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BY STACY TAFFstaff@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — When herdaughter was born sevenyears ago, Monica Wreedebegan making pretty bowsand accessories in her sparetime. Word got out quick-ly and soon she was takingorders and turning a hobbyinto a business she could dofrom home.“When Kaylin was born,I wanted to make her all of those hair accessories andpretty little things,” Wreedesaid. “I have a friend whoshowed me how to fold abow and then I just wentfrom there. People saw themand liked them, so I thoughtit was something I’d like topursue. A couple of yearslater when Dylan was born,I took a bit of a break fromhair accessories and taughtmyself how to sew, whichwas quite a struggle. I startedmaking onesies and otherclothes, then got into dressesand things like that. Sincethen, I’ve been crazy busy. Ialso make matching sets andpretty much anything else mycustomers can think of. If they ask for it, I’ll try.”In addition to clothing andhair accessories, Wreede alsodoes footwear. Her flip-floporders inspired a design forwhich she has a patent pend-ing.“I started making flip-flopsthat I would attach hair bowsand things to that they couldmatch to their outfits,” shesaid. “Each time a customersaw a certain accessory theyliked on the flip-flops, they’dhave to buy a whole new pair.So I came up with this littlestrap that you snap onto theflip-flop and then I designedthe accessories to snap ontothe strap, so they only haveto buy the one pair of flip-flops and then just change theaccessory. I’m calling themFlip-Flop Connectz. I alsomake them for boys. They
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Voters turn down fourth levy attempt
BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delphosherad.com
 LIMA – Delphos CitySchool District voters turneddown the district’s fourthattempt in two years for newmoney in Tuesday’s SpecialElection.Superintendent Jeff Price,school board member PerryWiltsie and Families TakeAction member the Rev.David Howell watched themonitor at the Allen CountyBoard of Elections nearly anhour after the polls closed tolearn of the 1,498 ballots cast,922 were against the district’s5-year. .5-percent TraditionalIncome Tax.Of the 1,053 Van WertCounty voters, 691 wereagainst the tax.“The board will have totake steps to make reductionsto keep us in the black andwe’ll move on to educatingour students the best we canwith the resources we are pro-vided. In four weeks, we’llhave students in our buildingsand we get back to the busi-ness of teaching them,” Pricesaid. “The staff will have topick up the ball and do thebest they can.”Price said he could notbegin to say why voters turnedthe operating levy down buthopes the reason was theeconomy.“I don’t think voters believewe don’t need the money andI don’t think they don’t care,”Price said. “I think they knowwe need the money and wouldlike to support us but theysimply can’t afford it.”Wiltsie was disappointed.“We addressed all the con-cerns we were made awareof,” he said. “I know theeconomy is bad and the lastseveral weeks of watching thedebt ceiling crisis, I’m sure itcouldn’t have helped.”Rev. Howell sharedWiltsie’s view.“We did everything wecould to let people know whatwas at stake and how the levywould help students at bothschools,” he said. “I don’tknow what else we could havedone.”Price said the board willnot have anything new forvoters in November and theboard will now work towardan operating levy renewal upfor vote in 2012.
Middle schoolsets registration
The Jefferson MiddleSchool will register stu-dents for the 2011-12school year on the fol-lowing schedule:Families new to thedistrict — Aug. 178th grade — Aug. 187th grade — Aug 196th grade — Aug 23Hours for registrationare 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.School fees are due onthe date of registration.
Spaghetti supperfor scholarships
The Delphos Canal DaysQueen Pageant SpaghettiSupper fundraiser willbe held from 2-5 p.m. onSaturday at the AmericanLegion on State Street.Tickets are $5 and areavailable from DirectorKimberly Ousley, anycontestant or at the cham-ber of commerce office.All proceeds will gotowards the scholar-ships the queen andrunners-up will receive.
Marbletown Cornholetourney set for Saturday
The Marbletown CornholeTournament is planned for2 p.m. Saturday at GarfieldPark on South Clay Street(west of the St. John’sAnnex soccer fields).The first 20 teams ($20 perteam) to contact Gig Kimmettby Thursday will be accepted.Any extra teams willbe on a waiting list.Contact Kimmettat (419) 695-2390 andleave a message on hisanswering machine.
