2 – The Herald Thursday, February 6, 2014
For The Record
ODAY IN HISTORY
VAN WERT COURT NEWS
Vol. 144 No. 168
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald, Inc.
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Lucille G., 92, Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos at 11 a.m. Friday, the Rev. Dave Reinhart officiates. The Rev. James Van Oss will co-officiate. Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery. Friends may call at Strayer Funeral Home in Delphos from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today. A Parish Wake Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Memorial con-tributions may be made to St. Rita’s Auxiliary or to the Medical Mission Sisters, 8400 Pine Road, Philadelphia, PA 19111-9986. Online condolences may be shared at www.strayerfuneralhome.com.
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyAssociated PressTODAY
: Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming mostly cloudy. Colder. Highs 10 to 15. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Wind chills 10 below to zero.
: Very cold. Partly cloudy. Lows around 5 below. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Wind chills 10 below to 20 below zero.
FRIDAY AND FRIDAY NIGHT
: Very cold. Partly cloudy. Highs 10 to 15. Lows near zero. Southwest winds around 10 mph. Wind chills 10 below to 20 below zero.
SATURDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT
: Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow. Highs 15 to 20. Lows 10 to 15.
: Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow. Highs 15 to 20.The Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas heard six cases Wednesday, including two sentencings, three requests for treatment in lieu of conviction and one treatment in lieu violation.
, 25, Van Wert, was sen-tenced for vandalism, a felony of the fifth degree. He was sentenced to 12 months prison with credit for 82 days served. The court then found that the plea in this case violated his community control in two prior cases and imposed the sentences of 12 months and 180 days in those two cases, concurrent to each other but consecutive to the vandalism case. He was then granted credit for 209 days in those violation cases.
, 29, Van Wert, was sen-tenced for aggravated possession of drugs, a felony of the fifth degree. His sentence was three years community control, up to six months at WORTH Center, 30 days jail at a future date, 200 hours community service, two years intensive probation, driver’s license suspended for six months, ordered to pay court costs and partial appointed counsel fees. Nine months prison was deferred.
TREATMENT IN LIEU VIOLATION:Robert Seibert
, 27, Van Wert, appeared for a violation of this treatment in lieu of conviction program. He admitted to failing to report an arrest, failing to report to probation and failing to attend Westwood. The court ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set sentencing for 9 a.m. March 19.
CHANGES OF PLEAS/TREATMENT IN LIEU OF CONVICTION:Ryan Agler
, 22, Van Wert, entered a plea of guilty to a prosecutor’s bill of information charging him with two counts of possession of drugs, each a felony of the fifth degree. He then requested and was granted treatment in lieu of conviction and his case was stayed pending completion of his treatment program.
, 21, Van Wert, changed his plea to guilty to using harmful intoxicants, a felony of the fifth degree. He then requested and was granted treatment in lieu of convic-tion and his case was stayed pending comple-tion of his treatment program.
