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Wednesday, June 20, 2012
50¢ dailyDelphos, Ohio
Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
Relay for Life preview tab intoday’s paper! Jefferson splits in ACME, p6
Obituaries 2State/Local 3Politics 4Community 5Sports 6-7Business 8Classifieds 9TV 10World News 12
Mostly sunnyin the morningthen becomingpartly cloudyThursday. A40 percentchance of showers and thunderstorms.Highs in the lower 90s. Lowsin the mid 60s. See page 2.
Kiwanis offer new eventsfor July 4 celebration
The Delphos Kiwanis Clubwill sponsor a “Best of theBest” pizza contest at 6 p.m.on July 3 at Stadium Park inthe shelterhouse.Nine local restaurants willparticipate, including Brentily’sSteak House, Hickory Pit BBQ,Eagles Aerie 471, Jack’s Pizza,Joey Fratello’s, Niedecken’sCarry Out, Pat’s Donuts andKreme, Pizza Hut and the ToppChalet. All pizzas will be pep-peroni. Participants will decidein a blind taste test which theylike the best. A traveling tro-phy will be awarded to thewinner at 8:30 p.m.Music will also be pro-vided.Tickets are $12 and includenine slices of pizza and twodrink tickets. Only 200 will besold and they can be purchasedfrom any Kiwanis member orby calling 419-303-4938.The Kiwanis are alsosponsoring a Halo ReachTournament at 2 p.m. on July4.Team members must be17 years of age and the first16 teams to register will beentered in the tournament.Each team must have fourplayers who will participatein 30-minute rounds. This isa single-elimination competi-tion with no radar. The teamwith the most kills at the endof each round will advance.The cost is $60 per team.First-place prize is $260; sec-ond-place prize is $140.Call 419-235-5710 to reg-ister or for more information.
5K At The Relay
The 3rd annual 5K Race/Walk At The Relay is set for9 a.m. Saturday at JeffersonHigh School and still takingapplications. Entry formsremain available at Peak 24Hour Fitness, the DelphosChamber office, the DelphosRelay For Life web site orcontact Kendra Wiegingat kwieging@yahoo.comor at (419) 234-4485.Registration is at 8 a.m.The race begins and endsat the school; the courseis flat on city streets.Entry fee is $20race day with a limitednumber of T-shirts.Trophies will go tothe first overall male andfemale and to the top threein each age group in bothmale and female: 14 andunder; 15-19; 20-24; 25-29;30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49;50-55; and 56 and up.
At the Country Club
The Ladies of the DelphosCountry Club held a RegularGolf outing June 12 on thefront 9 co-chaired by LindaBoecker and Agnes Swint.Winners of the first-flight low gross were SandySchimmoeller and LouAnn Wiltsie, with ShirleyWiltsie the low net.Schimmoeller and Swinttied for the low putts, withLou Ann Wiltsie the clos-est to the pin and ShirleyWiltsie the longest drive.In the second flight,Betty Schroeder was low-gross winner and ArleneKortokrax low net.Schroeder had closestto the pin and Kortokraxhad both the longestdrive and longest putt.The Ladies of theDCC also had a RegularGolf session Tuesday onthe back 9 co-chaired byBoecker and Kortokrax.Marilyn Allen waslow-gross winner inthe first flight and JanSisinger had the low net.Sisinger also hadthe longest drive.In the second flight,Schroeder was low-gross champion andBoecker the low net.Schroeder had the leastputts and longest drive andBoecker the longest putt.
Stacy Taff photo
Wheelmen Tim Schmidt, front, and Kevin McNattn bike across America on replicas of the “1885 Victor,” which Schmidt says is the “Cadillac of replicas.” The pair are bikingto raise money and awareness for diabetes and to kick up some adventure.