CYO volleyball meetingslated
Any girls in grades4-6 wishing to participatein fall Catholic YouthOrganization volleyball,there is a registration meet-ing 6:30-7 p.m. Aug. 14at the St. John’s Annex.Please bring a parentand registration fee of $35;shirt fee is $10.00. Checkscan be made out to CYO.
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Delphos City Schools Superintendent Jeff Price textsthe disappointing results from Tuesday’s Special Electionto constituents from the Allen County Board of Elections.
Allen CountyRegistered voters 3,861Voter turnout 1,498For 575Against 922Van Wert CountyRegistered voters 2,838Voter turnout 1,053For 362Against 691
 
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Fighting drugs in Delphos
BY MIKE FORDmford@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — Whenneighborhood residentsbelieve a certain personsells drugs from a respectivehome, some may believe thepolice department is compla-cent. This could be especiallytrue if residents have tippedoff the police repeatedly butthe suspected behavior isbelieved to continue.Police Chief Kyle Fittrosaid making arrests is compli-cated because hunting downcriminals is an enterprise car-ried out with the end in mind.Cases are built to stand upin court. Prosecutors wantconvictions and this dependson evidence gathered by lawenforcement. Judges’ deci-sions and Ohio drug lawsalso factor in. Fittro said itis possible for a neighbor-hood to be infected by a drugdealer who is there becausethe small amount of drugs heor she deals in brings proba-tion instead of prison.“You have to be able toprove it but in a trial setting,proof means ‘beyond reason-able doubt.’ A neighbor sayinga guy is selling drugs doesn’tcut it. Now you don’t need togo beyond reasonable doubtto make an arrest. You needprobable cause,” he said. “Theeasiest way to think of that is51 percent. In other words,it’s more likely than not thatthis particular individual com-mitted a crime. That is thestandard for a physical arrest.However, to convict that per-son, you need proof beyonda reasonable doubt, which isaround 99 percent if you wantto talk percentages.”“People have this belief that because they told us theirneighbor is selling drugs, wecan go kick the door in butwe can’t do that just becausesomeone says they’re sellingdrugs. We want those tips butthey are just one componentin the puzzle. They’re helpfulbut we need more than that.When we get to the point of probable cause and decide towrite a search warrant for ahouse, those complaints cango into the affidavit for thesearch warrant. That’s thepart of the warrant where wewrite out the probable cause— what I think the judgeshould allow for me to gosearch the house.”Police have two weap-ons at their disposal to buildcases against suspected drugdealers. The hardest evidencecan be gathered by send-ing an informant in to thehome wearing a wire to buydrugs. However, in a tight-knit town where “everyoneknows everyone,” Fittro saidcultivating informants is notan easy task but they work atit every day. The other police
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“For severalmonths before wehad that big hit of 20 people, I hadeveryone and theirbrother coming upto me saying ‘whatare you doing?What are youdoing? What areyou doing?’ I toldthem to just bearwith me. There arethings going on thatthe public doesn’tsee and we can’t tellthem. So, peopleget the idea we’renot doing anythingbut drug casesaren’t put togeth-er overnight.”
— Police Chief Kyle Fittro
Stay-at-home mom finds niche
Monica Wreede stands in front of her designs with two of her children: Kaylin, whoshe uses as a model for her merchandise; and Dylan. Wreede started her business makinghairbows and accessories and has a patent pending for a flip-flop accessories design shecalls “Flip-Flop Connectz.”
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High temperature Tuesdayin Delphos was 92 degrees,low was 68. Rainfall wasrecorded at .14 inch. High ayear ago today was 85, lowwas 73. Record high for todayis 97, set in 1964. Record lowis 48, set in 1965.
