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 Each year at this time The Herald staff takes a look back at the happenings in the areain the past year. Here is thethird of four year-end wra- pups.
JulyJuly 9
Betty Ford, the formerfirst lady whose triumph overalcohol and drug addictionbecame a beacon of hope foraddicts and the inspirationfor her Betty Ford Center,died at the age of 93. Herhusband, former PresidentGerald Ford, preceded her indeath in 2006.
July 12
It was announced thatMark Fuerst would take thehelm at Franklin and LandeckElementary schools as princi-pal in August 2011. Twinningthe schools was done to savethe district $20,000 per yearduring Fuerst’s contract.Former Franklin PrincipalDamon Ulm accepted a posi-tion to teach fifth grade atLandeck for the 2011-12school year.
July 22
Hundreds of spectatorsbraved the heat to line MainStreet in Ottawa to wel-come the Vietnam MemorialTraveling Wall to town. Ledby approximately 700-800motorcycles, the wall leftFindlay around 6 p.m. andmade its way to Ottawa at7 p.m., where it was dis-played at the Putnam CountyFairgrounds for three days.
July 29
After a local resident wasassaulted in her home onDewey Street by a neighborunder the influence of thedesigner drug “bath salts,”the City of Delphos madea pledge to “clean up” theneighborhood.
July 30
Martin Krutak took over asStore Manager of ALCO afterWil Baughn retired. Krutakhad trained at the Delphosstore three years previous andhad served as manager of theDelphi store in Indiana. Priorto his training with ALCO,Krutak spent 17 years man-aging retail locations in FortLauderdale.
AugustAug. 10
The Delphos PublicLibrary Board of Trusteesheld its first meeting in therecently purchased and reno-vated building on First Street.The board named the build-ing “The First Edition.”
Aug. 11
The National FFAOrganization announced fourDelphos FFA members werechosen as finalists for theNational FFA ProficiencyAwards. The four chosenwere Chad Hoersten, CoryOsting, Jason Michel andDulton Moore.
Aug. 12
The Delphos OptimistClub named Delphos Fireand Rescue Platoon Chief Kevin Streets its “Firefighterof the Year.” He was nomi-nated for the honor by Chief Dave McNeal and chosen bythe Optimist Respect for theLaw Committee. Streets alsoserves the EMS as an EMT-Basic.
Aug. 13
Work officially startedon the sixth Habitat homein Delphos. Future residentSusie Bonifas helped severalvolunteers frame the house.“I am so excited to be ahomeowner again,” she said.“It’s been a long time. Myson, Anthony, is also excitedabout having his own room.”
Aug. 18
Trevor Kroeger was cho-sen as the Delphos Knightsof Columbus Council 1362Youth of the Year for the2010-11 fraternal year.Kroeger planned to attend theUniversity of Cincinnati’sCollege Conservatory of Music to study music educa-tion in hopes of pursuing acareer in opera conducting.He was presented with a $300reward by Grand Knight JimMesker.During a special meet-ing, the Delphos CitySchools Board of Educationaccepted the resignation of Superintendent Jeff Price andthanked him for his four yearsof service. Price accepted theposition with the district in2007 and led the school dis-trict to obtain its first “excel-
By STACY TAFFstaff@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — WhenDenise Cressman appliedfor a position at the DelphosPublic Library 13 years ago,she was given one that com-bined two loves: books andworking with children.“I applied for any positionthat was available because I’ma bibliophile. I love books;always have,” she said. “Theycalled me and I was offeredthe position for children’slibrarian and that was perfectfor me. I had done some sub-stitute teaching before thatand I worked at a children’sbook store while my kidswere growing up, so I wasat home with children andchildren’s literature. Most of the preparation for the posi-tion was on-the-job trainingbut having been in chargeof large groups of childrenand having experience withchildren’s literature has reallybeen a help.”Prior to her work with thelibrary and substitute teach-ing, Cressman said she hadstarted on a much differentcareer path.
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30, 2011
50¢ dailyDelphos, Ohio
Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
Ohio to start privatizing prisons, p3 Marion Harding results, p6
Obituaries 2State/Local 3Politics 4Community 5Sports 6-7Church 8Classifieds 10TV 11
Mostly sunnySaturday withhigh in mid40s and lowin upper 30swith 20 per-cent chance of rain NewYear’s Eve. See page 2.