, 26, Van Wert, appeared in court pursuant to a motion to determine competency. Following a report from Court Diagnostic Services in Toledo, he was found competent to stand trial. Following that rul-ing, he changed his plea to guilty to break-ing and entering and possession of criminal tools, each a felony of the fifth degree. A third charge of assault was dismissed for his plea. He then requested and was granted treatment in lieu of conviction and his case was stayed pending completion of his treatment program.Wheat $5.68Corn $4.23Soybeans $13.29
Today is Thursday, Feb. 6, the 37th day of 2014. There are 328 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On Feb. 6, 1952, Britain’s King George VI died at Sandringham House in Norfolk, England; he was succeeded as monarch by his elder daughter, who became Queen Elizabeth II.On this date:In 1778, the United States won official recogni-tion from France with the signing of a Treaty of Alliance in Paris.In 1788, Massachusetts became the sixth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.In 1899, a peace treaty between the United States and Spain was ratified by the U.S. Senate.In 1911, Ronald Wilson Reagan, the 40th presi-dent of the United States, was born in Tampico, Ill.In 1922, Cardinal Archille Ratti was elected pope; he took the name Pius XI.In 1933, the 20th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the so-called “lame duck” amend-ment, was proclaimed in effect by Secretary of State Henry Stimson.In 1943, a Los Angeles jury acquitted actor Errol Flynn of three counts of statutory rape.In 1959, the United States successfully test-fired for the first time a Titan intercontinental ballistic missile from Cape Canaveral.In 1973, Dixy Lee Ray was appointed by President Richard Nixon to be the first woman to head the Atomic Energy Commission.In 1992, 16 people were killed when a C-130 military transport plane crashed in Evansville, Ind.In 1994, actor Joseph Cotten died in Los Angeles at age 88.In 1998, President Bill Clinton signed a bill changing the name of Washington National Airport to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Pop music star Falco, who’d had a 1986 hit with “Rock Me Amadeus,” died in a traffic accident in the Dominican Republic; he was 40.Ten years ago: President George W. Bush appointed a bipartisan commission to examine intelligence on Iraq’s weapons. (In a scathing 600-page report released in March 2005, the com-mission called the spy community “dead wrong on almost all of its prewar judgments” about Iraqi weaponry.) A suicide bomber set off an explosion that ripped through a Moscow subway car during rush hour, killing 41 people. Auto mechanic Joseph P. Smith was charged with kidnapping and murder after authorities in Sarasota, Fla., found the body of 11-year-old Carlie Brucia, whose abduction had been captured by a carwash surveillance camera. (Smith was later convicted and sentenced to death.)Five years ago: Key senators and the White House reached tentative agreement on an economic stimulus measure at the heart of President Barack Obama’s recovery plan. Federal health officials said Peanut Corp. of America, a Georgia peanut proces-sor, had knowingly shipped salmonella-laced prod-ucts as far back as 2007. Death claimed actors James Whitmore at age 87 and Philip Carey at age 83.One year ago: The U.S. Postal Service proposed eliminating Saturday mail delivery, an announce-ment that immediately drew protests from some law-makers. At least nine people were killed by a tsunami that smashed into villages in the Solomon Islands, flattening dozens of homes in the South Pacific island chain. Toy maker Hasbro Inc. announced that Monopoly fans had voted online to add a cat token to the board game, replacing the iron.Today’s Birthdays: Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor is 97. Actor Patrick Macnee is 92. Actor Rip Torn is 83. Actress Mamie Van Doren is 83. Actor Mike Farrell is 75. Former NBC News anchorman Tom Brokaw is 74. Singer Fabian is 71. Actress Gayle Hunnicutt is 71. Actor Michael Tucker is 70. Producer-director-writer Jim Sheridan is 65. Singer Natalie Cole is 64. Actor Jon Walmsley is 58. Actress Kathy Najimy is 57. Rock musician Simon Phillips (Toto) is 57. Actor-director Robert Townsend is 57. Actor Barry Miller is 56. Actress Megan Gallagher is 54. Rock singer Axl Rose (Guns N’ Roses) is 52. Country singer Richie McDonald is 52. Singer Rick Astley is 48. Rock musician Tim Brown (Boo Radleys) is 45. Actor Brandon Hammond is 30. Actress Alice Greczyn is 28.
One Year Ago
Mayor Michael Gallmeier pre-sented a plaque to retiring firefighter Dennis Hageman, who has 44 years of service to the city. Bob Jettinghoff also received a plaque from Gallmeier noting his 27 years of service to the city as a firefighter.
25 Years Ago – 1989
The Jefferson Wildcats, using strong play at the start of both halves and a slowed-down offense in the finale, held off an Ottoville squad 56-50 Saturday night to spoil the Big Green’s homecoming activities on a cold and snowy February evening. A 20-point effort from junior Jon Boggs and 10 each from senior Mike Minnig and junior Chris Renner led Jefferson as they raised their record to 10-6 overall on the season.Spencerville Police Department has been checking into alternatives to replace a volunteer dispatcher who resigned Jan. 31, after manning the phones 24 hours a day for seven years. According to Police Chief Harold Z. Zinsmeister, a tape-recorded message has replaced the dispatcher for now. The callers are being told to report their problems to the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, which will in turn dispatch Spencerville’s officers by radio.St. John’s gymnasts closed their regular season with a 5-3 record by downing Coldwater 182.57-126.9 Saturday at Coldwater. St. John’s Julie Hanser won the floor exercises with 9.0. Nikki Wellmann was second at 8.9. Katie Hanser and Carmen Bruns of Coldwater tied for third at 8.8 and Cindy Alder took fourth with 8.6.