July 8, 1922-July 29, 2011
Helen Frances Hemker, 89,of Kettering, died July 29 atHospice of Dayton.She was born July 8, 1922,to Asa and Esther (Audet)Strouth.She is survived by her hus-band George, five sons, twodaughters, 15 grandchildrenand seven great-grandchil-dren.Mass of Christian Burialwill begin at noon Thursday atSt. Albert the Great CatholicChurch in Kettering.Condolences may be madeat www.tobiasfuneralhome.com
April 28, 1935-Aug. 2, 2011
Paul J. Bryan, 76, of Ada,died at 10:20 a.m. Tuesdayat Richland Manor NursingHome, Bluffton.He was born April 28,1935, in Delphos to Don andLagora (Martin) Bryan, whopreceded him in death.On Oct. 20, 1990, he mar-ried Sandra S. Fisher, whosurvives in Ada. He was pre-ceded in death by his firstwife, Helen Louise BrinkmanMartin.Survivors also include ason, Donald (Tamara) Bryanof Ada; two daughters,Rebecca (Chris Haggerty)Bryan of California City,Calif., and Paula Wagner of Delphos; a brother, Vernon(Ann) Bryan of Delphos; threegrandchildren, Alicia (Kenny)Gibson, Nicholas Bryan andSean Wagner; and one great-grandchild, Alivia Gibson.He was also preceded indeath by two sisters, BettyReynolds and Dorothy Kuhn.Mr. Bryan was a butcherhis whole life. He began atRoth Meat Market in Delphosat the age of 16. He thenworked at Krogers and Panglesof Delphos and retired fromChief Supermarket. He ownedand operated Bryan’s ButcherShop and Purple Power PizzaShop in Ada. He was a mem-ber of Moose Lodge 428 inKenton and the Ada VFWPost 9381 Dad’s Club. Heloved raising horses, dogs,fishing and especially playingcards with his children andgrandchildren.Funeral services will beginat 11 a.m. Friday at Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, Ada,Chaplain Bill Herr officiat-ing. Burial will be in FisherCemetery, Jackson Township.Friends may call from 2-4p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Thursdayand until the time of servicesFriday at the funeral home.Preferred memorials are tothe LaFayette Jackson RescueSquad and/or Ada LibertyTownship Rescue Squad.Condolences may beexpressed at hansonneely@wcoil.comJACKSON, Miss. (AP) —James Ford Seale, a reputedKu Klux Klansman impris-oned for his role in the seg-regation-era abduction andkilling of two black men inrural Mississippi, has died,a spokesman with federalBureau of Prisons said.Seale died Tuesday inTerre Haute, Ind., where hehad been serving three lifesentences after being con-victed in 2007, Bureau of Prisons spokesman EdmondRoss told The AssociatedPress. He was 76.Ross said he did not knowthe cause of Seale’s death,which was first reportedby Jackson newspaper TheClarion-Ledger.Seale was convicted of two counts of kidnapping andone of conspiracy to com-mit kidnapping in the 1964deaths of Henry HezekiahDee and Charles EddieMoore, both 19.The two were kidnappedin the woods of southwesternMississippi near Natchez.Prosecutors said Seale,a former crop duster, waswith a group of Klansmenwhen they abducted Mooreand Dee from a rural stretchof highway in southwestMississippi. The Klansmentook the teens into thewoods and beat and inter-rogated them about rumorsthat blacks in the area wereplanning an armed uprising,prosecutors said.The decomposed bodieswere found in July 1964 asfederal authorities searchedfor the bodies of three civilrights workers who had alsodisappeared that summer.That case became known as“Mississippi Burning” andovershadowed the deaths of Dee and Moore.Seale and another man,Charles Marcus Edwards,briefly faced state murdercharges in the deaths of Dee and Moore in 1964, butthe charges were quicklythrown out. Prosecutors saidthe charges were droppedbecause local law enforce-ment officers were in collu-sion with the Klan.Many people thoughtSeale was dead until 2005,when he was discovered liv-ing a town not far from wherethe teens were abducted.The case was reopened, andEdwards became the gov-ernment’s star witness afterhe was promised immunityfrom prosecution.In March 2010, the5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the evi-dence against Seale was suf-ficient for the jury convictionin the trial that took place 43years after the crimes. Laterthat year, the U.S. SupremeCourt refused to hear Seale’sappeal.
