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BY STACY TAFFstaff@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — One thingTeam Manager Fred DillonJr. of Treasure Hunter’sRoadshow likes to make clearwhen his group visits a townis it doesn’t appraise items.When objects are brought in,they make offers to take themoff your hands.“We make the offers basedon retail markets,” Dillonsaid. “This is a free event thatwe take all over the place.There are teams that go allover the country and someeven in Canada and Europe.”The Treasure Hunter’sRoadshow collects jew-elry, gold, silver, variouscollectibles, antiques, rarebooks and historical items.Depending on the rarity of a given item, a person couldend up with a lot of money intheir pocket.“The coolest thing webought today here in Delphoswas a collection of old sil-ver half-dollars. The lady whobrought it walked out of herewith a check for $500,” hesaid. “We recently gave anoth-er woman a $1,900 check forsome jewelry she had. A fewweeks ago, we paid $25,000for a Batman No. 1 comic.Some interesting things we getare things like signed baseballsand baseball card collectionsfrom the 50s and 60s.”The Roadshow will remainin Delphos until Saturday.It’s open from 9 a.m. until6 p.m. through Friday and 9a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday.Dillon says the weather willimpact the number of peo-ple who make it out to theMicrotel.“We really hope to see alot of people come out herebut this morning we didn’tget a single person in until 11a.m.,” he said. “We usuallyhave about five people wait-ing at every table but we’llsee what happens.”
Delphos St. John’s Schools
This year’s National Catholic Schools Week theme is “A Plus for America.” Thatmeans we are celebrating the added value that Catholic schools bring to our nation- and to our community. In addition to traditionally high graduation rates and strong moral values,Catholic schools and their graduates give a high level of service back to their communities.
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DELPHOS — Delphoscity crews have been workingsince 2 a.m. today, plowingstreets and removing giantpiles of snow.Safety Service DirectorGreg Berquist said everypiece of equipment was inuse for snow removal to keepmain roads passable duringthis winter’s heaviest stormthus far. Crews hope to havethe majority of streets clearedby 3:30 p.m. today.Residents are asked to con-tinue to observe caution onthe roadways and give snowplows as much room as pos-sible when driving becauseoperators have several blindspots.Van Wert County offi-cials have issued a SnowEmergency — “Emergencyvehicles only on the road-ways. All roads are closedand no one should be out dur-ing these conditions. Thosetraveling on the roadways aresubject to arrest.”Allen and Putnam coun-ties are under a Level 2 RoadAdvisory — “All roadwaysare extremely dangerous dueto heavy, drifted or blowingsnow. Some roads may beimpassable, causing dangerto stranded motorists. Onlymotorists with extreme neces-sity and specialized equip-ment should attempt to drive.In the interest of public safety,motorists are strongly advisedto stay off the roadways untilconditions improve.”Area school childrenare enjoying a second dayof respite from classes withDelphos marking a fifthcalamity day.More than 200,000 homesand businesses in Ohio begantoday without power, whilein excess of 50,000 custom-ers had no electricity in NewJersey and Pennsylvania,which were hit with mostlyfreezing rain and ice.Another massive stormbilled as the worst in decadesbarrels toward the northeasttoday, leaving vast swaths
Stacy Taff photo
Fred Dillon Sr. examines the jewelry Stephanie Clemons brought to the TreasureHunter’s Roadshow at the Microtel, Tuesday afternoon.
Treasure Hunters Roadshow nets locals cash
Students:enjoy breaknow; dayswill be added
BY MIKE FORDmford@delphosherald.com
Because of a winter stormpummeling the area, schoolswill have to extend the aca-demic year to make up forlost time.During the previous OhioGeneral Assembly, the num-ber of allowed “calamitydays” was reduced from fiveto three. Any snow days takenbeyond three will be added tothe May and/or June calendar.Most of the region’s schoolsare now at that point.“We have now taken fivedays,” Delphos City SchoolSuperintendent Jeff Price said.“The biggest impact this has isthat we like to get in as manydays of instruction as we canbefore the achievement testsin April and before the OhioGraduation Test. The otherthing is it’s a bit more diffi-cult to get instruction done inlate May and early June whenthe buildings get warm. Heatbecomes a factor, so those arethe main things that concernus about calamity days.”He added that not muchextra energy costs are absorbedby the extra days beyond whatminimal electricity is usedwhen hallways are vacant.“I don’t see any extra costs;whether we’re open now or inJune, it doesn’t make muchdifference as far as that’s con-cerned,” he said.Unlike Delphos, the schoolfacility in Ottoville is air con-ditioned. Superintendent ScottMangas said a day or two of air conditioning is the onlycost difference.Students who would haveotherwise been in class todayhad another day off due to thestorm. While the children maynot mind now, they are notexpected to like a lengthenedschool year.“By May, kids are thinkingthey’re at the end of the yearand may not take instructionas seriously as they wouldin the middle of the schoolyear,” Mangas said.For many years, the statepermitted as many as fivesnow days without any hav-ing to be made up. This wasthe case until the 128th OhioGeneral Assembly approved areduction but legislation wasintroduced in January that willchange that. If it becomes law,House Bill 36 would immedi-ately give school districts fivecalamity days, plus two morefor the rest of the 2010-2011school year.
