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UpfrontSports
Obituaries 2State/Local 3Politics 4Community 5Sports 6-7Classifieds 8Television 9Library 10
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Saturday, June 2, 2012
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Foreclosed homes: Buyers beware
BY MIKE FORDmford@delphosherald.com
When a home has been fore-closed on, there is usually a lot of “baggage” the next owner mustcontend with. From delinquent util-ity accounts to problems stemmingfrom electricity being off for anextended period of time, buying aforeclosed house can cause head-aches.Realtor Krista Schrader said shehas been listing foreclosed proper-ties since 2002. She said her friendsand colleagues call her a “gluttonfor punishment” for dealing withhouses that are between owners.“The biggest challenge is thatthe homeowner has all the utilitiesturned off. The banks end up buy-ing the homes back at the sheriff sale and will not have them turnedon. I’m dealing with one now thathas five feet of mold in the base-ment because it flooded withoutpower to run the sump pump. Thisis a $200,000 home — it’s gor-geous but Huntington NationalBank bought it back from sheriff sale and put it on the market solow that my people get such agood deal that it’s worth it,” shesaid.Unfortunately, it takes a whileto include a house at public auc-tion. Until the home falls into thehands of a long-term owner, it sitsin limbo.“These houses sit empty. I haveone right now that has been sittingempty for two years. For two years,the electricity has been off and thebank won’t put it in their name.It hasn’t gone to sheriff sale yet,so there’s a gap there and in thatgap, the house just gets ruined,”Schrader said. “I work for HUD;I work for Chase and some otherbanks and I have challenged themto turn on the electricity. They allsay they don’t have the authoritybecause the homeowners still ownthe homes.”Another challenge prospectiveowners face is not knowing therange of problems with the home.Not everything is visible and with-out electricity, a walk-through maynot reveal everything.“The homes are sold ‘as-is’ andthat’s a challenge my buyers facebecause they have no idea what allis going on with that house. Does thefurnace work? Does anything work?Are there delinquent accounts likeelectric, gas and water? Then, thebanks have all these addenda so youcan’t sue them. They even have amold addendum so if you get moldat some time in the future, you can’tgo after them,” she said.Another game played is over thevalue of the home and who deter-mines it. Schrader said realtors arerelied on to set the value.“The banks just want to unloadthem, so they ask realtors whatwe think the home is worth as-is.Even if they paid $150,000 for itat the sheriff sale, if we say it’sonly worth $70,000, that’s whatthey go with and they say ‘just getrid of it’,” she said. “Some of thebanks won’t even allow inspectionsbecause they’re sold as-is. So, youhave to eyeball it.”At public auctions, the financialinstitutions reclaim the homes inorder to protect their investments.“The banks buy them backbecause the homeowner owed somuch on the property that the bankshave their lawyers go to the sheriff sale and bid what is owed on it.These people are upside down onthese homes and owe so much thatthe banks go bid on it. Lendersrequire you to pay private mortgageinsurance every month that goes toinsure the bank that if you lose yourhome, that insurance will help thebank purchase it at sheriff sale, putit back in their hands and they can just resell it,” she concluded.Mostly cleartonight withlow in low50s. SunnySunday withhigh in upper70s and low in low 50s.
Sign up for Summer ReadingProgram begins Tuesday
BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — Youngreading enthusiasts will learnabout nocturnal animals, spacetravel, things that go bump inthe night and more duringthe Delphos Public Library’sSummer Reading Program“Dream Big — Read.”The program is offered theweek of June 11 through July20 with the pool party set at8:30 p.m. July 24.Sign up is from 9 a.m. to2 p.m. Tuesday at the librarywith games, activities and ascavenger hunt with prizesincluding free ice cream andpool passes.This is Children’s LibrarianDenise Cressman’s 14thyear of working with youngreaders during the summer.“It gets easier every year,”Cressman said. “We have asystem in place and the for-mat basically stays the same.We don’t have to reinventthe wheel every year so wecan spend more time on thecreative end coming up withcrafts and other things.”Cressman lines up spe-cial guests and activities togo with each week’s minitheme.“The kids really like thisyear’s theme and it lends toeasy planning and findinglocal guests,” she said.The program is dividedinto two age groups. NightOwls, for children ages 3-6,is at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. onMondays beginning June 11and at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdaysbeginning June 14.
