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Allen County Refuse providesgarbage and recycle collection inDelphos.The Allen County portion of Delphos is collected on Thurs-days, with residents placinggarbage containers on the curbWednesday evening.The Van Wert County portionof Delphos is collected on Friday,with residents placing garbagecontainers at the curb on Thurs-day evening.Recycle is collected thisThursday and Friday. Recyclecontainers should also be placedat the curb.If a holiday falls during theweek, collection is pushed backa day. For example, the week of Memorial Day, collection in AllenCounty will be Friday and in VanWert County it will be Saturday.
Big item collection is heldfrom 8 a.m.-noon the first Sat-urday of each month in theparking lot across from the citybuilding. Participants need toshow proof of residency like acity utility bill.
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2 – The Herald Wednesday, September 28, 2011
For The Record
Vol. 142 No. 87
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald Inc.Don Hemple, advertising manager
,circulation managerThe Daily Herald (USPS 15258000) is published dailyexcept Sundays, Tuesdays andHolidays.By carrier in Delphos andarea towns, or by rural motorroute where available $1.48 perweek. By mail in Allen, VanWert, or Putnam County, $97per year. Outside these counties$110 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 $1.48per 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
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VAN WERT - A VanWert man accused of kill-ing his own grandmother haswaived his right to a jury trialand will try his case to court.As a result of the request,the trial against 37-year-old Shawn M. Jones will beheard by Van Wert CountyCommon Pleas Court JudgeCharles D. Steele beginningon Oct. 17.Jones has pleaded bothnot guilty and not guilty byreason of insanity to murderin connection with the stran-gulation death of 83-year-oldEdna LaRue in her SunriseCt. home on Oct. 1, 2010.Two separate evaluations of Jones taken earlier this yearhave ruled him competent tostand trial.The reason for the peti-tion by Jones and his attor-ney Scott Gordon is unclear.Jones could still change hismind and again request a jurytrial if he desires. Steele haspresided over several hear-ings in which not only wasJones ruled competent, butalso at a hearing in whicha videotaped confession byJones was ruled admissiblein court.At a July competency hear-ing, Steele told Jones, “Yourattorney has indicated that atthis point there is no evidenceto present on the issue of insanity, and in fact, the Stateof Ohio has evidence whichstates that you are sane.”The case has been delayeddue to Gordon’s request forseparate DNA testing for thedefense. The jury trial datewas eventually set for Oct.17, and with the switch to atrial to court, the date wasnot changed. In Monday’sfive-minute hearing, most of the time in court was spentwith Jones conferring withhis attorney.Jones was arrested just sixhours after LaRue’s body wasdiscovered. Van Wert CountyCoroner Scott Jarvis statedthat LaRue died due to liga-ture strangulation.In the video recording of apolice interview with Jones,he told the police detectivesthat he was hired to “babysit”his grandmother, but thathe wanted to leave to go toa church dinner in order tomeet someone who owed himmoney. He and LaRue arguedabout Jones leaving the home,and eventually he admittedthat he “just lost it.”The police investigationaccused Jones of pickingup LaRue from behind bythe neck and throwing herdown more than once. Shewas dragged with Jones’ belt,struck multiple times andeventually had an electricalcord tied around her throat.Jones told the detectives thathis grandmother was stillalive when he left the house,but that he was too scared tocall help for her.According to Jones’ con-fession, when he returned tothe house he was met by hismother who was upset hehad left LaRue alone. Jones’mother was the first to enterthe house and discover thebody in a hallway with thecord tied around the neckand a belt lying underneathLaRue’s remains.
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May 16, 1919-sp. 25, 2011
Ruth L. Ayers, 92, passedaway peacefully at MennoniteMemorial Home in Bluffton.Ruth was born May 16,1919 on the family farm nearPandora, to Ezra and EttaDavidson Amstutz.She married Wilbur Ayersin 1945 and he passed awayin 1999.She is survived by theirchildren, Keith (Rebecca)Ayers of Houston, Texas,Marilyn (Tom) Beerman of Worthington and John (Cheryl)Ayers of E. Greenwich, R.I.;five grandchildren, KevinAyers, League City, Texas,Andrew Beerman, Park City,Utah, Jennifer Bonnice,Oregon, Ohio, Bradley Ayers,Warwick, R.I., Brian Ayers,Ligonier, Penn.; and 10 great-grandchildren; her sister,Marcile Henkener of Dublin;sister-in-law, Mary Amstutzof Bluffton; and 10 nieces andnephews.She was preceded in deathby brothers Ray and FredAmstutz; and granddaughterDeborah Blount.Mrs. Ayers taught homeeconomics at Jefferson HighSchool for more than 20 years.She and her husband raisedtheir family in Delphos and in1998, moved to Maple CrestSenior Living Communities inBluffton, where she remaineduntil recently.Graveside services willbegin at 9:30 a.m. Saturdayat Walnut Grove Cemetery.Following burial, a memorialservice will be held at 11 a.m.at the First Mennonite Churchin Bluffton.Friends may call from 6-8p.m. Friday at Chiles-LamanFuneral and CremationServices, Bluffton.Memorial contribu-tions may be made to FirstMennonite Church.A girl, Annika Grace, wasborn Sept. 20 at RiversideMethodist Hospital inColumbus to Rigoberto andKaren (Hayson) Juarez.She was welcomed by herbrother, Andrew Miguel.Grandparents are Dan andBarb Smith, Randy Hayson,Jose Juarez Torres and the lateMargarita Flores Barquin.
