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Friday, August 2, 2013
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50¢ dailyDelphos, Ohio
Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
In the Waiting Room:Super powers, p5 Pressel, Lennarth tied for lead atWomen’s British Open, p7
UpfrontSports
Forecast
Obituaries 2State/Local 3Churh 4Community 5Sports 6-7Classifieds 8TV 9World News 10
Index
Mostly cloudythis morn-ing with achance of showers, thena chance of thunderstorms this after-noon and tonight. Highs inthe upper 70s and lows inthe mid 60s. See page 2.
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Franklin ElementarySchool has set registrationfor the 2013-14 school year.The schedule is as follows:New Families — Aug. 12Kindergarten andfirst grade — Aug. 13Second and thirdgrade — Aug. 14Fourth and fifthgrade — Aug. 15A kindergarten parentsonly meeting with Franklinkindergarten teachers willbe held at 6 p.m. Aug. 19.The school’s openhouse will be held from6-7 p.m. Aug. 21.The first day of schoolfor Franklin students ingrades 1-5 is Aug. 27. Thefirst day of school for kin-dergartner’s is Aug. 29.
Book fees:
Kindergarten — $75.75First grade — $84.55Second grade — $83.45Third grade — $59.30Fourth — $47.70Fifth grade — $50.95Multiple disabili-ties class — $31.25
Franklin setsregistrationHuey flightsup for raffle
The Fort Fest Committeehas announced a rafflefor six flights on theAmerican Huey 369helicopter at 1 p.m. Aug.17 during the festival.Tickets are $20 and canbe purchased from any FortJennings Lions Club memberor at Vetter Lumber. Only150 tickets will be sold.
Blue Jay season tick-ets on sale Monday
St. John’s AthleticDepartment has announcedreserve and general admis-sion season tickets will besold from 8 a.m. to noon and1-3 p.m. Monday throughAug. 12 and 7-7:30 p.m.Aug. 14 for anyone.Prices for the 2013football season include sixhome games, the first at7: 30 p.m. Sept. 6 againstLima Central Catholic.Reserve-seat season ticketsare $35; general admissionseason tickets are $28; andhigh school and grade schoolseason tickets are $18.If a reserve-seat seasonticket is no longer needed,call the office at 418-592-5271, ext. 1146. New requestsfor reserved-seat tickets maybe made by calling the highschool during office hours.Also available will be:— Varsity/JV vol-leyball passes (9 homesgames) for $40 for adultsand $30 for students. Gateprices will be $5 and $4,respectively, each game.— Junior high volleyballpasses (6 homes games) for$15 for adults and $10 forstudents. Gates prices willbe $3 and $2 each game.
Getting to know ...
BY STEPHANIE GROVESStaff Writersgroves@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS—While taking in allthe sights and sounds of the CanalDays festivities, be sure to take astroll over to First Financial Bankwhere the Art Show will be on exhibitbetween 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridayand Saturday.Even though this is the first yearDiana Hoffman has chaired the ArtShow, she has been involved withthe event since 1990 when she beganworking at the bank.“The Art Show originated in 1959and became an annual event in 1986,for Delphos Canal Days,” Hoffmansaid.Hoffman explained that plan-ning for the set up and executionof the event begins in August whenshe sends letters to local artiststhat have showed in years past.She also runs an article in theDelphos Herald and advertises onthe WDOH prompting local artiststo display their artwork along withinformation on how to register forthe event.“As for the setup of the actualevent, everyone in the Delphos FirstFinancial Bank office helps withwhatever and whenever they can,”Hoffman said. “ They assist by settingup the displays and working duringthe weekend of the event.”Hoffman really enjoys volunteer-ing for the Delphos Canal Days.“I feel it is very rewarding andexciting to see what our local artistsdo in their free time,” Hoffman saidwith admiration. “I’m just amazed tosee what comes in each year.”She says patrons that come to seethe artwork say they are “just amazedto see who can create these differentkinds of artwork each year.”Each show varies year to year withdiffering artists and art forms. At thispoint, Hoffman does not know whoor how many artists will display theirwork.