Night Owls offersStorytime Plus. Here is theschedule:
June 11 and 14 — “Fly meto the Moon.”June 18 and 21 —“Creatures of the Night.”June 25 and 28 — “PajamaParty” (participants areencouraged to wear pajamas)July 2 and 5 — “Lightsout, Stories in the Dark.”Juy 12 — Family nightwith special guest “Gator”Dave with a real alligator“Darth Gator.”July 16 and 19 — “GreatMonster Hunt.”
The Twilight Club, forgrades K-5 is held at 2 p.m.and 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdaysbeginning June 12. Theschedule includes:
June 12 — “Lunar RocketRovers” with special guestMaria Vaga from the NeilArmstrong Air and SpaceMuseum.June 19 — “Scary Storiesto Tell in the Dark” with spe-cial Rita Thelan, pajama day(participants are encouragedto wear pajamas) and a bed-time snack.June 26 — Family Nightat 6 30 p.m. only with come-dian, ventriloquist and jug-gler Mike Himmelgarn atthe Jefferson Middle School(Twilighters are reminded todrop their reading record off at the library before goingto the school.) After the pro-gram, the library will offercotton candy and popcorn.
One tank trips
Maria Stein Shrine can provide renewal
With the nation’s joblessrate having stalled in May,the economy remains low. Residents may want to min-imize expenses on summertrips this year when gettingaway for renewal.For area Catholics, that renewal can be found onapproximately one tank of gas or less by visiting theCatholic shrine in MariaStein. Additional one-tank trip destinations will be pro- filed in future editions of The Delphos Herald.
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MARIA STEIN —TheNational Marian Shrine of the Holy Relics was foundedin 1875 when the Rev. J.M.Gartner entrusted his collectionof relics to the Sisters at MariaStein.Housed in an ornate chapelbuilt in 1892, the collection of more than 1,000 relics repre-sents the second-largest col-lection of its type in the UnitedStates. The shrine was placedon the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.The primary relics displayis in an altar that was hand-carved especially for housingthem. Four stained-glass win-dows imported from Munichand hand-carved woodworkalso adorn the Relic Chapel.Owned and operated byThe Sisters of the PreciousBlood, the Museum and theShrine exist as a part of theiroverall ministry of service tothe Catholic community.The museum opened in1982 and is designed to inter-pret the early settlement of southern Auglaize and Mercercounties.Settlers were mostlyGerman Catholics. The dis-plays in the museum reflecttheir way of life in the mid tolate nineteenth century.Special attention is given tothe history of the Sisters of thePrecious Blood and its contri-bution to the cultural develop-ment of these early pioneers.The museum is located onthe second floor of the formerconvent building at Maria SteinCenter. This structure wasplaced on the National registerof Historic Places in 1979 aspart of The Land of Cross-Tipped Churches of Ohio.The Maria Stein HeritageMuseum serves as a researchtool for scholars and educators.Students from Wright StateUniversity, The University of Dayton and Capitol Universityhave conducted research invarious fields of study. Themuseum’s genealogical, cul-tural and architectural historyis of interest to visitors fromthroughout the world.In addition to the perma-nent displays, the Maria SteinHeritage Museum featuresexhibits which change annu-ally.A few examples of theseexpositions include: Earlyhomes of the region, lace-making, presentations by localartists and craft-makers and aquilt collection.Such exhibitions makeeach visit to the Maria SteinHeritage Museum a new andexciting experience.
