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Obituaries 2State/Local 3Politics 4Community 5Sports 6-7Church 8Classifieds 10Television 11World briefs 12
Friday, March 9, 2012
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Ottoville girls fall, p6Brown announces ‘Grow it Here, Make it Here’ initiative, p3
Ohio sees record 2010 overdose deaths
COLUMBUS — Ohiosaw a record number of drugoverdose deaths in 2010, aspainkiller abuse and ingestionof multiple drugs at a timecontinued to take their tolland underscored the obsta-cles confronting the state as itmakes unprecedented effortsto combat the problem.The state also saw a recordnumber of heroin deaths,which now account for onein every five overdose deaths,a trend that may be driven bypainkiller addicts switching toheroin, a cheaper alternative.The Ohio Department of Health recorded 1,544 acci-dental overdose deaths in2010, the most recent yearwith complete data, a 5 per-cent increase over the nexthighest figure from 2008 anda 372 percent increase overthe decade. Drug overdosesremained the leading cause of accidental deaths in the state,including car crashes, for thefourth straight year.The figures reflect therapid increase in the numberof prescription painkillers thathave been dispensed in thestate, said Christy Beeghly,program administrator for theHealth Department’s InjuryPrevention Program.“We’ve just exposed amuch greater proportion of the population to these veryaddictive and potentially verydangerous substances,” shesaid Thursday. “We’re seeingthe results in not just thesedeaths, but also in substanceabuse treatment, nonfataloverdoses and other conse-quences.”Ohio Attorney GeneralMike DeWine said stateefforts in 2011 to fight pre-scription drug abuse includedshutting down pain manage-ment clinics referred to as“pill mills” by their critics,convicting doctors and takingaway medical licenses.“Whether that, and thepublicity, and the other effortshas stemmed this tide andwhether numbers are startingto go down we just simplydon’t know,” he said. “Whatwe do know is in 2010 theycontinued to rise and that hasbeen a steady trend since atleast 1999. We are headed inthe wrong direction.”The data shows that painmedication figured in 45 per-cent of the overdoses in 2010,up from 39 percent in 2009.The use of multiple drugs ata time is also part of the prob-lem, though Beeghly said it’spossible coroners are reportingthe use of multiple drugs moreaccurately than in the past.“Multiple drug use andmixing medications is verydangerous,” she said.Ohio also is seeing increas-es in overdose deaths attribut-ed to anti-anxiety drugs suchas Valium, Ativan or Xanax,according to the HealthDepartment.The state recorded 338 her-oin-involved deaths in 2010,or 22 percent of all drug over-doses, as addicts who can’tafford pain pills take advan-tage of the cheap heroin thathas flooded Ohio in recentyears.Heroin use likely drivenby addicts switching is nowbeing seen in rural parts of Ohio where it’s never beenrecorded before, said JoeGay, an Athens psychologistwho directs substance abuseprograms for a six-countyregion.“The treatment system sim-ply cannot keep up with theneeds,” he said. “All across thestate people are being turnedaway because treatment ser-vices are not available to dealwith the problem.”The state’s efforts toaddress the painkiller epidem-ic started last year with a lawsigned by Gov. John Kasichto crack down on pain man-agement clinics, blamed byhealth officials for contribut-ing to hundreds of overdosedeaths in Ohio each year.Last month, preliminarynumbers from the Ohio StateBoard of Pharmacy’s auto-mated reporting showed thenumber of prescribed pain-killer doses and drug-relateddeaths decreased last year inScioto County, the southernOhio locale regarded as theepicenter of the state’s pre-scription drug addiction prob-lem.In December, DeWineannounced that the last painmedication clinic in SciotoCounty had been shut down.“We’re into this for thelong battle and this is notgoing be easy and we’re notgoing to turn it around over-night,” he said Thursday.The state saw 1,423 acci-dental drug overdose deaths in2009, 1,475 in 2008 and 1,351in 2007.
