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50¢ dailyDelphos, Ohio
Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
Outrage an American industry, p4A Blue Jay cagers split, p6-7A
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Mostly cloudyTuesdaywith high inlow 30s. Seepage 2A.
 Dray takes Best of Show in 1st DAAG art show
The Delphos Area Art Guild held an opening reception for its first High SchoolInvitational Art Show Saturday at the Delphos Museum of Postal History. Awards weregiven to artists from area high schools whose works were divided into four categories:painting, drawing, 3-dimensional and miscellaneous. Above: Tyler Dray of Fort Jenningswon Best of Show with his metal sculpture titled “Made for Each Other.” See other win-ners on page 8A. Below: Jefferson student Billy Tracey sang and played the guitar duringthe opening. The exhibit, sponsored by local Optimist, Kiwanis and Rotary organizations, runs through Feb. 11 and hours are 1-5 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays and 1-4 p.m.Sundays. The Delphos Museum of Postal History will also be open during those times.
Stacy Taff photos
Shooting leavestwo dead, twodeputies hurt
PORT ORCHARD, Wash.(AP) — Detectives are inves-tigating why a man ran fromdeputies and then opened firein a Walmart parking lot, spark-ing a shootout that left him andthe woman he apparently waswith dead and two law officerswounded.Sunday’s violence cameafter the Kitsap County Sheriff’sdeputies answered a call about asuspicious person at the store inPort Orchard.Two deputies located theman and tried to talk to him buthe began running, pursued bythe officers.“For reasons not yet known,the suspect turned and fired mul-tiple shots,” sheriff’s spokesmanScott Wilson said.Both men were hit andunable to return gunfire, but afemale officer arriving on thescene shot and killed the gun-man, Wilson said.The two deputies werereported to be in satisfactorycondition Sunday night.Authorities said it wasn’timmediately known who shotthe woman, who died later at aTacoma hospital.The woman, believed to bein her late teens, appeared to bewith the gunman.“We believe that she and thedeceased gunman knew eachother, that they were together.We just have not yet establishedwhat that relationship was,”Wilson told The AssociatedPress.The identities of the deadas well as the three deputieshaven’t been released.Witness Destany Droge,22, of Bremerton said the twoappeared to be a couple.“As soon as she saw him getshot, she ran for him,” she toldthe News Tribune of Tacoma.“She put herself in the line of fire.”Wilson said detectives arestill trying to answer some keyquestions. The investigation “isreal basic right now... The bigquestion of why is unanswered.”Few other details of the vio-lence that erupted about 3:45p.m. were released, but shop-pers described how they sawevents unfold.Droge also spoke with TheSeattle Times. She and EmmiliJones, of Federal Way, 20, toldthe paper that they noticed twodeputies confronting a heavysetman in the parking lot. Theysaid the man began running andpulled out a gun and fired behindhis back without turning.The officers were about 30 to40 feet behind the suspect whenhe started firing, Ray Bourgetold KOMO-TV. “Five or sixshots were fired. ... I just wentand took cover,” he said.Victor Meyers told the sta-tion that he heard the first shot,then six more in rapid succes-sion.“I heard one shot, which Ithought was a car backfiring,and then several more reportedback, which I knew to be gun-fire,” Meyers said.He said he saw a femaledeputy running toward a victimon the ground before he andother witnesses were hustledfrom the scene.The store was immediatelylocked down. Customers in thestore were allowed to leave afterinvestigators questioned them,and the store closed for thenight, Wilson said.Tacoma police said the dep-uties were both shot in the torsoand were in satisfactory condi-tion.“I’ve seen just the one dep-uty; he’s in one of the roomstalking with family and co-workers,” said Mark Fulghumof the Tacoma police. “Bothof the deputies are going to befine. They’re going to be keptovernight for observation.”
‘Free Food OnUs’ set Tuesday
Community Unity willhold a “Free Food On Us”4-6 p.m. Tuesday at theDelphos Eagles Lodge.Persons in the DelphosCity School District or witha Delphos postal addresscan receive food packageswith two forms of identifi-cation (photo ID and proof of current residency). Theymust also sign a self-dec-laration of income form.Doors open at 2:30 p.m.
Blue Jay footballers to behonored
The St. John’s footballteam will be honored bythe sixth annual MaxPrepsTour of Championsprior to the boys basket-ball home game versusCrestview Tuesday night.The team will be pre-sented with the ArmyNational Guard nationalranking trophy for finishing45th; it is one of 50 schoolsbeing honored this season.MaxPreps ranks more than15,000 varsity high schoolfootball teams. The Tourwas inaugurated in 2005.
