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Track results, p6 and 8Convoy man convicted in BWCfraud, p2
BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delphosherald.com
Energy-savings project could save city $250K
BY STEPHANIE GROVESsgroves@delphosherald.com
Miami Erie Canal Corridor Association ExecutiveDirector and facilitator of the committee, Neal Brady leadsthe discussion with a presentation outlining the ‘StrategicPlan to Restore the Miami and Erie Canal in the GreaterDelphos, Ohio Area’ on Monday night. (Delphos Herald/ Stephanie Groves)BY STEPHANIEGROVESsgroves@del-phosherald.com
Green Thumb Club celebrates 65th year
Nominationsforthesec-ondannualHallofHonorinductionarecurrentlybeingsoughtinanefforttorecog-nizeoutstandinggraduates,orformeremployeesofthedistrict,aswellasanyotherswhoseachievementshavereflectedpositivelyupontheDelphosCitySchoolDistrictinsomesignificantway.Potentialcandidatesmaybesomeonewhohasearnedrecognitioninthecommu-nity,mayhavereceivedhighhonorsorhavehaddistin-guishedcareersawayfromtheDelphosCitySchoolDistrict.Length,qualityofservicetotheirparticularfield,contributionstotheschooldistrict,thecommuni-tytheyliveinandtosocietyingeneralareallcriteriafornominationsforthishonor.Thisyear’sinductionwilltakeplaceincon- junctionwiththeannualDelphosJeffersonAlumniDinnerinJune11.NominationsforHallofHonorinducteesmaybesubmittedviae-mailtobrostorfer@DL.NOACSC.org,;onlineatdl.noacsc.org;orbystoppinginorcallingtheAdministrationBuilding,234N.JeffersonSt.,Delphos45833togetanominationform.
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Delphos Youth Soccersign-ups
Delphos Safety Service Director Greg Berquist, left, and DelphosUtilities Committee member Josh Gillespie discuss cost savings the citywill realize by searching for less expensive electricity for the WaterTreatment and Wastewater Treatment plants. (Delphos Herald/NancySpencer)
Vanilla Ice in the house
Rob Van Winkle, known around theworld as rapper Vanilla Ice, is in Van WertCounty this week. He is shooting a portionof his reality show, Vanilla Ice Goes Amish.(Times Bulletin/Lindsay McCoy)See ENERGY, page 12See ICE, page 12See CANAL, page 12See THUMB, page 12
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COLUMBUS — A Convoy(Van Wert County) man wassentenced for working at hislandscaping business whilereceiving Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation(BWC) benefits for a priorworkplace injury.Mark Mefferd was orderedto repay more than $18,000after he was convicted of fraudfor improperly collecting thosebenefits from BWC.“Mr. Mefferd collected BWC benefits while trimming trees,pulling weeds, planting flowers and spreading mulch,” saidBWC Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer. “We do not toleratethose who try to defraud the workers’ compensation system.Every dollar that is collected to care for injured workers mustbe used for its intended purpose.”BWC’s Special Investigations Unit received an allegationthat Mefferd may have returned to work while receiving BWCbenefits. Evidence indicated that Mefferd continued to operatehis business and performed landscaping services for numerousbusinesses in northwest Ohio. He was receiving temporarytotal, living maintenance and non-working wage loss benefitswhile operating the business.Mefferd pleaded guilty Feb. 28 to one count of workers’compensation fraud, a fifth-degree felony. He was sentencedApril 19 and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $18,690.63, plus court costs.Mark Mefferd
July 29, 1933-April 29, 2013
