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Obituaries 2State/Local 3Politics 4Community 5Sports 6-7Business 8Classifieds 10Television 11World briefs 12
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
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www.delphosherald.comSunnyThursdaywith high inupper 70s.See page 2.
City working to find scope of diesel fuel leak
BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — A dieselfuel leak was discoveredlast week at the fuel pumpson Canal Street across fromthe city building. Officialsare waiting for AlliedEnvironmental to excavatearound the pumps.According to Safety ServiceDirector Greg Berquist, work-ers noticed a drop in pres-sure when pumping fuel onThursday.“We thought it was a prob-lem with the pump itself, sowe tore that out and examinedit,” he said. “That wasn’t theproblem and then we foundthe leak. We estimate we lostabout 400 gallons and wehave recovered about 250 gal-lons so there is still 150 gal-lons unaccounted for.”Berquist said the properauthorities were contacted:Delphos Fire and Rescue,the Ohio Fire Marshal, theAllen County EmergencyManagement Agency andthe Ohio EnvironmentalProtection Agency.“The fire marshal has themost say right now becausethe tank is above ground,”Berquist said. “We’ll knowmore after some digging isdone. The dirt that is soakedin diesel fuel will have to beproperly disposed of and thatwill cost a pretty penny.”Berquist said there areseveral landfills in Ohio thataccept such deposits. Headded that at this time, the cityis not believed to be negligentso he doesn’t anticipate anyfines from the Ohio EPA.The fuel tanks are part of the city’s emergency plan,according to Berquist.“Having these tanks isimperative to our plan. If wehave a blizzard and tankerscan’t get to our local gas sta-tions, we still have to be ableto run the plows,” he said.“There are also some otherscenarios that make it ben-eficial for us to have accessto fuel when it might not bereadily available.”Tarring and chipping of city thoroughfares has beenpostponed. Allen County hadbeen contracted for the workbut according to Berquist, prepwork on the city’s side willtake longer than expected.“Once we got started onJackson Street, it took a lotlonger than we anticipated sowe’re not ready for the countyto come in and do their work,”he said. “It will happen laterin the season when they canwork us in.”Tarring and chipping wasapproved in May for JeffersonStreet at Stadium Park; EighthStreet from Elm Street toMoening Street; JacksonStreet from Pierce Street eastto the dead end; Third Streetfrom Jefferson Street to StateStreet; and First Street fromPierce Street to FranklinStreet.The project cost is$32,000.Berquist also noted bids forthe Elida Road widening proj-ect are almost complete andshould be awarded by Aug. 1with work completed by Aug.28. The widening and pavingproject entails widening ElidaAvenue to three lanes fromThe Point to Summers Laneand paving from The Point toDouglas Street. A $165,000Ohio Public Works grant hasbeen applied for to offset the$210,000 cost of the project.The balance of payment willcome from the Motor VehiclePermissive Tax Fund.Kendra Wieging of theFlower Fort Fighters Relayteam addressed council torequest approval for the annu-al Relay for Life 5K routethrough Delphos. Wiegingoutlined the route, whichbegins at Jefferson HighSchool then east on NorthStreet, right on Canal Street,left on Seventh Street, righton Scott Street, right on SixthStreet, right on Main Street,left on Tenth Street, right onCanal Street and round thepark one time and right onNorth Street back to the highschool.Wieging said the race last-ed just under an hour last yearand had 120 participants.Council approved theevent.
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City officials found a diesel fuel leak at the pumps in the parking lot across from thecity building late last week. Approximately 400 gallons of fuel was lost with 250 recovered.Allied Environmental will excavate the area to remove contaminated dirt.Coldwater product tosign with UNOH
LIMA – The Universityof Northwestern Ohioinvites you to RacersField at the St. Rita’sHealth Partners AthleticComplex at 7 p.m. Thursdaywhen Coldwater short-stop Randal Muhlenkampwill sign to play base-ball with the Racers.Coldwater won over 80games during Muhlenkamp’sfour years, with an appear-ance in the state tourna-ment, regional tournamentand district tournament.Muhlenkamp and Racershead coach Kory Hartmanwill be available for inter-views and pictures during thepress conference, which willbe held on the field, weatherpermitting, or inside the pressbox if the weather isn’t.
