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Obituaries 2State/Local 3Politics 4Community 5Sports 6-7Classifieds 8Television 9World briefs 10
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13, 2012
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 Plows out in force this morning
Delphos City snow plows were out in force this morning, battling fierce winds and blowingsnow to keep roadways clear. The area received 2 1/2 inches of snow since Thursday afternoon.Most schools were closed today due to blowing and drifting snow on country roadways.Forecasts indicate the winds will die down this afternoon with flurries the rest of the weekend.See page 2 for a full forecast.
Mox tappedto fill vacantboard seat
BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — A Delphos businessman will fillthe open seat on the Delphos City Schools Board of Education. Following a short executive session, mem-bers, including newly-elected Joe Rode and MichaelWulfhorst, appointed George Mox to fill the vacant seatwhich will expire at the end of 2013.Mox said he started attending school board meetingsbecause he didn’t understand the process and wanted tobecome more involved.“The more I learned, the more I thought I couldadd to the process in a positive manner,” Mox said thismorning.Mox said it boils down to three points: students,teachers and facilities.“The three don’t work unless they work together fora common cause,” he added.Mox and the board will fill the superintendent’s posi-tion this spring and he gave a list of what he feels thenew person should have:— Understanding of the school system;— Understanding of the values of the communityrepresented by the school district;— The knowledge that the two local school systemsneed to work together to be successful; and— Understanding of the human resource side of employees in both systems.Mox added that he would like to see more commu-nity involvement.“I wish the public would attend the meetings. Theyare always invited to the regular and finance meetings,”he said. “This would give them a better understandingof the complexity of the system and why certain thingsare done.”Mox is a consultant at Kohart Surplus and Salvage.He and his wife, Linda, have 3 children and 8 grand-children.Interim Superintendent Frank Sukup reported thedistrict was forced to purchase a used school bus fromCardinal due to the backup handicap school bus losingan engine.“A representative from RODOC Leasing Sales anService came out and looked at the bus and the repairswould have been cost-prohibitive for the age of thebus. The new-to-us bus was $21,700 with the trade-inand will be available for service by next week,” Sukupsaid.Treasurer Brad Rostorfer reported he had been con-tacted by the contractor who put the roof on the admin-istrative building nearly 12 years ago. He was offeringto do preventative maintenance on the roof and givea 10-year warranty. Rostorfer added he will put outbid specs on changing the lighting at Jefferson MiddleSchool. Current light bulbs will be obsolete.During the organizational meeting prior to the regularmeeting, members elected John Klausing as presidentand Perry Wiltsie as vice president. They will also serveas legislative liaison and student liaison, respectively.Meetings will remain at 8 p.m. the second Monday of each month and Finance Committee meetings will beginat 8 p.m. On the prior Thursday.In other business, the school board:
• Approved James Looser to a 7-year term in the
Delphos Public Library Board of Trustees;
• Approved the library’s temporary appropriations
for 2012;
• Accepted the resignation/retirement of Elementary
Guidance Counselor Quincy Kiracofe; and
• Approved the 2012-13 school calendar. The first
day of school will be Aug. 28 and the last May 31.
