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Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
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Chiefteach.com armsparents to fight drugs
BY MIKE FORDmford@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — When onedevotes a career to fightingsocial ills, it can be frustrat-ing to watch issues such asthe drug problem roll on andon despite one’s efforts tocurtail it. This is the experi-ence of one local man whohas launched a web site toeducate parents, teachers andothers because his profes-sional experience has shownhim most people aren’t asdrug-savvy as they think theyare.Kyle Fittro has worked inlaw enforcement for 14 yearsand regularly conducts drugeducation workshops for thegeneral public. He says manypeople go into them unawareof how much drug culture haschanged since they were kidsand they aren’t aware of thedifferences.“A lot of adults thinkthey’re more drug-savvy thanthey actually are. They comeup to me when I deliver thesepresentations and say ‘Kyle,you know, I appreciate youdoing this but I really don’tthink you can tell me any-thing I don’t already know.’Those same people comeback to me at the end of thepresentation and say ‘Wow,Kyle. I had no idea how muchI didn’t know.’ Well, it’s my job to know this stuff. If Iwere a roofer, for example, Iwouldn’t be up-to-date on thedrug scene, either,” he said.Fittro’s site is home toa video presentation no dif-ferent from what he deliverslive. It is a 73-minute talk thatgives parents the tools theyneed to keep an eye on theirteenage sons and daughters.One of the things he dis-cusses at length is how drugscan be hidden in plain sightwith objects that appear aseveryday items.“You can buy this stuff on the internet; for example,there is a water bottle thatactually holds water but onlyat the top. The bottom comesapart and has a hidden com-partment big enough to hideabout $1,000 worth of heroin.Then, there are pipes thatlook like things as commonas a highlighter and it evenfunctions as a highlighter butcomes apart and is actually apipe,” he said.A myriad of items may notbe as they appear, so parentsneed to know what to look forif one should have suspicionsand take a peek around whilecleaning a teenager’s room.Fittro explains this in moredetail in the video, whichcosts $1.99 to view to coverthe streaming cost and otherexpenses of maintaining thesite. The fee grants access tothe video for up to 24 hours,
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Northwest Ohio Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for theCure Executive Director Mary Westphal, left, presents acheck for $10,100 to Putnam County Health DepartmentDirector of Nursing Sherri Recker.
Putnam health dept. gets$10,100 from Komen
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The Northwest OhioAffiliate of Susan G. Komenfor the Cure awarded $10,100to the Putnam County HealthDepartment during the AnnualPower of the Promise GrantsReception held recently atthe McMaster Center at theToledo-Lucas County PublicLibrary.The health departmentbegan the Putnam CountyBreast Health Project in2007 in response to thehigh breast cancer rates inPutnam County. Since thattime, breast cancer rates havedecreased, which makesPutnam County similar to thestate of Ohio. Early detectionis the key to survival andeveryone deserves access toneeded screenings for breastcancer. The Northwest OhioSusan G. Komen for the Curehas granted Putnam Countya total of $73,890 since 2007and has provided 302 womenwith needed screening anddiagnostic services.“We are proud to be grant-ed these funds which enableus to help women and menthat may not have otherwisebeen able to have screen-ing mammograms or con-tinue with diagnostic testing.Several women that have par-ticipated in this project havebeen diagnosed with breastcancer and may not havehad a successful outcome if the cancer hadn’t been diag-nosed in the early stages,”explained Putnam CountyHealth Department Directorof Nursing Sherri Recker.“We have been assured thatnone of the funds raised bythe Northwest Ohio Affiliateof Susan G. Komen for theCure have been distributedor associated with PlannedParenthood. All of the grantmoney is raised at the Racefor the Cure held in Toledo.In fact, 75 percent of themoney raised at the Race isgiven back to the communityas grants. The other 25 per-cent supports breast cancerresearch to help find a cure,”Health Commissioner Dr.Mary Ann Myers said.The services provided bythe Putnam County Breast
Siefker will miss her passengers
BY STACY TAFFstaff@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — After 37years of driving Delphos stu-dents to and from school,Esther Siefker has decided toretire. Having grown attachedto her passengers, Siefkersays the last few days on herroute were emotional.“I got hugs from everyone of them, except a coupleof the older boys who aretoo old for hugs,” she said.“The kids I have now startedschool with me. I’ll missthe kids the most. I won’tmiss getting up at 5:30 everymorning or having to goback in at 2:30 in the after-noon. That kind of breaks upyour day.”Siefker says there were afew reasons she picked thisyear to retire from the schoolsystem.“I got started in 1975when a friend of mine men-tioned they needed bus driv-ers. I thought it sounded likea neat job so I went for it.Back then, it was a lot easierto become a bus driver,” shesaid. “Now you have all sortsof hoops you have to jumpthrough. You have to have aCommercial Drivers Licenseand you have to be state-certified. It was about timefor me to get certified againand I wasn’t going to do allof that again. I’m also get-ting to that age and I havemy years in.”Retiring from the schoolsystem is part of her plan tolighten her load. Siefker alsoretains two part-time jobswith Siferd-Oriens FuneralHome and AdvantageCleaners.“My husband Dennis andI have four kids and ninegrandkids,” she said. “I planto sit back and slow thingsdown, spend more time withmy family. The job has beengood to me. I definitely haveto thank Delphos kids forbeing so good over the years.I love them. They sort of become your own and youlearn to love them as muchas anyone. I think I’ll missthem terribly.”
