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944 E. Fifth St.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
50¢ dailyDelphos, Ohio
Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
Train derailment causes fierycrash, p3 Wildcats ACME season comes toan end, p6
Obituaries 2State/Local 3Politics 4Community 5Sports 6-7Farm 7Classifieds 8TV 9World News 10
Partlycloudy. A40 percentchance of showers andstorms in the afternoonand evening. Highs in themid 80s. Lows around 70.Mostlycloudy witha 40-50percentchance of showers and storms.Highs in the mid 80s.Lows in the lower 70s.Partly cloudy Monday. Highs around 90.Lows in the lower 70s.Partlycloudy witha 40 per-cent chanceof show-ers and thunderstorms.Highs in the upper 80s.Lows in the lower 70s.
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DELPHOS — The enter-tainment lineup for CanalDays 2012 is a mix of countryand 70s and 80s rock‘n’rollstarting on Sept. 13 with localcountry band, Six Strings. TheToast to the City on Thursdayevening is going countrywith the theme “Little Town,Big Country.” Mark Wurst,Jenna Wurst and Tom McKeemake up the intimate groupfor a down-home, little-bit-of-country-feel music.Friday night entertainmentcontinues with the countrytheme when Nashville Crushtakes the stage from 8 p.m.to midnight. The five-memberband has been around for fiveyears and has performed atsome of the biggest clubs, fes-tivals and fairs in the region.They have made a name forthemselves as one of the bestlive bands presenting a perfectbalance of country and rockfor a crowd-pleasing stageshow.Canal Days is bringingback Midnight Special forSaturday’s live rock‘n’rollperformance. This year marksthe group’s 30-year anniver-sary performing a magicalmusical journey doing 70s and80s classic rock music. Thispremier group has opened forcountless national headlin-ers at fairs, theaters, festivalsand theme parks around thecountry. The cool thing aboutMidnight Special is they con-tinue to use all of the bandsoriginal vintage instrumentsand stage equipment, makingtheirs a very authentic 70sclassic sound.Sunday after the CanalDays Parade, Hipnotix willperform on the main stagein the social tent from 3-6p.m. The band is well knownfor its impeccable Journey,Foreigner and Pink Floydmedley’s but will change itup with Steeley Dan or tradi-tional blues. Their music willkeep the crowd alive until thevery end of the Canal Daysweekend.
Study: Sept. 11 mostmemorable TV moment
By DAVID BAUDERThe Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — TheSept. 11, 2001 terrorist attackis by far the most memorablemoment shared by televisionviewers during the past 50 years,a study released on Wednesdayconcluded.The only thing that cameclose was President John F.Kennedy’s assassination andits aftermath in 1963, but thatwas only for the people aged55 and over who experiencedthose events as they happenedinstead of replayed as an histori-cal artifact.Sony Electronics and theNielsen television researchcompany collaborated onthe survey. They ranked TVmoments for their impact not just by asking people if theyremembered watching them,but if they recalled where theywatched it, who they were withand whether they talked toother people about what theyhad seen.By that measure, the Sept.11 tragedy was nearly twice asimpactful as the second-rankedmoment, which was the cov-erage of Hurricane Katrina in2005. Minutes after the first air-plane struck New York’s WorldTrade Center on a late summermorning, television networksbegan covering the events con-tinuously and stayed with themfor days.The other biggest TV events,in order, were the 1995 verdictin O.J. Simpson’s murder trial,the Challenger space shuttleexplosion in 1986 and the deathof Osama bin Laden last year,the survey found.Sony was interested in thestudy for clues on consumerinterests and behaviors andfound “that television is reallythe grandmother of all the socialdevices,” said Brian Siegel, vicepresident of television businessfor the company.Going into the study, Siegelsaid he had anticipated thatentertainment events like thefinal