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Obituaries 2State/Local 3Politics 4Community 5Sports 6-7Business 7Classifieds 8Television 9World briefs 10
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7, 2011
50¢ dailyDelphos, Ohio
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Dienstberger Foundationdoles out $305,000
BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — Christmascame early for local non-prof-its Tuesday evening. Twenty-nine recipients shared in morethan $305,000 in Arnold C.Dienstberger Foundationgrants at the Delphos Club.This was the 14th annualdistribution of money raisedfrom investments held bythe not-for-profit foundationheadquartered in Delphos.This year’s distribution bringsthe total donated to causes inthe Delphos school district tonearly $3,320,000.Foundation OutgoingPresident Rick Miller pre-sided over the distributionwith Vice President NickClark (incoming president),Treasurer Doug Harter,Assistant Treasurer LonnieMiller, Secretary Jerry Gilden,Past-president Bill Massa andTrustees John Nomina andDoris Neumeier.This year’s recipientsinclude:
• The Delphos Senior
Citizens Center, $25,000,accepted by Director JoyceHale. Hale said the moneywill be used for transporta-tion needs.
• The Delphos Fire
Association, $3,500, acceptedby Chief Dave McNeal. Theassociation assists DelphosFire and Rescue to purchaseequipment and training.
• St. John’s Schools,
$45,000, accepted by BusinessManager Ted Hanf. Hanf saidthe funds would be used fortechnology upgrades.
• Delphos City Schools,
$45,000, accepted by InterimSuperintendent Frank Sukup.He said the money wouldbe used for technologyupgrades.
• Delphos City Parks,
$25,000, accepted by SafetyService Director GregBerquist. Berquist said themoney will be used for repairsto the swimming pool.
• Delphos Canal Days
Committee, $1,000, acceptedby member Michael Mesker.Mesker said the funds will beused for children’s activitiesduring the 2012 event.
• Delphos Boy Scouts,
$500, accepted byScoutmaster Jeff Mohler.Mohler said the group meetsabove the Delphos Club andis working to renovate thebathroom.
• Delphos Girl Scouts,
$500, accepted by Girl ScoutLeader Beth Gerow. She saidthe money would be usedfor summer camp and otheractivities.
• Delphos Cub Scouts,
$500, accepted by PackmasterJohn Radler. He said thefunds would help with Scoutawards and camp.
• Delphos Area Art Guild,
$500, accepted by GuildPresident Sarah Pohlman.Pohlman said the fundswould help with the cost of art classes, workshops andother programs.
• Delphos Optimists Club,
$5,000, accepted by PresidentHarry Flanagan. Flanagansaid the funds would be usedfor the club’s Santa Visitationand other youth projects.
• Delphos Police
Department, $10,000, accept-ed by Chief Kyle Fittro. Hesaid the grant will be used forseveral projects.
• Delphos Kiwanis
Club, $10,000, accepted byPresident Howard Violet. Hesaid the funds will be used forthe Garfield Park project.
• Marbletown Festival
Committee, $500, acceptedby Chair Kathy Gengler. Shesaid the money would beused for festival costs withproceeds to help install rest-rooms at Garfield Park.
• Delphos Ministerial
Association, $4,500, accept-ed by the Rev. David Howell.The association assists tran-sients with food and lodgingwith a Good Samaritan Fund.Rev. Howell explained themoney would be put in thatfund.
• Delphos Community
Christmas Project, $7,000,accepted by Director EdnaFischer and Karen Edelbrock.The project assisted morethan 400 children with toysand clothing for the holidayslast year. Fischer said sheexpected the number to behigher this year.
• Delphos Stadium Club,
$35,000, accepted by TrusteeJohn Nomina. He said thefunds would be used for fur-ther improvements at StadiumP ark and upcoming projectsat Waterworks Park.
• St. Vincent de Paul
Society, $5,500, accepted byDenny Hickey. He said thegrant helps provide assistanceto residents for rent, utilities,food and prescriptions.