File photos
sixth-grader Skylar Gutman holds a boa constric-tor during the Elida FFA Apple Butter Day Nature Tourin September.Delphos firefighters line up at the Veterans Memorial Park to help mark the 10thanniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.Stadium Park was filled with hundreds of residents as the city celebrated Fourth of Julywith the Delphos Kiwanis Club.See WRAPUP, page 12
Wastewater completes twosewer projects in 2011
BY MIKE FORDmford@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — As citydepartments look back at2011, Wastewater DirectorTodd Temen is happy to havecompleted a couple sewerprojects in addition to regularmaintenance work.“We completed the Menkesewer project where we cor-rected a bad spot in our col-lection system,” he said “Itwas in the creek bed thereon SR 66; we were gettingsome infiltration because ithad some cracks. Anytime thecreek rose, it would flow intothe sewer, making the stationwork harder and we’d haveexcessive flow. That wasfunded with an 80/20 matchOhio Public Works grant.”The other project was nearErie Street.“We also installed 230feet of 8-inch sanitary linewith the Erie Street sewerproject, which was 100 per-cent funded with CommunityDevelopment Block Grantmoney,” he said.Temen said his departmentcleaned 11,759 feet of com-bined sewer line around thecommunity throughout theyear.“They go out with a jettertruck and clean the debrissediments with a high pres-sure stream of water, thenvacuum it up. That increasesour capacity and allows linesto flow freely to the plant.It allows the system to drainquicker instead of backingup,” he said.
US Postal Service:Here we go again?
BY MIKE FORDmford@delphosherald.com
TOLEDO — In a flash-back to January 2010, UnitedStates Post Office workers andresidents vigorously opposedthe proposed closure of themail processing center hereduring a meeting Thursdaynight at the Stranahan Theaterwith several hundred in atten-dance. A similar meeting washeld nearly two years agoat Lima Senior High Schoolwhen Chu Falling Star of the USPS district office inCincinnati announced the clo-sure of the Lima Processingand Distribution Center.Toledo employees questionedthe dollar figures the postalservice claims it will save,much like Lima employeeshad. The USPS claims it willsave more than $19 millionby processing Northwest andWest Central Ohio mail inColumbus and Detroit.Delphos residents may bethinking something like “herewe go again” after bad expe-riences with lost mail and latemail after the Lima facilityclosed in October 2010. Thataction on the part of the post-al service is something it nowadmits did not go well.“Admittedly, Limadidn’t go well at all,” saidRepresentative David VanAllen. “We learned from it,though, and those mistakeswon’t be repeated. Lima is abad mark on our process butthis has been done aroundthe country and the rest havegone quite smoothly.”He said the Lima closurewas handled by one arm of the USPS but the Toledostudy is part of a nationalArea Mail Processing studyconducted by another arm of the postal service.“The plan announced Sept.15 was driven by headquar-ters and that was a new plananalyzing 252 plants acrossthe United States. We’vebeen consolidating process-ing plants for several yearsand Lima had been identi-fied in that process. However,with the huge deficits of thelast three years, we have toget more aggressive in ourapproach,” he said.Between the aftermath of the Lima closure and whatwould happen if Toledocloses, Van Allen says thetwo are not exactly alike butlocal mail remaining in thearea would be delivered moreslowly than residents are usedto.“Part of the problem withLima was that AMP studysupported a 1-3 day service
See USPS, page 3See PROJECTS, page 3See CRESSMAN, page 3
“Admittedly, Lima didn’t gowell at all. Welearned from it, though, and thosemistakes won’t berepeated. Limais a bad markon our processbut this has beendone around thecountry and therest have gonequite smoothly.”
David Van Allen.USPS representative
It’s My Job
Denise Cressman
Library perfect fit forbibliophile Cressman
Today’s Slate
Boys BasketballSt. John’s at VanWert, 6 p.m.Jefferson atColdwater, 6 p.m.Ottoville atLincolnview, 6 p.m.New Knoxville atSpencerville, 6 p.m.Ada at Kalida, 6 p.m.(ppd. from Dec. 2)Columbus Grove vs.Ottawa-Glandorf (StrohCenter, BGSU), 7 p.m.Miller City atCrestview, 6 p.m.Girls BasketballLincolnview at ParkwayHoliday Tournament, TBAWrestlingSpencerville at LCCHoliday Tournament,9:30 a.m.Van Wert at GMVHoliday Tournament, 11 a.m.A benefit for MarySchramm to help defray med-ical expenses from battlingcancer will be held from noonto 6 p.m. Sunday at VFWPost 3035, 213 W. Fourth St.,Delphos. The meal includes:sausage, mashed potatoes,kraut, beef and noodles,roll and dessert for $6.A DJ, raffles and a50/50 are also planned.
