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13, 2010
50¢ dailyDelphos, Ohio
Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
Ohio gets more foreclosurehelp, p3After quick start, Woods fallsback to pack at PGA, p6
Obituaries 2State/Local 3Politics 4Community 5Sports 6Church 7Classifieds 8TV 9World News 10
Partly sunnySaturday withchance of after-noon show-ers, storms.High in low90s. See page 2.
New pavilion to impact economy
BY CAITLIN EYTHThe Delphos Heraldceyth@delphosherald.com
LIMA — The AllenCounty Fair doesn’t offi-cially start until next weekbut kicked off Thursday nightwith its annual pre-fair dinnerat the fairgrounds. The eventwas attended by those whomake the fair possible frombehind the scenes, as well asboard members and others.Manager Jay Begg pre-viewed the upcoming fair,which will be the county’s160th.“It’s hard to imagine whatit was like 160 years ago butwe have evolved into quite theevent since then,” said Begg.One of the big additionsthis year is the SchmidthorstPavilion, which has been indevelopment for 5 years.The pavilion is expected tobring many more events to thefairgrounds and is projectedto bring the county nearly $1million dollars of economicimpact. It’s also forecasted togenerate $100,000 in addi-tional annual rental income.“We already have a coupleevents booked for the comingyears because we had thispavilion built,” Begg said.The 500-seat facility willbe used for riding shows andother events, including cattleshows, swap meets and con-certs.Construction is still ongo-ing but Begg is confident itwill be ready in time for thefair.“It should be fit to ridehorses in by fair time,” hesaid. “This will be a tre-mendous asset to the juniorfair kids as well as the fair-grounds as a whole.”Construction was madepossible by $570,000 dollarsin private donations, includ-ing $300,000 from Allenand Carol Schmidthorst.Remaining constructionfunding was provided by thefair board.On Aug. 20, there will bean official ribbon cutting atthe pavilion at 4 p.m. and thededication ceremony beginsat 9 p.m.The fair board alsoannounced the 2009 AllenCounty AgriculturalScholarship recipients. Thestudents receiving thosescholarships were AubreyCaudill, Ashley Gilroy,Nathan Haase, Aaron Swaneyand Calie Zwiebel.The junior fair board con-cluded the kick off event witha ceremony for junior fairroyalty. Members of the roy-alty were selected based onan application process, pastparticipation and contribu-tions to the fair were alsotaken into account. Membersof this year’s fair royaltyinclude, Taylor Edgington,Sarah Amstutz and AllieAveresch.A king, queen and twoprincesses were crowned thisyear. The princesses wereSamantha Vermule and ClaireMcConnell. Jason Lauf andKaley Core were crownedking and queen.The Allen County Fairruns Aug. 20-28.The traditional St. John’sgirls soccer alumni gamewill be held 2 p.m. Saturdayat St. John’s High School.This year it will be opento ANY graduates from St.John’s High School thatwere on the soccer team orclub team. The alumni willbe playing the 2010 LadyBlue Jays soccer team.Come and join the fun!
Lady Jay matchcancelled
The St. John’s girls golf match scheduled for Mondayat Celina has been cancelled.
CYO volleyball reg-istration planned
There is a registrationmeeting for any girls inthe 4th-6th grade wish-ing to participate in fallCYO volleyball from6:30-7:15 p.m. Sunday atthe St. John’s Annex.Please bring a par-ent and registration fee of $40. Shirt fee is $10.
FootballScrimmages: St.John’s at Elida, 10 a.m.Boys Golf Jefferson at FortJennings, 10 a.m.
FootballScrimmages: Jeffersonat Bath (moved fromDelphos), 10 a.m.,; Shawneeat Spencerville, 10 a.m.
Lady Jays setAlumni Game
Stacy Taff photos
Allen County Jr. Fair Royalty were crowned at the kick-off dinner and were, from left, King Jason Lauf, Queen Kaley Core and Princesses Samantha Vermule of Delphos andClaire McConnel.Nathan Haase, left, receives a scholarship from AllenCounty Fair Manater and Secretar Jay Begg. Otherscholarship winners were Aaron Swaney, Ashley Gilroy, Aubrey Caudill and Calie Zwiebel.