PunxsutawneyPhil, BuckeyeChuck predictan early spring
BY LEE POWELLThe Associated Press
PUNXSUTAWNEY,Pa. — To the relief of thewinter-weary, the world’smost famous groundhog pre-dicted an early spring today.Punxsutawney Philemerged just after dawn onGroundhog Day to make his125th annual weather forecastin front of a smaller-than-usual crowd who bravedmuddy, icy conditions to hearhis handlers reveal that hehad not seen his shadow.Ohio’s groundhogforecaster agrees with hisbetter-known Pennsylvaniacousin that an earlyspring is on the way.In a live broadcast onWMRN radio, his han-dlers in Marion in centralOhio said Buckeye Chuckdid not see his shadowaround dawn today. Legendhas it that no shadowmeans a shorter winter.The Ohio Legislaturemade Buckeye Chuckthe state’s officialgroundhog in 1979.Including today’s fore-cast, Phil has seen hisshadow 98 times and hasn’tseen it just 16 times since1887. There are no recordsfor the remaining years,though the group has neverfailed to issue a forecast.The celebration tookplace on Gobbler’s Knob, atiny hill in Punxsutawney,a borough of about 6,100residents some 65 milesnortheast of Pittsburgh.The celebration is rootedin a German superstitionthat says if a hibernatinganimal casts a shadow onFeb. 2, the Christian holidayof Candlemas, winter willlast another six weeks. If noshadow was seen, legend saidspring would come early.
State fire marshal warns of increased fire risks during winter storms
As much of Ohio hud-dles under snow and sleet,Interim State Fire MarshalDonald Cooper is remind-ing Ohioans that there is anincreased risk for home firesduring and after these winterstorms. However, many of these fires are preventableand citizens can reduce theirrisks of becoming a fire casu-alty by identifying potentialhazards and following simplesafety tips.“Winter storms can wreakhavoc on our daily lives.Besides making travel dif-ficult and interrupting elec-tric service, the storms alsocause an increased possibil-ity of residential fires,” saysMarshal Cooper. “The useof candles, heating sourcesand makeshift cooking meth-ods can significantly increasethe chances of a fire occur-ring. But, by following somebasic safety tips, you canprotect yourself and yourfamily when severe weatherstrikes.”Marshal Cooper and theU.S. Fire Administrationoffer these tips:
Heating safety
— Use kerosene heatersand space heaters accordingto the manufacturer’s instruc-tions.— Alternative heatersneed their space. Keep any-thing combustible at leastthree feet away.— Make sure your alter-native heaters have ‘tipswitches.’ These ‘tip switch-es’ are designed to automati-cally turn off the heater in theevent they tip over.— Do not use the kitch-en oven range to heat yourhome. In addition to being afire hazard, it can be a sourceof toxic fumes.— Never refill a spaceheater while it is operating orstill hot.— Refuel heaters onlyoutdoors.— Make sure woodstoves are properly installed,and at least three feet awayfrom combustible materials.Ensure they have the properfloor support and adequateventilation.
