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Kalida seniors sign LOIs, p6AElida FFA holds annual banquet, p4A
Pope Francis’ humility: stops by hotel to get bags
By NICOLE WINFIELDThe Associated Press
LLA hosting signups forbaseball, softball
Cathy Hellman of the Delphos Public Library sorts interlibrary loan items requestedthrough the SEO Consortium. The library is averaging 150 packages per day of items sentto other Ohio libraries. (Delphos Herald/Nancy Spencer)
BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delphosherald.com
District Sales Managerfor Monsanto BrittaniMcEnvoy presentsSpencerville High Schoolwith two $2,500 checksWednesday awardedthrough the company’sAmerica’s Farmers GrowCommunities Program.The Monsanto Fund sup-ports the American farmerand next-generation farm-ers living and working inrural communities. One-half of the double dona-tion will be utilized in theschool’s FFA program andthe other half will ben-efit the athletic program.Participating in the presen-tation are, front from left, McEnvoy, Kyle Schwartz, and Athletic DirectorTroy Montenery; rowtwo, David Etgen, JamieKill, and John Mohr;row three, Andrew Etgen, Christopher Adams, andCorey Sidey; and back, Trevor Bockey and ColeHefner. (Delphos Herald/ Stephanie Groves)
Spencerville FFA, athletic program get $2,500 each
“The young peopleleave and the olderadults stay in placeand age. Unlesssomething dra-matic changes — forinstance, new devel-opment such as ameatpacking plantto attract youngHispanics — theseareas are likely tohave more and morenatural decrease.”
See COUNTIES, page 2ASee LIBRARY, page 2ASee FRANCIS, page 2A
2A– The Herald Thursday, March 14, 2013
For The Record
The Delphos Herald wantsto correct published errors inits news, sports and featurearticles. To inform the news-room of a mistake in publishedinformation, call the editorialdepartment at 419-695-0015.Corrections will be publishedon this page.
The DelphosHerald
Vol. 143 No. 195
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald, Inc.Don Hemple,advertising manager
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,circulation managerThe Delphos Herald(USPS 1525 8000) is publisheddaily except Sundays, Tuesdaysand Holidays.By carrier in Delphos andarea towns, or by rural motorroute where available $1.48 perweek. By mail in Allen, VanWert, or Putnam County, $97per year. Outside these counties$110 per year.Entered in the post officein Delphos, Ohio 45833 asPeriodicals, postage paid atDelphos, Ohio.No mail subscriptions willbe accepted in towns or villag-es where The Delphos Heraldpaper carriers or motor routesprovide daily home delivery for$1.48 per week.405 North Main St.TELEPHONE 695-0015Office Hours8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.POSTMASTER:Send address changesto THE DELPHOS HERALD,405 N. Main St.Delphos, Ohio 45833
The Delphos Herald wasprovided with incorrectinformation concerning thepolice report “Wallet miss-ing after energy employeevisit” on page 3 in Monday’sHerald.The employee in questionwas from Just Energy, notJust Energy/AEP.
Martha E. BearDelphos weather
Aug. 24, 1922-March 13, 2013
Martha E. Bear, 90, of Elida passed away at 4:15 a.m.on Wednesday at VancrestHealthcare Center in Delphos.She was born on Aug. 24,1922, to Irvin and Susanna(Shenk) Diller, who precededher in death.On June 20, 1942, she wasunited in marriage to JosephG. Bear, who preceded her indeath on March 1, 2002.Services will begin at 10a.m. on Saturday at SharonMennonite Church, withJohn Brunk, Kevin Beachyand Stanley Bear officiat-ing. Burial will follow in thechurch’s cemetery.Visitation will be from 2-4p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Fridayat Harter and Schier FuneralHome and one hour prior tothe service at the church.Memorial contributionsmay be made to the SharonMennonite Church.High temperatureWednesday in Delphos was34 degrees, low was 25. Higha year ago today was 70, lowwas 50. Record high for todayis 76, set in 2007. Record lowis 1, set in 1960.Corn 7.34Wheat $6.78Soybeans $14.60CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Wednesday:
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WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyThe Associated PressTONIGHT:
Mostlycloudy. Lows in the upper 20s.Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph.
