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Mostly cloudy this morn-ing then becom-ing partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 70s. Mostly clear tonight. Lows in the lower 50s. See page 2.
 Monday, July 28, 2014
Vol. 145 No. 31
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Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
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Limaland results, p7
UpfrontSports
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Obituaries 2State/Local 3Announcements 4Community 5Sports 6-7Classifieds 8Comics and Puzzles 9World News 10
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Jubilee Winery has been hosting adult art sessions all summer long led by Megan Etzkorn, who graduated with a degree in art education from Bluffton University. Above: During a recent session, Etzkorn distributes acrylic paint onto participant’s ceramic tiles and guides them as they depict a nature scene. Each session typically costs $20, runs 1 1/2 - 2 hours and culminates in a piece of artwork each participant can take home with them. (DHI Media/Stephanie Groves)
 Jubilee Winery hosts adult art sessions
Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad
BY DINA CAPPIELLOAssociated Press
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America’s unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution.This fossil fuel trade threatens to undermine President Barack Obama’s strategy for reducing the gases blamed for climate change and reveals a little-discussed side effect of countries acting alone on a global problem. The contribution of this exported pollution to global warming is not something the administration wants to measure, or even talk about.“This is the single biggest flaw in U.S. climate policy,” said Roger Martella, the former general counsel at the Environmental Protection Agency under President George W. Bush. “Although the administration is moving forward with climate change regulations at home, we don’t consider how policy decisions in the United States impact greenhouse gas emissions in other parts of the world.”Over the past six years, American energy companies have sent more coal than ever before to other parts of the world, in some cases to places with more lax environmental standards.The consequence: This global shell game makes the U.S. appear to be making more progress than it is on global warm-ing. That’s because it shifts some pollution — and the burden for cleaning it up — onto other countries’ balance sheets.“Energy exports bit by bit are chipping away at gains we are making on carbon dioxide domestically,” said Shakeb Afsah, an economist who runs an energy consulting firm in Bethesda, Maryland.
Metzger
NOVFA queen closes year
BY NANCY SPENCERDHI Media Editornspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — It has been quite a year for NOVFA Queen Corinne Metzger. Since win-ning her crown in June 2013, Metzger has been busy attend-ing Northwest Ohio Volunteer Firefighters Association events with local firefighters.“I had a great year with the guys and representing them at functions,” Metzger said. “They treated me like a queen.”Metzger was there for the team during the golf outing, which she describes as an experience.“I had to dodge a few golf balls that day,” she said with a laugh. “I kept my head down.”She also gave pep talks to the teams during the annual softball outing and took one for the team during a bowling match.
Tentative deal reached to improve veterans’ health care
BY MATTHEW DALYAssociated Press
WASHINGTON — The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs commit-tees have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to improve veterans’ health care.Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., scheduled a news confer-ence today to talk about a compromise plan to fix a veterans’ health program scandal-ized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays.Miller chairs the House veterans panel, while Sanders chairs the Senate panel.A spokesman for Sanders said Sunday the men have reached a tentative agree-ment. The deal requires a vote by a con-ference committee of House and Senate negotiators, and votes in the full House and Senate.Miller and Sanders said in a joint state-ment that they “made significant progress” over the weekend toward agreement on legislation to reform the Veterans Affairs Department.The plan is intended to “make VA more accountable and to help the department recruit more doctors, nurses and other health care professionals.” Miller and Sanders said.Few details of the agreement were released, but the bill is expected to autho-rize billions in emergency spending to lease new 27 clinics, hire more doctors and nurs-es and make it easier for veterans who can’t get prompt appointments with VA doctors to get outside care.Sanders proposed a bill last week that would cost about $25 billion over three years. Miller countered with a plan to approve $10 billion in emergency spending, with a promise of more spending in future years under the normal congressional bud-get process.Miller’s bill would keep most of the provisions in a Senate-passed bill and would authorize about $100 million for the Veterans Affairs Department to address shortfalls in the current budget year.Both bills cost significantly less than bills approved last month by the House and Senate.Negotiations had appeared in jeop-ardy Thursday after Miller and Sanders announced their competing plans, then held separate news conferences lashing out at each other. The men resumed talks in pri-vate Thursday night.The House and Senate are set to adjourn at the end of the week until early September, and lawmakers from both parties have said completing a bill on veterans’ health care is a top priority.
