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3, 2011
50¢ dailyDelphos, Ohio
Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
GOP hopes to get it right, pg. 4 NFL roundup, pg. 6
Obituaries 2State/Local 3Politics 4Community 5Sports 6-7Classifieds 8TV 9World News 10
Mostly cloudyTuesdaywith highin mid 30s.See page 2.
Suicide bomberkills 1, 2 USsoldiers die
By BARBARA SURKThe Associated Press
BAGHDAD — A suicidebomber detonated an explo-sives-laden car northeast of Baghdad, killing one pass-erby and injuring 33, policeand hospital officials said.In two other, separateincidents today, a police-man was killed in a drive-byshooting in Baghdad anda Christian woman wasshot to death by armedmen who broke into herhouse, police officers said.The predawn attack on theChristian woman’s house wasthe latest in a string of attackson Iraq’s dwindling Christiancommunity since 68 peopledied in the October siege of a Baghdad church. A policeofficial said initial findingspoint to robbery, but he didnot rule out the possibilitythat the woman was targetedbecause she was Christian.The U.S. military, mean-while, reported that twoAmerican soldiers had beenkilled Sunday in central Iraq.It gave no further detailson the dead soldiers, whosenames were withheld pendingnotification of next of kin.Their deaths raise toat least 4,431 the numberof U.S. military person-nel who have died in Iraqsince the war began inMarch 2003, according toan Associated Press count.
Youngpeter rememberedon Donate Life float
BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delphosherald
“Is your loved one anorgan donor?”It’s a common questionwhen a loved one dies.When the question wasasked of Mark “Hoss”Youngpeter’s family in thesummer of 1997, his motherand sister immediately said“yes” but his father said“no.”“I didn’t like the idea of it. I wanted my son bur-ied whole,” Joe Youngpetersaid.His wife, Carol, and hisdaughter, Becky, talked himinto it.“He could help someoneelse have a second chanceat life, Dad. He would havewanted that,” they told him.Today, Joe is glad theyhelped change his mind andhe has a new outlook onorgan donation. Especiallysince he met donor recipientslast week in Indianapolis.The Youngpeter fam-ily was invited to a gath-ering in Indy through theIndiana Organ ProcurementOrganization, which is spon-sored Carl Drury, a hearttransplant recipient, to rep-resent Indiana on the DonateLife’s Rose Bowl Paradefloat.Becky (Youngpeter)Miller, now of Columbus,became more interested inorgan transplantation afterwatching a documentary.“After watching it, I real-ized we never looked in toMark’s organ recipients.We had donated his kidneysand his heart,” Miller said.“Then I saw the Donate Lifefloat in last year’s parade. Itwas the first time I noticedit. It just moved me so. I hadto find out what happened toMark’s organs.”The Youngpeters hadto make their decision atParkview Hospital in FortWayne after their son waslife-flighted there followinga motorcycle accident. Thisis why his organs went toIndiana recipients. Millerfound the IOPO and startedthe ball rolling. A few weeksago, IOPO e-mailed her withthe news she could put arose in Mark’s name on thisyear’s Donate Life float. She jumped at the chance.“Then I got an e-mail fromIOPO asking us to meet withDrury,” Miller said. “He hadnever met his donor fam-ily and we had never metMark’s recipients, so wewere kind of surrogates foreach other.”The event also gave Joea chance to talk with organrecipients.“These people have a sec-ond change at life becausepeople mark that little box ontheir driver’s license. Theyare so thankful and friendly.I will be checking that boxon the driver’s license whenI get it renewed,” Joe said.Miller is now a passionateadvocate for organ donationwho gives blood regularlyand she and her husband arein the bone marrow data-base.Drury called Miller earlyFriday morning to tell her hehad just placed Mark’s roseon the float.The family has learnedthe recipients of Mark’s kid-neys have both passed away.The man who received hisheart is still alive. Beckysent him a Christmas cardasking for a reunion. He hadnot responded as of presstime.Currently, there are morethan 109,000 people in theUnited States waiting forlife-saving organ transplants.Another patient is addedto the national waiting listevery 10 minutes.
City to pick upChristmas trees
The City of DelphosParks and Recreation Dept.will pick up Christmas treesWednesday through Friday.Trees are to beplaced at the curb.If a tree is missed,call the city build-ing at 419-695-4010.