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Travis M. Tippie
April 27, 1971-Aug. 3, 2011
Travis M. Tippie, 40, of Delphos, died at 2:17 am.today at his mother’s home.He was born April 27,1971, in Dunedin, Fla., toTheresa (Bertling) Nathansonand Thomas R. Tippie. Hismother survives in Delphos.His father preceded him indeath on Sept. 13, 2003.Survivors include twodaughters, Rileigh Tippie andOlivia Tippie of Delphos; asister, Cayonna Torman of Van Wert; three brothers,Toby (Lisa) Tippie of Lima,Andrew (Miranda) Tippieof Findlay and ChristopherShowalter of Delphos; hisstepmother, Cindy Tippie of Gulfport, Fla.; and grand-mother Margie Bertling of Delphos.He was also preceded indeath by his grandparentsBud Bertling and Roy andCatherine Tippie.Mr. Tippie was a UnionCarpenter’s Local 372 for 15years. He was a 1989 graduateof Jefferson High School andenjoyed motorcycle riding,building motorcycles, hiking,camping, the outdoors andspending time with his chil-dren. He was a member of theCarpenters Local of Lima.Funeral services will beginat 11 a.m. Friday at Harterand Schier Funeral Home, theRev. Brian Bucher officiating.Burial will be in St. John’sCemetery.Friends may call fromnoon to 8 p.m. Thursday andone hour prior to services onFriday at the funeral home.In lieu of flowers, memori-al contributions may be madeto his children with checkspayable to Toby Tippie orTheresa Nathanson.
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tactic is to park an officer infront of the residence. Thiswould take place at everysuspected drug house in townif there were enough moneyto enlarge Fittro’s force tothe level required for suchaction. Unfortunately, he saidhis budget has been cut in thelast two years and he can’tenlarge his ranks. He saidbecause Delphos is small,drug activity here could besuppressed to the point of barely existing but that wouldrequire manpower the citycan’t finance.Drug enforcement isn’t assimple as some may think andFittro reminds residents of hisMay 2010 roundup.“For several monthsbefore we had that big hitof 20 people, I had everyoneand their brother coming upto me saying ‘what are youdoing? What are you doing?What are you doing?’ I toldthem to just bear with me.There are things going onthat the public doesn’t seeand we can’t tell them. So,people get the idea we’renot doing anything but drugcases aren’t put togetherovernight. With the way thecourt system wants them puttogether and the way pros-ecutors will accept them,they aren’t cases that can beput together that quickly,”he said.Fittro also indicated thatpolice resources must bespent so as to not be wasted.Cases have to be accurate andbuilt to bring a convictionbut police are only one com-ponent to an imperfect sys-tem. Judges can dole out lightsentences, jails can be fulland prosecutors can reducecharges during plea negotia-tions.
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A girl was born Aug. 2to Justin and Jaed Davis of Venedocia.
By The Associated Press
Today is Wednesday, Aug.3, the 215th day of 2011. Thereare 150 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight inHistory:
On Aug. 3, 1936, JesseOwens of the United Stateswon the first of his four goldmedals at the Berlin Olympicsas he took the 100-metersprint.
