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Friday, December 30, 2011 The Herald –3
Teen chargedwith murder inalleged assaultWoman chargedwith murderinggrandmother
CINCINNATI (AP) — Asouthwest Ohio prosecutorThursday charged a 17-year-oldboy with murder after a youth heis accused of assaulting at a grouphome died from his injuries.Butler County ProsecutorMike Gmoser said 16-year-oldAnthony Parker’s death “result-ed from a brutal, unjustifiedassault.” He said an autopsyshowed Parker died from bluntforce trauma to his head.The Cincinnati Children’sHospital Medical Center saidParker died Wednesday night.He had been taken to the hospi-tal Dec. 19.Fairfield Township policehave said Parker was body-slammed to the floor and hit hishead in a dispute over a flash-light. Gmoser said the deathresulted from an attack againstParker, not from a fight.The older boy had been heldin a juvenile detention center ona charge of aggravated assault.Gmoser said the next stepswill be to have the youth’s casemoved to adult court, and thento take it before a grand jury.He didn’t release the boy’sname because he is still in the juvenile system.Gmoser said he applied themurder charge because the deathresulted from a felonious assault.With a conviction, the murdercount carries a potential sentenceof 15 years to life in prison.The boys were at One WayFarm, a nonprofit group home forchildren who have been abused,neglected, have disabilities orare otherwise troubled. Officialsthere said it was the first time analtercation has resulted in death;nearly 9,000 children have beencared for in the home’s 34 yearsof operation.The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, whichlicenses the home, began inves-tigating “shortly after this trag-ic incident,” spokesman BenJohnson said Thursday. “It isdifficult to say when that inves-tigation will conclude, becausethe criminal investigation takesprecedence.”CINCINNATI (AP) — Awoman accused of beatingher 86-year-old grandmotherto death and stealing her TVto sell it for drug money wasindicted Thursday on aggravat-ed murder and other charges insouthwest Ohio.The grandmother, MaryMuha, was found dead at herhome in Washington Township,a Dayton suburb, on Dec. 20.The indictment indicates shedied between Dec. 16 and Dec.20, prosecutor’s spokesmanGreg Flannagan said.Aisha Sanders sold hergrandmother’s TV to get themoney for drugs and took hergrandmother’s car, prosecutorssaid. Authorities found Sanderson Dec. 21 in Preble County inher grandmother’s car, whichhad run out of gas, they said.A Montgomery Countygrand jury in Dayton indictedSanders on one count of aggra-vated murder with prior calcu-lation and design and one countof aggravated murder duringthe commission of an aggra-vated robbery, prosecutorssaid. Sanders also was indictedon two counts of aggravatedrobbery and one count of tam-pering with evidence in theslaying of her grandmother,they said.
Ohio prepares to privatizesome state prisons
By JULIE CARR SMYTHAssociated Press
MARION — David Kahwill report to the same jobin the same training kitchenat Ohio’s 17-year-old stateprison in Marion in January— but much about his life willbe changed.Kah (pronounced KAY) isleaving the public payroll andtaking a job with Management& Training Corp., theCenterville, Utah-based pris-on vendor that takes overoperation of North CentralCorrectional Institution onSaturday. The longtime culi-nary arts instructor, who’s67, says he’ll see significantreductions in pay and vacationdays, but he’s looking forwardto the new operator’s plans forhis program.Ohio turns over the keysto MTC at 10 p.m. Dec. 31,the start of the last shift beforethe management transfer. Theprison is among five state facil-ities seeing management oroperations changes that nightin a consolidation and priva-tization effort by RepublicanGov. John Kasich.“Everybody’s a little anx-ious,” Kah said. “Any timeyou go from a union, unionsare just a lot different, so whenyou work for the private guythey’re going to do things alittle different. But really I’mexcited about it.”NCCI will be merged withan adjacent previously shut-tered juvenile prison as partof the changes. The result-ing camp will be renamedNorth Central CorrectionalComplex.In other changes, the pre-viously private North CoastCorrectional TreatmentFacility in Lorain County willbe returned to state control andmerged into one complex withadjacent Grafton CorrectionalInstitution.Kasich put five state pris-ons on the block, but onlythe privately-run Lake ErieCorrectional Institution inConneaut was sold. It wasbought by CorrectionsCorporation of America, thenation’s largest prison vendor,for $72.7 million in the firstdeal of its kind in the nation.CCA already ran the facility.The sale generated morethan enough to close a $50million prison budget gapthat loomed, so other offerswere rejected and the ensuingmanagement changes wereannounced. The state says thechanges will bring ongoingsavings of $13 million a year.The savings will be real-ized even as the state adds702 beds to its overcrowded50,200-inmate prison system,said prisons spokesman CarloLoParo.Annette Chambers-Smith,deputy administration direc-tor at the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction,says the bulk of the savingscome from more liberal staff-ing requirements allowed atprivate institutions, wherefewer employees can bescheduled to cover vacations,sick days, and absences fortraining and other work-relat-ed matters than under publicunion contracts.No state prison work-ers lost jobs in the move. AtNorth Central, MTC has hired70 employees to stay, 297transferred to other state jobs,and eight retired.Tim Roberts, presidentof the Ohio Civil ServiceEmployees Association’s cor-rections assembly, met withprison officials Wednesday.The union disagrees withthe privatization effort, butis working to assure thingsgo well for both the roughly2,300 inmates and about 350staff, he said.