It’s My Job
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Jim Stanley, manager of Buckeye Exterminating inOttoville.
Stanley takes careof what ‘bugs’ you
BY STACY TAFFstaff@delphosherald.com
OTTOVILLE — When theitsy bitsy spider crawls up thewater spout, one calls their-dad or husband. When theitsy bitsy spider and its entirefamily crawl up, one calls theexterminator.After spending more than30 years in the business of pestcontrol, Buckeye ExterminatingManager Jim Stanley has dealtwith everything from spiders tonesting rodents.“I’ve been doing this since1978. I actually started at afood plant doing quality con-trol,” Stanley said. “I gotlicensed to do our own pestcontrol so we wouldn’t haveto keep hiring it out. I did thatfor 23 years and then retired.Then, I owned my own busi-ness for nine years and soldit. Back then, Brian Beiningwas the owner of Buckeye andI stopped by to say hi and heasked me if I wanted a job. I’vebeen here ever since.”As manager, Stanley doesn’thave to do as much dirty workas he used to.“I’m in here in the morninganswering phones and some-times we’ll have people callingand canceling or changing thetime along with a few peoplecalling in with some problems,”he said. “Occasionally, I’ll getone of the technicians callingin sick and that causes someproblems because that personmay have nine jobs scheduledfor that day, so I divide all of those jobs up somehow amongthe other technicians so we getit done. It may not be until theafternoon or evening but wewill get it done that day.”“I’m also here to answerquestions for the techniciansand I go out on jobs with themif it’s a two-person job,” hesaid. “I also do paperwork. Wehave 11 technicians here andif they each have nine jobs fora given day, I’ll have 99 workorders to fill out.”One of the perks of being anexterminator is when it comesto bugs, he has pretty muchseen it all.“They call it general pestcontrol but it should be gen-eral insect control,” Stanleysaid. “Most of the calls youget are about insects. Peopledon’t want them around.Occasionally, we’ll be calledto do nuisance trapping, likeif a squirrel or raccoon digs inand makes a home for itself butmostly, it’s bugs. Everythingis pretty common; nothing isstrange to us. We do get emer-gency calls where someone hashoney bees covering an entireside of their house or yellow jackets chewing through dry-wall. We try to get those doneas quickly as possible. Most of the time people try to take careof the problem themselves andcalling us is a last resort.”Stanley says the severityand frequency of bug infesta-tions is directly affected by theSunnySaturdayand high inlow 50s. Seepage 2.
Solar storm not nearly asbad as could have been
By SETH BORENSTEINThe Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Asolar storm shook the Earth’smagnetic field early today,but scientists said they had noreports of any problems withelectrical systems.After reports Thursday of the storm fizzling out, a surgeof activity prompted spaceweather forecasters to issuean alert about changes in themagnetic field.Space weather forecasterRob Steenburgh says therehaven’t been any reports of problems from electrical sys-tem problems.He says the storm reached amoderate level late Thursdaybefore going to a stronglevel early today. For mostof Thursday, it was rated asminor.Steenburgh also says thatthere was another solar flarelate Thursday, similar to theone a few days ago that setoff the current storm. But hesays it’s too early to deter-mine what kind of impactit will have or when it willarrive on Earth.Around midnight ESTThursday, the storm reachedwhat forecasters called a“moderate level.”