episode of “M-A-S-H”(ranked No. 42), the Beatles’appearance on “The Ed SullivanShow” (No. 43) and the “Whoshot J.R.?” episode of “Dallas”(No. 44) would rank higher.Instead, television coverage of news events made the biggestdifference in viewers’ lives.The Super Bowl is annu-ally the most-watched TVevent, with this year’s gamebetween the New York Giantsand New England Patriots set-ting a record with 111 mil-lion viewers. The memoriesdon’t seem to linger, however:the top-ranked Super BowlSunday event in Sony’s studycame in 2004 and had noth-ing to do with football. It wasJanet Jackson’s wardrobe mal-function (No. 26).Men and women agreed onthe three most impactful televi-sion events — Sept. 11, Katrinaand Simpson. After that, someof the interests diverged.For example, women rankedthe 1997 funeral of PrincessDiana as the fourth most mem-orable event, while men putthat at No. 23. Women rankedlast year’s death of WhitneyHouston at No. 5, with men judging it No. 21.Similarly, the 2003 bomb-ing of Baghdad at the start of the Iraq War was seen as theNo. 14 most impactful momentby men, and No. 37 amongwomen. Men were also far morestruck by boxer Mike Tysonbiting off a piece of EvanderHolyfield’s ear.The passage of time has alsodiluted some moments oncethought as unforgettable, simplybecause succeeding generationshave no personal memory of them. Man’s first moon landingin 1969 ranked No. 21.Age also made a big differ-ence in the survey. JFK’s assas-sination was the second-mostimpactful TV event among peo-ple 55 and over, while for thosebetween 18 and 34, it was thedeath of Osama bin Laden.Young people also rankedBarack Obama’s Election Nightspeech in 2008 at No. 3, whilethat didn’t move older viewersquite as much (No. 24).Simply because of their age,events like the JFK assassina-tion, President Nixon’s resig-nation and the moon landingdidn’t register at all amongviewers 18 to 34. The oldestevent to appear in their rankingswas the 1980 shooting of JohnLennon.
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Van Wert CountyEmergency Management isseeking information fromproperty owners who havedamage to their property fromlast week’s storm but didnot have insurance coverageto assist with the damages.EMA Director RickMcCoy said he will compiledata from the county to sub-mit to the state in an effortto get FEMA assistance. Hesaid no assistance is avail-able now but that all countiesin Ohio are forwarding theirlosses to see if Ohio willmeet a required thresholdto qualify for assistance.McCoy needs individu-als to email or call his officewith the type of damage,estimated dollar amount andstructures affected that werenot covered in an insurancepolicy. His email address isemamccoy@vanwertema.com and the agency phonenumber is 419-238-1300
Pool parties set forDelphos young hard-ballers
Delphos RecreationDepartment Summer DirectorChris Mercer has announceda pool party has been setfor boys coach-pitch andboys knothole league play-ers and their parents from8-9 p.m. Monday at theDelphos Swimming Pool.A pool party for grades2/3/4 softball and girlsknothole players and theirparents has also been setfor 8-9 p.m. Tuesday.Contact Mercer atthe Delphos RecreationDepartment for more details.
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 Historic fair building to be restore
On Jan. 30, 1941, the Van Wert County Fair Boardvoted to advertise bids to build a new treasurer’s office onthe northeast corner of the fairgrounds. A proposal to con-struct the building was originally turned down by districtWPA officials but at the Feb. 22 fair board meeting, Hiseyand Bebout were awarded the bid for $1,250 to constructthe 13.8 x 22-foot, fully-concrete structure. Now, 71 yearslater, the fair board is planning to restore the old buildingthat had been long forgotten. At this time, the board isplanning to paint and reseal the building, add a new lineron the roof and replace the windows. Gary Showalter andGary Kiracofe have been hard at work to restore the struc-ture that once served as the ticket booth and main entranceto the fairgrounds.