Hospital’s ‘street med’team serves homeless
COLUMBUS (AP) —Their backpacks full of oint-ments, antibiotics, gauze andother supplies, the team fol-lowed a snowy path throughthe woods and into a still-sleepy camp.Nurse Maureen McDermotthollered: “Good morning!Mount Carmel Outreach!Anybody sick?”The residents began to stir.They rolled cigarettes andboiled water for coffee onpropane burners.Inside the tents and ply-wood shelters were concernsboth common and complex.One man, new to theformer park in the city’sFranklinton neighborhood,met the team with suspicion.He’d been drinking for hours,he said, and began to recountthe rocky circumstances thatled him to the camp withinview of downtown officebuildings.He suffers with traumaticbrain injury and mental ill-ness and needed medication,so the team called SoutheastMental Health Services forhelp.For the others, theychecked blood pressure, tend-ed to wounds, wrote an orderfor a hip X-ray and passed outmedicine.The men and women withMount Carmel Outreach meetwith homeless advocate KenAndrews one morning eachweek and then head out tocare for them. They treat whothey can and refer others.That can mean hospital care,rehab and assistance findinghousing or reconnecting withfamily.They call it “street med.”Mount Carmel has longused a mobile outreach van tosee many of the city’s home-less. For the past six months,in hopes of reaching more, ateam has headed out to thecamps scattered throughoutthe city.On one recent morning, theteam was made up of nursepractitioner Jackie White,McDermott and medical techJason King.They usually care for threeto 10 patients, depending onhow many people are aroundand how many have healthconcerns, White said.Ideally, they connect theirpatients with a regular sourceof health care, she said.They see a lot. Brokenarms left for days withoutcare. Antibiotic-resistantstaph infections. Abscesses.Another group, Healthcarefor the Homeless, alsomakes regular camp visits.Both fill a great communityneed, said Michelle HeritageWard, executive directorof the Community ShelterBoard.Often, the physical healthof homeless people is seri-ously compromised, Wardsaid, adding that the averagelifespan for someone livingon the streets is just 62 years.Between acute problems(infections, broken bones)and long-term ones (diabe-tes, cancer) the toll withoutproper care is high.Some homeless peopleface obstacles getting to freeclinics or getting medicine.“Health care is not onthe top of their priority listof needs,” said McDermott,explaining that when it’sbrought to them, many peopleare more likely to take thehelp.“Usually we can meet theirneeds, or find somebody whocan.”Most of the homeless atthe camps know the MountCarmel team. Last week, therewas more than one embraceand many holiday wishes.Andrews shared his ther-mos of coffee along the way.The team gave socks to BobHunter, a kind 50-year-oldwho became homeless almostfive years ago after he losthis part-time job and wasevicted.Hunter has gum disease.White and McDermott brain-stormed how best to get himto a free dental clinic at StoweBaptist Church on ParsonsAvenue.He doesn’t like to travelby bus or cab, so he’d need towalk. They wanted to figureout a way to ensure that he’dbe seen if he made it to thebusy clinic.His neighbor, 39-year-oldJohn Van Tuyl, needed help,too, for a hand he burned withcandle wax. It was carefullyand cleanly wrapped, but itwas becoming infected. Hehad also run out of blood-pressure medicine.White stepped inside hisshelter, which was decorat-ed with a Christmas stock-ing. Candy canes hungfrom a nearby honeysucklebush.Tuyl, who works as muchas he can as a day laborer,said he was grateful for thecare.“It’s nice. It’s hard to trackdown help sometimes. Somepeople won’t find the servicesunless they come to them.”
“Health care is noton the top of theirpriority list of need. Usuallywe can meettheir needs, orfind somebodywho can.”
— Nurse MaureenMcDermott,Mount Carmel Outreach
Photo provided
Becky (Youngpeter) Miller stands with heart recipient Carl Drury in IndianapolisThursday. Drury placed a rose for Miller’s brother, Mark “Hoss” Youngpeter on theDonate Life float seen in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., on Saturday.Youngpeter’s kidneys and heart were donated after he was killed in a motorcycle accidentin the summer of 1997.