• Athletic Track Boosters,
Nancy Spencer photos
The Rev. David Howell, Delphos Ministerial Association and Habitat for Humanity;John Nomina, Delphos Stadium Club; and Gary Levitt, Delphos Museum of Postal Historywere among 29 local non-profits that received Arnold C. Dienstberger Foundation grantsTuesday. See more photos on page 10.
Pearl Harbor survivorsreturn to ships after death
By AUDREY McAVOYThe Associated Press
HONOLULU — LeeSoucy decided five years agothat when he died he wantedto join his shipmates killed inthe attack on Pearl Harbor.Soucy lived to be 90, pass-ing away just last year. OnTuesday, seven decades afterdozens of fellow sailors werekilled when the USS Utahsank on Dec. 7, 1941, a Navydiver took a small urn con-taining his ashes and put it ina porthole of the ship.The ceremony is one of five memorials being heldthis week for servicemen wholived through the assault andwant their remains placed inPearl Harbor out of pride andaffinity for those they leftbehind.“They want to return andbe with the shipmates thatthey lost during the attack,”said Jim Taylor, a retiredsailor who coordinates theceremonies.The memorials are happen-ing the same week the countryobserves the 70th anniversaryof the aerial bombing thatkilled 2,390 Americans andbrought the United States intoWorld War II. A larger cer-emony to remember all thosewho perished was held today just before 8 a.m. Hawaiitime — the same moment thedevastating attack began.Most of the 12 ships thatsank or were beached thatday were removed from theharbor, their metal hulls sal-vaged for scrap. Just the Utahand the USS Arizona stilllie in the dark blue waters.Only survivors of those ves-sels may return in death totheir ships.The cremated remains of Vernon Olsen, who servedaboard the Arizona, will beinterred on his ship during asunset ceremony today. Theashes of three other survi-vors are being scattered in theharbor.Soucy, the youngest of seven children, joined theNavy out of high school so hewouldn’t burden his parents.In 1941, he was a pharmacistmate, trained to care for thesick and wounded.He had just finished break-fast that Sunday morningwhen he saw planes droppingbombs on airplane hangars.He rushed to his battle sta-tion after feeling the Utahlurch, but soon heard the callto abandon ship as the ves-sel began sinking. He swamto shore, where he made amakeshift first aid center tohelp the wounded and dying.He worked straight throughfor two days.The Utah lost nearly 60men on Dec. 7, and about50 are still entombed in thebattleship. Today, the rust-ing hull of the Utah sits onits side next to Ford Island,not far from where it sank 70years ago.Soucy’s daughter,Margaret, said her parentshad initially planned to havetheir ashes interred togetherat their church in Plainview,Texas. But her father changedhis mind after visiting PearlHarbor for the 65th anniver-sary in 2006.“He announced that hewanted to be interred on theUtah. And my mother lookeda little hurt and perplexed.And I said, ‘Don’t worryDaddy, I’ll take that part of your ashes that was yourmouth and I’ll have thoseinterred on the Utah. And youcan then tell those that havepreceded you, including thosethat were entombed, what’sbeen going on in the world,”’Margaret Soucy recalled say-ing with a laugh.“‘And the rest of yourremains we will put withmother in the church gardensat St. Mark’s.’ And then mysister spoke up and said, ‘Yes,then mother can finally rest inpeace’,” she said.The family had long kid-ded Soucy for being talkative—they called him “MightyMouth” — so Margaret Soucysaid her father laughed andagreed. “He just thought thatwas hilarious,” she said.“So that is what we aredoing. We’re taking only aportion of his ashes. It’s goingto be a small urn.”Soucy’s three children,several grandchildren andgreat-grandchildren — 11family members altogether —attended the sunset ceremonyTuesday. His wife died earlierthis year.Amid overcast skies, aNavy diver took the urn, pro-tected by a mesh bag, andheld it above water whileswimming toward the Utah.The diver, who was accom-panied by three supportingdivers, went underwater tothe porthole once reachingthe ship.An urn carrying the ashesof Vernon Olsen, who wasamong the 334 on the Arizonato survive the attack, will beinterred in a gun turret on theArizona today. Most of thebattleship’s 1,177 sailors andMarines who died on Dec.7 are still entombed on the
Stacy Taff photo
Community comes together for Christmas worship service
The Delphos Ministerial Association presented the 34th Delphos Community Christmas Worship Service at St.John the Evangelist Church Monday. St. John’s and Jefferson high school choirs sang, along with several soloists andensembles. Above: Community members join in singing “O Little Town of Bethlehem.”
