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2 – The Herald Tuesday, December 7, 2010
For The Record
Vol. 141 No. 149
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald Inc.Don Hemple, advertising manager
, general manager/Eagle PrintThe Daily Herald (USPS 15258000) is published daily exceptSundays and Holidays.By carrier in Delphos andarea towns, or by rural motorroute where available $2.09 perweek. By mail in Allen, VanWert, or Putnam County, $105per year. Outside these counties$119 per year.Entered in the post officein Delphos, Ohio 45833 asPeriodicals, postage paid atDelphos, Ohio.No mail subscriptions willbe accepted in towns or villageswhere The Daily Herald papercarriers or motor routes providedaily home delivery for $2.09per week.405 North Main St.TELEPHONE 695-0015Office Hours8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.POSTMASTER:Send address changesto THE DAILY HERALD,405 N. Main St.Delphos, Ohio 45833
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Pearl L. Fritz, 96, of Spencerville, died at 3:56 p.m.Sunday at Shawnee ManorNursing Home.She was born March 22,1914, in Spencer Township toCarl L. and Mary Jane StateFritz.Services will begin at 9a.m. Wednesday at ThomasE. Bayliff Funeral Home, theRev. Jan Johnson officiating.Burial will be in SpencervilleCemetery.Friends may call one hourprior to services Wednesdayat the funeral home.Memorial contribu-tions may be made to theSpencerville Branch of theLima Public Library or TrinityUnited Methodist Church inSpencerville.A Delphos man will besentenced on Jan. 12 on aguilty plea to a felony chargeof receiving stolen property.Andrew Stocklin, 25, wasset to go to trial on Dec. 13 inVan Wert County CommonPleas Court.Stocklin was indicted bythe Van Wert County GrandJury in connection with thetheft of a large amount of insulated copper wire from arailroad construction site inthe 200 block of South CanalStreet in Delphos.Stocklin faces up to a yearin prison on the charge. Heis free on bond pending hissentencing.A co-defendant in thecase, Jeffrey Stocklin, 29,also of Delphos, is currentlyin prison for his involve-ment in the theft of the samecopper wire. He was sen-tenced on Oct. 6 in VanWert County Common PleasCourt.
Delphos man’ssentencing fortheft on Jan. 12
A Delphos man was givena two-year prison term on drugtrafficking charges Mondayby Judge Richard Warren of Allen County Common PleasCourt.Aaron Eblin, 38, was givena year each on one count of trafficking in heroin, a fifth-degree felony; and traffickingin heroin in close proximityto a juvenile, a fourth-degreefelony.Eblin was indicted by anAllen County Grand Jury aftera long-term investigation by theWest Central Ohio Task Forcein the Delphos area and wasarrested in the Delphos raidconducted by the task force andDelphos police in May.Judge Warren said he hand-ed down the two-year sen-tence due to Eblin’s lengthycriminal record and lack of remorse for his previous fel-ony and misdemeanor crimes.Warren also ordered the vehi-cle Eblin used to facilitate hisdrug crimes be forfeited tothe task force and was alsoordered to pay restitution tothe task force.Eblin was taken into cus-tody and led to Allen CountyJail pending his transporta-tion to the Ohio Departmentof Corrections to begin hissentence.
Delphos mangets 2 years
Pearl L. Fritz
LIMA (AP) — Ohio’sattorney general wants to shutdown a homeless shelter thathe says is unsafe and beingrun by a man who is misusingdonations.The man who runs theshelter out if his home inLima says he’s doing it forthe benefit of homeless vet-erans. He often sits in frontof the northwest Ohio town’smain post office solicitingmoney for the shelter.But Attorney GeneralRichard Cordray says in alawsuit filed Friday that theshelter is a hazard to residentsand that some veterans whostay there receive governmentbenefits and are charged rent.The suit says the opera-tor has two nonprofit cor-porations, Help HomelessVeterans and Veterans HopeCommunity House.Cordray also says dona-tions are being used to paypersonal bills and expenses.A message seeking com-ment was left at the shelterFriday.
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyThe Associated PressTONIGHT
: Cloudy.Scattered snow showers in theevening. Lows 10 to 15. Westwinds 10 to 15 mph. Chanceof snow 40 percent. Windchill as low as zero.
: Mostlycloudy. Highs in the lower20s. West winds around 10mph. Wind chill as low as 5below in the morning.
:Mostly cloudy. Lows 10 to 15.West winds 5 to 10 mph.
: Partlycloudy in the morning becom-ing mostly cloudy. Highs inthe upper 20s. South winds 5to 10 mph.
:Cloudy with a 50 percentchance of snow showers.Lows in the mid 20s.
: Mostly cloudy.A chance of snow showersin the morning. Highs in themid 30s. Chance of snow 30percent.
FRIDAY NIGHT, SATURDAY
: Mostly cloudy.Lows in the mid 20s. Highs inthe upper 30s.
:Cloudy. Snow and rain likelyafter midnight. Lows in thelower 30s. Chance of precipi-tation 60 percent.High Temperature Mondayin Delphos was 25 degrees,low was 15. High a year agotoday was 31, low was 22.Record high for today is 63,set in 1951. Record low is -2,set in 1977.
