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January 31, 2014

January 31, 2014

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BY NANCY SPENCERHerald Editornspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — St. John’s senior Justin Berelsman will visit Gettysburg, Pa., and Washington, D.C., as a guest of the American Legion March 3-8.Berelsman’s score of a 98 out of 100 possible points on the Legion’s Americanism Test qualified him to join 17 others from the state for the trip.American Legion of Ohio Americanism and Youth Activities Director Gerald A. White visited Berelsman, his father, Tim (Amy) Berelsman, and Delphos Legion post member Doug Geise on Monday to out-line the trip, give Berelsman pointers and congratulate him on his high score.The first stop on the trip will be Gettysburg, the site of the turning point of the Civil War. The group will be treated to dinner at the Gettysburg American Legion before heading to Fort Myers Army Base in Arlington, Va.White said his charges may enjoy a concert by the United States Army Band.The next stop will be the Washington Cathedral.“The Washington Cathedral offers some of the finest examples Gothic archi-tecture in the world,” White told Berelsman. “You’ll also get to see some amaz-ing stained glass windows sponsored by the American Legion and stand where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his last speech.”The Presidential Suite at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and the U.S. State Department are also stops. The highlight of the tour will be the laying of a wreath at the tomb of the unknowns at Arlington Cemetery and White hopes the students will be treated to a briefing by tomb guards.Other stops include the Smithsonian and Quantico Marine Base. The final stop before returning to Ohio will be Breeswood, Pa. The Bedford American Legion will host the students for din-ner Friday evening before they head back to Columbus on Saturday.
Obituaries 2State/Local 3Religion 4Community 5Sports 6-7Classifieds 8Television 9World briefs 10
Friday, January 31, 2014
50¢ dailyDelphos, Ohio
Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
Wildcats win league matchup, Jays fall at end, p6State leaders debate taxes, death penalty, p3
LSO to present ‘Musical Landscapes’ Feb. 8 in Crouse Hall
Information submitted
LIMA — The Lima Symphony Orchestra will fill the Veterans Memorial Civic Center with beautiful music and spectacular images at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 8. The orchestra will partner with Dr. James Westwater from Westwater Arts Photochoreography to bring the music of Aaron Copland to life with original photo-graphs cued precisely to the music. Westwater will import three huge specially-designed screens into the Civic Center for this stunning performance.Symphonic photochoreogra-phy is an innovative art form cre-ated by Westwater that engages audiences worldwide with evoc-ative, multi-image photographic essays choreographed and per-formed live to selected works of classical music. The performance will illuminate first the beau-ty of America’s vast open spaces in “Fanfare for the Common Man” and final-ly the strong values of the American farm family, the rugged natural beauty of the Eastern Highlands and the tough spirit of the early set-tlers in Appalachian Spring. The photographs showcased in these pieces are all original works by Westwater. The concert will also fea-ture Benjamin Britten’s “Four Sea Interludes” and Peter Tchaikovsky’s “Suite from Sleeping Beauty.” Tickets are $25/$30 for adults and $10/$15 for stu-
Brian Penn
Today’s smile
Community supports FCCLA can-tab drive
The Jefferson FCCLA would like to thank the area businesses and student body who participated in collecting cans and tabs for one week in support of No Kid Hungry. A total of 291.1 pounds was collected at a value of $116.44. Above: Members Maggie Kimmet, left, and Sara Zalar show just a sampling of those collected. (Submitted photo)
Berelsman headed to D.C. with Legion
A second hike is sched-uled to begin at 1:15 p.m. on Sunday at the Delphos Canal Museum. Participants are urged to arrive about 1 p.m. to register. Cookies and hot drinks will be served after the hike in the canal museum.The family-friendly guided hike along the canal towpath will last over one hour.Hikers can enjoy the quiet beauty of nature in winter, with views of the canal unimpeded by foliage. There will be people avail-able to discuss the histori-cal sites along the canal.Hikers are advised to dress warmly with layers of cloth-ing, in addition to hats and gloves. Sturdy hiking boots or waterproof shoes are also recommended, as the trail will not be cleared if there is snow.Fifteen hikers attended the First Day Hike on Jan. 1.
