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 Track and field, p6-8A
Sports
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Obituaries 2AState/Local 3APolitics 4ACommunity 5ASports 6-8AAnnouncements 9AClassifieds 2BTV 3B
Index
SunnyTuesday withhigh near 60.See page 2A.
Monday, April 16, 2012
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Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
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www.delphosherald.comMox
Delphos businesswoman dies
Linda Mox, a partnerin Mox & Associates LLCwith her husband, GeorgeMox, has passed away.Mox died at homeat 9:50 p.m. Friday.Mox also worked forDelphos City Schools as asecretary to the treasurerand was a dedicated volun-teer and board member of the Church Women UnitedInterfaith Thrift Shop.She loved church musicand was a member of thechoir for several years.She enjoyed reading theBible, her music and work-ing in her flower gardens.See full obitu-ary on page 2A.
Warnings credited in tornado outbreak
By SEAN MURPHYand GRANT SCHULTEThe Associated Press
WOODWARD, Okla. —When a tornado shrouded indarkness and wrapped in raindropped quickly from the skyabove this northwest Oklahomatown, many residents relied ontelevision weathermen to warnthem of impending devastation.Others learned of the monstertwister from neighbors or callsfrom frantic relatives.One backup they couldn’tcount on was the town’s 20outdoor tornado sirens, whichwere knocked out when light-ning struck a tower used toactivate the warning system.The storms, which causedmultiple outbreaks of severeweather most of Sunday fromKansas to Minnesota, werepart of an exceptionally strongsystem tracked by the NationalWeather Service’s StormPrediction Center in Norman,Okla., which specializes in tor-nado forecasting. The centertook the unusual step of warn-ing people more than 24 hoursin advance of a possible “high-end, life-threatening event.”In the end, only theWoodward tornado provedfatal. While it’s unknownwhether the disabled sirenscontributed to the toll inWoodward, residents andofficials in hard-hit areas of Kansas, Iowa and elsewherecredited days of urgent warn-ings from forecasters for sav-ing lives.“We can’t do this with everyevent,” said the prediction cen-ter’s Ken Miller, noting thatmany storm systems are notas easy to predict whether theywill be a potential threat to lifeand property.Miller said he was pleasedthe warnings were heeded.“We measure our successby how the public reacts,” hesaid. “Do they take precautionsseriously and act on them?”In south central Kansas,Sedgwick County EmergencyManagement Director RandyDuncan credited the dire lan-guage warnings for savinglives.“People become used tothose warnings. That is a dan-gerous complacency,” Duncansaid. “We need to break throughthe clutter of everyday noise toget people’s attention.”The warnings had LarryHill’s attention. The 72-year-old sifted Sunday throughglass and debris of his home.Hours earlier, Hill had bar-ricaded himself in a closet as atornado ripped the roof off hishome in the southwest Iowatown of Thurman. He kept aclose ear on their televisionas Saturday night approached,and had bought extra groceriesthe night before.“We’d been on the lookoutfor it for three days,” he said.“... We were as ready as wecould have been.”A National Weather Serviceofficial said a “month’s worth”of tornados were spottedSunday in Kansas. About100 homes were damaged ina Wichita mobile home, butno serious injuries or fatalitieswere reported.“We knew well ahead of time that this was going to beugly. People listened” to thewarnings, Sedgwick CountyCommissioner Tim Nortonsaid.The Woodward tornadohit after midnight and with-out warning from the town’sknocked out siren system.The state medical exam-iner’s office identified thevictims as Frank Hobbie andhis 5-year-old and 7-year-olddaughters, who died when thetornado hit the mobile homepark, and Darren Juul anda 10-year-old girl who diedwhen the home they were in afew miles away was hit. Officespokeswoman Amy Elliot saidno other details were avail-able but said a critically hurtchild was airlifted to a Texashospital.“Our thoughts and prayers just go out to the families that
Van Wert County electioncampaign costs counted
By ED GEBERTTimes Bulletin Editor
