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Mostly sunnytoday andmostly cleartonight. Highsin the upper 60s and lows inthe lower 50s. See page 2.
Monday, October 14, 2013
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Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
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Supporters bash car for FFA
FFA supporters could bash a car with a sledge hammer or give it a new paint job for a donation Saturday afternoon. Above: Don Wallen gives the hood of thecar donated by a local junk yard a good whack. The effort raised more than $200for the chapter. (Delphos Herald/Nancy Spencer)
Sheriff collecting unwanted,unused prescription drugs
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Each day, approximately 2,500 teens use prescription drugsto get high for the first time, according to the Partnership fora Drug Free America. Studies show that a majority of theabused drugs are obtained from family and friends, includingthe home medicine cabinet.In an effort to address this problem, the Van Wert CountySheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the DEA, state and locallaw enforcement agencies throughout the United States, willconduct the seventh National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Oct. 26.The purpose of this National Take Back Day is to providea venue for persons who want to dispose of unwanted andunused prescription drugs.This initiative addresses vital safety and public health issues.Last April, Americans turned in 371 tons (over 742,000 pounds)of prescription drugs at over 5,800 sites operated by the DEA andits thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In its sixprevious Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2.8million pounds—more than 1,400 tons—of pills.There were approximately 5,829 state and local lawenforcement agencies throughout the nation that participatedin the event. All told the American Public has turned in morethan 2,800,678 pounds (1,409 tons) of prescription drugs in thesix National Take Back Days.This effort has been a huge success in removing potentiallydangerous prescription drugs, particularly controlled substanc-es, from our nation’s medicine cabinets.The Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office will accept prescrip-tion medication at 113 N. Market St. in Van Wert. Prescriptiondrugs can be dropped off to the Communications Officer in thelobby of the Sheriff’s Office.
 zombies invade delphos
More than 60 zombies gathered in Delphos to search for food (brains) on Sunday. A donation of canned goodsfor humans got a zombie in the event and all proceeds from a 50-50 drawing and various raffles to benefit theDelphos Interfaith Thrift Shop. Zombies enjoyed a Zombie Market and made a short video before lurching downMain Street to Brentily’s Steak House for the Zombie After Party. Above: John Langan and Rosanna and CassadyBockrath put on their best zombie faces and joined in the fun. (Delphos Herald/Nancy Spencer)
Spending isstumbling blockto budget deal
BY DONNA CASSATA
WASHINGTON (AP)— Senate Republicans andDemocrats hit an impasseSunday over spending in theirlast-ditch struggle to avoid aneconomy-jarring default in justfour days and end a partial gov-ernment shutdown that’s enter-ing its third week.After inconclusive talksbetween President Barack Obama and House Republicans,Senate Majority Leader HarryReid, D-Nev., and MinorityLeader Mitch McConnell,R-Ky., took charge in tryingto end the crises, although aconversation Sunday afternoonfailed to break the stalemate.“I’m optimistic about theprospects for a positive conclu-sion to the issues before thiscountry today,” Reid said asthe Senate wrapped up a rareSunday session.The two cagy negotiators areat loggerheads over Democraticdemands to undo or changethe automatic, across-the-boardspending cuts to domestic anddefense programs that the GOPsee as crucial to reducing thenation’s deficit.McConnell insisted a solu-tion was readily available inthe proposal from a bipartisangroup of 12 senators, led bySens. Susan Collins, R-Maine,and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., thatwould re-open the governmentand fund it at current levels forsix months while raising thedebt limit through Jan. 31.“It’s time for Democrat lead-ers to take ‘yes’ for an answer,”McConnell said in a statement.But six Democrats in thegroup and a spokesman forCollins said that while nego-tiations continued this weekend,there was no agreement.The latest snag comes as350,000 federal workers remainidle, hundreds of thousandsmore work without pay and anarray of government services,from home loan applicationsto environmental inspections,were on hold on the 13th day of the shutdown.
See TAKE BACK, page 11
Jefferson FCCLA is sell-ing Otis Spunkmeyer foodproducts through Oct. 25.All products are $16.Proceeds will benefit FCCLAand 50 percent will bedonated to the AmericanCancer Society. Last year,FCCLA donated $500 tocancer research with thecommunity’s support.The following prod-ucts are available: cookiedough — chocolate chip,triple chocolate chunk, whitechocolate macadamia nut,peanut butter, carnival, buttersugar, snickerdoodle, mintchocolate chunk, oatmealraisin, strawberry short-cake, cranberry oatmeal andreduced fat chocolate chip.Other products: AuntieAnne’s pretzels, doublechocolate chip brownies,bake-up brownie rounds,chocolate-filled croissants,apple cinnamon coffee cakeand raspberry danish twists.Contact a Jefferson MiddleSchool seventh- or eighth-grade FCCLA member oradvisor Bev Tuttle at btut-tle@delphoscityschools.org.