Second hike set for Delphos
Cloudy today and snow this afternoon and tonight with accumula-tion around two inches. Highs around 30 and lows in the mid 20s. See page 2.
In Thursday’s Elida School Board story, the Herald incorrectly reported the board did not pass the “Blizzard Bag” program. The board did pass the measure and the school will participate in the calamity day alternative.
Justin Berelsman, left, and his father, Tim Bereslman, look at photos from past trips to Gettysburg, Pa., and Washington, D.C. for Americanism Test winners with American Legion of Ohio Americanism and Youth Activities Director Gerald A. White.
Delphos post member Doug Geise looks on. (Delphos Herald/Nancy Spencer)Information submitted
COLUMBUS — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said Thursday his office is actively monitoring complaints regarding propane prices and shortages. The Attorney General also will work with other states to look for possible anti-competitive activities related to the sale of propane.“We want to assure Ohioans that we will carefully moni-tor reports of potential price gouging or other unfair business practices related to the extreme cold,” Attorney General DeWine said. “We want all Ohioans to be safe during these frigid days. If you use propane to heat your home, be espe-cially careful. Contact your propane supplier before your tank reaches emergency levels and reach out for help as soon as you need it.”Approximately six percent of Ohioans use propane to heat their homes. In Ohio, consumers have been informed that propane availability is limited this winter and that recent price increases are due to increased demand and depleted inventories.The Ohio Attorney General’s Office has been in contact with propane suppliers and is taking propane complaints from consumers. In some cases, consumers say their pro-pane suppliers are not filling tanks as quickly as normal or that they are charging higher prices, which some consumers believe to be price gouging.Laws that address price gouging vary from state to state. While Ohio does not have a statute that deals directly with price gouging, state law bans unconscionable sales practices. A practice could be considered unconscionable if the supplier knew at the time of the transaction that the price was substan-tially higher than the price at which similar goods or services could be readily obtained.To protect themselves, Ohioans should be vigilant about their propane usage and contact their propane supplier before their tanks reach low levels, because it may take longer than normal for the consumer’s tank to be filled.
Ohio Attorney General monitoring propane price complaints
See PROPANE, page 10
CYO Spring Volleyball Registration
Any girls 3rd – 6th grade wishing to participate in the Spring League volleyball please join us as the St. John’s Annex at 6 p.m. Sunday. Registration will last about an hour. Please bring a parent and registra-tion fee of $45. Shirt fee is $10. Checks can be made out to CYO.
TODAYBoys Basketball
Jefferson at Paulding (NWC), 6 p.m.Kalida at Ottoville (PCL), 6 p.m.Crestview at Spencerville (NWC), 6 p.m.LCC at Lincolnview, 6 p.m.Elida at Kenton (WBL), 6 p.m.Columbus Grove at Allen East (NWC), 6 p.m.Van Wert at Celina (WBL), 6 p.m.Marion Local at St. John’s (MAC), 6:30 p.m.
SATURDAYGirls Basketball
St. John’s at Lincolnview, noon (from Tuesday)Fort Jennings at Ayersville, noon (from Tuesday)Pandora-Gilboa at Kalida (PCL), 1 p.m.Ottoville at Leipsic (PCL), 6 p.m.
Boys Basketball
Lincolnview at St. John’s, 6 p.m.Allen East at Fort Jennings, 6 p.m.Continental at Columbus Grove (PCL), 6 p.m.Lima Senior at Van Wert, 6 p.m.Crestview at Hicksville, 6 p.m.Kalida at Wayne Trace, 6:30 p.m.
NWC meet at Allen East, 10 a.m.St. John’s at Versailles MAC tri, 10 a.m.WBL at Kenton, 10 a.m.
2 The Herald Friday, January 31, 2014
For The Record
The DelphosHerald
Vol. 144 No. 164
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald, Inc.