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Saturday - Sunday: Noon –4:30 p.m.Tuesday – Wednesday andThursday: 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30p.m.
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Local 962 RetireesClub of Trim Trends,Spencerville, had can-celed the June 19 dinner.It has been resched-uled for Dec. 11.
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Due to repairs andmaintenance in St. John’sLittle Theatre, bingo willbe canceled today.Bingo will resumeon Wednesday.
Jefferson wins ACMEopener
Jefferson’s ACME base-ball team opened the cam-paign with a 10-6 win overVan Wert Friday night.The Cougars outhit theWildcats 9-8. Brandt Henrywent 4-for-4 (2B and 3B) forthe hosts; Tyler Wrasman,Austin Jettinghoff and win-ning pitcher Ross Thompsonwent 2-for-4 for the Wildcats.Jefferson hosts CrestviewMonday.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.
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The DelphosHerald
Vol. 142 No. 264
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald, Inc.Don Hemple, advertisingmanagerTiffany Brantley,
circulation managerThe Daily Herald(USPS 1525 8000) is publisheddaily except Sundays, Tuesdaysand Holidays.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
On June 23, it will be time for anoth-er canal cleanup. The last few have beensparsely attended. I know it’s a busy time foreveryone but keeping up on our waterway isimportant; some may say imperative.Volunteers will line the banks of theMiami-Erie Canal armed with rakes, cuttersand weed whackers. Intrusive weeds andbrush will be no more and litter will be pickedup and properly disposed of. Occasionally,some brave soul dons a pair of waders andheads in to pull out bicycles, car tires andmore.The effort will be made to spruce up thecanal for the upcoming Fourth of July cele-bration and also to keep a handle on the ever-growing weeds and small trees that seem toneed no rain to survive and thrive.For many, the canal is an eyesore. “Fillit in,” they say. For others, the canal is ahistoric landmark and part of our heritage.Delphos was once thought to be on the vergeof becoming a huge, thriving city when thecanal traffic was at its peak. Then alongcame the railroads and those dreams of gloryfaded.However you look at it, it needs to stayclean. I know a lot of trash blows in the canalon a windy day. That would tell me that wehave to keep trash picked up elsewhere aswell.I don’t ever recall seeing things in thecanal when I was growing up. There mayhave been but my co-conspirator in the news-room doesn’t recall that being a problem backthen, either. (We won’t say how far back thenis.)The canal was the hot spot year round.Fishing and crawdad-catching in the sum-mer, ice skating in the winter and just goofingaround in between.I can remember building fires on the banksin the winter so we wouldn’t have to go in assoon because of freezing fingers and toes. Iceskates seemed to draw cold to your feet. It’ssome kind of unexplained phenomenon. Thewhole entire rest of your body would be warmand your toes would be numb with cold.Hockey games broke out without noticewith milk crates set up for goals. The sliceof skates on ice and the clashing of hockeysticks filled many an afternoon. Even shovel-ing the snow off the canal was an entertainingprospect.I can remember a perpetual pile of wetclothing in the mud room and endless cupsof hot chocolate with marshmallows floatingon top.Today, I look out the back window andhave to squint to tell if that white thing on theother side of the canal is a grocery bag or aduck. I see an occasional skater in the winternow. Anglers on the banks are a little morecommon, but still, nothing like it once was.The skates and poles have been replaced withvideo games and computers.There are quite a few of us out there whoremember the “good old days” on the canal.Thankfully, there are quite a few who wouldlike to see more.When you see the notice for the clean-upeffort, please make a little time to help. It willgive you some instant gratification and thecanal a much-needed facelift.
ODOT REPORT
The following is a week-ly report concerning con-struction and maintenancework on state highwayswithin the Ohio Departmentof Transportation District 1which includes the countiesof Allen, Defiance, Hancock,Hardin, Paulding, Putnam,Van Wert and Wyandot.This report is issued eachThursday beginning inApril and continues throughNovember. For the latest instatewide construction visitwww.buckeyetraffic.org.
