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28, 2011
50¢ dailyDelphos, Ohio
Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
Ohio widow will not receiveanimals, p3 St. John’s/New Bremen preview, p6
Obituaries 2State/Local 3Politics 4Community 5Sports 6Church 7Classifieds 8TV 9World News 10
Mostly cloudySaturdaymorning with30 percentchance of rainand slightchance of storms. Highin low 50s. See page 2.
 All treats and no tricks at TUMC ‘Trunk-or-Treat’
Stacy Taff photos
Above: Sebastian Baughn, left, went trick-or-treating as a vampire and PhoenixTucker as a frog. The pair visited the Trinity United Methodist Church “Trunk-or-Treat” Thursday evening during trick or treat. The church reported more than 500children visited the offering in the parking lot. See more photos on page 10.Below: Firefighter Roy Hoehn, left, and retired police officer Dick “Digger” Willpass out candy to trick-or-treaters at the Delphos Fire Department Thursday evening.
Groups spendmillions onunion law
By ANN SANNERThe Associated Press
COLUMBUS — Theunion-backed group pushingfor the repeal of Ohio’s newcollective bargaining law hasspent more than $17.3 millionin the fight and has another$4.3 million on hand head-ing into the Nov. 8 election,according to campaign financereports filed Thursday.We Are Ohio has raised awhopping $19 million fromJuly to mid-October, andreceived another $4.6 millionin donated services.Fundraising in the bal-lot battle is approachingwhat was spent in last year’shard-fought governor’s race,in which Republican JohnKasich won office. Insiderssay the campaign over theunion law could cost morethan the $33 million spent inthe gubernatorial contest.In total, We Are Ohio hasraised about $24 million. Thecoalition wants to overturnthe contentious law that banspublic worker strikes andrestricts the collective bar-gaining rights of more than350,000 public employees,including teachers, firefight-ers and police officers. Underthe law signed by Kasich inlate March, public employeeunions could negotiate onwages, but not on their pen-sion or health care benefits.A group that wants the lawto remain in place reportedfar less cash.The Republican-backedBuilding a Better Ohio coali-tion raised $7.6 million forthe period and spent almost$6 million through its politi-cal action committee, accord-ing to its forms. The coalitionis not required to say whocontributes to it because of itsstatus as a nonprofit corpora-tion, whereas We Are Ohio isa political action committeethat by state law had to pub-licly disclose on Thursday itsspending, donors and theircontributions.The group defending thelaw doesn’t have to reportas many details. However,it is required to disclose theamount it transfers to itspolitical committee and whatthat committee spends.Building a Better Ohioon Thursday also voluntarilyprovided its donor list, butdid not say how much wasgiven by each contributor.The list didn’t include otheridentifying information, suchas address and occupation,required of We Are Ohio.Opponents of the lawcriticized the group for notrevealing more informationabout its donors.“Now is the time for Issue2 supporters to come cleanabout who and how muchthey are really paying for theirattack on middle class fami-lies,” said Melissa Fazekas,a spokeswoman for We AreOhio.The question over whetherto keep the law appears asIssue 2 on fall ballots. A yesvote is to keep the law, whilea no vote is to repeal it.The referendum hasspurred involvement fromgovernors’ associations rep-resenting each political party.Among those in the defend-ers’ list was Make Ohio Great,an arm of the RepublicanGovernors Association that’smade two TV spots withKasich promoting the posi-tive effects of his agenda onthe state. One ad makes apassing reference to a provi-sion in the union law. OnWednesday, the DemocraticGovernors Association gave$150,000 to We Are Ohio.Other donors to Buildinga Better Ohio include thegroup’s allies in the businesscommunity. Those advocat-ing that the collective bar-gaining restrictions remainin place include the OhioChamber of Commerce, OhioFarm Bureau Federation, theGreater Cleveland Partnershipand Associated Building &Contractors, a coalition of nonunion construction inter-ests.