Lori Goodwin Silette
, circulation manager The Delphos Herald (USPS 1525 8000) is published daily except Sundays, Tuesdays and Holidays. The Delphos Herald is deliv-ered by carrier in Delphos for $1.48 per week. Same day delivery outside of Delphos is done through the post office for Allen, Van Wert or Putnam Counties. Delivery outside of these counties is $110 per year. Entered in the post office in Delphos, Ohio 45833 as Periodicals, postage paid at Delphos, Ohio. 405 North Main St.TELEPHONE 695-0015Office Hours 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.POSTMASTER: Send address changesto THE DELPHOS HERALD,405 N. Main St.Delphos, Ohio 45833
 I. Jean, of Van Wert, the family will receive visitors from 1-2 p.m. today at Brickner Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Van Wert Civic Theater. Condolences may be left at www.bricknerfuneralhome.com or sent to bricknerfuner-alhome@bright.net.Wheat $5.34Corn $4.14Soybeans $12.93
A girl was born Jan. 29 to Jessica and Andrew Merschman of Delphos.A girl was born Jan. 29 to Kaitlin Craig and Chad Calvelage of Elida.
One Year Ago
The Delphos Community Christmas Project Director Edna Fischer was pleased with another successful year. The project served 351 children and 145 fami-lies before and since Christmas. Items donated included 18 new bicycles; 19 used trees, decora-tions and lights; 142 pairs of shoes from Phi Delta Sorority; and according to Fischer, the most toys ever received in the history of the project.
25 Years Ago – 1989
Tony Smith, an 18-year-old Lima native, had one thought in mind when he  joined the adult bowl-ing league a few months ago; make himself known. Smith did that by winning the second annual City Championship Singles Bowling Tournament Sunday at Delphos Recreation Center. The championship round fea-tured local talent includ-ing Frank Miller, Keith Fischbach, Randy Fischbach, Don Honigford, Dave Stemen and Gary Nusbaum, as well as Mike Fitzgerald and Smith, who live in Lima.Top Franklin Elementary School salesmen of tick-ets for the Parent-Teacher Organization carnival received radios as prizes. Top ticket sellers were Jay Nesbitt, son of Jeff and Brenda Nesbitt; Jamey Wisher, son of Larry and Chris Wisher; and Max Wisher, son of Terry and Linda Wisher.Delphos Chapter 26, Order of Eastern Star, will meet at 7:45 p.m. Feb. 2 at Masonic Temple, North Main Street. Theme will be “Valentine – A Time to Love.” Committee will be chairladies Diana Owens and James Owens and members Wilma and Thomas Evans, June and Kenneth Miller, Phyllis Long, Keric Neace and Verda Burkholder.
50 Years Ago – 1964
Oliver P. Bolton, who is presently serving his third term in the United States House of Representatives, will be the principal speak-er at the Lincoln Day ban-quet Feb. 11 at Franklin School. The banquet is sponsored annually by the Delphos Republican Club. Officers are Homer Pollock, president; Robert (Herb) Dunlap, vice presi-dent; and Oris Sawmiller, secretary.Psi Chapter, Alpha Omega National Sorority, met recently at the home of Dianna Hammons. During a short business meet-ing, reports were given by all committees concern-ing the chapter’s annual Sweetheart Ball, which will be held Feb. 15 at the K of C Hall. In keeping with the chapter’s theme, Psi’s Cavalcade of Sports, Mrs. Robert Wittler gave an informative program on water skiing.Delphos United Presbyterian Women’s Organization met Thursday evening at the First United Presbyterian Church with Mrs. D. Arnold Scott lead-ing the devotions. Guest speaker for the evening was Betty McBride of Lima, who gave a talk on the purpose and functions of the Women’s Organization in the church.