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2 The Herald Thursday, July 12, 2012
For The Record
The DelphosHerald
Vol. 143 No. 21
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald, Inc.Don Hemple,advertising manager
Tiffany Brantley
,circulation managerThe Daily Herald (USPS 15258000) is published dailyexcept Sundays, Tuesdays andHolidays.By carrier in Delphos andarea towns, or by rural motorroute where available $1.48 perweek. By mail in Allen, VanWert, or Putnam County, $97per year. Outside these counties$110 per year.Entered in the post officein Delphos, Ohio 45833 asPeriodicals, postage paid atDelphos, Ohio.No mail subscriptions will beaccepted in towns or villageswhere The Daily Herald papercarriers or motor routes providedaily home delivery for $1.48per week.405 North Main St.TELEPHONE 695-0015Office Hours8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.POSTMASTER:Send address changesto THE DAILY HERALD,405 N. Main St.Delphos, Ohio 45833
Delphos weather
Israeli militarystrikes Gaza,kills 1 militant
Cruise, Holmes reachsettlement in divorce case
High temperatureWednesday in Delphos was88 degrees, low was 63. Higha year ago today was 90, lowwas 69. Record high for todayis 103, set in 1936. Recordlow is 50, set in 1978.GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip(AP) — A Palestinian mili-tant was killed and four peo-ple were wounded in Israeliair and artillery attacks inthe Gaza Strip today, a Gazahealth official said.The Israeli military con-firmed a combined air andartillery attack, which Gazahealth official Dr. Ashraf al-Kidra said wounded threePalestinians, including onecritically.Al-Kidra said a sec-ond airstrike later todaymorning killed the mili-tant and wounded another.The Israeli military had noimmediate comment on thatreport.The Palestinians had noinformation on the identitiesof the three men woundedin the first attack, so it wasnot clear whether they weremilitants or civilians.The military said thatstrike targeted militantsfrom Gaza’s ruling Hamasgroup who were preparingto launch an antitank missileat Israeli soldiers patrollingthe Israel-Gaza border. Thesecond strike targeted anabandoned militant trainingsite, Palestinian officialssaid.
BY JAKE COYLEThe Associated Press
NEW YORK — TomCruise and Katie Holmesreached a settlement in theirdivorce case, putting an offi-cial end to the much-scruti-nized romance less than twoweeks after Holmes unex-pectedly filed for divorce.“The case has been set-tled and the agreement hasbeen signed,” Holmes attor-ney Jonathan Wolfe said ina statement. Cruise’s repAmanda Lundberg confirmedthe settlement.An assistant in Wolfe’soffice who would not giveher name would not elaborateon the agreement.“We are thrilled for Katieand her family and are excit-ed to watch as she embarkson the next chapter of herlife,” the statement fromHolmes’ attorney said. “Wethank Tom’s counsel for theirprofessionalism and diligencethat helped bring about thisspeedy resolution.”Cruise, 50, and Holmes,33, had a romance that endedas it began — as tabloid fod-der. Earlier Monday, theyasked for privacy for theirfamily with 6-year-old daugh-ter Suri. “We are committedto working together as par-ents to accomplish what is inour daughter Suri’s best inter-ests. We want to keep mattersaffecting our family privateand express our respect foreach other’s commitment toeach of our respective beliefsand support each other’s rolesas parents,” read the state-ment from Lundberg andHolmes representative NanciRyder.The resolution was nota-bly quick, particularly inHollywood terms.“A quick settlement indi-cates that they were able toagree that they’ll both dosome co-parenting,” saidSteve Mindel, a managingpartner in the Los Angelesfirm Feinberg, Mindel, Brandtand Klein who has handledbi-coastal divorce cases.Mindel said the next stepwould be for Holmes orCruise to file to have theirstatus changed to divorced,but that the actual financialand child custody detailswon’t get filed in court unlessthere’s some later dispute.In the celebrity newsmedia, Holmes has been por-trayed with overwhelminglymore sympathy. Whethertrue or not, the narrative thatemerged was of a locked-away Holmes breakingfree from the servitude of astrange, corrupting marriage.Us Weekly has report-ed that the couple “foughtviciously” over Scientologyparenting. The Daily Newshas trumpeted Holmes enter-ing “a new phase.” A TMZheadline blared “Tom treatedme like a robot.”That may also be themost convenient view of arelationship that even at itsstart spawned “Free Katie!”T-shirts.Cruise’s camp vigor-ously denied such a reading.Cruise’s lawyer Bert Fieldshas said they were letting“the other side play the mediauntil they wear everyone out.”The Church of Scientology,too, didn’t want to be por-trayed as the schism betweenthe couple.The quick settlement and joint statement may put outsome of that fire.