On this date:
In 1492, ChristopherColumbus set sail from Palos,Spain, on a voyage thattook him to the present-dayAmericas.In 1807, former VicePresident Aaron Burr went ontrial before a federal court inRichmond, Va., charged withtreason. (He was acquitted lessthan a month later.)In 1811, Elisha Otis, found-er of the elevator company thatstill bears his name, was bornin Halifax, Vt.In 1914, Germany declaredwar on France at the onset of World War I.In 1921, baseball commis-sioner Kenesaw MountainLandis refused to reinstatethe former Chicago WhiteSox players implicated in the“Black Sox” scandal, despitetheir acquittals in a jury trial.In 1943, Gen. George S.Patton slapped a private at anarmy hospital in Sicily, accus-ing him of cowardice. (Pattonwas later ordered by Gen.Dwight D. Eisenhower to apol-ogize for this and a second,similar episode.)In 1949, the NationalBasketball Association wasformed as a merger of theBasketball Association of America and the NationalBasketball League.In 1958, the nuclear-pow-ered submarine USS Nautilusbecame the first vessel to crossthe North Pole underwater.In 1960, the African coun-try of Niger (nee-ZHEHR’)achieved full independencefrom French rule.In 1966, comedian LennyBruce, 40, was found dead inhis Los Angeles home.In 1981, U.S. air traffic con-trollers went on strike, despitea warning from PresidentRonald Reagan they would befired, which they were.
Ten years ago:
U.S.Fulbright scholar John Tobinwas released from a Russianprison after serving half of a one-year drug sentenceand winning parole. ActorChristopher Hewett died inLos Angeles at age 80.
 
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 With Ohioans becomingmore concerned about grow-ing government power andrising tax rates, I think it isimportant for voters’ voicesto be heard. The democraticprocess is the hallmark of our great nation and strength-ens the bond between citizensand their elected officials.Unfortunately, the HouseDemocrats seem to have for-gotten that they were sent toColumbus to serve the peo-ple of their districts—not tosilence them entirely.Recently, a vote was heldin both the Ohio House andSenate that would have placeda referendum of the newnational health care law on theNovember ballot. Senate JointResolution 1, which was com-panion legislation to HouseJoint Resolution 2, wouldhave protected the freedomof Ohioans to choose theirhealth care and health carecoverage. Namely, the HealthCare Freedom Act wouldhave prevented the socialistdisaster known as Obamacarefrom forcing any Ohioan topurchase health care cover-age, while also preventing anyOhioan from facing penal-ties from Washington if theychoose to opt out.Every Republican in bothchambers voted in favor of giving power to the voters,and it passed overwhelm-ingly in theSenate. Inthe House,only oneDemocratvote wasrequired toput the ref-erendumon the bal-lot. But theDemocratsstood in lock step, and thatone vote was not cast. Theyinstead acted as an impenetra-ble barrier between Ohioansand Washington.I would like to reiteratethat had the Health CareFreedom Act received bipar-tisan support in the House,it would have simply put theissue on the ballot, where itsfate would have been left tothe people. It would not haverepealed it outright.It seems to me that if theHouse Democrats truly rep-resented the interests of theirdistricts, they would have wel-comed the chance to ensurethat the most important fed-eral issue was left to the willof the voters. If they wereconfident that Obamacare isgood for Ohio and is wide-ly supported, they wouldn’thave so feared the outcome of a November election. Theiractions on this vote revealmuch about whose intereststhey are really serving.Fortunately, Ohioansreclaimed their voices bycollecting enough signaturesto put the initiative on theNovember 2011 ballot. Thiswas another great exampleof democracy in action, inwhich Ohioans have shownthat they want to have achoice of whether or not toallow Washington into theirhomes and doctors’ examina-tion rooms in this way. Evenmore significantly, they haveshown that despite the bureau-crats’ best efforts to silencetheir voices, they refused tobe discouraged or defeated.I have to ask why the sameDemocrats who attempted tosilence Ohioans on the healthcare debate now are whistlinga different tune on SenateBill 5. They embrace and arefully supportive of allowingvoters to decide the fate of this bill to place reasonablereforms on Ohio’s collectivebargaining laws, yet theymust believe that anyone whoopposes Obamacare simplydoes not warrant a vote.It is important that peoplehave mechanisms in place bywhich to hold their govern-ment accountable. It is just ashame that some politicians donot always feel the same way. Rep. Wachtmann may bereached by calling 614-466-3760, e-mailing District75@ohr.state.oh.us, or writing toState Rep. Lynn Wachtmann,77 South High St., ColumbusOH 43215.