Partly cloudy inthe morning then becomingmostly cloudy. Highs in theupper 40s. Southwest winds 5to 10 mph.
Mostlycloudy. Chance of rainthrough midnight then chanceof rain and snow after mid-night. Lows in the mid 30s.Southwest winds 5 to 10 mphshifting to the west after mid-night. Chance of measurableprecipitation 50 percent.
Mostlycloudy. A 20 percent chanceof rain and snow in the morn-ing. Highs in the lower 40s.
 Partly cloudy. Lows in theupper 20s.
Mostly cloudywith a 20 percent chance of rain. Highs around 40.
Partlycloudy. Lows in the upper 20s.
: Mostlycloudy with a 50 percentchance of rain and snow.Highs in the mid 40s. Lows inthe upper 20s.The following individualsappeared Wednesday beforeJudge Charles Steele in VanWert County Common PleasCourt:
Changes of pleaNathan Wapplehorst, 
31,Van Wert, entered a plea of guilty to possession of drugs,a felony of the fifth degree.A second count for the sameoffense was dismissed for hisplea.
Ashley Gentry, 
30, VanWert, entered a plea of guiltyto trafficking in heroin andpossession of heroin, each afelony of the fifth degree. Shealso admitted to using a 1995Chevy Blazer and $510 cashin committing the crimes. Athird charge of traffickingheroin, a felony of the fourthdegree, was dismissed for herplea.She then requested andwas granted Treatment inLieu of Conviction. The vehi-cle and money were forfeitedto the State of Ohio.
Donald Oday, 
36, VanWert, entered a plea of guiltyto trafficking marijuana, afelony of the fifth degree.He then requested and wasgranted Treatment in Lieu of Conviction.
Matthew Brown, 
51, VanWert, entered a plea of guiltyto possession of drugs, a fel-ony of the first degree with aspecification that he used a2001 Oldsmobile car in thecommission of the crime. Asecond count for the samecharge was dismissed for hisplea.The court ordered a pre-sentence investigation and setsentencing for April 17.
Probation violationsTiffany Wolford, 
22, VanWert, was in court for a pro-bation violation for refusingto go to the WORTH Centerfor treatment. She admittedto the violation and then toldthe court that she had recon-sidered and would now liketo attend the WORTH Centerprogram.The court granted thatrequest and re-sentencedher to Community Control,including WORTH Center.
Stacy Young, 
36, VanWert appeared for a probationviolation for testing positivefor morphine. She admittedto the violation and was re-sentenced to 3 years commu-nity control with 24 days jailbeginning immediately.
SentencingPatricia Bigham, 
29, VanWert, was sentenced for 4count of aggravated traffick-ing in drugs, each a felony 3.Her sentence was 3 yearsCommunity Control for eachcharge, concurrent, 90 daysElectronic Monitored HouseArrest, additional 30 days jail, 100 hours communityservice, substance abuseassessment and treatment,2 years intensive probation,Driver’s License suspended 6months, ordered to pay courtcosts, restitution of $854 toWest Central Ohio CrimeTask Force, partial appointedattorney fees.A 12-month prison term oneach count, concurrent, wasdeferred pending completionof community control.
Betsy Bollenbacher, 
39,Rockford, was sentenced forgrand theft, a felony of thefourth degree.She was sentenced to 5years community control, 60days electronic monitoredhouse arrest, an additional30 days jail, 100 hours com-munity service, psychologi-cal assessment and treatment,3 years intensive probation,ordered to pay court costs andrestitution of $10,583.20 toWestwood Car Wash.A 12-month prison termwas deferred pending com-pletion of community control.
Bronson Pate, 
31, VanWert, was sentenced for traf-ficking in drugs, a felony of the fifth degree.His sentence was 3 yearscommunity control, 90 daysElectronic Monitored HouseArrest, an additional 30 days jail, 100 hours communityservice, substance abuseassessment and treatment,2 years intensive probation,driver’s license suspended 6months, ordered to pay courtcosts and restitution of $50 toVan Wert Police Department.A 12-month prison termwas deferred pending com-pletion of community control.