City renewal levy crucialto safety services
BY MIKE FORDmford@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — Local vot-ers will decide to keep oreliminate a property tax levyfor the city’s general revenuewhen they go to the ballotNov. 8.If a property is valued at$75,000, the tax is about $98per year. It means a lot tothe city and its ability to pro-vide essential services, suchas police, fire and emergencymedical services.“This is a 4.05-mill, 5-yearrenewal that will generate$208,000 per year, accord-ing to the county auditor’sestimate,” City Auditor TomJettinghoff said.Safety Service DirectorGreg Berquist stresses therewill be no additional tax withthe local measure.“This is not a new levy;this a renewal and no one willsee anything different in termsof their taxes. It supplementsthe General Fund, which paysfor police, fire and parks butmostly police and fire. Policebeing the largest budget takenout of the General Fund,”Berquist said.Unfortunately, the state ispressing municipalities intofooting more of its own billby slashing funding fromColumbus.“Police, fire and EMSwould be greatly impactedif funding doesn’t contin-ue. We’re going to providethose services but the realityis those departments wouldbe impacted, especially afterthe recent events of the statelegislature reducing LocalGovernment Funds,” Berquistsaid. “So, the importance of this levy renewal has beencompounded. We were get-ting $229,223.14 and it wascut 25 percent this year andthey will cut it another 25percent next year.”In addition to benefittingfrom police, fire and EMSprotection, local taxpay-ers who use the city pool insummer may also be posi-tively impacted if the levy isrenewed. Jettinghoff indicatedGeneral Fund dollars are usedto maintain the pool, which isin need of a major repair proj-ect to address a crack in itseastern wall. Jettinghoff saidmoney from the levy could gotoward solving the problem atDelphos City Council’s dis-cretion.
“This is not a newlevy; this a renew-al and no one willsee anything dif-ferent in termsof their taxes.”
— Greg Berquist,Delphos SafetyService director
Wildcats totailgate tonight
Jefferson Wildcat fans willtailgate at the Spencervillefootball field parking lotbefore the game today.Participants are askedto bring a dish to share.Look for the WildcatFanbulance.
City sets annualcoat drive
The Delphos City Counciland administration willsponsor a coat drive from9 a.m. to noon on Nov.12 at the municipal build-ing at 608 N. Canal St.Donations of new orgood-condition used coatsfor children and adultswould be appreciated.Coats will be distrib-uted to those in need inthe Delphos community.
Jefferson boys hostingOHSAA meeting
Jefferson Boys Basketballwill host its mandatoryOHSAA preseason meet-ing 7 p.m. Wednesday at theJefferson Middle School.All players in grades 7-12and a parent/guardian shouldattend. Information about theupcoming season and otherOHSAA regulations will bepresented. For more informa-tion, contact head coach MarcSmith at (419) 615-7233.
DYH accepting applica-tions
The DYH SaturdayMorning Basketball Program(boys grades 2-6) for the2011-12 season is acceptingsign-up forms available at themiddle school and Franklinand Landeck elementaries.Player evaluations willbe held at the middle schoolgymnasium 5:30-6:15 p.m.(Grades 2-3) and 6:15-7p.m. (grades 4-6) Mondayand Tuesday. Any ques-tions, contact Ed Smith at(419) 236-4754 (cell).
Today’s FootballSchedule
NWC (7:30 p.m.):Jefferson at Spencerville;Bluffton at Columbus Grove;Paulding at Crestview;Ada at Lima CentralCatholic; Swanton atAllen East (non-league).MAC (7:30 p.m.): St.John’s at New Bremen;Coldwater at Minster;Fort Recovery at MarionLocal; Parkway at Anna;Versailles at St. Henry.WBL: (7:30 p.m.):Defiance at Elida; Ottawa-Glandorf at Van Wert;Celina at Bath; Kenton atWapakoneta; Shawnee atSt. Marys Memorial.NWCC (7 p.m.):Upper Scioto Valleyat Perry; Ridgemont atWaynesfield-Goshen.BVC (7 p.m.): HardinNorthern at Vanlue; Leipsicat McComb; Pandora-Gilboaat Arcadia; Cory-Rawsonat Arlington; Van Burenvs. Liberty-Benton.
