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50¢ dailyDelphos, Ohio
Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
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BY STACY TAFFstaff@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS—TheDelphos Public LibraryBoard of Trustees metWednesday to discuss theimprovements to the FirstStreet building and otherongoing projects.“The renovations aremoving along, the drywalland painting is all finished,”custodian Norb Renner said.“Next I’ll be putting in thegrid for the ceiling and afterthat the electrician can get inthere and finish his work. Healready has the light switch-es installed so he’ll just needto get the lights and fans inand he’ll be done.”The board deliberatedover several ceramic tile andcarpet squares before final-ly settling on a green tilefrom Menards for the wholebuilding and not installingcarpet.“The only room we werereally thinking about layingcarpet in was the smallermeeting room, just to makeit warmer and quieter, butit wouldn’t be worth itbecause it’s not going to beused too much more thanthe other rooms,” DirectorNancy Mericle said. “Thetile is a little cheaper and it’sa lot easier to clean if there’sa spill. Also, this tile is por-celain and the color con-tinues all the way throughit, which is nice if there isa chip somewhere becauseyou won’t be able to see it.”The board chose a darkgreen grouting to placebetween the tiles and settledon a rubber baseboard.In other news, Mericlementioned a puppet theaterarrived for the children’sprogram.“The puppet stand is hereand Denise is very happywith it,” Mericle said. “Sheeven had a little money leftfrom what was put aside forthat and right now it’s justpainted white, so she wasthinking about maybe hiringsomeone to come in and paintsomething colorful on it.”The board also discussede-books.“We occasionally getrequests for them,” Mericlesaid. “But when the personcomes in and asks if we offerthem, we don’t know whichdevice they use, whether it’sthe Amazon Kindle or theNook, etc., and so it wouldbe hard to figure out whiche-book program would becompatible for them if wewere to do that.”The board agreed toshelve the matter for furtherdiscussion.
Library Board members Leila Osting, left, Susan Kapcar and Director NancyMericle, right, examine the different flooring options from Lowe’s and Menards for theFirst Street building renovations.
Stacy Taff photo
Library project moving along
The Allen CountyChapter of the AmericanRed Cross will hold itsfifth annual Mardi Grasevent, featuring The Menusfrom Cincinnati. Proceedswill benefit the mission of the American Red Cross.Wings and beverages avail-able for purchase. Ticketsare $25 per person; mustbe 21 to enter. Tables withprominent seating for largergroups can be purchasedfor $250 at the AmericanRed Cross Allen CountyChapter, 610 S. Collett St.,Lima. Doors open at 7 p.m.,band will take the stage at8 p.m. Call 419-227-5121for more information.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.(AP) — Icy blasts tuggedtemperatures to well belowzero in chunks of the Southearly today, leaving ranchersand farmers fretting abouttheir animals after a winterstorm dropped 2 feet of snowon parts of Arkansas andOklahoma and left at leastthree people dead.Forecasters predictedlows of negative 11 in north-west Arkansas and minus 10degrees in parts of Oklahoma.Temperatures had dipped tonegative 8 in Fayettevilleby 2 a.m., according to theNational Weather Service.In a section of the nationaccustomed to neither snownor subzero temperatures,those numbers had cattlemensuch as Paul Marinoni cross-ing their fingers that pregnantcows won’t pop out babiesduring the coldest hours. Thenewborns could stick to theground, Marinoni said, muchlike tongues on a flagpole,and die.“How do you prevent it?”Marinoni, 70, said from hisfarm outside Fayetteville.“You can’t.”He hoped to check on hiscows at sunrise, provided hecould get to them through thesnow. In the meantime, somecows have sprouted fins of icicles down their backs.“There ain’t no way tokeep them warm,” he said.The frigid temperaturesfollowed a powerful bliz-zard that howled throughthe nation’s midsectionWednesday and made itsway into the Deep South,where it brought a mix of rain and snow to some areas.The heaviest snow was con-centrated in the northeastcorner of Oklahoma, wherethe towns of Colcord andSpavinaw got 22 and 23inches, respectively. Thedeepest snow was reportednear the village of Jay, with25 inches.Two people died inseparate traffic accidentsWednesday along a snow-covered highway in Arkansas,and another woman waskilled when she lost controlof her vehicle in Springfield,Mo. Blowing snow broughttraffic to a halt in some areasand abandoned cars chockedmajor highways after somedrivers gave up and walkedaway.The fresh snow was espe-cially troublesome in Tulsa,Okla., where many roadswere still impassable fromlast week’s record 14-inchsnowfall. The previous stormkept students out of schoolfor at least six days. Mail,bus and trash service wereonly recently restored.Five more inches of snowfell Wednesday in Tulsa,according to the NationalWeather Service. That raisedthe city’s total for the winterto 25.9 inches, breaking theprevious seasonal record of 25.6 inches, set during thewinter of 1923-24.Elsewhere in Oklahoma,ranchers struggled to keeptheir herds well fed andhydrated. Danny Engelmanspent hours tending to some300 cows.“If the temperatures getdown to zero, with windchills of 20 below zero,you’ve got a good chanceof losing a calf,” Engelmansaid. “Sometimes you’ve gotto put them in the pickup andget some heat on them.“Most ranchers prepare forwinter storms by giving theircattle the right food to buildup their energy reserves.“If their belly is filled withhigh-protein feed, they canwithstand incredible cold,”Engelman said.Meanwhile, poultry farm-ers will burn a lot of pro-pane in the next few daystrying to heat their chickenhouses, said Dustan Clark,an Extension Service poultryveterinarian at the Universityof Arkansas.“It’s a balancing act —ventilating the house to keepit from getting too damp,bringing in the cold air, andheating it to keep it from get-ting too cold,” he said.