Audrey Houser, 
34, VanWert, was sentenced on acharge of aggravated traffick-ing in drugs, a felony of thefourth degree.Her sentence was 3 yearscommunity control, 30 dayselectronic monitored housearrest, an additional 30 days jail, 100 hours communityservice, substance abuseassessment and treatment,1 years intensive probation,driver’s license suspended6 months, ordered to paycourt costs and restitutionof $120 to Van Wert PoliceDepartment.A 9-month prison term wasdeferred pending completionof community control.
Eva Leiendecker, 
26,Venedocia, was sentenced on2 counts of assault, each of afelony four; and vandalism, afelony five.Her sentence was 3 yearscommunity control, up to 6months in WORTH Center,an additional 30 days jail,100 hours community ser-vice, substance abuse assess-ment and treatment, 2 yearsintensive probation, orderedto pay court costs and restitu-tion of $759.83 to Van WertCounty Sheriff’s Department.A 12-month prison termeach count, concurrent, wasdeferred pending completionof community control.
A girl was born March 13to Kelly and Matt Dube of Fort Jennings.
March 11 — No. 736 DanGerman
By The Associated Press
Today is Thursday, March14, the 73rd day of 2013.There are 292 days left in theyear.
Today’s Highlight inHistory:
On March 14, 1923,President Warren G. Hardingbecame the first chief exec-utive to file an income taxreturn, paying a tax of $17,990on his $75,000 salary.
On this date:
In 1794, Eli Whitneyreceived a patent for his cot-ton gin, an invention that rev-olutionized America’s cottonindustry.
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to send Hellman and anotheremployee to an SEO usersgroup meeting in Newark onMay 16.Trustees also discussed theupcoming 0.6-mill levy on theMay 7 primary ballot. The levywas first approved by voters in1978 and for the last five yearsraised approximately $49,000a year. Advertising, paid forfrom donations and other out-side funding, was the maintopic. Trustee Jane Rutledgeprepared several fliers withinformation about the levy forfellow trustees to choose.Sarah Brotherwood will bethe newest part-time libraryemployee. Following an exec-utive session, trustees agreedto hire Brotherwood for 20hours per week at $9.25 perhour plus a $3 per hour sti-pend after a 90-day probation-ary period. Brotherwood is aDelphos native and workedin the Ohio State UniversityBook Repository and at I&KDistributing.Fiscal Officer JanetBonifas voiced her concernsabout upcoming change tohealth care, stating the boardmay need to consider adjust-ing the stipend to employees.The board said they wouldlearn more about how the newhealth-care system will affectthe library’s workforce.
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dence in downtown Rome to pick up the luggage that he leftbehind before moving into the Vatican hotel for the conclave. Hepaid the bill “to give a good example,” according to the Vaticanspokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi.It was a remarkable show of simplicity and humility for aman who could easily have dispatched someone to do the jobfor him. He displayed that same sense immediately after hiselection, shunning the special sedan that was to transport himto the hotel so he could ride on the bus with other cardinals,and refusing even an elevated platform from which he wouldgreet them, according to U.S. Cardinal Timothy Dolan.“He met with us on our own level,” Dolan said. Later, dur-ing dinner, the new pope addressed a few words to the cardi-nals: “’May God forgive you for what you have done,”’ Francistold them, Lombardi said.Like many Latin American Catholics, Francis has a particu-lar devotion to the Virgin Mary, and his visit to the basilica wasa reflection of that. He prayed before a Byzantine icon of Maryand the infant Jesus, the Protectress of the Roman People.“He had a great devotion to this icon of Mary and everytime he comes from Argentina he visits this basilica,” saidone of the priests at the basilica, the Rev. Elio Montenero.“We were surprised today because did not announce his visit.”He then also went into the main altar area of the basilica andprayed before relics of the manger in Bethlehem where Jesusis said to have been born — an important pilgrimage spot forJesuits
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University of NewHampshire, who researchedthe findings. “The youngpeople leave and the olderadults stay in place and age.Unless something dramaticchanges — for instance, newdevelopment such as a meat-packing plant to attract youngHispanics — these areas arelikely to have more and morenatural decrease.”The areas of naturaldecrease stretch from indus-trial areas near Pittsburgh andCleveland to the vineyardsoutside San Francisco to therural areas of east Texas andthe Great Plains. A commontheme is a waning local econ-omy, such as farming, min-ing or industrial areas of theRust Belt. They also includesome retirement communitiesin Florida, although many arecushioned by a steady flow of new retirees each year.