75 Years Ago – 1939
The Delphos Eagles met Monday night in regular session at their hall. Two wrestling bouts will be presented on Wednesday. Chick Wheatley of Louisville will meet Eric Von Shafer of Pittsburgh, in the main event. Gil Lautzenheiser of Lima and Tommy Thomas, Piqua, will battle in the prelimi-nary. It was also announced that on Feb. 13 the regular monthly initiation will be held.Roman Williams, local manufacturer of signal devices, has complet-ed the installation of an Automatic Signal at the Sohio Station at Main and Fifth streets. This signal is designed to call atten-tion of attendants to cars which drive into the sta-tion. Williams has a con-tract with the Standard Oil Company of Ohio to install signals at any station in the state which may be in need of them.The regular meeting of the Agenda Class of the Methodist Church was held Monday evening at the home of Mrs. Robert Porter, Jr., East Fifth Street. Avanell Davies and Josephine Strayer were the assistant hostesses. Marjorie Barnt was named president of the class and Madeline Hinderfielder, secretary.
Associated Press
Today is Friday, Jan. 31, the 31st day of 2014. There are 334 days left in the year. This is the Chinese New Year of the Horse.Today’s Highlight in History:On Jan. 31, 1944, during World War II, U.S. forces began a successful invasion of Kwajalein Atoll and other parts of the Japanese-held Marshall Islands.On this date:In 1606, Guy Fawkes, convicted of treason for his part in the “Gunpowder Plot” against the English Parliament and King James I, was executed.In 1863, during the Civil War, the First South Carolina Volunteers, an all-black Union regiment composed of former slaves, was mustered into federal service at Beaufort, S.C.In 1865, Gen. Robert E. Lee was named general-in-chief of all the Confederate armies.In 1917, during World War I, Germany served notice it was beginning a policy of unrestricted submarine warfare.In 1929, revolutionary Leon Trotsky and his family were expelled from the Soviet Union.In 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Gold Reserve Act.In 1958, the United States entered the Space Age with its first successful launch of a satellite into orbit, Explorer I.In 1961, NASA launched Ham the Chimp aboard a Mercury-Redstone rocket from Cape Canaveral; Ham was recovered safely from the Atlantic Ocean following his 16-minute suborbital flight.In 1971, astronauts Alan Shepard, Edgar Mitchell and Stuart Roosa blasted off aboard Apollo 14 on a mission to the moon.In 1974, legendary movie producer Samuel Goldwyn, 94, died in Los Angeles.In 1980, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands announced she would abdicate on her birthday the following April, to be succeeded by her daughter, Princess Beatrix.In 1990, McDonald’s Corp. opened its first fast-food restaurant in Moscow.Ten years ago: Six U.S.-bound flights from England, Scotland and France were canceled because of security concerns. Justine Henin-Hardenne won her third Grand Slam title, defeating Kim Clijsters 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in the Australian Open. John Elway and Barry Sanders were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on their first attempt; they were  joined by Bob Brown and Carl Eller.Five years ago: Iraqis passed through secu-rity checkpoints and razor-wire cordons to vote in provincial elections considered a cru-cial test of the nation’s stability. A gasoline spill from a crashed truck erupted into flames in Molo, Kenya, killing at least 115 people. Serena Williams routed Dinara Safina 6-0, 6-3 to win her fourth Australian Open. Bruce Smith and Rod Woodson were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility; they were joined by Bob Hayes, Randall McDaniel, Derrick Thomas and Buffalo owner Ralph Wilson.One year ago: Chuck Hagel emerged from his grueling confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee with solid Democratic support for his nomination to be President Barack Obama’s next defense secretary. A gas explosion caused three floors of the headquarters of Mexico’s national oil company Pemex to collapse, killing 37 peo-ple. Caleb Moore, 25, an innovative freestyle snowmobile rider who’d been hurt in a crash at the Winter X Games in Colorado, died at a hospital in Grand Junction.Today’s Birthdays: Actress Carol Channing is 93. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Ernie Banks is 83. Composer Philip Glass is 77. Former Interior Secretary James Watt is 76. Beatrix of the Netherlands, the former queen regent, is 76. Actor Stuart Margolin is 74. Actress Jessica Walter is 73. Former U.S. Rep. Dick Gephardt, D-Mo., is 73. Blues singer-musician Charlie Musselwhite is 70. Actor Glynn Turman is 68. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Nolan Ryan is 67. Actor Jonathan Banks (TV: “Breaking Bad”) is 67. Singer-musician Harry Wayne Casey (KC and the Sunshine Band) is 63. Rock singer Johnny Rotten is 58. Actress Kelly Lynch is 55. Actor Anthony LaPaglia is 55. Singer-musician Lloyd Cole is 53. Rock musician Al Jaworski (Jesus Jones) is 48. Actress Minnie Driver is 44. Actress Portia de Rossi is 41. Actor-comedian Bobby Moynihan is 37. Actress Kerry Washington is 37. Singer Justin Timberlake is 33. Country singer Tyler Hubbard (Florida Georgia Line) is 27. Folk-rock singer-musician Marcus Mumford (Mumford and Sons) is 27.
