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Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
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Hot andhumid Tuesdaywith high in low90s and heatindex 98-103and 40 percentchance of showers and storms.See page 2.
www.delphosherald.comLandeck native Keith Youngpeter admires a 1948Jeep pickup truck owned by Terry Market of Elidaduring Saturday’s Delphos Area Car Club Car Show.The Georgetown, Texas resident said he was homevisiting his father.Eli and Sunni Breeze of Delphos inspect the engine of a 1965 Ford Mustang owned bySamantha Jo Vermule of Fort Jennings.Scott High of Alger stops for a bet-ter look at a 1991 Chevrolet Camaroowned by Andy Maravola of Lima.Ottoville Immaculate Conception Church held its annual ParishFestival Sunday in the park, where local residents young and old gatheredto enjoy food and fun. Above: Joshua Mueller watches his sister Melanieputt at the miniature golf course.Hunter Bosch and Nicole Thomas throw rings at the ring toss.
Ottoville parish festival
Delphos Area CarClub Car Show
Mike Ford photosStacyTaff photosStacyTaff photos
BY STACY TAFFstaff@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS—With thisyear’s Canal Days QueenPageant falling on Sept. 11,the 10th anniversary of thecollapse of the Twin Towers,the committee decided to dosomething special. Insteadof the usual fathers or boy-friends escorting them acrossthe stage, the contestants willgrace the arms of military per-sonnel, police officers or fire-fighters.“They’ll be in uniform,too,” Kim Ousley, directorof the pageant, said. “I thinkwe have pretty much everybranch covered, except forthe Coast Guard, but that’snot easy for us living wherewe do. We’re also having theNational Anthem sung, whichwe’ve never done before.”Another thing that’s newthis year is the spaghetti din-ner from 3-6 p.m. on Aug. 6at the American Legion hall.The meals will cost $5. Thecontestants are also sellingtheir usual 50/50 raffle tickets
Canal Days Queen contestants gear up for pageant
Canal Days Queen contestant Chelsea Wellmann gets toknow her “little princess” Kyla Klaus.Director Kim Ousley briefs contestants on the importance of getting to know their littleprincesses.
CINCINNATI (AP) —Parts of Ohio can expect tosweat through more broil-ing heat combined withhigh humidity that willmake it feel even hotter.A National WeatherService heat advisory forcounties in western andcentral Ohio says condi-tions today could make itfeel as hot as 105 degreesthroughout the region.Forecasters caution thatheat stroke and other heat-related illnesses are a risk andthat anyone spending a lotof time outside should takefrequent rest breaks out of theheat and drink a lot of water.A Cincinnati area amuse-ment park is extendingthe hours at its water parkfor people who want tocool off. Kings Island saysBoomerang Bay will stayopen until 8 p.m. throughSunday. The water parknormally closes at 7 p.m.LIMA (AP) — A floodof donations has paidfor surgery for a dogapparently injured dur-ing a store break-in.Owner David Murphysays his Jack Russell ter-rier, Cindy, is grouchy afteran operation on Friday thatfixed her damaged front legwith a plate and screws.Murphy says he foundCindy injured on July 10when he went to check onher at his leather goodsstore, which was closed thatday. He also found a tennisracket he believes a bur-glar used to beat the dog.The owner says donorscontributed more moneythan was needed for thedog’s surgery. He’s makingthe extra available for oth-ers who need animal care.
Ohio underheat wave
Residents helpdog attackedin break-in
St. John’s hostingOHSAA meeting
St. John’s will be host-ing its OHSAA Preseasonmeeting 7:30 p.m. July25 in the Robert A.Arnzen Gymnasium.Parents and athletes ingrades 7-12 that plan onplaying a fall sport at theschool are required to attend.
St. John’s holding junior high meeting
St. John’s junior highfootball coach Mike Metcalfeis holding a meeting forthose interested in play-ing seventh- and eighth-grade football for the BlueJays this fall at 6 p.m.Wednesday in the RobertA. Arnzen Gymnasium.Those unable to attendshould contact him at(419) 230-1870.