Cold chill grips South, kills 3 people
By MAGGIE MICHAELAssociated Press
CAIRO — Doctors in whitelab coats and lawyers in blackrobes streamed into Cairo’sTahrir Square today, linkingstriking workers with anti-gov-ernment protesters to createpowerful new momentum forcalls to oust President HosniMubarak. With its efforts tomanage the crisis failing, thegovernment threatened thearmy could crack down byimposing martial law.The protests in their 17thday, which have focused ondiscontent with Mubarak’s29-year monopoly on power,now have tapped into the evendeeper well of anger over eco-nomic woes, including infla-tion, unemployment, corrup-tion, low wages and wide eco-nomic disparities between richand poor.A crowd of 4,000 angryover lack of housing riotedin the Suez Canal city of Port Said today for a secondstraight day. They marchedon the local state securityheadquarters, demanded thoseinside leave, then stormed thebuilding, set fire to part of itand six police cars. Police didnot intervene. A day earlierthey torched the governor’shome and offices.The spread of labor unrestwas in part in direct response tocalls from protesters as strikers joined in the movement. Butthere also seemed to be anoth-er element — locals unleash-ing long pent-up resentment atspecific symbols of the state,whether it was an unpopularlocal police commander, a statefactory seen as stiffing workersor a governor failing to followthrough on promises.The government warningsraised the prospect that theenergized protests could bringa new crackdown despiterepeated army and governmentpromises not to try to clearprotesters from their camp inCairo’s Tahrir Square.Speaking to the Arab newsnetwork Al-Arabiya on today,Foreign Minister Ahmed AboulGheit said that if “adventur-ers” take over the process of reform the military “will becompelled to defend the con-stitution and national security... and we’ll find ourselves in avery grave situation.”The night earlier, hewas more explicit, sayingin an interview with “PBSNewsHour” that there wouldbe chaos if Mubarak steppeddown immediately. “Do wewant the armed forces toassume the responsibility of stabilizing the nation thruimposing martial law, andarmy in the streets?” he said. Itwas the second coup warningthis week, with Vice PresidentOmar Suleiman making simi-lar threats Tuesday.The warnings reflect grow-ing government impatience asits own attempts to manage thecrisis have failed. Mubarak hasrefused to step down imme-diately, saying he will serveout the rest of his term untilSeptember elections.
Egyptiangovernmentthreatensmartial law
St. John’s ElementarySchool teacher MelissaMyers and her thirdgrade students were thetop fundraising classin the Allen CountyHumane Society’s“Pennies for Pets”drive. The class wastreated to a visit andlunch Wednesday, mak-ing plenty of new friendsof Humane Society resi-dents.
Red Cross tohold Mardi Gras
Students raisePennies for Pets
The Lima Branch of American Association of University Women is nowaccepting applications fromAllen County women for$1,000 scholarships. Highschool seniors, undergradu-ate and graduate studentsare invited to apply if theyare permanent residents of Allen County. Contact guid-ance departments at highschools or colleges for appli-cations and more informa-tion or contact Kathy Neilat kneil@elida.k12.oh.us.