“We’ve seen a bit of anincrease in mag (magneticfield) geo-activity, rela-tive to what we saw earliertoday,” said Norm Cohen,a senior space weatherforecaster at the NationalOceanic and AtmosphericAdministration’s SpaceWeather Prediction Center inBoulder, Colo.He wasn’t aware of anysignificant effects to keyelectrical or technologicalsystems, but said there wasa two-hour blackout of highfrequency radio communica-tions — affecting mainly hamradio operations — stretchingfrom eastern Africa to easternAustralia.Hours earlier, NASA solarphysicist David Hathawaysaid that it appeared that thestorm was over, based on adrop in a key magnetic read-ing.But Doug Biesecker —also with the weather predic-tion center, which forecastssolar storms — pointed to anincrease in a different mag-netic field measurement.Scientists do agree thatother storms may be liningup in the cosmic shootinggallery in the coming, daysmonth and year.The storm, which startedwith a solar flare Tuesdayevening, caused a stirWednesday because forecastswere for a strong storm withthe potential to knock electri-cal grids offline, mess withGPS and harm satellites. Iteven forced airlines to reroutea few flights on Thursday.It was never seen as athreat to people, just technol-ogy, and teased skywatcherswith the prospect of colorfulNorthern Lights dipping fur-ther south.But when the storm finallyarrived around 6 a.m. ESTThursday, after traveling at2.7 million mph, it was morea magnetic breeze than a gale.The power stayed on. So didGPS and satellites. And thepromise of auroras seemed tobe more of a mirage.“I think we just luckedout,” Jeffrey Hughes, directorof the Center for IntegratedSpace Weather Modelingat Boston University, saidThursday afternoon. “It justdidn’t pack as strong a mag-netic field as we were antici-pating.”Scientists initially fig-ured the storm would be theworst since 2006 but nowseems only as bad as onesa few months ago, said JoeKunches, a scientist at theNOAA center. The strongeststorm in recorded history wasprobably in 1859, he said.“It’s not a terribly strongevent. It’s a very interestingevent,” Kunches said.Forecasters can predictthe speed a solar storm trav-els and its strength, but thenorth-south orientation is thewild card. This time it was anorthern orientation, whichis “pretty benign,” Kunchessaid. Southern would havecaused the most damagingtechnological disruption andbiggest auroras.North American utilitiesdidn’t report any problems,said Kimberly Mielcarek,spokeswoman for the NorthAmerican Electric ReliabilityCorporation, a consortium of electricity grid operators.
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 Father Mel reads Dr. Seuss
As part of the celebration of Dr. Seuss’ 108th birthday, the Rev. Mel Verhoff tookthe opportunity to read to St. John’s Elementary School first-graders. Of course, heread a Dr. Seuss book.
Relay teams,committee meetTuesday
There will be Relay forLife team and commit-tee meetings on Tuesdayat the Delphos Eagles.The team meeting willstart at 6:30 p.m. andthe committee meetingwill start at 7:30 p.m.The team meeting is not just for team captains; thewhole team can attend.Food and drink will beavailable to purchase.
Help Me Growsets screenings
Putnam County HelpMe Grow Early ChildhoodSpecialists will be availableto screen Putnam Countyinfants, toddlers and pre-schoolers free of charge.Developmental screen-ings include: hearing,vision, physical develop-ment (crawling, walking,etc.), speech and language,behavioral and play skills.Screening will take placefrom 1-5 p.m. on March20 and are by appointmentonly. Call Marcie or Annat 419-523-6059 or tollfree at 1-877-738-1866.
Polar Fun Run canceled
Due to an insufficientnumber of participants, thePolar Fun Run sponsoredby the Spencerville NationalHonor Society scheduled forSaturday had been canceled.
Boys Area TournamentBasketball ScoresDivision III
: LimaCentral Catholic 64,Elmwood 48; Liberty-Benton 62, Spencerville59; Ottawa-Glandorf 38,Patrick Henry 35; Versailles62, Hamilton Badin 34
GirlsDivision IV
: Arlington59, Ottoville 48; NewMadison Tri-Village 45,New Knoxville 43
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“We gear up everyyear as soon asthe bad weatherbreaks, then wecatch our breathby about Octoberor November. Itall really dependson the weather.Winter does itsown pest control.With the mildweather we’vehad, I predictthis year will bea bad one.”
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Delphos weather
High temperature Thursdayin Delphos was 60 degrees,low was 33. Rainfall wasrecorded at .39 inch. High ayear ago today was 50, lowwas 44. Record high for todayis 66, set in 1986. Record lowis -16, set in 1984.
