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By TED SHAFFREYand BETH DeFALCOThe Associated Press
NEWARK, N.J. — InWhitney Houston’s home-town, her family plans aprivate church service, withno public memorial set. InLos Angeles, where she died,there’s not even a star on theHollywood Walk of Fame forfans to pile flowers. So forthe legion of music loversmourning a global superstar,where do broken hearts go?Fans who have gatheredoutside the church whereHouston will be eulogizedSaturday at an invitation-only service — and outsidethe funeral home where herbody now rests — say theyunderstand why the familywants to keep the world outthe best they can. But theyalso yearned for the chanceto fully share in the grief andthe remembrance of a nativedaughter who made it big andmade them proud.Samuel Turner Jackson,of Newark, said he waslooking forward to headingdown to “The Rock,” as thePrudential Center is known.Before, that is, the funeralhome announced Tuesdaythat no public service wouldbe held at the 18,000-seatarena, an option that had beendiscussed.The arena, home to theNHL’s New Jersey Devils,displayed an image of Houston on a screen outsideTuesday.“We don’t know what thecircumstances are, but we’resure that the family did wantto share something with thecommunity that she gave somuch to,” Jackson said. “Butthey have their reasons, andwe’re going to do the best wecan to pay our respects and tomourn her.”Antonio Ballinger, of Newark, also hoped to attenda public service and “see heroff,” and said he was sad-dened to hear he wouldn’t getthe opportunity.“But my blessings go out
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By JULIE PACEand ANNE GEARANThe Associated Press
WASHINGTON — TheUnited States and Europe areconsidering unprecedentedpunishment against Iran thatcould immediately cripple thecountry’s financial lifeline.But it’s an extreme option inthe banking world that wouldcome with its own costs.The Obama administra-tion wants Iran evicted fromSWIFT, an independent finan-cial clearinghouse that is crucialto the country’s overseas oilsales. That would leapfrog thecurrent slow-pressure campaignof sanctions aimed at persuad-ing Iran to drop what the U.S.and its allies contend is a drivetoward developing and build-ing nuclear weapons. It alsoperhaps would buy time for theU.S. to persuade Israel not tolaunch a pre-emptive militarystrike on Iran this spring.The last-resort financialeffort suggests the U.S. andEurope are grasping for waysto show immediate resultsbecause economic sanctionshave so far failed to force Iranback to nuclear talksBut such a penalty couldsend oil prices soaring whenmany of the world’s econo-mies are still frail. It alsocould hurt ordinary Iraniansand undercut the reputationof SWIFT, a banking hubused by virtually every nationand corporation around theworld. The organization’sfull name is the Society forWorldwide Interbank FinancialTelecommunications.In the financial world,the United States can’t orderSWIFT to kick Iran out. Butit has leverage in that it canpunish the Brussels-basedorganization’s board of direc-tors. Talks are focused now onhaving Europe make the firstmove.Short of total expulsion,Washington and representa-tives of several Europeannations are in talks over waysto restrict Iran’s use of thebanking consortium to collectoil profits.European action on SWIFTcould come quickly.Representatives fromSWIFT were scheduled tomeet with European Unionofficials this week, a U.S. offi-cial familiar with the talks said.The official said the meetingwas expected to result in theEU ordering SWIFT to expelat least some of its sanctionedbanks, though it was unclearwhether the order would extendto Iran’s Central Bank.The Obama administrationis divided over whether thepossible gain is worth the riskin trying to threaten SWIFTinto kicking out a membercountry, in part because of concern that it would set backthe global financial recovery.Iran remains a global financialplayer despite years of bankingsanctions, and blocking it fromusing the respected transfersystem would be a black marklike no other.
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The Franklin Elementary School Staff Relay For LifeTeam held a recent fundraiser at the school. Studentsbought ornaments for 50 cents each in honor of currentpets or in memory of pets that have passed away. Theornaments were hung on a tree in the school lobby (below).The team raised $200.
