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Mostly cloudytoday with a 40percent chanceof showers andthunderstormscontinuingthrough midnight. . Highsin the lower 80s. Lows inthe upper 60s. See page 2.
Monday, July 22, 2013
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Foul odor leads Ohio authorities to grisly find
BY THOMAS J. SHEERANAssociated Press
EAST CLEVELAND —Authorities responding to a report of a foul odor from a home discovereda body and arrested a registered sexoffender who sent police and volun-teers through a poor Ohio neighbor-hood in a search for more victims,officials said Sunday.East Cleveland Police Chief RalphSpotts had cautioned searchers Sundayto be prepared to find one or two morevictims, but he declined to elaborate.But after a daylong search that included40 abandoned houses and other areas,no more bodies were found.Spotts identified the suspect as35-year-old Michael Madison. He saidMadison is expected to be formallycharged tonday.Mayor Gary Norton said the sus-pect has indicated he might have beeninfluenced by Cleveland serial killerAnthony Sowell, who was convictedin 2011 of murdering 11 women andsentenced to death.It’s the latest in a series of high-pro-file cases involving the disappearanceof women from the Cleveland area.One body was found Fridayin a garage. Two others were foundSaturday — one in a backyard and theother in the basement of a vacant house.The three female bodies, all wrappedin plastic bags, were found about 100to 200 yards apart, and authoritiesbelieved the victims were killed in thelast six to 10 days.Searchers rummaging throughvacant houses in the same neighbor-hood Sunday were warned by Spottsto brace themselves for the smell of rotting bodies and to look out for trashbags that might conceal a body. Hedeclined to elaborate on his commentsabout the possible additional victims.Spotts indicated later Sunday thatthe suspect’s comments haven’t pro-vided clarity on whether more bodiesmight be found.“He really hasn’t stated that there’sany more, but he hasn’t said anythingthat would make us think that there’snot,” Spotts said.Norton said authorities have “lotsof reasons” to suspect there are morevictims, but he refused to say why.Norton said the suspect, who wasarrested Friday after a police standoff,has indicated to authorities he mighthave been influenced by Sowell.“He said some things that led usto believe that in some way, shape, orform, Sowell might be an influence,”Norton told The Associated Press.It wasn’t immediately clear whetherMadison has an attorney, and no onewas commenting Sunday afternoon atthe address he registered.A report of a foul odor emanatingfrom a home led police to the discoveryof the first body, found in a garage, andto the suspect. Two other bodies werefound nearby Saturday.The bodies were each in the fetalposition, wrapped in several layers of trash bags, Norton said. He said detec-tives continue to interview the sus-pect, who used his mother’s addressin Cleveland in registering as a sexoffender, the mayor said.“The person in custody, some of the things he said to investigators madeus go back today,” the mayor saidSaturday.Cuyahoga County medical exam-iner Dr. Thomas P. Gilson said Sundaythat the bodies were in advanced stagesof decomposition and that it would takeseveral days to identify them and howthey died.About three dozen volunteers,including community anti-crime activ-ists, fanned out Sunday morning acrossyards, through vacant houses and alonga railroad to help police search. Thechief advised them to watch for miss-ing floor boards as they looked insidehouses. One young searcher crawledunder a board screwed across a door togo inside a house to search.
Lima police arrestDelphos home-invasion suspectin traffic stop
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LIMA — One of the menwanted in connection withthe July 10 “home-invasion-style” robbery in the 400block of South Canal Streetin Delphos was arrested onan active warrant by Limapolice Saturday morning.Andrew J. Miller, 27, of Fort Jennings was the passen-ger in a vehicle police stoppedfor a routine traffic stop.Miller was taken into custodyand turned over to Delphosofficers a short time later.Miller was transported tothe Van Wert County Jailand is being held withoutbond on the robbery charge.Investigators believe thatMiller is one of the twomasked men who entered aresidence on South CanalStreet the night of July 10and demanded money fromthree teens in a garage thathad been converted in toa living space. The teensat first thought it was a joke. This caused one of theperpetrators to become vio-lent and assault an 18-year-old male victim and thenfled the scene with itemstaken from the garage andand vehicles located on theproperty outside.The male was treatedand released from St. Rita’sMedical Center.Miller will appear ton-day in Van Wert MunicipalCourt for his initial hear-ing on the robbery charge.Ultimately, the case will beheard by the next session of the Van Wert County GrandJury and more charges areexpected.