See CANAL DAYS, page 3A
 
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The DelphosHerald
Vol. 142 No. 29
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
Delphos weatherRobert W. Croft
Garage leftunlocked, itemstaken from car
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Theft complaintWoman caughtshopliftingBlack chargedwith domesticviolenceThompson citedMotter cited
Daniel B. Baldauf James Dale Dickman
The high temperatureSunday in Delphos was 91 andthe low was 70. A year agotoday, the high was 88 and thelow was 68. The record highfor today is 96, set in 1930and the record low of 50 wasset in 1970.
Corn: $7.66 Wheat: $6.80Beans: $13.99
Robert W. Croft, 86, of Indian River, Mich. and for-merly of Spencerville, diedat 2:40 p.m. Sunday at theCheboygan Hospice Center inCheboygan, Mich. Friends maycall after 2 p.m. Wednesday atthe Thomas E. Bayliff FuneralHome in Spencerville, wherearrangements are incomplete.
WEATHER FORECAST
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Heat advisory in effectfrom noon today to 8 p.m.Excessive heat watch ineffect from Tuesday after-noon through Thursday eve-ning.TONIGHT
: Partly cloudywith a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.Locally heavy rainfall pos-sible. Some thunderstormsmay be severe with damagingwinds. Lows in the lower 70s.West winds 5 to 10 mph.
TUESDAY
: Hot andhumid. Partly cloudy with a 40percent chance of showers andthunderstorms. Highs in thelower 90s. Northwest winds 5to 10 mph shifting to the northin the afternoon. Heat indexreadings 98 to 103.
EXTENDED FORECASTTUESDAY NIGHT
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04-13-14-16-19-23-30-34-37-40-41-43-44-47-51-55-62-69-72-77At 11:10 a.m. on Friday,Delphos Police were con-tacted in reference to a theftcomplaint in the 500 blockof South Clay Street. Uponspeaking with the victim itwas found that sometime inthe overnight hours someonehad gone into the victim’sunlocked vehicle and hadremoved items from inside it.At 9:00 a.m. on Friday,Delphos Police were calledto a business in the 200block of North Main Streetin reference to a theft com-plaint. Upon officers arrival,an employee of the businessstated that a customer knownto the employee had came intothe store and had taken itemswithout paying for them. Thecase was forwarded to theDetective Bureau for furtherinvestigation.At 9:00 a.m. on Friday,Delphos Police were contact-ed by a subject in referenceto a possible telephone scamthat the victim just received.Upon speaking with the sub- ject, it was found that the vic-tim received a telephone callstating that the victim’s debitcard had been locked andthat they needed to providethe card number to continue.Upon checking with the bankthey stated that a few otherbank customers had receivedthe same call. The case is stillunder investigation.At 2:20 a.m. on Sunday,while on routine patrolDelphos Police were stoppedby a subject in the 400 blockof West Clime Street in refer-ence to a criminal damagingcomplaint. The victim statedthat a subject known to thevictim had caused damageto the victim’s motor vehiclewhile it was parked at a busi-ness in that area.At 6:04 p.m. on Friday,Delphos Police were called tothe 500 block of South CanalStreet in reference to a subjectin that area impersonating apolice officer. Upon officersarrival, the complainant statedthat a subject came to the resi-dence and identified himself as a police officer. The com-plainant was able to identifythe subject involved. The caseis still under investigation andpossible charges are pending.At 7:49 p.m. on Friday,Delphos Police were calledto the 1500 block of FortJennings Road in reference toa theft complaint. Upon offi-cers arrival the victim statedthat someone had taken itemsfrom outside of the victim’sresidence without permissionto do so.At 8:57 p.m. on Friday,Delphos Police were called toa business in the 200 block of Elida Road in reference to atheft complaint. Upon officersarrival, an employee statedthat a subject had taken itemsfrom the store without payingfor the items, the employeethen pointed out the subjectto officers. Upon speakingwith the subject they identi-fied her as Jennifer Davis, age19 of Spencerville, at whichtime Davis admitted to