Allen CountyInterstate 75, Lima, at Fourth Street andReservoir Road
bridgereplacement projects willhave the following impactsto traffic in the comingweeks.The bridge replacementsare Phase 1 of a 3-phaseproject which will recon-struct Interstate 75 from theAuglaize County line to justnorth of Ohio 81, includingthe city of Lima. Work onthe mainline of Interstate 75will not begin until 2013:
Fourth Street
– FourthStreet over Interstate 75closed February 27 until latefall for a bridge replacementproject. The entrance rampsto Interstate 75 from FourthStreet were closed May 9for 30 days to allow for con-struction of the new centerpier of the bridge. Traffic onI-75 will be maintained intwo lanes in each directionfor those 30 days, but trafficwill be shifted away fromthe pier area where work istaking place. The ramps areexpected to reopen in earlyJune, perhaps by June 9. Theexit ramps from Interstate75 to Fourth Street remainopen.
Reservoir Road
Reservoir Road overInterstate 75 closed May 1until late fall for a bridgereplacement project. As partof the project, Bryn MawrRoad from Reservoir Roadto Elm Street also closedMay 1 until late fall.Traffic on I-75 in thearea of the bridge will bemaintained in two lanes ineach direction during day-time hours. Traffic patternswill be changed beginninglate in the week to allowfor removal of the exist-ing center bridge pier andfor the reconstruction of thenew pier. Traffic will beshifted away from the pierarea. Occasional intermit-tent lane closures will occurduring nighttime hours onlyas work dictates.
Ohio 81 in Allen and VanWert counties
is restrict-ed to one lane through thework zone for a pavementrepair and resurfacing proj-ect which will continue untilearly August. The projectwill take place from U.S.127 to Ohio 66.
Interstate 75 south-bound from HanthornRoad to Breese Road
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restricted to one lanethrough the work zone from6-10 a.m. Through the weekfor pavement repair.
Putnam CountyOhio 613 from Ohio 15to West Leipsic
restrictedto one lane through the workzone for removal of pave-ment markings.
Ohio 15, Ohio 65, Ohio109 and Ohio 613
resurfac-ing project through the vil-lages of Ottawa and Leipsic,including the section of Ohio 109 from Ohio 65 toOhio 613, will restrict traf-fic to one lane throughoutthe project work zone. Theproject will continue untilmid-August.
Van Wert CountyU.S. 30 west of Van Wert
will be restricted through thework zone at various loca-tions for drainage repair.
Ohio 116 betweenRingwald Road andReidenbach Road
closedMay 29 for a culvert installa-tion project. Traffic detouredonto Ohio 709, U.S. 127back to Ohio 116. The routeis expected to open some-time during the week.
Ohio 81 in Allen andVan Wert counties
will berestricted to one lane throughthe work zone for a pave-ment repair and resurfacingproject which will continueuntil early August. The proj-ect will take place from U.S.127 to Ohio 66.
Ohio 49
restricted to onelane through the work zonefor a pavement repair andresurfacing project whichwill continue until midAugust. The project is tak-ing place from U.S. 224 toU.S. 30, excluding the vil-lage of Convoy.
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ElizabethJane “Betty,” 90, of Delphos,funeral services will begin at11 a.m. Wednesday at TrinityUnited Methodist Church, theRev. David Howell officiat-ing. Burial will be in WalnutGrove Cemetery. Friends maycall from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday atHarter and Schier MemorialChapel, where an Eastern Starservice begins at 8 p.m.; andone hour prior to services atthe church on Wednesday.Preferred memorials are toTrinity United MethodistChurch Building Fund andInterfaith Thrift Shop.