FCCLA sellingfood products
 Delphos Fire and Rescue tackles storage building fire
Delphos Fire andRescue were called to abuilding fire behind 516Carolyn Drive at 1:15 p.m.Saturday. Firefightersarrived on scene at 1:16p.m. and quickly broughtthe fire under controland extinguished it. Afterinvestigation, the fireappeared to have startedin the area of a cabinetwith an electrical junc-tion box attached under-neath. Fire damage wasminor; smoke and heatdamages were heavy. Theexact cause remains unde-termined. The depart-ment responded with twoengines staffed by full-time firefighters and 16part-paid firefighters.One EMS squad withthree part-paid EMTsalso responded. Theywere on scene for approx-imately 45 minutes andback on station at 2:30p.m. (Delphos Herald/ Nancy Spencer)
Finance meetingset today
The chairman and vicechairman of the Delphos CityCouncil Finance Committeehave called for a publicmeeting at 7 p.m. today.The meeting will beheld at the municipal build-ing, 608 N. Canal St.
See BUDGET, page 11
 
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Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general manager,Delphos Herald Inc.Don Hemple, advertising managerLori Goodwin Silette
,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
At approximately11:20 p.m. Saturday,Delphos Police werecontacted by a con-cerned citizen whoadvised that therewas a subject insidea business in the 100block of East SecondStreet who had threat-ened another personand had a firearm inhis possession at thattime but had went to anearby motor vehicle and had placed thefirearm inside.The vehicle was checked by officersat which time they did observe in plainview a handgun lying on the front seatof the vehicle. A second firearm was alsolater located inside the vehicle.Officers then went to the businessand located the subject involved. Uponspeaking with him, officers found enoughprobable cause to cite Michael RuceO’Callaghan Jr., 35, of Van Wert on thecharges of operating a motor vehiclewhile having his driving privileges sus-pended and for mishandling a firearm ina motor vehicle.O’Callaghan was cited into LimaMunicipal Court onthe charges; addi-tional charges arepending upon reviewof the case by theProsecutor’s Office.At 7:06 p.m.Friday, police wentto 708 East ThirdStreet to serve anactive arrest warranton a subject staying atthat location.Upon officers’arrival, they located Andrew Stocklin,28, of Delphos and took him into cus-tody on an warrant issued out of LimaMunicipal Court on a failure to appear ona prior theft charge.Stocklin was later turned over to depu-ties from the Allen County Sheriff’sDepartment.At 9:38 a.m. Friday, police were calledto a business in the 1000 block of ElidaAvenue in reference to a theft complaintat the business.Upon officers’ arrival, they met withstore employees, who stated that afemale and male subjects had been in thestore for an extended time. Employeesobserved the female subject use a pair of scissors that she brought to the businesswith her and attempt to cut off an anti-theft device on a piece of merchandise.Upon cutting the device, it activated andthe female dropped the merchandise andattempted to leave the area.Charges in the case are pending andboth subjects were given trespassingnotices not to return to the business.At 1:26 p.m. Tuesday, police werecalled to a Delphos City School inresponse from the principal that a studentwas caught with a prescription belongingto another.Upon officers’ arrival, officers found astudent had been found inside the schoolwith a prescription that did not belongto him that he was intending to sell. Theinvestigation found that a second studentwas also allegedly selling prescriptionsthat did not belong to the student as well.The principal stated that he wishedto have charges filed on both studentsinvolved.The case is still under investigationand no charges had been filed at time of news release.At 7 p.m. Oct.7, police received acall from a residentnear the GarfieldPark area on SouthClay Street. Thecaller advised threesubjects were cur-rently in the park and were in pos-session of whatappeared to be drugsand drug abuseinstruments.Upon officers’ arrival, they locatedthe subjects involved. Upon officersapproaching the three subjects, one malesubject was observed throwing itemsover a nearby fence. Upon checking thearea, officers found three hypodermicneedles.As a result, officers took JohnMcRedmond, 19, of Delphos into custo-dy. McRedmond was cited into Van WertMunicipal Court on charges of posses-sion of drug abuse instruments and waslater released.No charges were filed on the other twosubjects involved at time of news release.At 1:40 a.m. Oct. 7, police were calledto the 500 block of West Seventh Streetin reference to a criminal damaging com-plaint at a residence in that area.Upon officers’ arrival, the victim stat-ed that someone had thrown an objectat the residence and had broken a largewindow in the residence.