‘Wheelmen’ cycle for diabetes research
BY STACY TAFFstaff@delphosherald.com
FORT JENNINGS — In1884, Thomas Stevens becamethe first man to ride across thecountry on a bicycle. Beginningon April 1, friends Tim Schmidtand Kevin McNatt decided tore-create the journey, right downto the bikes.The pair chose to ride mod-ern replicas of the 1885 Victor,which they say is the “Cadillacof replicas.”“The Victor was made by acompany called Victory Bicyclesin Orlando, Florida,” McNattsaid. “I have a genuine antique athome but it wouldn’t withstandthe journey. We’re both mem-bers of The Wheelmen, which isa non-profit organization that’sdedicated to keeping what wecall the golden age of Americancycling alive.”The bikes, which standaround 4 1/2 feet tall, attract alot of attention with the ridersperched precariously atop theexaggerated front wheel.“We get a lot of questionsabout them like: ‘Is it scary upthere?’ and ‘How do you get onand off’?” McNatt said. “It takessome practice and once you getit down, it’s not really any differ-ent than a normal bicycle. Youhave to look ahead of you more,though, if you’re planning to stopbecause it takes a while. It workskind of like a tricycle; you can’tstop on a dime. One good thingis we don’t have to worry aboutkeeping the tires filled with airsince they’re solid rubber.”While adventure was cer-tainly a prime attraction, the twohad other reasons for taking thecross-country trip.“I have Type 1 Diabetesand I’m using this trip to raisemoney for the Juvenile DiabetesResearch Foundation. Twenty-five percent of all money raisedon the trip will go straight toJDRF,” Schmidt said. “We’veraised about $1,500 at this point.Part of this trip is to promote thehistory of the old bikes as well.As a diabetic and as one of theWheelmen, this trip has been alifelong dream. We’ve gotten alot of attention so far. It’s a reallygreat way to meet people.”With 59-year-old McNattbeing a self-professed “unem-ployed wheelman” after thecompany he worked for closeddown and 52-year-old Schmidthaving his summers free as ateacher, they seized the opportu-nity to make their shared dreama reality.“I’ve made this trip twicebefore but on modern bicycles,”McNatt said. “We’ve alwaysthought about doing this on theold bikes and just decided togo for it since we both have thetime. Sometimes we questionwhether it’s a good idea or not.We left Findlay this morning andthat headwind saps your strengthbut you have to keep grindingaway.”“We’ve encountered somehills with a 9 percent grade andthere’s no way we can do that,”Schmidt added. “Those youhave to walk up as well as down,since these bikes don’t reallyhave brakes. This can be a lotof hard work but it’s also a lotof fun.”Schmidt and McNatt were joined by Schmidt’s parents onSunday, who will drive behindthem until Monday, whenSchmidt’s wife Kim will takeover. Schmidt and his wife livein North East, Md., and have twochildren: a 15-year-old son and13-year-old daughter. McNattlives in Mansfield, Mass.After reaching FortJennings Tuesday afternoon,the Wheelmen hit the 700-milemark, having begun their jour-ney in Lewes, Del. They planto finish the trip somewhere inOregon, staying in hotels alongthe way.Visit the JDRF web site at jdrf.org and The Wheelmen atthewheelmen.org. Checks fordonations can be made out toTim Schmidt and mailed to: 153Forge Court, North East, MD21901.
Council OKscontract toremove dirt indiesel leak
BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — The citywill contract with AlliedEnvironmental for the removalof contaminated dirt in the areaof a diesel fuel spill discoveredby officials last month. Councilapproved the contract on emer-gency measure at Monday’smeeting.According to Delphos SafetyService Director Greg Berquist,the city recovered 250 gallonsof a 400-gallon spill in the linebetween the pump and the stor-age tank located across from thecity building on Canal Street.“The EPA is watching thisclosely and are calling us almostdaily to see where we are withcleaning this up,” Berquist said.“It does need to be taken care of in a timely manner.”The cost of the remediationof the impacted area will bebased on the number of tonsand material being removed.Berquist said landfills thatdo accept such materials cancharge from $40-45 per tonand the total cost of the projectcould be more than $45,000.“We really won’t knowwhat this is going to cost usuntil Allied gets in there andwe know much removal we aretalking about,” Bequist said.Council passed on emergen-cy measure legislation grant-ing the city participation inthe “Moving Ohio Forward”grant program to receive finan-cial assistance for demolitionof residential properties thathave been abandoned by theowner or deemed blighted bythe city. Berquist said there arenine such properties. The own-ers have been contacted and hedid receive one response askinghow soon the demolition couldtake place. Berquist said theaverage cost is $700 per demo-lition and recovery of that costis still under scrutiny.Municipalities in AllenCounty can participate in the“Moving Ohio Forward” pro-gram through Lima CommunityDevelopment Director AmySackman-Odum.The city will open bids forthe Elida Road widening proj-ect on June 28. The projectentails widening Elida Avenueto three lanes from The Point toSummers Lane and paving fromThe Point to Douglas Street. A$165,000 Ohio Public Worksgrant has been applied for tooffset the $210,000 cost of theproject. The balance of pay-ment will come from the MotorVehicle Permissive Tax Fund.The project has a comple-tion date of Aug. 25, prior tothe start of the 2012-13 schoolyear.Council also passed onemergency on second read-ing an ordinance to use StollyInsurance as the provider of property, general liability andfleet insurance for the next threeyears. The city has a currentcontract with Stolly that will beextended for three years. Thefirst year’s premium is $69,473,approximately $2,000 less thanlast year. The current coverageexpires on June 30.Those petitioning the cityfor a variance, zoning changeor alley or street vacation willpay a little more to cover thecost of publishing legal notices.Council passed an ordinanceraising the cost to $75, $100and $100, respectively.Council got a first look atthe 2013 budget submitted byAuditor Tom Jettinghoff. Apublic hearing on the budgetwill be held at 6:45 p.m. onJuly 2.Families United will use theDelphos Municipal SwimmingPool for an open swim for indi-viduals with special needs onAug. 2. A rain date of Aug. 16was set. The pool will closeearly for the swim.