NANCY SPENCER
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Geraldine T. Grubenhoff,91, of Ottoville, died at 9:08a.m. Friday at St. Rita’sMedical Center.She was born Jan. 21,1921, in Delphos, to Frankand Veronica (Elwer) Osting.On Sept. 1, 1943, she marriedEdwin Grubenhoff.She is survived by daugh-ters Janet (Al) Mescher of Troy and Mary Jean (Ron)Schweller of Fort Jennings;sisters La Donna (Leo)Schmelzer, Earlene (John)Williams and Vera (Jim)Koester of Delphos; brothersMoletus Osting of Delphos,Alvin (Marilyn) Osting andNorm (Karen) Osting of Troy and Roger Osting of Cridersville; grandchildrenKevin Mescher, Diana (Scott)Myers, Jennifer (Bryan)Harris, Julie (Doug) Kimmet;great grandchildren Jason andMegan Myers, Beckett andIsabella Harris and Kaitlyn,Lauren and Madison Kimmet.She was preceded in deathby her husband, parents, broth-ers Wilfred, Eugene, Urban,Ed and Earl; and sister Marie.Mrs. Grubenhoff was ahomemaker who worked atBob’s Grocery and KalidaIGA. She was a member atImmaculate ConceptionCatholic Church, the VFWLadies Auxiliary, Alter Rosaryand she enjoyed swimming atthe Van Wert “Y”, sewing,quilting over 60 quilts, gar-dening, canning and she espe-cially enjoyed spending timewith family and friends.Mass of Christian Burialbegins at 10:30 a.m. Mondayat Immaculate ConceptionCatholic Church, the Rev.John Stites officiating. Burialwill follow in St. Mary’sCemetery in Ottoville.Friends may call from 2-8p.m. Sunday and from 9-10a.m. Monday at the Harter andSchier Memorial Chapel.Preferred memorials are todonor’s choice.
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SANFORD, Fla. — TrayvonMartin’s shooter must return to jail, a judge ordered Friday ina strongly worded ruling thatsaid George Zimmerman andhis wife lied to the court abouttheir finances to obtain bondin a case that hinges on jurorsbelieving his account of whathappened the night the teenwas killed.Zimmerman has pleadednot guilty to second-degreemurder for the February shoot-ing. The neighborhood watchvolunteer says he shot Martinin self-defense because theunarmed 17-year-old wasbeating him up after confront-ing Zimmerman about follow-ing him in a gated communityoutside Orlando.Zimmerman was arrested44 days after the killing, andduring a bond hearing in April,his wife, Shellie, testified thatthe couple had limited fundsavailable. The hearing also wasnotable because Zimmermantook the stand and apologizedto Martin’s parents.Prosecutors pointed out intheir motion that Zimmermanhad $135,000 available then.It had been raised from dona-tions through a website he setup and they suggested morehas been collected since anddeposited in a bank account.Shellie Zimmerman wasasked about the websiteat the hearing, but she saidshe didn’t know how muchmoney had been raised. CircuitJudge Kenneth Lester set bailat $150,000. The 28-year-oldwas freed a few days laterafter posting $15,000 in cash— which is typical — and hassince been in hiding.Prosecutor Bernie De laRionda complained Friday,“This court was led to believethey didn’t have a singlepenny. It was misleading and Idon’t know what words to useother than it was a blatant lie.”The judge agreed and orderedZimmerman returned to jail bySunday afternoon.“Does your client get to sitthere like a potted plant andlead the court down the prim-rose path? That’s the issue,”Lester said. “He can’t sit backand obtain the benefit of alower bond based upon thosematerial falsehoods.”The judge questioningZimmerman’s truthfulnesscould undermine the defen-dant’s credibility if it is broughtup at trial, which could happen,and may complicate how hisdefense presents him as a wit-ness, said Orlando-area attor-ney Randy McCLean, who isa former prosecutor.Witness accounts of therainy night Martin was shotare spotty. There is no video of the fight, though photos pros-ecutors have released showedZimmerman with wounds tohis face and the back of hishead. His recollection of whathappened is key.