: Mostly clear.Lows in the lower 20s. Northwinds 5 to 15 mph shiftingto the east 5 to 10 mph aftermidnight.
: Mostlysunny. Not as cool. Highs inthe lower 50s. South winds 5to 15 mph.
:Mostly clear. Not as cold.Lows in the mid 30s. Southwestwinds 5 to 15 mph.
: Mostly sunnyin the morning then becomingpartly cloudy. Highs in thelower 60s. South winds 5 to15 mph.
: Mostlycloudy with a 50 percentchance of showers. Lows inthe upper 40s.
: Showers likely.Highs in the lower 60s. Chanceof precipitation 60 percent.
:Partly cloudy with a 20 per-cent chance of showers. Lowsin the lower 50s.
: Partly cloudy. Highsin the mid 60s. Lows in thelower 50s.
: Partlycloudy with a 20 percentchance of showers and storms.Highs around 70.
:Mostly cloudy with a 40percent chance of showers,storms. Lows in the mid 50s.
Loretta MarieHoffman
Loretta Marie Hoffman,85, formerly of Delphos, diedSunday at Windsor of CapeCoral Nursing Home in CapeCoral, Fla.She was born in Ottoville.Her parents were Walter andMary (Krieger) Calvelage.Survivors include sonsCarl Hoffman of Lima andDonald (Dawn) Hoffman of Montgomery, Ala.; daughterTheresa Hoffman of CapeCoral; sister Rita Weis of Ottawa; sister-in-law ManetaCalvelage of Delphos; numer-ous nieces and nephews, cous-ins and friends; and grandchil-dren Luke and Cole Hempflingof Cape Coral, Rachell (Matt)Moodie of Wesley Chapel,Fla. and Benjamin Dean of Montgomery, Ala.She was preceded in deathby her husband Louis; brothersEugene, Othmar and LeanderCalvelage.She owned and operatedModern Beauty Salon inDelphos and Village Salonin Ottoville and worked atVancrest Health Care Centerin Delphos until she retired atage 77.A loving wife, mother andgrandmother, she lit up theroom with her warm smile.Mass of Christian Burialwill begin at 11 a.m. Mondayat St. John the EvangelistCatholic Church. Burial willbe in St. Joseph Cemetery inFort Jennings.Friends may call one hourprior to services Monday atthe church.Memorials are to HopeHospice at hopehospice.org.Arrangements are by Harterand Schier Funeral Home.
Tabatha Sue(Stant), 42, of Ruskin, Fla.,and formerly of Delphos,graveside services will be heldat noon Saturday at WalnutGrove Cemetery.
Thomas H.,“Tom,” funeral services willbegin at 2:30 p.m. Saturdayat Thomas E. Bayliff FuneralHome in Spencerville, theRev. John Medaugh offici-ating. Burial will follow atWright Cemetery in JenningsTownship, with gravesiderites by the SpencervilleVFW and American Legionposts. Friends may callfrom 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.today and for an hour priorto the service at the funeralhome. Memorials are to theAmerican Heart Associationin care of the funeral home.
