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50¢ dailyDelphos, Ohio
Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
Don’t miss the Spring Home andGarden tab in Thursday’s Herald. Wildcats beat Jays in crosstownbattle, p6
Obituaries 2State/Local 3Politics 4Community 5Sports 6-7Church 8Classifieds 10TV 11World News 12
Partly sunnySaturday;chance of after-noon showers,storms. Highin mid 70s. See page 2.
Autism Awareness Daybattles misperceptions
BY MIKE FORDThe Delphos Heraldmford@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — Thoughtoday is well-known as GoodFriday in Christian church-es, the United Nations hasdeclared each April 2 asWorld Autism AwarenessDay.Overcoming mispercep-tions is something autisticpersons and their loved onesroutinely face. Autism is aspectrum disordercharacterized by aset of behaviorswide-rangingin scope. Theseinclude a lackof verbal skills,social skills, eyecontact, tantrums andmore. The severitycan vary greatly fromone person to another,as can the ability to function.Local resident Amy Haleis the mother of an autisticteenager, Austin. She said“typical” people usually havea certain set of expectationsabout what constitutes “nor-mal” behavior. This oftenleads to forming unintendedprejudices that are projectedon to others.“I think people withoutautism are in a box becausethey are so fixed on whatis perceived as normal thatopportunities are missedto really see the beautifuluniqueness of a person withautism. When my son wasyounger, family membersthought his behavior was adiscipline problem but it’snot behavioral — it’s neuro-logical. He doesn’t processthings the way typical peopledo. For example, when wewent to the park, he liked toplay with mulch by throwingit on the slide and watch-ing it come back down; hewas fascinated with it. Otherparents were like ‘can’t youstop your kid?’ and I was like‘this is how he’s processingthis.’ He wasn’t being mis-chievous; he’s just very tac-tile and didn’t play the wayothers perceived he should,”she said.“When people with autismdon’t behave the way typ-ical people perceiveas appropriate,they assumeit’s a parentalthing; that theparents aren’tproviding dis-cipline — I getthat from a lotof people. Anotherassumption relatesto communication.When autistic peoplearen’t verbal, they assumethey don’t understand or arenot intelligent. When peopledon’t get the typical expect-ed response from them, theydon’t talk to them. Peoplewith autism communicate dif-ferently; they are engaging,funny, smart and completelywonderful if you take thetime to get to know them.”Hale says living withautism is like being on dif-ferent islands in a commonocean.“I’ve always seen autismas a different reality than ours.It’s like he’s in his own worldor on his own island and it’shard for him to cross thebridge. When we go over tohis island instead of trying toget him to come over to oursand join him in his activities,we build trust. We validatewhat he’s doing instead of telling him it’s not OK bytrying to get him to changeit. This makes it possible toguide him into our world,”she said.Understanding Austin andhis behavior has often beena process of self-discoveryfor the Hales because seeingthings from his perspectiverequires suspending judge-ment.“When you get to hisperspective, you can see hispurpose in doing differentthings. For example, Austinused to stand in front of thewindow and pick at the air.It looked like odd behaviorfrom the outside but if youstood where he was, youcould see the dust particlesdrifting downward in the airand he was grabbing at them.He would also hold a cleartoothbrush up in the light andlook at it because it was aprism,” she explained.
“I think peoplewithout autismare in a boxbecause they areso fixed on what isperceived asnormal thatopportunitiesare missed toreally see thebeautifuluniqueness of a person withautism ...”
— Amy Hale,mother of autistic teen
Nancy Spencer photo
 Junior Optimists stuff 3,000 eggs
Junior Optimist members from Jefferson and St. John’s high schools volunteer theirtime this morning to stuff candy and prize slips in to 3,000 plastic eggs for the annualOptimist Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at WaterworksPark. Children in age groups 1-2 years; 3-5 years; and 6-8 years will find eggs filledwith candy and special slips of paper for prizes.