Community Unityoffers ‘FreeFood On Us’
Delphos CommunityUnity will offer its quar-terly “Free Food On Us”mobile food pantry from3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday atthe Delphos Eagle Lodgeat 1600 E. Fifth St.The food give-away isopen to residents in needwho live in the DelphosCity School District or havea Delphos postal address.Participants need to bringtwo pieces of identification:a photo ID and proof of current residency (A recentbill or other official docu-ment printed with name,address and a current date.).Households will signoff they meet the incomeguidelines by signing a self-declaration of income form.Food is distrib-uted on a first-come,first-served basis.
SJ CC planning race, training sessions
St. John’s head crosscountry coach SteveHellman has scheduledsummer conditioningruns throughout July (7p.m. Wednesdays at theschool) for any St. John’sstudents in grades 7-12interested in runningcross county in the fall.Also, the annual St.John’s Alumni CrossCountry Race/Walk willbe run at 7 p.m. Aug. 9 at4111 Southworth Road,Delphos. He is invitingall past Blue Jay crosscountry runners to comeout and run, walk or justreminisce about their CCyears. He would appreciateif this info could be passedon to former teammatesand family members thathave moved out of town.Any questions, contactSteve at 419-233-1870 orsmhellman92@watchtv.net.
Children enjoy many parish festival offerings
The Ottoville Parish Festival had many different rides and activities for all ages.Above: During the Tractor Pull contest, Logan Koester, in the 3-4 year-old bracket, gave it everything he had to go the distance. Below: Jacob Grams tries his hand atPutt-Putt golf during the festival. Head cooks Dee Dee Schlagbaum and Cathy Hoehnsaid the event includes more than 100 volunteers helping prepare enough food toserve 1,800 guests. The work began at 8 a.m. Saturday with the beef fryers and 350pounds of cabbage for coleslaw. At 5 a.m. on Sunday morning, workers readied thechicken, 120 pounds of noodles, potatoes, gravy and green beans. By 2 p.m. Sundayafternoon, they had already sold 1,060 dinners.(Delphos Herald/Stephanie Groves)See MILLER, page 3See OBAMA, page 3See ODOR, page 3
Obama to begin new series of economic addresses
BY JIM KUHNHENNAssociated Press
WASHINGTON — Drawingrenewed attention to the economy,President Barack Obama will returnthis week to an Illinois college wherehe once spelled out a vision for anexpanded and strengthened middleclass as a freshman U.S. senator, longbefore the Great Recession would testhis presidency.The address Wednesday at KnoxCollege in Galesburg, Ill., will bethe first in a new series of economicspeeches that White House aides sayObama intends to deliver over thenext several weeks ahead of keybudget deadlines in the fall. A newfiscal year begins in October, and thegovernment will soon hit its borrow-ing limit.The speech comes just a weekbefore Congress is scheduled to leavefor its monthlong August recess andis designed to build public pressureon lawmakers in hopes of avertingthe showdowns over taxes and spend-ing that have characterized past bud-get debates.In his economic pitch, Obama willtalk about efforts to expand manu-facturing, sign up the uninsured forhealth care coverage, revitalize thehousing industry and broaden educa-tional opportunities for preschoolersand college students. He will alsopromote the economic benefits of animmigration overhaul.The White House is promotingthe speech as part of an arc of eco-nomic messages from the presidentthat began at Knox College in 2005,when Obama was in his first year inthe Senate. Since then, Obama hassought to raise the profile of his eco-nomic agenda with periodic speech-es, including one at GeorgetownUniversity in Washington in 2009and one in Osawatomie, Kan., in2011. The White House posted avideo highlighting Obama’s previouseconomic addresses.The president will also speakWednesday at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg,Mo.Obama’s focus on the economycomes as he has experienced a degreeof success with the Senate, whichpassed an overhaul of immigrationlaws and unclogged a Republicanblockade against several presidentialnominations. It also reflects a belief atthe White House that the administra-tion has been able to manage a seriesof confrontations with Congress overthe Internal Revenue Service, phonesurveillance of Americans and thedeadly attack on the U.S. consulate inBenghazi, Libya.“The president thinks Washingtonhas largely taken its eye off the ballon the most important issue facingthe country,” Obama senior adviserDan Pfeiffer wrote Sunday evening ina message sent to the White House’spublic email list. “Instead of talkingabout how to help the middle class,too many in Congress are trying toscore political points, refight old bat-tles and trump up phony scandals.”