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Three tie in ‘Feelin’ Good Mileage Club’
Three fourth-grade boys are the winners of the St. John’s “Feelin’ Good MileageClub” for the 2011-12 school year. Braden Ladd, left, Cody Williams and Adam Fischertied for first place, walking over 60 miles each. They each were awarded sporting goodsgift certificates. Their class was also the overall class winner and were treated to a partyby Van Wert County Hospital’s Wellness Center, the sponsor for the club.
State introduces Ohio Blue Alert
The Ohio AMBER AlertSteering Committee isannouncing the implementa-tion of the Ohio Blue Alert.The Ohio Blue Alert is anotification systemused to enlist pub-lic assistance in theevent of a tragedyinvolving a criticallyinjured or killed lawenforcement officerwhere the suspect(s)are still at large, or inthe event of a miss-ing law enforcementofficer.The followingcriteria, establishedin ORC 5502.53, must bemet to initiate the Ohio BlueAlert:— A local law enforce-ment agency confirms thata law enforcement officerhas been seriously injured orkilled and a suspect has notbeen apprehended, or thatan officer is missing whileon duty under circumstanceswarranting concern for thelaw enforcement officer’ssafety.— There is suf-ficient descriptiveinformation aboutthe suspect or thecircumstances sur-rounding a lawenforcement offi-cer’s injury, death,or disappearance toindicate that activa-tion of the alert mayhelp locate a suspector a missing officer.The Ohio BlueAlert was created by the OhioGeneral Assembly, signedinto law by Governor Kasichand is coordinated by theOhio AMBER Alert SteeringCommittee. A statewide testwill be conducted at 10 a.m.on Friday when the system isactivated.
Relay survivorsT-shirt pick-upTuesday
Relay for Life survi-vor T-shirts can be pickedup from 6:30-7:30 p.m.Tuesday and June 12 at St.Peter Lutheran Church.Survivor bags willbe on display forteams to add items.The team meeting alsobegins at 6:30 p.m. Campsitesfor the event will be chosen.All teams are encour-aged to have at leastone member attend.
Bingo canceled
Due to repairs andmaintenance in St. John’sLittle Theatre, bingo willbe canceled for Saturday.Bingo will resumeon Wednesday.
See KOMEN, page 2ASee TEACH, page 2ASiefkerKnothole leagues com-mence Monday
Delphos SummerRecreation Director ChrisMercer has announced meet-ings for the start of the BoysKnothole Division season9 a.m. Monday at StadiumPark and Tuesday at the sametime for the Girls Division.Both meetings willbe at Stadium Park.
5K at the Relay
The third annual 5KRace/Walk at the Relayfor Life is set for 9 a.m.June 23 at Jefferson HighSchool. Entry forms canbe picked up at Peak 24Hour Fitness or the DelphosRelay For Life web site.The race begins and endsat the school; the courseis flat on city streets.Entry fee is $20 (pre-registered by June 14) witha T-shirt ($15 for the racealone) or $20 race-day witha limited number of shirts.Any questions or to obtainan entry form, contact KendraWieging at kwieging@yahoo.com or (419) 234-4485.
St. John’s plans AlumniCross Country Race
St. John’s cross countrycoach Steve Hellman will behosting the annual Alumni5k Cross County Race/Walkat 7 p.m. Aug. 10 at 4111Southworth Road, Delphos.All former St. John’s crosscountry runners are invitedout to run, walk or justreminisce about their runningdays. For the local runners,please pass this informationon to former teammates thathave moved out of the area.Any questions, please callSteve at (419) 233-1870.