Harold Eugene Foust Sr.,age 79 of Kalida, died at 8:20a.m. Monday at his residence.He was born July 29, 1933,in Allen County to Frank andHelen Stires Foust, who pre-ceded him in death.He married Janet Hardesty,who is deceased. He latermarried Eileen Wallen Hawk,who survives in Kalida.He is also survived bythree sons, John (Carla)Foust of Lima, HaroldTodd (Deanita) Foust Jr. of Cridersville and Travis Foustof Wapakoneta; two daugh-ters, Sara Jane (Ray) Crumpof Maplewood and Melissa“Missy” (John) Hagemanof Ottawa; grandchildrenNayleen and Jake Hageman,Blaze, Zack, Meaganand Chloe Foust, MelissaBrowning, Allen (Stacey)Hightower, Elizabeth (Shuan)Gillum, Donald Atkins, JoeWay, Jordan Meckstroth andTristan Miller; great-grand-children Austin Hightower,Michayla Browning, Abby,Libby, Ethan Gillum andKatusha Way; a brother, EarlAllen (Marilyn) Foust of Lima; and a sister, Frances(Preston) Long of Michigan.He was also preceded indeath by two sons, KevinFoust and Jeff Foust; twin sis-ters, Betty Ann Robbins andBetty Jo Blymyer.Mr. Foust had worked atSioux Bee Honey for sevenyears, and retired after 29years with Sprint formerlyUnited Telephone Company,Lima. He graduated fromGomer in 1951. He was amember of the Eagles Aerie370 and the Ohio AmericanLegion 0888.He loved to fish and watchracing at Limaland, Eldora,and anywhere else a racewould be held. He was anavid bowler and liked watch-ing wrestling matches andsports events. Family wasvery important to him and headored all his grandchildren.Funeral services willbegin 8 p.m. on Thursday atBayliff & Son Funeral Home,Cridersville, the Rev. EdWallen, brother-in-law, offi-ciating.The family will receivefriends from 4-8 p.m. todayand from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8p.m. Thursday at the funeralhome.The family requests thatOhio State attire be wornon Wednesday in honorof Harold; and ThursdayCleveland Indians or sportsapparel be worn.Condolences may be sharedat www.BayliffAndSon.com
Dec. 4, 1960-April 28, 2013
Larry J. Maas, 52, of Delphos passed away Sundayat his residence.He was born Dec. 14,1960, in Lima to Carl T. andEdna M. (Mohrbach) Maas,who preceded him in death.He was formerly marriedto Kimberly E. Stant, whosurvives.He is also survived by twosons, Scott A. Maas (ChelseyJackson) and Nathan A. Maas(Bethany Kaverman); twodaughters, Kelly M. Maasand Megan N. Maas; a grand-son, Austin Maas; two broth-ers, Carl (Anne) Maas andtwin brother Gary (Donna)Maas; two sisters Sue (David)Ricker and Becky (Michael)Beach; and seven nieces andfour nephews.Mr. Maas was a memberof St. John the EvangelistCatholic Church. He gradu-ated from St. John’s HighSchool in 1979 and becamea journeyman electricianfrom the IBEW 32 in Lima.Larry was a loving father andbrother and enjoyed spendingtime with his family. His mostprized accomplishment in hislife was his four children andgrandson.Mass of Christian Burialwill begin at 11 a.m. onFriday at St. John theEvangelist Catholic Church,the Rev. Chris Bohnsack offi-ciating. Burial will follow inResurrection Cemetery.Visitation will be from 2-5p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Thursdayat Strayer Funeral Home,1840 E. Fifth St., Delphos,where a Parish Wake Servicewill be held at 7:30 p.m.Memorial contributionsmay be made to the family.Online condolences maybe left at www.strayerfuneral-home.com
Larry J. Maas
Nov. 17, 1932Apr. 29, 2013
Charles “Chuck” Bardo,80, of Delphos died at 4:45p.m. Monday at St. Rita’sMedical Center.He was born Nov. 17,1932, in Delphos to Nick andMarcile (Herring) Bardo, whopreceded him in death.On June 7, 1957, he mar-ried Billie “Skip” Teman, whosurvives in Delphos.Other survivors includetwo daughters, Melanie(Larry) Morris of Delphosand Elaine (David) Trentmanof Landeck; a sister, BettyKimmett of Delphos; threegrandchildren, Nikki (Brad)Klaus, Lindy (Nick) Menkeand Bradley Trentman; threegreat-grandchildren, Kylaand Karsyn Klaus and TyraTrentman; and a special neph-ew, Terry Wisher.He was also preceded indeath by an infant daughter,Brenda Lee Bardo; grandson,Ryan