VAN WERT — All acrossthe country, the amount of money spent on political cam-paigns continues to increase.Whether federal or stateoffice, the expenses involvedare increasing and as well asthe willingness to spend.The same trend is true inVan Wert County elections.The recent primary race forcounty commissioner may bethe most expensive campaignin county history.There were two seats con-tested for commissioner onMarch 6. One race featuredtwo candidates — Stan Owensand Denzil Wortman. Theother contest had four candi-dates. That four-way race costthe candidates $27,000.While that figure isdwarfed by reports of presi-dential campaign spendingalong with candidates run-ning for the U. S. Houseof Representatives and theSenate, the 2012 spendinglisted on financial reports,which were due Friday at theBoard of Elections Office,showed greater spending atthe county level than in previ-ous years.Todd Wolfrum wasat the top of the list, withreported expenses paid of $8,546.76. Next was BillEvans, who reported expens-es of $7,085.56, followed byKim Brandt at $6,910.96 andPhil Baxter with spending at$4,575.12.The average spent in thefour-sided contest was morethan $6,750. Three of thecandidates spent more thanthe average. The campaignspending average in the othercommissioner’s race was just$2,300.The four-way race was wonby Wolfrum, with 38 percentcompared to Brandt at 29 per-cent, Evans at 22 percent andBaxter at 10 percent.The reports show Wolfrumspent about $4.40 for eachvote received, Brandt $4.70,Evans $6.35 and Baxter$8.70The Owens-Wortman con-test went to Owens with 77percent of the vote; however,Wortman outspent Owenshandily. Wortman’s reportshowed spending of $3,174.27while Owens spent $1,917.50for a total of just over $4,600.That figure showed Owensspending approximately 50cents per vote received whileWortman spent approximate-ly $2.82 per vote.The only other candidatein a county race to show anyexpenses was sheriff candi-date Tom Riggenbaugh, whospent just under $200 runningunopposed.In general, costs in VanWert County are lower thanin most areas of the country.For instance, county racesin 2010 in Dyer County,Tennessee, were much high-er. There, a pair of sheriff candidates spent more than$37,000 combined, an aver-age $18,500 each.A report from the Centerfor Responsive Politicsshowed that winners of con-gressional races in 2010 spent70 percent more than winnersdid in 2000. While the can-didate with the largest warchest is not guaranteed a win,wise spending in a campaigncan certainly give a candidatean advantage through adver-tising and public exposure.
Killer admits massacre,claims self-defense
By KARL RITTERThe Associated Press
OSLO, Norway — Witha defiant closed-fist salute, aright-wing fanatic admittedtoday to a bomb-and-shoot-ing massacre that killed 77people in Norway but pleadednot guilty to criminal charges,saying he was acting in self-defense.On the first day of his long-awaited trial, Anders BehringBreivik rejected the authorityof the court as it sought toassign responsibility for theJuly 22 attacks that shockedNorway and jolted the imageof terrorism in Europe.Dressed in a dark suit andsporting a thin beard, Breiviksmiled as a guard removedhis handcuffs in the crowdedcourt room. The 33-year-oldthen flashed his salute beforeshaking hands with prosecu-tors and court officials.“I don’t recognizeNorwegian courts becauseyou get your mandate fromthe Norwegian political par-ties who support multicultur-alism,” Breivik said in hisfirst comments to the court.Eight people were killedin Breivik’s July 22 bombingof Oslo’s government districtand 69 others were slain in hisshooting massacre at the left-leaning Labor Party’s youthcamp on Utoya island outsidethe capital. Breivik has saidthe attacks were necessary toprotect Norway from beingtaken over by Muslims.“I admit to the acts, butnot criminal guilt,” he told thecourt, insisting he had actedin self-defense.The key issue to beresolved during the 10-weektrial is the state of Breivik’smental health, which will
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 Library holds open house
Delphos Public Library Director Nancy Mericle, left, chats with visitor Virginia Bokduring the library’s open house on Sunday at the First Edition building. The open houseculminated the library’s celebration of 100 years and National Library Week.Library Board member Brad Rostorfer, right, talks with patron Joe Siefker duringthe open house at the First Edition building. Siefker recalled how the library lookedbefore the second expansion.Musician Paula Schumm provided music for visitors to the library during the openhouse. Children visiting the library could participate in a scavenger hunt.