Swine flu still floating around
BY MIKE FORDThe Delphos Heraldmford@delphosherald.com
After a year of combatingthe dreaded “swine flu,” newsreports may no longer be over-whelming but the virus hasnot gone anywhere, accord-ing to Allen County HealthDepartment Nursing DirectorBecky Dershem.“We started hearing aboutH1N1 about a year ago andwe’re still having conversationsabout it. It’s still out there — itisn’t going away like normalviral patterns that come and go.We don’t see as many reportsbut the cases are there. It hasremained the dominant strain.Over the last few months, wewould normally see seasonalstrains come through but wehaven’t,” she said.Nationwide, it’s unclearwhether or not leaders havethe virus under control.“There is a lot of discussionon where we are right nowin the process of fighting it.Some people think we’re inthe beginning of a third wave,as opposed to a second waveof activity. I don’t know; we’regoing to have to let time tellus but it’s still out there,” shesaid. “A lot more people areeducated about it and we havemore people vaccinated thanwe did last year at this time.“Right now, we’re at about20 percent of the county popu-lation. That’s low but it’s betterthan last year; I think we had amismatch of when the vaccinewas available and when therewas interest in it. Anytimethat happens, there is going tobe less participation than wewant.”The public’s best defenseis to take measures that stopgerms from spreading. TheCenters for Disease Controland Prevention’s precautionsinclude:
• Covering your nose and
mouth with a tissue when youcough or sneeze.
• Stay home if you are sick.• Avoid close contact with
people who are sick.
• Practice other good health
habits – keep yourself healthyby getting plenty of sleep,being physically active, eatingnutritious foods and drinkingplenty of fluids.The most important of allmay be to pull up one’s shirtsleeve.“We have to remain vigilant;by all means, get a flu shot. Westill offer them from 8-9 a.m.and 3-4 p.m. at our down-town office Monday throughFriday,” she said. “They’vealso decided the H1N1 vaccinewill be included in the seasonalvaccine this Fall.”
“We startedhearing aboutH1N1 about ayear ago andwe’re stillhavingconversationsabout it. It’s stillout there — itisn’t going awaylike normal viralpatterns thatcome and go. Wedon’t see as manyreports but thecases are there. Ithas remained thedominant strain.”
— Becky Dershem,Allen County HealthDepartment nursing director
Nancy Spencer photo
 Ready for Easter 
The yard of this home on East Ninth Street is decked out for the holidays.
Health dangers continueto lurk in floodwaters
By ERIC TUCKERThe Associated Press
PROVIDENCE, R.I. —The sun is out. The waterlevel is falling. Traffic isstarting to flow again. Whilethings appear to be lookingup in Rhode Island, the statehit hardest this week by threedays of rain and record flood-ing, health and environmen-tal officials warn there’s stilldanger below the surface.Raw sewage, garbage andoil are swirling around in themuddy floodwaters, creat-ing a threat to people as thecontaminants make their waytoward and then down NewEngland’s rivers and streams.In Rhode Island, the floodingstands to introduce pollutantsinto Narragansett Bay, theocean inlet whose nooks andcrannies give the tiny statemore than 400 miles of coast-line, and disrupt the importantshellfishing industry there.“The impact on this infra-structure is unprecedented,”said Curt Spalding, admin-istrator of the New Englandregion of the EnvironmentalProtection Agency. “It’s avery rare occurrence whenwastewater plants are com-pletely disabled by flood, lit-erally taken out and becomeinoperable. This is a veryserious matter.”The flooding has forcedhundreds of people fromtheir homes and businesses,and Gov. Don Carcieri saidThursday that damage couldreach into the hundreds of millions of dollars. But thereare bright spots: A stretch of Interstate 95, a major EastCoast link, that had closed fordays reopened to traffic. Stateoffices reopened, and publiccolleges and universities wereset to do the same today.U.S. Homeland SecuritySecretary Janet Napolitanoplans to tour the flood damagetoday. Members of the state’scongressional delegation arecalling on the federal govern-ment to step up aid to help theeconomically battered statecope with the flooding.President Barack Obamaissued an emergency dec-laration for the state earlierin the week and made anunscheduled visit Thursday toMassachusetts, where nearly3,500 residents have alreadyapplied for federal emergen-cy flood assistance. He alsocalled Carcieri on Thursdaynight and offered as muchfederal help as necessary todeal with Rhode Island’smassive flooding.And in some good newsfrom Connecticut, emergencymanagement officials said theConnecticut River is expectedto crest about 1 1/2 feet belowmajor flood levels.Even before the flood-ing began in earnest, theRhode Island Department of Environmental Management,anticipating the danger, closedmost of the bay and southerncoastal ponds to shellfishinguntil further notice. Fishingwas restricted in parts of Massachusetts, as well.People who eat contami-nated seafood or exposethemselves to or swallow thebacteria-contaminated watercan become sick with diar-rhea and other gastrointes-tinal problems and E. colipoisoning.“When they say sewageis in it, it worries you,” saidChris Palazzi, 43, who wasstill surveying damage to his
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Fort Jennings AthleticDirector Tom Sakemiller hasannounced coaching open-ings and the accepting of applications for the followingpositions: athletic director;boys varsity, assistant varsity, junior varsity, junior high andelementary basketball coach-es; girls varsity assistant, junior high and elementarybasketball coaches; cheer-leading advisors; boys varsityand reserve soccer coaches;girls varsity and assistant var-sity soccer coaches; baseballvarsity and assistant coaches;and musical assistant director.Anyone interestedshould contact the highschool office as (419) 286-2238 for an application.Deadline is April 12.