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyAssociated PressTODAY
: Cloudy. Chance of snow in the morning. Then snow in the afternoon. Snow accumulation around 1 inch. Highs around 30. South winds around 10 mph. Chance of snow 80 percent.
: Snow. Snow accumulation around 1 inch. Lows in the mid 20s. Southeast winds around 10 mph. Chance of snow 90 percent.
: Rain. Snow possibly mixed with freezing rain and sleet in the morn-ing. Then rain in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 30s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.
: Snow. Light snow accumula-tions possible. Lows 15 to 20. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 90 percent.At 9:12 p.m. Jan. 23, the Delphos Police Department received a call of a domes-tic violence incident in the 600 block of Lima Avenue. Upon officers’ arrival, they met with the suspect and the victim. After investigating, officers found probable cause to arrest 21-year-old Thomas Garza of Delphos for domestic violence. Garza was transported to the Allen County Jail and will appear in Lima Municipal Court to face the charge, which is a first-degree misdemeanor.At 11:15 a.m. Saturday, officers responded to a complaint of an ungov-ernable juvenile. Officers spoke with the girl’s mother and found that the juvenile had jumped out of her mother’s vehicle and was refusing to obey. While in the officers’ presence, the juvenile contin-ued her disorderly behavior towards her mother. As a result, the charge of ungov-ernable juvenile may be pursued in Allen County Juvenile Court.At 10:20 p.m. Saturday, a Delphos Police officer initiated a traffic stop on a motor vehicle after viewing an equipment violation. The officer made con-tact with the driver, 52-year-old Laverne Feathers of Delphos. While speaking with Feathers, the offi-cer suspected him of operating the vehicle while under the influ-ence of an alcoholic beverage. After fur-ther investigation, the officer found probable cause to arrest Feathers for OVI. He was issued a cita-tion for the equipment violation as well as the OVI. Feathers will appear in Lima Municipal Court to face the charges.At approximately 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Delphos Police Department received a call of a disturbance at a residence in the 800 block of North Main Street. Upon officers’ arrival, they met with the complainant. He stated that a known female had damaged items inside his residence and had also tried to break a window from the outside before leav-ing. Officers were unable to locate the suspect as of report time. The complain-ant did not wish to pursue charges, but requested that the female be criminally trespassed from his residence.
CLEVELAND (AP) — These Ohio lotteries were drawn Thursday:
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Thousands attend memorial for 2 Toledo firefighters
TOLEDO (AP) — Caskets covered by American flags sat before a crowd of several thousand as two Toledo firefight-ers who died while battling an apartment blaze were praised Thursday for embracing a profession in which they ran toward danger instead of away from it.Firefighters from Ohio and around the nation gathered inside Toledo’s downtown convention center to celebrate the lives and service of Stephen Machcinski and James Dickman, who died fighting a blaze inside a six-unit apartment building on Sunday.“They deserve, and rightfully so, the title of heroes,” said Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins, a former police officer.Radio calls from the scene of the fire indicated that the pair faced rapidly deteriorating conditions once inside the burning apartment building near downtown. Firefighters found them inside, carried them out and tried unsuccessfully to save them.Investigators have not released a cause for the fire or details about what led to the deaths. Autopsies released this week showed that Machcinski and Dickman died from burns and carbon monoxide.At the memorial service, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown hailed Machcinski, 42, and Dickman, 31, as men of integrity who loved their families and took pride in their work.Machcinski had been a firefighter for 16 years. Dickman was on the job for six months and had previously been with the Perkins Township fire department near Sandusky.Friends said Dickman joined the Toledo department because it was his dream to work with a big city department.A funeral will be held for Dickman this afternoon in Sandusky. The funeral for Machcinski will be Saturday morning in Toledo.