Jays sellingVersailles tickets
The St. John’s AthleticDepartment is selling ticketsto Friday’s boys basketballroad game at Versaillesthrough 12:30 p.m. Fridayin the high school office.Pre-sale adult pricesare $5, $4 for students. Alltickets at the gates are $6.JV tipoff is at 6:30 p.m.
TODAY
Girls Basketball (6p.m.): Fort Jennings atColumbus Grove (PCL);Kalida at Liberty-Benton;Crestview at Van Wert.Co-Ed Swimmingand Diving: Ada/Botkinsat Elida, 6 p.m.
TUESDAY
Boys Basketball (6p.m.): Crestview at St.John’s (ppd. from Dec.10); Kalida at Van Wert.Girls Basketball: WayneTrace at Jefferson, 6 p.m.
WEDNESDAY
Wrestling: St. John’s/LimaSenior at Jefferson, 6 p.m.
THURSDAY
Girls Basketball (6 p.m.):Spencerville at Jefferson(NWC); Versailles at St.John’s (MAC); Ottoville atFort Jennings (PCL); Ada atLincolnview (NWC); Elidaat Ottawa-Glandorf (WBL);Bluffton at ColumbusGrove (NWC); Allen East atCrestview (NWC); Defianceat Van Wert (WBL).Wrestling: Elidaat Shawnee super tri(WBL), 6 p.m.Co-Ed Swimming andDiving: WBL Diving atDefiance, 10 a.m.; Elidaat Ayersville, 5:30 p.m.
Kemper Memorial Ping Pong Tourney nets $1,250
The 3rd annual DaveKemper Memorial PingPong Tournament drew35 players from the areaSaturday afternoon. Twelvefinalists from three poolsbattled for four trophies.The fundraiser brought in$1,250 from registration, raffles, auctions and food.The proceeds will be splitbetween the DelphosCommunity ChristmasProject and the Alivia Lucasfamily. Left: Ben Kimmett, left, and Adam Hemkerbattle for the first-placetrophy Saturday. Hemkerwon the best-of-five match-up. See the top 12 finalistson page 8A.Delphos Community Christmas Project Treasurer Bob Mosier, left, and Director EdnaFischer receive half the proceeds from tournament coordinator Don McDougall, Crystal(Kemper) Howell and Cassie Kemper.Competitor Kurt Odenweller slams back a return duringSaturday’s tournament.
Boil wateradvisory lifted
A water-boil advisory inthe Village of Middle Pointhas been lifted.
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The DelphosHerald
Vol. 141 No. 188
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general manager,Delphos Herald Inc.Don Hemple, advertising managerTiffany Brantley
,circulation managerThe 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 will beaccepted 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
Students can pick up theirawards in their school offices.St. John’s Scholar of theDay is ChrisGoodwin.CongratulationsChris!Jefferson’s Scholar of theDay is JaydenMoore.CongratulationsJayden!
Scholars of the Day
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At 7:11 p.m. on Sunday,Delphos Police were called tothe 500 block of Lima Avenuein reference to a burglarycomplaint.Upon officers’ arrival,the victim stated that some-one had gained entry into theresidence and had taken itemsfrom inside. A short time later,detectives were called to thescene and collected evidence.At 3:13 p.m. on Thursdaywhile on routine patrol inthe 100 block of South StateStreet, Delphos police cameinto contact with Ann Foust,39, of Delphos at which time,it was found that Foust wasoperating a motor vehiclewhile under suspension.Foust was cited into VanWert Municipal Court on thecharge.At 4:43 p.m. on Saturday,Delphos police were called tothe 800 block of West OhioStreet in reference to a theftcomplaint.Upon officers’ arrival,it was found that someonehad gained entry into a popmachine in that area.At 5:26 p.m. on Sunday,Delphos police were called tothe 800 block of West SkinnerStreet in reference to a theftreport.Upon officers’ arrival, thevictim stated that a friendhad came to the residenceand after the subject left, thevictim noticed an amount of money was missing from theresidence.The Putnam County SafeCommunities program reportsfor the months of October2010 to December 2010 wereone traffic death in PutnamCounty.According to the NationalHighway Traffic SafetyAdministration, each fatal-ity has a comprehensive costof $3,366,388 associatedwith it. The fatality cost inPutnam County for October2010 to December 2010 was$3,366,388.“Please prevent deaths in2011! It is up to each of us inPutnam County to be smart andto buckle up and not drink anddrive,” says Mike Klear, projectdirector. “The Putnam CountySafe Communities Coalition isdedicated to keeping our countyroads safe so we don’t haveto grieve over someone in ourcounty. Please be safe whenwalking, biking or driving a car,truck, SUV or motorcycle.”The “Safe Communities”program was developedthrough the Ohio Departmentof Public Safety to estab-lish and/or expand commu-nity partnerships to createsafer, healthier communitiesthroughout Ohio.