“The other key witness,unfortunately is deceased,”McClean said. “Basically,Zimmerman is going to beasking the jury to believe hisversion of the facts ... As thecase stands now, his credibil-ity is absolutely critical to thecase.”The defense counteredthat Zimmerman and his wifenever used the money for any-thing, which indicated “therewas no deceit.” O’Mara said itwouldn’t be a problem to bringZimmerman back into custodyby the deadline.The judge said he wouldschedule a hearing afterZimmerman is back in custodyso he could explain himself.Police in Sanford didnot immediately arrestZimmerman, citing Florida’s“stand your ground” law thatgives wide latitude to usedeadly force rather than retreatin a fight if people believe theyare in danger of being killed orseriously injured.Zimmerman’s credibil-ity with the judge would beimportant if O’Mara tries toget a judge without the jury todismiss the charges based onthe law, said Orlando defenseattorney David Hill.“If he was in on somethingthat was not truthfully revealedto the judge, when there isa ’stand your ground’ hear-ing, of course you’re going tosecond-guess him,” Hill said.Both McClean and Hillsaid O’Mara would be able tochallenge the admissibility of the bond revocation at trial byquestioning its relevance.Benjamin Crump, an attor-ney for Trayvon Martin’sparents, Tracy Martin andSybrina Fulton, said his clientshave always said Zimmermanshould remain in jail until trial,which O’Mara said he believedwouldn’t be until next year.Crump was asked if hethought that if Zimmermanwould be willing to lie abouthis finances that he wouldbe willing to lie about whathappen the night Martin waskilled.
Zimmerman goes back to jail
COLUMBUS (AP) —Ohio has become the 39thstate to prohibit texting whiledriving.Gov. John Kasich signed aban Friday on writing, readingand sending texts from behindthe wheel. It goes into effectin 90 days.The measure includes astricter crackdown on teendrivers’ use of electronicdevices. Minors would bebanned from using cellphones,iPads or other electronicswhile driving.Texting would be a sec-ondary offense for adult driv-ers. They could be ticketedfor typing messages only if they were first pulled over foranother offense, such as run-ning a red light.Teens could more easily bepulled over for violating thetexting ban.
Ohio governorsigns textingban for drivers
 
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Last month, we sharedan exciting breakthroughin organ and tis-sue donation. Thesocial media site,Facebook, unveileda life-saving fea-ture allowing usersto share their organdonor status.The organ donor“life event” option isa huge step forwardin organ and tissuedonation awareness!With about half of Americanson Facebook, a click of amouse has the potential toreach millions who many nothave considered organ dona-tion.“What we hope will hap-pen is that by just havingthis simple tool, we thinkthat people can really helpspread awareness of organdonation and that they wantto participate in this to theirfriends,” Facebook CEOMark Zuckerberg told GoodMorning America in May.“That can be a big part of helping solve the crisis that’sout there.”And it was.In the six days followingthe announcement, DonateLife America reported thatonline donor designationsincreased ten-fold across thecountry. The tool not onlygave users the chance to sharetheir organ donor status, butalso led people to their localdonor registries to sign up asdonors.The huge surge in donorregistrations is a great signof the “power of friends,”Zuckerberg discussed in arecent blog.Zuckerberg stated thatFacebook has seen the“power of friends”in response to otherworld crises andthey “believe that bysimply telling peoplethat you’re an organdonor, the powerof sharing and con-nection can play animportant role” insaving lives.Sharing yourdonor status is easy.On your Facebook profile,click “Life Event” then“Health and Wellness” and“Organ Donor.” You canthen share when you regis-tered as a donor or, if youhaven’t signed up yet, thetool links to the Ohio DonorRegistry online so you can join the more than 100 mil-lion Americans who havesaid yes to organ and tissuedonation.I am giving one great big“like” to Facebook’s neworgan donor status tool! It’san exciting step toward regis-tering more organ and tissuedonors in the U.S.If you haven’t yet takenthe steps to register in Ohio,do it NOW! Then share yourdecision with your Facebookfriends and inspire othersto action. To learn more orto register as a donor, visit:www.donatelifeohio.org ,visit us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/donatelifeohioor call 800-525-5667.