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See KILLER, page 3ASee WARNING, page 3A
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The DelphosHerald
Vol. 142 No. 230
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general manager,Delphos Herald Inc.Don Hemple, advertising managerTiffany Brantley
,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
Man police foundunresponsive onApril 8 dies
ST. RITA’S
Twin boys were born April13 to Andrew and Kay Millerof Delphos.A girl was born April 15 toMichael and Michelle Leachof Ottoville.
Owner reportsbusiness spraypaintedMan chargedwith driving un-der suspensionCar damagedwhile parkedovernight
High temperature Sundayin Delphos was 78 degrees,low was 57. Weekend rainfallwas recorded at .32 inch. Higha year ago today was 59, lowwas 37. Record high for todayis 86, set in 2002. Record lowis 24, set in 1935.
June 25, 1944-April 13, 2012
Linda J. Mox, 67, went tobe with the Lord at 9:50 p.m.Friday surrounded by her lov-ing family.She was born June 25,1944, in Allen County toCarroll and Helen (Jones)Brenneman, who precededher in death.On April 6, 1963, she mar-ried George Mox, who sur-vives in Delphos.Survivors also includesons Bruce (Cindy) Moxand Andy (Amy) Moxof Delphos; daughterChristine (Terry) Pohlmanof Delphos; sisters Louise(Gary) Sroufe of Delphosand Janet (Richard) Masonof Frankfort, Ind.; brothersRonald (Joyce) Brennemanand Jeffrey (Lori) Brennemanof Delphos; grandchildrenCody, Tyler and Evan Mox,Carter, Justin and LaurenMox and Heather and NathanPohlman; in-laws JudyGreen of Delphos, Joseph(Jan) Mox of Naperville,Ill., and Jeanne (Monty)Druckemiller of Delphos;and 16 nieces and nephews.She was preceded in deathby a premature grandchild of Bruce and Cindy Mox.Mrs. Mox worked forDelphos City Schools as asecretary to the treasurer.She was a partner in Mox& Associates LLC with herhusband. She was a dedi-cated volunteer and boardmember with the ChurchWomen United InterfaithThrift Shop, Delphos. Shewas also a member of TheGreen Thumb Garden Club.She was a lifetime mem-ber of the Morris Chapel,Trinity United MethodistChurch and its women’sgroup. She loved churchmusic and was a member of the choir for several years.She enjoyed reading theBible, her music and work-ing in her flower gardens.She was a great homemakerwho loved her children andgrandchildren.Services will begin at10:30 a.m. Tuesday at TrinityUnited Methodist Church, theRev. David Howell will offi-ciate. Burial will be in WalnutGrove Cemetery.Friends may call from 2-8p.m. Monday at Harter andSchier Funeral Home and9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesday atthe church.Memorial contributionsmay be made to The ChurchWomen United Thrift Shop,Pancreatic Cancer ActionNetwork or the TrinityUnited Methodist BuildingFund.