Corn: $5.50Wheat: $6.93Beans: $12.65On behalf of the UnitedMethodist Women of DelphosTrinity United MethodistChurch, I want to extend abig “thank you” to each andevery one who came to theannual Christmas Bazaar andDinner.Although the weatherwas quite brisk, there was awarm and friendly fellowshipinside.Special thanks to our cor-porate sponsors for their sup-port; without their help, wewould not be able to carry onthis yearly event.Again, thank you,
Kay Ahten, Bazaar chair
CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Monday:
06-08-10-11-14-26Estimated jackpot: $15.5million
Estimated jackpot: $74 mil-lion
Estimated jackpot: $20 million
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AG: unsafe shelter needs to close
Elizabeth Edwardsgravely ill with cancer
By NEDRA PICKLERThe Associated Press
WASHINGTON —Elizabeth Edwards over thepast six years has seen herhusband’s presidential ambi-tions thwarted, retreated frompublic life as their marriagedisintegrated over his affair,then emerged to advocatefor changes in the country’shealth care system, all whilegrappling with the cancerravaging her body.Now, doctors have told the61-year-old and her familythat further treatment will dono good, and ever the publicfigure, Edwards thanked hersupporters on her Facebookpage Monday, perhaps weeksaway from the disease takingher life.“The days of our lives,for all of us, are numbered,”Edwards wrote. “We knowthat. And yes, there are cer-tainly times when we aren’table to muster as muchstrength and patience as wewould like. It’s called beinghuman. But I have found thatin the simple act of living withhope, and in the daily effortto have a positive impact inthe world, the days I do haveare made all the more mean-ingful and precious. And forthat I am grateful.”The Edwards family in astatement said doctors havetold them that further treat-ment for her cancer wouldbe unproductive. A friend,who was among those whogathered with Edwards at herNorth Carolina home, toldThe Associated Press thatEdwards is gravely ill.The friend said Edwardswas briefly hospitalized lastweek and received treatment,but doctors have now toldher that she may only haveup to a couple months of life left. The friend spokeon condition of anonym-ity because of the personaldetails divulged.Edwards’ estranged hus-band, former presidentialcandidate John Edwards, andtheir three children were ather side at the Chapel Hillhome, the friend reported. InJanuary, Edwards separatedfrom her husband of 30 yearsafter he admitted to an extra-marital affair and fathering achild with a campaign vid-eographer.Her sister, brother, nieces,nephews, former campaignadvisers and other friendswere also there. The friendsaid Elizabeth Edwards is notin pain and in good spiritsdespite the seriousness of hercondition.Edwards has focused onreforming the country’s sys-tem of providing health caretoward a single-payer processdesigned to serve all.She has often wonderedaloud about the plight of those who faced the samekind of physical struggle, butwithout her personal wealth.Captivated by stories of thosewho could not afford healthcare coverage, Edwards haspassionately retold them atroundtable discussions, inwritings on the Web and onCapitol Hill.“What I’m really gladabout is that I still have aseat at the table to talk abouthealth care — that I have thestrength to do it and that Ialso have a seat at the table,”Edwards said at event inOctober 2008.Edwards has shared withthe public the most intimatestruggles of her bouts withcancer, writing and speakingabout the pain of losing herhair, the efforts to assure herchildren about their mother’sfuture and the questions thatlingered about how manydays she had left to live.She continued that publicface on Monday.“It isn’t possible to put intowords the love and gratitude Ifeel towards everyone whohas and continues to supportand inspire me every day. Toyou I simply say: you know,”Edwards, a popular figureamong Democratic activists,wrote on the Facebook post.Edwards has battled breastcancer since 2004, diagnosedin the final days of the cam-paign when her husband wasthe Democratic vice presi-dential nominee.