Delphos City Schools
Families ask EPA chief to send water
By GEOFF MULVIHILLThe Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA —Residents of a small north-eastern Pennsylvania townat the center of the politicalfight over natural gas drill-ing are taking their complaintsdirectly to the head of theU.S. Environmental ProtectionAgency.A handful of residents-turned-activists from Dimock joined environmental activ-ists from elsewhere to rallytoday outside a conference atPhiladelphia’s Academy of Natural Sciences on urban envi-ronmental issues. They plannedto ask EPA Administrator LisaJackson to investigate theirwater issues and to deliverwater — two moves that wouldestablish their problem as afederal one.That’s a necessary move,they say, because state environ-mental officials are not doingwhat they should to help.A state investigationfound that 18 wells in theSusquehanna County villagewere contaminated after natu-ral gas drilling began there in2008.About a dozen residentshave sued Cabot Oil & GasCorp., claiming the energycompany caused the con-tamination when it extractednatural gas using a processknown as hydraulic fracturing,or fracking, a method that hasspurred a boom in natural gasdrilling in several states whileraising concerns about the tollon the environment and publichealth.Cabot denies contaminatingthe wells, saying most wellsin the region were laced withmethane long before the arrivalof drilling. Nevertheless, thecompany trucked in fresh waterfor the residents to use for bath-ing and washing clothes anddishes. The deliveries stoppedNov. 30 after state regulatorsdetermined that Cabot hadfulfilled its obligations to theresidents under a 2010 consentagreement. The residents saytheir aquifer is still contami-nated.The federal government haswavered about its role, ini-tially saying the water posedno health risk, then that itmerited more study, then inthe space of 24 hours last weekpromising to deliver water andreneging.Craig Stevens, a resident of Silver Lake, near Dimock, saidhe called the EPA on Thursdayand was told that Jackson wouldvisit the town and would con-sider bringing water with her.A spokeswoman for the agencydid not immediately return acall seeking comment.Meanwhile, about 50 pro-testers held banners and chant-ed, “Lisa Jackson, take someaction!”In a move that was partlysymbolic and partly a practi-cal goodwill gesture, several of them brought with them bot-tles of water for the handful of Dimock residents to take home.“It’s a ridiculous redefini-tion of life to have to getbottles of water and to haveto live by the graciousness of water,” said Victoria Switzer,a Dimock resident who soldgas drilling rights under the 5acres she owns.Pennsylvania’s environ-mental chief, who works fora pro-drilling governor, hascriticized his federal counter-parts, saying the EPA has onlya “rudimentary” understandingof the contamination.
“It’s a ridiculousredefinition of life tohave to get bottlesof water and to haveto live by the gra-ciousness of water.”
— Victoria Switzer,Dimock resident
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 Eagles hosts blood drive
The American Red Cross held a blood drive on Thursday at the Delphos EaglesAerie . Bob Mueller donates a pint of blood with the help of Merry Daugherty, a nursewith the Red Cross. The next blood drive will be on March 8.
Myanmar freespolitical prisoners
By AYE AYE WINThe Associated Press
YANGON, Myanmar —Myanmar freed some of itsmost famous political inmatestoday, sparking jubilationoutside prison gates whilesignaling its readiness to meetWestern demands for liftingeconomic sanctions.Prominent political activ-ists, leaders of brutallyrepressed democratic upris-ings, a former prime minis-ter, ethnic minority leaders, journalists and relatives of theformer dictator Ne Win wereamong those released. Statemedia described the presiden-tial pardon freeing 651 detain-ees as allowing them to takepart in “nation-building.”It was the latest in a flurryof accelerating changes inMyanmar sought by the West,including starting a dialoguewith opposition leader AungSan Suu Kyi, legalizing laborunions and Thursday’s sign-ing of a cease-fire in a long-running campaign againstKaren insurgents.Myanmar likely now feelsthe ball is the West’s courtto lift the onerous economicmeasures.But the United States andallies may take a wait-and-see approach, to see if gov-ernment truces with variousethnic rebel groups hold, dis-cussions with Suu Kyi moveforward and scheduled Aprilelections appear free and fair.There has been a paradeof top Western diplomatsthrough Myanmar lately —U.S. Secretary of State HillaryRodham Clinton in Decemberand British Foreign SecretaryWilliam Hague last week.French Foreign MinisterAlain Juppe is scheduled toarrive Saturday.The message conveyedby Western nations hasbeen clear: They are encour-aged by the reform processunder President Thein Sein,but economic and politicalsanctions could not be liftedunless the prisoners werefreed. The various sanctions
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CloudySaturdaywith 30 per-cent chanceof snowand high inlow 20s. See page 2.