Charles Trentman; abrother, Carl Gene Bardo; anda sister, Mona Lou Wisher.Mr. Bardo served in theU.S. Army during the KoreanConflict. He retired from FordMotor Co. after 37 1/2 yearsand retired from Harter andSchier Funeral Home aftermore than 20 years of dedi-cated service as a greeter andfuneral attendant. He was amember of Trinity UnitedMethodist Church, the NRAand enjoyed his family andgrandchildren and racing,hunting, fishing and collect-ing guns.Funeral services will beginat 11 a.m. Friday at Harterand Schier Funeral Home, theRev. David Howell officiat-ing. Burial will be in WalnutGrove Cemetery, with mili-tary graveside rites conduct-ed by the Delphos VeteransCouncil.Friends may call from 2-8p.m. Thursday and one hourprior to the service Friday atthe funeral home.Preferred memorials are todonor’s choice.Condolences for the familycan be left at harterandschier.com.
Charles ‘Chuck’Bardo
Convoy man orderedto pay $18k for fraud
By The Associated Press
Today is Wednesday, May 1, the 121st dayof 2013. There are 244 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On May 1, 1963, James W. Whittakerbecame the first American to conquer MountEverest as he and Sherpa guide NawangGombu reached the summit.
On this date:
In 1707, the Kingdom of Great Britainwas created as a treaty merging England andScotland took effect.In 1786, Mozart’s opera “The Marriage of Figaro” premiered in Vienna.In 1898, Commodore George Dewey gavethe command, “You may fire when you areready, Gridley,” as an American naval forcedestroyed a Spanish squadron in Manila Bayduring the Spanish-American War.In 1911, the song “I Want a Girl (Just Likethe Girl That Married Dear Old Dad),” byHarry Von Tilzer and Will Dillon, was firstpublished.In 1931, New York’s 102-story EmpireState Building was dedicated. Singer KateSmith made her debut on CBS Radio on her24th birthday.In 1941, the Orson Welles motion picture“Citizen Kane” premiered in New York.In 1960, the Soviet Union shot downan American U-2 reconnaissance plane overSverdlovsk and captured its pilot, FrancisGary Powers.In 1961, the first U.S. airline hijackingtook place as Antulio Ramirez Ortiz, a Miamielectrician, commandeered a National Airlinesplane that was en route to Key West, Fla., andforced the pilot to fly to Cuba.In 1963, the Coca-Cola Co. began market-ing TaB, its first low-calorie beverage.In 1971, the intercity passenger rail serviceAmtrak went into operation.In 1982, the World’s Fair in Knoxville,Tenn., was opened by President RonaldReagan.In 1992, on the third day of the LosAngeles riots, a visibly shaken Rodney Kingappeared in public to appeal for calm, plead-ing, “Can we all get along?”
Ten years ago:
President George W. Bush,co-piloting an S-3B Viking, landed on thedeck of the carrier USS Abraham Lincolnoff the Southern California coast; standingbelow a banner strung across the ship’s bridgeproclaiming “Mission Accomplished,” Bushdeclared that major combat in Iraq was over,but also said “difficult work” remained ahead.A magnitude 6.4 earthquake killed 177 peoplein Turkey.
Five years ago:
Three dozen people werekilled in a double suicide bombing during awedding procession in Balad Ruz, Iraq. A mil-itary jury at Fort Hood, Texas, acquitted ArmySgt. Leonard Trevino of premeditated murderin the death of an unarmed Iraqi insurgent. AU.S. missile strike in central Somalia killedthe reputed leader of al-Qaida in Somalia.President George W. Bush imposed new sanc-tions against property owned or controlled bythe military junta in Myanmar. Deborah JeanePalfrey, 52, the so-called “D.C. Madam”convicted of running a prostitution ring,hanged herself in Tarpon Springs, Fla. PhilippFreiherr von Boeselager, believed to be thelast surviving member of the inner circle of plotters who attempted to kill Adolf Hitler.