Generator safety
— Follow the manufactur-er’s instructions and guide-lines when using generators.— Use a generator orother fuel-powered machinesoutside the home. CO fumesare odorless and can quicklyoverwhelm you indoors.— Use the appropriatesized and type power cordsto carry the electric load.Overloaded cords can over-heat and cause fires.— Never run cords underrugs or carpets where heat
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Winter storm
Safety Service Director Greg Berquist relocated snow fromthe center of Main Street this morning. He piled it out of theway near the canal in The Delphos Herald parking lot, whileMaintenance Foreman Jeff Rostorfer performed similarwork on the city’s south side. (Mike Ford photo.)See STORM, page 2
Catholic SchoolsWeek up in air
Catholic Schools Week isbeing celebrated this weekthroughout the Dioceseof Toledo. However, stu-dents are out of classbecause of the weather.The Rev. Mel Verhoff saidthe diocese set the dates andwhether or not any missedactivities can be rescheduledis yet to be determined.
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CAIRNS, Australia (AP)— Tens of thousands of Australians stocked up onfood and hunkered in stur-dy shelters today as a mon-ster cyclone approached thenortheast coast with furiouswinds, rains and surging season a scale unseen there ingenerations.Gusts up to 186 mph (300kph) were expected whenCyclone Yasi strikes thecoast late today after whip-ping across Australia’s GreatBarrier Reef. The storm frontis more than 310 miles (500kilometers) wide and Yasi isso strong, it could reach farinland before it significantlyloses power.Queensland Premier AnnaBligh said the last cycloneof such strength to crossQueensland was in 1918.“It’s such a big storm —it’s a monster, killer storm,”Bligh said. “This impact islikely to be more life threat-ening than any experiencedduring recent generations.”Bligh said coastal residentsshould have left already astheir region would undoubt-edly flood during an expectedhigh sea surge. People fartherinland were told to “bunkerdown” in their homes and getready for gale-force winds.More than 10,000 peoplewere already in evacuationcenters, and roads were clos-ing as strong winds and heavyrain made travel unsafe.Landfall was expected justsouth of Cairns — a city of about 164,000 people about2,250 kilometers (1,400miles) north of Sydney anda gateway for visitors to theGreat Barrier Reef — betweenthe towns of Innisfail andCardwell. The rural commu-nity of Innisfail was devastat-ed by Cyclone Larry in 2006with thousands of homes andbanana and sugar cane plan-tations destroyed. No onewas killed.Earlier today, Bligh hadtold coastal residents theirwindow of opportunity to fleewas closing.“Do not bother to packbags. Just grab each otherand get to a place of safety.Remember that people areirreplaceable,” she said.Yasi was forecast to hitland at about 10 p.m. today(7 a.m. EST, 1200 GMT),the Bureau of Meteorologysaid. The timing, just afterhigh tide, meant high stormsurges of at least 6.5 feet(two meters) were likely toflood significant areas alongthe coast.“What it all adds up tois a very frightening time,”Bligh said. “We’re lookingat 24 hours of quite terrifyingwinds, torrential rain, likelyloss of electricity and mobilephones. People really need tobe preparing mentally if noth-ing else.”
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Gregory A.“Greg,” 64, of Delphos,funeral services will begin at11 a.m. Friday at Thomas E.Bayliff Funeral Home, PastorTom Shobe officiating. Burialwill follow in SpencervilleCemetery. Friends may callfrom 5-8 Thursday.
RitaT., 92, of Delphos Massof Christian Burial willbegin at 10 a.m. Saturdayat St. John the EvangelistCatholic Church, the Rev.Melvin Verhoff officiating.Burial will be in St. John’sCemetery. Friends may callfrom 4-7:30 p.m. Friday atHarter and Schier FuneralHome, where a parish wakewill begin at 7:30 p.m.Memorial contributionsmay be made to St. John’sParish Foundation.The high temperatureTuesday in Delphos was 27and the low was 16 with 21/2 inches of precipitation. Ayear ago today, the high was35 and the low was 25. Therecord high for today is 54, setin 1983 and the record low of -17 was set in 1951.
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyThe Associated PressWinter storm warning ineffect until 7 p.m.TONIGHT
: Cold.Becoming partly cloudy.Areas of blowing and driftingsnow in the evening. Lows 5to 10 above. West winds 5 to10 mph. Wind chills 4 belowto 6 above zero.
: Partlycloudy. Highs 15 to 20.Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph.Wind chill as low as 5 belowin the morning.
:Mostly clear. Lows aroundzero. Southwest winds 5 to 10mph. Wind chill as low as 15below.