Co-founder of Delphos airportpasses away
The co-founder of DelphosWoodworking Company andthe Delphos airport has died.Robert Bendele, 95,passed away Wednesdayat the Van Wert InpatientHospice Center.He was also co-ownerof Delphos BuildersSupply and SpencervilleLumber Company.Bendele, born in Ottoville,served in the United StatesArmy Air Forces from 1941-46 as a flight instructor andheld special assignment withthe United States Navy.Read full obitu-ary on page 2.
Jefferson hosting annualcage tourney
Jefferson boys basketballcoach Marc Smith and staff have scheduled the 7th annualWildcat 5th- and 6th-GradeTournament to be held onApril 13-15 (Friday-Sunday)at the Jefferson Middle andHigh schools. There will beseparate divisions for 5th-grade and 6th-grade teams,with each team guaranteed aminimum of 3 games. Entryfee for this event is $100.For more information,contact Smith at (419) 615-7233 or Ron Ebbeskotteat (419) 692-7191.
CYO Spring Volleyballregistration
For any girls in grades3-6 wishing to participate inSpring Youth Volleyball, aregistration meeting is set for5-5:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at the St.John’s Annex. Please bring aparent and registration fee of $45 — plus shirt fee of $10,with checks payable to CYO.
Boys Basketball (6p.m.): Jefferson at LCC(NWC); Fort Jennings atKalida (PCL); Crestviewat Lincolnview (NWC);Bluffton at Spencerville(NWC); Elida at VanWert (WBL); ColumbusGrove at Paulding (NWC);St. John’s at St. Henry(MAC), 6:30 p.m.Wrestling: Elida atBluffton Quad, 6 p.m.
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The DelphosHerald
Vol. 142 No. 163
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald, Inc.Don Hemple,advertising manager
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Delphos weatherJeanette J. RoehmRobert M. Bendele
Corn: $5.92Wheat: $5.82Beans: $11.49
Dec. 19, 1932-Jan. 11, 2012
Jeanette J. Roehm, 79, of Delphos died peacefully at8:40 a.m. Wednesday at theVan Wert In-patient HospiceCenter, surrounded by her lov-ing family.She was born Dec. 19,1932, in Delphos to Lloyd andMarcille (Moreo) Culp, whopreceded her in death.On Sept. 22, 1956, she mar-ried Robert (Bob) Roehm, whosurvives.Other survivors includesons Greg (Penny) Roehmand Doug (Jean) Roehmof Delphos; brothers Bill(Donnie) Culp and Dick (Bell)Culp of Delphos; stepgrand-children Megan Charles, RyanRoehm, Josh Marchal andJeremy Marchal; stepgreat-grandchildren Hayden, Corbin,Lykan and McKinley; sister-in-law, Joan Culp of Delphos;and goddaughter Barb (Moreo)Wrasman.She was also preceded indeath by brother, Gene Culp;and stepgreat-granddaughterMackenzie.Mrs. Roehm was a home-maker who enjoyed takingcare of her family, friends andanyone in need. She was kind-hearted and put others needsahead of her own, taking careof any stray animal that hadthe good fortune to cross herpath and she was a wonder-ful and dedicated wife, motherand grandmother.Services begin at 2 p.m.Saturday at Harter and SchierFuneral Home, the Rev. JacobGordon officiating. Burialwill follow in Walnut GroveCemetery.Friends may call from 2-8p.m. today and for an hourbefore the service.Memorials are to TheHumane Society or donor’schoice.
A boy was born Jan, 9to Nathan and Tisha Lee of Delphos.The high temperatureSunday in Delphos was 41and the low was 17. A yearago today, the high was 24and the low was 9. The recordhigh for today is 62, set in 195and the record low of -14 wasset in 1997.