The Putnam County Fair opened Monday when families of the late Gary Wiechart and RayProwant joined directors and area government officials by ringing the bell, above top left. The2012 Junior Fair King and Queen, above top right, are Aaron Siebeneck of Kalida and MeganVerhoff of Pandora. Ottoville, above left, and Fort Jennings band, above right, joined countyhigh school marching bands in the Showcase of Bands. See more photos on page 12.
Putnam County Fair opens on Monday
Staff reports
OTTAWA — The PutnamCounty Fair opening Mondaywas packed with activities.Families of the late GaryWiechart and Ray Prowant joined directors and area gov-ernment officials by ringingthe bell.Monday was Veterans Daywith all veterans admitted tothe fair at no charge.The Veterans Salute kickedoff the evening events, fol-lowed by the crowning of the2012 Junior Fair King andQueen Aaron Siebeneck of Kalida and Megan Verhoff of Pandora.The royal couple and theircourt will preside over juniorfair events and present tro-phies and rosettes.The Showcase of Bandsfeatured high school bandsfrom around the county.Today is Community Daywith carloads admitted for$20 from 5 p.m. to close.Events include: the DanceSpectacular from 3:30-6:30p.m. in the EntertainmentTent; harness racing at 5p.m.; the Racing Review from5-9 p.m. at the arches; BarnGames in the Main ShowArena; and Exploit at 8 p.m.in the Entertainment Tent.
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 Jennings raises 1812 flag
On Mondayafternoon, FortJennings vil-lage officials, BicentennialCommitteemembers, BoyScouts and thehigh schoolmarching bandparticipatedin a ceremonyto replace theU.S. flag at thevillage’s monu-ment on WaterStreet with areplica of theU.S. flag flownin 1812. Readthe full storyon page 12.
Boy falls in toPutnam pool
EMS and fire andrescue were dispatched toa swimming pool at 21817Road T in Fort Jennings atapproximately 6:19 p.m.Tuesday for a 4-year-old malewho had fallen into the pool.Andrew Knippne wastransported to St. Rita’sMedical Center and latertransferred to NationawideChildren’s Hospital inColumbus.There were no furtherdetails at press time.