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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. 224
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald Inc.Don Hemple, advertising manager
Tiffany Brantley
,circulation managerThe Delphos Herald(USPS 1525 8000) is publisheddaily except Sundays, Tuesdaysand Holidays.The Delphos Herald is deliv-ered by carrier in Delphos for$1.48 per week. Same daydelivery outside of Delphos isdone through the post officefor Allen, Van Wert or PutnamCounties. Delivery outside of these counties is $110 per year.Entered in the post officein Delphos, Ohio 45833 asPeriodicals, postage paid atDelphos, Ohio. 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
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One Year Ago
The Delphos Relay for Life Bra-voDinner and Comedy Night took placethis weekend with Franklin ElementarySchool taking the big prize for best brain a recent contest. Bras were decoratedto raise awareness for breast cancerand boost Relay for Life efforts. SandySuever accepted the trophy on behalf of the school. Ruth Lucke accepted thePeople’s Choice award on behalf of First Federal Bank.
25 Years Ago – 1988
The Ladies Auxiliary to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post held their monthlymeeting recently. President DeneldaBrokamp presented auxiliary membersthe plaque which she received fromJulie and David Eisenhower at a recent-ly speaking engagement at the LimaMemorial Civic Center. The plaque wasfor the auxiliary’s donation to St. Rita’sHospital Cerebral Palsy Clinic.The state science fair was heldrecently at Ohio Wesleyan Universityin Delaware. Five Ottoville studentsearned the right to compete at thisstate science fair. Earning superi-ors were Jason Metcalfe and BrianHemker. Earning excellents were SteveLooser and Brenda Bockrath. MichelleHeitmeyer also received a good rating.Jason Metcalfe received a special awardfrom the American Vacuum Society.Stallkamp Drugs will hold an openhouse Saturday at its new location, 302N. Main St. This is the fourth build-ing to house the drug store that hasserved Delphos and the area since 1887.Stallkamp Drug Store was begun in1887 by Arnold and Ferd King and wasknown as King Bros. Drug Store. It wassituated at 205 N. Main St., the presentlocation for Westrich Furniture’s MainStore.
50 Years Ago – 1963
Gene Hayes was elected president of the Delphos Kiwanis Club at the orga-nizational meeting held at the Houseof Vogts Tuesday night. Other offi-cers elected include Robert Obermeyer,vice president; Jerry Fischer, treasurer;Richard Vogt, secretary, and EugeneSchmersal, Robert Schmit, DonaldImber, Donald Will, Romus Brandehoff,Frank Wilson and Bill Mansfield, direc-tors.The annual May Crowning of theBlessed Virgin Mary was held at St.John’s Church Wednesday afternoonwith high school students taking part inthe crowing of the statue of the BlessedVirgin and in a living rosary. SeniorsMary Lou Kill and James Schulteplaced the crown upon the head of thestatue and JoAnn Hilvers served ascrown bearer. Senior attendants includ-ed William Laudick, Daniel Cramer,Carolyn Burger and Joyce Turnwald.The second meeting of Our Lady’sCook & Sew Club at Landeck was heldrecently. Project books were distributedand good-will bags were discussed. Twocommittees were appointed, one to forma constitution and one for refreshments.Debbie Klausing, Phyllis Kill, JeanGeise and Rita Klaus are on the con-stitution committee and Marge Rahrig,Dorothy and Arlene Wienken and KathyWieners are on the refreshment com-mittee.