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Motor Madnessin Fort Jennings
Fort Jennings will host the 14th annual Motor MadnessWeekend today and Saturday.
Cruise In/Car Show - 5 p.m.Burn Out Contest - 7 p.m.Duck Races - 8 p.m.(All of today’s events are held in downtown FortJennings between Water and Main streets.)
Lawn Mower Poker Run - Check-in at noon with thefirst mower out 1 p.m.Lawn Mower Races - 7 p.m.Live music by Double Deed immediately following therace at Fort Jennings Park.(Saturday’s events are at Fort Jennings Park.)
Curfew law curbs delinquency
BY MIKE FORDThe Delphos Heraldmford@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — Locallaw stipulates those young-er than 14 years must beinside after 10:30 everynight. Those between theages of 14 and 17 mustbe in by 11 p.m. exceptfor the midnight curfewon Fridays and Saturdays.As local youth prepare forclasses to resume, manyhave “stretched” their free-dom to enjoy the outdoorsin recent weeks.Police Chief Kyle Fittrosays there has been a spikein curfew violations but thatoften happens in late sum-mer.“Recent curfew viola-tions are up but I don’tthink it’s anything signifi-cant; it comes and goes.Toward the end of sum-mer, they’re out and about,so we’re pretty strict oncurfew. Some parents maysay ‘it’s only curfew; it’s aminor violation, so why areyou enforcing it so diligent-ly? Why aren’t you focusingon other things?’ We havefound that when they’reout after curfew, gener-ally speaking, they’re outdoing other things. They’rebreaking into cars, vandal-izing property and drinking,which leads to other things.In general, when they’reout after midnight, they’renot volunteering with thePeace Corps; they’re out fora reason that is not a benefitto the community,” he said.“If we were to be lenientwith curfew, we would havebigger problems. We havefound that many, manytimes, those who are caughtbreaking into cars are alsoviolating curfew. That’swhy we’re strict.”Fittro said he is not dog-matic or a proponent of “big government” over per-sonal freedom. However,he believes the curfewlaw has been created bythe community in the inter-est of everyone who liveshere. Some good kids whoviolate the law with no illintentions may feel they’retreated unfairly. Fittro saysthe police cannot distinguishtruth from fiction unless theofficer in question knowsthe respective teenager.“I don’t mean that everykid who’s out past curfewis a bad kid. A lot of themare good kids and some-times, they get ‘caught inthe net;’ they’re in viola-tion but they’re not doinganything other than beingout too late. From a policestandpoint, how do youknow? It’s very hard totell because you don’t usu-ally catch them in the actof breaking into cars, forexample; you just catchthem out and 90 percent of the people you deal with lieto you. They’re not goingto say ‘yes, officer. I havebeen breaking into cars; letme show you where theyare’ and take you to them,”he said.The curfew law is not sorigid that there is never an
“... In general, when they’re outafter midnight, they’re notvolunteering withthe Peace Corps;they’re out fora reason that isnot a benefit tothe community.”
— Delphos PoliceChief Kyle Fittro
See CURFEW, page 3
That’s a lot of slaw!
Sarah Moenter, 9, of Shenk Road received acabbage plant from St.John’s third-grade teacherSr. Tina at the end of schoolin May. She presented this13-pound cabbage to hergrandma, Minnie Moenterthis week to make cookedcabbage and slaw. Sarah isthe daughter of Fred andStephanie Moenter.