No word from stuck NASA Mars rover Spirit
By ALICIA CHANGThe Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — Theodometer on the Mars roverSpirit has been stuck at 4.8miles for more than 1 1/2years and has been incom-municado since March.This double dose of badluck hangs over the scrappyspacecraft, which marksits seventh year on Marstoday.NASA doesn’t know if the Spirit is dead or alive,but it’s diligently listeningfor any peep as the roverremains mired in a sandtrap.“There’s a realistic pos-sibility that Spirit may neverwake up again,” said DaveLavery, Mars rovers pro-gram executive at NASAheadquarters.A pair of Mars orbitershas been making daily over-head passes listening for asignal from Spirit, whichbecame stuck in April 2009while driving backward.After several attempts tofree it were unsuccessful,Spirit got new instructionsto conduct science obser-vations while mired in thesand.It suddenly stopped talk-ing with Earth last Marchand is presumed to be inhibernation to conservepower. During this deepsleep, communications andother activities are suspend-ed so that energy can go toheating and battery recharg-ing.Spirit is designed to tryto wake up when its bat-tery gets enough charge.Scientists are disappointedwith its silence, but areholding out hope it willspring back to life.“I’m not ready to saygoodbye yet,” said missionchief scientist Steve Squyresof Cornell University. “Thatmoment will come someday,but now is not the time.”With each passing dayon Mars, the sun gets higherin the sky, increasing theamount of sunlight reachingSpirit’s solar panels. Thesun will be at its highestpoint in mid-March. Afterthat, the chances of hearingfrom Spirit dwindle.If Spirit doesn’t radioback by March, it’s “prob-ably not going to,” Laverysaid.Lavery said the missionwill continue to listen afterMarch, but will scale backthe daily passes.Originally designedto roam around oppositeends of Mars for threemonths, Spirit and its twin,Opportunity, have lived longpast their warranty. Spiritlanded on the red planeton Jan. 3, 2004, followedby Opportunity three weekslater. Both have uncoveredgeologic evidence of ancientwater on the planet.Opportunity so far haslogged 16.4 miles andshows no signs of stop-ping. It recently drove toa 300-foot-diameter craterwhere it will spend severalmonths exploring beforemoving on to its eventualdestination, Endeavour cra-ter.Meanwhile, scientistscan only reminiscence aboutSpirit’s past hijinks.“If that adventure is trulyover, it will be a shame,but it will also have beena rover’s life well-lived,”said astronomer Jim Bell of Arizona State University.
“If thatadventure is trulyover, it will bea shame, but itwill also havebeen a rover’slife well-lived.”
— astronomer Jim Bell,Arizona State University
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— Joe Youngpeter
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For The Record
The DelphosHerald
Vol. 141 No. 170
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general manager,Delphos Herald Inc.Don Hemple, advertising managerTiffany Brantley
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High temperature Sundayin Delphos was 25 degrees,low was 17. Weekend rainfallwas recorded at .52 inch. Higha year ago today was 18, lowwas 0. Record high for todayis 60, set in 1950. Record lowis -2, set in 1996.
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Pakistan PMscrambles to keepgovt from collapsing
Delphos mancited for drivingimpairedVW womandriving whileunder suspsensionSpencervilleman drivingunder suspension
SKorea talks tough butopens door to diplomacy
Resident reportsdamaged vehicle
At 7:37 p.m. on Fridaywhile on routine patrol,Delphos police came intocontact with a vehicle beingdriven by Phillip Stemen, 16,of Delphos, for failing to usehis turn signal.At that time, officers foundStemen to be in possession of marijuana and drug parapher-nalia. He was cited into VanWert Juvenile Court on thecharges and later released tohis parents.
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyThe Associated PressTONIGHT:
Partly cloudyin the evening becomingmostly cloudy. Lows in themid 20s. Southwest windsaround 10 mph.
Mostlycloudy. Highs in the mid 30s.Southwest winds 10 to 15 mphwith gusts up to 25 mph.
 Partly cloudy. Lows around15. West winds 10 to 15 mph.
Mostlycloudy. Highs in the lower30s. Southwest winds 5 to 10mph.
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Mostly cloudywith a 40 percent chance of snow showers. Highs in themid 20s.
Mostly cloudy.Lows 10 to 15. Highs in themid 20s.