... the Canal DaysArt Show Chair
Hoffman
Marbletown Festivalhonors ‘those who serve’
BY NANCY SPENCERHerald Editornspencer@delphosherald.com
MARBLETOWN —Military, police, fire andEMS, past and present, will berecognized during the annualMarbletown Festival Aug. 9and 10. This year’s theme is“To those who serve.”Pictures of Marbletowners ‘in uniform”can be given to Lex Martin,504 Clime St., for use in aspecial display. Submit cop-ies if possible.Marbletown residentsare encouraged to displaypatriotic decorations for theweekend.The goal for proceedsthis year was to erect a flagpole in Garfield Park. Thepole was installed last weekand a flag presentation cer-emony will be performed bythe Delphos VFW Post 3035at 2 p.m. Aug. 10 at the parkfollowing the MarbletownFestival Parade.A memorial tree will alsobe dedicated to MarbletownFestival Committee memberRoger Crowe, who passedaway in May 2012.The community wasinvited to participate in cre-ating T-shirts for this year’sfestival. Emily Ditto’ssubmission was chosenand her artwork was used.T-shirts will be available onSaturday.Past year’s shirts are alsoavailable in limited sizes aswell as can coozies.The festival quilt hasbeen on display in localbanks and will be raffledat the event. The board-er contains the Star of Ohio and inside is a bagwith marbles spilling out.The Shooter Marble saysMarbletown 2013 andother marbles have pic-tures of items representingthe neighborhood.The celebration kicksoff with the Kid’s CakeDecorating Challenge at5 p.m. Friday at WesleyanChurch. Each child will beprovided a 4-inch roundcake, icing and decorations.Ribbons will be awarded.The mayor of Marbletown will be swornin by outgoing Mayor JohnDiltz and Delphos MayorMichael Gallmeier at 5p.m. on Friday. LongtimeMarbletown residentBev Cross-McNeal andPaula Rodriguez col-lected votes with Cross-McNeal turning in 1,250votes to Rodriguez’s 250.Candidates raised moneywith each $1 representinga vote. Cross-McNeal willride in the parade at 1 p.m.on Saturday.Corn hole has beenmoved to Friday at 6:30p.m. The cost is $15 per per-son with teams chosen bydraw for the double-elimi-nation games.The top two teams will beawarded money according toentry fees received. Randomdoor-prize drawings willalso be held throughout theevent. Registration begins at5:30 p.m. Call Jon Diltz at419-234-5083.
This year’s specialty item at Marbletown Festival isthe Marble Quilt. The boarder contains the Star of Ohioand inside is a bag with marbles spilling out. The ShooterMarble says Marbletown 2013 and other marbles havepictures of items representing the neighborhood. (DelphosHerald file photo)See FESTIVAl, page 10
Ohio officials: Rates toincrease under health law
By ANN SANNERThe Associated Press
COLUMBUS — Ohioans using the new marketplacescreated by the federal health care law will pay on average41 percent more for their monthly premiums, state insuranceofficials said Thursday, though federal subsidies will defraysome of that cost.Small businesses can expect their monthly rates to rise anaverage of 18 percent, officials said.The increases are partly due to consumers receiving morebenefits under the plans than previously available.The details from the Ohio Department of Insurance werethe first glimpse from the state of what consumers could seeshould they purchase private insurance in the marketplacescreated by President Barack Obama’s health care law, alsocalled exchanges.Open enrollment in the plans starts Oct. 1, and coveragetakes effect in January. That’s when virtually everyone in thecountry will be required by the law to have health insuranceor face fines.Exchanges will offer individuals and their families a choiceof private health plans resembling what workers at major com-panies already get.Republican Gov. John Kasich chose to let Washingtonoperate the exchange, instead of having the state set up itsown. The federal government will help many middle-classhouseholds pay their premiums, while low-income peoplewill be referred to programs such as Medicaid that they mightqualify for.The health care law offers sliding-scale subsidiesbased on income for individuals and families making upto four times the federal poverty level, about $44,700for singles, $92,200 for a family of four. But the state’sfigures don’t take into account any subsidies that peoplecould get.Ohioans currently pay an average monthly rate of $236.29,according to the state’s analysis of premiums. Next year inthe exchange, individuals would pay an average premium of $332.58.The state also expects that small businesses will pay anaverage monthly rate of $401.99 next year in the small groupmarket, up from $341.03 now.