Dec. 23, 1930-April 14, 2012
Norma Brooks, 81,of Delphos, died at 7:36a.m. Saturday at VancrestHealthcare Center.She was born Dec. 23,1930, in Lima to John andHelen (Ardner) Fiedler, whopreceded her in death.On June 23, 1951, she mar-ried Raymond Brooks, whopreceded her in death.Survivors include son Dale(Candy) Brooks of Delphos;sister Monica (Robert) Sloanof Delphos; and six grand-children and five great-grand-children.She was preceded in deathby brother Melvin Fiedler;sister Helen Beckner; and agreat-granddaughter.Mrs. Brooks had workedat the Ohio State HighwayPatrol and Lima Allen CountyAuditor’s Office doing secre-tarial work. She was a mem-ber of St. John the EvangelistCatholic Church and a life-time member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary inSpencerville. She enjoyedknitting, crocheting and mak-ing candy and cookies.Services will begin at 7p.m. today at Harter and SchierFuneral Home, the Rev. MelVerhoff officiating. Burialwill be in St. John Cemeteryat a later date.Friends may call from5-7 p.m. today at the funeralhome.Memorial contributionsmay be made to St. Rita’sHospice.Corn: $6.29Wheat: $6.24Beans: $14.12CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Sunday:
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A man police found unre-sponsive in a home at 202Holland Avenue the eveningof April 8 died on Sunday.Delphos Police were calledto a residence at 202 HollandAvenue at 9:47 p.m. on April8 to find Brian Ross, 29, of Delphos, unresponsive. Hewas transported to St. Rita’sMedical Center, where he waslisted in critical condition.While at the scene, offi-cers found items believed tobe illegal drugs and possiblyconsumed by Ross resultingin a possible drug overdose.Those items were collected byofficers. Delphos Police alsoreceived anonymous informa-tion stating Ross had con-sumed illegal drugs prior tobecoming unresponsive.Police were contacted bySt. Rita’s Sunday afternoonconcerning Ross’s passing.The cause of Ross’s deathis yet to be confirmed fromtest results.A Lima man was ticketedfor failure to maintain con-trol following a two-vehicleaccident at the intersection of East Fifth Street and ElidaRoad reported at 7:30 p.m.Saturday.Travis Hewitt, 21, of Lima,was traveling eastbound onEast Fifth Street and attempt-ed to make a right-hand turnonto Elida Road when hisvehicle slid on the pavementinto a vehicle driven by TravisMercer, 30, of Delphos, whowas stopped at the traffic sig-nal on Elida Road in the left-hand turn lane.No one was injured andboth vehicles sustained mod-erate damage.At 10:25 a.m. on Friday,Delphos Police were called toa business in the 400 block of North State Street in referenceto a vandalism complaint.Upon officers’ arrival, thebusiness owner stated thatsomeone had spray painted onthe building.At 5:51 p.m. on Friday,while on routine patrol, DelphosPolice came into contact withScott Harruff, 41 of Delphos,at which time it was found thatHarruff was operating a motorvehicle while having his driv-ing privileges suspended.Harruff was cited intoLima Municipal Court on thecharge.At 5:43 p.m. on Saturday,Delphos Police were called tothe 400 block of West ClimeStreet in reference to a crimi-nal damaging complaint.Upon officers’ arrival, thecomplainant stated someonehad caused damage to theirvehicle while it was parked inthat area over night.
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyAssociated PressTONIGHT
: Partly cloudyin the evening then becom-ing mostly clear. Much colder.Lows in the upper 30s. Westwinds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts upto 30 mph in the evening.
TUESDAY
: Mostlysunny. Cooler. Highs around60. Northwest winds 5 to 10mph.
TUESDAY NIGHT
:Mostly clear. Lows in theupper 30s. North windsaround 5 mph shifting to theeast overnight.
WEDNESDAY
: Mostlysunny. Highs around 70. Southwinds 5 to 15 mph.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT
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THURSDAY
: Partlycloudy with a 20 percentchance of showers. Highs inthe upper 60s.Father Gorman, former pas-tor at St. John the EvangelistChurch in Delphos is a patientat Toledo Hospital where he isthe Catholic chaplain.His address is:Father Thomas GormanToledo Hospital, Rm.1831North Cove Blvd.Toledo OH 43606.
Lima man tick-eted after vehicleslides during turn
Today and Tuesday
Linda J. MoxMore PoliceReports A3Marie A. Morris
July 13, 1923-April 13, 2012
Marie A. Morris, 88, of Elida, died Friday at VancrestHealthcare Center.She was born July 13, 1923, in Delphos to Albert andMildred (Miller) Wreede, who preceded her in death.On Feb. 9, 1947, she married Ronald Dale Morris, whosurvives in Elida.Survivors also include son Ronald (Dorothy) Morris Jr.of Elida; daughter Terrie (Richard) Baney of Lake Wales,Fla.; grandchildren Jeremy (Abigail) Morris of Powell,Brett (Kelly) Baney of Okeechobee, Fla., and Andrew(Adina) Baney of Winter Haven, Fla.; and great-grandchil-dren Owen and Nicholas Morris and Aden and Drew AnnBaney.She was preceded in death by a sister, Helen Norris.Mrs. Morris was a homemaker. She was a member of New Creation Lutheran Church in Elida. She enjoyed camp-ing, watching birds and spending time with her grandchil-dren and great-grandchildren.Services will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Harter andSchier Funeral Home, the Rev. Sam Payne officiating.Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery in Elida.Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and onehour prior to services Wednesday at the funeral home.Memorial contributions may be made to American Heartand Cancer societies.The month of May is celebratedas National Salad Month, NationalEgg Month, National BarbecueMonth, National HamburgerMonth, Better Sleep Month andNational Photo Month.