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‘So You Think You CanDance’ fans pick Froderman
LOS ANGELES (AP)— Lauren Frodermanhad all the right moves on“So You Think You CanDance.”Viewer votes awardedthe 18-year-old recenthigh school graduatefrom Phoenix the titleof “America’s FavoriteDancer” and the $250,000grand prize. Frodermanbested 18-year-old runner-up Kent Boyd of Botkinsand 19-year-old third-placefinisher Robert Roldan of Thousand Oaks, Calif., onthe Fox dancing contest’slive finale Thursday.“I have been workingmy whole life for some-thing like this,” Frodermansaid.The bubbly contempo-rary jazz dancer was bestknown for her ability topick up other styles, effort-lessly taking on hip-hop,ballroom and Bollywoodroutines throughout theseventh season. She alsodeftly tackled a wardrobemalfunction — a danglybroken dress strap — whileperforming a Broadwaynumber during the thirdweek of competition.
Before Froderman’scrowning, the finale fea-tured performances fromdance troop Quest Crew,7-year-old tap dancer LukeSpring and a duet betweenhip-hop dancer Stephen“tWitch” Boss and talkshow host Ellen DeGeneres.The former “AmericanIdol” judge held her ownin the fast-pumping, ther-apy-themed routine set to“Outta Your Mind” by Lil’Jon and LMFAO.
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Jan. 4, 1943 - Aug. 12, 2010
Angela Joy (Crow)Bowersock, 67, of Delphos,died at 3:51 a.m. Thursday ather residence surrounded byher family.She was born Jan. 4, 1943,in North Baltimore to Hermanand Gladys (Nungester) Crow.On Sept. 1, 1962, she mar-ried Rex Bowersock, who sur-vives in Delphos.Survivors include two sons,Dean (Jodi) Bowersock of Delphos and Aaron (Martina)Bowersock of Nashville,Tenn.; two daughters, Dawn(Larry) Trentman of Defianceand Erica (John) Pimpas of Delphos; four sisters, Darlene(Carl) Hall of Wapakoneta,Alberta Graeser of Ashville,N.C., Gloria (William) Herr of Bluffton and Pamela (Preston)Place of Spencerville; twobrothers, Herman (Kay)Crow Jr. of Wapakoneta andPaul (Dawn) Crow of Lima;grandchildren Taylor andBrett Bowersock, Gabrielle,Jessica and Sophia Pimpasand Grace Bowersock; in-lawsRandy (Gloria) Bowersockand Rhonda (Ron) Illyes; andmany nieces and nephews.She was preceded in deathby a sister, Dolores Hanes;and parents-in-law W.B. andMargaret Bowersock.Mrs. Bowersock was abookkeeper for many busi-nesses. She held membershipwith Trinity United MethodistChurch, Eastern Star, GreenThumb Garden Club, TrinityUnited Methodist Women,Sister in Song Sweet Adelinesand was a past senior highyouth fellowship leader forTrinity United MethodistChurch and past Cub Scoutleader. She was a loving wife,mother, grandma, sister andfriend. She dedicated her lifeto her children and grandchil-dren, never missing an eventand loved spending time withthem. She also enjoyed out-ings with her siblings. Shenever missed an Allen CountyFair, where she met the loveof her life, Rex. She enjoyedflower gardening and vaca-tions at the beach with herfamily and friends. She nevermet a stranger. She welcomedand loved many of her “extra”kids into their home alongwith two special exchangestudents, Klaus and Jeppefrom Denmark.Funeral services will beginat 2 p.m. Sunday at TrinityUnited Methodist Church, theRev. David Howell officiating.Burial will be at a later date.Friends may call from 2-8p.m. Saturday at Harter andSchier Funeral Home, wherean Eastern Star service willbegin at 3 p.m., and one hourprior to services Sunday at thechurch.In lieu of flowers, memorialsare to Trinity United MethodistChurch Building Fund or AllenCounty Junior Fair.
Angela Joy (Crow)Bowersock
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyThe Associated PressTONIGHT
: Mostly clear.Lows around 70. Southeastwinds around 5 mph.
: Partlysunny. A chance of show-ers and thunderstorms in theafternoon. Highs in the lower90s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.Chance of rain 30 percent.