“If I’ve been at a facilityfor 20 years, and all of thesudden I’m being uprooted— some have to go as far asMansfield, Marysville, Lima— there’s not an excitementabout that,” he said.Kah says he will collect hispublic pension while workingfor MTC to cushion the blowof a pay cut. He noted manyothers staying on are retirees.“I just want to pay myhouse off, plus I felt too goodto retire,” he said. “What theyoffered me financially was abig hit, nevertheless it’s anexcellent wage if you want tobe part-time. It was just a wayto make some extra money.”Many younger workersopted to take transfers offeredby the department, though notalways happily.NCCI instructor NateConrad says he received a“lackluster offer” from MTCto continue his award-winninghorticulture-skills trainingprogram. So he’ll transfer toLorain Correctional Institutionin Grafton, about a two-hourdrive, to teach other subjects.“It will be rewarding, butnot in the way I’m used to,in the way I like,” he said.“I’m looking at going back toschool for a Ph.D.”The luckiest employees— generally the most vet-eran — are transferring nextdoor to Marion CorrectionalInstitution, a 57-year-oldstate-owned facility.Healthcare AdministratorPolly Schmalz calls thata positive: “That’s where Istarted, so it’s kind of likegoing home.”Transferring informationon inmates’ ongoing healthneeds is one of the many jobs that must be done beforethe transition. State prisonsdirector Gary Mohr said thedepartment has held a week-ly conference call to discussthe changes for the past threemonths.Spokesman Issa Arnitasaid MTC will retain mostprison programs — includ-ing Conrad’s horticultureprogram, Kah’s culinary artsprogram, and college coursestaught by faculty from nearbyMarion Technical College.Some things will change:Medical services provided byOhio State University maynot be re-commissioned, andfood service is to be out-sourced. LoParo said thestate assured in its contractlanguage that fundamentalservices and programmingwould remain.
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“I got my bachelor’s degreein social work. For a handful of years after college, when I wasfirst married, I worked in socialwork and that wasn’t for me,”she said. “When I was given anopportunity to get out of that, I jumped at it.”While Cressman’s job is onethat varies from day to day andseason to season, there are stillsome functions she must per-form on a regular basis.“All of us here at the librarystill work the counter and answerphones,” she said. “I also haveto do a lot of ordering and pro-cessing books. I search for pro-gram ideas, too, for after-schoolprograms and the summer read-ing program. Occasionally, thequestion of whether or not wecan do a certain program popsup and it’s usually a questionof logistics. We have to askourselves things like: ‘do wehave enough space to do this?’,or ‘how many children do wehave signed up?’ We may havea great idea and be unable touse it. We also share a lot of stuff with other libraries. We’reconstantly trading ideas, takingtheir ideas and making them ourown to fit our library. No twolibraries are alike.”Cressman loves being sur-rounded by books all day butsays her favorite part of the jobis working with children.“The time I spend withthe children is probably myfavorite part, whether it’swith the little ones duringstory time or doing projectswith the school-age kids,” shecontinued. “A close secondfor me would be develop-ing the collections. That’s thepart of my job where I decidewhat to buy and where to putit, figuring out where it willget the best use.”Cressman says her leastfavorite part of the job is whatlibrary personnel call “weed-ing.”“With weeding, you’re basi-cally doing just what you’ddo in the garden,” Cressmansaid. “You’re going through theshelves and deciding what’s nolonger popular or relative. Itcould be a good book that justsits there and never gets read.You have to do that occasion-ally to make room for newerbooks that you know peoplewill want to read. The wholeprocess is time-consuming andsince it’s not as important asother aspects of my job, it usu-ally gets saved for last.”Having dealt with manylarge groups of Delphos chil-dren over the years, Cressmanfeels the parents and familiesof the community deserve herthanks.“The parents and familiesin Delphos have really done agreat job raising their children,”she said. “When I’m with thekids, even if it’s a group of 100in one of the summer programs,they’re very easy to work withand very respectful. Sure, theyget loud and have fun but that’swhat they’re here for. I justreally appreciate that I can counton these kids to be on their bestbehavior and that’s because theycome from good families.”Cressman, who was raisedin Lima, has lived in Delphosfor 27 years. She and her hus-band have two grown childrenand one grandchild.“I’m hoping to have mygrandson Dalton in some of my toddler programs soon,” sheconcluded. “That’s somethingI’ve really been looking for-ward to for a long time.”