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July 3 — “Creatures of Night” with special guestMark Mohr who will presentnocturnal animals.July 10 — To beannouncedJuly 17 — “Bingo Bash”with lots and lots of bingo,prizes and root beer floats.July 20 — Last day toturn in reading records. Poolparty invitations will be sentto those who have completed6 weeks of reading at least 90minutes per week.July 24 — Pool party (Raindate is July 26). Families arewelcome, sorry no friends.Nonswimmers are free; par-ents and siblings swim for$1.Cressman will also leadthe Teen Read group at noonon June 14 and 28 and July12. This summer’s booklist includes War Horse byMike Morpugo; Drums, Girlsand Dangerous Pie by JoranSonnenblick; and Virals byKathy Reichs. There are 18members signed up and theyare to bring a sack lunch fortwo of the meeting and pizzawill be provided for the third.Cressman also provides des-sert and a lively discussion.
By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINSAP Legal Affairs Writer
COLUMBUS — Dozensor even hundreds of menvisited a series of massageparlors for illegal sex in anortheast Ohio city wherethe women in the businesses,many of them Korean andpoor English speakers, maybe working against their will,according to search warrantsexecuted on the parlors.The warrants describe ingraphic detail the type andcost of alleged sexual actsat the spas in Warren, justeast of Akron, and portraywomen working long hourswho are escorted when theywant to go shopping by mendubbed “jockeys.”The spas are run by anunknown “higher up” whobrings the women fromKorea to New York toOhio, where they apparentlybelieve they’ll have a betterlife than in Korea, accord-ing to copies of the searchwarrants reviewed by TheAssociated Press.A man who acknowl-edged to investigators he fre-quented several of the spasmonthly said he suspectedthat some of the women “donot want to be working atthese places,” the searchwarrants said.One 25-year-old employ-ee of Gemini Health Spa saidshe worked 12-hour shiftsthree days a week, where her job was to bring men into thespa, give them showers, washthem, provide massages andthen perform sex acts.The warrants say many of the women are Korean andappear not to speak goodEnglish. The customers weremainly from outside theWarren area.Ohio Attorney GeneralMike DeWine says about 60agents in his office’s Bureauof Criminal Investigationserved search warrantsWednesday on eightspa businesses. DeWinelaunched the investigation atthe request of Warren PoliceChief Timothy Bowers. Thebusinesses include Sun Spa,Tokyo Health Spa and HongKong Spa.An attorney who repre-sents several of the spas in afight with the city over theirlicensing said he planned aresponse to the allegationslater Thursday.One 56-year-old femaleemployee from Korea toldinvestigators many of thewomen don’t have greencards allowing them to staylegally in the country.
Ohio AG DeWine crackingdown on massage parlors
CLEVELAND (AP) —The Roman Catholic bishopin Cleveland says he hasn’tsuspended a priest refusing tostop ministering to a breakawaycongregation, though the priestsays otherwise.Bishop Richard Lennon pre-viously threatened to punish theRev. Robert Marrone for cele-brating Mass for former parish-ioners of St. Peter Church.They moved to a commercialbuilding after their church wasclosed in 2010 amid downsiz-ing by the diocese.
Ohio bishop:
Breakaway ock
priest will notbe suspended
MOUNT HEALTHY (AP)— A mail-order hatcheryin southwest Ohio says it’sworking closely with healthofficials investigating a newsalmonella outbreak beingtraced back to their chicks.A statement issued byMount Healthy Hatcheries,located just north of Cincinnati, says the compa-ny is collaborating with theCenters for Disease Controland Prevention and state offi-cials. They also say they’reworking with their suppliersof hatching eggs and chicks.