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ST. RITA’SA boy was born Oct.11 to Andrea and AndrewMancinotti of Delphos.
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: Partly cloudywith a 30 percent chance of rain showers. Highs in themid 50s.CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Sunday:Mega MillionsEstimated jackpot: $29millionPick 3 Evening2-2-9Pick 3 Midday3-6-0Pick 4 Evening3-5-6-9Pick 4 Midday6-4-2-5Pick 5 Evening4-1-8-9-7Pick 5 Midday4-5-8-1-9PowerballEstimated jackpot: $156millionRolling Cash 502-21-23-33-34Estimated jackpot:$120,000
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Earl H.,81, of Delphos, Massof Christian burial willbe at 11 a.m. today atSt. John the EvangelistCatholic Church, the Rev.Dave Reinhart officiating.Burial will be at St. John’sCemetery. Memorialcontributions may bemade to the Alzheimer’sAssociation or St. John’sParish Foundation.
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Kristi K.,38, of Anna, funeral ser-vices are scheduled tobegin at 10:30 a.m. todayat Schlosser Funeral Home& Cremation Services,Wapakoneta, PastorAndrew Atkins officiat-ing. Burial will follow atPearl Cemetery, Sidney.In lieu of flowers, memo-rial contributions maybe directed to the familyfor their children’s edu-cation. Condolences maybe expressed at www.schlosserfuneralhome.com.
ne Year Ago
The Delphos Herald selects an annual “News Carrierof the Year” in conjunction with International NewspaperCarrier Day. This year’s honored carrier is MitchelleBradley. Mitchelle, 13, is the son of Lindsey and KayeBradley.
25 Year Ago – 1988
Construction on the new shopping center, East TownePlaza, on Elida Avenue east of Delphos is scheduledto begin within the next 30 days. Major tenants Chief Supermarket, Val’s Department and Rite Aid Drug arescheduled to open in early spring.Jefferson freshman football team improved its recordto 6-0 with a 22-16 win over Paulding Wednesday atStadium Park. The Wildcats opened scoring with Mark Ridgeway’s touchdown and two-point conversion byMax Wisher and repeated the same in the second quar-ter. Wisher’s interception with two minutes to play setthe stage for Jefferson’s winning touchdown. Behind theblocking of Doug Haunhorst and Mike Ahten, Wisherwent over for the winning score.Formal dedication ceremonies will be held at half-time of the Spencerville football game Friday night forthe new improvements to the Memorial Field complex.The ceremony will be a re-dedication service. MemorialField was proposed and constructed as a permanentmemorial to the community’s servicemen after the endof World War II.
50 Year Ago – 1963
The Cinder Sniffers of Cincinnati, members of thenational Brotherhood of Live Steamers BLS, gavethree of their engines a run over the tracks of the Mid-Central Chapter of the BLS behind the Akron-Canton-Youngstown RR yards in Delphos recently. ACY enginehouse foreman W. P. Fairfax, who constructed the 450-foot track two years ago, also ran his three home-builtsteamers.Dr. J. Manning Potts, editor of the magazine TheUpper Room, announced a meditation written by Mrs.Dorothy Ferres Yocum, wife of the local pastor of Trinity Methodist Church, has been accepted for pub-lication. The interdenominational devotional guide hasa worldwide circulation. The meditation will appear inthe Nov. 26 issue.The ladies branch of the Catholic Knights of Americaheld a meeting Friday evening in the Knights of Columbus club rooms. Following the session, cardswere played with the prize being awarded to BerthaSchmelzer. Marcella Grothouse received the door award.
75 Year Ago – 1938
Twenty-seven of the altar boys who are in the gradesat St. John’s enjoyed an outing at Dr. J. L. Sassen’sproperty on South Bredeick Street Wednesday. Ballgames as well as other games were enjoyed and theouting was climaxed with a wiener roast. Father JamesNett, who is in charge of the acolytes this year, relatedsome of his interesting experiences while in Palestine.The members of the W.B.A. Junior organization metWednesday evening at the home of Patty Wells, SouthJefferson Street. In three contests, Mona Lou Bardo andJoan Nixon were awarded the honors while the dooraward went to Betty Knepper. In two weeks, the girlswill hold a masquerade party at the home of Joan Nixon,North Jefferson Street.The Columbus Day card party and dance held in theK of C rooms Wednesday evening by the members of the local council of the Knights of Columbus was wellattended. In five-hundred, Mrs. Carl Nolte and John A.Metzner were high and Mrs. Otto Stallkamp, Jr., andJohn Barheide second. Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Youngpeterreceived high honors in pinochle and Mrs. Ed. Millerand Cyril Hickey were second high.