50 Years Ago – 1964
There was good news Thursday for farmers and plant workers from St. Marys Foods, Inc., of Delphos. The company announced a pilot project for purchasing cabbages and peppers locally. Effective Monday, St. Marys will go on a two-shift schedule until at least well into March. The Delphos plant produces some two dozen meat products under the Krey Packing Company label.The Delphos Kiwanis Club held its regular weekly meeting Thursday evening at the House of Vogts with the club president, Gene Hayes, presid-ing. During the meeting Hayes pre-sented a one-year perfect attendance pin to Harry Gessner. Membership pins were also presented to Edgar Van Autreve, William Broaddus and William Corran, new members recent-ly taken into the club.Mrs. Albert Herman was host-ess to the members of the Del-Otto Club Wednesday in her home on North Main Street, with cards form-ing the evening’s entertainment. First prize was awarded to Mrs. Albert Grothouse, second and traveling to Mrs. Elmer Beckman and low to Mrs. Harry Backus. Mrs. Paul Kaverman will be hostess to the club on April 1.
75 Years Ago – 1939
At a meeting of the Altar Society of St. John’s Church conducted at the school Sunday afternoon, officers for the local unit of the National Council of Catholic Women were chosen. The following will serve during the ensu-ing year: Mrs. A. C. Sendelbach, presi-dent; Mrs. N. J. Schmit, vice presi-dent; and Celina Birkmeier, secretary treasurer.Rose Fast and Mrs. Barney Eickholt are preparing for an opening of their place of business on Wednesday of this week. Mrs. Fast is assisted in the Vogue Hat Shop by Cecelia Mollenkopf and Clara Eickholt. Rita Druckemiller is manager of Margie’s Beauty Shoppe, owned by Mrs. Eickholt. Juanita Nollan is employed as operator.At a special feature, Ralph Marshall of Lima, former Allen County Sheriff, will demonstrate his skill as a pistol shot at the regular weekly meeting of the Delphos Kiwanis Club to be held Tuesday evening at the Beckman Hotel. Marshall is widely known as a pistol expert and was captain of the pistol team at the Olympic games.
FROM THE ARCHIVES
Ohio sees another 4 to 8 inches of new snow
COLUMBUS (AP) — Much of Ohio was slammed with 4 to 8 inches of snow overnight, followed by some freezing rain for good measure. That left a harrowing commute on Wednesday for people who ventured out early, and again closed hundreds of schools that have already run out of their allotment of calamity days.Officials were advising people to stay off the roads if pos-sible, and some local governments and businesses closed or delayed opening. Two legislative committees in Columbus canceled hearings. Scattered power outages were reported.Southeast Ohio saw freezing rain and sleet. The worst of the storm was over in most of the state by dawn, but transportation officials were concerned about the lingering effects of ice on top of snowy roads.“I wish that groundhog would have stayed in its hole,” said Geoff Dunn, who took the bus to his downtown Columbus office on Wednesday morning, avoiding the messy roads but still having to navigate snowy sidewalks. “Finding us six more weeks of winter was not the smart move.“Some parts of Columbus saw as much as 10 inches of snow from the storm that rolled in Tuesday night, while the Cleveland area received between 3 to 6 inches. Cincinnati largely struggled with ice.The Ohio Emergency Management Agency said electricity was expected to be restored Wednesday night to about 10,000 customers who lost power.Temperatures were expected to drop today into the single digits, with a number of schools reporting delayed starts. More snow was forecast this weekend.
