judge sentenced him to morethan 29 years in prison. Itwas Kraft’s seventh drunken-driving conviction.The lawsuit claims Kraft’semployer knew or shouldhave known about his drivinghistory before entrusting himwith the pickup truck he wasdriving when he slammed intothe Subaru at an intersectionin Delaware, near Columbus.
Lawsuit resultsfrom Ohiodrunk drivingfatality