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Betty M. Sawmiller, 86, of Spencerville, died 2:30 a.m.Monday at Roselawn Manor,Spencerville.She was born March 5,1926, in Spencerville, thedaughter of Oran R. & BelvaM. (Binkley) Slentz, who pre-ceded her in death.On May 17, 1947, she mar-ried Foster Leon Sawmiller,who died Oct. 5, 1971.Survivors include twodaughters, Tina (Mike)Zimmerly of Delphos and Jodi(Brian) Kill of Spencerville;four grandchildren, Rachel(Terry) Garwood of Delphos,April (Tasvir) Jadav of Columbus Grove and Eric(Andrea) Kill and Jordan Kill of Spencerville; three stepgrand-children, Craig Zimmerly of Toledo and Jenifer Zimmerlyand Courtney Zimmerly of Ottawa; 8 great-grandchildren,Leldon Momon Jr. and SumerMomon of Texas, FosterGarwood and Rose Bollingerof Delphos, Shail Jadav of Columbus Grove and TrevorKill, Jamie Kill and AudreyKill all of Spencerville; threestepgreat-grandchildren, Cadeand Grant Zimmerly of Toledoand Madalyn Zimmerly of Ottawa; three sisters, MarthaFast, Margie Harbert andLois (Richard) Boroff of Spencerville; and two sisters-in-law, Margaret Krogman of Mendon and Helen Sawmillerof Lima.She was also preceded indeath by a daughter, MadelynSawmiller; an infant broth-er, Harold Franklin Slentz;a sister-in-law, Elizabeth R.White; and four brothers-in-law, Harold Fast, John HarbertJr., Glen Krogman and EdgarSawmiller.A homemaker, Mrs.Sawmiller was a baby-sitter formore than 35 years. She alsoworked at McDaniel’s IGA,Spencerville, and SuperiorCoach, Lima, during WorldWar II. A 1943 graduate of Spencerville High School,she was a member of theV.F.W. Post 6672 Auxiliary,the American Legion Post191 Auxiliary of Spencervilleand the Delphos Eagles Aerie471. She enjoyed spendingtime with her children andgrandchildren, playing golf,crossword puzzles and birdwatching. She also enjoyedcaring for her cats, Fabian andArnie.Funeral services willbegin at 10 a.m. Thursdayat Thomas E. Bayliff FuneralHome, Spencerville, BrotherBill Reeder officiating. Burialis to follow in the HartfordCemetery near Spencerville.The family will receivefriends 2-8 p.m. Wednesdayat the funeral home.Memorial contribu-tions may be directed to theSpencerville Veterans Park orSt. Rita’s Hospice.
Dad won’t face charges inalleged attacker’s death
The Associated Press
SHINER, Texas — Hearinghis 5-year-old daughter cryingfrom behind a barn, a fatherran and discovered the unthink-able: A man molesting her.The father pulled the man off his daughter, authorities say,and started pummeling him todeath with his fists.With his daughter finallysafe, the father franticallycalled 911, begging a dispatch-er to find his rural ranch andsend an ambulance.“Come on! This guy isgoing to die on me!” the manis heard screaming on the 911call. “I don’t know what todo!”A recording of the tape wasplayed during a news con-ference Tuesday where theLavaca County district attorneyand sheriff announced that thefather will not face charges.In declining to indict the23-year-old father in the June9 killing of Jesus Mora Flores,a Lavaca County grand juryreached the same conclusionas investigators and many of the father’s neighbors: He wasauthorized to use deadly forceto protect his daughter.“It’s sad a man had to die,”said Michael James Veit, 48,who lives across the street fromwhere the attack happened inthis small community run onranching and the Shiner beerbrewery. “But I think anybodywould have done that.”The family ranch is soremote that on the 911 tape,the father is heard profanelyscreaming at a dispatcher whocouldn’t locate the property.At one point, he tells the dis-patcher he’s going to put theman in his truck and drive himto a hospital.“He’s going to die!” thefather screams, swearing at thedispatcher. “He’s going to f------ die!”The tense, nearly five-min-ute call begins with the fathersaying he “beat up” a manfound raping his daughter. Thefather grows increasingly fraz-zled, shouting into the phoneso loudly at times that the calloften becomes inaudible.The Associated Press is notidentifying the father in orderto protect the daughter’s iden-tity. The AP generally doesnot identify victims of sexualassault.“He’s a peaceable soul,”V’Anne Huser, the father’sattorney, told reporters at theLavaca County Courthouse.“He had no intention to killanybody that day.”The attack happened on thefamily’s ranch off a quiet, two-lane county road between thefarming towns of Shiner andYoakum. A statement releasedby the district attorney said awitness who saw Flores “forc-ibly carrying” the girl into asecluded area scrambled to findthe father. Running toward hisdaughter’s screams, the fatherpulled Flores off his child and“inflicted several blows to theman’s head and neck area,”investigators said.Emergency crews respond-ing to the father’s 911 callfound Flores’ pants and under-wear pulled down on his life-less body. The girl was exam-ined at a hospital, and LavacaCounty District AttorneyHeather McMinn said forensicevidence and witness accountscorroborated the father’s storythat his daughter was beingsexually molested.The father was never arrest-ed, but the killing was investi-gated as a homicide.Philip Hilder, a Houstoncriminal defense attorney andformer federal prosecutor, saidhe would have been surprisedif the grand jury had decidedto indict the father. Hilder saidTexas law provides several jus-tifications for the use of deadlyforce, including if someonecommits a sexual assault.“The grand jury was notabout to indict this father forprotecting his daughter,” hesaid.Authorities said the fam-ily had hired Flores before tohelp with horses on the ranch.He was not born in the U.S.but was here legally with agreen card. Attempts to locateFlores’ relatives through publicrecords were unsuccessful.