By NAHAL TOOSIThe Associated Press
ISLAMABAD —Pakistan’s prime minis-ter today tried to keep hisgovernment from collapsingafter a key party said it wasquitting the ruling coalition,leaving the government shortof majority support in parlia-ment.The Muttahida QaumiMovement, the second larg-est party in the ruling coali-tion, said Sunday it would join the opposition because of fuel price hikes, inflation andthe ruling Pakistan People’sParty’s general poor perfor-mance.The defection deprivesPrime Minister Yousuf RazaGilani’s government of the 172 seats needed for amajority in the 342-memberparliament. That means thefractured opposition parties— if they can work together— could sponsor a no-confi-dence vote in Gilani, whichif passed by a majority of lawmakers would remove theprime minister from officeand possibly trigger earlyelections.The political crisis isalmost certain to distract thegovernment at a time whenthe U.S. is pushing Islamabadto do more to help turnaround the war in neighboringAfghanistan, although secu-rity is largely the purview of Pakistan’s powerful military.It also all but guarantees law-makers will make no progressanytime soon on solving theeconomic problems that havefrustrated ordinary Pakistanisand forced the country to relyon $11 billion in loans fromthe International MonetaryFund.With his job on the line,Gilani was scrambling todayto secure the support of oppo-sition groups to avoid a no-confidence vote. He met withrepresentatives of the biggestopposition party, the PakistanMuslim League-N, as wellthe second largest oppositiongroup, the Pakistan MuslimLeague-Q.But it was unclear whetherhe had made any headway asof late this afternoon. Oneopposition leader said hisparty had nothing against theprime minister, but stressedthat it could only supportGilani’s government if itimproved its performance.“Today we gave supportwith a condition, and that con-dition is the real issues of thepeople are addressed,” saidChaudhry Shujaat Hussain of the PML-Q.PML-N leader ChaudhryNisar Ali Khan avoideddirectly addressing whetherhis faction would support ano-confidence vote.“We will not destabilizethis government, but if itloses its majority we will notsupport it,” he said. “We willno way give it a shoulder.”Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari is the head of thePeople’s Party. His positionas president would likely besafe even if the Party loses itsmajority in Parliament.Analysts speculated thatZardari might be willing toreplace Gilani with a pre-mier more acceptable to otherparties to avoid the PPP’slosing power. But Pakistanimedia reported early this eve-ning that Zardari had phonedGilani and assured him of hissupport.The MQM said Sunday itwas quitting the ruling coali-tion after the governmentannounced hikes in gas andheating oil prices on NewYear’s Eve.“The petrol bomb the gov-ernment has dropped on thepeople of Pakistan has forcedour party to part ways withsuch insane decisions,” saidFaisal Subzwari, an MQMleader.The MQM filed an appli-cation today to formallyswitch to the opposition. ItsCabinet ministers alreadytendered their resignationslast week. Another, smallerparty, the Jamiat Ulema Islam,announced in December itwould switch to the oppositionand its application is underreview. Without the two, theruling coalition will fall abouta dozen seats short of the 172needed to keep a majority.Analysts said Gilani hadonly weeks, if not days, tokeep his coalition intact orscrape together a new one.However, he appeared tohave a bit of breathing roombecause there is no guaran-tee the fragmented oppositionwill be able to close ranksand oust Gilani. The MQMand the PML-N, headed byformer Prime Minister NawazSharif, have frosty relations.Sharif’s party also wouldlikely be loath to take thereins of a new government atsuch a difficult time.At 1:21 a.m. on Saturdaywhile on routine patrol in the200 block of West Fifth Street,Delphos police came into con-tact with Casey Hoersten, 23,of Delphos, at which timeofficers took Hoersten intocustody for operating a motorvehicle while impaired.Hoersten was also cited oncharges of an improper turn,loud muffler and open con-tainers inside a motor vehicle.At 9:07 p.m. Sunday whileon routine patrol, Delphospolice came into contact withDiana Thomason, 31, of VanWert Ohio, at which time itwas found that Thomasonwas operating a motor vehiclewhile suspended.Thomason was cited intoVan Wert Municipal Court onthe charge.At 2:13 a.m. on Sundaywhile on routine patrol,Delphos police came into con-tact with Richard Brinkman,27, of Spencerville, atwhich time it was found thatBrinkman was operating amotor vehicle while beingsuspended.Brinkman was cited intoLima Municipal Court on thecharge.