One sent tohospital from two-vehicle crash
A Delphos man wascited for an improper startfrom a parked position fol-lowing a two-vehicle acci-dent at approximately 5 p.m.Wednesday at the entranceof Arby’s Restaurant on EastFifth Street in Delphos.Roger Wilson, 61, waspulled off the roadway fac-ing west in the entranceto the restaurant. When heattempted to re-enter theroadway, he pulled into thepath of a westbound vehicledriven by Heather Osting,33, of Delphos. Ostingtold officers she attemptedto avoid the accident buta vehicle was in the cen-ter turn lane and she hadnowhere to go. Her vehiclestruck the Osting vehicle,causing major damage toboth vehicles.Wilson was transported toSt. Rita’s Medical Center byDelphos EMS.Both vehicles were towedfrom the scene.CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Thursday:
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: Cloudy witha 30 percent chance of snowshowers through midnight.Lows around 15. West winds10 to 20 mph. Wind chills 1below to 9 above zero.
: Mostlycloudy. A 30 percent chanceof snow in the afternoonthrough early evening. Highsin the lower 20s. Southwestwinds 5 to 15 mph.
:Cloudy through midnight thenbecoming mostly cloudy. A 20percent chance of snow show-ers. Lows 15 to 20. Southwestwinds 5 to 10 mph.
: Partly cloudy. Highsin the upper 20s. Lows 15 to20.
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:Partly cloudy with a 30 per-cent chance of rain and snow.Lows in the lower 30s.
Dec. 18, 1916Jan. 11, 2012
Robert M. Bendele, 95, of Delphos, died at 3:20 p.m.Wednesday at Van WertInpatient Hospice Center.He was born Dec. 18,1916, in Ottoville, to Leoand Frances (Schimmoller)Bendele, who preceded himin death.On May 1, 1943, he mar-ried Jeanne Landwehr in AltusOkla. She died on July 23,2009.Survivors include sonsRichard Bendele of CapeCoral, Fla., and Michael(Diane) Bendele of Delphos;daughter Bonnie Utrupof Toledo; sister DorothySchmitz of Florida.; grand-children Craig (Dina) Bendele,Lori (Bendele) Runnels, IsaacBendele, Karyn Bendele,Angie Utrup and Emily Utrup;and great-grandchildrenAshtyn Bermudez, MakaileyBermudez and Tim Runnels.He was also preceded indeath by his brothers, Ralph,Rudolph and Thomas Bendele;and daughter-in-law, LyndaBendele.Mr. Bendele served in theUnited States Airforces from1941-1946 as a flight instruc-tor, including a special assign-ment to the United States Navy.He was co-founder of DelphosWoodworking Company andthe Delphos Airport. He wasco-owner of Delphos BuildersSupply and SpencervilleLumber Company. He heldmemberships with St. John theEvangelist Catholic Churchand the American Legion.Mass of Christian Burialbegins at 11 a.m. Mondayat St. John the EvangelistCatholic Church, the Rev.Jacob Gordon officiat-ing. Burial will follow inResurrection Cemetery withmilitary rites by the DelphosVeterans Council.Friends may call from 2-4p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Sunday atHarter and Schier FuneralHome, where a parish wakebegins at 7:30 p.m.In lieu of flowers, takesomeone you love to dinner.
Stolen car suspect in custody
Beijing Apple store eggedafter new iPhone delayed
At 3:40 p.m. on Thursday,police received a phone callfrom an employee of theCircle K gas station on FifthStreet. The employee stateda male, who was wanted byauthorities, had just beenin thestore andattempt-ed atheft of ciga-rettes.Theemploy-ee rec-ognizedthe maleafterview-ing a “wanted” flyer thathad been circulated tovarious businesses. Policeresponded to the area butthe male had already left.A few moments later, acity police officer observedthe male operating a vehiclein the 500 block of NorthMain Street. The officerlearned that the vehicle themale was driving was regis-tered as stolen out of PutnamCounty.City police then attempteda traffic stop of the vehiclein the 500 block of NorthMain Street. The driver of the stolen auto refused to stopand led officers on a chaseinto Putnam County. Thepursuit ended 13 minuteslater at the intersections of U-20 and Rd-21 in PutnamCounty, when the man pulledover and surrendered to offi-cers. The driver was identi-fied as 49-year-old Kenneth J.Thierjung. Thierjung was takeninto custody by Delphos offi-cers at the scene. The PutnamCounty Sheriffs Departmentassisted in the apprehensionof the suspect. The vehiclewas later impounded by theSheriffs Department.Thierjung (no formaladdress), was later bookedinto the Putnam County Jaildue to the original grand theftof the vehicle. City policeexpect additional felonycriminal charge(s) stemmingfrom the pursuit will be filedin the future. In addition tothis, Thierjung is wanted outof the Shawnee area for atheft violation.No injuries or propertydamage resulted from theincident. No court date is yetavailable as of report time.
