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ODAY IN HISTORY
Vol. 142 No. 5
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald Inc.Don Hemple, advertising manager
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March 5, 1926-June 18, 2012
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
30,Convoy, denied violating theterms of his work release from jail.The matter will be set forfurther hearing June 25.
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.
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.
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.
FRIDAY NIGHT ANDSATURDAY:
Mostly clear.Lows around 60. Highs in thelower 80s.
Partly cloudy with a 30 per-cent chance of showers andthunderstorms. Lows in themid 60s.
SUNDAY AND SUNDAYNIGHT:
Partly cloudy. Highsin the mid 80s. Lows in themid 60s.
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.