Economic Dev. forum set Aug. 5
DHI Media and First Federal Bank will host an Economic Development Forum from 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Delphos Eagles Hall.The event will fea-ture guest speakers from the City of Delphos, the CIC and Allen and Van Wert Economic Development agencies.Residents and business owners are urged to attend.
K of C sets annual soccer shootout contest
The Knights of Columbus Soccer Shootout contest will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Annex field as part of Soccer Sunday.The contest is open to all boys and girls ages 9-14 and they need not be a soccer player to participate. Age is determined by how old the child is on Sept. 1, 2014.Trophies will be awarded for first- and second-place finishes.
Midget Football signups today
Signup for Delphos Midget Football will be held from 6-7 p.m. today at the Stadium Park shelterhouse.This is for anyone 9-12 years old not cur-rently on a team. Gridders must be 9 on or by Sept. 1 and no older than 12.Tryouts will be held from 6-7 p.m. Aug. 4 and 5 near Diamond 4 in Stadium Park.Contact Ron Ebbeskotte at 419-692-7191 for more information.
See DIRTY, page 10
 Rain cancels Music in the Park Sunday
After taking a break in Sunday’s storms to set up, the crew for Phil Dirt and Dozers  just as quickly had to tear everything down during one of the heavier down-pours. The band was the fourth offering in the Delphos Rotary Club’s Music in Park series. Above: Bob Ebbeskotte, center, and Rotarian JoAn Smith help gather the bands props. Below: Scouts huddle under a canopy during the deluge. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
See METZGER, page 10
 
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For The Record
OBITUARIESPOLICE REPORTS
Ruth Ann Brown
April 15, 1941-July 25, 2014
MANDALE — Ruth Ann Brown, 73, of Lima died Friday at her residence.She was born April 15, 1941, in Mandale to Francis Emmett and Hazel Fern (Leiber) Plotts, who pre-ceded her in death.She married Harold Brown, who passed away in 2010.Survivors include two daughters, Kelly Jo (Joseph) Butts of Texas and Laurie (Michael) Inskeep of Dublin; a sister, Ina Gay Adkins; two broth-ers, Glenn Plotts and Dana Plotts; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchil-dren.She was also preceded in death by four brothers.She was the Clerk of Courts for the City of Lima for over 30 years.Ruth was a member of the Moose Lodge, the Eagles and the Lima Senior Center. She was a world traveler and loved to help people and give to others.Funeral services will be help at 11 a.m. today at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, Delphos. Burial will be at Middlecreek Cemetery.Visitation will be 9-11 a.m. today at the funeral home.Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.To leave condolences, please go to www.harterand-schier.com.
Harold H. ‘Harry’ Landwehr
Dec. 1, 1927July 25, 2014
LIMA — Harold H. “Harry” Landwehr, 86, of Lima died at 7:27 p.m. Friday at St. Rita’s Medical Center.He was born Dec. 1, 1927, in Delphos to Carl and Katherine (Klevorn) Landwehr, who preceded him in death.On May 1, 1954, he mar-ried Joan Wrocklage, who survives in Lima.Other survivors include his three sons, Joseph (Judy) Landwehr of Lima, Tim (Kathy) Landwehr of West Alexandria and John Landwehr of Worthington; two daughters, Julie (Dr. Andrew) Seiter of Greensburg, Indiana, and Amy (Daniel) Taylor of Alexandria, Virginia; a sis-ter, Helen V. (John) Haehn of Wapakoneta; a brother-in-law, Darrol Keck of Delphos; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by his brothers, Donald (Alba) Landwehr and Bernard G. (Verda) Landwehr; and four sisters, Jeanne E. (Robert) Bendele, Ruth (Leonard) Bensman, Mary (John) Hiller and Lois Keck.He worked as a supervi-sor for computer operations at the BP Refinery, where he retired after 39 years. He was an Army veteran and a member of St. Rose Catholic Church in Lima.He volunteered at the food pantry, was an avid reader and loved spoiling his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Delphos, with Fathers Ron Shock and David Ross offi-ciating. Burial will be at St. John’s Cemetery with mili-tary grave rites following the burial.Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, Delphos, where a Parish Wake will take place at 7:30 p.m.Memorial contributions may be given to St. Rose Catholic Church in Lima.To leave condolences, please visit www.harterand-schier.com.