By JOE MCDONALDThe Associated Press
BEIJING — Angry cus-tomers and gangs of scalpersthrew eggs at Apple Inc.’sBeijing store today after theiPhone 4S launch there wascanceled due to concernsover the crowd’s size.Apple reacted to the out-burst by postponing iPhone4S sales in its mainland Chinastores to protect customersand employees. The phonestill will be sold online andthrough its local carrier.The incident highlightedApple’s huge popularity inChina and the role of middle-men who buy up limited sup-plies of iPhones and otherproducts or smuggle themfrom abroad for resale toChinese gadget fans at a bigmarkup.Hundreds of customersincluding migrant workershired by scalpers in teams of 20 to 30 waited overnight infreezing weather at the Applestore in a shopping mall inBeijing’s east side Sanlitundistrict.The crowd erupted afterthe store failed to open onschedule at 7 a.m. Somethrew eggs and shouted atemployees through the win-dows.A person with a mega-phone announced the salewas canceled. Police orderedthe crowd to leave and sealedoff the area with yellow tape.Employees posted a sign say-ing the iPhone 4S was out of stock.“We were unable to openour store at Sanlitun due tothe large crowd, and to ensurethe safety of our custom-ers and employees, iPhonewill not be available in ourretail stores in Beijing andShanghai for the time being,”said Apple spokeswomanCarolyn Wu.The iPhone 4S quicklysold out at other Apple storesin China, Wu said. She saidthe phone still will be sold inChina through Apple’s onlinestore, its local carrier ChinaUnicom Ltd. and authorizedresellers.Wu declined to com-ment on what Apple mightknow about scalpers buyingiPhones for resale.China is Apple’s fastest-growing market and “anarea of enormous opportu-nity,” CEO Tim Cook saidin October. He said quarterlysales were up nearly fourtimes over a year earlier andaccounted for one-sixth of Apple’s global sales.Apple’s China stores areroutinely mobbed for therelease of new products.The company has itsown stores only in Beijingand Shanghai, with a hand-ful of authorized retailersin other cities, so middle-men who buy iPhones andresell them in other areas canmake big profits, said WangYing, who follows the mobilephone market for AnalysysInternational, a research firmin Beijing.“Apple is making a lot of money, so it is not too con-cerned about the scalpers,”Wang said.Wang and other industryanalysts said the size of theunderground trade and pricemarkups are unclear.In Shanghai, stores limitediPhone 4S sales to two percustomer. Several hundredpeople were waiting whenthe stores opened, bundled upagainst the cold. Some passedthe time playing mahjong.Buyers included 500 olderpeople from neighboringJiangsu province who werehired by the boss of a mobilephone market, the newspa-per Oriental Morning Postsaid. They arrived aboard an11-bus convoy and were paid150 yuan ($15) each.Online bulletin boardswere filled with commentsabout today’s buying frenzy,many complaining about orridiculing the scalpers.