Committeeto attemptto narrow$103K gap
BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — The city’sFinance Committee willtake a final look at the 2012Appropriations Budget before therelated ordinance gains DelphosCity Council’s approval.Chair Jim Knebellearned Monday there isstill a $103,000 shortfall.Councilmen Mark Clementand Dick Feathers said theywould be willing to revisitthe budget to see what canbe done to close the gap. Thecommittee will meet at 7 p.m.Monday; the public is wel-come.Three public hearings willalso be held this month for
See COUNCIL, page 2
City budget
Sunny topartly cloudyThursdaywith highin mid 30s.See page 2.
Breakfast withSanta Saturday
Trinity United MethodistChurch, 211 E. ThirdSt., will host its annualBreakfast With Santa from8-10 a.m. Saturday.Children can have theirpicture taken with Santaand enjoy breakfast. Therewill also be a gift shop tobuy Christmas presentsfor every member of thefamily. (All gifts pricedat $1. Adults must beaccompanied by a child).Breakfast includes: eggs,french toast, sausage, donuts,milk, orange juice and coffee.A free-will offer-ing will be accepted.Fort Jennings Elementarywill hold kindergarten regis-tration for the 2012-13 schoolyear next week and Dec. 19 inthe elementary school office.Hours are from 8 a.m.until 3:30 p.m. each day.Children must be 5 yearsof age on or before Sept.30, 2012, to be eligible.Parents are asked to bringthe child’s birth certificate,Social Security numberand immunization recordat the time of registration.Call the elementaryoffice at 419-286-2762for more information.
Jennings setskindergartenregistration
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Herald takingSanta letters
The Delphos Herald hasa direct line to Santa andwill accept letters fromchildren expressing theirwishes for Christmas.They will be printed onDec. 16 and forwarded tothe “Big Guy” himself.Letters are due by 5 p.m.Monday and can be e-mailedto nspencer@delphosherald.com, mailed to Santa Letters,405 N. Main St., DelphosOH 45833 or dropped off at The Herald office.
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For The Record
The DelphosHerald
Vol. 142 No. 136
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald Inc.Don Hemple, advertising manager
Tiffany Brantley
,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
Pauline SwartzRobinsTimothy WayneRickard
Seven charged in PutnamCounty so far by drug task force
A boy was born Dec. 6 toEric and Dawn Schnipke of Ottoville.
Martha Rice, 89, of Delphos, died Tuesday at TheMeadows of Kalida.Arrangements are incom-plete at Harter and SchierFuneral Home.High temperature Tuesdayin Delphos was 34 degrees,low was 32. High a year agotoday was 25, low was 16.Record high for today is 63,set in 1951. Record low is -2,set in 1977.
Martha Rice
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June 2, 1919-Dec. 3, 2011
Pauline Swartz Robins,92, of Delphos, died at 5:05p.m. Saturday at BaptistConvalescent Center inKentucky.She was born June 2, 1919,to Frank and Rose (Martin)Boberg, who preceded her indeath.She was married to the Rev.Lyle B. Swartz, who precededher in death in 1966. She thenmarried Stanley Robins, whopreceded her in death in 1990.Survivors include a son,Jack (Ellen) Swartz of Toledo;two daughters, Judy Nealy-Crowe of Alexandria, Ky., andPamela (Lawerence) Splaneof Sterling Heights, Mich.;a brother, Ronald (Earlene)Boberg of Lima; a sister, Alice(Leo) Paglow of Holland,Mich.; nine grandchildren, 26great-grandchildren two great-great-grandchildren.She was also preceded indeath by two brothers, Melvinand Elvin; and two sisters,Mary Young and WilmaSmith.Funeral services will beginat 11 a.m. Thursday at Harterand Schier Funeral Home.Burial will be in Walnut GroveCemetery.Friends may call from 2-4p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Wednesdayand from 10-11 a.m. Thursdayat the funeral home.Preferred memorials areto Calvary Bible Chapel orLighthouse Assembly of God,both in Toledo.