SEOUL, South Korea —South Korea’s president todayopened the door to possiblepeace talks with North Koreaeven as he vowed not to letPyongyang “covet even aninch of our territory” — look-ing to strike a delicate bal-ance between diplomacy andstrength two days after theNorth called for better ties withSeoul.Lee Myung-bak, address-ing the country in a NewYear’s speech, said the Nov.23 shelling of YeonpyeongIsland, which killed four andhas spiked fears of war, shouldbe treated as the United Statesdid the Sept. 11, 2001, terror-ist attacks and spur the Southto change the way it defendsitself. Future provocations, hesaid, “will be met with stern,strong responses.”However, he said: “Thedoor for dialogue is still open.If the North exhibits sincer-ity, we have both the will andthe plan to drastically enhanceeconomic cooperation.”On New Year’s Day, theNorth called for warmer ties andthe resumption of joint projectswith South Korea. Pyongyang,eager for food and fuel assis-tance, has said it wants stalledinternational aid-for-nuclear-disarmament talks to restart.Washington and Seoul havesaid no, demanding the Northfirst fulfill past nuclear disarma-ment commitments.The United States, whichhas about 28,500 troops in theSouth, is sending its top envoyon North Korea, StephenBosworth, to Seoul for talksWednesday with top officials.U.S. Defense Secretary RobertGates will visit Seoul nextweek.North Korea on today calledfor Seoul to scrap its hostilepolicy against Pyongyang.“As long as South Korea’sdangerous northward inva-sion plot is maintained, North-South Korea relations cannotbe improved at all and we can-not think about the nation’ssafety and peaceful reuni-fication,” the North’s mainRodong Sinmun newspapersaid in a commentary carriedby the official Korean CentralNews Agency.In the North Korean capital,an estimated 100,000 peoplegathered today for an annualNew Year rally to display loy-alty to leader Kim Jong Il.The crowd packed Kim IlSung plaza, pumping their fistsin the air and shouting sloganswhile carrying huge portraitsof Kim and his father, NorthKorean founder Kim Il Sung.Some waved huge red flagsand played small drums, astop officials watched from anelevated viewing stand. Kimand his son and heir-apparent,Kim Jong Un, didn’t appearin the footage broadcast byAPTN.Despite the mention of pos-sible peace talks, the focusof Lee’s comments on NorthKorea was a tough promiseto improve South Korea’sdefenses.Lee was severely criticizedfor acting too slowly and tooweakly after the shelling nearthe Koreas’ disputed westernsea border. It was the first attackby the North, which claimsthe waters around the islandas its territory, on a civilianarea since the 1950-53 KoreanWar. Lee’s government hasresponded by replacing thedefense chief, strengtheningsecurity and pushing to deployadditional troops and weaponryto Yeonpyeong, which lies justseven miles (11 kilometers)from North Korean shores.After the Sept. 11 terroristattacks, Lee said, the UnitedStates devised new securitystrategies. “The shelling of Yeonpyeong Island also servedas an opportunity for us toreflect on our security readi-ness and overhaul our defenseposture,” he said.At 6:15 p.m. on Dec. 30,a collision occurred when thedriver of one vehicle strucka second, parked vehicle andfled the scene.A car belonging to SarahCaster, 23, of Delphos, wasparked in front of the resi-dence at 835 Skinner Street,lot 83, when it was struckby a second unknown vehiclewhich then left the scene.There were no known inju-ries and minor damage doneto Caster’s vehicle.At 12:10 a.m. on Sunday,Delphos Police were called tothe 400 block of South PierceStreet in reference to damageto a motor vehicle parked inthat area.Upon officers’ arrival, thevictim stated that someonehad thrown an object at thevehicle causing damage.CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Sunday:
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Today is Monday, Jan. 3,the third day of 2011. Thereare 362 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight inHistory:
On Jan. 3, 1961, PresidentDwight D. Eisenhowerannounced the United Stateswas formally terminating dip-lomatic and consular relationswith Cuba, citing a move bythe Cuban government tolimit the number of U.S. dip-lomatic personnel in Havanato 11 persons.