By LARRY NEUMEISTERand TOM HAYSThe Associated Press
NEW YORK — After hiscapture in the 1998 bombingof a U.S. embassy in Tanzania,Ahmed Ghailani recalled wel-coming news reports of the al-Qaida-sponsored terror attack— until it dawned on him hiscountrymen were killed.“The target was Americans,not Tanzanians,” Ghailaniexplained, according to a sum-mary of a lengthy confession.A jury would hear none of it when Ghailani went on trialmore than a decade later.With the confession barredfrom evidence, the trial lastyear resulted in Ghailani’sconviction on just one countand an acquittal on 284 oth-ers in dual attacks in Tanzaniaand Kenya. But that’s unlikelyto stop a judge from givinghim the same punishment atsentencing Tuesday as if he’dbeen convicted of everything:life in prison.The potential for a para-doxical outcome in the closelywatched test case points to thedifficulties of applying civilianlaws and rules of evidence incivil prosecutions of suspectspicked up in other countries inthe war on terror.It also may dash hopesthat the Ghailani case wouldclear the way for the trials of other Guantanamo detaineescaptured around the globe inthe war on al-Qaida, includingKhalid Sheikh Mohammed,the self-professed mastermindof the Sept. 11 terror attacks.The confessions and the tes-timony of the government’smain witness, a man whowould say he sold explosivesthat were used in the bombs toGhailani, were kept out of thetrial because they were gath-ered by investigators whosepriority was to stop further ter-rorism attacks rather than gath-er evidence for a criminal trial.While a military tribunalmight not allow evidence thatwas excluded from Ghailani’scivilian trial either, its exclu-sion at a high-profile trial couldmake it harder for the govern-ment to argue that most detain-ees belong in a civilian courtat a time when the issue hasbecome politically charged.President Barack Obamacontinues to say he wants toprosecute terrorists in both mil-itary commissions and criminalcourts, but Congress has madethat difficult. Lawmakers haveprohibited the Pentagon fromtransferring detainees to theU.S., even to stand trial.On the eve of trial, U.S.District Judge Lewis A. Kaplanexcluded the testimony of theexplosives salesman becausehe was discovered whenGhailani underwent harshinterrogation at an overseasCIA-run camp after his 2004arrest in Pakistan. Prosecutorsdecided not to use the confes-sions because Ghailani wasn’tadvised of his rights before hespoke to agents and did nothave access to a lawyer.The rulings opened the doorfor a mixed verdict. Duringdeliberations, the jury hadindicated it was divided, andKaplan theorized the guiltyverdict on only one countreflected a compromise witha juror who was holding outagainst conviction.“Thus, if there was anyinjustice in the jury’s verdict,the victims were the UnitedStates and those killed, injuredand otherwise devastated bythese barbaric acts of terror,not Ghailani,” the judge wroteas he rejected a request bydefense lawyers to toss outthe lone charge that resulted inGhailani’s conviction.The judge called the evi-dence persuasive, citing proof that Ghailani bought one of thebomb-laden trucks, purchased15 gas cylinders used in thebomb, stored and concealeddetonators and sheltered anal-Qaida fugitive prior to theattacks.In court papers, prosecutorsagreed. They also cited evi-dence against Ghailani, includ-ing that he delivered hundredsof pounds of TNT to an al-Qaida cell two months beforethe bombings along with bagsof fertilizer.
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyThe Associated PressWinter weather advisoryin effect until 5 p.m.TONIGHT
: Cloudy.Chance of light freezing rain orfreezing drizzle In the eveningwith a chance of freezing driz-zle and slight chance Of snowafter midnight. Lows in themid 20s. Southwest winds 10to 15 mph. Chance of measur-able precipitation 30 percent.
TUESDAY
: Mostlycloudy. Highs in the lower30s. Southwest winds around5 mph.
TUESDAY NIGHT
:Partly cloudy. Lows 15 to 20.Southwest winds around 5mph becoming light northeastwinds after midnight.