Julie Smith-Wiley and Jerry Siefker make plansfor the Fort Jennings Fort Fest set Aug. 16-18. Manyevents enjoyed at the village’s Bicentennial Celebrationwill return this year, including the 1812 re-enactmentcamp, Huey helicopter rides and more. Look for morenews about this event in upcoming Herald editions.(Submitted photo)
 Fort Fest plans underway
See HEALTH, page 10See ART, page 10
 
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Today is Friday, Aug. 2, the 214th dayof 2013. There are 151 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On Aug. 2, 1943, during World War II,U.S. Navy boat PT-109, commanded by Lt.John F. Kennedy, sank after being rammedin the middle of the night by the Japanesedestroyer Amagiri off the Solomon Islands.Two crew members were killed; Kennedyled the survivors to nearby islands untilthey could be rescued.On this date:In 1776, members of the ContinentalCongress began attaching their signaturesto the Declaration of Independence.In 1862, the Ambulance Corps for theArmy of the Potomac was created at theorder of Maj. Gen. George McClellan dur-ing the Civil War.In 1876, frontiersman “Wild Bill” Hickokwas shot and killed while playing poker ata saloon in Deadwood, Dakota Territory, byJack McCall, who was later hanged.In 1909, the original Lincoln “wheat”penny first went into circulation, replacingthe “Indian Head” cent.In 1922, Alexander Graham Bell, gener-ally regarded as the inventor of the tele-phone, died in Nova Scotia, Canada, at age75.In 1923, the 29th president of the UnitedStates, Warren G. Harding, died in SanFrancisco; Vice President Calvin Coolidgebecame president.In 1934, German President Paul vonHindenburg died, paving the way for Adolf Hitler’s complete takeover.In 1945, President Harry S. Truman,Soviet leader Josef Stalin and British PrimeMinister Clement Attlee concluded thePotsdam conference.In 1964, the destroyer USS Maddox suf-fered light damage from North Vietnamesepatrol torpedo boats in the Gulf of Tonkin.In 1974, former White House counselJohn W. Dean III was sentenced to one tofour years in prison for obstruction of jus-tice in the Watergate coverup. (Dean endedup serving four months.)In 1985, 135 people were killed whena Delta Air Lines jetliner crashed whileattempting to land at Dallas-Fort WorthInternational Airport.In 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait, seizingcontrol of the oil-rich emirate. (The Iraqiswere later driven out in Operation DesertStorm.)Ten years ago: Saddam Hussein’s twoelder sons and a grandson were buriedas martyrs near the deposed Iraqi lead-er’s hometown of Tikrit, where insur-gents afterward attacked U.S. troops withthree remote-controlled bombs. LiberianPresident Charles Taylor agreed to cedepower.Five years ago: Police in southernAfghanistan reported a bus carrying awedding party had struck a mine, kill-ing 10 people, including the bride andgroom; meanwhile, two French humanitar-ian aid workers kidnapped on July 18 werereleased.One year ago: Kofi Annan resigned aspeace envoy to Syria, issuing a blisteringcritique of world powers. Gabby Douglasbecame the third American in a row to wingymnastics’ biggest prize when she claimedthe all-around Olympic title.2 The Herald Friday, August 2, 2013
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One Year Ago
Emotions ran high when portions of the Miami-Erie Canal began drying upwith dead fish last month. The OhioDepartment of Natural Resources neededto drain the waterway between the rail-road tracks near First Street and Lock23 near Third Street so repairs could becarried out.