UN to survey healthneeds in 4 Syrian cities
By JOHN HEILPRINThe Associated Press
GENEVA — The Syriangovernment will allow theUnited Nations to assess thebasic medical needs of Syriansin four areas where opposi-tion forces have clashed withgovernment troops and toalso carry out a preliminaryhumanitarian needs assess-ment, officials said today.But the rare access to strife-torn areas of Syria gainedby two U.N. agencies forhealth and population needsdepends on the cooperationof local medical students,Syrian Arab Red Crescentaid workers and other non-government organizations toconduct the survey.A third U.N. agency,for humanitarian needs,announced today it hadgained access for its own pre-liminary assessment.For the past year, Syria’sgovernment has engagedin a bloody crackdown ona popular uprising inspiredby the Arab Spring move-ments in other countries inthe region. The U.N. saysmore than 7,500 people havebeen killed. Activists put thedeath toll at more than 8,000.World Health Organizationspokesman Tarik Jasarevicsays a “very preliminaryand basic survey” overseenby his agency and the U.N.Population Fund will be car-ried out next week with thecooperation of Syria’s healthministry.Medical students and aidworkers will fan out in fourareas affected by the crisis:the rebellious city of Homs,the southern town of Daraawhere protests began, thenortheastern city of Deir al-Zour and rural parts of thecapital Damascus, he toldreporters in Geneva.“It is very difficult to assessneeds and provide an inde-pendent evaluation in orderto get a clear overview of thesituation and the needs on theground,” Jasarevic said. “Theresults will be analyzed bya technical committee com-posed of most of the agenciesof the health sector.”In particular, he said, localaid workers say they alreadyknow there is a critical lack of medical help ranging from notenough ambulances to sparsemedicine and other supplies,particularly for trauma careand chronic diseases.The U.N. health agencysays that since the start of thecrisis last year its office inSyria has been providing thenation’s health ministry andthe Red Crescent with ambu-lances, surgery supplies, andequipment such as ventilatorsand incubators for newbornbabies.The U.N. Office for theCoordination of HumanitarianAffairs, which has been nego-tiating for access in Syria,said today it has gained per-mission to take a “first step”toward providing badly need-ed medical help, food andbasic supplies.After a three-day tour of Syria that included Homs andparts of its devastated suburbof Baba Amr, OCHA headValerie Amos said in Ankara,Turkey, that she was “horri-fied by the destruction.”“Almost all the buildingshad been destroyed and therewere hardly any people leftthere,” she said.
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weather.“We gear up every yearas soon as the bad weatherbreaks, then we catch ourbreath by about October orNovember,” he said. “It allreally depends on the weath-er. Winter does its ownpest control. With the mildweather we’ve had, I predictthis year will be a bad one.”An exterminator’s arsenalconsists of various chemicalagents and pesticides thatcan be dangerous in inexpe-rienced hands. Stanley sayssafety is a primary concern.“The Ohio Department of Agriculture oversees us andthey have a plethora of rulesand regulations, which is agood thing. They say ‘thelabel is the law’ and we takethat seriously. When you’reworking with pesticides it’sgood to do everything by thebook,” he said.The thing Stanley lovesmost about his job is thefeeling he gets after a jobwell done.“When you know you’vehelped a customer, whenyou’ve calmed them downand you get to see the lookon their face, it’s very sat-isfying,” he said. “To us,this stuff isn’t a big dealbut to a lot of people, it’slife threatening. Not every-one is made up to do this. Itmakes you feel like you’veaccomplished something.I’m not sure I’d put it upwith death and taxes but thisis a job that’ll be around fora while.”Stanley lives in Van Wertwith is wife Kathy. He hasone step-son, Todd Daniels.