heractions. As a result Davis wasarrested on charges of theftand transported to the AllenCounty Jail and will appear inLima Municipal Court on thecharge.At 3:03 a.m. on Saturday,Delphos Police were called tothe 800 block of West SkinnerStreet in reference to a domes-tic violence complaint. Uponofficers arrival, the victim stat-ed that a family or householdmember had caused physi-cal harm to the victim. As aresult of the officers investi-gation Ronny Black, age 52of Delphos, was arrested oncharges of domestic violenceand was transported to theVan Wert County Jail and willappear in Van Wert MunicipalCourt on the charge.At 10:32 p.m. on Friday,while on routine patrol,Delphos Police came into con-tact with Nathaniel Thompson,age 26 of Spencerville, atwhich time it was found thatThompson was operatingthe vehicle while having hisdriving privileges suspended.Thompson was cited intoLima Municipal Court on thecharge.At 7:10 p.m. on Sunday,while on routine patrol DelphosPolice came into contact withKara Motter, age 31 of VanWert, at which time it wasfound that Motter was oper-ating a motor vehicle whileimpaired. As a result Motterwas cited into Lima MunicipalCourt on the charge.
April 24, 1927-July 16, 2011
Daniel B. Baldauf, 84, of Delphos, died Saturday, atSarah Jane Living Center inDelphos.He was born April 24,1927, in Van Wert County toGeorge and Hanora HempflingBaldauf, who preceded him indeath.On July 7, 1951, he mar-ried Ann T. Hemker Baldauf,who survives in Delphos.Survivors also include sonDaniel (MaryLou) Baldauf of Delphos; daughters Janet(Nelson) Wennerlund of Cedar Hill, Tenn., Kay (Mark)Richard of Opelousas, La.,and Sharon (Tim) Hohlbeinof Ottoville; sister DeloresHurley of Delphos; broth-ers George (Gert) Baldauf of Quincy, Mich., Alfred“Pat” Baldauf of Van Wertand Jim Baldauf of Delphos;sister-in-law Ruth Baldauf Leibrecht; grandchildren ScottBaldauf, Kyle Baldauf, Craig(Meghan) Baldauf, AmandaHohlbein, Travis Hohlbein,Sarah Wennerlund and AbbeyWennerlund; and great-grand-child Maris Baldauf.Mr. Baldauf retired fromReiter Dairy, having been amilk driver and salesman forLincoln Highway Dairy. Heloved to camp, travel, fishand was an avid Blue Jayfan. He was a member of the Delphos Eagles lodge,Knights of Columbus and St.John the Evangelist CatholicChurch. Mass of ChristianBurial will begin at 10:30 a.m.Wednesday at St. John theEvangelist Catholic Church.The Rev. Jacob Gordon willofficiate. Burial will be in St.John Cemetery.Friends may call from 2-8p.m. Tuesday at Harter andSchier Funeral Home, where aspecial Knights of Columbusservice will begin at 7 p.m.and a parish wake will beginat 7:30 p.m.Memorial contributionsmay be made to Sisters of Notre Dame or the Knights of Columbus.
March 27, 1942-July 17, 2011
James Dale Dickman, 69,of Middle Point, died at 12:05a.m. Sunday at RichlandManor.He was born March 27,1942, in Lima, to Valerius“Dick” and Helen (Kraft)Dickman.He was married to DorisFrances (Gabel) Dickman,who survives in MiddlePoint.Other survivors are daugh-ters Doris Mary (Gary)Friedrich of Wetzel and JanetDale (Jack) Collins of Newport,Tenn.; brother John ThomasDickman Sr. of Delphos;grandchildren Michael James(Kirsten) Friedrich, BryanMichael Collins, Joy Marie(Kyle) Ingledue, AngelaRenee Friedrich, AmberNicole Collins and JacquelynRenee Collins; great-grand-children Jackson Lee, OsloClinton Ingledue and MichaelJames Friedrich II.Mr. Dickman was a veteranof the Korean War who servedin the United States Armyreserves for eight years. Hewas a truck driver and lifetimemember of the Gold WingRoad Riders Association andits senior chapter director atthe Celina chapter from 1992-2000. He was also a life mem-ber of the Van Wert VFW postthe Delphos American Legionpost and First PresbyterianChurch. He enjoyed ridingmotorcycles, camping at LakeCody for 25 years, was a gunenthusiast and spoiled hisgreat-grandchildren.Funeral services begin at2 p.m. Wednesday at Harterand Schier Funeral Home,officiated by the Rev. HarryTolhurst with burial followingin Walnut Grove Cemeterywith military rites by DelphosVeterans Council.Friends may call from2-8 p.m. Tuesday and for anhour prior to the service at thefuneral home.Memorials are to FirstPresbyterian Church.