25 Years Ago – 1988
Leatherwood Garden Club met fordinner recently at Dick’s Place, Kalida,Mildred Ricker and Annette Kahle werehostesses. President Coelestine openedthe afternoon program. Martha Luckewas winner of the hostess gift. AgnesGeckle gave the poem for the month,“Smiles.”Delphos Jaycees donated $50 to theDelphos Soccer Association Mondayevening. John Wade, Jaycees communitydevelopment vice president, presentedthe check to soccer association presidentDennis Hickey. Two hundred seventy-sixboys and girls, ages 6-12, will participatein the soccer program this season.Kalida Local School District votersturned down a 3.8-mill tax increase whilevoters in the Continental Local SchoolDistrict approved a 6.36-mill increasein special elections Tuesday in PutnamCounty. The Kalida issue lost by 24votes, 490 to 466.
50 Years Ago – 1963
Officers for the 1963-64 St. John’sHigh School Marching Band were electedthis week, according to Don Bowersox,band director at the school. New offi-cers are James Menke, president; AnnWulfhorst, secretary; and Sue Osting andHelen Fischer, librarians.Members of the executive committee of the Altar-Rosary Society of St. Joseph’sChurch, Fort Jennings, met recently tomake plans for programs for the comingyear. The pastor of St. Joseph’s Church,the Rev. John Miller, was present andspoke briefly. Members of the Societyand members of the Catholic Ladiesof Columbia are making plans for thechurch’s annual homecoming, which willbe held Aug. 11.1963-64 officers for the OttawaCouncil Knights of Columbus installedThursday evening in the council clubrooms. Melvin Hempfling, district dep-uty of District 4, was in charge. He wasaccompanied by Cletus Hickey, AmbroseWannemacher, George Odenweller,Hubert Youngpeter and Paul Metzner, allmembers of the local council.
75 Years Ago – 1938
The Rev. J. B. Shellhans, pastor of theBellefontaine Methodist Church and for-mer pastor at Elida and Morris Chapel,has been secured as the principal speakerfor the Elida Pioneer Picnic, which willbe held Aug. 11 at Crites Grove nearElida. The Elida Pioneer Society wasorganized June 7, 1895, by a group of men who decided to set a date for anannual meeting of former residents of thecommunity to get together for one dayand talk over old times.Members of the local council of theKnights of Columbus are decidedly pic-nic-minded at the present time. At aregular meeting of the council conductedin the K of C rooms Monday evening, M.I. Evans of Lima, was present to explainthe program of the statewide outing to beheld at Cedar Point on Friday, Saturdayand Sunday. Announcement was alsomade that the annual picnic for themembers of the Delphos council andtheir families will be staged at the P.A. Warnecke woods, directly east of Delphos, on Aug. 21.The Old Time Coon HuntersAssociation of Delphos met Mondaynight at White Dove Inn, Scotts Crossing.The business session was followed by afresh lake perch supper. It was decidedthe Old Time Coon Hunters will sponsora picnic to be held Aug. 21 at Fisher’sGrove, south of Delphos.
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyAssociated PressTODAY:
Mostly cloudy. Chance of showers in the morn-ing. Then chance of showers and thunderstorms in the after-noon. Highs in the upper 70s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mphbecoming 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Chance of measur-able precipitation 50 percent.
TONIGHT:
Showers and thunderstorms likely. Lows inthe mid 60s. Southwest winds around 10 mph. Gusts up to 20mph through midnight. Chance of precipitation 60 percent.
SATURDAY:
Mostly cloudy in the morning then becomingpartly cloudy. A 50 percent chance of showers and thunder-storms. Highs in the upper 70s. West winds around 5 mph.
SATURDAY NIGHT:
Partly cloudy through midnightthen clearing. Lows in the upper 50s. Northeast winds 5 to 10mph shifting to the north after midnight.
SUNDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHT:
Mostly clear. Highs inthe mid 70s. Lows in the mid 50s.
MONDAY:
Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 70s.
MONDAY NIGHT:
Partly cloudy with a 20 percentchance of showers. Lows in the upper 50s.
TUESDAY:
Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 70s.
TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY:
Partly cloudy.Lows in the lower 60s. Highs in the upper 70s.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT:
Partly cloudy with a 20 percentchance of showers. Lows in the lower 60s.
THURSDAY:
Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 70s.
Fox: ‘Glee’ Monteithtribute to address addiction
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Cory Monteith’s addic-tion-related death will be addressed in the “Glee” episode bid-ding farewell to his character, Finn Hudson, a Fox executivesaid Thursday.Fox Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly declined to spec-ify how the character would exit, saying he couldn’t confirmFinn would be felled by drugs.Monteith, 31, was found dead in a hotel room in Canadalast month. Tests showed his death was caused by a mixture of heroin and alcohol.Fox intends a “celebration” of a vibrant young man, Reillytold the Television Critics Association. “You see some peoplestruggling with addiction, it’s clear: ‘He was dark, she wasalways a partier.’ Cory was a big, open, wonderful life force.He wasn’t like that.”
Keith Urban returningas ‘American Idol’ judge
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.(AP) — Keith Urban is com-ing back to “American Idol.”Fox chairman Kevin Reillyon Thursday confirmed thereturn of the country musicstar, settling the fate of theonly judge left from last sea-son on the talent competition.“He did a really good joblast year,” Reilly said to agathering of the TelevisionCritics Association. “The fansreally like him.”Reilly said Urban didn’thave a chance to show hispersonality. The execu-tive didn’t say why, but thecountry singer was routinelyovershadowed by bickeringbetween fellow judges NickiMinaj and Mariah Carey.Their departures, along withthat of Randy Jackson, wereannounced weeks ago, aresponse to the show’s sag-ging ratings.But Reilly was mum onwho would sit beside Urbanat the judges’ table next sea-son, which begins in January.Reilly said there have beendiscussions with JenniferLopez, a former judge, “butthere is no deal with her orwith anyone else.”“Idol” is looking for judgeswho make it comfortable forviewers, Reilly said. Whoeveris on the panel, there will bea renewed emphasis on thecontestants.CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Thursday:Mega MillionsEstimated jackpot: $13 mil-lionPick 3 Evening5-0-4(five, zero, four)Pick 3 Midday0-0-1(zero, zero, one)Pick 4 Evening3-5-2-6(three, five, two, six)Pick 4 Midday7-2-7-6(seven, two, seven, six)Pick 5 Evening5-5-9-7-0(five, five, nine, seven, zero)Pick 5 Midday2-0-0-3-8(two, zero, zero, three, eight)PowerballEstimated jackpot: $290 mil-lionRolling Cash 513-25-26-30-35(thirteen, twenty-five, twen-ty-six, thirty, thirty-five)Estimated jackpot: $110,000
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Phyllis J., 72, of Columbus Grove, Mass of Christian Burialwill be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. AnthonyCatholic Church, Columbus Grove, withFr. Tom Extejt officiating. Burial will fol-low in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Pandora.Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today atLove-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, JacksonTownship. Memorials may be made to a char-ity of the donor’s choice. Condolences canbe expressed at: www.lovefuneralhome.com.
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Marciel Elizabeth, 93, of Landeck, Mass of Christian Burial will beginat 11 a.m Saturday at St. John the BaptistCatholic Church, the Rev. Chris Bohnsackofficiating. Burial will be in the church cem-etery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. todayat Harter and Schier Funeral Home, where aParish Wake will begin at 7:30 p.m. Preferredmemorials are to the church.