:Partly cloudy in the eveningbecoming mostly cloudy. Achance of showers and thun-derstorms. Lows in the lower70s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.Chance of rain 50 percent.
: Partly sunnywith a chance of showers andthunderstorms. Highs in theupper 80s. Southwest winds 5to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50percent.
: Partlycloudy in the evening becom-ing mostly clear. A chance of showers and thunderstorms.Lows in the mid 60s. Chanceof rain 50 percent.
:Mostly clear. Highs in the mid80s. Lows in the lower 60s.
: Partlycloudy. Highs in the lower80s. Lows in the lower 60s.The high temperatureThursday in Delphos was86 and the low was 69. Ayear ago today, the high was86 and the low was 54. Therecord high for today is 98, setin 1936 and the record low of 46 was set in 1967.A baby boy was bornJuly 28 to Nicole and JesseRushing of Ada at BlanchardValley Hospital.He is welcomed home bybig brother Luke.Grandparents are Doug andAnita Sorrell of Spencervilleand Robert and ShirleyRushing of Alger.Great-Grandparents are Billand Grace Morris of Delphosand Jesse and Penny Huskeyof Wapakoneta.
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Russia: Iran’s nuclearplant to get fuel next week
MOSCOW (AP) — Russiawill load fuel into Iran’s firstnuclear power plant nextweek despite U.S. demands toprevent Iran obtaining nucle-ar energy until the countryproves that it’s not pursuinga weapons capacity, officialssaid today.Uranium fuel shipped byRussia will be loaded into theBushehr reactor on Aug. 21,beginning a startup process thatwill last about a month and endwith the reactor sending elec-tricity to Iranian cities, Russianand Iranian officials said.“From that moment theBushehr plant will be official-ly considered a nuclear-ener-gy installation,” said SergeiNovikov, a spokesman for theRussian nuclear agency, toldThe Associated Press.Russia signed a $1 billioncontract to build the Bushehrplant in 1995 but it hasdragged its feet on completingthe project.Moscow has cited tech-nical reasons for the delays,but analysts say Moscow hasused the project to press Iranto ease its defiance over itsnuclear program.Russian officials say,however, that U.N. sanctionsagainst Iran, including a new,more stringent set approvedin June, don’t directly preventMoscow from going aheadwith the Bushehr project. Ithas argued that the Bushehrproject is essential for per-suading Iran to cooperatewith the U.N. nuclear watch-dog and fulfill its obligationsunder international nuclearnonproliferation agreements.Russian officials did notsay why they had decided tomove ahead with loading fuelinto the Bushehr plant now.The uranium fuel used bythe Bushehr plant is enrichedto a level too low to be usedin an nuclear weapon. Iranis already producing uraniumenriched to that level — about3.5 percent — and has starteda pilot program of enrichinguranium to 20 percent. Iranclaims it needs the 20 percentenriched uranium to producefuel for a medical researchreactor, but the move has fur-ther heightened internationalconcerns about its nuclearprogram.Uranium must be enrichedto over 90 percent to be usedin a nuclear warhead.Iran’s semiofficial ISNAnews agency quoted VicePresident Ali Akbar Salehi,who is also the head of theAtomic Energy Organizationof Iran, as saying that the coun-try had invited InternationalAtomic Energy Agencyexperts to watch the transferof fuel, which was shippedabout two years ago, into theBushehr reactor.“Fuel complexes aresealed (and being monitoredby IAEA). Naturally, IAEAinspectors will be there towatch the unsealing,” ISNAquoted Salehi as saying.Russia has said that theBushehr project has beenclosely supervised by theU.N. nuclear watchdog, whichdeclined comment today. Italso says Iran has signed apledge to ship all the spenturanium fuel from Bushehrback to Russia for reprocess-ing, excluding a possibilitythat any of it could used tomake nuclear weapons.Russia has walked a fineline on Iran for years. It isone of the six powers lead-ing international efforts toensure Iran does not developan atomic bomb. It has backedU.N. sanctions, but stronglycriticized the U.S. and theEuropean Union for followingup with separate, even stron-ger sanctions.