75 Years Ago – 1938
Three of eight students of theJefferson music department who com-peted Friday in the district solo andensemble contest held at Bowling GreenUniversity, will represent Jefferson inthe state contest to be held at OberlinMay 14. Mary Jane Meads was givena rating of “Excellent” for her mezzo-soprano solo. Lucile Freund received an“Excellent” rating in the bass clarinetcompetition. Mary Alice Fethers alsoreceived an “Excellent” rating in thealto clarinet competition.The Old Time ‘Coon Hunters havepostponed their scheduled ‘coon dogfield trail indefinitely. The chase wasto have been held May 8 at the AuerSchool west of Delphos. The action topostpone the event was taken becauseof Mother’s Day. The Old Time ‘CoonHunters will meet Monday night atRoberts Plumbing Shop on West ThirdStreet.Local residents were in Cairo Fridayevening to attend the meeting of theAllen County Rebekah Association.Stella and Shawnee lodges, Lima, Idalodge, Spencerville, and Merwin lodge,Cairo, combined to present an enjoyableprogram. Attending from Delphos wereMr. and Mrs. L. C. Fridley, Cora Baxterand Ida Smith.
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WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyThe Associated PressWEDNESDAY:
Mostlysunny in the morning thenbecoming partly cloudy. Highsin the lower 80s. South winds5 to 10 mph.
 Partly cloudy through mid-night then becoming mostlyclear. Lows in the mid 50s.Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph.
Mostlysunny in the morning thenbecoming partly cloudy. Highsin the upper 70s. Southeastwinds 10 to 15 mph.
 Partly cloudy. Lows in themid 50s. Southeast winds 5 to10 mph.
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Partlycloudy with a 20 percentchance of showers. Lows inthe mid 50s.
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A lawsuit was filed Tuesday against AJs Sweepstakes, 1150 S. Shannon St., Van Wertby the State Attorney General’s Office. Attorney General Mike DeWine is seeking to stopthe operations at this location shown above. (Times Bulletin/Ed Gebert)
Internet cafe in Van Werttargeted by Ohio AG
CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Tuesday:Pick 4 Midday7-4-9-4Pick 3 Midday0-5-2Pick 5 Midday6-5-8-3-6Pick 5 Evening6-7-9-6-9Pick 4 Evening0-3-2-5Pick 3 Evening7-8-8Rolling Cash 503-11-20-21-34Estimated jackpot:$130,000
A girl was born April 29 toTuesday and Barry Eickholtof Delphos.A girl was born April 19to Nicole Morrison and JodyChilton of Delphos.A boy was born April 26 toJennifer and Joshua McElroyof Fort Jennings.
COLUMBUS — A business in VanWert is in the crosshairs of Ohio AttorneyGeneral Mike DeWine. On Tuesday, a law-suit was filed against AJ’s Sweepstakes,1150 S. Shannon St. for violating a state-wide moratorium on Internet cafes. Aninjunction is also being sought to keep theenterprise from operating.House Bill 386, which was passed lastyear in Columbus, prohibited any moreInternet cafe locations after June 11, 2012.In addition, those existing cafes were tofile an affidavit certifying existence priorto the moratorium, and DeWine claimsthere is no such affidavit on file for AJ’sSweepstakes.“While we suspect Ohio gambling lawsare likely being violated at nearly allInternet cafes in Ohio, the clearest ille-gal activity occurs when an establish-ment opens in violation of the statewidemoratorium,” said DeWine. “My officewill not hesitate to take actions to shutterthese illegal establishments when evi-dence shows they did not exist prior to themoratorium.”Suits were also filed Tuesday againstoperations in Wauseon and Austintown.The sweepstakes business in Van Wertwas visited April 27 by two investigatorsfrom the Charitable Law Section of theOhio Attorney General’s Office. An affi-davit from one of the investigators statedthat he saw “a gaming room with approxi-mately 80 sweepstakes terminal devicesin operation.”He went on to say he gave the cashier$20 which was added to a card to be usedfor Internet time and an equal number of sweepstakes points to be used on the gamesoffered on the terminal. He indicated thegames offered were the same he had played ininvestigating other Internet cafes. There wasalso a community jackpot, which meant themachines were all together in a network.The affidavit went on to say the sweep-stakes points were needed to play and weretransferred to win points as the investigatorwas successful at the games. When the sweep-stakes points were used up, the customer couldthen cash out or roll the win points over