Stacy Taff photo
Delphos Project Recycle holds a drive the third Saturday morning of each monthat Pacific Pride Truck Wash. Above: Chief Squire T.J. Hoersten of the Fr. BredeickColumbia Squires Circle 3329, left, and Girl Scouts Virginia Brotherwood and ElyseNorth help with the project. The local Squires circle recently received the BrotherBarnabas Award for Delphos Project Recycle.
The Fr. Bredeick ColumbiaSquires Circle 3329, spon-sored by the Delphos CouncilKnights of Columbus, wasthe recent recipient of theBrother Barnabas Award.The award is presented toa circle in recognition of anoutstanding singular activityconducted by the circle dur-ing the program year.Project Recycle is one of 25 selected for the award.The circle has also beendesignated as recipient of a 2010-11 Corps d’ EliteAward for being involved infour activities in five areasand recruited at least twonew members.Local members honoredinclude: Ryan Dickman,Squire of the Year; CurtisHoersten, Counselor of theYear; and Doug Geise washonored as Chairman of Project Recycle.Counselors who assist withProject Recycle are: Hoersten,Geise, Lou Hohman, DaleHoldgreve, Arnie Hoerstenand Fred Ruen.Delphos Project Recyclewas started in October 1972under the chairmanship of Ruen.Currently, members of theK of C, Squires and GirlScouts separate recyclablesfor processing. Proceeds fromthe sale of newspapers andaluminum cans are dividedbetween the Squires and GirlScouts. All other items aretransported to Van Wert forrecycling.On average, 5,000 poundsof recycle are collected eachmonth. Since its inception,970 tons have been collect-ed.
Project Recycle wins K of C award
Students can pick up theirawards in their school offices.St. John’s Scholar of theDay is AlainaBackus.CongratulationsAlaina!Jefferson’s Scholar of theDay is JennaMoreo.CongratulationsJenna!
Scholars of the Day
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The DelphosHerald
Vol. 142 No. 109
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Delphos weather
Solar lightsstolen fromoutside home
At 1:02 p.m. on Thursday,Delphos police arrested MicaClosson,24, of Delphosin the 700block of NorthBredeickStreeton anoutstand-ing arrestwarrantissuedout of Findlay on an con-tempt of court charge.Closson was turned overto officers from the FindlayPolice Department.
Delphos man ar-rested on warrant
Man cited fordriving undersuspension
Naomi L.Heitmeyer Bellman
Corn: $6.57Wheat: $6.04Beans: $12.13
Delphos FireAssociation 300 Club
Oct. 26 — Jim Martin/Charlie LozanoHigh temperature Thursdayin Delphos was 48 degrees,low was 35. Rainfall wasrecorded at .14 inch. High ayear ago today was 58, lowwas 39. Record high for todayis 83, set in 1927. Record lowis 23, set in 1976.At 8:38 a.m. onWednesday, Delphos policewere called to the 600 blockof North Washington Streetin reference to a theft com-plaint.Upon officers’ arrival, thevictim stated someone hadtaken solar lights that wereoutside of the victim’s resi-dence.Two individuals werearraigned in Van WertCounty Common Pleas CourtWednesday on indictmentsissued by the most recentmeeting of the Van WertCounty Grand Jury, bothindividuals entered not guiltypleas when appearing beforeJudge Charles D. Steele.
Austin S. Bortel, 
19,Paulding, entered a not guiltyplea to a charge of theft, amisdemeanor of the firstdegree.Bortel was released on a$5,000 unsecured personalsurety bond with a pretrialhearing scheduled for Nov. 9.
Jeffrey T. Stocklin, 
30,Delphos, entered a not guiltyplea to a two count indict-ment charging him with bur-glary, a felony of the thirddegree; and theft from anelderly person, a felony of the fifth degree.Stocklin was ordered heldon a $2,500 cash bond witha ten percent privilege alongwith a $5,000 unsecured per-sonal surety bond.A pretrial hearing has beenscheduled for Nov. 9.