 
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“Dear children! Also today,with joy, I desire to give youmy motherly blessing and to call you to prayer. May prayer become a need for you to grow more in holinessevery day. Work more on your conversion because youare far away, little children.Thank you for havingresponded to my call.”
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The effects of the down-turn in our economy arebeing felt in West Central andNorthwest Ohio, where thenumber of families needingassistance to keep nutritiousfood on the table is on therise. In response to this criti-cal need, Chief Supermarketis sponsoring Good NeighborDay at all store locations onTuesday. This is the fourthannual Good Neighbor Day atChief. More than $97,000 hasbeen donated to local foodpantries since 2009.On Tuesday, Chief willdonate a percentage of salesto support our local food pan-tries.Customers are also beingencouraged to purchase non-perishable food items todonate when they shop at anyChief location on April 17th.As customers check out, theycan also opt to add a cashdonation to their order forany amount.According to Chief Supermarkets’ Director of Marketing Annette Hoeffel,hunger is a growing problemfor many families in everycommunity.“It affects children, whocan’t concentrate in schoolbecause they didn’t eat anutritious dinner the nightbefore; Parents are having tochoose between food and life-sustaining medicine; Familiesare wondering whether to paythe electric bill or buy food.It’s a growing problem,” saidHoeffel. “Our business isfeeding families and support-ing the communities that sup-port us. As a family-owned,local company, Chief feelscompelled to help keep fami-lies together, starting withmaking sure they have enoughof the right kind of food to eatevery day. Together we aremaking a difference in ourneighborhood.”According to the WestOhio Food Bank:
• 45 percent of clients
served by the West Ohio FoodBank report having to choosebetween paying for food andpaying for gas for a car.
• 44 percent had to choose
between paying for food andpaying for utilities or heatingfuel.
• 36 percent had to choose
between paying for food andpaying their rent or mort-gage.
• 35 percent had to choose
between paying for food andpaying for medicine or medi-cal care.Funds donated will allowlocal food pantries to pur-chase staple food items,including produce, meatand frozen foods, at great-ly reduced prices from theWest Ohio Food Bank, whichserves more than 170 pantriesin 11 counties throughoutWest CentralOhio. Each dollar dona-tion to West Ohio Food Bank
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About Chief Supermarkets
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Police seek hit/skip driver
A Bluffton man was charged with a marked lane usageviolation following a two-vehicle crash at East Fifth and North
Washington streets reported at 10:59 a.m. Saturday.Police reports indicate Douglas Nickels, 51, of Bluffton was
traveling eastbound in the inside lane on East Fifth Street andattempted to change lanes, not seeing a vehicle driven by LolaBusch, 63, of Delphos, traveling eastbound in the outside lane,resulting in an accident.No one was injured. Both vehicles sustained moderate dam-age.
At 1:47 a.m. on Saturday,
Delphos Police were called
to the 400 block of West
Clime Street in reference toan assault complaint.Upon officers’ arrival, theyspoke with the victim whostated that while at a busi-ness in that area, a subjectapproached them and assault-ed them.A copy of the report wasforwarded to the prosecutorsoffice for review and possiblecharges.