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MOSCOW — A 17-year-old widow of a slain Islamistrebel was one of the two femalesuicide bombers who attackedMoscow’s subway, a leadingRussian newspaper reportedtoday, as President DmitryMedvedev announced newmeasures to crack down on ter-rorism.The death toll from Monday’ssubway bombings in Moscowrose to 40 today as a man diedin the hospital of his injuries. Atleast 90 others were injured inthose attacks.Medvedev, himself a lawyer,said the laws should be broad-ened so that those who helpterrorists even in small ways— “by making soup or wash-ing clothes” — are punished.However, that is somethingRussian authorities have alreadybeen doing.The Kommersant newspaperreported that the subway bomb-ers came from Dagestan andChechnya, two neighboring,predominantly Muslim prov-inces in Russia’s volatile NorthCaucasus region. Dagestan wasthe site of two subsequent sui-cide bombings on Wednesdaythat killed 12 people, mostlypolice officers, and anotherexplosion Thursday that killedtwo suspected militants.Federal and local officialsin Dagestan refused to com-ment today to The AssociatedPress on the newspaper report.A Chechen militant leader onThursday claimed responsibilityfor the subway bombings.Kommersant publisheda photograph of a youngwoman dressed in a blackMuslim headscarf and hold-ing a pistol. It named her asDzhennet Abdurakhmanovafrom Dagestan, saying shewas also known as DzhennetAbdullayeva.A man with his arm aroundher, also holding a gun, is iden-tified as Umalat Magomedov,whom the paper describesas an Islamist militant leaderkilled by government forces inDecember.The report, giving no sources,said the second bomber has beententatively identified as 20-year-old Markha Ustarkhanova fromChechnya. On Thursday, thepaper said she was the widowof a militant leader killed lastOctober while preparing toassassinate Chechen PresidentRamzan Kadyrov, who is backedby the Kremlin.Female suicide bombersfrom the North Caucasus arereferred to in Russia as “blackwidows” because many of themare the wives, or other relatives,of militants killed by securityforces.Medvedev and PrimeMinister Vladimir Putin havecalled for the terrorists to beunceremoniously destroyed.Today, Medvedev broadenedthe targets to include theiraccomplices.“In my opinion, we have tocreate such a model for terroristcrimes that anyone who helpsthem — no matter what he does,be it cook the soup or washthe clothes — has committed acrime,” Medvedev said.Russian police and securityforces have long been accused of seizing people suspected of aid-ing militants. Some people weretortured and many disappeared,and rights people trying to docu-ment the abuses have also beenslain, kidnapped, threatened orhave disappeared.