Kelli Duval, 
31,Spencerville, entered a pleaof guilty to a charge of illegalcultivation of marijuana, afelony of the fourth degree.Duval, along with BrandiMyers and Glenn Devaul,were charged with the culti-vation of the marijuana nearWillshire after the Van WertCounty Sheriff’s Departmentacted on a tip that they hadreceived. The sheriff’s officerecovered a large num-ber of plants at that time inAugust.Judge Steele ordered apre-sentence investigationand scheduled sentencing forDec. 14.At 3:28 p.m. on Tuesday,while on routine patrol,Delphos police came in con-tact with David Goodwin, 51,of Delphos as a result of atraffic accident, at which timeit was found that Goodwinwas operating a motor vehiclewhile having his driving privi-leges suspended.Goodwin was cited intoLima Municipal Court on thecharge.
June 21, 1935-Oct. 27, 2011
Naomi L. HeitmeyerBellman, 76, of Ottawa, diedat 2:22 a.m. Thursday at herresidence.She was born June 21,1935, in Putnam County toCornelius and Elizabeth(Unverferth) Meyer, who pre-ceded her in death.On Nov. 22, 1956, shemarried Paul Heitmeyer, whodied March 6, 1992. On Jan.16, 1996, she married VirgilBellman, who survives inOttawa.Also surviving are sevenchildren, Charles (Lynn)Heitmeyer of Defiance,Sharon (Mark) Fortman of Kalida, Gail (Mark) Bockrathof Glandorf, Lisa (Larry) Ballof Findlay, Craig (Cindi)Heitmeyer of Berwick, Maine,Todd Heitmeyer of Kalidaand Dawn (Tim) Kersh of Glandorf; four stepchildren,Linda (Steve) Blankemeierof Miller City, Ron (Sue)Bellman of Glandorf, Marilyn“Mert” Recker of Glandorf and Marlene (Doug) Nieseof Ottawa; 17 grandchildren;10 step grandchildren; eightgreat-grandchildren; fourstep great-grandchildren; twosisters, Marilyn Warneckeof Glandorf and MaryEllen (George) Kuhbanderof Leipsic; and a sister-in-law, Mary Agnes Meyer of Leipsic.She was also preceded indeath by four brothers, Virgil,Norman, Elmer and HaroldMeyer; and three sisters,Alvera O’Toole, Florence Dyeand Beatrice Freud.Mrs. Bellman retired fromWeatherseal after more than29 years. She was a mem-ber of Sts. Peter and PaulCatholic Church, Ottawa,Kalida Catholic Ladies of Columbia and Kalida FireLadies Auxiliary. She lovedspending time with her familyand friends.Mass of Christian Burialwill begin at 10 a.m. Mondayat Sts. Peter and Paul CatholicChurch, Ottawa, the Rev. MattJozefiak officiating. Burialwill follow in St. MichaelCemetery, Kalida.Friends may call from6-8 p.m. Saturday and 2-8p.m. Sunday at Love FuneralHome, Ottawa, where a scrip-ture service begins at 2:30p.m. on Sunday.Memorials may be made toSts. Peter and Paul EducationFund, St. Michael SteepleFund or to Putnam CountyHospice.Condolences can be sent towww.lovefuneralhome.com.