By LYNNE TUOHYThe Associated Press
BRENTWOOD, N.H. — ATexas woman was sentencedtoday to 45 years in prison forsuffocating her 6-year-old sonin a New Hampshire motelroom and leaving his bodyalong a dirt road in Maine.Julianne McCrery, 42, of Irving, Texas, told prosecutorsshe had planned to kill herself and that she killed her son,Camden Hughes, because noone else was fit to raise him.But prosecutors say they haveevidence McCrery felt the boywas an inconvenience, andthat she planned to go abouther own life after killing him.McCrery spoke tearfully ather sentencing hearing, callingher son beautiful and brilliant.“I am sorry to have causedthe intense pain and sufferingto my precious son Camden,”she said. “He did nothingwhatsoever to deserve that bymy hand, and he was not aninconvenience to me.”McCrery pleaded guilty inNovember to kneeling atopher son as he laid face-downon their motel room floor. Shetold investigators she coveredhis mouth with her hand as hestruggled to survive.On Friday, she said it has takena while for her grief to fully unfold,but now it is “excruciating.”The discovery of Camden’sbody last May set off a nation-wide effort to identify him.Meanwhile, McCrery calledhis elementary school in Texasdaily to report him absent withappendicitis.McCrery was arrested at aMassachusetts truck stop fourdays after Camden’s body wasdiscovered. A motorist whohappened by the remote areawhere Camden’s body wasfound was able to describea pickup truck she had seenwith its doors open and a Navyinsignia on its window.When she was questionedat the truck stop, McCreryidentified herself and toldpolice she had killed her sonat a Hampton motel and lefthis body under a green blanketby the side of the road.McCrery’s family members— including a son on leavefrom the Navy — attended thesentencing.
Texas mom sentenced to 45 years for killing son, 6
Thierjung(Continued from page 1)
ban doing business withMyanmar, block financialtransfers, especially by mili-tary-backed leaders and theircronies, and also deny visas tothe same VIPs.“I think we are close to theremoval of Western sanctions,”said Monique Skidmore,a Myanmar expert at theUniversity of Canberra, addingthat the U.S. and others mightfirst wait to see Aung San SuuKyi take a seat in parliament.“There’s a sense that there’sstill more to go before the sanc-tions will be removed.”Thein Sein’s government,Suu Kyi and the West — withWashington its key representa-tive — are involved in a com-plicated three-way give andtake. Thein Sein seeks to nor-malize relations with the West,which generally defers to SuuKyi in judging the govern-ment’s goodwill and progresstoward democracy.Suu Kyi’s party, mar-ginalized for more than twodecades of military rule, seeksa more active role in politicsif the government will allowa more level playing field.The re-entry of her NationalLeague for Democracy partyinto mainstream politics is thekind of endorsement the gov-ernment needs to win Westernapprobation. What needs to bedetermined is the price eachside is willing to pay.Until this week, even someof Suu Kyi’s supporters fearedshe had sold herself short. Thecountry’s most prominent polit-ical prisoners had remainedbehind bars with hardly a sournote struck by Suu Kyi in pub-lic. Cease-fire talks had beenheld between the governmentand various ethnic minorityguerrillas groups, which havebeen fighting for autonomyfor decades, but actual com-bat between the army and theKachin minority in the northdominated relations.Then on Thursday the gov-ernment announced a cease-firedeal with the main ethnic Karengroup — the most durable rebelmovement — and the prisonerrelease followed directly on that.Whether by chance ordesign, the latest moves come just ahead of visits by someU.S. senators influential in for-eign affairs, including MitchMcConnell and John McCain,whose political muscle can seala deal — or wreck it.