Great-grandparents areElmer and Rosie Fortener,Juana Barquin Rosas, LenaHayson and the late JimHayson.
A boy was born Sept. 23 toCharles and Marie Purdy II of Delphos.A boy was born Sept. 23to Shelby Revolt and DustinMoneer of Spencerville.A boy was born Sept. 23 toDavid and Cassandra Clark of Middle Point.A boy was born Sept. 22to Zach and Jenna Strayer of Spencerville.
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: Cloudy with a30 percent chance of showersin the evening. Then mostlycloudy after midnight. Lowsaround 50. Southwest winds 5to 10 mph.
: Partlycloudy in the morning. Thenmostly cloudy with showerslikely and a slight chance of athunderstorm in the afternoon.Highs in the upper 60s. Westwinds 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.
:Becoming partly cloudy. A20 percent chance of showers.Lows in the upper 40s. Westwinds 10 to 20 mph.
: Mostly cloudywith a 50 percent chance of showers. Cooler. Highs in themid 50s. Northwest winds 15to 20 mph.
: Partlycloudy. A 30 percent chanceof showers in the evening.Patchy frost after midnight.Lows in the upper 30s.
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: Mostly clear.Highs in the mid 50s. Lows inthe upper 30s.A Delphos teen was citedfor failure to yield after stop-ping following a two-vehiclecrash at 4 p.m. Friday at theintersection of East Third andNorth Pierce streets.Coletta Schimmoeller, 85,of Cloverdale, was travelingwestbound on Third Street andstopped for at the four-waystop at Pierce Street. A vehi-cle driven by Andrew Etgen,18, of Delphos was travelingsouthbound on Pierce Streetand also stopped at the four-way stop. According to thepolice report, Schimmoellerproceeded through the inter-section first and her vehiclewas struck by the Etgen vehi-cle.No one was injured andboth vehicles were drivenfrom the scene.
May 11, 1921-sp. 27, 2011
Babette O. Mack, 90, of St. Marys and formerly of Spencerville, died at 1:35 a.m.Tuesday at Joint TownshipDistrict Memorial Hospital inSt. Marys.She was born May 11, 1921,in Philadelphia to William andGretchen (Rammel) Brown,who preceded her in death.She was raised in New Jerseyby her grandparents, Georgeand Hedwig Rammel, whoalso preceded her in death.On June 2, 1946, she mar-ried Ray H. Mack, who diedMay 23, 2008.Services will begin at10:30 a.m. Friday at ThomasE. Bayliff Funeral Home, theRev. Vince Lavieri officiating.Burial will be in SpencervilleCemetery.Friends may call from 4 to8 p.m. Thursday and one hourprior to services Friday at thefuneral home, where a VFWAuxiliary service will be heldat 8 p.m. Thursday.Memorial contributionsmay be made to the AmericanRed Cross or the AmericanCancer Society.High temperature Tuesdayin Delphos was 65 degrees,low was 48. Rainfall wasrecorded at .20 inch. High ayear ago today was 58, lowwas 57. Record high for todayis 89, set in 1959. Record lowis 30, set in 1942.
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Cynthia A.,54, of Elida, Services beginat 5 p.m. today at Harterand Schier Funeral Home.Burial will be at a laterdate. Friends may call from2-5 p.m. today at the funer-al home. Memorials are toGood Samaritan Hospital inCincinnati or the AmericanCancer Society.
Ju 17, 1920sp. 10, 2011
John A. Bohnlein, 91, of Kentucky, recipient of theBronze Star for Bravery inWorld War II, died at 8:15a.m. Sept. 10 in the chapel atSt. Aloysius Catholic Churchin Pewee Valley, Ky.He was born June 17, 1920,in Landeck to John and MaryBohnlein.He married BeatriceBonifas, who survives inCrestwood, Ky.Mass of Christian buri-al will begin at 10:30 a.m.Saturday at St. John the BaptistCatholic Church in Landeck,the Rev. Melvin Verhoff offi-ciating.Memorial contributionsare to Hosparus (Hospiceof Louisville) or St. Jude’sChildren’s Research Hospital.
Two men from Indiana arefacing felony drug chargesafter Ohio State HighwayPatrol troopers seized 45pounds of marijuana, valuedat nearly $102,000, follow-ing a traffic stop in AllenCounty.Troopers stopped a 2010Dodge Charger for a speedviolation on Central Avenuein the city of Lima, at approx-imately 4:10 p.m., Monday,September 26. Criminal indi-cators were detected and aprobable cause search of thevehicle revealed 45 pounds of marijuana located in a dufflebag in the trunk.The driver, Anthony J.Williams, 30, and passenger,Jerome A. Woods, 22, werecharged with drug abuse andtrafficking in drugs, both sec-ond-degree felonies.Both suspects were incar-cerated in the Allen CountyJail. If convicted, they face upto 16 years in prison and up toa $30,000 fine.
Patrol seizes 45 pounds of marijuana in Allen County
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