April 4, 1951-Nov. 30, 2011
Timothy Wayne Rickard,60, of Mendon, died at10:30 p.m. Wednesday inColumbus.He was born April 4, 1951,in Lima to Donald and RuthAnn (Emans) Rickard, whopreceded him in death.He was previously mar-ried to Martha Mihm Day andMonica Gable Pabst. On July29, 2001, he married MaryFrances Burnett Swickrath,who survives in Mendon.Funeral services will beginat 10:30 a.m. Thursday atThomas E. Bayliff FuneralHome, Spencerville, PastorDean Bruce officiating. Burialwill follow in the MendonCemetery.Friends may call from 4-8p.m. Wednesday and after 9:30a.m. Thursday at the funeralhome.Memorial contributions areto the family.Approximately 40 peopleface more than 120 felonydrug charges following theculmination of a long-terminvestigation to apprehendthose dealing in illegal drugsin Putnam County.Deputies from the PutnamCounty Sheriff’s Officeassigned to the Multi-AreaNarcotics Task Force Unit(M.A.N. UNIT) and officersfrom the Defiance CountySheriff’s Office, DefiancePolice Department, WilliamsCounty Sheriff’s Office andBryan Police Departmenthave been investigating along-term drug operation forapproximately the last year.Drugs sold to agents and/or confidential informantsincluded but were not limitedto: marijuana, cocaine, her-oin, LSD, prescription pills,Psilocybin (mushrooms) andbath salts.Persons that have or willbe charged are from Putnam,Van Wert, Paulding and Allencounties.Those indicted on chargesas of this point are:Vickie L. Rayle, 53,Continental, five counts of trafficking in drugs; one countof permitting drug useWilliam C. Rayle, 50,Continental, three counts of trafficking in drugsGary L. Snow, 34,Continental, two counts of sale of prescription drugsCharles R. Gee, 35,Continental, one count of trafficking drugsDaniel J. Garcia, 36,Defiance, two counts of traf-ficking in drugs; two countsof permitting drug useRobert W. Pollock, 37,Lima, three counts of traf-ficking in drugs; three countsof permitting drug useJohnny G. Rakes, 36, VanWert, five counts of traffick-ing in drugs; four counts of permitting drug useThe remaining persons areexpected to be charged in thenear future.
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ship.Five months after PearlHarbor Olsen was on the USSLexington aircraft carrier whenit sank during the Battle of theCoral Sea.“I used to tell him he hadnine lives. He was reallylucky,” said his widow, Jo AnnOlsen.He passed away in April atthe age of 91 after a bout of pneumonia.Pearl Harbor intermentand ash scattering ceremoniesbegan in the late 1980s, andstarted growing in number asmore survivors heard aboutthem.Taylor has helped 265 survi-vors return to Pearl Harbor. Thevast majority have had theirashes scattered. He’s arrangedfor the remains of about 20Arizona survivors to be placedin the Arizona and about adozen to be put in the Utah.“These guys are heroes, OK.Fact is, in my opinion, any-body that’s ever served in themilitary and wore the uniformare heroes. That’s why you andI can breathe today in a freecountry. So I just appreciatewhat they did,” he said.
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questions regarding the elec-tric aggregation issue voterspassed in November. Meetingswill be held at 10:30 a.m. and6:30 p.m. Dec. 19 and 6:30p.m. Dec. 27.Safety Service DirectorGreg Berquist said the nextstep is to develop a plan tosubmit to Public UtilitiesCommission of Ohio (PUCO)for aggregation approval.Letters will also be sent toresidents and businesses thatqualify for the opt-out processwithin the city limits.Berquist has receivedquotes from Duke Electricand First Energy Solutions.Duke’s quote was 6.895 centsper kilowatt hour. First Energygave three options: an 8-per-cent savings, a 9-percent sav-ings and an 11 percent sav-ings. The 11-percent savingswas a three-year contract. Thesavings to customers comesfrom the generation or supplyof electricity. On Nov. 30, theaverage cost of electricity was7.15 cents per kilowatt hour.Berquist also announced theOhio Department of NaturalResources Division of Wildlifehas given the go-ahead forducks to be relocated from theMiami-Erie Canal within theCity of Delphos. Those whowould like to add the feath-ered creatures to their proper-ties and/or ponds can contactthe city at 419-695-4010.