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 More than 15K  pheasants to bereleased 
COLUMBUS (AP) —Ohio will release more than15,000 ring-necked pheasantsat 27 Ohio public huntingareas this fall to provide addi-tional hunting opportunitiesThe Ohio Department of Natural Resources says pheas-ants will be released Fridayand Oct. 25, prior to the small-game weekends for youthhunters.Ohio’s small game huntingseason begins Nov. 1, withpheasant releases scheduledfor Oct. 31 and the eveningof Nov. 8. The final release of the year is set for the eveningof Nov. 27.Pheasant hunting seasonruns from Nov. 1 through Jan.5.State officials say the dailybag limit is two male birds.No females can be killed.Statewide pheasant huntinghours are sunrise to sunset.
Lake Erie algae a threatto drinking water
TOLEDO (AP) — Toxins from blobs of algae on western Lake Erie are infiltratingwater treatment plants along the shoreline,forcing cities to spend a lot more money tomake sure their drinking water is safe.It got so bad last month that one townshiptold its 2,000 residents not to drink or use thewater coming from their taps.The cost of testing and treating the water isadding up quickly — the city of Toledo willspend an extra $1 million this year to combatthe toxins while a neighboring county is con-sidering a fee increase next year to cover theadded expenses.Algae blooms during the summer and earlyfall have turned the water into a pea soupcolor in recent years. The unsightly surfacehas scared away tourists, and toxins producedby the algae have contributed to oxygen-deprived dead zones where fish can’t survive.The toxins also are a threat to the drinkingwater that the lake provides for 11 millionpeople.The annual algae blooms have been con-centrated around the western end of Lake Erie— though a few have spread to the Clevelandarea — and have affected water treatmentplants in Toledo and other cities that dot thewater’s edge in northern Ohio.The algae growth is fed by phosphorousfrom farm fertilizer runoff and other sources,leaving behind toxins that can kill animals andsicken humans.Tests on drinking water in CarrollTownship, which is just west of Toledo,showed the amount of toxins had increased somuch in early September that officials decidedto order residents to stop using the water fortwo days until they could hook up to anotherwater supply.It was believed to be the first time a cityhas banned residents from using the waterbecause of toxins from algae in the lake.“I wasn’t sure how dangerous it was,but we wanted to be cautious,” said HenryBiggert, the township’s water plant superin-tendent.The township’s treatment plant is nowback online, but the water is being filteredand treated over a longer period to remove thetoxins, he said.What makes combating these toxins a chal-lenge for operators of water treatment plantsis that there are no standards on how to handlethe problem or federal guidelines on what isa safe amount in drinking water. Plus, eachwater treatment facility is unique.Plant operators along the lake in Ohio havebeen teaming up to figure out what worksbest.“We’re out there scrambling around,” saidKelly Frey, Ottawa County’s sanitary engi-neer. “It’s just been do the best you can.”The county, he said, tests the water threetimes a week while adding a chemical calledactivated carbon to absorb the algae beforefiltering it. The expense of treating the watermay require an increase in water rates nextyear of a couple of dollars a month for theaverage family, Frey said.
Toledo prison hitby rising violence
TOLEDO (AP) — Authorities at the state prison inToledo have seen inmate violence continuing to risedespite a series of changes, with four slayings in 13months.The Blade reports that after the Toledo CorrectionalInstitution’s first homicide last year, staffing wasincreased on nights and weekends and a second investi-gator added. Then another inmate was killed in his cellthis year, and the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation andCorrection added nine officers to the maximum-securityprison.There have been two more deadly assaults this year,the latest coming Oct. 6 when Michael Dodson, 38, diedat a hospital after being assaulted in his cell. The LucasCounty coroner’s office said he died from blunt-forceinjuries to his neck and head. Inmate James Oglesby waskilled in August after being attacked by a metal baseballbat in a recreation area.Ohio statistics show the four slayings are the most inthe past 13 months of any state prison. Authorities saythere are more fights, too. The prison investigated 136incidents of inmate-on-inmate violence in 2010-12. Theprison began in 2011 taking in maximum-security pris-oners from around the state, putting two inmates in eachcell to deal with statewide overcrowding.State prisons spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said amongthe changes at Toledo have been using a merit dorm forwell-behaved inmates isolated from the most violent,and extra surveillance cameras were installed.The Blade said a legislatively established commit-tee that monitors prisons found that inmate-on-inmateassaults jumped about 113 percent and inmate-on-staff assaults were up some 74 percent from 2010 to 2012at the Toledo prison. Watchdog groups have also foundhigh employee turnover at Toledo.Guard union officials say the staff additions haven’tbeen enough, and more is needed.“The mood inside the prison is that we need morestaff. We have too many inmates,” said Ryan Ochmanek,a corrections officer and union steward. “We’re over-crowded and, with double-bunking, we need more staff.”The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio said lack of funding to staff prisons and inmate overcrowding cre-ate dangerous situations in prisons.