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Mandy Lee Walters, 30, of Cloverdale, died at 4:15 p.m.Sunday at Lima MemorialHospital.She was born Sept. 12,1980, in Paulding to Larryand Diana (Sharp) Carnahanof Cloverdale, who survive.On July 2, 2004, she mar-ried Carl William “Bill”Walters, who survives.Other survivors includesister Amy (Ben) Fleagleof Cloverdale; sisters-in-law Tasha (John) Okuly andJessica Walters of Van Wert;nieces and nephews DessireeBlackmore, Lyrie, Peytonand Evan Okuly, Mackenzieand Kelsie Fleagle and JoseSanchez II, Jadence Sanchez;and godsons Cody Bailey andJose Sanchez II.Mrs. Walters was employedas a programmer analyst withCentral Mutual InsuranceCompanies. She was a 1998Wayne Trace High Schooland 2001 Rhodes StateCollege graduate. She was amember of Mandale Churchof Christ in Christian Union.She was a devoted and lovingwife, daughter and sister whodeeply loved her pets, spend-ing time with family, friends,shopping, reading and attend-ing her nephews’ and nieces’sporting events. She lovedlittle ones and was a Michiganfan in a house divided.Funeral services begin at10:30 a.m. Friday at Cowanand Son Funeral Home inVan Wert, Pastor Don Rogersofficiating. Burial will fol-low in Sherman Cemetery inPaulding County.Friends may call from 2-8p.m. Thursday.Memorials are to theASPCA or March of Dimes.Online condolences may besent to cowanandsonfuneral-home.com
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Carmela Angelia “Angel”Boninsegna, 19, of ruralSt. Marys died at 4:30 a.m.Saturday at her residence,following an extended illness.She had been diagnosed withcancer in April of 2007, morespecifically a rare disorderknown as neurofibromatosisType 1.She was born April25, 1991 in Austell, Ga toDavid and Rosemary (Figel)Boninsegna.Survivors include fatherand step-mother David (Anne)Boninsegna of Ottawa; moth-er and step-father Rosemary(Terry) McElroy of St. Marys;twin sister Annie (David)Harrington of Ottawa; broth-ers David Boninsegna II, T.J.McElroy and Bradley McElroyof St. Marys and DawsonBoninsegna of Ottawa; sistersAmber McElroy of St. Marysand Lillian Joseph and ZoeBoninsegna of Ottawa; mater-nal grandparents Jack (Ginger)Figel of Ocala, FL; pater-nal step-grandfather DonaldHalker, Sr. of Ottawa; nieceMolly Angelia Harringtonof Ottawa; numerous aunts,uncles and cousins and a multi-tude of supportive friends.She was preceded indeath by grandparents Pauland Phyllis Boninsegna, LeoMcElroy, Anna McElroy-Thomas, Lillian Halker, DoytThomas and uncles Geno andBob BoninsegnaShe was a 2010 graduate of Memorial High School in St.Marys, where she participatedin track, FCA, FCCLA, SADDand choir. She was a memberof Living Hope Assembly of God in St. Marys and its youthgroup. She loved life andtrusted in God for everything,including the strength to dealwith her illness. Her favoriteactivities included camping,hanging out with her fam-ily and friends, broadcastingand covering sporting eventswith her father, riding motor-cycles with her step-fatherand playing bingo. On gamedays, she could be found root-ing for her favorite teams: St.Marys Roughriders, MichiganWolverines and CincinnatiReds.Funeral services begin at10:30 a.m. Saturday at LivingHope Assembly of God, 1130Indian Avenue in St. Marys,Pastor Randy McKinney offi-ciating. Burial will follow atthe Elm Grove Cemetery inSt. Marys.Friends may call from 2-4and 6-8 p.m. Friday at thechurch.Memorial contribu-tions may be directed to theRonald McDonald House of Cincinnati.Online condolences maybe conveyed via millerfuner-alhomes.netArrangements are underthe direction of the MillerFuneral Home 1605 CelinaRoad (Ohio 703 West) in St.Marys.CLEVELAND (AP) — Thewinning numbers in Tuesdayevening’s drawing of the OhioLotteryPick 39-4-5Pick 40-4-1-8Rolling Cash 501-07-13-19-28Ten OH03-04-06-11-13-17-21-22-24-29-36-49-50-55-61-63-64-68-71-75
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from Chicago to New Yorkparalyzed by snow and ice,leaving hundreds of motoristsstranded all night and shutter-ing airports and schools.Chicago received up to 17inches of snow with more stillpossible, and Missouri as muchas 1 1/2 feet. More than a footdropped on northern Indianaand southeast Kansas, whileOklahoma saw as much as afoot.In the Northeast, spots innorthern New York had alreadygotten more than a foot of snow.New York City was expectedto get up to three-quarters of aninch of ice by midday beforethe mix of sleet and freezingrain warms up to rain.Forecasters warn that iceaccumulations could knockdown some tree limbs andpower lines. Ice also couldaffect transit service, even asplow drivers struggled to keepup with the snow on manyroads.In Chicago, the city shutdown Lake Shore Drive for thefirst time in years, and hundredsof motorists were stranded for12 hours after multiple car acci-dents on the iconic roadway.Public schools were closed forthe first time in 12 years.The NFL did manage tostick to its Super Bowl sched-ule, holding media activities atCowboys Stadium in suburbanArlington as planned, thoughthe city’s ice-covered streetswere deserted.