Giving Ohioans a voicein their government
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CINCINNATI (AP) —Two Cincinnati men accusedof robbing Indiana casinowinners were found guiltyTuesday of charges includingmultiple counts of aggravatedrobbery.The two men and a womanwere arrested in October inan undercover operation.Hamilton County prosecu-tors in Cincinnati said theyfollowed riverboat casinopatrons back to Ohio fromneighboring Indiana androbbed them at gunpoint.Judge Nadine Allen of Hamilton County CommonPleas Court in Cincinnatifound Kenyatta Erkins, 36,guilty of nearly a dozencharges including aggravatedrobbery, conspiracy to rob-bery, robbery and feloniousassault. Ugbe Ojile, 34, wasfound guilty of more thana dozen charges includingaggravated robbery, conspir-acy to aggravated robbery,conspiracy to robbery, rob-bery, aggravated burglaryand felonious assault.The judge found the twomen not guilty of some simi-lar charges in the case.Ojile’s attorney, GregoryCohen, says the verdict willbe appealed. Erkins’ attorneydidn’t immediately returncalls.The judge found the twomen not guilty on some simi-lar charges.Amy Hoover, the moth-er of Erkins’ child, pleadedguilty in May to five countsof aggravated robberyin the case in a deal withprosecutors. Hoover, 26, of Cincinnati, agreed to testifyagainst Erkins and Ojile.Hoover’s sentencing is setfor Aug. 10. Erkins and Ojileare to be sentenced Sept. 27.County Prosecutor JoeDeters said at the time of the arrests that the defen-dants would target casinopatrons who were seen win-ning money. Many of thevictims were elderly and con-sidered more vulnerable, hesaid.Prosecutors had said therewere at least two dozen rob-beries over several months.
2 guilty on charges in casino sting
COLUMBUS (AP) — Thestate Ballot Board plans toapprove the wording Ohioanswill see in November, whenthey vote on the fate of anew collective bargaining lawand a health insurance require-ment.The collective bargain-ing law signed by Gov. JohnKasich in late March banspublic employee strikes andrestricts bargaining for morethan 350,000 teachers, policeofficers, state employees andothers. While unions can con-tinue to negotiate wages, theycannot bargain on health care,sick time or pension benefits.The board also will decidewhat language will be used fora vote on a proposed amend-ment to Ohio’s Constitutionthat aims to keep people frombeing required to buy healthinsurance. Its backers hope touse the amendment to legallychallenge President BarackObama’s health care overhaul.COLUMBUS (AP) —Some Ohio school districtswith new tax defeats at thepolls are looking at tryingagain on Election Day inNovember.Superintendent Lori Handlerof the Mount Healthy schoolstells The Cincinnati Enquirerher suburban Cincinnati dis-trict has no choice but to putthe levy rejected on Tuesdayback on the ballot in threemonths. She says the schoolshave had to slash programsthat benefit students.Officials in the Benton-Carroll-Salem district in north-west Ohio’s Ottawa Countyvote Wednesday on whetherto put its tax request beforevoters again in November. TheToledo Blade reports the levyshot down on Tuesday alsowas defeated in May.Tuesday’s special elec-tion did have some winners.WBNS-TV reports centralOhio voters approved a levythe Pickerington schools saidwould avert deeper cuts.
Ohio union law,health care onpanel agendaOhio voters spliton school levies
KETTERING (AP) — AnOhio school board wants tofire a teacher accused of callingstudents “idiots,” “airheads”and “freaking morons.”The human resources direc-tor for the Kettering schoolssaid Fairmont High SchoolEnglish teacher MichaelTogliatti also repeatedly usedprofanity and ridiculed the dis-trict superintendent in class.The Dayton Daily Newsreports the school board votedTuesday night for Togliattito be suspended without pay,pending termination.School Principal DanVonHandorf said a studentcomplained about the teacherin the spring and allegationswere substantiated throughtalks with other students.More than a dozen studentsspoke in support of Togliatti atthe board meeting, describinghim as respectful and caring.The teacher’s lawyer saysTogliatti will appeal. AttorneyJohn Doll predicts the claimswon’t hold up in a hearing.