Health uncertainties tormentJapanese in nuke zone
By YURI KAGEYAMAThe Associated Press
FUKUSHIMA, Japan —Yoshiko Ota keeps her win-dows shut. She never hangsher laundry outdoors. Fearfulof birth defects, she warnsher daughters: Never havechildren.This is life with radiation,nearly one year after a tsu-nami-hit nuclear power plantbegan spewing it into Ota’sneighborhood, 40 miles (60kilometers) away. She’s soworried that she has brokenout in hives.“The government spokes-man keeps saying there areno IMMEDIATE healtheffects,” the 48-year-old nurs-ery school worker says. “He’snot talking about 10 years or20 years later. He must thinkthe people of Fukushima arefools.“It’s not really OK to livehere,” she says. “But we livehere.”Ota takes metabolism-enhancing pills in hopes of flushing radiation out of herbody. To limit her exposure,she goes out of her way tobuy vegetables that are notgrown locally. She spends10,000 yen ($125) a monthon bottled water to avoid thetap water. She even mail-ordered a special machine todehusk her family’s rice.Not everyone resorts tosuch measures, but a sense of unease pervades the residentsof Fukushima. Some havemoved away. Everyone elseknows they are living with aninvisible enemy.Radiation is still leak-ing from the now-closedFukushima Dai-ichi nuclearplant, though at a slower pacethan it did in the weeks afterthe March 11 earthquake andtsunami. It’s not immediatelyfatal but could show up ascancer or other illnesses yearslater.The uncertainty breedsfear. Some experts say therisks are quite low outsidethe 20-kilometer (12-mile)no-go zone, and people cantake steps to protect them-selves, such as limiting intakeof locally grown food, notlingering in radiation “hotspots” such as around gut-ters and foliage, and periodi-cally living outside the area.But risks are much higher forchildren, and no one can sayfor sure what level of expo-sure is safe.What’s clear is Fukushimawill be a test case that theworld is watching for long-term exposure to low-doseradiation.More than 280,000 peoplelive in Fukushima city alone,though some have left, andmany more live in surround-ing towns, including many of the 100,000 who have beenevacuated from the no-gozone.“People are scared todeath,” says WolfgangWeiss, chairman of the U.N.Scientific Committee on theEffects of Atomic Radiation,which is studying Fukushima.“They are thinking, ’Tell me.Is it good or bad?’ We can’ttell them. ... Life is risky.”
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Brown announces“Grow It Here, MakeIt Here” initiative
WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown(D-OH) has announced an ini-tiative to boost the biobasedproducts industry to expandmarkets and create jobs. The“Grow it Here, Make it Here”initiative would increaseaccess to capital for biobasedmanufacturers, improve mar-keting of biobased products,and further the commercial-ization of newagricultural inno-vations to reduceU.S. dependenceon foreign oil andcreate jobs.“We all knowthat Ohio farmersput food on tables,grow feed for live-stock, and fill thetanks of vehiclesacross the nation.But increasingly,Ohio farmersgrow productsthat are turnedinto plastics, lubri-cants and chemicals,” Brownsaid. “Ohio already has whatit takes to lead the nation inthis emerging field: a skilledworkforce, strong agriculturalsector, and culture of manu-facturing and innovation. The‘Grow it Here, Make it Here’initiative will give Ohio’ssmall towns and agriculturalcommunities an unprecedent-ed opportunity to develop new jobs and promote economicgrowth though the biobasedindustry.”With nearly 130 Ohiocompanies already producingbiobased products, Brown’sbill, introduced earlier thisweek, would support Ohio’semerging biobased-manufac-turing industry and encouragethe development and manu-facturing of new biobasedproducts.Brown was joined ontoday’s news conference callby Cathy Horton, founder of Nutek Green, a manufacturerof soy-based cleaning prod-ucts and lubricants, and AllenArmstrong, a South Charlestonfarmer who sees biobasedmanufacturing as a new mar-ket and growth opportunity.Brown also released a county-by-county map of biobasedmanufacturers in Ohio.