intomore sweepstakes points to continue playingthe games. Again, it was mentioned this was astandard trait of Internet sweepstakes games.Over 820 affidavits were filed with theOhio Attorney General’s Office pursuantto HB 386. The affidavits represented 794unique locations at which Internet cafes werealleged to have existed. Subsequent verifica-tion by BCI in the past month has determinedthat 623 of those sites have an Internet cafécurrently operating.DeWine was scheduled to testify Tuesdayon HB 7, which would effectively ban sweep-stakes establishments in Ohio, before theSenate State Government Oversight andReform Committee. The Ohio Senate isexpected to vote on the legislation in the nextmonth. While legislation is pending, DeWineformed the Internet Gaming Advisory Unitwithin his office to help local law enforcementand prosecutors’ offices with staff experts ininvestigating and prosecuting Internet sweep-stakes cases.As of Tuesday afternoon, AJs Sweepstakesremained open at its S. Shannon St. loca-tion.
Addictionschief addressesoverdose deaths
The Associated PressCOLUMBUS — Continuedbad news about drug overdosedeaths in Ohio is focusingattention on calls to expandMedicaid coverage for morestate residents.The head of the state’saddictions agency saidTuesday that data showing arecord high number of deathsfrom prescription painkillersand other drugs in 2011 is onemore reason to expand thefederal-state program for poorchildren and families.Nearly five Ohioans diedevery day from overdosedeaths in 2011, most of themattributed to continued abuseof painkillers like oxycodoneand hydrocodone as well asrising abuse of heroin, accord-ing to Department of Healthdata released last week.“We need to make sure tothe extent that we can thatinsurance is available for thevast numbers of people in ourstate struggling with addic-tion,” Orman Hall, directorof the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug AddictionServices, said Tuesday. “Frommy perspective, it is a moralimperative.”Gov. John Kasich’s plan toexpand Medicaid was rejectedby his fellow Republican law-makers. Some GOP legislatorsare concerned about the cost tothe federal government, whileothers are philosophicallyopposed to the idea becauseit’s part of President BarackObama’s health care plan.The Health Departmentdata show the number of peo-ple who died of accidentaloverdoses jumped 14 percentin 2011 for a total of 1,765overall deaths.The increase comes asOhio has launched numerousefforts to crack down on ille-gal prescription painkiller useand distribution. That includesshutting down clinics through-out southern Ohio dubbed “pillmills” where addicts pay cashfor painkiller prescriptions —and sometimes the pills them-selves — after undergoingonly cursory medical exams.The state has also beenpromoting use of medicationsaimed at controlling addic-tions. Earlier this month, offi-cials announced the opening of the Health Recovery ServicesSouthern Ohio TreatmentCenter in Jackson. The centeroffers patients counseling andanti-addiction medication.In October, the statechanged the way doctors canbill Medicaid for an expensivepainkiller addiction treatment,a move that boosted use of thedrug in Ohio.Counselors, families affect-ed by addiction and recover-ing addicts shared their storiesTuesday at a state conferenceaddressing the drug overdoseepidemic.One woman told of the trau-ma of losing her teenage son toa single dose of methadonehe took when someone raid-ed an elderly person’s medi-cine cabinet in New Carlisleand passed the drugs throughschool. An ex-pharmacistfrom Alliance explained howhe destroyed his career andbroke up his marriage becauseof a pain pill addiction thatbegan when he wrenched hisback.Bethani Temple of Prospectsaid she got hooked onpain pills leftover from herfather’s cancer treatment, thenswitched to heroin becauseit was so much cheaper. Shestayed addicted while pregnantwith her first child, a daugh-ter born with drug addictionsymptoms.Eventually, an arrest andtough treatment from a MarionCounty drug court helped herbeat the addiction. Others whoTemple knew weren’t so lucky,including a former boyfriendkilled in a car crash two yearsago while high on heroin.Temple, 28, is married withtwo children — her 2-year-olddaughter now healthy — andabout to graduate from col-lege.“It’s really important thattreatment’s available for allpeople who are in activeaddiction because if they don’tget the treatment they deserve,they’re going to die,” Templesaid. “That’s the reality of thisdisease.”