Ohio pain clinic doctor to plead guilty
CINCINNATI (AP) —An Ohio doctor charged withillegal drug distribution plansto plead guilty to at least onecharge in his case.A federal indictmentagainst John Dahlsten allegeshe was one of six doctors at aclinic who wrote illegal pain-killer prescriptions.The April indictmentalleged that dozens of cus-tomers a week would travelhundreds of miles to visit theclinics in southern and centralOhio and pay $200 per visitfor painkillers.U.S. District Court JudgeMichael Barrett on Tuesdayscheduled a hearing nextmonth where Dahlsten’s attor-ney, Merlyn Shiverdecker,says his client will enter aguilty plea.The indictment says pre-scriptions were written with-out meaningful physicalexams and contributed tothe deaths of at least twopatients.The following individualsappeared before Judge CharlesSteele Wednesday in Van WertCounty Court Of CommonPleas:
Phillip Cross, 
23, Delphoswas sentenced to 12 monthsin prison on a charge of drugtrafficking, a felony of the fifthdegree.He received credit for 32days spent in jail awaiting dis-position of the case.
Keri Hines, 
29, Delphos,changed her plea to guilty ontwo counts of trafficking drugs,both felonies of the fifth degree.She then requested Treatmentin Lieu of Conviction. Thatwas granted by the court andfurther proceedings were stay-ing pending completion of thetreatment program.
Jeffrey Garwood, 
49, VanWert, changed his plea to guiltyon two counts of traffickingdrugs, both felonies of thefourth degree. A third chargeof trafficking was dismissed bythe state for his pleas.Court ordered a pre-sen-tence investigation and set sen-tencing for Aug. 1.
Corey Robinson, 
33, VanWert, changed his plea to anamended charge of attemptedweapons under disability, afelony of the fourth degree.Court ordered a pre-sen-tence investigation and set sen-tencing for Aug. 1.
Tina Means, 
44, Cincinnati,changed her plea to an amend-ed charge of attempted forg-ery, a misdemeanor of the firstdegree.Court ordered a pre-sen-tence investigation and set sen-tencing for Aug. 1.
Steven Parsons Jr.
33, VanWert, changed his plea to guiltyto one count of theft, felonyfive and one count of forgery,also a felony five. Both countsalso contained a specificationthat he used a Jeep Cherokeevehicle in the commission of the offenses.Court ordered a pre-sen-tence investigation and set sen-tencing for Aug. 1.
Christopher Longstreth, 
37, Paulding, appeared ona Bill of Information filedby the Prosecutor’s Officecharging him with Possessionof Drugs, a felony of thefifth degree. He entereda plea of guilty and thenrequested Treatment in Lieuof Conviction. That wasgranted by the court and fur-ther proceedings were stayingpending completion of thetreatment program.
Stephanie Farmer, 
31,Van Wert, appeared for a pro-bation violation. She admittedthat she was terminated earlyfrom the WORTH center pro-gram. The court resentencedher to three years of commu-nity control including 60 daysof electronic house arrest, 30days jail, substance abuseassessment and treatment, 2years prison was deferred.
John McGinnis, 
30,Convoy, denied violating theterms of his work release from jail.The matter will be set forfurther hearing June 25.
Kyle Caldwell, 
32, VanWert admitted to a probationviolation for consuming alco-hol while on electronic housearrest.He was resentenced to 3years of community controlwith the additional conditionthat he must serve 90 days in jail with work release.An 18-month prison sen-tence was deferred.
Sam Whisman
appearedfor a bond violation for failingto appear at his pretrial hear-ing. He was ordered releasedon a surety bond with elec-tronic house arrest.His pretrial will be resched-uled.
Christopher N. Blue
, 29,Van Wert, appeared on a Billof Information filed by theprosecutor’s office charginghim with possession of drugs,a felony of the fifth degree.He entered a plea of guiltyand then requested Treatmentin Lieu of Conviction. Thatwas granted by the court andfurther proceedings werestaying pending completionof the treatment program.High temperature Tuesdayin Delphos was 94 degrees,low was 74. High a year agotoday was 83, low was 64.Record high for today is 100,set in 1953. Record low is 43,set in 1914.