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Van Wert 4-H offersShooting Sports Club
The Van Wert County 4-Hprogram will offer shootingsports education through thenew Shooting Sports Clubstarting in 2011.The club is open to youthages 9-18 who enroll in the4-H program. The club willmeet frequently at the Jr. FairBuilding on the Van WertCounty Fairgrounds andintroduces safety techniquesand supervised rifle shooting.Youth will practice safety,response to range commands,learn basic shooting funda-mentals, clean and maintainequipment, learn about eyeand ear protection, developshooting skills, explore con-servation issues and competein shoots.Club advisors are certi-fied through the Ohio 4-HShooting Sports program andalso through the county vol-unteer program.Parents and youth inter-ested in joining should plan toattend a kick off meeting at 7p.m. on Feb. 22 at the Jr. FairBuilding on the Van WertCounty Fairgrounds.For more information, con-tact the club advisor RobertSherer at 419-968-2196;e-mail at riflesafety@hotmail.com; or call the 4-H programat the OSU Extension officeat 419-238-1214.
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Leadership Classto host CornHole Tourney
The Van Wert Chamber of Commerce 2011 LeadershipClass will hold a Corn HoleTournament Fundraiser at10 a.m. on Saturday at theYWCA of Van Wert County.Registration is from 9-9:30a.m.All proceeds received willbe used toward the class proj-ect of sponsoring a presenta-tion by dynamic speaker, JoshGunderson, to educate thelocal Van Wert Middle andHigh school students on theimpact of cyber-bullying.The tournament fee is $20per team with a cash payoutand double elimination. Theevent also will include a 50/50drawing and concessions. Thisis a family friendly event. Allparticipants must be age 14 orolder to play.For more information, con-tact Executive Director StacyLooser at 419-238-6639.
House votes tocreate Kasich’sprivate job board
Ohio-based managed-care co.to pay $26M Medcaid settlement
COLUMBUS (AP) —Economic development and job creation in Ohio would beguided by a nine-member pri-vate board under a bill passedTuesday by the Republican-led state House.The legislation to set upGov. John Kasich’s nonprofitJobsOhio passed on a 59-37vote, despite some concernsfrom state lawmakers that thepanel would wield enormousinvestment and contract powerwith little transparency andoversight. The measure nowgoes to the GOP-led Senate.After a partisan debatethat lasted several hours, thepassage came on an almostparty-line vote. One Democratsaid she sided in error withRepublicans.Ohio has lost about 400,000 jobs during the past four years.Ohio’s unemployment rate was9.6 percent in December, com-pared with the national unem-ployment rate of 9.4 percent.The bill sets up a frameworkfor JobsOhio, whose boardincludes Kasich as its chair.It’s intended to eventuallyreplace the Ohio Departmentof Development.The department’s interimdirector would be requiredwithin six months to reportback to the Legislature morespecific recommendations onhow the panel will operatebased on his review of theagency’s programs.