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Workers’ comp cracks down on pain pills
COLUMBUS (AP) — The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation said it has stepped up monitoring of the millions of doses of pain pills prescribed to injured workers every year as the agency tries to control costs and fight rampant prescription drug abuse.Starting this month, the state-run insur-ance program for injured workers said it no longer covers prescriptions for controlled substances unless the provider enrolls in an automated reporting system designed to identify possible misuse of opiates, accord-ing to the Dayton Daily News.During the past five years, the agency has paid for more than 188.5 million doses of narcotics prescribed to injured work-ers. Last year, it spent $38.2 million for 357,970 prescriptions for opiates to 39,028 claimants.For years, the bureau did little to track prescription drugs. But starting in 2011, it took steps to monitor and reduce prescrip-tions of overused drugs. They included 120-day limits on opioids and muscle relax-ants within 12 months, prior authorization requirement for some drugs, and a require-ment that prescribers use the automated reporting system.“Very much like other insurers or work-ers’ comp carriers, we had not paid a lot of attention to our drug utilization prior that time,” agency pharmacy director John Hanna said. “That’s why you see some of the dramatic changes. All we’ve done is introduce tools and introduce policies that should have been in place all along. So, we are playing catch up in a lot of aspects.”The agency now tracks the opiate load of every injured worker for every month and is starting to also track anti-anxiety drugs, since high doses of those two classes of drugs can be deadly.Opiate prescriptions for injured workers have dropped nearly 28 percent and muscle relaxant prescriptions declined nearly 73 percent in 2013, compared with 2010, the agency said.
Elections chief urges online registration
COLUMBUS (AP) — The state’s top elections official says online voter reg-istration can be implemented in Ohio as soon as state lawmakers pass it.Secretary of State Jon Husted said Thursday that a lack of online registra-tion is one of the presidential battle-ground state’s voting deficiencies.Republican leaders who control the state House and Senate say their GOP caucuses have not taken positions on the issue. Senate President Keith Faber says his fellow Republicans have mixed feel-ings on letting residents register to vote online.Husted and the leaders discussed their policy plans for the year at a legislative preview session for journalists, orga-nized by The Associated Press.Others scheduled to appear at the forum include Democratic legislative leaders, Republican Gov. John Kasich, Auditor Dave Yost and Attorney General Mike DeWine.
Report: Lackluster results for state’s job program
COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio’s effort to find jobs for welfare recipients has fallen short, according to new report.A $66 million program launched six months ago has so far come up with work for 257 Ohioans, and three-quarters are earning $10 an hour or less. Of that num-ber, just five were still employed after 90 days.And half of the state’s 20 regional work-force boards trying to make placements have found no one a job, according to The Columbus Dispatch, which reported on the Jan. 24 summary by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.The Ohio Works Incentive Program was intended to help people get from welfare to work, but state officials acknowledge that initial results are underwhelming.“It is a small group, but it is a very hard-to-serve group and it is a group that needs intensive and long-term assistance to move out of poverty and stay out of poverty,” said Benjamin Johnson, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. “That’s why the program was set up, to create incentives for placing people in jobs and keeping them in jobs.”John Trott, executive director of the Area 7 Workforce Investment Board based in Springfield that serves 43 counties, said getting people from welfare to work is a challenge. Welfare recipients tend to need a lot of support and case-management services to deal with an array of issues, he said.Ohio’s welfare rolls have plunged to record lows but poverty persists. Three-year limits for cash assistance along with stepped-up enforcement of work and train-ing requirements pushed many off the rolls even though they had not gotten a job. Those remaining face many obstacles to employment.