On this date:
In 1521, Martin Lutherwas excommunicated fromthe Roman Catholic Churchby Pope Leo X.In 1777, Gen. GeorgeWashington’s army routedthe British in the Battle of Princeton, N.J.In 1861, more than twoweeks before Georgia seced-ed from the Union, the statemilitia seized Fort Pulaski atthe order of Gov. Joseph E.Brown. The Delaware Houseand Senate voted to opposesecession from the Union.In 1911, the first postal sav-ings banks were opened by theU.S. Post Office. (The bankswere abolished in 1966.)In 1938, the March of Dimes campaign to fightpolio was organized.In 1949, in a pair of rul-ings, the U.S. Supreme Courtsaid that states had the rightto ban closed shops.In 1959, Alaska becamethe 49th state as PresidentDwight D. Eisenhower signeda proclamation.In 1967, Jack Ruby, theman who shot and killedaccused presidential assassinLee Harvey Oswald, died in aDallas hospital.In 1990, oustedPanamanian leader ManuelNoriega surrendered to U.S.forces, 10 days after takingrefuge in the Vatican’s diplo-matic mission.In 1993, President GeorgeH.W. Bush and RussianPresident Boris Yeltsin signeda historic nuclear missile-reduction treaty in Moscow.
Ten years ago:
The 107thCongress opened with theSenate split evenly down themiddle. Eleven people died in ahouse fire in Oak Orchard, Del.Oklahoma defeated FloridaState, 13-2, to win the OrangeBowl and capture college foot-ball’s Bowl ChampionshipSeries title game.
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Girl Scouts hold toy drive
Girl Scout Troop 20186 from Lincolnview Elementary School held a toy drive forgrades K - 12, and at the Pitt Stop. They collected 251 toys and some cash money.Mr. Williamson’s second-grade class will be treated to a pizza party for collecting themost toys. Pictured are, from left, Savannah Alfaro, Steve Mox of the Pitt Stop, KeithForeman and Olivia Alfaro.By ANN SANNERAssociated Press
COLUMBUS —Authorities on Sunday identi-fied a man suspected of killinga sheriff’s deputy and injuringa police officer in a gunbattleat a trailer park.The Clark County sher-iff’s office provided fewdetails about shooting suspectMichael Ferryman, who alsowas killed during the NewYear’s Day standoff in theEnon Beach mobile-homepark, in western Ohio.Ferryman, 57, lived in thetrailer where the gunfire brokeout with police, Chief DeputyDavid Rapp said.The standoff started afterDeputy Suzanne Hopper wascalled to the trailer park toinvestigate a report of gun-shots, authorities say. Hopper,who was married last yearand had two children, wasshot dead as she tried to pho-tograph a footprint at thepark, about 50 miles west of Columbus.Sheriff Gene Kelly toldreporters at a Sunday newsconference that Hopper andthe officer who accompaniedher to the trailer park believedthe shooter was no longer inthe area when they began theirinvestigation. Then, Kellysaid, Ferryman’s trailer dooropened near Hopper.“One shotgun blast wasfired at a very close proxim-ity, striking the deputy, and itwas a fatal wound,” he said.Kelly has said respond-ing police officers tried totalk to Ferryman — who had“a history” with the sheriff’soffice — when he fired onthem from inside the trailer.A German Township officerwas wounded in the ensuinggunbattle, in which “many,many, many” shots were firedby the suspect and eight offi-cers, Kelly said.The wounded officer,Jeremy Blum, was listed infair condition Sunday at aDayton hospital.Authorities had yet to deter-mine whether police gunfirekilled Ferryman or he killedhimself. Agents from the statecrime lab are helping withthe investigation into Hopperand Ferryman’s deaths andare looking into Ferryman’sbackground, Kelly said.Eight sheriff’s deputieshave been placed on admin-istrative leave pending theinvestigation, Kelly toldreporters. That’s commonprocedure when deputies orpolice officers are involved inshootings.No telephone listing forsomeone with Ferryman’sname and date of birth couldbe found Sunday.A girl who lives in the trailerpark said she knew Ferrymanand he had a temper.“He was a quiet person,but if you made him mad— he wasn’t very pleasant,”15-year-old Chelsea Bagleysaid Saturday.Her mother’s boyfriend,John Burkhardt, said policespent several minutes over aloud speaker asking Ferrymanto come out of his trailer andsurrender. He said policegave Ferryman “25 chancesto walk out of there” but herefused and then “all hellbroke loose.”On Sunday, various lawenforcement officials provid-ed Hopper’s body with a six-vehicle escort as it made itsway from the coroner’s officein Dayton to a funeral home inSpringfield, Rapp said.Hopper, 40, started withthe county in 1999. She wasknown for her dedication tothe job and adherence to keep-ing herself safe, Kelly said.The former officer of the yearwas wearing a protective vestSaturday, but it didn’t shieldher from the gunfire that killedher, Kelly said.