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Feds tighten belt bycutting agriculture reports
Residentreports assaultby neighbor
By CHET BROKAWThe Associated Press
PIERRE, S.D. — Whenfarmers need to check honeyprices so they can decidewhether to sell, there’s beena report for that. And whencatfish and sheep farmerswant to check production intheir industries, there’ve beenreports for that, too.The U.S. AgricultureDepartment has kept tabs fordecades on a wide range of agricultural industries thatgenerate billions of dollars forthe U.S. economy. But that’sabout to change, as the agencyeliminates some reports andreduces the frequency of oth-ers to save millions of dollarsin tight budget times.The reports influence theprice and supply of many prod-ucts that end up on Americandinner plates. Without them,some farmers say they’ll beleft guessing how much toproduce and when to sell.Food processors and tradersalso will have less informationwhen making decisions aboutbuying and selling.South Dakota farmerRichard Adee said he used theannual honey and bee report todecide when to sell his honey.If the February report indicateda large supply nationwide, he’dsell before prices dropped. If the supply was short, he’d holdon to the honey and wait forprices to go up.“It’s really going to limitus to information for makingfuture plans,” said Adee, oneof the nation’s largest honeyproducers. “It’s not good. It’snot good we’re losing that.”Adee Honey Farms, basedin Bruce, S.D, provide beesthat pollinate crops and pro-duce honey in the Midwest,California and Washington.Adee said he knows some-thing must be done to dealwith the federal deficit, but“they’re beating up on agri-culture.”A spokeswoman for theUSDA division that producesthe reports said it didn’t wantto cut them but it had to dosomething to save money.Eliminating or reducing thefrequency of 14 crop andlivestock reports will savethe National AgriculturalStatistics Service about $10million, Sue duPont said.NASS’s $156 million budgetwas cut in the federal fiscalyear that ended Sept. 30 andmore reductions are expectedthis year as Congress and theWhite House aim to trim fed-eral spending.The agency based itschoices on the reports’ impacton markets and use by otherprograms that provide assis-tance to farmers, along withthe availability of informationfrom other sources, DuPontsaid.“It was just tough deci-sions,” she said.Roger Barlow, execu-tive vice president of CatfishFarmers of America, said theannual report on his industrytells his organization’s 800members how many millionsof tons of catfish are beingproduced in how many acresof water, how much is beingheld by processors and whatprices are being paid. Theinformation determines pricesand guides farmers as theydecide to expand or cut backproduction, he said.“Lots of decisions are madeupon this,” Barlow said. “Thisinformation is used on a dailybasis.”Mississippi is the leadingcatfish producer according tothe latest and last report. Butthe farmers, who are mostlylocated in the South, hopeNASS with reconsider itsdecision to dump the report.“I guess we’re just scratch-ing a hole in our head trying tofigure out how we’re going tocontinue with what we feel isextremely important,” Barlowsaid.At 4:58 p.m. on Thursday,Delphos police were calledto the 300 block of East FifthStreet in reference to an assaultcomplaint.Upon officers’ arrival, theymet with the victim who stat-ed there had been an ongo-ing issue with a neighbor thatresulted in the victim beingassaulted by the neighbor.
“It’s reallygoing to limitus to informa-tion for makingfuture plans. It’snot good. It’snot good we’relosing that.”
— Richard Adee,South Dakotahoney producer
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Local artist Matt Temple, right, from Paulding recently visited Vantage for a presen-tation on anime drawing.
Matt Temple, a local art-ist from Paulding, recentlyspent the day in the MediaCenter at Vantage CareerCenter, sharing his story anddemonstrating his talents inanime art.Temple said that he hasbeen drawing since he couldhold a pencil. He becameinterested in anime from TVshows, long before it was aspopular as it is today. Aftergraduating from PauldingHigh School, Matt attendedthe Art Institute of Pittsburghand received a degree in com-puter animation. He contin-ued his education at DefianceCollege, where he receivedhis bachelor’s degree in FineArts.Anime is a style of animation originating inJapan that is characterizedby stark colorful graphicsdepicting vibrant charactersin action-filled plots usu-ally with futuristic themes(Merriam-Webster onlinedictionary). Manga is aJapanese comic book orgraphic novel. A graphicnovel is a fictional storythat is presented in comicstrip format and publishedas a book.By combining his love of drawing and his degree incomputer animation, Matt hasbeen able to add much morecolor blending and vibrancyto his drawings.Vantage Networks Systemsand Interactive Media stu-dents were enthralled withTemple’s presentation. Theyreally connected and the stu-dents spoke the same “lan-guage” as Temple.“It was great for the stu-dents to get some hands-ontraditional art training. Wemostly only do digital proj-ects in lab, so the studentslove when they have opportu-nities to draw by hand,” saidInteractive Media instructorJill DeWert.DJ Price (Antwerp), aVantage senior in the CulinaryArts program, is a buddingartist himself.“I thought Matt’s presen-tation was phenomenal. Thebase he showed me helpedme a lot in drawing bodypositions,” he said.Auto Body junior TreigPierce (Van Wert) is also ahuge fan of anime and wasinterested in Matt’s presenta-tion.“The presentation wasamazing. Matt talked abouthow important it was to keeppracticing and practicing thedrawing,” he said.Media Specialist PamKnodel knows exactly whatthe students are checking outof the library.“Graphic novels andmanga are fiercely popularwith our students this year.Matt’s shared interest in thisstyle of animation, as wellas his passion for anime/manga drawing, capturedthe students’ attention andcreated a very enthusiasticresponse to his presenta-tion,” she said.Matt currently developsand teaches art classes forthe Wassenberg Art Center inVan Wert and also works as asubstitute teacher for severalschool districts.