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Mostly cloudywith a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.Highs in the lower 80s.South winds 5 to 10 mph.
Partlycloudy. A 20 percent chanceof showers and thunder-storms through midnight.Lows in the upper 60s.Southwest winds 5 to 10mph.
Partlycloudy in the morning thenbecoming mostly cloudy. A40 percent chance of show-ers and thunderstorms.Highs in the mid 80s. Westwinds 5 to 15 mph.
 Mostly cloudy through mid-night then becoming partlycloudy. A 40 percent chanceof showers and thunder-storms. Lows in the mid60s. North winds 5 to 10mph.
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 Partly cloudy with a 20 per-cent chance of showers andthunderstorms. Lows in theupper 50s.
Partly cloudywith a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.Highs in the mid 70s.
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Today is Monday, July 22,the 203rd day of 2013. Thereare 162 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight inHistory:On July 22, 1943, Americanforces led by Gen. GeorgeS. Patton captured Palermo,Sicily, during World War II.On this date:In 1587, an English colonyfated to vanish under mysteri-ous circumstances was estab-lished on Roanoke Island off North Carolina.In 1796, Cleveland, Ohio,was founded by GeneralMoses Cleaveland.In 1893, Wellesley Collegeprofessor Katharine Lee Batesvisited the summit of PikesPeak, where she was inspiredto write the original versionof her poem “America theBeautiful.”In 1916, a bomb went off during a Preparedness Dayparade in San Francisco, kill-ing 10 people.In 1933, American avia-tor Wiley Post completed thefirst solo flight around theworld as he returned to NewYork’s Floyd Bennett Fieldafter traveling for 7 days, 18and 3/4 hours.In 1934, bank robberJohn Dillinger was shot todeath by federal agents out-side Chicago’s BiographTheater, where he had justseen the Clark Gable movie“Manhattan Melodrama.”In 1942, the Nazis begantransporting Jews fromthe Warsaw Ghetto to theTreblinka concentration camp.Gasoline rationing involv-ing the use of coupons beganalong the Atlantic seaboard.In 1946, Jewish extremistsblew up a wing of the KingDavid Hotel in Jerusalem,killing 90 people.In 1963, Sonny Listonknocked out Floyd Pattersonin the first round of theirrematch in Las Vegas to retainthe world heavyweight title.In 1975, the House of Representatives joined theSenate in voting to restorethe American citizenship of Confederate Gen. Robert E.Lee.In 1983, Samantha Smithand her parents returned hometo Manchester, Maine, aftercompleting a whirlwind tourof the Soviet Union.In 2011, Anders Breivikmassacred 69 people at aNorwegian island youthretreat after detonating abomb in nearby Oslo thatkilled eight others in thenation’s worst violence sinceWorld War II.Ten years ago: SaddamHussein’s sons Odai andQusai were killed whenU.S. forces stormed a villain Mosul, Iraq. Months afterher prisoner-of-war ordeal,U.S. Army Pfc. Jessica Lynchreturned home to a hero’s wel-come in Elizabeth, W.Va.Five years ago: TropicalStorm Dolly spun into a hur-ricane as it headed towardthe U.S.-Mexico border.European Union foreignministers agreed to toughensanctions against Zimbabwe’sPresident Robert Mugabe topressure him to share powerwith the opposition. ActressEstelle Getty died in LosAngeles at age 84.One year ago: PresidentBarack Obama made a quicktrip to Colorado to meet withfamilies of those gunneddown in an Aurora movie the-ater and to hear from stateand local officials about theshooting that left 12 peo-ple dead and dozens moreinjured. The InternationalAIDS Conference opened inWashington, D.C., with thegoal of “turning the tide” onHIV. Fifteen people werekilled in South Texas when apickup truck ran off the roadand hit trees about 90 milessoutheast of San Antonio.Bradley Wiggins became thefirst British