By TOM BREENThe Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS — Inthe strongest indication yetthat BP’s broken oil well inthe Gulf of Mexico may beplugged for good, officials onThursday said they’re con-ducting tests to determine if further work to seal the wellis needed.A final decision wasexpected Friday on whethercrews need to go ahead withdrilling relief wells to allowfor a so-called “bottom kill,”in which mud and cementare pumped from deep under-ground to permanently sealthe well.Retired Coast GuardAdm. Thad Allen, the Obamaadministration’s point manon the oil spill, said at anews conference that an ear-lier effort to temporarily plugthe well may have had theunintended effect of creatinga permanent seal.However, he cautioned it’smore likely that drilling willcontinue on two relief wells,which have long been saidto be the only way to ensurethe blown-out well doesn’tleak again. That work hasbeen delayed because of badweather and wouldn’t resumefor about another four days, if testing shows it’s needed.Last month, after a capmeant to be temporary wasfitted on top of the brokenwell and halted the oil flow,crews pumped in mud andcement from above in a so-called “static kill.” Some of the cement may have gonedown into the reservoir, comeback up and plugged the spacebetween the inner piping andthe outer casing — which iswhat engineers were hopingto do with the bottom kill,Allen said.“A bottom kill finishes thiswell. The question is whether
Officials testing seal at BP’s busted Gulf well
MUMBAI, India (AP) —India may ask Google andSkype for greater access toencrypted information onceit resolves security concernswith BlackBerrys, which arenow under threat of a ban,according to a governmentdocument and two peoplefamiliar with the discus-sions.The 2008 terror attacks inMumbai, which were coor-dinated with satellite andcell phones, helped prompt asweeping security review of telecommunications ahead of the Commonwealth Games,to be held in New Delhi inOctober.On July 12, officialsfrom India’s Departmentof Telecommunicationsmet with representatives of three telecom service pro-vider groups to discuss inter-ception and monitoring of encrypted communicationsby security agencies.“There was consensus thatthere are more than one typeof service for which solutionsare to be explored,” accord-ing to a copy of the minutesof the meeting obtained byThe Associated Press. “Someof them are BlackBerry,Skype, Google etc. It wasdecided first to undertake theissue of BlackBerry and thenthe other services.”“They have clear-ly instructed us that afterBlackBerry, they are goingto take to task Google,Skype and similar servicesthat bypass the monitor-ing department of India,”said Rajesh Chharia, presi-dent of the Internet ServiceProviders Association of India, who attended themeeting. “According to thelaw, they have to allow mon-itoring.”The officials’ immediateconcern was the BlackBerry,but they also plan to look atGoogle and other companiesthat use encryption for e-mailand messaging services, saidRajan Mathews, director gen-eral of the Cellular OperatorsAssociation of India, whowas briefed on the meeting.Google and Skype saidFriday they haven’t receivedany notices from the govern-ment.The Home Ministry saidpresent talks involve onlyBlackBerry maker, Canada-based Research In Motion.“We are talking onlyto BlackBerry,” minis-try spokesman D.R.S.Chaudhary said Friday. “Notto Google or others.”On Thursday, India threat-ened to ban BlackBerry ser-vices unless the device’smanufacturer makes themaccessible to its securityagencies by Aug. 31.Today, Research InMotion Vice PresidentRobert E. Crowe met withHome Ministry officials inNew Delhi to try to avoidthe ban. No details of theoutcome of the meeting wereimmediately available.
India eyesGoogle, Skypein securitycrackdown
On Feb. 17, 1930, a cowflew for the first time in anairplane. The milk that wasproduced by “Ollie” during theflight was put into containersand parachuted over the cityof St. Louis.