Shootout suspect ID’d
COLUMBUS (AP) —Ohio gas prices have risenanother 9 cents in the lastweek, and now motorists arepaying almost 25 cents moreper gallon than they were amonth ago.A survey from auto clubAAA, the Oil Price InformationService and Wright Expressputs the state’s average pricefor regular-grade gasoline atabout $3.11 a gallon, up from$3.02 last Monday.Last month at this time,Ohioans paid $2.87 for regu-lar.Rising oil prices recent-ly pushed Ohio gas pricesabove $3 for the first timein more than two years. Oiltraded around $70 for mostof last year before jumping toa two-year high above $92 inDecember on signs of strongdemand in emerging econo-mies such as China.Analysts say if oil keepsgoing higher, $4-a-gallon gasis possible by summer.
Gas up 9 centsto average $3.11
WATERVILLE (AP) —Nothing like a cold plunge intoa frigid northern Ohio river tokick-start the new year.At least that’s what VirginiaDean and 400 others believedSaturday as they waded intothe Maumee River for anannual New Year’s Day dipthat dates to 1929.Dean, 74, of Waterville,took her first plunge in theriver 28 years ago and hasbeen taking part since.“It feels fabulous. I feelgood for weeks afterward,”Dean told The (Toledo) Blade.“It does a house-cleaninginternally.”The tradition started withthe late Herb Mericle, whowould wade in at 2:30 p.m. onNew Year’s Day, the precisetime of his wedding, accordingto the newspaper.Organizers say the annu-al dip continues to bring outthose who are looking to cele-brate Mericle’s spirit and hopefor the future.Mike Hill, who helps puton the event, said Mericle washis school crossing guard, andhe grew fond of him.“He taught me everythingI know about the river,” saidHill, 38, a property manage-ment service employee.Mericle was in his mid-90swhen took his last plunge in2002. Health issues sidelinedhim, and he died in 2008.Hill estimated the watertemperature to be in the 30s.Some participants got out of the chilly water in seconds,while others held out for threeor four minutes.Participants salute Mericleby touching their palms to ahand print design on a benchat the top of the river’s slope.The granite marker featuresthe words “Herb Mericle 1906-2008,” with a picture of a polarbear and the hand print.John Wismer, 49, of Perrysburg, first came to theplunge last year as a celebra-tion for beating cancer.“Once a year’s enough,”Wismer said of the cold water.“But it runs in your soul, so tospeak.”
Hundreds startyear with dip inMaumee River
CLEVELAND (AP) —A 40-year-old Clevelandman is dead after policeused a Taser to subdue himfollowing a traffic stop.A police spokesman tells ThePlain Dealer that when officersstopped Rodney Brown Sr. onFriday night, he “became unco-operative and combative.”Sgt. Keith Campbell saysBrown ran from police. Brownthen resisted arrest when offi-cers caught up with him, andthey stunned Brown with aTaser.The newspaper reportsSunday that paramedics werecalled, which is routine after aTaser is used. Brown appearedto suffer from cardiac arrestand was taken to a hospital.Medical examiner spokes-man Powell Caesar tells thenewspaper Brown was pro-nounced dead at 10:25 p.m.Friday.The Cuyahoga Countymedical examiner’s office willrule on what caused the death.
Man dies afterTazed by police
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Chief Supermarkets recently made a donation of more than $12,000 to area foodpantries. West Ohio Food Bank Assistant Director Tommie Thompson (right), accepteda check on behalf of all food pantries who will benefit from the donation from RaysMarketplace Assistant Manager CJ Kennedy.
Chief gives $12,000 to food banks
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