cyclist to win theTour de France. Ernie Els wonhis fourth major champion-ship in an astonishing finish,rallying to beat Adam Scottin the British Open when theAustralian bogeyed the lastfour holes.Today’s Birthdays: Operasinger Licia Albanese is 100.Former Senate MajorityLeader Bob Dole, R-Kan., is90. Actor-comedian OrsonBean is 85. Fashion design-er Oscar de la Renta is 81.Actress Louise Fletcher is79. Rhythm-and-blues singerChuck Jackson is 76. ActorTerence Stamp is 75. Gameshow host Alex Trebek is 73.Singer George Clinton is 72.Actor-singer Bobby Shermanis 70. Former Sen. KayBailey Hutchison, R-Texas,is 70. Movie writer-directorPaul Schrader is 67. ActorDanny Glover is 67. SingerMireille Mathieu is 67. Actor-comedian-director AlbertBrooks is 66. Rock singer DonHenley is 66. Movie compos-er Alan Menken is 64. Singer-actress Lonette McKee is 60.Jazz musician Al Di Meolais 59. Actor Willem Dafoe is58. Rhythm-and-blues singerKeith Sweat is 52. ActressJoanna Going is 50. ActorRob Estes is 50. Folk singerEmily Saliers (Indigo Girls)is 50. Actor John Leguizamois 49. Actor-comedian DavidSpade is 49. Actor PatrickLabyorteaux is 48. Rockmusician Pat Badger is 46.Actress Irene Bedard is 46.Actor Rhys Ifans is 46. ActorColin Ferguson is 41. Rockmusician Daniel Jones is 40.Singer Rufus Wainwright is40. Actress Franka Potente is39. Actress A.J. Cook is 35.Actor Keegan Allen (“PrettyLittle Liars”) is 26. ActressSelena Gomez is 21.
One Year Ago
For various reasons, some teen-agers are deemed by educators asnon-traditional students. To providefor these students and their families,Delphos City Schools will debut anonline academy when the upcomingschool year begins. Principal JohnEdinger is the driving force behindan effort he said has excited all 16students he initially recruited who hadleft the district.
25 Years Ago – 1988
Bob Kimmet, comptroller of NewDelphos Manufacturing Co., 102 S.Pierce St., announced Wednesday after-noon the company has been sold toCrunden Martin Manufacturing Co. of St. Louis, Mo. Kimmet said officials atCruden Martin have indicated that theyplan to operate the company withoutmaking any changes in managementand operations.Captain Ray Giant and the FortWayne Pizpah Shrine Horse Patrolwill be at Huggy Bear Campground,Middle Point. They will demonstrateSaturday why they are currently theGreat Lakes Shrine Association drillteam champions and past ShrineInternational drill and parade cham-pions. Hosts for the event are horsepatrol members Lee Lare, Ken Wherryand Don Richards and their wives.Michael L. Howbert, son of Mr.and Mrs. Harry Howbert of FortJennings, will enroll this fall at OhioNorthern University in the College of Engineering with a major in mechani-cal engineering. He is a graduate of Fort Jennings High School where hewas active in basketball and golf andreceived a scholastic athlete award.
50 Years Ago – 1963
Delphos Country Club will holdits annual Silver Carnival this comingSunday at the clubhouse northwest of Delphos. The carnival is the club’sone big yearly event open to the gen-eral public. As an added feature, thefamous Delphos dunking machine ison hand for the fun of those attendingthe carnival.Ten members of the “Nifty SixtiesClub” were present at a meeting heldthis week at the home of Janice Freundin Fort Jennings. Following a lun-cheon, a business session took place.It was decided to hold a rummage saleAug. 9 and 10 at Harter’s Garage. Thenext meeting will be a family picnicAug. 29 at Stadium Park.Members of the Merrymakers Clubof Rimer met recently in the home of Mrs. Robert Bailey with Mrs. LeRoyMeier, president, in charge of thebusiness session. Plans for the annualpicnic to be held in August at a placeto be named later were made and theremainder of the evening was spentplaying games. Prizes were awardedto Mrs. Meier, Clair Kopp and Mrs.Ralph Harris.