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Sounds heard in China mine where 153 trapped
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BEIJING — Rescuersheard tapping sounds todayfrom the pipes in a floodedChinese coal mine where 153workers were trapped morethan five days earlier, andanother rescue team report-edly heard shouts, an officialsaid.The sounds at theWangjialing mine in thenorthern province of Shanxiwere the first signs of lifesince the mine was floodedSunday afternoon, rescueofficial Zhao Chuan said.“I’m so happy to hear thenews, and I think everybodyis,” Tang Yinfeng, whosebrother-in-law is trapped.“The rescue work is muchfaster than before. We’regrateful for their effort.”Footage on the statebroadcaster also showed res-cuers tapping on pipes witha wrench, and then cheeringand jumping for joy whenthey heard a response. Oneman wiped tears from hiseyes.Government officialssay the flood was triggeredwhen workers digging tun-nels broke through into anold shaft filled with water.About 3,000 rescuers wereworking around the clock topump water out of the minetoday. Earlier, relatives hadcomplained the work wasproceeding too slowly.Wen Changjin, an officialfrom the news center set up atthe site, said rescuers tappingon the pipes began to heartapping responses from about820 feet (250 meters) belowground at around 2 p.m.Zhao told The AssociatedPress by telephone that hehad heard from colleaguesthat another rescue teamreported hearing peopleshouting underground as wellbut he could not immediatelyconfirm that account. Wensaid officials at the news cen-ter had not heard reports of shouting.He said rescuers havestarted sending glucose andmilk down the pipes to thespot where the tapping washeard.Zhao was quoted by state-run China Central Televisionas saying that an iron wirewas found tied to a drill rodand rescuers think it may havebeen attached by one of thetrapped miners. Images of theiron wire showed it had beenshaped into a circle, with itsends twisted together.The 153 workers werebelieved to be trapped onnine different platforms inthe mine, which was floodedwith up to 37 million gal-lons (140,000 cubic meters)of water, the equivalent of more than 55 Olympic swim-ming pools, state televisionhas reported.Rescuers said four of theplatforms were not totallysubmerged, the state-runXinhua News Agency report-ed today.“It is believed that someworkers may have a chanceof survival,” a spokesman forthe rescue headquarters, LiuDezheng, told state mediaWednesday. “We will go allout to save them.”The water level under-ground had dropped by 2.6yards (meters) as of noontoday, Xinhua reported.David Creedy, a for-mer mine consultant whonow works in China as coalmine methane director forSindicatum Carbon Capital,said if the mine’s tunnelsremain open with no cave-ins, rescuers should be able toreach the miners by pumpingout the water or sending adiver through.He said the survival of those trapped depends on sev-eral factors, including howcold and wet they are andhow much air is available.“Certainly for the currenttime, a week or so, there’s agood chance,” he said.Delphos Police investigat-ed an accident that occurred at9:14 p.m. on Thursday whenthe driver of one vehicle lostcontrol and struck a parkedSUV.Rosemary Pohlman, 80, of Delphos was traveling north-bound on North FranklinStreet when she drifted intothe right lane and struck theparked vehicle of Kim Antalisof Delphos, which was legal-ly parked in front of 236 N.Franklin St.There were no injuriesand moderate damage toPohlman’s vehicle and minordamage to Antalis’s SUV.Pohlman was cited for fail-ure to maintain control.At 9:46 p.m. on March 31,a traffic crash involving threevehicles occurred at the inter-section of North Franklin andEast First streets.Sean Williams, 17, of VanWert was traveling south-bound on North Franklinand proceeding through theintersection at East FirstStreet. Dorothy Kohler, 89,of Delphos, failed to yieldthe right of way and movedthrough the intersection onEast First Street, strikingWilliams’ vehicle in the leftside. Both vehicles continuedto move southwest, whichresulted in both striking thevehicle of James Williamson,35, of Delphos, who waseastbound on East First Streetand stopped at the stop sign.There was possible injuryto Williamson and Kohler whodid not seek medical treatmentat the scene.There was moderate dam-age to Kohler and Williams’vehicles and minor damage toWilliamson’s.Kohler was cited for failureto yield after stopping.