EXTENDED FORECASTWEDNESDAY
: Mostlycloudy. Highs around 30.North winds 5 to 10 mph.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT
:Mostly cloudy with a chanceof flurries. Lows 15 to 20.
THURSDAY, THURSDAYNIGHT
: Mostly cloudy. Highsin the upper 20s. Lows 10 to 15.
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05-07-13-19-25-26-27-35-38-41-42-48-50-61-62-63-68-70-72-79At 1:37 p.m. on Thursday,Delphos police arrestedJeremy Kent, 27, of Delphoson an active arrest warrantissued out of Lima MunicipalCourt.Kent was later turned overto deputies from Allen CountySheriff’s Department.At 11:45 a.m. on Saturday,Delphos Police were called tothe 300 block of South ClayStreet in reference to a bur-glary complaint.Upon officers’ arrival, thevictim stated that someonehad gained entry into the resi-dence.
Police probeburglarycomplaintWoman drivingunder suspensionPop machinebroken intoResident reportsmoney stolenPutnam County
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Life sentence likelyfor Gimo detainee
High temperature Sundayin Delphos was 15 degrees,low was -2. A trace of snow-fall was recorded. High a yearago today was 49, low was 42.Record high for today is 63,set in 1950. Record low is -16,set in 1936.
Delphos weather
Corn: $6.40Wheat: $7.40Beans: $13.65
By LARRY NEUMEISTERThe Associated Press
NEW YORK — A NorthCarolina woman who raiseda child snatched from a NewYork hospital more than twodecades ago was scheduled toappear today in federal courtto face kidnapping charges.Ann Pettway surrenderedSunday morning to the FBIand Bridgeport, Conn., policeon a warrant from NorthCarolina, where she’s on pro-bation because of a convic-tion for attempted embezzle-ment, FBI supervisory specialagent William Reiner said.She turned herself in daysafter a widely publicizedreunion between the child sheraised, now an adult, and herbiological mother.Carlina White was just 19days old when her parentstook her to Harlem Hospitalin the middle of the nightwith a high fever. Joy Whiteand Carl Tyson said a womanwho looked like a nurse hadcomforted them. The coupleleft the hospital to rest, buttheir baby was missing whenthey went back. No suspectswere identified.In an appearance on NBC’s“Today” show today, Tysonsaid he was very happy tohave found his daughter, nowa 23-year-old adult.“I have my whole puzzle.I have all my four kids now,”he said. But he admitted hedidn’t know what he wassupposed to be doing with a23-year old.“Should I be feeding herbaby food?” he joked.Tyson said he would liketo ask Pettway “why she didthis to me for 23 years.”
Woman who raised NYbaby faces kidnap charges
By COREY WILLIAMSThe Associated Press
DETROIT — A relativeof the gunman who was fatal-ly shot after wounding fourofficers at a Detroit policestation was scheduled to besentenced today in a dou-ble-homicide case, the city’spolice chief said.Chief Ralph Godbee iden-tified the shooter as 38-year-old Lamar D. Moore of Detroit, but said he couldn’tspeculate about a motive inSunday’s shooting at the 6thprecinct.“There’s nothing in thisthat makes sense at all,”Godbee told reporters duringa briefing on the case.Godbee didn’t release spe-cifics of the homicide caseinvolving Moore’s relative.He said the relative had beenscheduled for sentencingtoday.The police station shootinghappened around 4:20 p.m.Sunday. The gunman walkedthrough the front door of theone-story building and beganfiring, according to police.The precinct commander, twosergeants and an officer suf-fered wounds that were notconsidered life-threatening.Commander Brian Davisand one of the sergeants werein stable condition, Godbeesaid today. The others havebeen treated and released.Godbee said he hasreviewed video of the shoot-ing and seen the officers’“acts of heroism.”“In a split second their lifechanged,” Godbee said. “Theperpetrators’ intent was evil.But these men and women ...performed to the standard thatthey were trained to.”Rev. Jerome Warfield,chair of the Detroit PoliceBoard of Commissioners, vis-ited the precinct with othermembers of the board afterleaving the hospital where thewounded officers are beingtreated. He says officers at theprecinct “are still somewhatshocked that this happened.”The shooting left officersto ponder how to protect them-selves from the crime theyfight daily on the city’s toughstreets. Like other precincts inthe city, the 6th has no metaldetectors at the entrance andvisitors are permitted to comein and talk face-to-face withpolice sitting behind a large,rounded desk.