The Blade sues to get coin investment report
TOLEDO (AP) — A newspaper is asking the Ohio Supreme Court to force the release of an investiga-tive report on the investment scandal that engulfed the state in 2005.The Blade in Toledo filed a lawsuit Wednesday asking the inspector general’s office to release the report.Inspector General Randall Meyer pledged in 2012 to complete the report left unis-sued by his predecessor, who oversaw the investigation into the scandal involving former coin dealer and Republican fundraiser Tom Noe.The inspector general’s office declined to comment while the lawsuit is pending.The newspaper says the report should be released because the investigation is over.Noe was convicted of stealing from a fund he over-saw for the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. The scandal led to 19 convic-tions, including then-Gov. Bob Taft.
Ohio State names California educator as president
COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio State University trustees have named a California educator as the university’s next president.The trustees ended a six-month search by approving the selection of Michael Drake, chancellor of the University of California at Irvine, as the 15th president of Ohio State. Trustees voted in favor of Drake at a meeting Thursday.Drake succeeds former presi-dent Gordon Gee, who retired in July after remarks he made jabbing Roman Catholics and Southeastern Conference schools were made public. Gee is now interim presi-dent at West Virginia University.Drake is an ophthalmology professor who also is a pub-lished textbook author. He was named the fifth chancellor of the University of California, Irvine in 2005, where he also served as a professor.
Charges dropped against man imprisoned 20 years
AKRON (AP) — Charges were dismissed Thursday against a northeast Ohio man who served about 20 years in prison for a 1993 killing but maintained his innocence.A judge ordered a new trial last year for Dewey Jones of Akron after tests showed his DNA didn’t match evidence at the scene.Prosecutors filed to dis-miss the charges, noting that witnesses have died and evi-dence has degraded.“We basically looked at the case as it stands today and determined that we didn’t think that we could, for the second time, prove his guilt beyond a reason-able doubt,” said Jill Del Greco, a spokeswoman for the Ohio attorney general’s office.Jones told WEWS-TV he felt overwhelmed and said he knew such a day would come.“I just never thought it would take this long,” said Jones, 51. “The truth is the truth, and it always comes out.”Until late last year, Jones was imprisoned for the rob-bery and slaying of 71-year-old Neal Rankin, a Goodyear retiree who Jones said was a family friend. Jones said he wasn’t involved in the kill-ing and had no knowledge about it.“I sure would like to know who I did 20 years for,” he told WEWS. “I wish I knew what the whole truth was.”The judge hasn’t decid-ed whether to dismiss the charges with or with-out prejudice, the latter of which would leave open the possibility of prosecution against Jones later if new evidence or leads arise, Del Greco said. She said the  judge asked both sides to file briefs on the issue by Feb. 10 and then will make the decision or set a hearing for further arguments.Jones wouldn’t immedi-ately say whether he plans to make a wrongful impris-onment claim against the state or seek financial com-pensation. He referred ques-tions on those topics to his lawyers.A call to the office of defense attorney Adam VanHo rang unanswered at the end of the business day Thursday.