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Girls Basketball (6p.m.): Parkway at St.John’s (MAC); Blufftonat Jefferson (NWC);Spencerville at Lincolnview(NWC); Celina at Elida(WBL); Columbus Groveat Crestview (NWC); St.Marys at Van Wert (WBL).
Boys Basketball (6 p.m.):Jefferson at Bluffton (NWC);Continental at Ottoville(PCL); Lincolnview atSpencerville (NWC); Elidaat Celina (WBL); Miller Cityat Kalida (PCL); Crestviewat Columbus Grove (NWC);Van Wert at St. Marys(WBL); St. John’s atParkway (MAC), 6:30 p.m.
Boys BasketballSt. John’s at Lincolnview,4 p.m.; Fort Jennings atJefferson, 6 p.m.; Elidaat LCC, 6 p.m.; Kalidaat Ayersville, 6 p.m.;Spencerville at Marion Local,6:30 p.m.; Van Wert at St.Henry, 6:30 p.m.; Crestviewat Wayne Trace, 6:30 p.m.Girls Basketball (1 p.m.):Perry at Spencerville; Kalidaat Leipsic (PCL); Arlingtonat Columbus Grove; Ottovilleat St. John’s, 6:30 p.m.Wrestling: WBL at Celina,9 a.m.; NWC Tournamentat Paulding, 10 a.m.; St.John’s and Versailles atColdwater (MAC), 5 p.m.
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For The Record
The DelphosHerald
Vol. 141 No. 203
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald, Inc.Don Hemple,advertising manager
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,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
Van Wert County CommonPleas Judge Charles D. Steelehas released the followingreport of the court’s activitiesfor January.Seven defendants werearraigned on felony criminalcharges as a result of indict-ments issued by the GrandJury or Bills of Informationpresented by the prosecutingattorney. The Court conduct-ed 29 criminal pretrial con-ferences, 12 defendants wereconvicted as a result of trialor guilty pleas. No criminal jury trial was held; 19 motionhearings were held. No trialto court was conducted.Three search warrantswere signed by Judge Steelein January.Thirteen defendantswere sentenced to incar-ceration with the OhioDepartment of Correctionsand Rehabilitation, WesternOhio Regional Treatmentand Habilitation Center(WORTH), the Van WertCounty CorrectionalFacility, or ElectronicallyMonitored House Arrest.14 Defendants were placedunder Community ControlIntensive Supervision underthe supervision of the VanWert County Adult ProbationDepartment.The Adult ProbationDepartment supervised atotal of 185 probationerspresently under CommunityControl Sanctions and defen-dants released on bond pend-ing disposition of pendingcriminal proceedings. Therewere 216 required-reportingvisits by probationers anddefendants on bond. Thedepartment conducted sevendrug tests and there were 223hours of community servicework completed by proba-tioners under supervision of the Probation Department.Seven probationers hadtheir probation revoked forviolations of CommunityControl Sanctions. Twodefendants had their bondrevoked for violation of bondconditions.No probationers success-fully completed their terms of probation and were released.The court collected $4,620.28in fines and court costs.Judge Steele reported 24civil cases were filed duringthe month. The court con-ducted no trial to court, held13 pretrial conferences andheard 16 motions. Nine caseswere dismissed due to theparties reaching a settlement.Judgment was rendered in 24cases. Two cases were termi-nated by summary judgment.No civil cases were referredto mediation/arbitration. Nocivil jury trial was held thismonth.Fourteen domestic rela-tions cases were filed dur-ing the month. DomesticRelations Magistrate JosephQuatman conducted 31 pre-trial conferences and 17 hear-ings on motions regardingmodification of custody orvisitation. Two civil protec-tive orders were filed, andthere were 11 divorce or dis-solution of marriage hearings.Two cases were referred tomediation regarding issues of custody, visitation, and prop-erty. The court also heardfive cases presented by theChild Support EnforcementAgency for collection of delinquent court-orderedchild support payments.Eleven individuals werearraigned Wednesday morn-ing on criminal indictmentsissued by the Van WertCounty Grand Jury.
Steven Darneell, 
23, VanWert, and Joel Crawford bothentered not guilty pleas toindictments charging themwith Aggravated Burglary afelony of the first degree.The indictment was theresult of the two entering ahome uninvited on Jan. 6.The two, once inside becameinvolved in a physical alter-cation with the persons resid-ing in the West First Streethome.Darnell was ordered heldon a $200,000 cash bond witha ten percent privilege alongwith a $5,000 unsecured per-sonal surety bond. Crawfordwas ordered held on the samebond conditions. A pretrialhearing has been scheduledfor March 2.