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Lucille H.Mass of Christian burial forLucille H. Horstmn, formerlyof Ottoville, will be 10:30a.m. Friday at ImmaculateConception Catholic Churchin Ottoville. Burial will followin St. Mary’s Cemetery.A girl, Ainsley Maeve, wasborn June 26 to Bobby andDenise (Buettner) Lucas of Chicago. She weighed 7 lbs,1 oz. and was 19 1/2 incheslong. She was welcomed homeby her sister Emma Grace.The grandparents are Charlieand Doris Buettner of Delphosand Blaz and Debbie Lucas of Crown Point, Ind.
Phone hacking scandalbrings resignations
By JILL LAWLESSand MEERA SELVAAssociated Press
LONDON — Britain’sspreading phone hacking andpolice bribery scandal forcedtwo of London’s top policeofficers to resign in less than24 hours and prompted PrimeMinister David Cameron tocall for an emergency sessionof parliament.Scotland Yard chief PaulStephenson stepped downSunday night, followed outthe door today by AssistantCommissioner John Yates.Yates was the official whodecided two years ago not toreopen police inquiries intophone hacking and police brib-ery by tabloid journalists, say-ing he did not believe there wasany new evidence to consider.Detectives reopened theinvestigation earlier this yearand now say they have thenames of 3,700 potential vic-tims.The high-profile resigna-tions have made it even harderfor Cameron to contain theintensifying scandal that isthreatening his leadership andknocking billions off of RupertMurdoch’s global mediaempire.Parliament was to break forthe summer on Tuesday afterlawmakers grilled Murdoch,his son James and Murdoch’sformer British chief executiveRebekah Brooks in a highlyanticipated public airing aboutthe scandal. Cameron, how-ever, wanted lawmakers toreconvene Wednesday “so Ican make a further statement.”Cameron spoke in Pretoria,South Africa, on the first dayof a two-day visit to Africa.He had planned a longer tripbut cut it short as his govern-ment faces a growing num-ber of questions about its cozyrelationship with the Murdochempire during a scandal thathas taken down top police andmedia figures with breathtak-ing speed.Opposition leader EdMiliband said Cameron need-ed to answer “a whole seriesof questions” about his rela-tionships with Brooks, JamesMurdoch and Andy Coulson,the former News of the Worldeditor that Cameron later hiredas his communications chief.Coulson resigned from thatpost in January and is one of 10people who have been arrestedin the scandal.“At the moment, he seemsunable to provide the lead-ership the country needs,”Miliband said.Cameron insisted hisConservative-led govern-ment had “taken very decisiveaction” by setting up a judge-led inquiry into the wrongdoingat the now-defunct Murdochtabloid News of the Worldand into the overall relationsbetween British politicians, themedia and police.“We have helped to ensurea large and properly resourcedpolice investigation that canget to the bottom of what hap-pened, and wrongdoing, andwe have pretty much demon-strated complete transparencyin terms of media contact,”Cameron said.Still, Cameron is underheavy pressure after the res-ignations of Stephenson andYates, and Sunday’s arrest of Brooks — a friend of his —on suspicion of hacking andpolice bribery.Brooks was detained andquestioned for nine hoursSunday before being releasedon bail. Her lawyer, StephenParkinson, released a defiantstatement today professing herinnocence.