 Relay team raises $200 on pet tree
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PANDORA — A Pandoraman is in critical conditionat St. Rita’s Medical Centerfollowing a plunge into an icypond Tuesday morning.At approximately 10:14a.m. Tuesday, the PutnamCounty Sheriff’s Office tooka 911 call transferred fromHancock County 911, report-ing a man in the water. JaniceNewton, wife of the victim,Stan Newton, 77, from ruralPandora, reported her hus-band was attempting to res-cue his Labrador from theice-covered pond when hefell in.Newton was unable tomake a self rescue and wasquickly overcome by the coldwater. He went unconsciousand was partially submergedin the water.According to PutnamCounty Sheriff Jim Beutler,a deputy was on the scene inminutes, found a ladder tohelp distribute his weight onthe ice and was able to bringNewton and his dog in closer.The dog got out and then theice gave way and the deputy
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This hawk perched on a wicker basket on the porch of the Horstman family of Delphos one evening this week.See PLUNGE, page
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School to complete lighting upgrade
BY NANCY SPENCERnpencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — PowerhouseElectric Equipment of Ottawawill provide the materialsnecessary to upgrade lightingat Jefferson Middle Schoolafter a contract was approvedby Delphos City SchoolBoard members at Monday’smeeting.The bid calls for $6,891 inmaterials and the labor willbe provided inhouse not toexceed $11,550.Other bids on the projectwere: Schwinnen Electric,$18,000 for labor; and Stateof the Art Electric, $29,000for materials and labor.The existing T-12 bulbswill become obsolete thisspring/summer. Upgradeshave already been complet-ed at Franklin and LandeckElementary schools andJefferson High School.Work on the project willbegin as soon as the materialscan be obtained.The Finance Committeemet Thursday and directedTreasurer Brad Rostorferand Interim SuperintendentFrank Sukup to begin theinitial work to advertisefor the permanent superin-tendent position. They willcontact the Ohio SchoolBoards Association for helpin advertising the openingacross the state and then cre-ate a flyer to send out andadvertise elsewhere.Board President JohnKlausing signed the BodyMass Index (BMI) waiver of participation for the 2012-13school year.The mandate was includ-ed in Ohio Senate Bill210, known as the HealthyChoices for Healthy ChildrenAct, which became law onJune 18, 2010. The law con-tains provisions to combatchildhood obesity in the nextseveral years by increasingstudents’ physical activ-ity and ensuring access tohealthy meals and beveragesat school.It also requires school dis-tricts, community schools,STEM schools and charterednonpublic schools to estab-lish body mass index (BMI)and weight status categoryscreening programs for stu-dents in kindergarten andgrades 3, 5 and 9. The OhioDepartment of Education isrequired to issue an annualreport on the compliance of school districts and schoolswith the BMI screeningrequirements. Districts mustreport aggregate BMI datato the Ohio Department of Health by June 1 of eachyear. Information about stu-dent health also must be pro-vided to students and theirparents or guardians.The school can use thewaiver because it has insuf-ficient staff and because it’sranked an Excellent School.Delphos public and paro-chial schools will not haveclasses on Monday in obser-vance of President’s Day.In other business:
• The board accepted
the proposal from QualityPainting and Roofing to recoatthe roof of the AdministrativeBuilding, re-establishing anew 10-year warranty, andreshingle the outer edging fora total cost of $7,860.The next meeting willbegin at 8 p.m. March 13 inthe Administrative Building.
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St. John’s ElementarySchool has set kinder-garten screening forMarch 6, 9 and 13.The screenings forchildren who will befive by Aug. 1 will takeplace in the Robert A.Arnzen Gymnasium.Call the grade schooloffice at 419-692-8561to schedule an appoint-ment and to receive theregistration packet.
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Pathfinders 4-H Clubof Delphos will hold itsannual opening banquetat 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 26 inSt. John’s Little Theater.Anyone interested in join-ing the Van Wert Countyclub can call Sue Hempflingat 419-236-6429 or the OSUextension at 419-238-1214.
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Boys Basketball (6p.m.): Bluffton at Jefferson(NWC); Spencerville atLincolnview (NWC); Celinaat Elida (WBL); Continentalat Kalida (PCL); ColumbusGrove at Crestview (NWC);St. Marys at Van Wert(WBL); St. John’s at FortRecovery (MAC), 6:30 p.m.Girls Basketball (6p.m.): Miller City atFort Jennings (PCL).WrestlingSectionals: At Shawnee(Division II) and LCC(Division III), 5 p.m.