By SUZAN FRASERThe Associated Press
ANKARA, Turkey —Police have raided a houseused by people suspected of digging illegally for antiqui-ties and discovered two tun-nels leading to an undergroundtomb that housed an ancientmarble coffin and frescoes,officials said today.Culture Minister ErtugrulGunay described the discov-ery near the town of Milas, inwestern Turkey, as an “impor-tant archaeological find” andordered digs in surroundingareas, Haber Turk newspaperreported.Looting of ancient artifactsis common in Turkey, and thecountry has imposed heavypenalties to deter illegal digs.But the Milas discovery is thefirst time in years that authori-ties have found what couldbe an important archaeologicalsite while chasing looters.The 2,800-year-old carvedcoffin, decorated with reliefs of a bearded reclining man, prob-ably belonged to Hecatomnus,who ruled over Milas, accord-ing to Turkey’s CultureMinistry.Several treasures that wouldhave been placed in the under-ground tomb were most likelylooted by the treasure huntersand sold in the illegal antiqui-ties trade, the ministry said.A court has arrested andcharged five of 10 peopledetained in the raid, the state-run Anatolia news agencyreported.Anatolia, which wasallowed to enter the tomb, saidthe suspects had dug two tun-nels — 6 and 8 meters (yards)long, from the house and anadjacent barn, leading to thetomb that is buried some 10meters (yards) deep.They used sophisticatedequipment to drill through thethick marble walls of the tomband were working to removethe coffin from the under-ground chamber when theywere detained, according to theCulture Ministry.“I would have wished thatthis (archaeological find) hadbeen discovered through ourdigs and not through digs con-ducted by a band of treasurehunters,” Anatolia quotedGunay as saying.“This is not an ordinarytreasure hunt. It is very orga-nized and it is obvious thatthey received economic andscientific help,” Gunay said,adding that Turkey also wouldinvestigate the suspects pos-sible overseas links.
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Ohio receives $148Mmore in foreclosureprevention assistance
COLUMBUS — TheObama Administration todayannounced that the OhioHousing Finance Agency(OHFA) will receive an addi-tional $148 million throughthe Housing Finance Agency(HFA) Innovation Fund forthe Hardest-Hit HousingMarkets (the Hardest-HitFund).Ohio is one of 17 statesand the District of Columbiathat will share $2 billion innew federal assistance to helphomeowners. The funding isbeing allocated to states thathave experienced sustainedunemployment rates at orabove the national averageover the last 12 months.OHFA will use the fund-ing to help unemployedand underemployed hom-eowners pay their mort-gage as they seek work,expanding unemploymentbridge loan programsunder general requirementsestablished by the U.S.Department of Treasury.Ohio’s Hardest-Hit Fundproposal was approvedby Treasury on August 4and includes four programoptions for struggling hom-eowners including: RescuePayment Assistance,Partial Mortgage PaymentAssistance, ModificationAssistance with PrincipalReduction and TransitionalAssistance. Ohio receivedthe fourth-largest alloca-tion of $148 million, all of which must be used for thePartial Mortgage PaymentAssistance program to pro-vide temporary assistancefor unemployed homeown-ers while they seek re-employment or train for anew job. Ohio was previ-ously allocated $172 mil-lion through HHF on March29 for a total of $320 mil-lion.“This additional federalfunding from the ObamaAdministration will be ahuge help to Ohio familiesand children in need,” OhioGovernor Ted Stricklandsaid. “The Ohio Hardest-Hit Fund plan is dedicat-ed to keeping thousands of Ohioans in their homes andwe will be able to assistfar more people with theincrease in funding.”OHFA will continueworking with the Save theDream Ohio partners andorganizations throughout thestate to administer the fed-eral funds. Save the DreamOhio, introduced in March2008, is a unique, multi-agency program. It workswith 37 HUD-certified hous-ing counseling agencies aswell as legal aid societiesand pro-bono associations tohelp Ohioans facing foreclo-sure receive the help theyneed.