Patty Stant
LIMA — Patty Stant, 70, of Lima passed away at her residence in Lima at 10:25 a.m. Sunday.Arrangements are incom-plete at Harter and Schier Funeral Home.
July 6, 1953-July 26, 2014
DELPHOS — Brenda K. Wetherington, 61, of Delphos passed away Saturday morning at The Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital in Columbus.Her Family… She was born July 6, 1953, in Vandalia, Illinois, to Earl and Cora Ann (Paddock) Spears, who survive in Delphos.On Nov. 4, 2006, she mar-ried Robert Wetherington, who survives in Delphos.She is also survived by a son, Eric Martin of Newark; three daughters, Tracey (Ken) Ogle of Delphos, Bethany (Brad) Colley of Cloverdale and Stephanie (Mark) Ridgeway of Fairbanks, Alaska; a step-son, Anthony (Shannon) Wetherington of Winchester; a brother, Lindell (Susan) Spears of Delphos; two sisters, Jeanette (Thomas) Simmons of Deer Park, Texas, and Sally (Joe) Martin of Delphos; 10 grandchildren, Tyler Ridgeway, Blake Miller, Madison Ridgeway, Gage Ogle, Kenzie Ogle, Kaden Colley, Kaleb Colley, Asher Colley, Rebecca Wetherington and Nathan Wetherington; an uncle, Perry (Carolyn) Paddock; and many, many nieces, nephews and dear friends.She was preceded in death by her children’s father, Dennis “Dan” Martin; two infant grandchildren; and grandpar-ents, Eddie (Cleda) Paddock and Oatis (Ethel) Spears.Her Legacy… Brenda was an office manager at Delphos Tent and Awning for 18 years. She was a devout Christian and a member of First Baptist Church in Lima where she was treasurer. Brenda dearly loved to shop with her children. She especially enjoyed time with her family and time at the lake. She was an exceptionally kind, loving and patient woman.Her Farewell Services… A celebration of Brenda’s life will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church, Lima, the Reverends Rob White and Terry Collier officiating. Burial will follow in Walnut Grove Cemetery.Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at Strayer Funeral Home, 1840 E. Fifth St., Delphos, and an hour before the service on Wednesday at the church.Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, Lima, or to a fund for her grandchildren. Online condolences may be shared at www.strayerfuneralhome.com.
Brenda K. Wetherington
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, Luella Elizabeth, of Lima, Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. today at Lima St. Johns Catholic Church with Father David Ross officiating. Entombment will follow in Gethsemani Cemetery. In lieu of flow-ers, donations can be made to the St John’s Building fund as well as St Rita’s Hospice. Condolences may be expressed at chiles-lamanfh.com.
WILLIAMS
, Arthur “Art” J., 85, of Delphos, a celebration of Art’s life will begin at 11 a.m. today at Trinity United Methodist Church with Pastors Rich Rakay and David Howell officiating. Burial will follow in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. Memorials may be made to Interfaith Thrift Shop. Online condolences may be shared at www.strayerfuneralhome.com.
FUNERALS
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On July 18, officers were dispatched to an ungovernable/missing juvenile. Officers responded and within minutes located the juvenile and transported him to his residence. No charges will be filed.On July 18, officers responded to the area of North Canal and West Fourth streets to locate a vehicle being operated recklessly. Officers responded and spoke with witnesses who advised where the car was going. Officers proceeded to that location where they made contact with the vehicle owner. After investigating the incident, it was found that the male was having a medical condition and was transported to the hospital.On July 18, officers were dispatched to the 600 block of West Sixth Street in reference to a burglary incident. Upon arrival, officers found that a residence was entered and cash and medication was stolen. This incident remains under investigation.On July 18, officers were dispatched to the 100 block of North State Street to take a report of criminal damage. Upon officers’ arrival, they found that an unknown subject had driven on to the property, causing damage.On July 19, the Delphos Police Department took a report from a business owner in the 100 block of South Main Street. The business owner told officers that damage was done to his property on two separate occasions.On July 20, an officer on patrol in the area of West First and Canal streets stopped to investigate a suspicious vehi-cle. Upon speaking