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Imagine a non-traditional career
Sometimes people choosea career because it fits the tra-ditional image of boys grow-ing up to be fire fighters orengineers, while girls becometeachers or nurses. But thatno longer is the case. Thereare no limits when it comesto choosing a career.Careers which have tra-ditionally been dominatedby females — healthcare,education and social work— are fast becoming occu-pational choices for manymales. Health care is one of the most in-demand careerareas in the nation. Malesare finding career opportuni-ties in the health care field,including nursing, practicalnursing, medical assisting,medical billing and coding,paramedic, emergency medi-cal technician, phlebotomyand so many more.“Step Into Your HealthTechnology Future” will beoffered at Vantage CareerCenter from 9 a.m. to noon onJan. 28. This is an opportunityfor seventh- and eighth-gradeguys to learn about excitingcareers in health technology.The event is free. A lightbreakfast, lunch and a T-shirtare provided.To register, visit vantage-careercneter.com and clickon the link for the “Step IntoYour Health TechnologyFuture” form; send an emailto klinger.a@vantagecareer-center.com; or call 1-800-686-3944 ext. 138. Space islimited to the first 40 studentswho register by Jan. 23.Visitors can get a glimpseof the renovation and expan-sion project at Vantage dur-ing the annual open housefrom 5-7:30 p.m. Feb. 6. Getan update on the constructionproject, meet the teachers, seethe newly renovated labs andtake a tour of the completedareas.College representa-tives from UNOH, WrightState, Owens, Rhodes andNorthwest State will be avail-able to answer questions andVantage Adult Educationstaff will be available to talkabout upcoming classes andonline education.A pulled-pork sandwichdinner will be available topurchase for $5 (proceeds toCitizens for Vantage) from4:30-7 p.m. Drive-thru andcarry-out available.
Brandt making bid forcommissioner spot
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VAN WERT — Kim Brandt, the Van WertCounty 9-1-1 Coordinator since 2000, hasfiled a Republican nominating petition for the2012 election to serve as a Van Wert CountyCommissioner for the January 2, 2013, term.Brandt would bring her leadership expe-rience, strong work ethic, ability to workwell with others, and fiscallyconservative approach to theCommissioner’s office. Shebelieves in Van Wert Countyas a great place to live,work, raise a family, start abusiness, and retire. Brandtbelieves that the front door toVan Wert County is not onlythe Lincoln Highway, but theinformation superhighwayalso known as the Internet.Improvement in the informa-tion and impression presentedto the world through a uniteddigital front would help tobring jobs, innovation, andnew residents to Van WertCounty.Brandt is a 31-year resident of Willshireand is the daughter of Ron Medaugh (BeeGee Realty) and Carolyn Medaugh of VanWert and Janice Medaugh (retiree of GeneralElectric in Fort Wayne) of Decatur, Ind. Sheis a 1979 graduate of Bellmont High Schooland has an Associate’s Degree in Businessand Merchandising from Patricia StevensCollege in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Brandtresides at 1098 State Route 81 with her hus-band, Cary (Moser Motors, Berne IN). Kimand Cary have been happily married for 31years and have two children. Her son, WilliamBrandt, Ph.D., is a cancer research scientistat Johns Hopkins University, and his wife,Nicole Brandt, Ph.D., is a licensed psycholo-gist and assistant professor at University of Maryland. They reside in Baltimore, Md.Brandt’s daughter, Jenelle Painter RDCS, isa cardiac sonographer at Parkview Hospitaland her husband, Jordan Painter, is a unioncarpenter out of the local 232. They reside inDecatur and have two young sons, Dylan Leeand Brandt Lewis Painter.On a personal level, Brandt is dedicatedto service, warm-hearted, and accessible, allof which have helped her to be successfulin working with various boards and com-munity committees throughout her career.She has served on the Parkway School Boardfor ten years, including terms as the VicePresident and President. She is a member andformer President of the Ohio chapter of theNational Emergency Number Association,member of the Association of Public-SafetyCommunications Officials, Chairman of VanWert County Crime Stoppers Board, memberof the Vantage School Board, and is a formermember of the Main Street Van Wert Boardof Directors.At the community level, Brandt attendsPraise Point Church in Willshire and is a mem-ber of the Van Wert Rotary Club, Van WertOptimist Club, Fraternal Orderof Police, Van Wert CountyFirefighters Association, andVeterans of Foreign Wars Post5803. Brandt’s 9-1-1 coordi-nation as well as communityinvolvement has allowed herto establish working relation-ships with city, county and vil-lage officials, as well as stateand federal legislative repre-sentatives. As a member of the Parkway School Board,Brandt was part of the $32 mil-lion building project that camein $1 million under budget.Parkway is a fiscally soundschool district with an excellentrating based on state test results.Through her school board experience, shegained insight into hiring effective principals,treasurers, and superintendents, as well asnegotiating with unions.As Van Wert County 9-1-1 Coordinator,Brandt is responsible for daily operations,such as creating and managing the budget,purchasing and maintaining 9-1-1 equipment,coordinating training, addressing any 9-1-1issues, and coordinating operations with tele-phone companies and emergency respond-ers. Brandt was proactive in implementingequipment and technology that allows 9-1-1to locate people when calling from their cellphone. When local funds were unavailable,Brandt sought and secured grant funding forthe equipment updates from the state. In addi-tion, she is very active in securing continuedfunding for the 9-1-1 centers through statelegislation.Bringing jobs to the mega site, as well asmaintaining the businesses that currently pro-vide jobs to county residents, is a high priorityfor Brandt. To accomplish this prosperity, shewould nationally and internationally marketVan Wert County by using the Internet andsocial networking to improve the County’sdigital presence. Brandt’s experience, rela-tionships, attitude, and motivation will help toenhance Van Wert County. For these reasons,Kim Brandt is your best choice for Van WertCounty commissioner. Find Brandt online atwww.KimBrandtForCommissioner.com andon Facebook at Brandt Commissioner 2013.