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip— Gaza’s Hamas rulers saidtoday they have contactedarmed groups in the territoryin an apparent bid to keepthem from attacks that couldprovoke Israel.A string of recentPalestinian rocket attacks onsouthern Israel and retalia-tory Israeli airstrikes haveratcheted up tensions. Earliertoday, Israeli aircraft struckmultiple targets in Gaza aftera rocket landed in southernIsrael the day before.Gaza health official Dr.Moaiya Hassanain said threePalestinian children werewounded in one of the air-strikes and hospitalized.The Israeli military saidaircraft struck two weapons-making factories and twoweapons-storage facilities.Hamas security officials said10 sites were hit: a cheesefactory, a moviemaking com-plex built by the territory’sIslamic militant Hamas rulersand open areas where mili-tants train.A statement released bythe Hamas government afterthe aerial assaults accusedIsrael of an “escalation”against Gaza. But it also saidthe Hamas government was“making contact with the fac-tions to safeguard internalagreement.”Hamas has never explic-itly criticized attacks againstIsrael, though top officialshave said such attacks don’tserve Palestinian interestsright now. Today’s state-ment indicated that theIslamic group was acting toget the territory’s other mili-tant groups to respect thispolicy.Some in Gaza have criti-cized Hamas — whose mainrallying cry is armed con-frontation against Israel —for seeking to restrict rocketattacks on Israeli territory.Last year, Israel conduct-ed a bruising war in Gazaafter years of rocket attacks.Since then, Hamas has triedto avoid provoking sweepingIsraeli military action.At 12:05 a.m. on Friday,Putnam County Sheriff’sOffice received a 911 callconcerning Kyle Kazee, 29,of Fort Jennings, who hit aguardrail with an ATV onRoad R in the area of St. Rt.190, north of Fort Jennings.Kazee was transported byOttoville EMS to St. Rita’sMedical Center. Assisting onthe scene was Fort JenningsFire Department.At this time Kazee’s condi-tion is unknown.The accident is still underinvestigation.Corn: $3.17Wheat: $3.95Beans: $9.20
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Today is Good Friday, April2, the 92nd day of 2010. Thereare 273 days left in the year.
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Eva L. Grone, 91, of Delphos, died at 2:25 a.m.Thursday at VancrestHealthcare Center.She was born Oct. 3, 1918,in Delphos, to CJ and Agnes(Sauber) Yochum.On July 26, 1941, she mar-ried Arthur Grone, who diedon May 15, 2003.Survivors include sonsNeil (Norma) Grone of Liberty Township, Jim (Lois)Grone of Fort Jennings andMike (Dawn) Vollmar-Grone of Sidney; daugh-ters Mary (Kinnaird) Knissof Avilla, Ind., and DianaGrone-Hitchcock of Delphos;sister Beatrice Basinger of Sacramento, Calif.; 11 grand-children and 18 great grand-children.She was preceded indeath by her brother Albert;and sisters Della Studenka,Rita Shellabarger, Catherineand Pat Yochum and BettyWorkman.Mrs. Grone was a home-maker and member at St.John the Evangelist CatholicChurch, past member of itsAltar Rosary Society and agraduate of St. John’s HighSchool. She was also a mem-ber of the American ContractBridge League and attained therank of master. She enjoyedplaying bridge and other cardgames, golfing, crocheting,knitting and being with herchildren and grandchildren.Mass of Christian Burialbegins at 11 a.m. Mondayat St. John the EvangelistCatholic Church, with buri-al following in ResurrectionCemetery.Friends may call from 4-9p.m. Sunday at Harter andSchier Funeral Home and foran hour prior to the serviceat the church. A wake beginsat 8:30 p.m. Sunday at thefuneral home.Memorials are to Masses orAmerican Heart Association.