OHIO CITY — Analleged drug house in OhioCity was the subject of asearch Tuesday by mem-bers of the West CentralOhio Crime Task Force.The residence at 208W. Carmean St. In OhioCity had been reported toauthorities as having drugactivity. As part of a short-term investigation, a taskforce member purchasednarcotics at the house.The investigation endedTuesday at 11:06 a.m. withthe serving of a search war-rant by the task force andthe Allen County Sheriff’sOffice SWAT Team.Of the three adultsfound at the residence,two are suspected of beinginvolved with the sales of illegal drugs originating atthat house. Those two area 39-year-old male and a24-year-old female. TheVan Wert County Sheriff’sOffice did not releasethe identities of thesetwo. Their names will bereleased when they are for-mally charged.The third person foundat the house is a familymember of one of the sus-pects and has been clearedof any wrongdoing.In the search, task forcemembers seized a smallamount of suspected heroinand empty capsules, as wellas what the Sheriff’s Officetermed as a moderate quan-tity of suspected heroinalready in capsules for sale,hypodermic syringes andother drug paraphernalia.The Van Wert CountySheriff’s Office invitesanyone with informationabout drug activity or othercrimes to call (419) 238-3866 or submit the infor-mation online at www.vanwertcountysheriff.comby clicking the “submit acrime tip” link. Anyonesubmitting information willbe kept anonymous.The West CentralOhio Crime Task Forceis comprised of officersfrom the Allen CountySheriff’s Office, Van WertCounty Sheriff’s Office,Lima Police Department,Delphos Police Department,Shawnee Township PoliceDepartment and severalstate and federal agencies.This task force works in amulti-county area to fightdrugs and major crimes.
Alleged Ohio City drug house raidedOhio bills in works wouldban union requirements
COLUMBUS (AP) — Less than two years after Ohio votersoverwhelmingly rejected collective bargaining limits for govern-ment workers, Republicans in the Ohio House took the first publicsteps Tuesday toward passing legislation that would prohibit requir-ing workers to join or pay automatic dues to a union.Similar right-to-work laws are in place in 24 states, includingneighboring Indiana and Michigan, and state Rep. Kristina Roegnercirculated a co-sponsorship request saying that she wants Ohio tobecome the 25th.Roegner’s “Workplace Freedom” bill would apply to private-sector unions, and a companion measure from state Rep. Ron Maagwould apply to public-sector unions.Maag’s letter to fellow lawmakers said the legislation means“employees would be free to choose whether or not to join a laborunion.”The measures would prohibit any requirements that employeesof public or private employers join or pay dues to any employeeorganization. They also establish as state policy “that each employ-ee must be fully free to decide whether to associate, organize, des-ignate a representative, or join or assist an employee organization,”according to Maag’s memo.Democrats and labor leaders immediately leaped on the propos-als as a slap to the strong majority of Ohio voters who repealed aproposed collective bargaining overhaul in November 2011 thatlimited the bargaining rights of public-sector workers. Almost 62percent of voters objected to the law.“I am just appalled by the efforts of Representatives Maag andRoegner to once again attempt to silence the voice of workersacross the state of Ohio, this time in both the public and private sec-tor,” Service Employees International Union District 1199 PresidentBecky Williams said in a statement. “This will hurt people we trustlike librarians, nurses, mental health providers, social workers andso many others.”
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