“OHFA and Save theDream Ohio partners haveworked very hard to reachhomeowners who are strug-gling to stay in their homes.We are pleased that Treasuryrecognized the outstandingpotential of Ohio’s plan tohelp unemployed and under-employed borrowers byawarding us an additional$148 million in funding,”said Kimberly Zurz, Directorof the Ohio Department of Commerce and the OHFABoard Chairperson. “Thesedirected resources will makea significant impact acrossthe state and help thousandsof people who desperatelyneed assistance while theyare looking for jobs.”Additional states to receivefunding include: Alabama,California, Florida, Georgia,Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky,Michigan, Mississippi,Nevada, New Jersey, NorthCarolina, Oregon, RhodeIsland, South Carolina andTennessee. The programwill provide additional fundsto nine of the 10 HFAsalready participating in theHardest-Hit Fund includ-ing: California, Florida,Michigan, Nevada, NorthCarolina, Oregon, RhodeIsland and South Carolina.“Through OHFA’s partialmortgage loan payment pro-gram, this funding will pro-vide stability to strugglingborrowers and to Ohio’shousing market,” said OHFAExecutive Director DougGarver. “Having additionalresources will provide evenmore options for familiesfacing the devastation of foreclosure.”The Ohio HHF plan willlaunch Sept. 27 but borrow-ers who are in need of imme-diate assistance should visitthe Save the Dream Ohioweb site at www.savethe-dream.ohio.gov or call thetoll-free hotline at 888-404-4674.
Court approves$238K for manfreed by DNAOhio 2-yr. olddies in hot car,sister in hospital
COLUMBUS (AP) — AnOhio court has approved anearly $238,000 state settle-ment with a man who spent aquarter-century in prison untilhe was cleared by a DNAtest.Sixty-two-year-old JosephFears Jr. had been in prisonsince 1983 for two rapes whenhe was released last year. Atthat time, prosecutors saidnew DNA testing on evidencein one rape linked the crimeto a Michigan prisoner, whohad died. They said under-wear collected from the victimof the other contained no maleDNA.Fears was one of 30 inmatesprofiled in a 2008 series byThe Columbus Dispatch,which examined cases whereapplications for new DNAtesting had been held up.Weeks after he regainedhis freedom, Fears sued thestate.The settlement still needsan OK from a panel of Ohiolawmakers.MEDINA (AP) —Authorities in northeast Ohiosay a 2-year-old girl foundin a hot car has died, andthe 3-year-old sister who waswith her is hospitalized.The Medina CountySheriff’s office says the girlswere reported missing by theirgrandfather Thursday eve-ning. Chief Deputy KennethBaca says during a search of the York Township neigh-borhood, a resident noticeda door not completely closedon her car. The children wereinside.The younger girl waspronounced dead at a hospi-tal. Baca says her sister waslisted in critical condition atMetroHealth Medical Centerin Cleveland.Baca says it was appar-ent intense heat inside the cartook a toll on the children.
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it’s already been done withthe static kill,” he said.Officials are testing pres-sure levels in that spacebetween the inner pipingand outer casing. Risingpressure means the bottomkill still needs to be done,Allen said. Steady pressuremay mean cement alreadyhas plugged that space.However, Allen saidtests won’t show how muchcement is in the space, mak-ing the original plan for abottom kill a better way toensure the well is perma-nently plugged.“What we hope we’llfind is an immediate risein pressure,” he said. “Itwould be more problem-atic and quizzical if therewere no immediate changein pressure.”A decision not to proceedwith the relief well wouldbring an unexpected con-clusion to the phase of thedisaster that began on April20 with an explosion on theDeepwater Horizon drillingrig. The federal governmentestimates that 206 milliongallons of oil spilled intothe Gulf, the worst offshorespill in U.S. history.Although the flow intothe waters of the Gulf wasstopped nearly a month agowith a temporary cap, offi-cials have maintained thatthey wouldn’t declare vic-tory until the well is sealedfor good.Because of that, stop-ping without the expectedbottom kill might not winimmediate acclaim fromthe public, said Eric Smith,associate director of theTulane Energy Institute.“It doesn’t make muchsense to drill a hole intocement to pump morecement into it,” he said.“But it’s a public relationsnightmare to explain that.”