Ohio student loan defaultrate among highest
DAYTON (AP) — Ohio’s student loan default rate is amongthe 10 highest in the country with nearly 30,000 Ohioansdefaulting on federal loans they were supposed to start repay-ing in 2010, a newspaper reported.A total of 29,500 Ohioans are among more than 600,000former college students defaulting on student loans for thethree-year period, the Dayton Daily News reports. Ohio’sdefault rate over that time increased from 13.2 percent to 16.2percent, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Education.The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reports thatmore than 7 million borrowers are currently in default on afederal or private student loan, meaning they missed paymentfor nine months.Defaults leave borrowers facing problems that include latefees, added interests, wage garnishment and court costs.“The consequences of default are so severe,” said LaurenAsher, president of The Institute for College Access andSuccess.She said the debt can follow borrowers for the rest of theirlives, ruining their credit and making it difficult to buy a caror rent an apartment. It can also limit job prospects and makeit impossible to get federal grants or loans to return to school,Asher said.
State increasingpenalties forunemployment fraud
COLUMBUS (AP) —Ohio officials want to senda clear message with toughnew penalties againstunemployment fraud:Don’t do it.Beginning Oct. 21, theOhio Department of Joband Family Services mayimpose fines of up to aquarter of the total amountof unemployment bene-fits an individual collectsthrough fraud.If an employer’s repeat-ed refusal to provide infor-mation about an unemploy-ment compensation claim-ant results in erroneousbenefits being paid, theemployer could face penal-ties, too.
 Diana exhibit toconclude public tour in Cincinnati
CINCINNATI (AP) — TheCincinnati Museum Centerwill be the last stop next yearon the public exhibition tourfor an exhibition about the latePrincess Diana.The exhibit titled “Diana:A Celebration” displays herwedding dress, a tiara, andsome 150 pieces of memo-rabilia about the famed andill-fated Lady Diana Spencer,killed in a 1997 car crash inParis.The items are on loanfrom the Althorp Estate, theSpencer family’s ancestralhome in England. They willbe turned over to Diana’s sonslater.The center will host theexhibit from Feb 14-Aug. 17.It includes the ivory silk dress she wore before a globalaudience in her 1981 wedding,designer gowns and suits,home movies and photos,and condolence books signedby the public. Other itemsinclude childhood toys and acopy of the special adaptationof “Candle in the Wind” sungby Elton John at her funeral,signed by him and co-writerBernie Taupin.“The exhibit puts into con-text the things she was able toaccomplish in the short periodof time she lived,” said JohnNorman, president of the Artsand Exhibits International,which organized the exhibi-tion.The dress and other memo-rabilia have been displayedeach July and August at theAlthorp estate.More than 1 million peoplehave already seen the touringexhibit since 2003. Cincinnatiofficials are delighted to be thelast to show it, The CincinnatiEnquirer reports.“There’s a sense of urgencyand excitement around havingthose objects on display forthe last time,” said ElizabethPierce, the museum center’svice president for marketingand communications.It began display last monthat the Putnam Museum inDavenport, Iowa, through Jan.5.
 NE Ohio authorities find 150-plus snakesin home
STRUTHERS (AP) —Authorities in northeast Ohiosay they have found more than150 snakes, some poisonous, ina home.News media in theYoungstown area report that aman faces charges includingchild endangering because a12-year-old child lives in thehome. WFMJ says authoritieswent to the home of 46-year-oldJoseph McCollum to check onhim because he had been bittenby a rattlesnake and didn’t getproper treatment.WFMJ reports thatMcCollum is an operator of TheBoa Store, which sells Boa con-strictors online.Animal control officerDave Nelson said the homein Struthers also had poison-ous snakes include rattlers andcobras. The officer from theMahoning County dog warden’soffice said he had dealt with dan-gerous snakes before, but not somany at once.

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