with the occupants, it was found that 18-year-old Ryan Koester of Ottoville had consumed alcohol. Due to this, Koester was issued a summons to appear in Van Wert Municipal Court to face the charge of underage consump-tion.On July 20, offi-cers observed 19-year-old Scott Bowen Jr., formerly of Delphos, walking in the 200 block of North Main Street. Officers had knowledge that Bowen had an active warrant for his arrest. As a result, Bowen was taken into custody and transported to the Allen County Jail.On July 20, officers received a com-plaint from a female who stated that a male known to her stole $20 from her residence.On July 21, officers met with a female complainant and her juvenile son. The female told officers that her son is habitually unruly. Due to this, the juvenile will be charged with ungovernable juvenile and will appear in Allen County Juvenile Court.On July 21, officers were dispatched to the 700 block of Wayne Street in reference to a juvenile who was cursing and tearing up the house. Officers met with the juvenile who remained disorderly after multiple warnings. The juvenile was taken into custody and was charged with obstructing official business and persistent disorderly conduct. He will appear in Van Wert Juvenile Court.On Tuesday, officers were investigat-ing a suspicious person complaint in the 600 block of Euclid Street. Officers observed subjects run into a residence near that location. After making con-tact with the individuals, it was found that one adult, 18-year-old Derek Foust of Delphos, and seven juveniles had consumed alcohol. Due to this, all sub- jects were charged with underage con-sumption. Foust will appear in Lima Municipal Court while all of the juve-niles will appear in Juvenile Court.On Tuesday, officers were advised of an arrest order issued out of Van Wert County Common Pleas Adult Probation Department for 22-year-old Jesse Blackburn of Delphos. Officers located Blackburn and took him into custody. He was then transported to the Van Wert County Jail.On Tuesday, officers took a report from a female who stated that she was assaulted by a known female juvenile. The female told officers that the juvenile spit on her and scratched her. The report will be forwarded to the Allen County Juvenile Court Prosecutor for review of charges.
KoesterBowenFoustST. RITA’S
A girl was born July 24 to Tara and Jerone McQueen of Spencerville.
BIRTH
One Year Ago
Girl Scout Kim Hoffman instructed her helper Jean Miller on how to build a kaleidoscope before her pro-gram “Experience Science” Wednesday afternoon at the Delphos Public Library. Hoffman orchestrated and taught the program in order to earn her Gold Award. Hoffman taught participants how to build kaleidoscopes, spaghetti bridges and foil boats.
25 Years Ago – 1989
The Rev. John Hanacsek, pastor of Landeck St. John the Baptist Church and Spencerville St. Patrick Church, was honored on the occasion of his ruby anniversary Sunday in the Roman Catholic priesthood. Hanacsek’s journey to the United States and Northwest Ohio began across the sea in Lubica, Czechoslovakia, where he was born to Barthalomew and Victoria Hanacsek.Louie and Linda King of Delphos recently opened a gourmet popcorn business in the Clock Tower Plaza in Lima. The store purchases its popcorn from J.M. Metzger Popcorn Co. near Fort Jennings and popped at the store. Over 40 flavors of popcorn are made. Currently, seven people work at the store, including the couple’s sons, Ed, who will be a senior at St. John’s High School, and Scott.
FROM THE ARCHIVES
WEATHER FORECASTTri-CountyAssociated PressTODAY:
Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 70s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.
TONIGHT
: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 50s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.
TUESDAY
: Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. West winds 5 to 10 mph.
TUESDAY NIGHT
: Mostly clear through midnight then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph.
WEDNESDAY
: Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 70s.
WEATHER
Driver cited for improper backing after crash
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DELPHOS — Delphos man was cited for improper back-ing following a two-vehicle accident on Main Street reported Friday.Christopher Christian, 21, of Delphos was backing from the alleyway next to 111 N. Main St. onto Main Street when he backed across the southbound lane and struck a parked vehicle owned by Marthanne Lehman of Delphos.No one was injured.