Delphos weather
Weather ForecastTri-countyThe Associated PressTONIGHT:
Mostlyclear. Lows in the lower 70s.Southwest winds 5 to 10mph.
Hot. Mostlysunny in the morning thenbecoming partly cloudy. A 40percent chance of showers andthunderstorms. Highs in thelower 90s. Southwest winds10 to 15 mph.
Partly cloudy in the eveningthen clearing. Lows in themid 60s. Northwest winds 5to 10 mph.
Mostly sunny inthe morning then becomingpartly cloudy. Highs in thelower 80s. Northwest winds 5to 10 mph.
Mostly clear.Lows around 60. Highs in thelower 80s.
Partly cloudy with a 30 per-cent chance of showers andthunderstorms. Lows in themid 60s.
Partly cloudy. Highsin the mid 80s. Lows in themid 60s.
Police fnd
crying toddleralone on porch
COLUMBUS (AP) —Police in Columbus say theyfound a toddler alone and cry-ing on the porch of a home,and they were looking for hisfamily or guardian.Columbus TV stationsreport someone heard thechild’s cries and called policeearly Wednesday morning.Officers found the boy alone,wearing a T-shirt and shorts.Police questioned neigh-bors but couldn’t immediatelydetermine where the boy livesor who was supposed to becaring for him.He was being watched byFranklin County Children’sServices.In 1819, the first bicyclescalled swift walkers wereintroduced to the United Statesin New York City.
12 charged inallegedCalifornia-Ohiococaine plot
AKRON (AP) — Onedozen people have beenindicted on charges of plottingto ship cocaine and marijuanafrom California to Ohio.The federal conspiracyindictment was unsealedTuesday. The defendantsallegedly shipped drugs inhollowed-out engine blocksfrom Ontario, Calif., for salein the Akron-Canton area of northeast Ohio.The charges include moneylaundering and conspiracy todistribute large quantities of cocaine and marijuana. Thealleged conspiracy lasted frommid-2011 through April.The indictment seeks for-feiture of property seized inthe investigation, including$50,000 in cash, a Porsche, aLand Rover and a Kenworthtractor.The alleged scheme includ-ed arranging bank transactionsto avoid attracting the atten-tion of law enforcement.The term “honeymoon”comes from the Middle Ages,when a newly married couplewas provided with enoughhoney wine to last for the firstmonth of their married life.
By The Associated Press
Today is Wednesday, June20, the 172nd day of 2012.There are 194 days left in theyear. Summer arrives at 7:09p.m. Eastern time.
Today’s Highlight inHistory:
On June 20, 1782, Congressapproved the Great Seal of theUnited States, featuring theemblem of the bald eagle.
On this date:
In 1791, King Louis XVIof France and his familyattempted to flee the coun-try in the so-called “Flight toVarennes,” but were caught.In 1893, a jury in New Bedford,Mass., found Lizzie Borden notguilty of the ax murders of herfather and stepmother.
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Vantage Police Academyrecognizes 18th class
Vantage Police Academyheld the annual PoliceAcademy Class Recognitionfor it 18th class on May 21.Vantage Police Academyhas been in existence sinceSeptember 1993 and sawit’s first class completetheir training in May 1994.Vantage Police Academycame into existence underthe direction of Van WertCity Police Officer WilliamR. Good III who served inthe capacity of Commanderfor the first five years. VanWert City Police SergeantJeff Hammons then took overas Commander and served inthat capacity for five years.Current Commander BruceW. Showalter has served inthat capacity for the past 9years and is also affiliatedwith the Van Wert PoliceDepartment and Van WertCounty Court of CommonPleas Probation Department.This year’s academy classsuccessfully completed therequired 610 hour course mak-ing them eligible to take thePolice Officer CertificationExamination under the direc-tion of The Ohio PeaceOfficer Training Counsel.Among the instruction giventhe students included the fol-lowing: police administration,legal instruction in Ohio andfederal law, human relations,firearms, defensive and pur-suit driving, subject controltechniques, first aid, policepatrol, civil disorders, traf-fic investigation and enforce-ment, criminal investigation,physical conditioning andhomeland security.The students were requiredto pass academic and psy-chomotor skills testing tosuccessfully complete theprogram. Among the psy-chomotor skills tested were,Physical Conditioning, FirstAid, Firearms proficiency,Subject Control proficiencyand Driving proficiency. Thestudents were allowed to missno more than 14.5 hours of instruction throughout theentire 610 hours to remaineligible for testing.Those successfully com-pleting the program andsuccessfully completing theState Certification examina-tion making themselves eligi-ble to receive their certifica-tions and be commissioned asPeace Officers in Ohio are:— Seth Blackmore of VanWert— Kevin Grote of Wren— Nicholas Lippi of Convoy— Tyler Miller of VanWert— Ritchie Royster of Delphos— Steve Sanderson of Van WertVantage graduates are nowworking in at many policeagencies in the region andhave proven themselves to bevaluable assets to the com-munities they serve.Vantage Police Academyis now taking applicationsand interviewing prospectivestudents for the next classset to begin in September.Applications can be obtainedby contacting Vantage CareerCenter at 818 N. Franklin St.Van Wert; by calling 419-238-5411 and asking for theAdult Education Department;or e-mailing at showalter.b@vantagecareercenter.com.For additional informationplease contact CommanderShowalter at Vantage.