Nathaniel Thomas
, 32,Van Wert entered a not guiltyplea to a charge of DomesticViolence a felony of thefourth degree. Thomas wasreleased on a $5,000 unse-cured personal surety bondof $5,000 with orders thathe have no contact with thevictim in this case. A pretrialhearing has been scheduledfor March 2.
Billy Ray Gibson, 
41, VanWert, entered a not guiltyplea to a charge of DomesticViolence a felony of the thirddegree. Gibson was orderedheld on $100,000 cash bondwith a ten percent privilegealong with a $5,000 unse-cured personal surety bond.Van Wert County ProsecutingAttorney Charles F. Kennedyasked the Judge to set a highbond since Gibson allegedlyhas two previous charges of failing to appear in court asordered. A pretrial hear-ing has been scheduled forMarch 2.
Alvin S. Hammons, 
46,Van Wert entered a not guiltyplea to a charge of Possessionof Drugs a felony of thefifth degree. Hammons wasreleased on a $5,000 unse-cured personal surety bondwith a pretrial hearing sched-
Delphos weather
The high temperatureWednesday in Delphos was15 and the low was 0. Ayear ago today, the high was27 and the low was 10. Therecord high for today is 60, setin 1966 and the record low of -10 was set in 2011.
: Mostly clearin the evening becomingmostly cloudy. Lows around5 above. Southwest winds 5 to10 mph. Wind chill as low as5 below after midnight.
: Mostly cloudy.Highs in the upper 20s.Southwest winds 5 to 10 mphto around 15 mph in the after-noon. Wind chill as low as 5below in the morning.
: Cloudy.A chance of snow showersafter midnight. Lows in thelower 20s. Southwest winds5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow30 percent.
: Mostlycloudy. Highs in the lower30s. Southwest winds 10 to15 mph.At 8:33 a.m. on Wednesday,a collision occurred whenthe vehicle driven by RobertHemly, 56, of Windsor, wastraveling eastbound in theoutside lane of East FifthStreet. Robert Hohenbrink,78, of Delphos, was drivingacross the east parking lot of Delphos Recreation Centerand blew his horn when itappeared Hohenbrink was pre-paring to enter the roadway.Hohenbrink failed to yield andstruck Hemly’s vehicle on theright rear.There were no injuries andminor to moderate damageto both vehicles. Hohenbrinkwas cited for failure to yieldright of way when entering apublic roadway.At 10:21 p.m. onWednesday, Delphos Policestopped a motor vehicle beingdriven by Kyle Sharp, age 22 of Oakwood, at which time it wasfound that Sharp was operatingthe vehicle while having a sus-pended drivers license. Sharpwas cited into Lima MunicipalCourt on the charge.At 4:45 p.m. on Monday,Delphos Police were called tothe 900 block of Lima Ave.in reference to a theft report.Upon officers arrival, the vic-tim stated that someone hadtaken the victim’s cell phone.At 10:16 p.m. on Saturday,while performing a routine traf-fic stop Delphos Police cameinto contact with TimothyLindeman, age 19 of Lima,and found that Lindeman hadan outstanding warrant for hisarrest issued out of Van WertCounty. Lindeman was arrest-ed and transported to the VanWert County Jail.