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(Never known to fail)Oh most beautiful flower of Mt.Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of Son of God, immaculate Virgin,assist me in my necessity, Ostar of the sea, help me & showme herein, you are my Mother!Oh Holy Mary, Mother of God,Queen of Heaven and Earth! Ihumbly beseech you from thebottom of my heart, to succor me in this necessity. There arenone that can withstand your power. Oh, show me herein,you are my Mother! oh, Mary,conceived without sin, Prayfor us who have recoursed tothee!(Say the above part 3 times,then state the favor)Holy Spirit, you who solve allproblems, light all roads so thatI cam attain my goals. You whogave me the divine gift to for-give and forget all evil againstme and that in all instances inmy life you are with me! I wantin this short prayer to thank youfor all things as you confirmonce again that I never want tobe separated from you in eter-nal Glory. Thank you for your Mercy toward me and mine.(The person must say thisprayer 3 consecutive days.After 3 days, the request willbe granted. This prayer mustbe published after the favor isgranted.)K.M.M.
Students can pick up theirawards in their school offices.St. John’s Scholar of theDay is AndrewMay.CongratulationsAndrew!Jefferson’s Scholar of theDay is EmilyBuettner.CongratulationsEmily!
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,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
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Troy Alan Ball, 43, of Elida,died at 5:10 p.m. Monday athis home in Lima.He was born on March 21,1968, in Lima to Bryan andMaryAnn (McKillip) Ball,who survive in Spencerville.Also surviving are his fian-cé, Darcey M. Keene of Elida;siblings, Christal (Charles)Etzkorn of Spencerville,Bryan M. (Gregory Fisher)McMichael of Mt. Juliet,Tenn., and Mindy M. (Aaron)Wehner of London, Ohio; andnieces and nephews, BrookeEtzkorn, Ava Wehner, LaurenEtzkorn, Collin Etzkorn, IvanWehner and Maxton Wehner.Mr. Ball was employed atProctor and Gamble, he was a1986 graduate of SpencervilleHigh School where he playedfootball for the Bearcats. Hewas the lead singer for thebands Riff Raff, Backlash,Plastic Sunshine and Jade. Healso sang back-up for a Proctorand Gamble commercial.Funeral services will beginat 10:30 a.m. on Friday atSiferd-Orians Funeral Home,506 N Cable Road, Lima,the Rev. Jacob Gordon offi-ciating. Burial will follow inMemorial Park Cemetery.Friends may call from 10 a.m.to noon and 2-8 p.m. Thursdayat Siferd-Orians Funeral Home.Memorial contributionscan be made to the AmericanDiabetes Association.Condolences can be madeat www.siferd-oriansfuneral-home.com
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Bernadette D. Hasenkamp,87, of Delphos, died at 12:15p.m. Sunday at Van WertInpatient Hospice Center sur-rounded by her family.She was born Feb. 4,1925, in St. Henry to Louisand Elizabeth (Kramer)Uhlenhake, who preceded herin death.On June 5, 1948, she mar-ried Paul Hasenkamp, whodied Aug. 31, 1964. Her fian-cé, Elmer Pothast, survives.They have been devoted toeach other for more than 30years.Survivors also include sonsThomas (Donna) Hasenkampof Delphos, James (AngieFisher) Hasenkamp of VanWert and Kenneth (Mary Kay)Hasenkamp of Dublin; daugh-ters Therese (James) Gasser,Martha (Thomas) Gasserand Doris (Doyle) Wittlerof Fort Jennings; a brother,Carl (Martina) Uhlenhake of St. Henry; 16 grandchildren,Michael Gasser, Bradley(Sharon) Gasser, KevinGasser, Matthew (Sandy)Gasser, Denise (Matthew)Etzkorn, Andrew (Rachel)Gasser, Jeffrey (Joan) Wittler,Laura (Michael) Hutt, Scott(Jennifer) Wittler, Tricia(Aaron) Halker, Kimberly(Brian) Wischmeyer,Douglas (Kristy) Hasenkamp,Tiffany Hasenkamp, BrianHasenkamp, Drew Hasenkampand Heather Hasenkamp; twostepgrandchildren, Skyler andHunter Fisher; eight great-grandchildren, Sarah andCameron Gasser, Chloe andLydia Etzkorn, Ava Wittler,Ryan and Connor Wittler andLauryn Halker; five stepgreat-grandchildren, Devon andGavin Dunlop, Josh and