Musketeers seeking JVcoach
Fort Jennings AD ToddHoehn has announced thatthe school is seeking a JVgirls basketball coach forthe 2012-13 season. Thedeadline is June 15.If interested, pleasecontact Hoehn at (419)286-2238 or by e-mail att_hoehn@jn.noacsc.org.
Findlay Oilers hostingVB camp
The Findlay OilerVolleyball Camp @ theLima Family YMCA isslated for 1-4 p.m. June18-21, for grades 4-12.For cost and/or to reg-ister, contact coach WickColchagoff at (419) 434-5346 or colchagoff@findlay.edu or contact Alicia Bell(bell@limaymca.net).
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Elmer Fischer picks up his and his wife’s survivor shirts Tuesday at St. Peter LutheranChurch. Committee member Sandy Suever answers his questions.
Relayers gearing up for 18-hour walk
BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — With just16 days until the 10th annualRelay for Life of Delphos,committee members are mak-ing sure teams are ready totalk the talk and walk thewalk. This year’s event isheld June 22 and 23 at theCommunity Track at JeffersonHigh School. Twenty-fiveteams will take to the trackfor the 18-hour event.In celebration of the mark-ing a decade of walkingtoward a cure for cancer, newevents have been added to thelineup:— Caregivers will receivespecial recognition with a pinand their own lap followingthe Survivor Lap at 6 p.m.— A birthday lap, celebrat-ing more birthdays with can-cer treatment breakthroughs,will start at 7 p.m., completewith party hats.— Children who partici-pated in the Mini Relay forLife in May are invited towalk a special lap with glowsticks at 9 p.m.Children’s games will openthe event at 5 p.m., with theopening ceremony at 6 p.m.After the survivor, caregiverand team laps, nearly eachhalf hour will bring a newtheme lap including HumanBingo, Scavenger Hunt, LineDancing, Scrabble, MardiGras, Noise-Maker and CrazyHat.Participants are alsoadvised to beware of flashmob dancing — it could hap-pen at any time.This year’s goal is $75,000with bank totals at $48,104.91.Teams will have food, rafflesand other money-makingofferings at their campsites.Survivors who have notpicked up their T-shirts andparking passes can do so at6:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. PeterLutheran Church. Ninety sur-vivors are registered for theirspecial lap during Relay.Don’t miss the DelphosHerald Relay for Life tab onJune 20. It will contain all theneed-to-know information forRelayers and event visitors.
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The US Department of Veterans Affairs recently an-nounced a new program setto roll out on July 1 called theVeterans Retraining Assis-tance Program. VRAP is partof the legislation included inthe VOW to Hire Heroes Actof 2011 and offers up to 12months of training assistanceto unemployed veterans. Vet-erans must enroll in trainingthat is listed as a high-demandoccupation by the Departmentof Labor.The University of Northwestern Ohio offerstraining in many of these high-demand occupations. Some of those occupations include: gen-eral and operations managers,business operations special-ists, tax preparers, computersupport specialists, paralegals,legal assistants, health infor-mation technicians, medicaltranscriptionists, travel guidesand more.This new assistance isoffered to veterans who:— Are at least 35 but nomore than 60 years old;— Are unemployed;— Received an other thandishonorable discharge;— Are not eligible forany other VA EducationBenefit Program (Post 9/11GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill,Vocational Rehabilitation andEmployment Assistance);— Are not in receipt of VA compensation due tounemployability; and— Are not enrolled in afederal or state job trainingprogram.The VRAP program islimited to 45,000 participantsfrom July 1 to Sept. 30 and54,000 participants from Oct.1 through March 31, 2014.Participants may receive upto 12 months of assistancecurrently set at $1,473 permonth. The Department of Labor will offer employmentassistance to every veteranwho participates upon com-pletion of the program.For a complete list of the jobs categorized as highdemand by the Department of Labor, visit http://www.gibill.va.gov/documents/VRAP_High_Demand.pdf For more informationabout the VRAP program orto see if you qualify, contactUNOH Military RelationsCoordinator Randy Gasser at419-998-8498.
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Delphos Public Library Children’s Librarian DeniseCressman, left, signs up 7-year-old Daniel Myers for theSummer Reading Program. This year’s theme is “DreamBig — Read.” The program is divided into two age groups:Night Owls, for children ages 3-6, is at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. onMondays beginning Monday and at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdaysbeginning June 14. The Twilight Club, for grades K-5, is heldat 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning Tuesday. Signup continues all week during library hours.