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From the Editors of E/The EnvironmentalMagazineDear EarthTalk: TheU.S. EnvironmentalProtection Agency had its40th anniversary in 2010.How effective has the EPAbeen and what are its big-gest challenges today? --Bill A., Seattle, WA
 By most accounts the U.S.Environmental ProtectionAgency (EPA), which turned40 in December 2009, hasbeen very effective. The firstdedicated national environ-mental agency of its kind,the EPA has been instrumen-tal in setting policy prioritiesand writing and enforcing awide range of laws that haveliterally changed the face of the Earth for the better. TheEPA’s existence and effec-tiveness has also inspiredscores of other countries tocreate their own environmen-tal agencies along the samelines.Several environmen-tal wake-up calls duringthe 1960s—from revela-tions about the hazards of pesticides to smog causingrespiratory problems to riv-ers catching on fire as theyflowed through industrialareas—set the stage for thecreation of EPA in 1970 bythe Nixon administration.The agency was chargedwith overseeing implemen-tation and enforcement of anew raft of laws designedto protect Americans’ air,water and land from the illeffects of pollution, devel-opment and urbanization.The Clean Water Act andthe Clean Air Act are earlyexamples of sweeping legis-lation that only a dedicatedenvironmental agency couldproperly oversee. Today theEPA has also taken up themantle of helping Americansfind and implement remediesfor pressing global problemsfrom ozone depletion to cli-mate change.The Aspen Institute, anonprofit dedicated to foster-ing leadership and dialogueon wide range of topics,recently unveiled a list of “10ways the U.S. EnvironmentalProtection Agency hasstrengthened America overthe past 40 years.”The home runs on thelist—which was compiledby a group of more than20 environmental leaders,including several formerEPA officials—include: ban-ning the widespread use of the pesticide DDT, whichwas decimating bald eaglesand other birds and threat-ening public health; achiev-ing significant reductions insulfur dioxide and nitrogenoxide emissions that werepolluting water sources viaacid rain; changing publicperceptions of waste, leadingto innovations that make useof waste for energy creationand making new products;getting lead out of gaso-line; classifying secondhandsmoke as a known cause of cancer, leading to smokingbans in indoor public places;establishing stringent emis-sion standards for pollutantsemitted by cars and trucks;regulating toxic chemicalsand encouraging the develop-ment of more benign chemi-cals; establishing a nationalcommitment to restore andmaintain the safety of freshwater, via the Clean WaterAct; promoting equitableenvironmental protection forminority and low-income cit-izens; and increasing publicinformation and communi-ties’ “right to know” whatchemicals and/or pollutantsthey may be exposed to intheir daily lives.As to the EPA’s prioritiesnow under administrator LisaJackson, climate change ishigh atop the agency’s agen-da, as are further improv-ing air quality, assuring thesafety of chemicals used ineveryday products, protect-ing increasingly compro-mised waterways and coastalareas, building stronger stateand tribal partnerships, andexpanding protection forunderrepresented communi-ties. Any number of potentialhurdles—from an unfriendlyCongress to lack of WhiteHouse resolve to public apa-thy, let alone future naturaland man-made disasters thatdivert attention and resourc-es—could hamper the agen-cy’s progress.
Send your environmentalquestions to: EarthTalk®, c/o E – The EnvironmentalMagazine, P.O. Box 5098, Westport, CT 06881; earth-talk@emagazine.com. Eis a nonprofit publication.Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/subscribe; Requesta Free Trial Issue: www.emagazine.com/trial.
ARLINGTON, VA - TheWomen Grocers of Americahas named Stephanie Skylarof Chief Super Market, Inc.the WGA Woman of the YearAward. Skylar will receive heraward during the Chairman’sDinner and Gala at the 2011National Grocers Association(N.G.A.) Annual Conventionand Supermarket SynergyShowcase in Las Vegas. TheWGA Woman of the Yearaward recognizes an industrywoman whose leadership hascontributed to the success of hercompany. This woman mustbe a member of the NationalGrocers Association and otherindustry organizations whoseparticipation and involvementcontributes/contributed to theoverall well-being of the gro-cery industry; and must be acommunity-focused citizencommitted to serving the needsof her neighbors, associates andcustomers through involvementin community and civic affairs.Stephanie Skylar is Presidentand CEO of Chief SuperMarket, Inc., a family-owned,regional supermarket chain thatoperates twelve stores underthe Chief and Rays banners innine communities in northwestand west central Ohio.With more than twentyyears of executive experience,Stephanie oversees more than1,000 associates as Presidentand CEO. Under her guid-ance, Chief and Rays foodretail stores continue to inno-vate and have shown increasedsales and profits, even intoday’s challenging businessenvironment. Stephanie’s com-mitment and dedication to thestaff is exemplified by Chief University, a comprehensive,hands-on associate trainingprogram. Launched in 2009,the University is a vehicle tocapture employee’s talentsthroughout the Chief organiza-tion by teaching them the skillsthey need to tackle the new jobsthat local retailing will demand.Additionally, Stephanie helpedto address the critical need forhunger relief in western Ohio.The company establishedthe “Good Neighbor” programby coordinating participa-tion from vendors, suppliers,community leaders and tworegional food banks that supplymore than 250 pantries in thecompany’s service area. Thephilanthropic efforts of the pro-gram raised over $70,000 andprovided meals to thousands of hungry families over the pasttwo years.Stephanie currently serves onthe boards of the Ohio GrocersAssociation Foundation andthe Defiance Regional MedicalCenter in Ohio. She is also aformer board member of theUnited Way of Greater Limaand an active member of theFood Marketing Institute and theNational Grocers Association.Beyond her professional respon-sibilities, Stephanie volunteersat the Equestrian TherapyProgram at Fassett Farm inLima, Ohio where she assistsas a side walker and helps leadhorses that provide therapeutichorseback riding for disabledpersons.Founded in 1951, Chief Supermarket, Inc. runs 12 storesin Northwest and West CentralOhio. Chief and its associatesfocus on being a good neigh-bor in the area of communityinvolvement, volunteerism anda commitment to the communi-ties where stores are located.N.G.A. is the national tradeassociation representing theretail and wholesale grocers thatcomprise the independent sectorof the food distribution indus-try. An independent retailer isa privately owned or controlledfood retail company operat-ing a variety of formats. Mostindependent operators are ser-viced by wholesale distributors,while others may be partiallyor fully self-distributing. Someare publicly traded but withcontrolling shares held by thefamily and others are employeeowned. Independents are thetrue “entrepreneurs” of the gro-cery industry and dedicated totheir customers, associates, andcommunities. N.G.A. membersinclude retail and wholesalegrocers, state grocers associa-tions, as well as manufacturersand service suppliers. For moreinformation about N.G.A. andthe independent sector of theindustry, see the N.G.A. web-site: www.NationalGrocers.org.