“As the founder of NutekGreen, I amdelighted to seethat SenatorBrown has takena leadership roleto support andimprove the fund-ing, commercial-ization and mar-keting needs of bio-based com-panies and entre-preneurs,” Hortonsaid. “We areworthy of suchsupport, and havenot only brought jobs to Ohio andelsewhere, but have made anew and safe beginning forour State in an industry thatholds much promise indeed.”Biobased products are com-posed wholly or significantlyof biological ingredients —waste streams and renewableplant, animal, marine, or for-estry materials. From naturalpet foods and biobased paint,to soy ink and toner, thesecompanies are creating jobs inOhio’s small towns and ruralcommunities, and generatinga link between agriculture andmanufacturing.Brown’s bill consists of three parts:— Strengthens the“Biopreferred Program,”which certifies and labelsproducts so consumers canchoose to purchase goodsmade of agriculture materi-als, and provides a preferencefor these products for gov-ernment purchases. USDA’sBiopreferred Program offersover 8,900 biobased products,including products made by130 Ohio companies.— Spurs the commercial-ization of new agriculturalinnovations by streamliningand focusing resources to helpnew biobased projects movefrom the development to thecommercialization phase.Your initiative focuses theUSDA’s Biomass Researchand Development Initiativeon the commercialization of biobased products—bridgingthis gap to help accelerate thebiobased industry.— Increases access to capi-tal for bio-based manufactur-ers by expanding the USDA’sBiorefinery Loan GuaranteeProgram, so biobased manu-facturers have access to loansto help finance new operationsor expand existing ones.In September 2011, Brownheld a roundtable with businessleaders, students, and farmersat the Ohio State University—as part of his “Grown in Ohio”Listening Tour—to discuss thepotential of Ohio’s biobasedindustry. In July 2010, Browninvited Denny Hall, a sixth-generation farmer from UnionCounty and the assistant direc-tor of the Ohio BioProductsInnovation Center (OBIC)to testify before the SenateCommittee on Agriculture,Nutrition and Forestry at a hear-ing to examine how biobasedmanufacturing can create jobsin rural Ohio.Brown has held more than200 roundtables through-out the state, and is the firstOhioan to serve on the SenateAgriculture Committee inmore than 40 years and thefirst Ohioan ever to servesimultaneously on the SenateAppropriations AgricultureSubcommittee. Agriculture isOhio’s largest industry.
TOLEDO (AP) — Policeare investigating allegationsof corpse abuse at a Toledofuneral home where two rela-tives of the deceased said theywere offered a free funeraland casket for their loved onein exchange for not going toauthorities.The children of BrendaShular-Cameron, who died of multiple organ failure at age51, were told by the H.H.Birkenkamp Funeral Homethat their mother’s body wasmistreated, The Blade news-paper reported.Details on the abuse werenot released, but the employ-ee has been fired, said LisaMarshall, a spokeswomanfor Houston-based ServiceCorporation International,which owns the Birkenkampfuneral home. She denied thefamily was offered a deal andnoted the company wouldn’thave told the family in thefirst place if it wanted tocover anything up.“I do not believe for oneminute that we offered thefamily anything for theirsilence, and I believe that weoperated as we always dowith full transparency,” shetold The Associated Press onThursday.Shular-Cameron’s son,Marc Nail, said he and his sis-ter, Amber Thebeau-Tunison,33, met with funeral homemanager Susan Birkenkampon Tuesday and were toldtheir mother’s body was“mistreated.”Nail said he was told anoth-er funeral home employeewitnessed the “fondling.”Nail said that during thatmeeting, he and his sisterwere told that if they wentto police, the incident wouldbecome public record, accord-ing to the Blade. He allegesthat Birkenkamp then offeredto forgive the $11,000 funeralcost if the family didn’t callpolice.As of now, police areinvestigating only the allega-tion of corpse abuse at thistime, Toledo police Sgt. TimCampbell said. Birkenkampis unavailable for comment,Marshall said.The Ohio Board of Embalmers and FuneralDirectors said the funeral homedid contact it about the matter.The board also is investigatingand could suspend or revokethe license of the funeral homeor its director if wrongdoingis found, said board DirectorJennifer Baugess.Shular-Cameron’s familytransferred her body to anoth-er funeral home but couldn’tmake arrangements becauseof the investigation, said hermother, Anne Lamprecht.Two former employees of the funeral home were foundguilty in court in 1988 of abusing a corpse, Marshallsaid. Service CorporationInternational did not own thefuneral home at the time, shesaid.