One Year Ago 
• Fire Tuesday destroyed the 113-year-old First UnitedMethodist Church in Ada, roaring through stained-glass windowsand caving in the roof, leaving only some of the stone masonrystanding. No one was injured. The cause of the fire is still underinvestigation, Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart said.
25 Years Ago – 1988 
• Someone sprinkled some magic dust on Kalida last week.Before the dust had settled Saturday night, the Kalida Wildcatboys were crowned district champions at Findlay after their 70-63victory over Sandusky St. Mary’s. Three Wildcats scored indouble figures. Dave Hovest was the leader with 19. Brian Vorstfollowed closely with 17 and Keith Nartker added 15.• St. John’s eighth grade students who participated in theregional competition of the national Mathcounts program inMarch at Apollo Career Center, Lima, were awarded fourth placetrophies, certificates and Mathcounts T-shirts. Team membersare Mike Gable, Tracy Grothouse, Mike Kroeger and Alan Rees.Scott Schwinnen participated as an alternate.• Elida won its first trip ever to a regional tournament Saturdaynight defeating Lima Bath 66-56 at Ohio Northern. The Bulldogs,17-6, will play Elyria Catholic Thursday at Centennial Hall on theUniversity of Toledo campus. Chad Jostpille and Jason Good ledElida with 20 points each. Mike Moskwinski added 10.
50 Years Ago — 1988 
• At Wednesday’s Rotary meeting at NuMaude’s, John Horine,program chairman for the day, reviewed Rachel Carson’s contro-versial new book, “Silent Spring.” Paul Harter, Jr., club president,presided, and J. Frank Shumaker gave a report on the comingannual Rotary conference to be held April 20 and 21 in Sylvania.• Thomas H. Kinstle, formerly of Gomer, recently receivedhis doctor’s degree in physics at the University of Illinois and hasaccepted the position as assistant professor in the physics depart-ment of the university there. At present, Kinstle is on a six-weektour of the laboratories in the cities of France, Germany, Italy,Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, and other countries.• The Bossa Nova dance lessons being taught at the DelphosCountry Club will resume again this Saturday night. Becauseof icy road conditions last Saturday the dance class session wasnot held but spokesmen for the club have announced that all icechunks will be removed from the road before the weekend.
75 Years Ago — 1938 
• An interesting relic has been uncovered by workmen who arerazing the Birkmeier building at the corner of Canal and Secondstreets, a broadaxe blade used to hew heavy timber was found andis estimated to be approximately 150 years old. It is believed theaxe dropped down between the walls and could not be recovered.The building is being torn down and the timber will be used in theconstruction of a new Pilgrim Holiness Church.• Delphos people will again have an opportunity on Thursdayto aid the needy of this community. Thursday is St. Patrick’s Dayand the St. Elizabeth’s Benevolent Society will conduct theirannual St. Patrick’s Day collection. Officers of the society willbe at the city building all day Thursday to receive any donationswhich may be made.• Pauline Schwinnen entertained the members of the ChummyGirls Club at her home on South Pierce Street Saturday afternoon.In addition to the members of the club, Norma Schwinnen andHelen Flurry were present. In hearts, the honors were awardedto Coletta Gremling in a contest. Thelma Kindley was most suc-cessful.