NateSchroeder and Erin Hutt; andher second family, LouiseHaunhorst and family, MaryJo and George Berelsman andfamily and Becky and MichaelBerelsman and family.She was preceded indeath by sister Mary Gonya;and great-grandson DarylEtzkorn.Mrs. Hasenkamp retiredfrom K.P. Industries aftermore than 20 years. She wasa member of St. John theEvangelist Catholic Churchand the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary, where sheheld several offices includingpresident. She enjoyed play-ing cards, reading and theCincinnati Reds. She lovedfamily gatherings.Mass of Christian Burialwill begin at 11 a.m. Thursdayat St. John the EvangelistCatholic Church, the Rev.Jacob Gordon officiating.Burial will follow in thechurch cemetery.Friends may call from 2-8p.m. Wednesday at Harter andSchier Funeral Home, wherethe parish wake begins at 7:30p.m.Memorial contributionsmay be made to Van WertInpatient Hospice Center orthe charity of the donor’schoice.
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to the family, and I wishthem nothing but the best,”he said.The family said Tuesdayit had no plans right now fora public memorial. Still, fansin this downtrodden city heldout hope.“Maybe at some pointdown the road, they mightdo something,” said B.J.Frazier, of East Orange. “It’slike they’re saying today,they shared her for a longtime and they just want herto themselves for now.”Houston, 48, died Saturdayat a hotel in Beverly Hills,Calif., just hours before shewas scheduled to performat producer Clive Davis’pre-Grammy Awards bash.Officials say she was under-water and apparently uncon-scious when she was pulledfrom a bathtub.Authorities said an autop-sy found no indications of foul play or obvious signsof trauma on Houston. Itcould be weeks, however,before the coroner’s officecompletes toxicology tests toestablish the cause of death.Houston was born inNewark and raised in nearbyEast Orange. She began sing-ing as a child at New HopeBaptist Church, where hermother, Grammy-winninggospel singer Cissy Houston,led the music program formany years. Her cous-in, future pop star DionneWarwick, also sang in itschoir.The family decided that,after sharing Whitney withthe city, state and world formore than 30 years, “thisis their time now for theirfarewell,” said funeral homeowner Carolyn Whigham.“The family thanks allthe fans, the friends and themedia, but this time is theirprivate time,” she said.
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A girl was born Feb. 14to Lindsay Blankenship andMatt Belanger of Delphos.A girl was born Feb. 13 toTodd and Christine Grothausof Delphos.A girl was born Feb. 13 toRyan and Amanda Louth of Spencerville.CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Tuesday:
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Alfred Emanuel Baldauf,83, of Van Wert died at 7:50a.m. Monday at the Sarah JaneLiving Center.He was born Aug. 10, 1928,in Van Wert to George andHanora (Hempfling) Baldauf,who preceded him in death.He was married to PatriciaBaldauf, who survives in VanWert.Other survivors includesister Delores Hurley of Delphos; brother Jim Baldauf of Delphos; and several niecesand nephews.He was also preceded indeath by his brothers, Paul,Herman, John, Dan andGeorge Baldauf; sisters LillianRobinson, Mary Borgelt,Marciel Borgelt, Ann Henry,JoAnn Suever and HazelFriend.Mr. Baldauf served withthe United States Army in theKorean War from 1950-1952.He worked at Continental CanCompany and retired fromSonoco after 39 years. Hewas a member of St. Mary’sCatholic Church in Van Wert;the Fraternal Order of EaglesAeire 471 and the AmericanLegion Post 178.Mass of Christian Burialbegins at 2 p.m. Thursdayat St. John the EvangelistCatholic Church, the Rev.Melvin Verhoff officiat-ing. The Delphos VeteransCouncil will offer a militaryservice at the church. Burialwill follow in St. John’sCemetery.Friends may call from 2-8p.m. Wednesday at Harter andSchier Funeral Home, wherea parish wake starts at 7:45p.m.Memorials are to the St.John’s Parish Foundation.