By LISA CORNWELLThe Associated Press
CINCINNATI — AnOhio-based managed healthcare company and its corpo-rate entities will pay $26 mil-lion to resolve allegations thatthey submitted false data andreceived millions of dollarsin Medicaid reimbursementsfor health care services thatwere not provided, the JusticeDepartment said Tuesday.Dayton-based CareSource,CareSource ManagementGroup Co. and CareSourceUSA Holding Co. agreed topay the United States and thestate of Ohio to settle a whistle-blower action filed on behalf of the U.S. government by twoformer CareSource employees,the government said.“Cash-strapped Medicaidprograms such as Ohio’scan ill afford conduct suchas this, designed to improvethe company’s bottom lineat the expense of a programbenefiting the poor and dis-abled,” Tony West, assistantattorney general in the JusticeDepartment’s civil division,said in a statement.CareSource President andCEO Pamela Morris said thecompany made a financialsettlement to close the mat-ter. The company denies anywrongdoing, she said, addingthat CareSource has “alwaysdealt with our relationship withthe state of Ohio and the man-agement of Medicaid fundswith the highest integrity.”The lawsuit filed in U.S.District Court in Cincinnati in2006 claimed that CareSourceentities knowingly failed toprovide required screening,assessment and case manage-ment for children with specialcare needs and adults betweenJanuary 2001 and December2006. They subsequently sub-mitted false data to the state of Ohio so that it appeared theywere providing the requiredservices to improperly retainincentives received from OhioMedicaid and avoid penalties,the government alleged.The settlement money willbe divided among the federaland state governments andthe two former CareSourceemployees.Whistleblowers RobinHerzog and Laura Rupert willreceive a share of the settle-ment, totaling $3.1 million.Ohio will receive $10.2 mil-lion, half of which will go to theOhio Department of Job andFamily Services that adminis-ters the state’s Medicaid pro-gram, department spokesmanBenjamin Johnson said.“The allegations are a causefor concern, but we are com-fortable with the terms of thesettlement,” Johnson said.He said CareSource hasagreed to oversight by the federalInspector General’s Office and toan annual independent review.
Report: Fix Ohio probation system, save $62 million
COLUMBUS (AP) —Judges would be required toorder probation instead of pris-on for offenders convicted of low-level felony crimes such astheft and drug abuse under aplan being announced today toreduce the state’s soaring prisonpopulation and save as much as$62 million.Sentences for the most seriousoffenders would be lengthened,and judges would get more lee-way in sentences for mid-levelfelony crimes, according to thereport by the Council of StateGovernment’s Justice Center.Judges also could imposeprison terms that would makeinmates eligible for a reducedsentence if behind bars theycompleted programs aimed atkeeping them from committingnew crimes. Prosecutors wouldhave to sign off on such sen-tences.Truth-in-sentencing reformsin Ohio in the 1990s eliminatedsentence reductions for goodbehavior. But critics say thosemeasures removed a carrot thatcould help inmates improvethemselves and avoid returntrips to prison.The Justice Center’s pro-posal also would require state-wide standards for probationand other non-prison alternativesuch as halfway houses as a wayof bringing unity to the Ohio’spatchwork of 187 local, countyand state probation systems.In general, the report rec-ommends holding offendersaccountable in ways that punishthe worst criminals while ensur-ing low-level offenders are lesslikely to commit new crimes. Italso recommends making betteruse of halfway house-type pro-grams and beefing up the super-vision of offenders on probation.The state’s most powerful judge, top Republican lawmak-ers and the prisons director sup-port the general concepts behindthe proposal. The center says thereforms could save $62 millionover four years and help shrinkthe prison population by morethan 4,500 inmates.Sentencing low-level felonyoffenders to probation insteadof prison would ensure they par-ticipate in programs that wouldhelp them, the report said.“Brief prison stays for thesefirst time low-level property anddrug offenders, many of whomhave substance use or mentalhealth disorders, do little tochange the behaviors that con-tributed to their criminal activ-ity,” the report said.Exceptionswould be made for offenderswho held public office or posi-tions of trust, committed crimeswhile possessing guns or seri-ously hurt someone.A report by the Justice Centerin July found that Ohio’s proba-tion system is too fragmentedand the state cycles too manylow-risk offenders serving shortsentences through the prison sys-tem. In 2008, the state spent $189million on inmates with an aver-age sentence of just nine months.Last year’s study found thatOhio’s numerous probationagencies overlap, aren’t coordi-nated and have different trainingstandards and that there’s no use-ful information collected state-wide that could help improvethe probation system. The statespends more than $130 millionannually on programs trying tokeep people out of prison withno information on whether theprograms actually work, thereport found.Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connorsaid Ohio’s current approachessometimes make things worsefor relatively low-risk offendersby exposing them to harsherprobationary terms than theyrequire, leading to their returnsto prison.

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