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Mostlysunny in the morning thenbecoming partly cloudy. Highsin the mid 30s. Southwestwinds 10 to 15 mph.
:Mostly cloudy with a 40 per-cent chance of snow. Lows inthe upper 20s. West winds 5 to10 mph.
: Cloudy with a30 percent chance of snowshowers. Highs in lower 30s.West winds 5 to 15 mph.
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Police clear Occupy encampment in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO (AP)— More than 100 police offi-cers gave protesters at theOccupy encampment in SanFrancisco five minutes to gath-er belongings before authori-ties took down about 100 tentsand arrested 70 people as thecamp was dismantled in anovernight raid.A few officers remained atdaybreak Wednesday as trashcrews raked up paper and plas-tic bottles, removed chairs andother belongings that accu-mulated at the camp over thepast two months and pressure-washed the sidewalks.Dozens of police cars, fireengines and ambulances sur-rounded the campsite at JustinHerman Plaza and blocked off the area during the raid, whichbegan shortly after 1 a.m.Police did not immediatelyrelease how many people werein the plaza at the time, butcampers put the estimate at 150.“Most of the protesters wentpeacefully,” but one officerreceived minor injuries whentwo people threw a chair thatcracked his face shield, saidofficer Albie Esparza. Theywere arrested on suspicion of felony assault. Dozens of oth-ers were arrested for illegallodging in the plaza and failureto disperse. In all, 70 peoplewere taken into custody.Richard Kriedler withOccupy S.F. said some protest-ers were also injured, but hedidn’t have the details.“This is a very emotionaltown. We have anarchists, wehave very emotional people thatthis is not going to go over wellwith, and this could have beenhandled a lot better,” he said.“A much more simple wayto do it would have been directcontact with the mayor and cityofficials here with us, and eventhough they’ve been invitedmany times, they didn’t come.”Jack Martin, of SanFrancisco, said he was tryingto leave the plaza when hewas zip-tied, taken to a policestation, cited and released.Officers trashed his tent andpersonal belongings, he said.“I lost everything I owned,”Martin, 51, said as tears welledup in his eyes. “EverythingI owned is gone. My medi-cine, my paper for my SocialSecurity.”He yelled at officers: “I wastrying to get out of your way!”Asked what he planned to donext, Martin replied, “Occupy,occupy, occupy, occupy.”Kris Sullivan, 31, fromAkron, Ohio, said many camp-ers were sleeping and weretaken by surprise. Sullivan,who said he had been at thecamp for about two months,got his tent out but lost hispillow, mattress, blanket andanother tent.“They didn’t even givemuch time for anyone to getout. They handled it reallybadly. They could have givenus a warning or some sort of eviction notice,” he said.The tent city was set up inmid-October to protest bankbailouts and economic injustice.
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.
See the full schedule atcityofdelphos.com.