YWCA appledumplings sale
Due to the demand left fromYWCA apple dumpling salesat the 2011 Apple Festival, theYWCA will take orders fortheir signature apple dumplingsas well as apple crisps and pies.Only frozen dumplings will beavailable for purchase.The price is $3 per dump-ling, including a sauce recipecard. Apple crisps are $6 andapple pies are $8. Orders willbe accepted until Nov. 11. Alldumplings will be ready forpickup by Nov. 21. To place anorder, call the YWCA at 419-238-6639.All funding received fromsales will be used by the YWCAto fund programs for the localcommunity.The YWCA general operat-ing hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 8p.m. Monday through Thursday;6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; and7:30-11 a.m. Saturday.For more information, con-tact Administrative AssistantVickie Rusk at 419-238-6639 orvisit ywca.org/vanwertcounty.
Ohio widow not gettingcustody of wild animals
COLUMBUS — A neigh-bor said he’d rather not havesix surviving exotic animalsreturned to the neighboringOhio farm where an ownerkilled himself after releasingdozens of animals that werehunted down by law enforce-ment officers.Marian Thompson, thewidow of the suicidal man,had sought Thursday to bringthree leopards, two primatesand a young grizzly bear thathave been cared for by theColumbus Zoo for about aweek back to the farm nearZanesville. But the stateDepartment of Agricultureintervened just as she wasabout to retrieve them, order-ing the animals kept underquarantine at the zoo instead.Sam Kopchak’s propertyabuts Thompson’s, and hefeels for her but would prefernot to have exotic animals asneighbors.He said he found himself standing about 30 feet from aloose lion last week before itwas killed.“I’d rather them not behere after what I experiencedbecause of having the ani-mals being out in the situ-ation we were in,” he saidThursday. “And I think mostof the neighbors around herewould probably say the samething.”Thompson’s husband,Terry, set free more than 50wild animals — includingtigers and lions — in the ruralarea of eastern Ohio. Mostof the animals were killed bysheriff’s deputies armed withrifles.The quarantine was issuedas the zoo was unsuccessfullytrying to stop Thompson fromreclaiming the surviving ani-mals.The zoo said it had MarianThompson’s permission to carefor the animals, which havebeen kept separate from otheranimals, but has no legal rightsto them. A veterinary medi-cal officer for the Departmentof Agriculture looked at theanimals and determined theyneeded to remain quarantinedas allowed by Ohio law, whichprovides for the agriculturedirector to quarantine animalswhile investigating reportsof potentially dangerous dis-eases.Thompson and her lawyerwere informed of the orderwhen they arrived at the zoowith a big truck on Thursdayafternoon. The order is indefi-nite, but Thompson is entitledto a hearing within 30 daysif she wants to appeal. Herattorney was traveling withher and could not be reachedfor comment.Zoo president Dale Schmidtsaid Thompson and her lawyer“expressed that they feel theseanimals belong to her and shewants to exercise her rights.”Department of Agriculturespokesman Andy Ware saidit appeared the widow hadplanned to take the animalsback to the farm.Sheriff Matt Lutz of Muskingum County, whereThompson lives, said hisoffice isn’t taking a stance onwhether the creatures shouldreturn.“If she wants to bring themback here, to this farm, thenwe’re working on what we’reallowed legally to do to makesure that everything is safe andappropriate,” he said.The quarantine announce-ment came after Gov. JohnKasich, upon learning thewidow planned to retrievethe animals, asked the agencyto ensure they didn’t pose ahealth threat.Kasich, a Republican, ear-lier this year let expire anorder that might have prevent-ed the Thompsons from own-ing exotic animals. Last weekhe signed a temporary orderto use existing laws to crackdown on such animals beforenew laws are proposed.The Department of Agriculture said it was con-cerned about reports that theanimals had lived in unsanitaryconditions where they couldbe exposed to disease, andthe order provides a chanceto investigate their health. Itprevents the zoo from releas-ing them until it’s clear they’refree of dangerous diseases.