 
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The DelphosHerald
Vol. 142 No. 262
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald, Inc.Don Hemple,advertising manager
Tiffany 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
Answers to Wednesday’s questions:
An emu’s eggs are very dark green.The world’s first computer-generated full-length fea-ture film was
Toy Story
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Today’s questions:
What was Rabbit Creek in the Yukon named afterprospectors discovered gold there, triggering the 1896Klondike gold rush?How were World War I rulers King George V of England, Czar Nicholas II of Russia and Kaiser WilhelmII of Germany related?
Answers in Friday’s Herald.Today’s words:Loricate:
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Simulacrum:
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Helen MarieChandler
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Oct. 8, 1916-May 30, 2012
Helen Marie Chandler, 95,of Fort Jennings died at 4:13a.m. Wednesday at St. Rita’sMedical Center.She was born Oct. 8, 1916,in Fort Jennings to Georgeand Verena (Stegeman)Wallenhorst, who precededher in death.On May 14, 1947, she mar-ried Earl L. Chandler, whodied Nov. 25, 1991.Survivors include adaughter, Nancy (Edward)Andrews of Fort Jennings;three grandchildren, Robert(Alesha) Andrews, Tara (Eric)Mackert, and Tammi (Chad)Van Bibber; three great-grand-children, Hayden Andrews,Harper Andrews, and KaylynMackert; and a sister-in-law,Sally Wallenhorst of MiddlePoint.Also preceding her indeath were four sisters, Sr.Euphrasia Wallenhorst, Esther(Greg) Eggeman, Thelma (Art)Beckman and Alice (Carl)Snyder; and three brothers:Gilbert Wallenhorst, Wilbur(Lucille) Wallenhorst andAlfred (Anne) Wallenhorst.Mrs. Chandler was a home-maker. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church,Fort Jennings, and the FortJennings Ladies AmericanLegion Auxiliary. She lovedsewing, gardening andbabysitting her grandchildrenwhen they were little. Sheand her husband were in FortJennings’s first graduatingclass in 1935.Mass of Christian Burialwill begin at 10:30 a.m.Saturday at St. Joseph CatholicChurch, the Rev. Mel Verhoff officiating. Burial will be at alater date in the church cem-etery.Visitation will be from2-8 p.m. Friday at Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home,Jackson Township (cornerof St. Rts. 634 & 224), andone hour prior to the Massat the church on Saturday.There will be a scripture ser-vice at 1:45 p.m. and a LadiesAuxiliary Service at 7 p.m. onFriday at the funeral home.Memorials may be madeto a charity of the donor’schoice.High temperatureWednesday in Delphos was77 degrees, low was 57. Higha year ago today was 90, lowwas 73. Record high for todayis 95, set in 1988. Record lowis 38, set in 1956.Corn: $5.82Wheat: $6.54Beans: $13.61
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyAssociated PressTONIGHT
: Rain. Lows inthe mid 50s. Northeast winds15 to 20 mph decreasing to 5to 15 mph overnight.
FRIDAY
: Cloudy. Chanceof showers in the morning.Then slight chance of show-ers in the afternoon. Highs inthe lower 60s. West winds 5to 15 mph becoming 15 to 20mph in the afternoon. Chanceof measurable precipitation 50percent.
FRIDAY NIGHT
: Mostlycloudy. Lows in the upper 40s.West winds 10 to 15 mph.
SATURDAY
: Mostlycloudy in the morning thenbecoming partly cloudy. A 30percent chance of showers.Highs around 70. West winds10 to 20 mph.
SATURDAY NIGHT, SUNDAY
: Mostly clear.Lows in the lower 50s. Highsin the mid 70s.
SUNDAY NIGHT
: Partlycloudy with a 20 percentchance of showers. Lows inthe upper 50s.
MONDAY
: Partly cloudywith a 30 percent chance of showers. Highs in the upper70s.
MONDAY NIGHT
:Partly cloudy. Lows in theupper 50s.
TUESDAY, TUESDAYNIGHT
: Mostly clear. Highsin the mid 70s. Lows in themid 50s.
WEDNESDAY
: Partlycloudy. Highs in the lower70s.