Dept. of Commerce warnsof unclaimed funds scam
Information from theOhio Dept. of Commerce
Ohio Department of Commerce Director DavidGoodman is warning Ohioansabout an internet company thatis apparently charging Ohioansfor unclaimed funds searchesand issuing fraudulent claimforms.“This is a scam being per-petrated against hard-workingOhioans,” Director Goodmansaid. “No Ohioan should everpay to search for unclaimedfunds or receive a claim form.These services are free fromthe Division of UnclaimedFunds and we are the offi-cial State agency that reunitesOhioans with their lost or for-gotten money.”The Division has issued acease and desist order againstUnclaimed Money, LLCdoing business as UnclaimedMoneydb.com. The Divisionordered the company to stopcharging for and produc-ing phony and misleadingunclaimed funds forms. TheDivision orders it to ceaseimmediately from the illegalactivity or face civil actionand/or criminal prosecution.“It is shameful for a com-pany to lure people in andtake their hard-earned money.We won’t stand for it herein Ohio,” Director Goodmansaid.Here’s how the schemeworks: You pay a “member-ship” fee to join the site andsearch for and receive unclaimedfunds. People received a claimform that looked like it wasfrom the state of Ohio. Whenthey signed it and mailed itto the Division, staff recog-nized the phony forms and thatthe property ID# belonged tosomeone else.The Division sent the claim-ants official claim forms, andone claim has already beenpaid.“I strongly encourageOhioans to work directly withthe Division of UnclaimedFunds, which receives andsafeguards Ohio’s lost andabandoned property,” DirectorGoodman said. “Our formsare official, free and will leadto claim payment after properverification.”There are two officialunclaimed funds sites thatOhioans need to know. Tosearch for Ohio unclaimedfunds, go to the Ohio Divisionof Unclaimed Funds web siteat www.unclaimedfundstrea-surehunt.ohio.gov Accountscan also be searched from 36other states on the NationalAssociation of UnclaimedProperty Administratorsendorsed website at missing-money.comThese are free, safe andofficial sites to search for andclaim unclaimed funds. If anOhioan should forget theseweb sites and use a searchengine, they should be certainto click on the official website of the Ohio Division of Unclaimed Funds.If an Ohioan is aware of apparent illegal activity, theyshould report it to the Divisionof Unclaimed Funds at unfd.claims@com.state.oh.us or bycalling toll free at (877) 644-6823.The Division is commit-ted to reuniting Ohioans withtheir lost or forgotten money.The Division’s aggressive out-reach efforts have led to adramatic increase in the num-ber of accounts being paid.During the first 11 months of Fiscal Year 2012, the Divisionpaid 55,338 claims – a 29%increase over the same periodlast year. The Division hasalso paid nearly $55.5 millionso far this fiscal year – morethan $2.8 million over thesame time last year.Individuals without Internetaccess can write to the Divisionwith the names to be checkedand the Ohio counties in whichthe individual(s) have lived.The Division’s address is:Ohio Departmentof CommerceDivision of Unclaimed Funds77 South High Street,20th FloorColumbus, OH 43215
Union group uses LeBronJames to target Mandel
COLUMBUS (AP) —A pro-labor political orga-nization is capitalizing onOhioans’ disdain for NBAsuperstar and native sonLeBron James in a series of ads targeted at U.S. Senatecandidate Josh Mandel.Workers’ Voice, thesuper PAC of the AFL-CIO,unveiled the $100,000 ad buyTuesday, ahead of Game Fourof the NBA finals.Images depict Mandel,backlit with arms out-stretched, striking the Jamespose made famous in theNike “Witness” ads, withthe words, “Witness... TheMandel Investigation.”Mandel, a Republicanfrom suburban Cleveland,is challenging incumbentDemocrat Sherrod Brown inone of the most expensiveand closely watched Senatecontests this year.The