State leaders debate taxes, death penalty at forum
COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich is not eager to end the death penalty, not afraid to veto a drilling tax and not looking to push a right-to-work proposal to limit labor unions.The first-term Republican made those stances clear in answering questions Thursday during a legislative preview session for journalists, orga-nized by The Associated Press.Still unknown is what he’ll say in his State of the State address on Feb. 24 in Medina.“I don’t know yet,” he told reporters. “But hopefully it will not be a real long talk.”State leaders including Kasich were asked about an array of policy issues facing them in the election year.Online voter registration was among the top priori-ties for Secretary of State Jon Husted, also a Republican. But support for it among his fellow GOP lawmakers who dominate the Legislature remains unclear.Leading Republicans told reporters at the forum that their caucuses have not taken positions on whether to let Ohioans sign up online to vote. Senate President Keith Faber, of Celina, said his GOP members have mixed feelings about it.Outside of election law changes, the leaders said they’re working on adjust-ments to the state’s renewable energy and efficiency man-dates, along with tax changes that include a rate hike on hor-izontally drilled shale wells.A proposal pending in the Legislature calls for sev-erance-tax increases on the wells, with proceeds funding a statewide income-tax cut. The measure replaces a scuttled tax plan that Kasich sought. The new plan would generate an estimated $2 billion over 10 years.Kasich said he’s still work-ing with the General Assembly on the idea.“If I don’t have a severance tax that passes the smell test in terms of what I think is fair, I told the leaders I’d veto it,” he said.House Minority Leader Tracy Maxwell Heard, a Columbus Democrat, said the state was lagging behind in the tax revenue that others were getting from the industry. She said she does not believe com-panies would leave because of the tax.Faber also said he was con-fident Ohio doesn’t run the risk of chasing away energy companies. “The industry is maturing, and now is the time to have that discussion in a holistic way,” he said.State leaders including Kasich were asked about their position on the death penalty, following the prolonged exe-cution of a condemned killer this month that led to calls for a state moratorium on capital punishment.Kasich said he awaits the review of the execution by Ohio’s corrections depart-ment. “But at the end of the day,” he said, “I believe that the death penalty, when applied in a strict way with a thoroughness, is an appro-priate amount of justice that should be delivered.”Heard was the only one of four legislative leaders to back a moratorium.Attorney General Mike DeWine was asked about the state’s appeal of a federal  judge’s ruling that ordered Ohio to recognize gay mar-riages on death certificates.In the ruling last month, federal Judge Timothy Black said Ohio’s ban on gay mar-riage, passed by voters in 2004, is unconstitutional and that states cannot discriminate against same-sex couples sim-ply because some voters don’t like homosexuality.Gay marriage supporters in Ohio are collecting signatures for a constitutional amend-ment that would repeal the ban.Asked whether he would halt the appeal pending the outcome of the effort, DeWine said, “I think it would be irre-sponsible of me, and I’m not sure ethically I could do that.”Other highlights from the forum include:—Kasich said efforts restrict union fees in the Rust Belt state is not on his agenda.—DeWine said he thinks it would be “a mistake” for Ohio to legalize marijuana, but it’s worth examining at how it plays out in other states, such as Colorado. “I don’t think it’s going to work out too well, but we’ll see.”—Republican and Democratic legislative lead-ers were split on the time the General Assembly has spent debating women’s health issues such as abortions.—Ohio Democratic Party chairman Chris Redfern said he sees Kasich’s record on economic and women’s health issues as his weaknesses going into the fall election; Republican Party chair-man Matt Borges pointed to Democratic gubernatorial can-didate Ed FitzGerald’s record of public service and trouble in picking a running mate as vulnerabilities.—Borges said he’s never spoken with Kasich about the governor’s interest in a 2016 presidential bid. “I know that no one in our building is look-ing anywhere beyond 2014.”
Putnam County election board sets 2014 petition filing deadlines
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PUTNAM COUNTY — The Putnam County Board of Elections would like to remind everyone of the peti-tion filing deadlines for 2014. The deadline for filing a partisan petition for the May 6 Primary Election is 4 p.m. Wednesday.This is also the deadline to file issues for the May election.Independent candidate petitions must be filed by 4 p.m. May 5 the day before the Primary Election.All nonpartisan candidate petitions must be filed by 4 p.m. Aug. 6 for the Nov. 4 General Election. This is also the deadline to file issues for the General Election.Petitions are available at the Putnam County Board of Elections, 336 E. Main St., Suite A, Ottawa, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, please contact the Putnam County Board of Elections or the Ohio Secretary of State.

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