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 New Year’s Eve  Family Special
 Noon till 6 p.m.
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can pick up theirawards in their school offices.St. John’s Scholar of theDay is AliciaBuettner.CongratulationsAlicia!Jefferson’s Scholar of theDay is DonavonCatlett.CongratulationsDonavon!
Scholars of the Day
2 The Herald Friday, December 30, 2011
For The Record
The DelphosHerald
Vol. 142 No. 153
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald, Inc.Don Hemple,advertising manager
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2 dead, 61 hurt in 40-vehicleNew Orleans pileup
Delphos weather
Corn: $6.28Wheat: $6.22Beans: $11.61
A girl was born Dec. 29 toJason and Jennifer Bockey of Delphos.
By JANETMcCONNAUGHEYThe Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS — Twomen died and 61 other peoplewere injured Thursday in apre-dawn pileup involvingabout 40 cars, vans and othervehicles on a busy interstatethat crosses New Orleans,closing the route for hoursboth ways, police said.Drivers said they droveinto thick smoke or fog thatabruptly limited visibility onwestbound lanes of Interstate10 heading across easternNew Orleans. Those whocame upon the scene said theyheard injured motorists plead-ing for assistance.“You just hear all kinds of calls and people screamingfor help,” tow truck driverWesley Ratcliff told localbroadcaster WWL-TV. In 13years responding to wrecks,he added, “this is the worstI’ve ever seen it.”Officer Garry Flot, a policespokesman, would not talkabout possible causes, includ-ing whether those may haveincluded smoke or fog.All lanes were reopenedlate Thursday afternoon as theinvestigation continued, let-ting commuters head home atrush hour.The highway is heavilytrafficked, a major corridor forthousands of commuters whoenter New Orleans each dayfrom its eastern suburbs andthe Mississippi Gulf Coast.Those driving the route at thetime of the wrecks said theysuddenly found themselves inutter darkness, unable to seethe lights of cars ahead.“I thought it was fog;my husband thought it wassmoke,” Stacie Williams toldWWL-TV. “Cars were driv-ing in front of us and beforeyou know it, it seemed as if they had dropped off the faceof the Earth.”Seven people were taken tosouth Louisiana’s top traumacenter, where several were incritical condition, said MarvinMcGraw, spokesman for theInterim LSU Public Hospital.Flot said 25 people weretaken to hospitals with injuriesranging from minor to critical.He said they included a 62ndinjured person — a firefight-er whose face was cut whileworking at the scene. Flot said37 others refused treatmentfor minor injuries.The police spokesmanwouldn’t say whether policebelieve smoke or fog contrib-uted to the wreck, noting theinvestigation is ongoing.He said the dead werea pickup truck driver and a54-year-old passenger inanother pickup, both fromLouisiana. He wouldn’t saywhether their pickup truckswere among the first vehiclesto crash or part of the pileupthat followed.Cars, tractor-trailers, vansand other vehicles collided onlanes approaching the city’sbusiness district. Eastboundlanes were closed to let emer-gency vehicles get in, andtraffic was detoured off thehighway through morningrush hour and well into theafternoon.Interstate 10 stretches fromFlorida to California and is amajor corridor for commercialtruck traffic.High temperature Thursdayin Delphos was 47 degrees,low was 29. Rainfall wasrecorded at .02 inch. High ayear ago today was 47, lowwas 34. Record high for todayis 66, set in 1965. Record lowis -13, set in 1983.