See POLICE, page 10See ARCHIVES, page 10
LOTTERY
CLEVELAND (AP) — These Ohio lotteries were drawn Sunday:
Mega Millions
Est. jackpot: $77 million
Pick 3 Evening
8-1-4
Pick 3 Midday
4-0-1
Pick 4 Evening
0-8-9-0
Pick 4 Midday
8-9-0-7
Pick 5 Evening
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Pick 5 Midday
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Powerball
Est. jackpot: $60 million
Rolling Cash 5
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St. Rita’s parent changes name to Mercy Health
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LIMA — Catholic Health Partners (CHP), the parent healthcare system of St. Rita’s Medical Center, has changed its name to Mercy Health. The system’s name change is part of a Ministry evolu-tion to one unified team, focused on high-quality care, increased efficiencies and lower patient costs. Mercy Health is Ohio’s largest health system and fourth-largest employer.“Our new name is a symbol of the new way we are working together to improve the health of the communities we serve,” said Michael D. Connelly, Mercy Health’s president and CEO. “It is a key component of our vision to empower those we serve to achieve their optimal well-being and health, and to maximize our quality and cost effi-ciency by simplifying our structure. This approach to serving and healing demonstrates our commit-ment to making health care easier as our more than 1,000 physicians and 32,000 employees strive to make lives better - mind, body and spirit - to help our patients be well.”The system already operates under the “Mercy” name in five of its current seven markets, includ-ing markets serving Cincinnati, Toledo, Lorain, Springfield and Paducah, Kentucky.Over the next several years, the Mercy Health name will be phased into all system facilities, including St. Rita’s Medical Center. This allows patients to retain the trust, confidence and security they currently have in physician, hospital and out-patient facilities that have served their communities for more than a century.In addition, the Ministry’s website will change to mercy.com.“We start with our patients at the center of every decision,” said Kristen Hall Wevers, Mercy Health’s chief brand, marketing and communica-tions officer. “Simplifying our operating structure improves our ability to maximize our clinical qual-ity and cost effectiveness, and allows us to improve the overall experience patients and their families have when they seek our services in times of need.”The new name also will help Mercy Health more effectively communicate its Mission, results and stories. Mercy Health is a national leader in quality, safety and cost-effectiveness. True to its Mission, Mercy Health provides more than $1 mil-lion per day in community benefit to those patients who need services, but cannot otherwise afford them. Mercy Health is a major economic force in all of the communities it serves, providing nearly $9 billion in annual economic benefit in Ohio alone, according to a recent independent survey.“We are excited about coming together under one name as part of a comprehensive effort to transform healthcare and better serve the people of West Central Ohio,” said Bob Baxter, St. Rita’s president & CEO. “It is important for our patients to know that although the name of our facilities will change over time, the physicians, hospitals and outpatient centers will continue to provide the same high-quality care. We are extremely fortunate to be a part of a progressive organization working in unison to carry forth the mission of our founders. We are building on a solid foundation as we look ahead as one team, focused on the health of the communities we serve.”Mercy Health’s roots date back to the mid-19th century, when women religious answered calls to serve poor and under-served people in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Kentucky. Railroad workers, immigrants and entire communities facing serious outbreaks of illness depended on congregations of women religious from Canada, Germany and Ireland to establish hospitals and nursing schools. During the same period, in Cincinnati, Jewish business leaders established a hospital to serve the city’s growing Jewish population. A century and a half later – and for the last quarter century – these hospitals, physicians and aligned services have been united in one organization dedicated to help-ing individuals and entire communities achieve better health. Today, that organization now is united under a single name: Mercy Health.The system incorporated in 1986 as Mercy Health Care System and changed its name to Catholic Healthcare Partners in 1997 to more accu-rately reflect the multiple religious communities that sponsored it and its emphasis on partnering to build healthier communities. The name was later shortened to Catholic Health Partners to reflect its growing emphasis on prevention and health, in addition to caring in time of need.“We are continuing the ministry started by our founders in the 1800s,” Connelly said. “Consistently providing proven best practices by simplifying our structure will strengthen and advance our abil-ity to deliver high quality, affordable care. We are changing to constantly improve our ministry so that Catholic healthcare remains a strong and vibrant choice for healthcare consumers.”