Hoffman autopsy inconclusive, further tests needed
TOM HAYSAssociated Press
NEW YORK — Four people were taken into custody on drug charges after police investigating Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death executed search warrants, two people with knowledge of the investigation said Wednesday, and the medi-cal examiner’s office said more tests are needed to determine what killed him.There was no timetable for Hoffman’s autopsy to be fin-ished, said medical examiner’s office spokeswoman Julie Bolcer, who declined to discuss the pending tests. Toxicology and tissue tests are typically done in such cases.Police believe the Oscar-winning actor may have died from a drug overdose, though his death is being investigated as suspicious pending a more definitive ruling by the medical examiner.Hoffman was found dead Sunday with a needle in his arm, and tests found heroin — but no traces of the potent synthetic morphine additive fentanyl, which is added to intensify the high and has been linked to 22 suspected overdose deaths in western Pennsylvania — in samples from at least 50 pack-ets in his apartment in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, law enforcement officials have said.The four people were taken into custody Tuesday night after police executed search warrants at several city apart-ments based on a tip provided by a confidential source that they may have supplied Hoffman with drugs, according to two people with knowledge of the investigation who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because investigators have not obtained evidence to corroborate the reported connection.Police say undisclosed quantities of heroin and marijuana were found in three apartments in a lower Manhattan building. The four suspects, three of whom live in the building, face charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance. Two also face charges of criminal use of drug paraphernalia. They were awaiting arraignment.The New York Police Department hasn’t officially announced a connection between the arrests and the Hoffman investigation.The NYPD has launched an intensive effort to determine the source of drugs in Hoffman’s apparent overdose even though courts have found that under state law drug dealers can’t be held liable for customers’ deaths.A 1972 state appellate division case found a dealer can’t be found guilty of manslaughter or criminally negligent homicide for selling heroin and syringes to a customer who later dies because, the court ruled, legislation enhancing punishment for drug crimes didn’t redefine homicide to include the sale of an illicit drug that results in death.And holding a drug dealer criminally liable for a cus-tomer’s overdose death could prove difficult for the district attorney’s office, said James Cohen, a Fordham University School of Law professor who runs a clinic that represents federal criminal defendants.“It’s not just enough that you know, if you will, theoreti-cally or academically, that heroin could kill,” he said.
Clay Aiken to run for Congress in North Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former “American Idol” and “Celebrity Apprentice” runner-up Clay Aiken joined another high-profile contest Wednesday — this one to get elected to Congress in his native North Carolina.Aiken announced he would seek the Democratic nomina-tion for the 2nd Congressional District seat currently held by Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers. The entertainer is talking about his non-singing career as a spe-cial education teacher, UNICEF representative and presidential commission member on educa-tion while explaining his reason for getting in the race.In each situation, “I saw a group of people, a population that was not being served,” Aiken told The Associated Press in an interview.In a video unveiling his bid, Aiken referred to his “golden ticket” — finishing as the run-ner-up to Ruben Studdard in TV’s 2003 “Idol” competition, which has led to several albums and a role in a Broadway musi-cal. But he said he empathizes with those struggling in the 2nd District where he lives, referring to his upbringing by a mother who fled domestic violence.“For most Americans, there are no golden tickets — at least not like the kind you see on TV,” he says to the camera. “More families are struggling today than at any time in our history, and here in North Carolina, we’ve suffered more than our share of pain.”Aiken, 35, is expected to face former state Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco of Asheboro and licensed pro-fessional counselor Toni Morris of Fayetteville in the Democratic primary in May. Another Democratic hopeful — Houston Barnes of Durham — gave up his bid Wednesday and threw his weight to Aiken. Official candidate filing begins next week.Aiken said that he considers Washington dysfunctional and that he would focus on jobs, the economy and education. He said the federal health care law needs to be changed but shouldn’t be repealed. He supports abortion rights and considers his political philosophy in the broad middle between political extremes — he said he was once a registered independent voter.CLEVELAND (AP) — These Ohio lotteries were drawn Wednesday:
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