US finalizes deal to sellF-15s to Saudi Arabia
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WEDNESDAY NIGHT:Partly cloudy with low inmid 20s.THURSDAY: Partlycloudy with high in mid 30s.By JULIE PACEThe Associated Press
HONOLULU — Thesale of $30 billion worth of F-15SA fighter jets to SaudiArabia has been finalized,the Obama administrationsaid Thursday, boosting themilitary strength of a keyU.S. ally in the Middle Eastto help counter Iran.Under the agreement,the U.S. will send SaudiArabia 84 new fighter jetsand upgrades for 70 more.Production of the aircraft,which will be manufacturedby Boeing Co., will sup-port 50,000 jobs and havea $3.5 billion annual eco-nomic impact in the U.S.,the White House said.The sale is part of alarger U.S. effort to realignits defense policies in thePersian Gulf to keep Iranin check. The announce-ment came as U.S. officialsweighed a fresh threat fromTehran, which warned thisweek it could disrupt traf-fic through the Strait of Hormuz, a vital PersianGulf oil transport route,if Washington levies newsanctions targeting Iran’scrude exports.Administration offi-cials said the timing of Thursday’s announcementwas not tied to the newthreat from Tehran. Butthey did make clear that thefighter jet sale would helpSaudi Arabia counter poten-tial troubles with Iran.“This sale will send astrong message to coun-tries in the region that theUnited States is committedto stability in the Gulf andbroader Middle East,” saidU.S. Assistant Secretary of State Andrew Shapiro. “Itwill enhance Saudi Arabia’sability to deter and defendagainst external threats toits sovereignty.”The fighter jet sale ispart of a larger 10-year, $60billion arms deal with SaudiArabia that also includeshelicopters, a broad array of missiles, bombs and deliv-ery systems, as well as radarwarning systems and night-vision goggles. Congressgave the deal the go-aheadabout a year ago.The plan initially raisedconcerns from pro-Israelilawmakers, but U.S. offi-cials reassured Congress thatIsrael’s military edge wouldnot be undercut by the sale.Additionally, there is nowbroad agreement amongIsrael, the Gulf Arab statesand the West that Iran posesa significant and unpredict-able threat.Saudi Arabia and Iranare bitter regional rivals.Tensions between them werefurther stoked earlier thisyear after the U.S. accusedIran of plotting to assassi-nate the Saudi ambassadorto the U.S. in Washington.Saudi Arabia is alreadythe most militarily advancedof the Arab Gulf states, oneof the richest countries inthe world, and central toAmerican policy in theMiddle East. It is also vitalto U.S. energy security, withSaudi Arabia ranking as thethird-largest source of U.S.oil imports.But relations between theU.S. and Saudi Arabia grewfrosty earlier this year, asthe allies found themselvesat odds during the proteststhat swept through the Arabworld. The Obama admin-istration angered the Saudisby pulling support from for-mer Egyptian leader HosniMubarak, a longtime ally of both countries. And the U.S.bristled when Saudi Arabiasent troops into Bahrain toquell protests there.The White Houseannounced the agreementwith Saudi Arabia fromHawaii, where PresidentBarack Obama is vacation-ing.
“This sale willsend a strong mes-sage to countriesin the region thatthe United Statesis committed tostability in theGulf and broaderMiddle East. Itwill enhance SaudiArabia’s abil-ity to deter anddefend againstexternal threats toits sovereignty.”
— U.S. AssistantSecretary of StateAndrew Shapiro
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Hundreds of thousandsof Syriansprotest govt
BEIRUT (AP) — Hundredsof thousands of Syrianspoured into the streets acrossthe nation today in the largestprotests in months, shoutingfor the downfall of the regimein a defiant display invigo-rated by the presence of Arabobservers, activists said.Despite the presence of themonitors, activists said Syrianforces killed at least 19 peo-ple, most of them shot duringanti-government protests.Rami Abdul-Raham, whoheads the British-based SyrianObservatory for Human Rights,said the crowds were largesttoday in Idlib and Hama prov-inces, with 250,000 peopleeach. Other massive rallieswere held in Daraa provinceand the Damascus suburb of Douma, he said.The ongoing violence inSyria, and new questions aboutthe human rights record of thehead of the Arab League moni-tors, are reinforcing the opposi-tion’s view that Syria’s limitedcooperation with the observersis nothing more than a ployby President Bashar Assad’sregime to buy time and fore-stall more international con-demnation and sanctions.There is broad concernabout whether Arab Leaguemember states, with some of the world’s poorest humanrights records, were fit forthe mission to monitor com-pliance with a plan to endto the crackdown on politicalopponents by security forces.The United Nations says some5,000 people have been killedin the government campaignsince March.One of Assad’s few remainallies, Russia, voiced itsapproval of the observer mis-sion so far, saying the situationwas “reassuring.” At the sametime, a group of dissident sol-diers who joined the opposi-tion announced it has haltedattacks on regime troops sincethe observers arrived in a bidto avoid fueling governmentclaims that it is facing armed“terrorists” rather than peace-ful protesters.