PHILADELPHIA (AP)— A year and a half afteran investigation began intoJerry Sandusky’s contactwith young boys, the formerPenn State assistant footballcoach applied for a volun-teer coaching job at a centralPennsylvania college but wasdenied the job after a back-ground check.Officials at Juniata Collegesaid today that Sandusky appliedfor the volunteer football coach-ing job in May 2010 and wasrejected the following monthafter a background check showeda high school where Sanduskypreviously volunteered wasinvestigating him.Juniata spokesman JohnWall said the college was notinformed of the details of theinvestigation or the existenceof a grand jury, but based onthe report informed its coach-es Sandusky was not to havecontact with the program.“We basically did our due-diligence,” Wall said.According to Wall,Sandusky continued to attendgames after he we rejectedfor the job and at one pointsat in the press box for anaway game.Wall said he wasn’t surewhat led Sandusky to bein the press box, but saidthe school’s former athleticdirector then reiterated to itscoaches that Sandusky wasto have no connection withthe team.Sandusky’s attempt towork at Juniata was firstreported by WHP-TV.The information thatSandusky was still pursu-ing coaching opportunitiesamid an investigation intohis activities comes as hisattorney and prosecutors pre-pare for a preliminary hearingwhere several of his allegedvictims could testify.A lawyer for one of theyoung men told The AssociatedPress his client plans to testifyat Tuesday’s hearing and asmany as five others who tes-tified before the grand jurycould also testify.The attorney spoke to APon condition of anonymitybecause he is trying to ensurehis client’s identity isn’trevealed publicly.Another accuser cameforward Tuesday and filed acomplaint with authorities.The now 19-year-old said healso met Sandusky throughThe Second Mile, a charitySandusky founded in 1977 tohelp at-risk children, lawyerCharles Schmidt said.Schmidt said the cli-ent, whom he did not iden-tify, went to his law firmabout three weeks ago, afterSandusky was charged withsexually abusing eight boysover a 15-year period.
School: Sandusky denied job after background check
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Ohio primary date remains
up in air as parties fight
COLUMBUS (AP) —Ohio House Speaker WilliamBatchelder said Tuesday law-makers are not likely to reacha deal by today’s deadline tokeep the state’s presidentialprimary in March.House Republicans, mean-
while, are working on a pro
-posal to hold the state’s twoseparate primary electionson one date, possibly in lateApril. They are in the early
stages of crafting the plan,
said Mike Dittoe, a spokes-
man for Batchelder.
The primaries were sepa-
rated to give lawmakers more
time to compromise on new
congressional district boundar
ies after a GOP-drawn map waschallenged by Democrats.
Ohio’s state, local andU.S. Senate primaries remainin March, but the presiden-tial and U.S. House primariesare scheduled to take place
in June. However, a second
primary election day wouldcost taxpayers an additional$15 million.
“That’s a big con
cern with myself, SpeakerBatchelder and a lot of peo
-ple,” Republican Rep. Matt
Huffman told The ColumbusDispatch. “We’re working onsolving that problem indepen
dently of the map.”
Batchelder told reportersTuesday that a deal on a new
congressional map was unlike
ly this week. today is the filingdeadline for congressional and
presidential candidates and thelast day a deal can be reachedto hold all the primaries inMarch.Dittoe said Republicanshad not yet discussed consoli-
dating the primary with House
Democrats.House Democratic caucusspokeswoman Sarah Bender
said Democrats support hav
ing a single primary, but have
not been approached with spe-
cifics on any deal. She said anApril 24 primary was part of 
a proposed compromise, but
talks have since stalled.Earlier Tuesday, a groupof 38 members of countyboards of election sent a letterto Batchelder urging him to
consolidate the primary. Theycalled a second primary an“undue burden.”
Dems: US Chamberaltered SenatorBrown’s photo in ads
By JULIE CARR SMYTHAssociated Press
Democrats are accusing aleading national business fed
eration of altering a photo of 
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and
misrepresenting one of hisvotes in TV attack ads airing
statewide.Brown, the state’s senior
senator, has been targetedby several national groupsheading into his re-election
bid next year. Democrats say
the latest round of ads, paidfor by the U.S. Chamber of 
Commerce, altered a phototaken by The Associated Press
from color to black-and-white
in a way that makes Brown
look unshaven and haggard.
The party has dubbed the
issue “Picturegate” and isseeking to link it to whatthey say has been a pattern of 
deception by Brown’s likelyRepublican opponent, stateTreasurer Josh Mandel.
“The countless false andmisleading claims made by
Josh Mandel and his spe-
cial-interest friends have
repeatedly been debunkedby numerous non-partisan
organizations, and appar
-ently not just content with
distorting his record they’venow taken to distorting
his picture,” said JustinBarasky, a party spokes-
man. “Instead of repeatedefforts to mislead the public,
(they) should explain why
he refuses to stand up forOhio’s middle class against
bad trade deals and China’s
unfair currency manipula
-tion which hurts our econo-my and costs jobs.”