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E - The Environmental MagazineDear EarthTalk: I’d like to have a gar-den that encourages bees and butterflies.What’s the best approach?— Robert Miller, Bakersfield, CA
Attracting bees and butterflies to a gardenis a noble pursuit indeed, given that we alldepend on these species and others (beetles,wasps, flies, hummingbirds, etc.) to pollinatethe plants that provide us with so much of ourfood, shelter and other necessities of life. Infact, increased awareness of the essential rolepollinators play in ecosystem maintenance—along with news about rapid declines in beepopulations—have led to a proliferation of backyard “pollinator gardens” across the U.S.and beyond.“Pollinators require two essential compo-nents in their habitat: somewhere to nest andflowers from which to gather nectar and pollen,”reports the Xerces Society, a Massachusetts-based non-profit that protects wildlife throughthe conservation of invertebrates and theirhabitat. “Native plants are undoubtedly the bestsource of food for pollinators, because plantsand their pollinators have coevolved.” But,Xerces adds, many varieties of garden plantscan attract pollinators. Plant lists customizedfor different regions of the U.S. can be foundon the group’s website.Any garden, whether a window box on abalcony or a multi-acre backyard, can be madefriendlier to pollinators. Xerces recommendsproviding a range of native flowering plantsthat bloom throughout the growing season toprovide food and nesting for bees, butterfliesand other pollinators. Xerces also says thatclustering flowering plants together in patchesis preferable to spacing individual plants apart.“Creating foraging habitat not only helps thebees, butterflies and flies that pollinate theseplants, but also results in beautiful, appealinglandscapes.”Along these lines, gardeners should planta variety of colors in a pollinator garden, ascolor is one of the plant kingdom’s chief cluesthat pollen or nectar is available. Master gar-dener Marie Iannotti, an About.com gardeningguide, reports that blue, purple, violet, whiteand yellow flowers are particularly attractiveto bees. She adds that different shapes alsoattract different types of pollinators, and thatgetting as much floral diversity of any kindgoing is a sure way to maximize pollination.Another way to attract pollinators is toprovide nest sites for bees—see how on thexerces.org website. The group also suggestscutting out pesticides, as these harsh chemi-cals reduce the available nectar and pollensources in gardens while poisoning the veryinsects that make growing plants possible.Those looking to go whole hog into pol-linator gardening might consider investing$30 in Xerces Society’s recently publishedbook, Attracting Native Pollinators: ProtectingNorth America’s Bees and Butterflies, whichprovides a good deal of detailed informationabout pollinators and the plants they love.Gardeners who have already encouragedpollinators can join upwards of 1,000 oth-ers who have signed onto Xerces’ PollinatorProtection Pledge. And the icing on the cake isa “Pollinator Habitat” sign from Xerces stuckfirmly in the ground between two floweringnative plants so passersby can learn about theimportance of pollinators and making themfeel welcome.
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Ohio Housecracks down on‘Internet cafes’
COLUMBUS (AP) —The Ohio House has votedoverwhelmingly to approve acrackdown on storefront gam-bling-like operations known asInternet cafes.The measure passed 66-29Wednesday afternoon and nowgoes to the Senate. A similarHouse-passed measure failedto gain traction in the OhioSenate last session.The measure imposes oper-ating restrictions, registrationrequirements and backgroundchecks on the more than 800operations around the state.State Rep. Matt Huffman of Lima told colleagues duringthe floor debate that the billwould clarify for law enforce-ment what’s legal gamblingand illegal gambling.Opponents say cafes allowillegal gambling. Backers saythey are legal and help theeconomy. Patrons buy cardsfor phone and Internet timewith chances to play computergames that operate like slotmachines with cash prizes.
Ex-caretakerpleads guiltyto $1.5M theft
Ohio woman, 106,finally gets highschool diploma
ZANESVILLE (AP) — Aformer caretaker of a mansionowned by the LongabergerCo.’s CEO has pleaded guiltyto stealing $1.5 million fromhis former employer.The Muskingum Countyprosecutor said Wednesdaythat 53-year-old DouglasThompson, of Pataskala,pleaded guilty this week inZanesville to one count of aggravated theft for stealingfrom Tami Longaberger, CEOof the Newark-based basket-making company.Prosecutor Mike Haddoxsays the thefts occurredbetween November 2004 andFebruary 2011.Haddox says Thompson hadcash, checks and Longaberger’scredit card to pay for estateoperations and used the estatemoney to pay his credit cardbills and other personal items,including computers and homeimprovements.Haddox says Thompsoncould be sentenced to up toeight years in prison.COLUMBUS (AP) — A106-year-old central Ohiowoman who completed classesbut didn’t graduate in a disputeover a book has received herhigh school diploma.The News Journal inMansfield reports the MountVernon superintendent pre-sented Reba Williams withthe diploma Wednesday at herapartment in Columbus. Shegot to wear a traditional gradu-ation cap brought by the retiredMount Vernon English teacherwho urged the school board toaward the diploma. Williamshas said she completed highschool in Mount Vernon butwas denied a diploma becauseshe refused to read a final bookassigned by a teacher. She’dread the book once and didn’twant to read it again.