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By The Associated Press
Today is Friday, Dec. 30,the 364th day of 2011. Thereis one day left in the year.
Today’s Highlight inHistory:
On Dec. 30, 1936, theUnited Auto Workers unionstaged its first “sit-down”strike at the General MotorsFisher Body Plant No. 1 inFlint, Mich. (The strike lasteduntil Feb. 11, 1937.)
On this date:
In 1813, the British burnedBuffalo, N.Y., during the Warof 1812.In 1853, the United Statesand Mexico signed a treatyunder which the U.S. agreedto buy some 45,000 squaremiles of land from Mexico for$10 million in a deal known asthe Gadsden Purchase.In 1860, 10 days after SouthCarolina seceded from theUnion, the state militia seizedthe United States Arsenal inCharleston.In 1903, about 600 peopledied when fire broke out atthe recently opened IroquoisTheater in Chicago.In 1922, Vladimir I. Leninproclaimed the establish-ment of the Union of SovietSocialist Republics.In 1940, California’s firstfreeway, the Arroyo SecoParkway connecting LosAngeles and Pasadena, wasofficially opened by Gov.Culbert L. Olson.In 1948, the Cole Portermusical “Kiss Me, Kate”opened on Broadway.In 1965, Ferdinand Marcoswas inaugurated for his firstterm as president of thePhilippines.In 1972, the United Stateshalted its heavy bombing of North Vietnam.In 1994, a gunman walkedinto a pair of suburban Bostonabortion clinics and openedfire, killing two employees.(John C. Salvi III was laterconvicted of murder; he diedin prison, an apparent sui-cide.)
Ten years ago:
Argentina’sinterim president, AdolfoRodriguez Saa (sah), resignedafter seven days in office,charging that his Peronistparty had abandoned him.
Five years ago:
Iraqisawoke to news that SaddamHussein had been hanged;victims of his three decadesof autocratic rule took to thestreets to celebrate. A statefuneral service was held inthe U.S. Capitol Rotunda forformer President Gerald R.Ford. More than 8,500 JamesBrown fans filled an arena inAugusta, Ga., for a final, joy-ful farewell to the “Godfatherof Soul.” Gerald “Wash”Washington, the first blackmayor-elect of Westlake, La.,was found shot to death in aparking lot; authorities ruledhis death a suicide, a conclu-sion disputed by his family.
One year ago:
RepublicanLisa Murkowski was official-ly named winner of Alaska’sU.S. Senate race followinga period of legal fights andlimbo that had lasted longerthan the write-in campaign shewaged to keep her job. FormerIsrael President Moshe Katsavwas convicted of raping anemployee when he was aCabinet minister (he is serv-ing a seven-year sentence).Top-ranked Connecticut’srecord 90-game winningstreak in women’s basketballended when No. 9 Stanfordoutplayed the Huskies in a71-59 victory at MaplesPavilion. Bobby Farrell, 61,of the pop-disco group BoneyM, died while on tour in St.Petersburg, Russia. VeteranU.S. diplomat Barry Zorthian,90, died in Washington.
Today’s Birthdays:
ActorJoseph Bologna is 77. ActorRuss Tamblyn is 77. BaseballHall-of-Famer Sandy Koufax is76. Actor Jack Riley is 76. Folksinger Noel Paul Stookey is74. TV director James Burrowsis 71. Actor Fred Ward is 69.Singer-musician MichaelNesmith is 69. Singer DavyJones is 66. Actress ConcettaTomei (toh-MAY’) is 66. SingerPatti Smith is 65. Rock sing-er-musician Jeff Lynne is 64.TV host Meredith Vieira is 58.Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph is 56.Actress Patricia Kalember is 55.Country singer Suzy Boggussis 55. “Today” show co-hostMatt Lauer is 54. Actress-comedian Tracey Ullman is 52.Rock musician Rob Hotchkissis 51. Radio-TV commentatorSean Hannity is 50. SprinterBen Johnson is 50. NBA playerLeBron James is 27.
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 Lima Symphony Orchestra presents
New Year’s Evein Las Vegas:
Simply Sinatrawith Steve Lippia
Saturday, December 317:30 p.m.Veterans Memorial Civicand Convention Center
The swinging style and classic songs of Frank Sinatra presented by Las Vegasheadliner Steve Lippia
Tickets:Area 1: $35Area 2: $20
Concert Underwriters:Macy’sReinekeFamily DealershipsWalter Development Enterprises
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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.

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