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Warwick home, where rush-ing water took out his drivewaygravel and seeped into his base-ment.Still, while serious in theshort term, the problems areexpected to dissipate withinweeks as the flood water con-tinues to recede — and theypale next to the similar butmore sweeping contaminationthat plagued New Orleans afterHurricane Katrina, when mil-lions of gallons of oil spilledinto neighborhoods and canals.“This was atypical, but thefish, the birds, the creatures of the bay will weather this justfine,” said John Torgan, a mem-ber of the environmental advo-cacy group Save the Bay.Narragansett Bay is an estu-ary, a place where salt and fresh-water mix and create an impor-tant incubator for sea and avianlife. Though no one expectsa mass fish kill, it’s possiblethat species such as starfish andmussels could die if exposed toa sudden, heavy burst of freshwater, Torgan said.And the bay is bracing for apotential influx of contaminantslike garbage or oil from indus-trial trucking facilities, alreadyvisible in the storm water float-ing across low-lying areas anddown rivers.“There will be a big load of sediment that hits NarragansettBay. There’ll be a lot of pollutedrunoff, oils and things that are onour streets normally, on our lawns,on the watershed,” Spalding said.“It will come all at once.”But so far, he added, he hasnot seen any major release of hazardous chemicals.No public water supplies areknown to have been contami-nated, but people supplied byfour small water systems areurged to boil it as a precaution.The state health department hasasked restaurants to close if theywere flooded in any area andenvironmental officials are urg-ing caution for anyone cleaningup indoor fuel spills. And any-one who walks through the filthyfloodwaters is potentially at risk.Rhode Island health direc-tor David Gifford said he wasunaware of anyone who hadreported becoming sick but wasmonitoring the situation becauseof the extent of the flooding.“This is happening in a lot of places; it’s pretty widespread,”Gifford said. “So it’s affecting alot of people.”Wastewater treatment plantsordinarily treat and purify wasteand then discharge it back intothe water.But this week, as the regionexperienced the end of its raini-est month on record and thePawtuxet River, normally 9 feetdeep, crested at a record 20.79feet, treatment plants in Warwickand West Warwick had to beshut down and a pump station innearby Cranston gave out.
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“Sticking the Landing” by Gary Hovey is just one of the new exhibits offered fromApril 11 to May 8 at the Wassenberg Art Center in Van Wert.
Wildlife/nature art exhibit scheduled
A wildlife/nature-themedexhibit featuring both paint-ings and unique metal sculp-tures will be on display atthe Wassenberg Art Center inVan Wert, Ohio, from April11 to May 8. The exhibitis sponsored by BricknerFuneral Home. After theopening on April 11 (1-5p.m.) the show hours willbe 1-5 p.m. Tuesday throughSunday (closed Mondays).Admission is free.Gary Hovey of NewKnoxville calls his sculp-tures “Hoveyware.Thisextremely talented artist usesold knives, forks and spoonsto create wonderfully lifelikeanimals, fish, birds and more.Using welding tools, he fusesthe tableware together tobuild his metal sculptures. Ablue heron, a wolf (with furmade of 800 forks) and a six-foot-tall giraffe made of over1,000 pieces of silverware area few of the pieces that willbe displayed.Complementing Gary’swork will be paintings byWilliam John of Lima andAnn Dysinger of GroverHill. Both painters havewon numerous awards inthe tri-state area for theirwork, including awards inthe Wassenberg Art Center’sprestigious Annual June ArtExhibit.Ann Dysinger lives withher husband Brad on theirPaulding County farm andpheasant hunting preserve.Combining her artistic abil-ity with her familiarity withnature gives her the “natural-ist’s eye” for wildlife thatdefines her art. She enjoyspainting both wild anddomestic animals, and herpaintings in the show willinclude examples of both.William John is knownboth locally and nationallyfor his paintings, which main-ly concentrate on wildlife.Animals in their natural envi-ronment are his specialty.For information on exhib-its and activities, contact theWassenberg Art Center, 643S. Washington St., Van Wert,OH 45891; 419-238-6837or 1.888.238.3837; wassen-berg@embarqmail.com.Visit www.vanwert.com/wassenberg and click on“calendar” for current infor-mation about shows andclasses.