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Ohio man sues 2 officersover alleged beating
By AMANDA LEE MYERSThe Associated Press
CINCINNATI — A south-eastern Ohio man alleges twopolice officers beat him anddelayed taking him to a hos-pital after he complained of chest pains and fears he washaving a heart attack follow-ing an unwarranted trafficstop two years ago, accordingto a federal lawsuit.In the lawsuit filed in fed-eral court in Cincinnati onTuesday, Dennis Lehman of Athens accuses Nelsonvillepolice Officers Duane Covertand Alex Brown of violat-ing his civil rights and usingexcessive force. The lawsuitseeks $250,000.Covert said Wednesdaythat he doesn’t rememberthe April 2011 incident butthat, “I’m not an abusiveofficer.” He declined to com-ment further. Brown’s numberwas unlisted, and a messageleft for him and Nelsonvillepolice Chief Jason Wallacewas not immediately returnedWednesday.The lawsuit said that Brownpulled Lehman over on theafternoon of April 4, 2011, ina Nelsonville neighborhood,ordered him out of his truckand told him he was going totest his sobriety. Lehman hasa disease known as familialmitochondrial degeneration,which causes lack of coordi-nation and balance, and giveshim droopy eyes, but he wasnot driving drunk, accordingto the lawsuit.According to the lawsuit,Lehman asked Brown if hecould move his truck further off the road, and when Brown didnot respond, Lehman turnedand walked toward the truck.Lehman, 52, alleges Brownthen cuffed and tackled himand, after Covert arrived, thetwo officers began “stompingand kicking” him for two orthree minutes as he lie face-down, begging them to stopand telling them he was hav-ing chest pains.Lehman complained of chest pain and feared he washaving a heart attack, but theofficers did not take him tothe hospital until after book-ing him into jail on chargesof driving drunk and resist-ing arrest, according to thelawsuit.Although Lehman did nothave a heart attack, he endedup being diagnosed with oxy-gen deprivation to the heart,ruptured cervical discs, backinjuries, and wounds on hiswrists and forearms fromhandcuffs, according to thelawsuit. He has no lastingeffects from those injuries.The lawsuit also says thatLehman’s blood was tested atthe hospital, which proved hewas not on drugs or alcohol.“(The officers) intentional-ly, wantonly, and maliciouslyused excessive force on Mr.Lehman” and “created a sub-stantial risk of death or seri-ous bodily harm,” the lawsuitsaid. “Nothing Mr. Lehmandid or said justified any use of force against him.”Nelsonville police pursuedthe drunken driving and resist-ing arrest charges, but recordsin Athens Municipal Courtshow the first charge wasdropped, and Lehman pleadedguilty to a lesser misdemeanorcharge of disorderly conductand paid a $150 fine.Lehman’s phone num-ber did not accept messagesand his Athens attorney, SkyPettey, declined to com-ment.
Ohio officer indicted in incident caught on camera
NELSONVILLE (AP) —An Ohio police officer caughton video aggressively grab-bing a seated and unarmed15-year-old boy by the faceand pushing him into a deskhas been indicted on chargesof kidnapping, assault andinterfering with civil rights.An Athens County grand jury in southwestern Ohioreturned the three-countindictment against Nelsonvillepolice Officer Randy SecoyMonday. The kidnappingcharge is a felony while theassault and civil rights chargesare listed as misdemeanors.Secoy’s number is unlistedand Nelsonville police Chief Jason Wallace did not returncalls and emails for commentWednesday.The charges against Secoystem from an incident onMarch 6 after the teen wasarrested on suspicion of fight-ing with another teen at a res-taurant. Secoy is set to appearin court on April 3.
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