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standard. Should it go forward,this plan would support a 2-3day delivery standard. Thismeans first class mail wouldnot have an overnight expecta-tion. So, when you mail some-thing from Delphos to a nearbycommunity, right now, youexpect it to be there the nextday and it usually is, but if theToledo plant closes, it wouldbe 2 or 3 days,” he said.Van Allen stresses this ismerely a proposal and no finaldecision has been made. OtherOhio processing centers beingconsidered for closure includeAkron, Athens, Canton,Chillicothe, Cincinnati, Dayton,Steubenville and Youngstown.The post office heavily-argues its decline in mail useon the part of the general pub-lic, as well as the $5.5 billionit is mandated to pre-pay forretiree benefits over 10 years. Itsays mail volume has declinedby 43 billion pieces in the lastfive years and continues todecline. Total First class mailhas dropped by 25 percent andis not expected to return topeak levels when the economyfully recovers.Senator Sherrod Brown andseveral others in Congress haveplaced a moratorium on anyfinal decisions until May 15. Intheory, this gives the USPS timeto consider other options butit also gives Congress time tomake decisions concerning thefinancial hardship of pre-payingretiree benefits totaling $5.5 bil-lion. The postal service says itwould return to making profit if that component of its crisis werenot part of the picture.The post office is acceptingwritten statements about theproposal that may be mailed byJan. 13 to Manager of Consumerand Industry Contact, NorthernOhio District, 2400 OrangeAve., Room 25, Cleveland OH44101.
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The department also makesit a regular practice to inspectsewer lines with a camera to seeif any repairs are needed. Temensaid 5,500 feet of sewer linewere inspected in this manner.He also said 26 catch basins wererepaired, 6 manholes were tend-ed to and 15 sinkholes fixed.It also supplied materials forthe Delphos Stadium Club’ssidewalk improvement project.This included 5 catch basins andpiping.“We put in new blowersand they save us money butthere’s room for improvement.So, we’re trying to custom fitthe programming that controlsthe blowers to get the most bangfor our buck,” he said. “We alsohave the solar panels and figuredup that we saved about 50,000kilowatt hours. This reduced ourCO2 emissions by 35,000 kilo-grams and saved us somewherebetween $7,000 and $8,000.That’s not a lot, compared toour budget but it helps and thecommunity needs to rememberthose were paid for with grantmoney.”
Ohio Right to Life to replace exec. director
By JULIE CARR SMYTHThe Associated Press
COLUMBUS — The anti-abortion group Ohio Right toLife is seeking a new execu-tive director after a tumultu-ous year of feuding inside theanti-abortion community.In a statement Thursday,board chairman MarshalPitchford said the openingfollows a decision to ele-vate current director MikeGonidakis into a new role.Gonidakis will be the group’spoint person on nationalissues, oversee its politicalaction committee and advisestaff members on state legis-lative matters.Pitchford characterized themove as “strategic restructur-ing” of the state’s oldest andlargest anti-abortion group.“Due to the historic suc-cess we realized in 2011and the unexpected growthof Ohio Right to Life, wehave determined that elevat-ing Mike Gonidakis’ posi-tion while engaging an addi-tional pro-life advocate willbest position our efforts toprotect mothers and save theunborn,” his statement said.Gonidakis’ leadership hasbeen criticized by some anti-abortion activists who havedefected from Right to Lifethis year and have joinedforces with a rival coalitionbacking a bill banning mostabortions at the first detect-able fetal heartbeat.Some of those who disaf-filiated linked their decisionsto Ohio Right to Life’s deci-sion to remain neutral on theso-called Heartbeat Bill outof concern that it was uncon-stitutional. Among those whodefected was Jack Willke,a Cincinnati physician whohelped start Ohio Right toLife and launch the nationalmovement against abortion.Ohio Right to Life coun-tered the defections withannouncements of the forma-tion of several new countychapters of its own organiza-tion.Despite an unusuallyintensive lobbying effortthat featured balloon deliv-eries, prayer meetings andStatehouse flyovers, theHeartbeat Bill stalled in thestate Senate before the holi-day break.Gonidakis said Thursdayhe was excited about his newrole. He said it represents apromotion, not any type of discipline.Ohio Right to Life is lead-ing a 50-state effort to passstate legislation requiringpregnant women to view orlisten to the fetal heartbeatsbefore consenting to abor-tions, which will be amongGonidakis’ new advocacypriorities.Promoters of the 50-stateeffort say the measure stopsshort of protecting the unbornthrough abortion restrictions,but Right to Life has coun-tered the measure has a bet-ter chance of withstanding acourt challenge.Gonidakis said he alsowill be working to keep theabortion issue in the publiceye during next year’s presi-dential election.Abortion rights groupsoppose both heartbeat billsas too restrictive on wom-en’s rights to make their ownhealth decisions.