75 Years Ago – 1938
A large delegation of membersof Commemorative Post, DelphosAmerican Legion, and others are plan-ning to be in attendance at the 20thannual state convention of the organi-zation which will be held in Cincinnatifrom July 24-26. Commander Ed.Murray of the local post and C. E.Fox are the official delegates fromthe Delphos post and I. J. Kindly andFerman Clinger are the alternates.Mrs. Peter Backus, SouthWashington Street, received the mem-bers of the Christian Aid Society intoher home Wednesday afternoon. Mrs.Charles Gould was the assistant host-ess. During the business session, plansfor an ice cream social to be held on thechurch lawn on July 29 were discussed.The Loetz Market kittenball teamdefeated the Ditto Wildcats Wednesdaynight by a score of 11 to 3. Van Meterpitched for the Loetz team and L. Dittohurled for the Wildcats. Van Meter hita home run for the Loetz aggregation.
Joan, 85, of VanWert, funeral services will be at10:30 a.m. today at St. Mark’sLutheran Church in Van Wert,with Pastor Rita Baer offici-ating. Burial will take placeat Middle Creek Cemetery inGrover Hill. Visitation will beone hour prior to the serviceat the church. Memorials canbe made to The Church FoodBank.
William “Bill”Edgar, 81, of Delphos, funer-al services will be at 2 p.m.Tuesday at Harter and SchierFuneral Home, with the Rev.David Howell officiating andmilitary grave rites by theDelphos Veterans Council atthe funeral home. Visitationwill be from noon to 2 p.m.Tuesday at the funeral home.Memorial contributions canbe made to the family. Toleave online condolences forthe family, please visit www.harterandschier.com.
DoloresMae, 81, of Kalida, Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30a.m. Tuesday at St. MichaelCatholic Church, Kalida, theRev. Mark Hoying officiating.Burial will follow in the churchcemetery. Visitation will befrom 2-8 p.m. today at LoveFuneral Home, Ottawa and aScripture service at 6 p.m.Memorials may be made toSt. Michael’s Catholic Churchor its Religious EducationDepartment. Condolences canbe expressed at: www.lovefu-neralhome.com.CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Sunday:Mega MillionsEstimated jackpot: $13millionPick 3 Evening5-8-7(five, eight, seven)Pick 3 Midday8-2-8(eight, two, eight)Pick 4 Evening2-1-2-9(two, one, two, nine)Pick 4 Midday2-1-0-0(two, one, zero, zero)Pick 5 Evening8-0-4-3-3(eight, zero, four, three,three)Pick 5 Midday5-4-4-0-3(five, four, four, zero,three)PowerballEstimated jackpot: $166millionRolling Cash 507-20-26-28-33(seven, twenty, twenty-six,twenty-eight, thirty-three)Estimated jackpot:$120,000
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“The MO of each bodywe’ve found so far waswrapped up in a lot of garbagebags, so if you see anything…. and it might not look likeit’s a body, but it could be —because each bag, the wayhe had each person was ina fetal position,” Spotts toldsearchers before they began.“It didn’t look like a personcould actually fit in the bag.”Pam Butcher, 55, said shecame out to help search herneighborhood because shewas disturbed by the death andsaid she knew other volunteerswere, too.“They are concernedbecause it could have beenone of their family members,”she said. “It could have beenone of their kids. It could havebeen one of their nieces. Itcould have been one of theiraunts.”One neighbor, NatheniaCrosby, said she was famil-iar with the suspect and hadseen him walking through theneighborhood. She said shehad told him to stop chattingwith her daughter and warnedhim after seeing him talk toher cousin.“It’s very scary, especiallywhen he used to be talking tomy daughter,” said Crosby,48. “But I told him he was tooold to be talking to my daugh-ter because she was only 19.When I found out how old hewas, I said, ‘You need to moveon, she’s too young’.”The police, FBI, theOhio Bureau of CriminalInvestigation and theCuyahoga County Sheriff’sDepartment went throughyards and abandoned hous-es over about three blocksSaturday and used dogstrained to find cadavers.The neighborhood in EastCleveland, which has some17,000 residents, has manyabandoned houses and author-ities want to be thorough, themayor said.“Hopefully, we pray toGod, this is it,” he said.It’s the third recent high-profile case in the Clevelandarea that involves missingwomen.In May, three women whoseparately vanished a decadeago were found captive in arun-down house. Ariel Castro,a former school bus driver, haspleaded not guilty to nearly1,000 counts of kidnap, rapeand other crimes.In 2009, Sowell was arrest-ed after a woman escapedfrom his house and said shehad been raped there. Policefound the mostly nude bodiesof 11 women in garbage bagsand plastic sheets throughoutthe home.Prosecutors described himin court papers as “the worstoffender in the history of Cuyahoga County and argu-ably the State of Ohio.”He was found guilty in2011 and sentenced to death.