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exception.“Officer discretion canalso play a role. If we catcha kid out at 1 a.m. becausehe had to work late andhe tells the officer ‘look, Iknow I’m violating curfewbut I had to work late. I’mnot out drinking; here’s myphone. Call my mom andshe’ll tell you,’ the officercan call his mom to confirmor take his word for it if heknows him and knows he’s agood kid. It’s not automaticthat they have to be writtenup; the law allows for offi-cer discretion so commonsense can be factored in,”he said.Fittro explained that cita-tions are not given to youthwho violate curfew.“We don’t write them aticket; we fill out the neces-sary paperwork and sendit to the appropriate juve-nile court and the court willnotify them. They don’t geta ticket — they get notifiedof when to appear in courtand it’s a minor misdemean-or,” he said.
COLUMBUS (AP) —Ohio State Highway Patroltroopers say they’re seeing an“alarming” increase in casesof identity theft.The patrol says it has inves-tigated 248 cases so far thisyear, compared to 114 by thistime in 2009. The agency saysthe cases involve fraudulentidentification discovered bytroopers during traffic stopsor phony paperwork turnedin to the Bureau of MotorVehicles by people seekingdriver licenses, state ID cardsand vehicle registrations.Patrol investigators saythey believe more people areattempting to use or createbogus documentation as partof what has become a near-ly $10 billion identity theftbusiness for organized crime.They also say some of thefraud may be the work of felons with warrants attempt-ing to avoid capture by usingsome else’s ID.
OSHP alarmedby ID theft spike
HILLSBORO (AP) — Aformer pastor has pleadedguilty to charges that he stolemoney from his southwestOhio church.Sixty-one-year-old JamesBlaine will face up to six yearsin prison when sentenced inHillsboro on Oct. 1. Blainepleaded guilty to a count of forgery and one count of aggravated theft Wednesdayin Highland County court.Prosecutors dropped 15other counts in a plea deal.Prosecutors also will seek upto $250,000 in restitution pay-ments. They say board mem-bers of the Good ShepherdChurch near Greenfieldapproved working out anagreement with Blaine.Sheriff’s investigators sayBlaine forged names and doc-uments that were then used toobtain money in the church’sname for his personal use.
Ex-pastor admitsstealing fromhis own church
Survey seeks public feed-back on improving Ohio’s312-mile Lake Erie coast
SANDUSKY – How canwe make your Lake Erieexperience better? Thisis the question four Ohioagencies who work togeth-er to improve Lake Erieare asking people who live,work and play along Ohio’s312-mile coast, accordingto the Ohio Departmentof Natural Resources(ODNR).The Lake Erie OhioPublic Access/VisitationSurvey seeks to gather dataon perception and satis-faction levels with publicaccess to Ohio’s portion of Lake Erie, visitation hab-its of Ohio residents andtourists, and activities thatpeople like to participate inwhile visiting.Open until September 17,the survey can be accessedonline by visiting ohiodnr.com/coastal and selectingthe “Public Access Survey:Ohio Lake Erie Visitation”icon.The online survey is spon-sored by ODNR’s Office of Coastal Management andits Division of Wildlife’sOld Woman Creek NationalEstuarine Research Reservein addition to the Ohio SeaGrant and Ohio Lake ErieCommission.The agencies’ goal is towork with coastal visitorbureaus, metropolitan parkdistricts, watershed groups,non-government organiza-tions and communities toimprove Lake Erie accessand amenities based on thesurvey results. By basingpublic access improve-ments on user feedback, itis hoped visitation to LakeErie will increase, result-ing in positive impacts tocoastal communities’ econ-omies.The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensuresa balance between wise useand protection of our natu-ral resources for the ben-efit of all. Visit the ODNRWeb site at www.ohiodnr.
“Havingadditionalresources willprovide evenmore options forfamilies facingthe devastationof foreclosure.”
— OHFA ExecutiveDirector Doug Garver
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