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Father, daughterkilled in crash
County fnds use
for vacant bldg.Bishop scaredof church revoltOhio studentswarned not toact up in mall
DAYTON (AP) — TheUniversity of Dayton hasscheduled a prayer service fora student and her father whowere killed in single-engineplane crash.Kacie Hausfeld, a juniorearly childhood educationmajor who was on the wom-en’s volleyball team, and herfather, Thomas Hausfeld, 50,died Thursday in the crash justbefore 1 p.m. near Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport.FAA spokeswomanElizabeth Isham Cory said theprivate plane was headed forthe DuPage Airport in subur-ban Chicago when the pilotreported that a cargo door wasopen. The Beechcraft Bonanzacrashed as Hausfeld tried toreturn to the runway.The university’s prayer ser-vice will be Monday at 9 p.m.in the Immaculate ConceptionChapel.CLEVELAND (AP) —County officials in Clevelandmay have found a use for avacant 29-story office towerdesigned by modernist archi-tect Marcel Breuer.The county is offering freeuse of the Ameritrust build-ing to Cleveland firefightersfor training on fires in high-rises. Assistant Fire Chief Tim O’Toole calls it a uniqueopportunity.Cuyahoga County spent$40 million to buy the prop-erty and remove asbestos buthas since abandoned the ideaof using the building for coun-ty offices.The architect’s creditsinclude the Whitney Museumof American Art in New Yorkand the 1971 wing of theCleveland Museum of Art.CLEVELAND (AP) —Cleveland’s Roman Catholicbishop has warned membersof a 157-year-old church clos-ing April 11 to avoid becom-ing a renegade congregation.Members of St. PeterCatholic Church in downtownCleveland have rented a spaceand plan to operate social ser-vice programs from that loca-tion.But Bishop Richard Lennonwarned in a Holy Week letterthat he will not allow a priestto celebrate Mass outside anapproved location. He cau-tioned members to avoid cre-ating disunity.The parishioners say theyhave no plans for a breakawaychurch and don’t intend tohold worship services at therented space.The Cleveland diocese isclosing or merging 50 parish-es, blaming declining numbersof priests and parishioners andshrinking finances.TOLEDO (AP) — AnOhio school district has sentstudents home on spring breakwith a letter from a shoppingmall that doesn’t want anymore trouble.The Westfield FranklinPark mall in Toledo was thescene of a fight in Februarythat involved about 150 teens.Police arrested more than adozen between the ages of 14and 16.Students in the Toledopublic schools are off Fridayand all of next week. The dis-trict’s middle and high schoolstudents were given a letterto take home to their parentsThursday warning that themall now has a zero-tolerancepolicy regarding disruptivebehavior and will work withpolice to ban, arrest, and pros-ecute troublemakers.The letter includes areminder that the city has acurfew for children under 18who are not with a parent orguardian.
By MATT LEINGANGThe Associated Press
COLUMBUS —Republican critics threaten-ing to reject $400 million infederal stimulus money for ahigh-profile passenger trainproject are squandering achance to position Ohio forthe 21st century, says the manwho put together the state’smaster rail plan.James Seney, a Republicanappointee who led theOhio Rail DevelopmentCommission for six years,said he’s stunned the proj-ect is running into problemssince the GOP endorsed fed-eral funding for his plan whenhe was in office. But Seneyalso said the administrationof Gov. Ted Strickland, aDemocrat, has done a poor job of addressing critics.“It’s an extraordinaryopportunity that’s not goingto come along again for a longtime if Ohio drops the ball,”Seney said in an interviewwith The Associated Press.The $400 million awardedby President Barack Obamain January is intended tocover the cost of a startupservice connecting Cleveland,Columbus, Dayton andCincinnati with trains thatreach 79 mph.Rejecting it would damageOhio’s credibility and hurt itschances of getting future dol-lars to complete the system,Seney said.Seney, who retired in2006, was the architect of what’s known as the OhioHub, a plan that calls for 110-mph trains on seven routesconnecting to larger networksin the Midwest, East Coastand Canada.Just a few monthsbefore Seney left office, theRepublican-controlled OhioSenate voted 33-0 to approvea resolution supporting con-gressional funding for anenvironmental impact studyon the Ohio Hub, whichidentified the Cleveland-to-Cincinnati route as the firstplace to get trains runningbecause of its strong ridershippotential.Critics who complain thestimulus money won’t getOhio to 110 mph right awayare missing the big picture,said Seney, whose plan envi-sioned a $5 billion systembuilt over 30 years, spurringthousands of construction jobs and billions of dollarsin economic developmentaround train stations.“Would you like to startat 110 right away? Yes, butthat’s not in the cards now,”Seney said. “Look, we didn’tbuild the interstate highwaysystem all at once. It took fivedecades to complete.”Ohio needs to build whatit can now, demonstrate it canmake the first route work andshow the federal governmentthat it deserves more invest-ments, Seney said. Any stim-ulus money that Ohio rejectswill be given to another state.Key Republican senatorshave derided the startup trainsas too slow and balked atridership projections show-ing 478,000 passengers in thefirst year. About 6 millionpeople live along the 255-mile Cleveland-to-Cincinnatiroute, making it one of themost heavily populated cor-ridors without rail service inthe Midwest.As it stands now, the planis at a stalemate.Transportation DirectorJolene Molitoris wantsRepublicans on the stateControlling Board to release$25 million in stimulus moneyto complete the final engi-neering and design work onthe Cleveland-to-Cincinnaticorridor.But Senate President BillHarris, who held a privatemeeting with Molitoris lastmonth, hasn’t been satisfiedwith some of the answers he’sbeen given about the project’sfeasibility. He also believesthere are inconsistencies inthe transportation depart-ment’s documentation, hisspokesman said Thursday.“Senate Republicans’ ideais to be fiscally responsiblewith an enormous amountof taxpayer money,” Harrisspokeswoman MaggieOstrowski said.That’s fine, Seney said,and the project deserves to bescrutinized. But Republicanscan’t sit on the sidelines, hesaid. They need to providetheir own ideas.