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Jury deliberates in retrial of 1967Ohio killing of teen schoolgirl
TOLEDO (AP) — A manaccused of killing a 14-year-old Ohio schoolgirl in 1967and dumping her body inMichigan revealed detailsin talks with detectives thatshowed he knew more aboutwhat happened than theydid, a prosecutor told jurorsbefore they began deliberatingThursday.Robert Bowman is accusedof snatching Eileen Adams, afreshman who was on her wayhome from her Toledo highschool, and holding her cap-tive in his basement for daysbefore killing her. The casestumped detectives for decadesuntil they took another look atit just five years ago.Bowman, who’s now 75,faces life in prison if convictedat his retrial. Jurors in Augustcouldn’t reach a unanimousverdict after several weeks of testimony.Jurors deliberated for aboutnine hours Thursday beforebeing sequestered for thenight. They will resume delib-erations this morning.Prosecutors said duringclosing arguments that DNAevidence from the victim’sclothing and testimony fromthe suspect’s ex-wife, who saidshe saw the girl tied up in theirbasement, proved Bowman’sguilt. They also said Bowmantold detectives intimate detailsabout how the girl was tied upwhen she found dead.“If he hadn’t killed her, whydid he remember so much?”said assistant Lucas Countyprosecutor John Weglian.Bowman took the witnessstand this week after not tes-tifying at his first trial andaccused detectives and hisex-wife of making up storiesabout him.His attorney told jurorsthat the memories of at leasttwo witnesses didn’t matchthe stories told by police andprosecutors.
Students protestracially-basedcostumes at OU
COLUMBUS (AP) — AnOhio student group is asking itspeers to avoid costumes basedon racial or ethnic stereotypesthis Halloween.The Columbus Dispatchreports that Students TeachingAbout Racism in Society atOhio University has launcheda campaign in advance of thisweekend’s Halloween party,which draws tens of thousandsof revelers to Athens.The campaign features fiveposters showing students hold-ing up pictures of racially-insen-sitive costumes. One shows awhite student in blackface andanother a student dressed asan Arab suicide bomber. Otherposters depict Asians, Hispanicsand Native Americans.All of the posters show amember of the race being ste-reotyped holding the photoswith text reading “We’re a cul-ture, not a costume,” and “Thisis not who I am and this is notokay.”
KSU prof shouts‘Death to Israel!’
KENT (AP) — An Ohioprofessor with former ties toa jihadist website has comeunder fire for shouting “Deathto Israel” during a speech by aformer Israeli diplomat.Multiple media outlets reportthat Kent State University pro-fessor Julio Pino shouted thecomment on Tuesday after trad-ing barbs with former Israelidiplomat Ishmael Khaldi.Pino reportedly asked howIsrael could justify providingaid to countries with “bloodmoney” that came from thedeaths of Palestinians.Kent State President LesterLefton issued a statement call-ing the comment “deplorable,”but defending Pino’s right tosay it.Pino has been a controver-sial figure on campus. He hadpreviously written a column inthe student newspaper eulogiz-ing a Palestinian suicide bomberand has contributed to a jihadistwebsite.

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