By The Associated Press
Today is Monday, July 18,the 199th day of 2011. Thereare 166 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight inHistory:On July 18, 1811, Englishnovelist William MakepeaceThackeray, author of “VanityFair,” was born in Calcutta,India.On this date:In A.D. 64, the Great Fireof Rome began.In 1536, the EnglishParliament passed an actdeclaring the authority of thepope void in England.In 1610, highly influ-ential Italian baroque art-ist Michelangelo Merisi daCaravaggio died in PortoErcole at age 38.In 1911, actor HumeCronyn was born in London,Ontario, Canada.In 1932, the United Statesand Canada signed a treatyto develop the St. LawrenceSeaway.In 1940, the Democraticnational convention at ChicagoStadium nominated PresidentFranklin D. Roosevelt for anunprecedented third term inoffice.In 1947, President Harry S.Truman signed a PresidentialSuccession Act which placedthe speaker of the House andthe Senate president pro tem-pore next in the line of succes-sion after the vice president.In 1969, a car driven bySen. Edward M. Kennedy(D-Mass.) plunged off a bridgeon Chappaquiddick Islandnear Martha’s Vineyard; hispassenger, 28-year-old MaryJo Kopechne (koh-PEHK’-nee), drowned.In 1981, six weeks afterbeing paroled from prison,Jack Henry Abbott, acclaimedfor his book “In the Bellyof the Beast,” fatally stabbedwaiter Richard Adan. (Abbottwas convicted of manslaugh-ter and sent back to prison; helater committed suicide.)Ten years ago: PresidentGeorge W. Bush, en route toan economic summit in Italy,stopped over in Britain ashe began his second trip toEurope in a month.Five years ago: The Senatevoted after two days of emo-tional debate to expand feder-al funding of embryonic stemcell research, sending the mea-sure to President George W.Bush for a promised veto. Adoctor and two nurses who’dlabored at a flooded-out NewOrleans hospital in HurricaneKatrina’s chaotic aftermathwere arrested and accusedof killing four trapped anddesperately ill patients withinjections of morphine andsedatives. (A grand jury laterdeclined to indict Dr. AnnaPou and the nurses.)
 
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CINCINNATI (AP) —Efforts to preserve thousandsof Cincinnati properties withhistorical significance couldbe affected by the outcome of legal wrangling over the pos-sible demolition of a homeonce owned by a Procter &Gamble Co. heir.The city is appealing aHamilton County magis-trate’s ruling that a demoli-tion permit should be grantedfor the former James NorrisGamble home, and preser-vationists worry it will betougher to protect other prop-erties if the ruling is upheld,The Cincinnati Enquirerreported Sunday. Gamble,a philanthropist who helpeddevelop Ivory Soap, lived inthe 13-room Victorian man-sion from 1875 to 1932.At issue is a potentialdifference in protectionbetween those properties thatare perceived as having his-torical significance and thosethat have been declared ashaving it. Should the rul-ing be upheld, the Cincinnatibuildings protected fromdemolition would be lim-ited to several dozen sitesthat received an official his-toric designation from thecity council — not the morethan 5,000 structures that areviewed or listed as histori-cally significant in variousneighborhoods, the Enquirerreported. It said so far thereare 23 historic districts and28 landmarks with officialdesignations.Efforts to protect theGamble home have spanneddecades, and it was added toa list of buildings that the citydeemed historically signifi-cant in 1978. But GreenacresFoundation, which owns thehome and is overseen by thewife of Gamble’s grandson,has said the property is nowbeyond repair and has soughtto level it.Preservationists appliedfor the site’s official histor-ic designation in February2010, about a week beforethe owner sought the demo-lition permit, but the historicdesignation wasn’t givenuntil that May. In the mag-istrate’s view, that meantthe demolition permit wasrequested before the site wasofficially declared historic,so he ordered that the permitbe granted.The city argues it amend-ed its law in 2004 to requirea lengthy review processbefore the demolition of “historic structures,” notonly those with an officialdesignation. Such a designa-tion restricts demolition butnot repairs, painting or otherchanges to a property.