Grocer’s group namesChiefs Skylar itswoman of year
Several environmental wake-up calls during the 1960sset the stage for the creation of the EPA in 1970 by theNixon administration. Pictured: EPA Administrator LisaJackson (with Actor Anthony Mackie) at the RiversideValley Community Garden in Harlem, New York City, onApril 22 (Earth Day), 2010.
COLUMBUS (AP) —Winds in Ohio are combiningwith temperatures in the singledigits or lower to create whatthe National Weather Servicedescribes as dangerously coldconditions.Stinging wind-chill read-ings at 6 a.m. today included9 below zero in Cleveland, 8below in Columbus and 16below in Dayton.The weather service saysthe wind and cold pose a dan-ger for exposed skin, so thoseventuring outdoors should usecommon sense and bundle up.Scores of school districtsthroughout the state havedelayed their today starttimes.Forecasters say tempera-tures will be slow to warmup, so low wind chills couldremain a concern until latemorning.CINCINNATI (AP) —A man charged with beat-ing a homeless man under aCincinnati bridge was arrestedafter he failed to show up for ahearing in the case.Authorities arrested25-year-old Michael Hessonon Tuesday in Hamilton.Hesson is charged with felo-nious assault in the beating lastyear. He also was indicted lastmonth on a weapons chargeafter his girlfriend was fatallyshot at his suburban Cincinnatiapartment.Riley Feller was indictedon reckless homicide andweapons charges in the shoot-ing. Prosecutors say Fellerwas showing a gun to JaniceSvajda when it went off andkilled her.Feller and Hesson werecharged with two other menin the homeless beating. Fellerpleaded no contest to feloniousassault in that case.Hesson’s attorney didnot immediately return callsWednesday.
Forecasters sayOhio wind chillspose a dangerMan charged inhomeless attackfailed to show
LIMA — Ohio Departmentof Transportation District Oneis issuing what has become anannual warning to residents liv-ing on state highways: Don’tleave snow plowed from privatedriveways on the highways.“Not only is it not advisableto leave snow from your drive-way in the middle of the high-way, it is against the law,” saidDeputy Director Kirk Slusher.Ohio Revised Code 4511.74prohibits the placement of inju-rious material on a highwayexcept that which is placed onthe roadway by a proper author-ity, such as the salt or grit whichODOT uses to treat icy roads.Placing anything on thehighway could be dangerous tomotorists in that they may hitthese obstructions and lose con-trol of their vehicle. “If it is foundthat snow displaced from a pri-vate drive onto a highway con-tributes to an accident, the indi-vidual who placed it there couldbe found liable,” said Slusher.According to the Ohio StateHighway Patrol, the offense isconsidered a first degree mis-demeanor and carries a maxi-mum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.The department advisessnow from private drives bepushed completely off the high-way. It is recommended thatresidents place the snow on thefar side of their drives so that apassing ODOT plow will notthrow the snow back into thedriveway, said Slusher.In addition, the departmentrecommends individuals clearsnow away from their mail-boxes. “Moving snow to the farside of the mailbox may reducethe likelihood that snow thrownfrom a passing plow will causedamage,” said Slusher.The department also remindsparents to keep their childrenfrom playing in piles of snowwhich are close to the road.
ODOT warns of snow remaining on highways

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