A message was left seek
ing comment from Mandel’scampaign spokesman.
Chamber spokesman J.P.
Fielder says the organization
didn’t doctor the photo. A
message seeking commentwas left with RevolutionAgency, the Washington,D.C.-based political strategyfirm that produced it.“By the reaction of theBrown campaign and his
Democrat allies, it’s prettyclear what they don’t want
to discuss. They’re runningaway from his record inWashington,” Fielder said.
Brown has only rarely sup-ported the chamber’s eco-
nomic in his voting record,
he said.He said Democrats are
lobbing their attacks to dis
tract from the message of thead, titled “Stop Hiding.” TheTV spot says Brown “sup
ports raising energy taxes” in
policy positions that are kill-
ing Ohio jobs.
Brown has called the adcynical, and its contents “out-
right lies.”
Brown spokeswoman
Meghan Dubyak said the adreferences his vote to endsubsidies for oil companies,
which was not the same as
raising taxes on energy. Thecompanies — BP, Chevron,
ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobiland Royal Dutch Shell —made a combined $101 billion
in profits during the first ninemonths of 2011, she said.
Fielder said there is more
to Brown’s record on energytaxes than the subsidy vote.He also opposed a budgetresolution that would haveprevented the Senate frompassing any legislation thatwould increase energy taxeson individuals earning less
than $200,000.
The photo of a wind-blown Brown squinting in
the sun was taken on July 7,2006. It pictured Brown —
then an Ohio congressmanrunning for Senate — out
-side AK Steel in Middletown,
Ohio, alongside two picket
ing union workers.
“AP licensed the photo,
but did not give permission to
alter it,” AP spokesman Paul
Colford said.Brown was amongDemocratic senators in fivestates targeted by CrossroadsGPS, a Republican super PACwith ties to former George W.
Bush political director Karl
Rove, in a $1.6 million adcampaign in July. The 60Plus Association, a conserva
tive rival to the AARP, aired
$750,000 in ads last month
targeting Brown’s positions
on Medicare.
Ohio slips to36th national
health ranking
has fallen to 36th in an annualhealth ranking of the states.
The United HealthFoundation says Ohio slipped
three places from its No. 33spot in 2010 as smoking andthe percentage of children inpoverty increased.
The study says the state’s
challenges include high levelsof air pollution and relativelylow spending on public healthprograms. Ohio’s strengths
are said to include widespread
immunizations, a low rate of 
deaths on the job and a moder-
ate level of students complet
ing high school.Vermont topped the list asthe healthiest state for the thirdstraight year.
For the 10th year in a row,Mississippi ranked as the leasthealthy state.
Ohio player wins
$250K in MegaMillions game
CLEVELAND (AP) —Someone who bought a ticketin Ohio has won a quarter of 
a million dollars in the latest
Mega Millions drawing.Meanwhile, the top prizein the multistate lottery gamerolls over to an estimated $100million for the next drawing, onFriday. No ticket nationwide
had all the numbers needed to
take the $87 million jackpot upfor grabs on Tuesday.
The Ohio Lottery says a
ticket sold at Ayersville CarryOut in Defiance in northwestOhio matched five numbers
on Tuesday, without the
Mega Ball. That’s good for a$250,000 prize.The winning numbers were:seven, 21, 29, 35 and 49. TheMega Ball was 39, and theMegaplier was four.