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LIMA — The safety project on Ohio 309 (Elida Road) on Lima’s west side is yielding the expected results as indicated by crash data.The safety upgrade proj-ect from Robb Avenue to Eastown Road, which had been identified as a high-accident corridor, was completed in 2012. The proj-ect, located in the area of the Lima Mall, included the installation of a raised-curb median down the center of the roadway to control left-turn movements, con-solidation and elimination of driveways, new traffic signals and signal coordina-tion, the addition of U-turns, and the construction of new roadways to help facilitate traffic movement.S E T Inc. of Lowellville was the general contractor for the project. The con-struction contract amount was $7.1 million.“The crash data from 2006 to 2013 indicates the overall acci-dent rate is trending down as expected. What’s most encourag-ing is the rate of injury accidents which has been reduced from a high of 29 in 2009 to 13 in 2013,” said Kirk Slusher, Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 deputy director.The total number of crashes in 2006 was 137. In 2013, there were 75.“That represents an overall reduction in acci-dents of nearly 45 percent,” said Slusher.There has been a period of learning associated with the upgraded roadway, but motorists seem to have adjusted well.“We’re not seeing many accidents associated with U-turn movements which indicates to us that motor-ists are navigating those successfully,” he said.The safety of the cor-ridor was further enhanced last year when the median curb was extended further into the intersection at American Avenue, Hartzler Road, Veteran’s Way and Arthur Avenue to discour-age more than one vehicle at a time negotiating a left or U-turn movement.
Elida Road safety project yielding positive results
UNOH to host 2014 technician competition
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LIMA — The University of Northwestern Ohio is hon-ored to host the Ohio Trucking Maintenance Council’s 2014 Technician Competition on Aug. 8 and 9 for the second consecutive year. The competition includes a written test and hands-on challeng-es in several areas. The University of Northwestern Ohio is a perfect host for this event complete with all the facilities necessary for test-ing and evaluating technicians.The Ohio Trucking Maintenance Council (OTMC) is a council of the Ohio Trucking Association (OTA). OTA is the state association representing the interests of trucking in Ohio since 1918. The Ohio Trucking Maintenance Council, an arm of the OTA, was formed in 1993.Registration will start at 1 p.m. on Aug. 8 in the 400 Building with the written portion of the test occurring between 2-3:30 p.m. The test will be followed by a training seminar, walk through, and rule review. On Aug. 9, the hands-on portion of the competition will take place beginning at 9:30 a.m., also in the 400 Building, with challeng-es in Electrical, Engines, Brakes, HVAC, Fasteners, PMI, Tires & Wheels and Service Diagnostics. Once testing is completed, there will be dinner and an awards cer-emony in the UNOH Event Center starting at 5 p.m.To qualify for the competition, technicians must live in Ohio or be based at a company with a physi-cal address in Ohio and be con-tinuously employed by an Ohio Trucking Association member for at least the past 12 months as a Commercial Vehicle Technician.For more information about the 2014 OTMC Technician Competition please contact Bob Marshal at rmarshal@unoh.edu
Cable on Cedar Point ride snaps, hurting 2
SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio amusement park ride that swings riders as high as 125 feet has been closed indefinitely after a cable snapped, injuring two visitors.Cedar Point spokesman Bryan Edwards said a cable on one of the Skyhawk ride's carriages disconnected late Saturday. One rider was treat-ed at a hospital and released. The other person was treated at the scene, the park said.A man who said he was near the ride when the acci-dent occurred at about 10 p.m. reported hearing "something whip, then bang and scream-ing."Kevin Gregg of Barnegat, New Jersey, operator of an online amusement park fan site called Themeparkmaniacs.com, told The Plain Dealer of Cleveland the ride slowed down to a stop with riders screaming.Gregg said the cable dam-aged the fence in front of the ride where spectators often stand and watch. He said he was back at Cedar Point on Sunday and rides were oper-ating normally, except for Skyhawk.Skyhawk has two giant arms that swing riders at speeds up to 60 mph. The park says the ride was closed temporarily in 2013 for an unrelated reason.Edwards said Skyhawk will remain closed until an investigation into the cause of the accident is completed.Edwards said in a state-ment: "Safety is our top pri-ority."Cedar Point is the flag-ship park of Cedar Fair Entertainment, the nation's fourth-largest amusement park company.
 Authorities say 2 killed in small  plane crash
FINDLAY (AP) — Authorities in northwest Ohio say that two people were killed in an early morning small plane crash.The Hancock County sher-iff's office says that the crash occurred at about 1:10 a.m. EDT Sunday. Authorities say the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board launched investigations of the single-engine plane crash that killed both people on board.The Blade newspaper of Toledo reports that the plane crashed into a ditch, along a county road just northeast of the city of Findlay. The falling plane clipped a power line, knocking it down.The Blade reports that the plane was traveling from Holland, Michigan, to Bluffton, Ohio, near Findlay.Authorities say the plane carried a male pilot and female passenger. Names of the dead weren't released pending noti-fication of family.
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