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Health Project include screen-ing mammograms, diagnosticmammograms, breast ultra-sounds, and assistance withbiopsies. Men and womencan qualify for this projectby having insurance with atleast a $200 deductible, noinsurance, 40-64 years old,or 30-39 years old with highrisk conditions, and have anincome under 300 percent of the federal poverty level.For more information, con-tact the Putnam County HealthDepartment.WASHINGTON (AP) —The world’s air has reachedwhat scientists call a troublingnew milestone for carbon diox-ide, the main global warmingpollutant.Monitoring stations acrossthe Arctic this spring are mea-suring more than 400 parts permillion of the heat-trapping gasin the atmosphere. The numberisn’t quite a surprise, becauseit’s been rising at an accelerat-ing pace. Years ago, it passedthe 350 ppm mark that manyscientists say is the highest safelevel for carbon dioxide. It nowstands globally at 395.So far, only the Arctic hasreached that 400 level, but therest of the world will followsoon.“The fact that it’s 400 issignificant,” said Jim Butler,global monitoring directorat the National Oceanic andAtmospheric Administration’sEarth System Research Labin Boulder, Colo. “It’s just areminder to everybody that wehaven’t fixed this and we’restill in trouble.”Carbon dioxide is the chief greenhouse gas and stays inthe atmosphere for 100 years.Some carbon dioxide is natu-ral, mainly from decompos-ing dead plants and animals.Before the Industrial Age, lev-els were around 275 parts permillion.For more than 60 years,readings have been in the 300s,except in urban areas, wherelevels are skewed. The burningof fossil fuels, such as coal forelectricity and oil for gasoline,has caused the overwhelmingbulk of the man-made increasein carbon in the air, scientistssay.It’s been at least 800,000years — probably more —since Earth saw carbon dioxidelevels in the 400s, Butler andother climate scientists said.Until now.Readings are coming inat 400 and higher all over theArctic. They’ve been recordedin Alaska, Greenland, Norway,Iceland and even Mongolia. Butlevels change with the seasonsand will drop a bit in the sum-mer, when plants suck up carbondioxide, NOAA scientists said.So the yearly average forthose northern stations likelywill be lower and so will theglobal number.Globally, the average car-bon dioxide level is about 395parts per million but will passthe 400 mark within a fewyears, scientists said.The Arctic is the leadingindicator in global warming,both in carbon dioxide in theair and effects, said Pieter Tans,a senior NOAA scientist.“This is the first time theentire Arctic is that high,” hesaid.Tans called reaching the400 number “depressing,” andButler said it was “a troublingmilestone.”
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Brandon Potter, 
26,Coldwater, was arraigned onthree counts of theft, each afelony of the fifth degree.He entered a not guilty pleaand was released on a suretybond.Pretrial is set for June 13.
David Darst, 
36, of VanWert, was granted judicialrelease after serving elevenmonths of his two year prisonsentence for child endanger-ing.He was placed on commu-nity control for 5 years, orderednot to be in the presence of minor children without adultsupervision, must live with hismother in Delaware and havea psychological assessmentand complete recommendedtreatment. The balance of thetwo-year sentence was sus-pended.CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Wednesday:
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Hospital: Suspect deadafter 5 shot in Seattle
By GENE JOHNSONAssociated Press
SEATTLE — A gunmankilled five people in Seattle onWednesday — four at a cafeand another in a carjacking— before he apparently shothimself as officers closed infollowing a citywide manhunt,authorities said.The suspect died laterWednesday at HarborviewMedical Center, hospitalspokeswoman Susan Greggsaid.Police who began scouringthe area for the person whoopened fire at the cafe nearthe University of Washingtonresponded a short time laterto another fatal shooting nearthe city’s downtown. They saya man killed a woman in anapparent carjacking and fled ina black SUV.Police said late Wednesdaythey believe one man wasresponsible for both attacks.“At this time, we feel prettyconfident that we have the sus-pect,” said Assistant SeattlePolice Chief Nick Metz.The Seattle Times iden-tified the suspect as Ian LeeStawicki, 40, of Seattle, citingunidentified law enforcementsources. Seattle police Sgt. SeanWhitcomb said he couldn’t con-firm the name and said policewould not publicly identify thesuspect Wednesday night.Andrew Stawicki, 29, of Ellensburg, told the Times herecognized a photo shown onTV newscasts of the allegedgunman as his brother Ian.Andrew Stawicki said IanStawicki was mentally ill.