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VAN WERT — Attempting to win a blue ribbon from theCounty Fair is a very old tradition and this could be your luckyyear! There are many types of entries to select from in additionto livestock and animals, such as farm products, horticulture,canned goods, baked goods, fine arts, photography, antiqueand miscellaneous articles, domestic manufacture, and cutflowers and potted plants. You do not have to belong to anygroup or club to make an entry. Entries are open to the public.Pick up a 2013 fair book at the fair office or access the bookas a PDF file on the fair website, vanwertcountyfair.com. Giveit a try! The Van Wert County Fairgrounds issues a reminderthat all entries for the 2013 Fair will close on Aug. 10. Thisentry deadline includes Senior Fair entries (must be brought tothe Fair office) and Junior Fair entries (must be made onlineat vanwertcountyfair).Camping permits for the Van Wert County Fair may bepicked up at the office starting Monday. The fair office isselling six-day fair admission tickets for $18 as season andmembership tickets. In order to vote for Fair Board Directors,you must have a membership ticket and be a resident of VanWert County. Membership tickets will not be sold after at 5p.m. Aug. 27. Season tickets will not be sold after at 5 p.m.Aug. 28. Single ticket daily gate admission has been reducedto $5 for anyone age 9 years and over, but is only $3 for youthage 9-15 if they enter with a person who has a membership orseason ticket.The office is now selling tickets for the James Otto concert,with Exploit as the opener, to be held in the Grandstand at 8p.m. Aug. 31. Concert tickets are $15 or $20 with all seatingreserved. Grandstand tickets are also available for the Michindotruck and tractor pull, cheerleading contest, heavy weight horsepull, demolition derby, horse harness and running races and thehigh school band show. The fair office is open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. – noon.The Van Wert County Fair dates are Aug. 28 through Sept.2. Contact the fair office at (419) 238-9270, vwfair@bright.netor at vanwertcountyfair.com.
Castro: ‘I’m not a monster’
THOMAS J. SHEERANAssociated Press
CLEVELAND — An Ohio manconvicted of imprisoning three womenin his house and raping them repeat-edly for a decade blamed his actions ona sex addiction and said he was “not amonster” as he was sentenced Thursdayto life without parole plus 1,000 years.Ariel Castro, 53, apologized to hisvictims before he was sentenced. Heblamed a sex addiction, his former wifeand even the FBI for not thorough-ly investigating the abductions whileclaiming most of the sex was consen-sual and that the women were nevertortured.“These people are trying to paintme as a monster,” he said. “I’m not amonster. I’m sick.”Just before the sentencing, one of three women he kidnapped stood with-in feet of Castro and told him his lifewas over.“You took 11 years of my life awayand I have got it back,” Michelle Knightsaid. “I spent 11 years in hell. Nowyour hell is just beginning.”Knight, 32, was the first womanCastro abducted in 2002 after he luredher into his house with the promise of a puppy for her son. Relatives of theother two victims spoke on their behalf.At one point in Castro’s statement,he said, “There was harmony in thathome,” a claim Judge Michael Russodismissed.“I’m not sure there’s anyone inAmerica that would agree with you,”he said.Castro pleaded guilty last week to937 counts including aggravated mur-der, kidnapping, rape and assault. Adeal struck with prosecutors last Fridayspared him from a possible death sen-tence for beating and starving a preg-nant victim until she miscarried.During his statement, Castro pointedout that the FBI talked with his daugh-ter, who was friends with one of thewomen he kidnapped.“The FBI let these girls down whenthey questioned my daughter,” he said.“They failed to question me.”He also said he had never had anytrouble until he met his wife, who hassince died.“I was never abusive until I mether,” he said.The judge told Castro that there wasno place in the world for people whoenslave others.“These women never gave up hope,”Russo said. “In fact, they prevailed.”As Castro was led away, Knightwatched, smiling.Thursday’s hearing gave prosecu-tors a chance to detail some of Castro’sassaults and law enforcement a chanceto describe the jury-rigged prison hebuilt in his ramshackle home.FBI agent Andrew Burke said Castrocreated a makeshift alarm system andchained the women inside bolted bed-rooms.Bedroom windows were boardedshut from the inside with heavy closetdoors and doorknobs had been removedand replaced with multiple locks, hesaid. The house was divided in waysto make it more secure and to hide theexistence of rooms, he said.Burke also testified that Castrowould occasionally pay his victimsafter raping them. But he then wouldrequire them to pay him if they wantedsomething special from the store.Responding to questions from pros-ecutors, Cleveland police detectiveAndrew Harasimchuk said that thewomen all described being physically,sexually and emotionally assaulted foryears. He said all three women wereabducted after Castro offered them aride and that each was chained in hisbasement and sexually assaulted withina few hours of being kidnapped.Some horrific details of the women’sordeal had already emerged, includingtales of being chained to poles in thebasement, to a bedroom heater or insidea van. One woman was forced to wear amotorcycle helmet while chained in thebasement and, after she tried to escape,had a vacuum cleaner cord wrappedaround her neck.Castro repeatedly starved and beatone of the victims each time she waspregnant, forcing her to miscarry fivetimes.He forced the same woman onthreat of death to safely deliver thechild he fathered with another victimon Christmas Day 2006. The sameday, prosecutors say, Castro raped thewoman who helped deliver his daugh-ter.The women quickly escaped afterAmanda Berry kicked out the doorpanel on May 6 and Castro was arrestedwithin hours. The women disappearedseparately between 2002 and 2004,when they were 14, 16 and 20 yearsold.Berry, 27, made a surprise onstageappearance at a rap concert last week-end, and a second victim, Gina DeJesus,23, has made a few televised com-ments. Knight appeared with Berry andDeJesus in a video in early July thank-ing the community for its support.