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The Jefferson WrestlingProgram would like to thankeveryone who supported therecent pizza buffet night at theDelphos Eagles Lodge.Winners of the cash prizeswere Donna Rassman, EricRicker, Carol Boop, KevinGrant, Helen Miller, CarolSunderland, Pat Poling andJames Martin.
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fell in the water. He was ableto get himself back out.The sheriff’s dive team,once on the scene, was able torecover Newton and pull himfrom the water. Resuscitationefforts were started by depu-ties and the Pandora EMS ashe was being transported toSt. Rita’s Ambulatory CareCenter in Glandorf. Afterbeing submerged for approxi-mately 30 minutes, emergencyroom staff were able to revivethe victim and then trans-port him to Lima St. Rita’sMedical Center.The Pandora FireDepartment also respondedand assisted in the rescue.
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The Marion TownshipTrustees held their regularscheduled meeting on Mondayat the Marion TownshipOffice with the follow-ing members present: JerryGilden, Joseph Youngpeterand Howard Violet.The purpose of the meet-ing was to pay bills and con-duct ongoing business. Theminutes of the previous meet-ing were read and approvedas read. The trustees thenreviewed the bills and gaveapproval for 14 checks total-ing $8,975.09,Road Foreman Elwerreported of damage beingdone to signs throughout thetownship by either being shotat or defaced by spray paint.The trustees asked if anyonesees or hears of anyone inconnection to this to contactthe township.Fiscal Officer Kimmet pre-sented the Bank Reconciliationand Fund Status reports to thetrustees for their review andsignature.He advised the trustees thatsomeone from the townshipneeded to attend a two-hoursafety training session for theBWC. They decided to sendRoad Foreman Elwer.Police Chief Vermillionadvised the trustees that hehas been re-certified for CPR,the AED and the tazer.There being no furtherbusiness a motion to adjournby Trustee Violet was sec-onded by Trustee Youngpeterwhich passed unanimously.
Marion Township TrusteesCommissioners to startover on Courthouse project
By ED GEBERTTimes Bulletin Editor
VAN WERT — It’sback to square one on theCourthouse third floor reno-vation project.The Van Wert CountyCommissioners decidedto start again on gatheringbids for the work which willrestore the old stained glassdome over the courtroom andprovide a new heating, ven-tilation and air conditioningsystem for the third floor of the historic building. Thataction became necessary afterbids for the expanded project,which would have includeda new HVAC system for theentire courthouse, came in farover estimate.“We will refuse all theold bids and start all overagain,” announced CountyCommissioner Gary Adamson Tuesday. “We’re going todo just the third floor.”The new timetable for thescaled-back project wouldcall for accepting bids dur-ing the first portion of Marchand awarding bids a coupleof weeks after that. The costof the adjusted project is asyet unknown as modifica-tions in the plans are stillbeing finalized. Adams esti-mated that the county wouldstill need to cover approxi-mately $200,000-250,000 forthe work in addition to the$345,000 being furnished byCommon Pleas Court JudgeCharles D. Steele’s specialprojects fund.Adams went on to saythat the project would haveto revert back to prevailingwage which was likely toincrease the cost of the work.“That’s going to hurt us,”Adams admitted.Work is expected to beginsometime in April, provid-ed the bidding process goesaccording to plan. Any jurytrials that would normally beheld in the Common Pleascourtroom would be movedto the courtroom at VanWert Municipal Court, andother hearings would beheld at Van Wert JuvenileCourt.