FBI is investigatingcontributions to the cam-paigns of Mandel and U.S.Rep. Jim Renacci, anotherRepublican, by employeesof Ohio businessman BenSuarez. The probe is focusedon the fact that the contribu-tions arrived within a month’stime and the employees whogave tended to be first-timepolitical donors of limitedfinancial means.Campaign finance lawsprohibit donating in the nameof another person, a meth-od sometimes used to skirtcontribution limits. SuarezInternational has said theemployees gave freely andused their own money.Renacci, seeking a sec-ond term representing Ohio’s16th Congressional District,is being challenged by Rep.Betty Sutton, a Democratwho was forced into the raceby redistricting.Mandel has not been impli-cated in any wrongdoing. Hereturned $105,000 in dona-tions by Suarez employees,and Democrats have seizedon the issue in their attacksagainst him.Izzy Santa, a spokeswom-an for the Ohio RepublicanParty, defended Mandel’s fis-cal record as Ohio state trea-surer — and said it is Brownwho should more aptly betied to the heartbreak Jamesbrought to the state.“The web ads show moreof a similarity betweenSherrod Brown and LeBronJames, both have broken theirpromises to Ohioans,” Santasaid in an email. “Brown andhis labor allies are desper-ate and they will do and sayanything to hide the fact thatBrown’s record of failure hasbeen disastrous for Ohio’shardworking families andsmall businesses.”A Brown campaignspokeswoman said outsidegroups have spent more than$8 million in efforts to manip-ulate Brown’s record.Mandel’s campaignspokesman declined com-ment.
Man indicted instabbing afterson calls 911
Museum to returnpossibly looted jug to Italy
GROVE CITY (AP) — Acentral Ohio man was indictedTuesday on charges he stabbedhis ex-wife to death as shepicked up their two children,one of which later called 911 athis father’s request to report hismother’s death.Franklin County ProsecutorRon O’Brien said 38-year-oldJeremy Roberts of Grove City, just southwest of Columbus, wascharged with one count of mur-der and one count of aggravatedmurder in the death of 36-year-old Candice Roberts. He couldface life in prison without paroleif found guilty.Authorities said the couple’s13-year-old son called an emer-gency dispatcher on the morningof June 10 to report the stabbing.“My dad just killed my mom.He just told me to call you guys,”the boy said in a recording of thecall. “He just ran out and killedmy mom, and she’s laying in thegrass in front of our apartment.”The boy pleaded for policenot to harm his father as thedispatcher called for officers torespond to the scene.“Please, guys, don’t do any-thing to him in front of me,please,” he said. “He has noweapons.”Roberts, who then took thephone and told the dispatcherhe didn’t intend to harm anyoneelse, asked if he could kiss hischildren before he met police atthe front door.He was arrested shortly afterofficers found his ex-wife deadin a grassy area, covered by ablanket.Roberts was appointed a pub-lic defender, but court records donot list the attorney’s name. He isscheduled to be arraigned Friday.TOLEDO (AP) — An offi-cial says a 2,500-year-old water jug displayed at an Ohio artmuseum will be sent to Italyafter investigators determined itwas looted from that country.Toledo Museum of Art direc-tor Brian Kennedy tells TheBlade newspaper that returningthe 20-inch-tall clay vessel isthe right thing to do, though thefacility will miss it when it’sshipped to Rome.Black painting on the orang-ey clay depicts the Greek taleabout Dionysos, the god of wineand drama. The vessel has beenon display since 1982, when itwas purchased from an antiqui-ties dealer out of Switzerland.Authorities believe it wasprobably illegally excavated inItaly, smuggled to Switzerlandand given a forged record of ownership. It’s among dozensof Italian objects in an investi-gation dating to 1995.
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