Ohio hatcheryinvestigatingsalmonellareports
CLEVELAND (AP) —Federal authorities in Ohio sayfive people have been sentencedto prison in a scheme to filetax returns in the name of deadtaxpayers to defraud the InternalRevenue Service of at least $1.7million.Prosecutors say four Ohioansand a Florida man were sen-tenced this week in Cleveland.They pleaded guilty to variouscharges in March. Some of thecharges included conspiracy todefraud the United States andcomspiracy to commit mailfraud.Prosecutors say co-conspira-tors directed refunds to Floridalocations and checks generatedby the returns were mailed toco-conspirators in Florida.
Authorities:5 sentenced infraud scheme
DAYTON (AP) — Acivil rights organization’sformer national chairmanwas convicted Friday on51 felony charges, includ-ing grand theft, involvinga meal program for olderpoor people in southwestOhio.A jury in Daytonfound the Rev. RaleighTrammell, 74, guilty of charges involving a home-delivered meals service runfrom the Southern ChristianLeadership Conference’sDayton chapter’s headquar-ters, Montgomery CountyProsecutor’s spokesmanGreg Flannagan said in anemail.The SCLC had a con-tract for delivery of nutri-tious meals to low-incomesenior citizens, and theprosecutor’s office said thecrimes involved meals thatcounty officials paid for butweren’t delivered.Attorneys for Trammell,who did not take the wit-ness stand, argued that hewas guilty of nothing morethan accounting errors, theDayton Daily News report-ed.Prosecutors said thecounty reimbursed $38,000to the Dayton group for7,000 meals that were notdelivered between 2005and early 2010. Two of thepeople whom Trammellclaimed to feed were dead,two had never heard of hisprogram and three werein long-term care facili-ties and were not receivingextra meals, according toprosecutors.Defense attorney CandaceCrouse said in court thatshe could not explain howthe two dead individuals,or the two people who saidthey did not know they’dbeen signed up, ended upon invoices, the newspaperreported.Trammell was in chargeof securing grants for pro-gramming and delegatedprogram operations to oth-ers, she said.He was indicted inJanuary 2011 on one chargeof grand theft and 25 countseach of forgery and tamper-ing with government docu-ments.Crouse did not imme-diately return calls Fridayseeking comment on theverdict.Trammell lost his lead-ership roles at the Daytonand national SCLC levels in2010 after a dispute amongfactions at the nationallevel.The SCLC began in 1957and was a leading voicein the civil rights move-ment. The organization haslost members in the decadessince King’s death in 1968and has faced financial dif-ficulty and infighting inrecent years.Trammell’s sentencingis set for June 27.
Jury nds civil rights group’s
ex-chair guilty
COLUMBUS (AP) — Thedebt owed taxpayers is growingfor an Ohio charter schools trea-surer charged with embezzlinghundreds of thousands of dollarsin federal education funds, thestate auditor said.Carl W. Shye Jr., 57, wasindicted last month on federalcharges of embezzling more than$470,000 over six years.Shye’s list of debts owed totaxpayers grew by more than$52,000 with Thursday’s releaseof the final audit for a Daytonschool that has since closed,Ohio Auditor Dave Yost said ina release.The auditor says Shye is liablefor more than $52,000 in NewCity Community School expen-ditures made without properdocumentation and school boardapproval.Shye’s attorney, MichaelBowler, declined to comment onFriday.Shye, of New Albany, han-dled the finances of more thana dozen former charter schools,in Columbus, Dayton andYoungstown. Under Ohio law,such schools operate indepen-dently of any school district butunder contract with a sponsoringentity.The Dayton Daily Newsreported Friday that the auditreleased Thursday is the 18th stateaudit in which Shye is alleged tohave mishandled public funds,putting the total owed to morethan $819,000.
Cash wantedfrom indicted
school ofcial

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