What: 10th annualRelay for Life of DelphosWhen: 6 p.m. June22 -noon June 23Where: TheCommunity Trackat Jefferson HighSchoolWhy: To help fightcancer and find acureWho: Anyone whohas been touched bycancer in some wayor just wants to helpsupport the cause
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The DelphosHerald
Vol. 142 No. 266
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,circulation managerThe Daily Herald (USPS 15258000) is published dailyexcept Sundays, Tuesdays andHolidays.By carrier in Delphos andarea towns, or by rural motorroute where available $1.48 perweek. By mail in Allen, VanWert, or Putnam County, $97per year. Outside these counties$110 per year.Entered in the post officein Delphos, Ohio 45833 asPeriodicals, postage paid atDelphos, Ohio.No mail subscriptions will beaccepted in towns or villageswhere The Daily Herald papercarriers or motor routes providedaily home delivery for $1.48per week.405 North Main St.TELEPHONE 695-0015Office Hours8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.POSTMASTER:Send address changesto THE DAILY HERALD,405 N. Main St.Delphos, Ohio 45833
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Alaska boretide drawssurfers, viewers
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Marie M. Klausing
Nov. 8, 1928-June 4, 2012
Betty Jane Fair, 83, of Lima, died at 12:33 Mondayat St. Rita’s Medical Center.She was born Nov. 8, 1928,in Lima, to Harold and Nellie(Jones) Bolen, who precededher in death.On Feb. 28, 1953, she mar-ried Donald Fair, who sur-vives in Lima.Other survivors includeson Gregory (Charisse) Fair of Spring Lake, Mich.; daughterDonette (David) Roosenbergof Lima; brother DouglasBolen of Athens, Ga.; sis-ter-in-law Lois Markwardof Delphos; grandson, Tyler(Natasha) Fair of Muskegon,Mich.; and great-granddaugh-ter, Layla Fair of Muskegon.She was also preceded indeath by an infant daughter.Mrs. Fair worked formany years and retired fromretail. She was a member of St. Mark’s United MethodistChurch for 50 years and wasin its Rhoda Circle. She wasa 1947 Lima South HighSchool graduate and memberof the National Associationof Retired Federal Employeessince 1988. She loved to bake,cook, had a green thumb forgrowing her plants and wasvery artistic.Funeral services beginat 11 a.m. Thursday at theChiles-Laman Funeral andCremation Shawnee Chapel,the Rev. Mary Ann Tomlinsonofficiating. Burial will followin Memorial Park Cemetery.Friends may call from2-8 p.m. today at the Chiles-Laman Funeral and CremationShawnee Chapel.Memorials are to St. Mark’sUMC.
May 31, 1924-June 5, 2012
Ruth J. Pohlman, 88, of Delphos, died at 5:18 a.m.Tuesday at the Sarah JaneLiving Center.She was born May 31,1924, in Van Wert County,to A. J. and Theresa (Spieles)Pohlman.She is survived by hersisters Marciel Etzkorn andLaDonna (Warren) KaskelPeterson of Delphos; brothersPaul (Margaret) Pohlman andHarold (Dolores) Pohlman of Delphos; and nieces and neph-ews.She was preceded in deathby her brothers Raymond andJerome Pohlman; and sis-ters Marie Berres and HelenDickman.Ms. Pohlman was a bookkeeper with Equity Elevatorand also worked at Huffy,Knippens and the TelephoneCompany. She was a mem-ber of St. John the EvangelistCatholic Church and its choir.She was past secretary of theparish council, was a mem-ber of the Monday NightBowling League, the BakersDozen Club, Birthday ClubGroup, Interfaith Thrift Shopvolunteer, LDWBA pastboard member and volun-teered with the bloodmobile.She enjoyed puzzles, latchhook, reading, walking andplaying cards.Mass of Christian Burialbegins at 11 a.m. Saturdayat St. John the EvangelistCatholic Church, the Rev.Melvin Verhoff officiating.Burial will follow in St. John’sCemetery.Friends may call from 2-4and 6-8 p.m. Friday at Harterand Schier Funeral Home,where a parish wake starts at7:30 p.m.Memorials are to the St.John’s Parish Foundation.The high temperatureTuesday in Delphos was 67and the low was 52. A yearago today, the high was 87and the low was 57. Therecord high for today is 96,set in 1925 and the record lowof 38 was set in 1998.