Police chief IDs Detroitprecinct shooter
Man arrested onwarrantResident reportshome entered
March 24, 1919-Jan. 21, 2011
Watson N. Ley, 91, of VanWert, died at 2:30 p.m. Fridayat the Van Wert InpatientHospice Center.He was born March 24,1919, in Ridge Township toPhillip J. and Clara (Johnson)Ley.On March 22, 1941, he mar-ried Esther Mae Summersett,who survives.Other survivors includeson Dr. John C. (Vicki)Ley of Colorado Springs,Colo.; daughter Ruth Ann(Jack) Boley of Van Wert.;brother Dr. Dean E. Ley of Syracuse, Ind.; grandchildrenDr. Brian C. (Rochelle) Leyof Burlington, Colo., Michael(Naomi) Ley of Willcox,Ariz., Amy J. Boley of Limaand Gregory (Arleen) Boley of Convoy; great-grandchildrenCaden, Jacqueline, London,Bode and Elleanna Ley andCourtney and Andrew Boley.He was preceded in deathby two brothers, Eugene F.Ley and Dr. Gordon R. Ley.Mr. Ley was a farmer,a feed salesman and turkeyfarmer which led to his inter-est in designing and manu-facturing Harvest HopperWagons. He started his owncompany, Ley EquipmentCo., in 1952 in Middle Pointand later expanded the busi-ness and product lines whenhe moved the business to VanWert in 1962. The productlines expanded to feeding andwaste-removal equipment usedin poultry and swine build-ings sold in the United Statesand worldwide. He was a pastmember of the Middle PointMethodist Church, where hewas choir director and SundaySchool teacher. More recently,he was a member of the FirstUnited Methodist Church inVan Wert, where he was amember of the board of trust-ees and chaired two buildingrenovations.Ley served on theboards of the MethodistTheological School, theStarr Commonwealth, VanWert County Hospital, VanWert County Foundation,Van Wert National Bankand Wassenberg Art Center.He was also a member of Rotary International and sev-eral national farm equipmentorganizations and was a BoyScouts master. He enjoyedBig Band music and wasactive in the music departmentof Middle Point High Schoolwhere he graduated in 1937.Funeral services will beheld at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday atthe Alspach-Gearhart FuneralHome & Crematory in VanWert, the Revs. Dillon Staasand Paul Miller officiat-ing. Burial will in the RidgeCemetery near Middle Point.Friends may call from 2-4and 6-8 p.m. today and onehour prior to the service onTuesday.Memorials are to the FirstUnited Methodist Churchor the Van Wert CountyFoundation.
Watson N. Ley
Answers to Saturday’s questions:
A koala has two thumbs on each front paw— alongwith three fingers.Techno-musician Moby, a.k.a. Richard Melville Hall— is the great-great-great-nephew, give or take a great —of writer Herman Melville, author of “Moby Dick.” Hewas named Moby in early childhood.
Today’s questions:
In what sports do players dribble a ball?At the outset of World War II, what Washington, D.C.,building had a subterranean bunker with desks, beds and afully-stocked kitchen set up for the president?
Answers in Tuesday’s Herald.Today’s words:Enceinte:
pregnant
Nullifidian:
skeptic; unbelieverTelevision horse Mr. Ed wasfoaled in 1949 in El Monte,California, and his originalname was Bamboo Harvester.He died on Feb. 28, 1979, inOklahoma, at the age of 30.
 
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www.delphosherald.comAllen County and Limaelected and appointed officialswill hold their 85th dialogueon Wednesday.The event is from noon to 1p.m. at the Lima Allen CountyChamber of Commerce, 144S. Main St., Lima.As always, county, town-ship, village, and city officialsare invited to chat and sharea light meal. The event isfree, although donations areaccepted. Dialogues are anagenda-free, informal oppor-tunity to get to know eachother, exchange ideas andbuild relationships, accordingto David Adams, a memberof the group’s steering com-mittee. More than 160 offi-cials have participated sinceApril 2003. Total attendanceis 1,293.Members of the PlanningCommittee are David Adams(Lima City Council), SylEssick, Roy Hollenbacher(Bath Township Trustee),Millie Hughes (Lima AreaLeague of Women Voters),Mitch Kingsley (BlufftonVillage Council), Frank Lamar(Perry Township Trustee), JedMetzger (Lima/Allen CountyChamber of Commerce),Greg Sneary (CountyCommissioners), and MarcelWagner (Allen EconomicDevelopment Group).The monthly dialoguesbegan more than seven yearsago in April 2003.For more information, callCommon Threads (419) 224-6873.