Rail plan chief stunned by stall
Men charged in credit card fraud
CLEVELAND (AP) —Eight men have been chargedin a credit card fraud schemeof up to $1 million target-ing major retail chains inOhio and run by telephoneby a federal prison inmatein New Jersey, the FBI saidThursday.Seven Cleveland men anda Trenton, N.J., man servingtime in Fort Dix, N.J., arecharged with conspiracy tocommit wire fraud, the FBIsaid. Seven of the men werearrested Wednesday nightand Thursday morning; theeighth was at large.The ring targeted creditcards issued by stores includ-ing Lowe’s, Home Depot,Best Buy, Macy’s, Nordstrom,Saks Fifth Avenue, Sears,Staples and hhgregg, wherethe men bought high-priceditems including a tractor andhousehold appliances, theFBI said. The cards involvedwere backed by financialinstitutions including GECapital, Citigroup Financialand HSBC, and the amountlost was between $500,000and $1 million, the agencysaid.“These are stores that weall frequently visit with storecredit cards that many of uscarry in our wallets,” said C.Frank Figliuzzi, special agentin charge for the ClevelandDivision of the FBI.Items found during a raidin Cleveland on Thursdayincluded a John Deere trac-tor, big-screen televisions,snow-blowers and stoves,some in their original pack-aging, Figliuzzi said.The investigation involvedcommunities across north-east Ohio, including manywith strong retail presenc-es, including Strongsville,Beachwood and RichmondHeights.The men are accused of wrangling personal informa-tion from credit card cus-tomer service departmentsand using the information tobecome authorized users of cards issued to other people.Investigators said the menused “a variety of tactics” toobtain credit card informa-tion from customer serviceemployees and then used itto add authorized users to theaccounts or change accountholder information.When making purchases,the men had store employeeslook up account informationby showing IDs or givingthe last four digits of a cardholder’s Social security num-ber, the FBI said.Items purchased wereresold, authorities said.“They would purchasebig-ticket items often from ashopping list supplied by pre-arranged buyers who treatedthis ring as their own personalshoppers,” Figliuzzi said.He said that the Thursdayraid was at a home used tostore merchandise and thatthe site was equipped witha surveillance system beingmonitored by a man withinreach of a loaded gun andanother man sleeping with ashotgun.Figliuzzi said the menwere arrested after authori-ties put electronic surveil-lance on an unauthorizedcell phone being use by theprison inmate and undertookphysical surveillance of theCleveland men during theirshopping trips.Figliuzzi said he believesthe New Jersey man met oneof the Cleveland men in anOhio prison.
Call center layingoff 585 workers
AMHERST (AP) — AColorado operator of customercall centers for other compa-nies is laying off 585 workersat a facility in Ohio.TeleTech Holdings Inc.of Englewood, Colo., saidThursday that the sole clientof the call center in north-ern Ohio’s Lorain County hasdecided it no longer wants theservices.County officials say thecenter handled calls for theT-Mobile wireless companyand that T-Mobile has decidedto handle the work in-house.T-Mobile says in a state-ment that it does not commenton its business strategies.
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