By The Associated Press
Today is Wednesday, June6, the 158th day of 2012.There are 208 days left in theyear.
Today’s Highlight inHistory:
On June 6, 1944, dur-ing World War II, Alliedforces stormed the beachesof Normandy, France, on“D-Day,” beginning the lib-eration of German-occupiedwestern Europe.
On this date:
In 1799, American politi-cian and orator Patrick Henrydied at Red Hill Plantation inVirginia.In 1844, the Young Men’sChristian Association wasfounded in London.In 1862, the (first) Battleof Memphis took place dur-ing the Civil War as Unionnaval forces annihilated aConfederate fleet and capturedthe Tennessee city.In 1912, the greatest volca-nic eruption of the 20th cen-tury took place as Novaruptain Alaska began a series of explosive episodes over a60-hour period.In 1925, Walter Percy Chryslerfounded the Chrysler Corp.
By MARK THIESSENThe Associated Press
GIRDWOOD, Alaska —Mother Nature put on a shownear Anchorage, and it hadnothing to do with Venus andthe sun.The largest bore tide of thesummer arrived in TurnagainArm on Tuesday evening,drawing hundreds of peopleto highway pullouts south of Anchorage.It also drew a few surfersand kayakers hoping to takeadvantage of a real wave inAlaska.“It was fantastic,” saidsurfer Sue Ives of Anchorage.“It was a bluebird day. Thewater was glassy. I guess thisis supposed to be the biggestbore tide of the year, so it wasa pretty great ride.”The bore tide is an actu-al tidal wave, said MichaelLawson, a meteorologist withthe National Weather Servicein Anchorage.“The bore tide is a truetidal wave in the sense thatit’s controlled by the tide andis largely due to the gravi-tational influence of the sunand moon.”Bore tides happen all overthe world, but Anchorage’sTurnagain Arm and KnikArms are the only places inthe United States where theyoccur regularly, he said.That’s due to the orien-tation of Turnagain Armand the shallow, narrow ter-rain along the strip of waterstretching about 25 milesfrom Anchorage south to theresort town of Girdwood.Bore tides happen everyday here, Lawson said, butwhether there’s a visible waveassociated with it depends onthe weather and the exactnature of the tides.“One thing that makes thisa predictably large bore tide isthat we just had a full moon,and right now, the moon andthe sun are in alignment,”Lawson said.Lawson said those gravi-tational forces work to pullthe tide extremely negativelybelow what the average meanwater level is at low tide.“When the tide goes allthe way out, the tide furtherup the arm is still going to becoming out when the new tideis coming in, and where thosetwo bodies of water clash iswhere the wave is created,”he said.Local media had beenalerting residents to the pend-ing large bore tide sinceMonday.“Today, everybody is tell-ing us about it on the radiocause it’s supposed to be a bigbore tide, so we’re hoping it’s35 inches,” said Anchorageresident Ellen Franklin. “Thatwould be awesome.”There was no immedi-ate measurement of the boretide. The National WeatherService doesn’t track it,but the state Department of Natural Resources earlier thisweek predicted it could be4.1 feet.Nearly every space andplaces that weren’t meant forparked cars were filled alongthe pullouts along the sce-nic Seward Highway. Peoplebrought lawn chairs, bin-oculars and cameras for theevent.Some climbed down therocky beaches to outlyingrocks for better viewing.That caused at least one prob-lem, KTUU reported thatthree men became trappedon rocks after the tide camein and had to be rescuedby a boat manned by theAnchorage Fire Department,which said the men were inno danger.Several others, like Ives,donned their wet suits andtried to catch the wave.Ives estimated her ride onthe wave went anywhere froma quarter- to a half-mile.“A nice long ride, longenough that my legs started tofeel a little tired,” she said.She also wasn’t bummedthat this is apparently thelargest bore tide of the sum-mer, and plans to surf again.“It just means that maybenext time there’ll be fewerpeople out here, and it will benice and quiet,” she said.Hubert A. Youngpeter, 85,of Delphos, died Tuesday atVan Wert In-Patient HospiceCenter in Van Wert.Arrangements are incom-plete at Harter and SchierFuneral Home.