“It’s no surprise to me thishappened,” he told the news-paper. “We could see this com-ing. Nothing good is going tocome with that much angerinside of you.”A phone number for AndrewStawicki rang busy when TheAssociated Press tried to reachhim for comment.The latest spasm of deadlygun violence to hit the cityworried Seattle’s leaders andprompted police to considerincreasing patrols in high-crime areas. The five victims’deaths bring the number of homicides so far this year to21, matching the total for all of last year.Police said residents couldexpect a heightened policepresence in the city for thetime being.Gunfire erupted lateWednesday morning at CafeRacer, a restaurant and musicvenue north of the Universityof Washington. The gunmanwas described as a man, pos-sibly in his 30s, wearing darkclothes.Police released two photosfrom inside the cafe, apparent-ly taken from a security cam-era. One shows a man walkinginto the establishment, with awoman nearby reading a book.Another photo shows stoolsoverturned, and the man stand-ing and holding what appearsto be a handgun.Two men died at the scene,and a third man and a womanfrom the cafe died at a hos-pital.One man wounded incafe shooting remained atHarborview in critical butstable condition followingsurgery earlier in the day.Gregg confirmed his nameas Leonard Meuse. Meuse’sfather, Raymond Meuse, toldthe Times his son was shot inthe jaw and armpit but wasexpected to survive.A King County medicalexaminer’s spokeswoman saidher office might be able torelease the dead victims’ iden-tifications today.Evan Hill, who lives abovethe building where the shoot-ing happened, said the cafewas an artists’ collective andperformance space.“It’s the strangest place tothink of a shooting,” said Hill,who heard four to five shots.He said he ran to his balconyand called 911, but didn’t seea suspect.On a street corner acrossfrom the cafe, friends of thevictims gathered by the ivy-covered wall of an apartmentbuilding. Some collapsed ingrief. The cafe’s owner huggedthem and commiserated.
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E - The EnvironmentalMagazineDear EarthTalk: I understand there is goodnews about the recovery of bird species like thePeregrine Falcon, Bald Eagle and others owedto the 1972 ban on DDT. Can you explain?— Mildred Eastover, Bath, ME
 Rachel Carson’s seminal 1962 book, SilentSpring, told the real-life story of how bird popula-tions across the country were suffering as a resultof the widespread application of the syntheticpesticide DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane),which was being used widely to control mosqui-toes and others insects. Carson reported that birdsingesting DDT tended to lay thin-shelled eggswhich would in turn break prematurely in the nest,resulting in marked population declines. The prob-lem drove bald eagles, our national symbol, not tomention peregrine falcons and other bird popula-tions, to the brink of extinction, with populationsplummeting more than 80 percent.Luckily for the birds, Silent Spring causeda stir, and many credit it with launching themodern environmental movement. Indeed, oneof the world’s leading environmental non-profits,the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), initiallyformed in 1967 in reaction to the DDT problem.The group’s first order of business included fil-ing lawsuits in New York, Michigan, Wisconsinand Washington DC to force a ban on DDT. EDFenlisted the help of dozens of scientific experts—ornithologists, ecologists, toxicologists, carcino-genesis experts, and insect control specialists—totestify at multi-month hearings to prove its pointin regard to the dangers of DDT. In 1972 environ-mentalists’ prayers were answered—and their hardwork vindicated—with the federal governmentfinally banning DDT.But with lots of the pesticide already dispersedthrough ecosystems far and wide, not to mentionmyriad other threats to bird habitats and the envi-ronment in general, no one could be sure whetherpopulations of eagles, falcons and other predatoryand fish-eating birds would come back from thebrink. While the federal Endangered Species Actwent a long way to protect these at-risk speciesand some of their habitat, non-profits also playeda key role in helping specific species recover. Towit, the Peregrine Fund was founded in 1970 bya leading Cornell ornithologist to help nurse per-egrine falcon populations hit hard by DDT back totheir once abundant numbers. Researchers with thegroup pioneered methods of breeding peregrinesin captivity and releasing them into the wild; suchtechniques have since been adopted widely bybiologists trying to bring other wildlife speciesback from the brink of extinction. Thanks to acombination of factors and the hard work of birdlovers and scientists, peregrine falcons are onceagain common across the U.S., graduating off thenational endangered species list as of 1999.The bald eagle’s recovery is perhaps the bestknown example of how our environmental lawsworked to restore not just a resource but our verynational symbol. In the mid-1960s fewer than 500nesting pairs of bald eagles existed in the conti-nental U.S.; today, thanks to the DDT ban andother conservation efforts, some 10,000 pairs of bald eagles inhabit the Lower 48—that’s a 20-foldpopulation increase in just four decades! In 2007the federal government removed the bald eaglefrom the Endangered Species List. Without the1972 ban on DDT and ensuing protections, thebald eagle, let alone dozens of other bird species,would likely be gone now in the continental U.S.And without the song of the birds, the spring wouldbe a very silent time indeed.