Victim reportsassault
Police are looking for thedriver of a vehicle that struck aparked vehicle in the parking lotof the Deer Creek Apartments.Matthew Binkley reported topolice at 3:08 p.m. Saturday hisvehicle had been legally parkedin a parking space at 1020 LimaAve. When an unknown vehiclestruck the right side and left thescene of the accident withoutreporting it.If any one has information onhis accident, contact the Delphos
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have lost their loved ones,especially the children,” saidOklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin,who declared a state of emer-gency Sunday after touring thedamage. “It’s always devastatingto hear about the loss of life of children.”Many residents in tornadoalley have grown up counting ontornado sirens to warn them whena twister has been spotted on theground, but emergency officialssay that can be one of the leastreliable methods, especially whena tornado hits at night.“An outdoor warning systemshould never be the only way oreven the primary way to receivea warning,” said Rick Smith, awarning coordination meteorolo-gist with the National WeatherService. “Our message that wepreach is you have to have sev-eral ways to receive a warning.”Curt and Andra Raymer hadtaken steps to prepare for thestorm, but thought they werein the clear when a televisionmeteorologist warned residentsto take cover just minutes beforethe storm hit.“We heard the sirens yester-day afternoon, and they blew for
40 minutes,” said Andra Raymer,44, as she picked through the
rubble of her home that was cov-ered with insulation, broken glassand splintered wood. “Last nightwhen this one came through, wedidn’t hear anything.”The couple and their dogstook shelter in an interior bath-room as the roof was lifted fromtheir home and smashed in theirbackyard.“We’re just lucky to be alive,”Curt Raymer said. “We walkedout into the street and just couldn’tbelieve it.”Emergency management offi-cials urged residents to take advan-tage of weather radios, smart-phones and television warningsto keep them up to speed whenweather turns dangerous. Sirensare not designed to wake residentswho are sleeping or to penetratethe thick insulation in today’shomes, said Albert Ashwood, thedirector of Oklahoma’s Office of Emergency Management.“Sirens are referred to as out-door warning systems, and that’swhat they’re there for: to tellpeople who are outdoors to comeinside and find out what’s goingon,” Ashwood said.
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decide whether he is sent toprison or into psychiatric care.Anxious to prove he is notinsane, Brevik will call right-wing extremists and radicalIslamists to testify during thetrial, to show that others alsoshare his view of clashingcivilizations.Norway’s NRK televisionwas broadcasting parts of thetrial live but was not allowedto show Breivik’s testimony.During today’s openingsession, he remained stone-faced and motionless as pros-ecutors read the indictment onthe terror and murder charges,with descriptions of how eachvictim died, and when theyexplained how he preparedfor the attacks.But Breivik suddenlybecame emotional when pros-ecutors showed an anti-Mus-lim video that he had postedon YouTube before the kill-ing spree, wiping away tearson his cheek with tremblinghands.After a lunch break, Breivikwas again expressionless ashe watched prosecutors pres-ent surveillance footage of the Oslo explosion. The blastripped through the high-risebuilding that housed govern-ment headquarters, blowingout windows and filling sur-rounding streets with smokeand debris.He didn’t flinch as pros-ecutors played a three-minuterecording of a young woman’sfrantic phone call to policefrom Utoya.“Shots have been fired,”the woman, who survived themassacre, said with panic inher voice. “I’m pretty surethat there are many injured.”More than a dozen shotsin close succession couldbe heard as the woman fellsilent.“Are you still there?” thepolice officer asked.“Yes,” she whispered. Shefell silent again, breathinginto the phone as more shotscracked in the background.Breivik also announcedhe doesn’t recognize theauthority of Judge WencheElisabeth Arntzen, becausehe said she is friends with thesister of former NorwegianPrime Minister and LaborParty leader Gro HarlemBrundtland.The anti-Muslim militantdescribed himself as a writer,currently working from pris-on, when asked by the judgefor his employment status.He claims he targeted thegovernment headquarters inOslo and the youth camp tostrike against the left-leaningpolitical forces he blamesfor allowing immigration inNorway.If deemed mentally com-petent, Breivik would facea maximum prison sentenceof 21 years or an alternatecustody arrangement underwhich the sentence is pro-longed for as long as aninmate is deemed a dangerto society.While Norway has a legalprinciple of preventive self-defense, that doesn’t applyto Breivik’s case, said JarlBorgvin Doerre, a legal expertwho has written a book on theconcept.
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