Teacher bootedover allegedname-calling
BY SENATORSHERROD BROWN
A veteran in Cincinnatirecently wrote to me that, “itis good to know we are notforgotten.”There are more than930,000 veterans in Ohiowho have made tremendoussacrifices for our country.Members of the Armed Forcesleave their families, enduregreat stress, and put their liveson the line for us. And, theydo not ask for much in return – just the benefits they haveearned and deserve.Yet, too many young vet-erans are leaving the servicewithout job prospects. Withthe unemployment rate foryoung veterans at a staggering27 percent, we have a respon-sibility to connect skilled vet-erans with good-paying jobs.That is why legislationI recently introduced, theHiring Heroes Act of 2011, issupported by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the AmericanLegion, Disabled AmericanVeterans, Military OfficersAssociation of America, andthe Iraq and AfghanistanVeterans of America.This first-of-its-kind jobsbill aims to reduce unemploy-ment among veterans return-ing to civilian life by ensur-ing that every servicememberattends a transition assistanceprogram, to help them findemployment.Our veterans just want afair shot at getting a good job,a quality education, and anopportunityto live outthe Americandream.Veterans’service toour coun-try doesn’tstop whenthey leavethe mili-tary and ourgovernment’s commitmentto them shouldn’t end whenthey return home as valuablemembers of our society.We can honor their serviceby providing job skills train-ing to help connect America’sveterans with stable, good-paying jobs. At YoungstownState University, I recentlymet with a student-veteran – Sergeant Paul Hageman –who discussed with me theneed to improve and strength-en career pathways for return-ing servicemembers.Our servicemembers andveterans deserve our nation’sfull support. And at the veryleast, they deserve electedofficials who are willing toput partisan battles aside toensure that returning veteranshave jobs to ease their transi-tion into civilian life.My constituent servicesoffice – which you can reachby calling 216-522-7272 –stands prepared to help Ohioveterans receive the supportthey need.As a member of the SenateCommittee on Veterans’Affairs, I’m also committedto expanding services andoutreach for Ohio veterans,improving veterans’ access tohealth care, and ensuring vet-erans have the tools they needto transition to civilian lifeand find employment.Let’s not just show ourgratitude to our nation’sveterans on the 11th day of the 11th month. We need tohonor our veterans’ everyday. One great way to do sois to ensure they have accessto good paying jobs, afford-able housing, and the benefitsthey’ve earned.We should show America’sveterans that they have notbeen forgotten.
Remembering Ohio veterans
TOLEDO (AP) — Lawyersfor an Ohio Roman Catholicpriest found guilty of killinga nun are claiming in a legalbrief that recently discoveredpolice reports would haveallowed the defense to pointtoward another suspect.The Toledo Blade reportsthe brief filed this week repre-sents the closing argument forattorneys trying to overturnthe Rev. Gerald Robinson’s2006 conviction. The defensemade similar claims during ahearing on Robinson’s appealheld in May.The priest’s attorneysbelieve his constitution-al right to a fair trial wasviolated in part because of the discovery of 136 policereports three years after hewas convicted.Prosecutors maintain thatevidence is overwhelmingthat Robinson killed SisterMargaret Ann Pahl in 1980at the Toledo hospital wherethey both worked.
Priest’s appeal focuses on police reports
CINCINNATI (AP) —Police in Cincinnati say oneof their dogs mistakenly bit acity parks employee becauseof what she was wearing.Police Sgt. Daniel Hils sayswhen the officer assigned toTank let him loose for a call of nature, the dog saw the womanin dark overalls resembling theK-9 training “bite suit” — andreacted.The Cincinnati Enquirerreports Jamila Turnbow got a3-inch cut on her upper rightarm from the attack on July 25.Hils writes in a memoto police higher-ups thatTurnbow’s attire and the dog’sresponse doesn’t excuse whathe describes as the K-9 offi-cer’s “lack of attention andcontrol of his canine partner.”Hils is recommending a rep-rimand and has ordered thatpolice dogs not be allowed off leash in public.
Police say K-9bites workerover attire
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