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COLUMBUS (AP) — Atleast one judge plans to takeadvantage of the opportunityto seek election again if votersdecide this fall to raise the agelimit for Ohio judges.For decades, the state hasallowed people up to age 70to be elected or appointed tothe bench, but a proposed con-stitutional amendment slatedfor the November ballot andbacked by the Ohio State BarAssociation would raise thatlimit by several years, allow-ing candidates to run throughage 75.Supporters of the changesay people are now living lon-ger, but opponents have raisedconcerns about whether older judges could stay sharp in theirwork. Ohio has more than 700sitting judges from the munici-pal level to the top state level,according to the Ohio SupremeCourt, and 22 of them are over70 and can’t run for re-election,The Blade in Toledo reportedSunday.Ohio is among 32 statesthat limit judges’ ages, andthe state would join neighbor-ing Michigan and Indiana inthe group of eight that set thelimit at 75 if the proposedamendment is approved, TheBlade said. There are no agelimits for other types of electedofficials in Ohio or for federal judges.Among those potentiallyaffected by the proposal changeis Judge Peter Handwork of theOhio Sixth District Court of Appeals in Toledo, who turns70 in December and says he’llrun again in 2012 if the pro-posal passes, the newspaperreported.“The fact that this is beingexamined by the legislatureand has now made it to the bal-lot is an indication that manypeople think this is necessary,”Handwork said. “I have noreason to disagree. People areliving longer, are more active,and staying interested inthings. You shouldn’t say that just because someone reachesa particular age that they’re nolonger qualified.”Handwork, who has notfaced an election opponentsince he first ran for the appel-late court in 1982, knows theproposal could leave somelegal officials waiting lon-ger for their own turns on thebench.“They’ll get their opportu-nity,” he said. “By the way,they could run against me.”The Ohio ProsecutingAttorneys Association hasopposed changing the agelimit, arguing that the existingrestrictions work and that law-yers might be reluctant to pointout concerns if they suspect anolder judge overseeing theircases has become unable to dothe job well.
Toledo judge to run againif Ohio raises age limit
COLUMBUS (AP) —An Ohio state representativewhose arrest in Indiana thisspring on a drunken drivingcharge came to light severalweeks ago announced Sundaythat he was resigning, effec-tive Aug. 2.Cincinnati-areaRepublican Rep. RobertMecklenborg said in a state-ment that his recent actionshave become a distractionfrom the Legislature’s work,and he apologized for anypain and embarrassment hecaused his relatives and thepeople he represented.“I will be forever gratefulto the many constituents andcolleagues who have urgedme to stay, but I believe itis in the best interests of myfamily and my constituents tostep aside during this difficulttime,” he said. Mecklenborg,an attorney, is married andhas three children, accordingto his biography on the OhioHouse website.The third-term lawmakerhas pleaded not guilty to thedrunken driving charge andhas a court date scheduledfor July 26. Arrest and courtrecords showed the 59-year-old Mecklenborg failed sev-eral sobriety tests when hewas pulled over by an Indianastate trooper on April 23. Hehad a female passenger, andhis blood alcohol content wasregistered at 0.097 percent.“Bob has admitted his mis-takes and, while difficult, Ibelieve he has made the appro-priate decision to step down asa member of the Ohio Houseof Representatives,” HouseSpeaker William Batchelder,a Medina Republican, saidin a statement Sunday thatpraised Mecklenborg as “adedicated public servant” andthanked him for his service.Batchelder previously saidMecklenborg was seekingtreatment but didn’t offer fur-ther explanation.The Republican Party inMecklenborg’s home countyalso supported his decision.“Before these recentpersonal revelations, Rep.Mecklenborg served hisconstituents diligently andhe was among the mosteffective legislators in thisstate,” Hamilton CountyRepublican Party chairmanAlex Triantafilou said in astatement. “Bob and his fam-ily will be in our thoughts asthey move forward.”Mecklenborg’s arrest sur-faced late last month, a dayafter he delivered an impas-sioned floor speech and cast avote in support of House Bill125, which would ban abor-tions at the first detectablefetal heartbeat. Batcheldersaid the representative hadn’tshared the information of thearrest with House leaders.Mecklenborg said Sundaythat he believed he’d faith-fully served his constituentsby focusing on priorities suchas anti-abortion legislation.