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Pastor living in vanto bring awarenessto homelessness
By MEREDITH MOSSDayton Daily News
DAYTON (AP) — Whenit comes to the importantissues of the day, it’s usuallyeasier to relate to one person’sdramatic story than to over-whelming statistics.That was the case recent-ly with golden-voiced TedWilliams, the Columbus manwho was living on the streetsuntil a newspaper reporterhelped turn him into an over-night sensation.It’s also the idea behindDayton-area pastor RyanRiddell’s January journey.The clergyman is hopingto bring awareness to the issueof homelessness this monthby sleeping and living in hisvan on the streets of Daytoninstead of in his comfortableMiamisburg home. He seeksshelter from bitter Januarydays at the downtown libraryor bus hub.According to Joyce ProbstMacAlpine, MontgomeryCounty’s manager of housingand homeless solutions, thereare about 4,000 homeless in theDayton area and there was an11 percent increase in people atlocal shelters in 2010.It’s the medium that makesRiddell’s experiences unique;he’s using social media tobring home his message increative new ways. He con-stantly updates his Web site,tweets and postes on Facebookto let followers know whensomeone he’s encountered onthe streets needs a pair of long johns, overnight housing or apair of shoes.Riddell, bundled up andunshaven, shares his dailyreflections through both videoand written blogs, appearingon television and radio to tellhis story and to grow his audi-ence. He’s been featured inmedia outlets ranging fromthe Huffington Post to ABC.com and was one of Friday’sIntriguing People on CNN’s“This Just In.”He’s racked up 1,000friends on Facebook and hashad 30,000 hits on his webpage.A minister at ShelterCommunity Church of theNazarene in Belmont aswell as a realtor for KellerWilliams, Riddell, 45, alsoowns a roofing business inMiamisburg.“I have four reasons fordoing this,” he explains. “Thefirst is for my own spiritualrenewal. I’m trying to take30 days to step back from thethings I do in the businessworld and the church.”A second reason, he says,is that “Jesus became like us inorder to reach us.” Riddell saysthe more he gets into the worldof the homeless, the morereceptive people have been,allowing him to be of help.That help may range frompassing out drinks and snacksto locating overnight shelterfor someone who has beensleeping in a tent and on thestreet for months. A growingnumber of followers, includ-ing area church members, arehelping him by filling needsas they arise.For example, earlier thisweek, Riddell was attendinga service and meal at Target:Dayton Ministries whenan 18-year-old girl namedSamantha asked if he couldget her a Bible. Within 45seconds after he’d posted therequest on Facebook, some-one had offered to drop off the book at St. Vincent’s thatnight. The same thing hap-pened when Riddell requesteda pair of new shoes for ayoung person who had beenwearing the same pair for thepast three years.Riddell says he hopes to cre-ate an awareness of what’s hap-pening downtown, just minutesfrom where many members of his congregation reside.“We all hang out at theOregon District, we socialize,eat, find entertainment, buton the other side of the trestlethere’s a semi-tractor trailerand people are sleeping underthat on skids with cardboardfor insulation,” he says. “Itypically drive through therewith my windows up andhave no awareness of the stuff going on there. I’m trying tolive and walk these streets tocreate an awareness.”Riddell says we all expectour community organizationsto “take care of these things.”“I believe that biblicallywe have a responsibility to cryout and help these people,” hesays, adding that many peopleare quick to insist that thehomeless get a job and helpthemselves.“These folks are so beatendown and so consumed withbasic needs such as food andshelter, it’s hard to get out of that hole,” he explains.He is particularly concernedabout kids who “age out” of the foster care system and endup living on the streets. He’sworking with Salem Churchof God in Englewood to helpcreate a new nonprofit organi-zation, New Family Tree, thatwill provide transitional hous-ing for young people who haveno place to go after age 18.Riddell insists he isn’t“pretending” to be homeless.He set up rules for himself from the get-go: He’s sleep-ing in a van rather than takingup a bed at a shelter, eat-ing alongside the homeless atlocal food missions by invita-tion. He’s seeing his wife andchildren and showering twicea week; he carries and uses acredit card when he feels itcan help someone.
Ohio gas priceat average $3.08
Trial to begin in re deaths of 9
COLUMBUS (AP) —Gasoline prices are up a nick-el this week around Ohio,amid forecasts for much high-er prices by the spring.A survey from autoclub AAA, the Oil PriceInformation Service andWright Express puts the state-wide average cost of regular-grade gas at $3.08 a gallon, upfrom $3.03 last Monday.Pump prices nationwidehave risen nearly 9 per-cent since the beginning of December, to the highest lev-els since October 2008. Thecost of a gallon of regularmay rise or fall a little overthe next few months, butanalysts expect it to rangebetween $3.20 and $3.75 byMarch and April ahead of thesummer driving season.One year ago, Ohio’saverage price was $2.60 agallon.