Wet fall brings
concern about
spring floods
Experts are already concerned
about big spring flooding inOhio after a sopping-wet fall
that has added to this year’s
rainfall records.The National WeatherService says the ground is super-
saturated the way it normally
is in the spring from melting
winter snow. The weather ser-
vice’s Sarah Jamison tells The(Cleveland) Plain Dealer theworst flooding may be yet to
Coshocton County leads
2011 deer-gun harvest
COLUMBUS — Ohio hunt-
ers took 90,282 white-taileddeer during the state’s popu
lar, week-long deer-gun season,which ran November 28 throughDecember 4, according to theOhio Department of NaturalResources (ODNR), Divisionof Wildlife. In 2010, hunterschecked a total of 105,034 deerduring the same time period.“Hunters clearly took advan
tage of the weather as the weekprogressed. They trimmed thedeficit from last season from39% on opening day, to 14%by the close of the season onSunday, “said Mike Tonkovich,ODNR, Division of Wildlife
deer project leader. “While
other factors may have been at
work, it is clear that extreme
weather – good or bad – onkey harvest days can have asignificant impact on the bot
-tom line.”
Counties reporting the high
est numbers of deer brought to
Ohio check stations last week
included Coshocton-3,690,Muskingum-3,223,Tuscarawas-3,180,Guernsey-2,982, Harrison-2,772,Licking-2,678, Knox-2,480,
Belmont-2,431, Carroll-2,252, and
Hunters must still report
their deer harvest, but theyare no longer required to take
their deer to a check station
for physical inspection. Instead,hunters have three options to
complete the new automated
game check:
· On the Internet at wildohio.com.
· By telephone at 1-877-TAG-ITOH (1-877-824-4864). Thisoption is only available to thosewho are required to have a deer
permit to hunt deer.
· At all license agents. A listof these agents can be foundat wildohio.com or by calling1-800-WILDLIFE.
All three check-in methods
are being used during the deer-gun season, with 41 percent of hunters using the phone meth
od. Hunters checking in via the
Internet are second at 36 per-
cent followed by those travelingto a license agent’s location (23percent) to check in their game.Hunters still have one week
end of deer-gun hunting, Dec.17-18, and nine weeks of archeryhunting in Ohio. Archery sea
-son remains open until February
5, 2012. The statewide muzzle
loader deer-hunting season will
be held Jan. 7-10.
Donations of extra veni
son are encouraged and willbe accepted through the entiredeer season, ending on Feb.5 to organizations assistingOhioans in need. The divisionof Wildlife is collaborating withFarmers and Hunters Feedingthe Hungry to help pay the pro
cessing cost as long as the deerare taken to a participating pro
cessor. Counties being servedby this program can be foundonline at www.fhfh.org.
Ohio eyed possible home for 6 animals
and federal regulators have
inspected a potential new home
for six creatures kept at theColumbus zoo since their sui
cidal owner released dozens of 
exotic animals that were sub-sequently killed by authorities,
according to public records
obtained by The AssociatedPress.Three leopards, two pri-
mates and a grizzly bear thatsurvived the October hunt nearZanesville are being cared forat the zoo under a state-issued
quarantine order. It’s unclear
where they’ll end up if the orderis lifted and they’re returned to
the owner’s widow.
“We kind of know that’scoming, but right now we’rekind of just focused on mak
ing sure that the animals arehealthy,” said Erica Pitchford,an Ohio Department of Agriculture spokeswoman.Terry Thompson freed bears,lions, endangered Bengal tigersand other animals on Oct. 18before killing himself. Emailssent by state officials showthey initially believed Marian
Thompson planned to take the
surviving animals to Stump
Hill Farm near Massillon in
northeast Ohio, which cares forand exhibits native and exoticanimals ranging from tigers to
coyotes to parrots.
In anticipation of that move,regulators visited the 8-acrefarm on Oct. 24 and asked itto address several problems,including needed repairs on
animal enclosures and perches
and gaps below gates in theperimeter fencing, accordingto inspection records from theU.S. Department of Agriculture,which enforces the federalAnimal Welfare Act.
Cyndi Huntsman, who oper-
ates Stump Hill with her family,
said she knew the Thompsons
for years, had cared for someof their animals at her farmand had helped rebuild cages
and clean up the Thompson
property three years ago. Shesaid she had offered to take thesurviving animals in October,
but Marian Thompson decidedshe’d rather take them back to
Zanesville instead.Huntsman said her farm hasmade repairs and changes toaddress regulators’ concernsand she’s open to taking theanimals if Thompson changes
her mind.

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