Without the 1972 ban on DDT and ensuing protections, the bald eagle (left) and per-egrine falcon (right), let alone dozens of other bird species, would likely be gone now inthe continental U.S.
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Stone harvests first turkey
Gage Stone, 9, of Fort Jennings harvested his first turkey with his dad, Chris Stone, the second day of turkey season. Gage is a second-grader at Franklin Elementary andloves hunting with his dad any chance he gets. The turkey has harvested in PutnamCounty and had a 9-inch beard and weighed 25 pounds.
Judge dismisses suit onslots at Ohio racetracks
COLUMBUS (AP) —A central Ohio judge onWednesday dismissed a law-suit from an antigambling pol-icy group challenging the addi-tion of slots-like machines tothe state’s seven horse tracks,along with the legality of otherchanges to Ohio’s gamingrules.Judge Timothy S. Horton of the Franklin County CommonPleas Court ruled that the OhioRoundtable did not have legalstanding to bring the lawsuitagainst Gov. John Kasich andothers. Horton said throughtheir pleadings and arguments,the group’s members offered“little more than bare asser-tions of harm or injury.”The gambling opponentsfiled the lawsuit in Octoberagainst Kasich, the Ohiotax commissioner, the OhioLottery Commission, the OhioCasino Control Commissionand associated members of thecommissions.Among the 17 claims inthe suit, the group argued thatallowing video lottery termi-nals at Ohio’s seven horsetracks violated the state’s con-stitution.The dismissal comes asScioto Downs in Columbus isscheduled to open on Fridaywith 1,800 VLT machines.The so-called racino, operatedby Chester, W.Va.-based MTRGaming Group Inc., is the firstto be licensed in the state as avideo lottery operator.Horton’s decision can beappealed.David Zanotti, president of the Ohio Roundtable, ques-tioned the judge’s ruling. Hesaid the group was reviewingits legal options.“The constitution has beentrashed, and the people haven’tbeen harmed?” Zanotti said. “If the people don’t have standingto defend their constitution,who does?”Rob Walgate, the leadplaintiff in the case, said theantigambling policy groupwas confident it had a winningcase.“The problem is we neverhad the opportunity to beheard,” Walgate told reportersat an afternoon news confer-ence in Columbus. “We didn’thave the ability to lay out thecase.”Walgate said the groupdoesn’t plan to take any legalaction before Friday to pre-vent the Columbus racino fromopening.Ohio voters in 2009approved casino gambling atfour sites in the state with back-ers promising new jobs andopponents warning about moregambling addicts. Casinosrecently opened in Clevelandand Toledo, while facilities inCincinnati and Columbus areopening later.Walgate said putting slotsat racetracks is akin to creatingnonvoter approved casinos inthe state.“When people believed thatin 2009 they were authorizingfour casinos in four separatecities, they were giving thegambling interests control of the Legislature and opening upthe wild, wild West,” he said.Among other issues, thegroup had challenged an agree-ment Kasich made with gam-ing companies.As a part of a memoran-dum of understanding withKasich, Ohio stands to pocketnearly $150 million from agambling company buildingtwo casinos so that it can moveits two horse racing tracks toother areas within the stateand reduce the competition fordrawing gamblers to its casinosin Columbus and Toledo.Penn National Gaming Inc.plans to move Beulah Park’sthoroughbred racing fromsuburban Columbus to justoutside Youngstown where itwill build a new track near theOhio Turnpike. It also wants toclose Raceway Park in Toledoand relocate to a new track inDayton on the site of a shut-tered auto plant.Penn National, based inWyomissing, Pa., called thelawsuit’s dismissal a signifi-cant step forward for its plan torelocate the racetracks.“We’re hopeful that thestate will now move quicklyto formalize the process thatwill allow us to apply to relo-cate our racetracks and getthese two significant economicdevelopment projects underway,” the statement said.The State RacingCommission has to adopt rulessetting fees for the reloca-tion of a racetrack, and thepanel would have to approvePenn’s application to transferthe tracks.

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