CLEVELAND (AP) —Prosecutors in Ohio are readyto outline the case againsta man charged in the 2005arson deaths of nine, includ-ing eight children at a birth-day sleepover.Opening arguments arescheduled in the trial thisafternoon after jurors visit thefire scene in Cleveland.The defendant, 27-year-old ex-convict Antun Lewis,has pleaded not guilty. Hesays he was at home severalblocks away when the firebroke before dawn.Lewis’ attorneys won acrucial decision last monthwhen the federal judgeruled out the death penaltybecause Lewis is mentallydisabled.Lewis could face life inprison if convicted.
Man, 70, hitby train, dies
MARION (AP) — Ohiopolice say a 70-year-oldMarion man walking on rail-road tracks near his home washit by a train and died.Marion police say JerryBillups was hit by a trainSunday night at the KentonAvenue crossing. He waspronounced dead at MarionGeneral Hospital.Lt. Matt Bayles tells TheColumbus Dispatch that thetrain’s crew spotted Billups onthe tracks and blew a horn towarn him.Bayles says crossing gateswere functioning properly. Hesays Billups lived two blocksaway from where he wasstruck.Billups’ body was sent tothe Franklin County coroner’soffice for an autopsy. Policeare investigating.Marion is about 40 milesnorth of Columbus.James J. Ritty, of Dayton,invented the cash register in1879 to stop his patrons frompilfering house profits.DAYTON (AP) — AnOhio city is wrapping up animportant step in its effortsto racially diversify its firedepartment in response toU.S. Department of Justicecomplaints.Dayton is accepting appli-cations for firefighter jobsuntil today, the Dayton DailyNews reported in a story pub-lished Sunday.The Justice Departmenthad accused the city of dis-criminating against blacks inits hiring of firefighters andpolice officers. Dayton hasas estimated 60,000 or moreblack residents, but just six of the 300 firefighters are black,including Chief HerbertRedden, the newspaper said.Dayton isn’t the only Ohiocity that has faced concernsabout diversity among emer-gency responders. Cincinnatialso settled a diversity law-suit with the U.S. Departmentof Justice, according to thenewspaper, which said 250 of 850 Cincinnati firefighters in2009 were black.“I think (diversity) is impor-tant because we need to reflectthe community we serve,”Michael Spencer, one of theDayton’s black firefighters,told the Dayton Daily News.The government’s lawsuithad alleged that the city’s useof heightened qualificationsfor firefighters and a writ-ten police officer examinationhave resulted in employmentdiscrimination against blacks.Dayton has revamped itsrecruiting and hiring processas a result of the lawsuit, mak-ing changes that should openthe process to more candi-dates. The city no longer hasa residency rule, and it hasstopped requiring that appli-cants be certified firefighters.The application deadlinemarks a step toward the citydetermining how effectivethat overhaul will be.The Justice Departmentwill review the applicationsand the results of an Aprilcivil service exam before thecity can hire firefighters. Itcould be more than a yearbefore a new firefighter classis in operation.