Ohio lawmakerresigns afterdrunken drivingcharge in Indiana
NEW PHILADELPHIA(AP) — Police are caution-ing that a wolf may be rovingin the same area of north-east Ohio where people havereported seeing what theythought was a mountain lion.Police Chief Jeff Urban inNew Philadelphia has urgedresidents to keep children, petsand pet food indoors becauseof an animal he described asa “large, silver dog.” He saysthere are reports that it haskilled ducks and a deer fawn,though none about the animalbeing aggressive with peopleor pets.The Repository news-paper in Canton reports theTuscarawas County dog war-den believes it’s a wolf hybrid.The sheriff speculates that itwas a pet that either escapedor was released.Unconfirmed mountain lionsightings have been reportedsince May in Tuscarawas andneighboring Stark counties.
Wolf warning innortheast Ohiofollows reportsof mountain lion
CLEVELAND (AP) —Prosecutors are wrapping uptheir case against a Clevelandman charged with killing 11women and dumping theirremains around his house andyard.The prosecution plansto rest today in the trial of 51-year-old Anthony Sowell.He has pleaded not guilty andcould face the death penalty if convicted.The final prosecution evi-dence includes an eight-hourpolice interrogation videoshown in court over three dayssince Thursday. In the video,Sowell repeatedly told inves-tigators he didn’t rememberwhat happened and wasn’tsure who the women were.But he also said he may havestrangled them and told detec-tives “it had to be me.”
State to resttoday in trial of man accused of dumping bodies
COLUMBUS (AP) —Gasoline costs slightly morethis week at Ohio gas pumps,though it’s still much cheaperthan the highs seen during thespring.A survey from auto clubAAA, the Oil Price InformationService and Wright Expressshows Ohio’s average pricefor regular-grade gasoline is$3.60 a gallon, up 2 centsfrom last Monday’s $3.58.Ohio prices soared to arecord $4.16 for regular onMay 4 following a spike inoil prices as an anti-govern-ment uprising in Libya causedshortages of crude from thatcountry.Last year at this time gaswas a relative bargain in Ohio,with regular averaging $2.73per gallon statewide.
Gas edges up 2cents to averageof $3.60 in Ohio
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and will march in the Marbletown Festivalparade.The contestants gathered at Stadium ParkSaturday to meet and greet their “little prin-cesses” for the pageant.“We actually have 18 little girls and only 15contestants this year. That happened becausewe usually have the contestants pick a cousinor little sister or someone they know, butmost of them said they didn’t have anyone,”Ousley said. “So I called some people andfound some little girls for them and then thecontestants told me they’d found someone.So we have a few extras, which is probably agood thing.”“Today is just an opportunity for them toget to know their little princesses, to make thelittle girls comfortable and also to make surethings run smoothly during the pageant,” sheadded.Another thing that’s new this year is thecommittee.“I have a whole committee this year, whichshould be nice,” Ousley said. “I have MirandaFischer, Megan Goedde and Brooke Etzkorn.That should help keep things organized.”The pageant is first and foremost a scholar-ship program, so there’s more to it than juststrutting across the stage.“Last year we gave out $1,100 in scholar-ships and this year we hope to give out morethan that,” Ousley said. “We’ve also donecommunity service every year but this is thefirst year we’re doing organized communityservice. Normally we just have them go dowhatever they want for it. This year we’regoing to spend some time at the nursing home,visiting with the residents, playing bingo anddoing some fingernails. Things like that.”
Contestants play with their little princesses.
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