State lawmakers rush tointroduce gun legislation
CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio legislatorshave stepped up introduction of gun-relatedbills — most expanding gun rights — inrecent months.The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Thursdayits analysis found that lawmakers have intro-duced 19 firearm-related bills since takingoffice in January. That’s five more than the14 firearm-related bills introduced in 2011and 2012 combined. Eleven of the new billswould expand rights.Rep. John Becker, a freshman Republicanfrom Clermont County, has sponsored themost, with four bills, including one thatremoves semi-automatic weapons that can firemore than 31 rounds without reloading fromthe Ohio definition of automatic weapons.“Being pro-gun was part of my platform,and it’s something that’s important to thepeople of Clermont County,” said Becker.Clermont is just east of Cincinnati.State Rep. Ron Maag, R-Lebanon, sponsoreda bill to allow legal concealed carry of guns oncollege campuses, day-care centers, school safe-ty zones and other areas. He has said he wants tohelp law-abiding gun owners protect themselvesfrom becoming unarmed victims.The eight bills to restrict firearms includeprohibiting transfer of a weapon when neitherparty is a federally licensed firearm dealer.Rep. Bill Patmon, D-Cleveland, said legisla-tion can preserve Second Amendment rightswhile adding needed restrictions.None of the current bills has yet movedout of committee. Of the 14 gun-relatedbills introduced in 2011 and 2012, just threebecame law. All three expanded gun rights,The Enquirer reported.The latest legislation comes in the after-math of the December rampage at SandyHook Elementary in Connecticut that killed26, including 20 children, and last year’s stu-dent shooting deaths at Chardon High Schoolin northeast Ohio.
Kasich challengerwants ethicsreview of JobsOhio
COLUMBUS (AP) —A Democratic challeng-er to Gov. John Kasich onThursday called for the OhioEthics Commission to inves-tigate the state’s private eco-nomic development entity,JobsOhio.The comments fromCuyahoga County ExecutiveEd FitzGerald urging thepanel to examine the devel-opment office’s procedurescome after a newspaperreview found that six of nineboard members at JobsOhiohave ties to companies thatreceived tax credits or otherstate or JobsOhio assistancesince Kasich took office in2011.The Dayton Daily Newsidentified JobsOhio directorswho were either employedby, on the board of or stock-holders in the benefitingcompanies.A JobsOhio spokeswom-an, Laura Jones, has said theanalysis encompassed incen-tive packages granted beforeJobsOhio existed or had aboard, and the office requiresdirectors to abide by a strongconflict of interest policy.Jones in a statement to TheAssociated Press on Thursdaysaid the board is in compli-ance with Ohio’s law that“governs the timely filing of complete and accurate finan-cial disclosure statements.”Ohio ethics laws andJobsOhio policy mandatethat directors of the develop-ment office disclose potentialconflicts of interest. Then,the directors that do not havean interest are to determinewhether a conflict exists.
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