Hubert A.Youngpeter
While Delphos Policewere investigating a dis-turbance in the 100 blockof East First Street at 2:23a.m. Saturday, they camein contact with Delphosresident, 18-year-oldJeremiah A. Ross, whowas found to be under theinfluence.Ross was cited for under-age consumption in to LimaMunicipal Court.Delphos Police Officerswere called to the 600 blockof Euclid Street at 4:18 p.m.Sunday to investigate a theftand criminal damage.When officers contact-ed the property owner,they reported that some-time during the nighttime hours, an unknownsubject(s) entered theirproperty and had stolenseveral and damaged land-scaping items.The incident remains underinvestigation.On Saturday, DelphosPolice arrested and charged21-year-old Delphos residentMichael A. Sparrow with dis-orderly conduct and posses-sion during an investigationby officers into a disturbanceand possible fight in the 100block of Washington Street.Sparrow was cited intoLima Municipal Court.
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyAssociated Press
TONIGHT: Partly cloudyin the evening then becom-ing mostly clear. Lows in thelower 50s. Northeast windsaround 5 mph shifting to thenorthwest overnight.THURSDAY: Mostlysunny. Highs in the upper 70s.North winds 5 to 10 mph.THURSDAY NIGHT:Mostly clear. Lows in the mid50s. Northwest winds around10 mph.FRIDAY: Mostly sunny.Highs in the lower 80s. Westwinds around 10 mph.FRIDAY NIGHT-SUNDAY: Mostly clear.Lows in the mid 60s. Highs inthe upper 80s.SUNDAY NIGHT: Mostlyclear. Lows in the upper 60s.MONDAY: Partly cloudywith a 20 percent chance of showers and storms. Highs inthe upper 80s.CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Tuesday:
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Dec. 6, 1922-June 4, 2012
Marie M. Klausing, 89,of Delphos died at 2:10p.m. Monday at VancrestHealthcare Center.She was born Dec. 6, 1922,in Fort Jennings to Victor andHilda (Moorman) Gerdeman,who preceded her in death.On July 8, 1939, she mar-ried George J. Klausing, whodied on Dec. 15, 2003.Survivors include two sons,Ronald J. (Nancy) Klausing of Ottawa and John D. (Karen)Klausing of Lima; two daugh-ters, Janet (Charles) Hatfieldof South Bend, Ind., and CarolL. (Donald) Lengerich of Decatur, Ind.; a brother, Virgil(Mary Louise) Gerdeman of Fort Jennings; a daughter-in-law, Jane Klausing of Omaha,Neb.; and 17 grandchildrenand 28-great-grandchildren.She was also precededin death by a son, RobertKlausing; a daughter, JaniceKlausing; two sisters, Estherand Marciel; and two broth-ers, Vincent and Donald.Mrs. Klausing was a mem-ber of St. Charles CatholicParish and the Elks and Eaglesin Lima. Her favorite hobbieswere playing cards, going tothe casinos and spending timewith her grandchildren.Mass of Christian Burialwill begin at 10 a.m. Friday atSt. Charles Catholic Church,the Rev. Stephen Blum offi-ciating. Burial will be inGethsemani Cemetery, Lima.Friends may call from 2-4p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Thursdayat Chiles-Laman Funeral andCremation Services, ShawneeChapel, Lima.Preferred memorials are toSt. Charles Catholic Parish.