Hospicevolunteertraining offered
Hospice volunteer train-ing sessions will begin Feb.27 at Community HealthProfessionals’ Van WertInpatient Hospice Center,1155 Westwood Dr.Sessions will be heldfrom 9:30 a.m to 12:30p.m. on five consecutiveMondays through Mar. 26.Fifteen hours of training isrequired.Training includes infor-mation about caring forpatients and families whoare receiving hospice care.Volunteers give emotionalsupport and care to patientsand families at home, inextended care facilities andat the inpatient hospice cen-ter.They may spend timereading with patients, visit-ing and listening. Volunteersare not involved with liftingor giving medications.Sessions may be resched-uled if attendance fallsbelow two attendees. Pleasebring current driver license,proof of auto insurance andSocial Security card.Individuals with a car-ing spirit and willingness tohelp others are encouragedto call Robin Waters at 419-238-9223 for more informa-tion or to register.
The Meadowsoffers dementiasupport group
The Meadows Of Kalidawill offer its Memory CareSupport Group from 12:30-2p.m on Feb. 22 at the facility.Alzheimer’s Association,Northwest Ohio Chapter LimaOffice Program ManagerLinda Rae Pollitz, LSWwill present “Advocacy ForAlzheimers.”Refreshments will beserved.RSVP to Cindy by Tuesdayat 419-532-2961.
COLUMBUS — The law-yer whose email tips aboutOhio State players tradingmemorabilia for tattoos trig-gered a far-reaching scandaland the harshest NCAA pun-ishment in the university’shistory should lose his lawlicense for six months, a dis-ciplinary board said Tuesday.The Ohio Supreme Court’sBoard of Commissioners onGrievances and Disciplinealso recommended that attor-ney Christopher Cicero pay$2,800 in court costs.The board’s ruling Tuesdaynow goes to the SupremeCourt, which can accept,reject or change the recom-mendation.Cicero’s lawyer said he’shopeful the court will look atthe issue differently.“If they make a findingof misconduct, we hope theywill not recommend a sus-pension,” said attorney AlvinMathews.Cicero sent emails to for-mer coach Jim Tressel in April2010, warning him that play-ers were selling memorabiliaor trading them for tattoos.The correspondences helpedlaunch the scandal and endTressel’s Ohio State career.An NCAA investigationalso led to a bowl ban thisyear, reductions in scholar-ships and the loss of OhioState’s $389,000 share of theBig Ten bowl pot a year ago.The entire 2010 season wasalso vacated.At issue before the court iswhether Cicero violated pro-fessional rules of conduct thatprohibit revealing informationfrom meetings with a client ora prospective client.Cicero met with Columbustattoo parlor owner EdwardRife on April 2, 2010, accord-ing to court documents, andagain on April 15, 2010 todiscuss whether Cicero wouldrepresent him in a federaldrug trafficking case, accord-ing to a complaint against himby the Disciplinary Counselof the Ohio Supreme Court.Cicero, an Ohio State foot-ball player in the early 1980s,denies meeting with Rife onApril 2, and says the goalof his meeting with Rife onApril 15 was to confirm thatRife’s partner, a former clientof Cicero, wasn’t involvedwith drug dealing or memora-bilia sales.Rife’s house had beenraided April 1 by federaldrug investigators and Cicerowanted to know if his cli-ent, Joseph Epling, who wasRife’s business partner, wasinvolved in the case.“Eddie Rife was nevergoing to be my client in thiscase at all,” Cicero told a three-member disciplinary panel atthe Ohio Supreme Court lastyear. “I saw him as an ally andresource for Mr. Epling. That’show I viewed Mr. Rife’s pur-pose in my office.”Rife pleaded guilty todrug trafficking and moneylaundering this year and wassentenced to three years inprison.The Disciplinary Counselof the Ohio Supreme Courtalleged that Cicero violatedprofessional conduct rules byrevealing information frominterviews with Rife, a poten-tial client.In the emails to Tressel,Cicero seemed to make itclear that he may have takenon Rife as a client.“If he retains me, and hemay, I will try to get theseitems back,” Cicero wrote inan April 16, 2010 email.“I have to sit tight and waitto see if he retains me, but atleast he came in last night todo a face to face with me,”Cicero wrote later that day.Cicero denied he everintended to represent Rife,but in last year’s hearing heacknowledged telling Rifehow much he would chargehim as his lawyer. The law-yer who went on to representRife testified the amount was$10,000.
Ohio State case lawyer suspended
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