Dayton working to remedy lack
of diversity in re department
By JEFFREY SHEBANThe Columbus Dispatch
COLUMBUS (AP) —At 76, Warner Trautman ishaving a ball, traveling threedays a week and courting oldfriends.Trautman might be theoldest competitive basket-ball player in Columbus. Onmost Mondays, Wednesdaysand Fridays, he can be foundplaying five-on-five pickupgames at the Athletic Club of Columbus.Youngsters are welcome,but most participants in thelunchtime games, which dateback decades, are in their 40sand 50s. A lucky few soldieron beyond retirement age.The gatherings — infor-mally called the LegendsLeague — have an old-school,playground feel, with oppos-ing teams identified by shirtsand skins and all officiatingdone by players.Arguments are mandatory.“It’s entertainment,” saidlawyer Neil Rosenberg, 56,enjoying a heated discussionover a foul call while waitinghis turn on the sidelines.Several blocks from theprivate club, another groupof aging jocks and back-yard hoopsters meets at theDowntown YMCA. At 65,West Side retiree EdwardLittlejohn reigns as the elderstatesman there.The Athletic Club bas-ketball roster trends towardbankers, lawyers and real-estate developers; the moreegalitarian Y attracts largenumbers of public employ-ees and other nonprofessionalDowntown workers.What all the players havein common — beyond sore joints and diminished skills— is a love of the game,a craving for companionshipand a stubborn reluctance toyield to the process of aging.“When you’re 12 or 13,you know nothing about pull-ing muscles,” said Littlejohn,who spends one hour stretch-ing and lifting weights to pre-pare for court appearances.“I plan to keep on play-ing until the good Lord takesthese knees out.”Trautman, an UpperArlington resident who hashad triple-bypass surgery anda heart-valve replacement,was drafted as a fill-in a dozenyears ago while he was jog-ging around the elevated tracksurrounding the court.“I told them my last bas-ketball experience was adriveway shoot-around in1951, but they didn’t care,”said Trautman, who plays inprotective goggles and wearsa mouthpiece.Despite assessing his skillsas marginal — “I can’t dribbleor drive, but I can set picks,pass and rebound” — the fit-ness enthusiast is hooked onthe sport for more than thebenefits of exercise.“When you’re doing this,”he explained, “you just kindof forget about other things.”Full-court gymnasiumbasketball, the quintessentialteam sport in a world of per-sonal trainers and individualexercise routines, is a tie thatbinds.“I like the camaraderie wehave here,” said Rosenberg,who plays as often as his ach-ing back allows. “We like tocall this our daily recess — itreally takes you back.”“It’s in your blood; youcan’t help it,” observedThomas “TJ” Joyce, a long-time player at the Y who puthis age at “over 50.”Although sidelined byrotator-cuff tears and glau-coma, the program directorfor the Ohio Department of Health shows up for everysession to be around the gameand heckle his buddies.“We talk about our workand families,” he said, watch-ing some recent action. “It’snot just about basketball.”Dublin resident JamesFletcher, 57, craves the inter-action with friends and achance to decompress.“For me, this is mostlymental now,” the engineer-ing manager for AmericanElectric Power said betweensessions at the Y. “I comehere to get a break. I can for-get about the workday whenI’m over here.”Still, men will be boys:Despite the talk of compan-ionship and decompression,the action can get heated whencompetitive juices flow.“We’ve had broken legsand knees taken out,” saidWesterville resident JerryMapes, 44, a former tailbackand flanker for Jim Tressel atYoungstown State University.Mapes, now in real estate andconstruction, plays at the Y.Dan Rohletter, 51, a lawyerwho belongs to the AthleticClub, describes himself aspersonable everywhere but onthe court.
Age doesn’t stop older hoops players
COLUMBUS (AP) — TheOhio High School AthleticAssociation has determineda potential change in howschools are assigned to tour-nament divisions for somesports likely would not movemany teams from one divi-sion to another, an associationspokesman said Saturday.The board of the associa-tion is asking its membersto vote in May on a bylawthat would put schools intodivisions for postseason playbased on a new enrollmentformula. Instead of puttingschools into divisions basedonly on their enrollment num-bers, it would use a three-partsystem aimed at creating alevel playing field betweenpublic and private schools.“It is our goal to keep publicand nonpublic schools togeth-er in the same tournament,”OHSAA spokesman TimStried said Saturday, notingthat some residents would pre-fer to separate the two groupsof schools and argue that pri-vate schools have advantagesthat can affect their athleticsuccess.The new formula wouldconsider enrollment, alongwith the socio-economicmakeup of a district; whereand how a school gets its stu-dents; and whether teams haveadvanced to regional or statetournaments in recent years. Itwould take effect by the 2013-14 school year and cover eightsports: football, boys and girlsbasketball, boys and girls soc-cer, volleyball, baseball andsoftball.A committee that studiedhow to balance the field of com-petition used different mixesof data in those categories totest the formula. Hundreds of teams participate in each sport,but in most cases, the commit-tee found fewer than a dozenor so schools in each divisionlikely would move to a higheror lower division if the changeis approved, Stried said. Thenumber of divisions variesfrom two to six, depending onthe sport.“Some of the tests we ranwith the formula in all thesports indicated that, with allthree criteria being consid-ered, there won’t be as muchmovement as we anticipated,”commissioner Dan Ross toldThe Columbus Dispatch fora story published Saturday.“This is a good thing, becausewith this plan just being astarting point, we didn’t wanttotal chaos in Ohio.”
High school sports divisionsfor tournaments may change
“I believe thatbiblically we havea responsibil-ity to cry out andhelp these people.These folks are sobeaten down andso consumed withbasic needs suchas food and shel-ter, it’s hard to getout of that hole.”
— Ryan Riddell,pastor

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