Toledo police investigatecorpse abuse allegations
By ANN SANNERAssociated Press
COLUMBUS — Officialsat the Columbus Zoo are tak-ing issue with an exemptionin an Ohio bill that wouldallow a school to display adangerous wild animal as asports mascot.The exemption is partof a proposal introduced onThursday to regulate exoticanimals in the state.The zoo’s chief operatingofficer says the facility sup-ports the legislation overall,but not the exemption.Tom Stalf also praisedthe bill’s perimeter fencingrequirements. He says the rulecould have helped keep doz-ens of animals in Zanesvillecontained after their suicidalowner freed them from theircages in October.The bill would ban newownership of exotic animalsin the state. Current owners of large animals would be barredfrom keeping the creaturesunless they met strict stan-dards beginning in 2014.An Ohio lawmaker intro-duced a proposal Thursday toban new ownership of exoticanimals in the state, monthsafter authorities shot dozensof lions, tigers, bears andother wild creatures let looseby their suicidal owner.Republican State Sen. TroyBalderson from Zanesville,the eastern Ohio city wherethe animals were shot, saidowner Terry Thompsonwould not have passed thebackground check in his billin order to get a permit tokeep such animals.Thompson had spent timein federal prison for possess-ing unregistered weapons.Balderson said if his leg-islation becomes law, ownerswho have been convicted of afelony couldn’t get the specialpermits from the state thatwould be needed to possessleopards, cheetahs and otherdangerous and wild animals.Balderson told TheAssociated Press on Thursdaythat he has tried to find a bal-ance in the bill that protectsthe public and the rights of property owners.“There are good peopleout there that do this,”Balderson said in a telephoneinterview. “I don’t want tohave a knee-jerk reaction,and overreact to somethingthat happened that was veryunfortunate.”
Columbus Zoo opposes mascot exemption in bill
Ohio companyseeks federalgrant forwind turbinesMayor pitchesschool changes
CLEVELAND (AP) — AnOhio development company islooking to win a federal grantto help fund its project to putwind turbines in Lake Erie.The Plain Dealer reportsthat Lake Erie EnergyDevelopment Corp. and theGreat Lakes Energy Instituteat Case Western ReserveUniversity will jointly applyfor the money.The company’s presidenttells the newspaper that teamsare working to have two tur-bines in the Lake between2015 and 2017.The U.S. Department of Energy has a newly created$180 million fund for off-shore wind projects.Officials in Ohio hope toget up to $50 million for theLake Erie project, and awardsmust be matched by localcontributions.A Case Western professorsays the goal is to reduce thecost of electricity generatedby wind turbines.CLEVELAND (AP)— Cleveland’s mayor hasappealed for support for awide-ranging plan for improv-ing public schools.Mayor Frank Jackson saidThursday in his seventh stateof the city address that hiswish-list includes a plan partlydependent on a new proper-ty tax expected to be on theNovember ballot.According to The PlainDealer, the Collinwood HighSchool senior class presidentin the audience complainedabout the attitude of staff andstudents at the school. Themayor says the 17-year-old’scomments illustrate the need toshake up the school culture.The mayor controls schoolsthrough an appointed board.He wants to overhaul fail-ing schools and work closerwith high-performing charterschools.The plan calls for reassign-ing teachers without regardto seniority, a concern for theteachers union.
Shoes mustnow be wornin Statehouse
COLUMBUS (AP) —Visitors to the Ohio Statehousemust now wear footwear.The Columbus Dispatchreports a legislative panelcleared rules Thursday torequire shoes be worn at theCapitol.Statehouse spokesmanGregg Dodd has said therequirement was prompted byconcerns about public safety.The policy follows attemptsto visit the Statehouse by abarefoot activist who has saidgoing shoeless is a healthylifestyle. Bob Neinast of the Columbus suburb of Pickerington says his feet hurtwhen he wears shoes, so hegoes barefoot nearly every-where, even in winterThe new rule approved bythe Joint Committee on AgencyRule Review says all visitorsmust be wearing “shoes orcomparable footwear.”

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