Germ inspector helpsprevent hospital infections
By LAURANNEERGAARDThe Associated Press
BALTIMORE — This isno ordinary intensive careunit: Every doctor, nurse,friend or loved one mustcover their clothes with abright yellow gown and donpurple gloves before enter-ing a patient’s room so somescary germs don’t hitch aride in or out.It’s part of the Universityof Maryland MedicalCenter’s crackdown on hos-pital-spread infections, andMichael Anne Preas patrolsthe ICU like a cop on thebeat to help keep bacteria incheck.You forgot your gloves,Preas leans in to tell a doc-tor-in-training who’s aboutto examine a man with abreathing tube. Startled, theresident immediately washeshis hands and grabs a pair.Peering at the IV tubeinserted into another patient’sneck, Preas spots a differ-ent opening for bacteria: Hislong beard is messing upwhat should be an airtightseal. Let’s shave that spotand put in a new catheter,she tells the nurse.Nor does a janitor escapePreas’ inspection. Yes, sheput on clean gloves betweencollecting trash and movingcarts that nurses will touch.Infections caught at healthcare facilities are one of thenation’s leading causes of preventable death, claimingan estimated 99,000 lives ayear. Yet chances are you’venever heard of Preas’ job:She’s an infection preven-tionist, part of an evolutionunder way as hospitals arepushed to slash those ratesor lose lucrative Medicaredollars.“You have to be out andabout,” says Preas, who witha team of four other special-ists checks parts of this largeBaltimore teaching hospitalfor infection-control steps,looking to identify the inevi-table spots where fast-pacedcare can allow the bugs anentry. Doctors and nursesare under orders to heed theiradvice.The program is unusual.There are only about 8,000to 10,000 infection preven-tionists nationwide, andin most smaller hospitalsthey’re occupied with docu-menting infection statisticsor advising doctors aboutspecific pathogens, accord-ing to the Association forProfessionals in InfectionControl and Epidemiology.But with some othersteps, it’s starting to pay off:This surgical ICU has gone24 weeks without a singlecase of one of the mostinsidious hospital infections,where bacteria infiltrate thebloodstream through thateasy-to-contaminate IVcatheter called a central line.Hospital-wide, those centralline infections have dropped70 percent in the past year.“Every single nurse anddoctor and staff memberwho touches a patient caneither prevent or not preventan infection from occurring,”says chief medical officerDr. Jonathan Gottlieb.Not too long ago, special-ists like Preas were “proph-ets in the wilderness,” hesays, struggling to adviseabout best practices but nottypically at the bedside tosee the barriers.“We can say, ’Do this, dothis, do this,’ but we have toconvince people to change,”adds Dr. Kerri Thom, anepidemiologist who accom-panies Preas on her dailyrounds.With 1.7 million health-care-acquired infectionsa year, adding $20 billionto the nation’s health bills,infections have long plaguedhospitals. But they’re get-ting renewed attention as thefederal government aims tocut certain types in half inthe next few years, linkingsuccess to dollars. Already,Medicare has begun cuttingpayments to hospitals withhigh rates of certain infec-tions, cuts that will increaseby 2015 under the new healthcare law.Part of the challenge: Forevery patient suffering anobvious infection, anotherfive to 10 may carry thesame bacteria into the hos-pital with no symptoms —germs on their skin or intheir noses that can threatenthe patient in the next room,or even the carrier himself if the bugs slip into the blood-stream through a surgicalwound or catheter.Hence the decision bythe University of MarylandMedical Center to haveevery visitor to a surgicalICU room don a gown andgloves. Researchers foundone dangerous germ, acine-tobacter, is especially easyto spread — lurking on bedrails and IV pumps and otherplaces that mean even work-ers not touching the patientcould walk out contaminat-ed.“If we weren’t wearingthem, it would be on ourclothes,” Thom says of theprotective gear, noting thatinfection specialists tend notto wear health care’s ubiqui-tous white lab coats.Without frequent wash-ing, “if you wear your labcoat everywhere you go, itbecomes a walking germ,”Preas adds.
Teen arrested in Oregon carbomb plot led 2 lives
By NIGEL DUARAand JEFF BARNARDThe Associated Press
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Theplot described by the FBI washorrific: a 19-year-old Somali-born Muslim with a grudgeagainst the West, ready to killand maim thousands at a busyPortland Christmas tree light-ing ceremony.But while the FBI describesMohamed Osman Mohamudas a would-be terrorist, therewere few hints of that hiddenlife to Mohamud’s friends,who knew him as “Mo,” aquiet, suburban teen wholiked to drink gin and playvideo games.The teen who allegedlythought he was going to killthousands of people the dayafter Thanksgiving in thename of Islamic radicalismis the same one who, threedays earlier, wrote and reada Kwanzaa poem about unitywith two Christian collegestudents.Court documents andMohamud’s friends describethe slender Somali-Americanas juggling contradictory lives— that of an immigrant strug-gling to fit in and a Muslimwho had become radicalizedand was bent on holy war.In a cell phone videoobtained and aired byPortland station KPTV lastweek, Mohamud rants againstthe West.“You know what the wholeWest thing is? They want toinsult our religion,” he saysin the video, which the stationsays was recorded May 22 inan OSU dorm room. “Theywant to take our lands. Theywant to rape our women.”On Oct. 30, the DelphosAmerican Legion Post held a“Fall Festival Affair” at thepost. It was open to the pub-lic as well as post membersand family. A lot of hardwork, time and effort wentinto putting this on.I would like to thankMayor Michael Gallmeier forbeing one of our judges forthe costume contest. I wouldalso like to thank the ladiesfor all their hard work andtime, especially CommitteeChairwoman Cindy Schaffer,Cindy Suever, TiffanyBrinkman and Carol Adamsfor cooking and selling thechicken dinners. Also TomSmith for all of his help withthe chicken. These ladieswere out there at 5 a.m. toget things started. MaryGrothause and Linda Martin,who worked in the kitchenand helped the kids makecandy apples. Amy West andher daughter, Josie, who didthe face painting and the“game ladies” Diane Pack,Melissa Herrif, BrittanyHerrif and Taylor Gaugler,also Jennifer Wehinger, whohelped sell game tickets andLinda Guthrie, the ticket-taker.
Sharon Miller, President AmericanLegion Auxiliary