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COLUMBUS —Republican Gov. JohnKasich on Tuesday issued arare last-minute reprieve fora condemned killer, sparingAbdul Awkal for two weeksto allow a judge to hold ahearing on his mental com-petency.Kasich ordered the delayto allow a Cuyahoga County judge to conduct a hearing onwhether Awkal is too men-tally ill to be put to death.Judge Stuart Friedman ruledMonday there was evidenceto believe Awkal was notcompetent to be executed,but his ruling was not enoughto stop the execution.Kasich’s decision cameshortly after the OhioSupreme Court had refusedto delay the execution toallow the hearing. Governorsin Ohio have the ultimate sayon executions.Former death row inmateJohn Spirko receivedreprieves from two gover-nors before he was spared,but such interventions bygovernors have been infre-quent since Ohio resumedexecutions in 1999.Awkal was sentenced todeath for killing his estrangedwife, Latife Awkal, andbrother-in-law MahmoudAbdul-Aziz in January 1992in a room where the Awkalswere to take up divorce andcustody issues.In the months before theshooting, Awkal bought apistol and threatened to killhis wife and her family if theydidn’t dismiss the divorceproceedings. Prosecutorssaid Awkal also changed hisaddress and wrote his brothera check for most of his assetsbefore heading to court onthe day of the shooting.Awkal was in the statedeath house at the SouthernOhio Correctional Facility inLucasville when the decisionwas announced. He arrivedat Lucasville earlier Tuesdayand had been in good spiritsduring his stay.If put to death this month,Abdul Awkal would be thesecond man Ohio executesthis year since the end of an unofficial moratorium oncapital punishment that last-ed six months.Awkal’s mental healthhas been the subject of courthearings for years.A court initially found himnot competent to stand trialbecause of his severe depres-sion. He was sent to a mentalhealth center and put on anti-depressant and anti-anxietymedications before the courtfound him competent fortrial, where he was convictedof aggravated murder.Awkal claimed to havesent war plans to PresidentBarack Obama and formerPresident George W. Bush,communicated with the CIAand FBI and played a centralrole in managing the warsin Iraq and Afghanistan, hisattorneys said as evidence of his mental condition.In an interview last monthwith the parole board, Awkaladmitted his actions werewrong. He spoke of havinga previous nervous break-down and said that he hadnot cheated on his wife butthat she had been with othermen. He said he “snapped” atthe courthouse when his wifeprevented him from holdinghis daughter, and he deniedusing the child as a shieldwhen he tried to flee and wasshot by officers.The state opposed therequest for a delay, andKasich and the Ohio ParoleBoard rejected Awkal’srequest for mercy based onhis mental health allegations.Cuyahoga CountyProsecutor Bill Mason saida delay at this stage wasunnecessary and the requestwasn’t fair to the survivingfamily members of Awkal’svictims.Of the state SupremeCourt’s seven justices, two,Paul Pfeifer and TerrenceO’Donnell, would have grant-ed the delay, allowed Awkalto be re-interviewed by apsychiatrist and required thecourt to set a new executiondate, according to Tuesday’sruling.Awkal had already ordereda special meal, as the lastmeal is called in Ohio, of cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce,carrots, cucumber, corn andtomatoes. He also orderedBear Claw ice cream, a largepizza with double cheese andPepsi.Awkal appeared to be “invery good spirits, laughingand talking with executionteam members,” prisonsspokeswoman JoEllen Smithsaid earlier Tuesday.The Ohio Parole Boardvoted 8-1 last month againstrecommending mercy, withmost members conclud-ing that Awkal planned theshooting and that it wasn’tthe result of a psychoticbreakdown.While he had assertedremorse, “he clearly blamesthe victims for allegedly cre-ating the circumstances thatforced him to kill them,” theboard said on May 18.———Andrew Welsh-Hugginscan be reached at http://twit-ter.com/awhcolumbus
Ohio gov issues condemnedinmate 2-week reprieve
By ANN SANNERAssociated Press
COLUMBUS — Ohio’sgovernor signed into lawTuesday the state’s widelywatched new regulations onexotic animals, calling a sui-cidal owner’s release of doz-ens of lions, tigers and otherdangerous creatures monthsago “about as bizarre as any-thing gets.”The state had some of thenation’s weakest restrictionson exotic pets. And Gov. JohnKasich acknowledged the laxrules as he prepared to signthe legislation at a Statehouseceremony.“Ohio was really the wild,wild West,” Kasich said. “Wehad virtually no rules and noregulations in terms of all this.”Regulatory efforts took onnew urgency in October, whenTerry Thompson released 50animals — including blackbears, mountain lions andBengal tigers — from his east-ern Ohio farm in Zanesvillebefore he committed suicide.Authorities were forced to killalmost all of the animals.The measure, which takeseffect on Sept. 3, will peoplefrom buying new dangerousexotic animals.Current owners could keeptheir creatures by registeringthem with the state within 60days of the law’s effectivedate. Owners also must obtaina new state-issued permitby 2014 and adhere to strictnew caretaking standards andinspections.Kasich, a first-termRepublican, said getting abill passed by the GOP-ledstate Legislature was frustrat-ing at times, because the issueproved it was more complexthan what it seemed.“Where do you put the ani-mals? What animals do wetake? What do you do aboutvenomous snakes? What do wedo about this? We don’t haveenough places to put these ani-mals? Who is going take them?”Kasich said. “You just wouldn’tbelieve the amount of time.”Kasich was flanked atthe bill signing by state offi-cials, state lawmakers fromZanesville and celebrity zoo-keeper Jack Hanna, who hadcriticized the Legislature inFebruary for not swiftly pass-ing new regulations.Hanna told the lawmakerson Tuesday that he appreciatestheir work.“What you’re setting hereis a precedent for those statesthat have no laws as well,”Hanna said. “I am very proudof Ohio.”Kasich said the state nowhas reasonable, tough restric-tions on the animals that willkeep the public and animalssafe.