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VAN WERT — The YWCA is currently accepting sponsorships and naming rights tothe pigs featured in the second annual Pig Races at the Van Wert Rib Fest. Six races willtake place at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 3 in the Covered Show Arena during Rib Fest. All 60 pigsrunning in this year’s event will be named by their respective sponsor. Thank you WetzelM.C. for showing your support for the YWCA by sponsoring a pig in every race!At the Pig Races, supporters will have the opportunity to place a $2 wager on the pig(s)of their choice. All proceeds of this event support the YWCA Transitional Living Programfor the homeless as well as YWCA Domestic Violence Services. Please call (419) 238-6639 with any questions.General operating hours are Monday – Thursday from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridayfrom 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Closed Saturday and Sunday. The YWCA is a United Way- andVan Wert County Foundation-funded agency.
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Obama’s agenda still faces stiff opposition in theHouse, where Republicans have a majority. On immigra-tion, for example, Speaker John Boehner has said theHouse will not pass the Senate bill and, instead, intendsto deal with the issue on a piecemeal basis.Obama is pushing to end the federal budget cuts thatkicked in this year so they don’t extend into the nextfiscal year. That could create a showdown with congres-sional Republicans in September, as the end of the cur-rent fiscal year approaches. Some Republicans also wantmore deficit reduction as a price for raising the debtceiling, a bargain Obama says he will not make.Republicans are fundamentally opposed to Obama’smix of budget cuts and tax increases. It wasn’t untilafter last year’s election that Republicans agreed toincrease taxes for the wealthiest Americans in a dealthat kept taxes for most Americans at rates set during theadministration of President George W. Bush.Appearing on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday,Boehner said the way to get the economy moving againis by stopping unnecessary regulations and bringing thefederal deficit under control.Describing “this new normal of slow economicgrowth, no increase in jobs that are available, wages arebeing basically frozen,” Boehner said: “We’re squeez-ing the middle class. And I would argue the president’spolicies are getting in the way of the economy growing,whether it’s Obamacare, whether it’s all these needlessregulations that are coming out of the government.”Obama has some wind at his back as the economycontinues its recovery from the recession that beganduring the Bush administration. Housing is comingback, the stock market is on an upswing and consumerconfidence is generally higher. But unemployment,while down from a peak of 10 percent in 2009, remainshigh at 7.6 percent and economic growth remains mod-est.Pfeiffer said Obama will unveil some new ideas, out-line steps Congress can take and identify measures hecan initiate on his own.“He’ll talk about the progress we’ve made together,the challenges that remain and the path forward,”Pfeiffer said.