COLUMBUS — Relativesof murder victims should beallowed to tell juries weigh-ing death sentences how thecrimes affected them andsplit-jury decisions would nolonger automatically rule outdeath sentences under pro-posals submitted to a statedeath penalty task force by aveteran prosecutor.Ohio juries and judgesalso should be allowed toconsider a multitude of fac-tors about a homicide carry-ing the possibility of a deathsentence, not just specificelements laid out in state law,Hamilton County prosecutorJoe Deters said.“The victim’s family manytimes don’t understand whythey can’t explain the impactthis has had to their fam-ily,” Deters said Thursday,discussing a letter he sent tofellow members of the taskforce earlier this week.Ohio Supreme CourtChief Justice MaureenO’Connor convened the taskforce while making it clearit won’t debate whether thestate should have capital pun-ishment.Ohio law now requires juries to weigh specific aggra-vating factors — whether thevictim was a child or a policeofficer or was killed during arobbery — against factors inthe offender’s favor, such asa poor childhood or mentalillness.Deters wants more fac-tors to be considered, such asstatements from family mem-bers, a defendant’s criminalrecord and any evidence of posing a future danger. Healso says a jury shouldn’thave to vote unanimously fora death sentence to prevent“rogue jurors” from thwart-ing the majority’s wishes.The U.S. Supreme Courthas ruled victim impact state-ments constitutional, andthey are used in federal deathpenalty cases.Any changes to Ohio’slaw, such as family state-ments, should be based onfact and whether it will makethe law more fair, said publicdefender Tim Young, also amember of the task force.“Does it cross that lineinto enflaming the passionsand prejudice?” he said.“Are we trying the case forthe facts or ending up withemotions driving our deci-sions?”The task force includesprosecutors who have longsupported the death penalty,along with defense attorneyswho have fought its imposi-tion.O’Connor, a Republicanand a former prosecutor, hassaid the committee’s goal isto produce a fair, impartialand balanced analysis of thestate’s 30-year-old law.
Ohio prosecutor: Give victims death sentence voice
AKRON (AP) — Bothsides have outlined their casesto a jury in the racketeeringtrial of a former Democraticparty leader and county offi-cial in Cleveland.Former Cuyahoga CountyCommissioner Jimmy Dimorawas indicted on charges of steering contracts and offering jobs in exchange for bribes,including a $1,000 massage inLas Vegas.Defense attorney AndreaWhitaker told federal court jurors in Akron Thursday thatDimora did favors for peoplebut never took money or bribes.The Cleveland Plain Dealersays prosecutor AntoinetteBacon used a pie chart toshow the county power struc-ture and said Dimora and apolitical ally “were willing tosell” that power.Dimora has pleaded notguilty to both corruptionindictments against him. Hefaces a second trial on the lat-est indictment.
Ex-county commissioner in northeast Ohio on trial
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