Kasich signsnew rules onexotic animals
TOLEDO (AP) — Thecity council has voted to addToledo to the list of Ohio localgovernments that offer healthcare and other benefits toemployees’ domestic partners.The council voted 9-3Tuesday night to extend ben-efits for such unmarried part-ners, regardless of whetherthey’re same-sex couples.City leaders have estimatedthe change would cost morethan $200,000 annually.Mayor Mike Bell had sup-ported the effort but threateneda veto after the vote because aprovision in the measure allowsa firefighters’ union to reopenhealth care contract negotia-tions with the city. Bell sayshe believes that went beyondthe council’s authority.Cincinnati, Columbus andCleveland are among the otherOhio cities that offer benefitsfor their workers’ domesticpartners.
By LISA CORNWELLAssociated Press
CINCINNATI — An his-toric-place listing announcedToday for an eastern Ohiovillage threatened by flood-ing, and potentially by floodcontrol efforts, is seen bysome as a major step towardsaving the nearly 200-year-old community.The National Trust forHistoric Preservation saidthat Zoar has been namedto its 2012 list of America’s11 Most EndangeredHistoric Places. The annuallist spotlights architectural,cultural and natural heritagesites at risk of destructionor irreparable damage andraises awareness about thethreats.The list has been so suc-cessful in boosting preserva-tion efforts that only a hand-ful of the 233 sites listedsince 1988 have been lost,according to trust officials.“Working closely withthe U.S. Corps of Engineers,we believe a solution can befound that spares this one-of-a-kind village from cata-strophic flooding or demoli-tion,” Stephanie Meeks, thenational trust’s president,said.The village founded in1817 by German religiousdissenters seeking religiousfreedom has been protectedby a 75-year-old levee fromwater that backs up behind theTuscarawas River’s DoverDam. Flood waters over theyears have led to water seep-age under the earthen struc-ture that stretches along theedges of Zoar and the leveeis deteriorating.The Corps of Engineers,which has classified the leveeas in need of urgent repairs,has taken temporary protec-tive measures and is workingon a study to determine a per-manent solution by 2015.The corps says it’s toosoon to talk about options, butvillage residents say possiblescenarios discussed includefederal officials fixing thelevee or buying the buildingsto either move them to higherground or to level them andremove the levee.Zoar supporters want thelevee repaired and say thenew designation should pro-vide more national supportfor saving the village.“This listing confirmsZoar’s historical significancenationally, not just locally,”said Jon Elsasser, presidentof the Zoar CommunityAssociation and a member of the Ohio Historical Society’sBoard of Trustees. “Thisrecognition is what we havebeen looking for.”Elsasser said the new list-ing doesn’t assure Zoar’ssurvival but “has a prettygood track record for helpingpreserve sites.”The endangered listingdoesn’t hinder the corps’efforts to find a permanentsolution to the levee problem,said study manager AaronSmith.“We already knew the vil-lage’s historical significance,and that definitely will bean evaluation factor,” saidSmith.The village once providedcommunal housing for 500Society of Separatists of Zoarmembers who pooled theirresources earned throughsmall industries, textile work,crafts and agriculture. Thesociety disbanded in 1898,but the village survived andnow has about 170 residents.It has retained many of itsoriginal structures, includingabout 50 brick, log and framebuildings, some of whichhave been restored and areopen for tours.Elsasser said he is confi-dent that the endangered des-ignation will prompt peoplearound the country to contactthe corps and other federalofficials “to let them know just how important it is tosave Zoar.”
Ohio village added to endangered historic sites
City approvesdomestic partner
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