Cincinnati Zoo tries to mate rhino siblings
CINCINNATI (AP) — With the sur-vival of a species on the line, CincinnatiZoo scientists are hoping to mate theirlone female Sumatran rhino with her littlebrother.The desperation breeding effort withthe rhino siblings follows a recent crisissummit in Singapore where conservation-ists concluded as few as 100 of the two-horned, hairy rhinos might remain in theirnative southeast Asia. The species num-bers have fallen by up to 90 percent sincethe mid-1980s as development takes awayhabitat space and poachers hunt them fortheir prized horns.Rhinos overall are dwindling globally,and the Sumatran species descended fromIce Age woolly rhinos is one of the mostcritically endangered.The Cincinnati Zoo has been a pioneerin captive breeding of the rhino species,producing the first three born in captivityin modern times. Its conservationists thismonth brought back the youngest, 6-year-old Harapan, from the Los Angeles Zooand soon will try to have him mate withthe zoo’s female — his biological sister 8-year-old Suci.“We absolutely need more calves forthe population as a whole; we have toproduce as many as we can as quickly aswe can,” said Terri Roth, who heads thezoo’s Center for Research of EndangeredWildlife. “The population is in sharpdecline and there’s a lot of urgency aroundgetting her pregnant.”Critics of captive breeding programssay they often do more harm than goodand can create animals less likely to sur-vive in the wild. Inbreeding increases thepossibility of bad genetic combinations foroffspring.“We don’t like to do it, and long term,we really don’t like to do it,” Roth said,adding that the siblings’ parents weregenetically diverse, which is a positive forthe plan. “When your species is almostgone, you just need animals and that mat-ters more than genes right now — theseare two of the youngest, healthiest animalsin the population.”The parents of the three rhinos born inCincinnati have died, but their eldest off-spring, 11-year-old Andalas, was movedto a sanctuary in Indonesia where he lastyear became a father after mating with awild-born rhino there.The first coordinated effort at captivebreeding began in the 1980s, and abouthalf the initial 40 breeding rhinos diedwithout a successful pregnancy. Roth, whobegan working on the rhino project in1996, said it took years just to understandtheir eating habits and needs and decadesmore to understand their mating patterns.The animals tend not to be interested incompanionship, let alone romance.“They’re definitely difficult to breedbecause they’re so solitary,” Roth said.“You can’t just house them together. So theonly time you can get a successful breed-ing is if you just put them together whenthe female is going to be receptive.”Mating between such close rhino rela-tives might happen in the wild, Roth said,but it’s difficult to know because the ani-mals are so rare. If the offspring of such amating then bred with an unrelated rhino,the genetic diversity would resume in thenext generation, she said.Harapan, who weighs about 1,650pounds, will be kept separate from hissister, who is a little smaller. On a recentmorning at the zoo here, he slatheredhimself in a mud hole, then ambled overto settle down in a pool of water.When the time is right to reintroducethe rhinos, the zoo team won’t dim thelights or play mood music. Instead, theywill use a system of gates to bring the pairtogether. If they begin to fight or showother behavior indicating things aren’tgoing well, the team will try to separatethem, using bananas for distraction.Before then, Roth and the other scien-tists will have measured Harapan’s testos-terone levels while using ultrasound andother monitoring to know when Suci isovulating.“You should use the science to guideyou,” Roth said. “We have really relied onthe science.”If the breeding is successful, the zoowill be celebrating a fourth Sumatran rhinobirth about 16 months later. If not, otherefforts will continue.Indonesian conservationists have beentrying to mate Andalas, the oldest brother,with two other females there after lastyear’s success. His semen has also beenbanked, but there have been no reportedsuccessful artificial inseminations yet.At the Singapore summit, Indonesianand Malaysian authorities pledged to worktogether more closely on species survivalefforts. Conservationists say special rhinoprotection patrols have thwarted poacherswho kill rhinos to take horns that can beworth tens of thousands of dollars on theblack market. The horns are sought formedicinal and other uses — by legend,rhino horns are said to have aphrodisiacpowers.While the Sumatran rhino isn’t a partic-ularly popular or even recognizable animalto the public at large, Roth said, the speciescontributes to the global need for healthyforests with its role in the ecosystem clear-ing small saplings and brush, and helpingspread seeds and make trails smaller ani-mals use. Also, the rhinos don’t threatenhumans nor damage their crops.
 Meadows of Leipsichosting CommunityFishing Derby
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LEIPSIC — The Meadowsof Leipsic will host its annualcommunity fishing derby from9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.Fishing will be held from 9-11a.m., with food and prizesto start around 11 a.m. andlast till 1 p.m. Please stop bywith your families and enjoya morning of fishing, friendsand food. Remember, all fish-ing is catch-and-release.
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Court Records indicatedMiller had been releasedfrom prison in April of thisyear. Miller had been sen-tenced to six years in pris-on in 2007 in connectionwith a series of businessbreak-ins in the Van Wert,Allen and Putnam Countyareas.In the 2007 case, PutnamCounty deputies inter-rupted Miller while he wasbreaking into a business inFort. Jennings early onemorning. Miller fled policein his car and a high-speedchase ensued that led intoDelphos, which resulted inhis capture a short timelater by police and sheriff deputies.

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