“It’s not entirely certainthat it’s all about Rapunzelfleeing the castle, which isthe motif that people loveto use,” said Larry Hackett,managing editor of Peoplemagazine, which broke thenews of Holmes’ divorce fil-ing. He called this the biggestcelebrity story in two or threeyears, excepting the suddendeath of Whitney Houston.In Touch Weekly andits sister magazine, Life &Style Weekly, are among themany outlets to focus on theHolmes-as-escapee angle.Their covers on the divorceread “The Fight for Suri” and“Katie Breaks Free,” respec-tively.“We’re intrigued by whothe real Katie is,” says DanWakeford, editor-in-chief of both magazines. “She’s beenhidden for so long and domi-nated and controlled by Tom,so we really want to knowwhat she’s like and how she’sgoing to change.”In the week and a half sincefiling for divorce, Holmes alsocaptured the spotlight with ahandful of public appearanc-es. She stopped by to tapea guest judge appearance onLifetime’s “Project Runway,”was snapped taking Suri forice cream, and was seen tak-ing a trip to the Children’sMuseum of the Arts.The appearances have onlyfed the view that Holmes isnow living easier and freer— and conversely, that she’sorchestrating a public rela-tions campaign.On the other hand, Holmesmay have simply been tryingto regain a measure of pri-vacy, said celebrity publicistHoward Bragman, vice chair-man of reputation.com.Corn: $7.49Wheat: $8.16Beans: $15.70
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyAssociated Press
TONIGHT: Mostly clear.Lows in the upper 60s.Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph.FRIDAY: Partly cloudy. A40 percent chance of show-ers and storms in the after-noon. Highs in the mid 80s.Southeast winds 10 to 15mph.FRIDAY NIGHT: Mostlycloudy with a 40 percentchance of showers and thun-derstorms. Lows around 70.Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph.SATURDAY: Mostlycloudy with a 50 percentchance of showers and storms.Highs in the mid 80s. Southwinds 5 to 10 mph.SATURDAY NIGHT,SUNDAY: Partly cloudy witha 40 percent chance of show-ers and thunderstorms. Lowsin the lower 70s. Highs in theupper 80s.SUNDAY NIGHT,MONDAY: Partly cloudy.Lows in the lower 70s. Highsaround 90.
A girl was born July 11 toAnthony and Christin Winterof Delphos.A girl was born July 11 toSarah Wallace and AnthonyRoberts of Spencerville.
US, China square off over South China Sea
PARIS (AP) — An ava-lanche today in the FrenchAlps swept six Europeanclimbers to their deaths on aslope leading to Mont Blanc,left at least nine others injuredand several climbers unac-counted for, authorities said.Two climbers were rescuedand emergency crews weresearching for the missing.A group of 28 climbersfrom Switzerland, Germany,Spain, France, Denmark andSerbia were believed to bein the expedition caught inthe avalanche that was 4,000meters (13,1000 feet) highon the north face of MontMaudit, part of the MontBlanc range.Some climbers managed toturn back in time, the regionalauthorities in Haute-Savoiesaid.There was conflictinginformation about the dead.Two Spaniards, one Germanand one Swiss climber wereamong the dead, the Haute-Savoie prefecture said. Newsreports said three Britishclimbers were among thedead.The nine injured were hos-pitalized in Sallanches and upto six others remain missing,the prefecture said.The gendarme service inChamonix says they werealerted around 5:25 a.m.(0325GMT) today to the ava-lanche. A block of ice 40-cen-timeters (15.75-inches) thickbroke off and slid down theslope, creating a 2-meter(6-foot)-thick, 50-meter(160-foot)-long mass of snow,the prefecture said.Several dozen gendarmesand other rescuers usinghelicopters and dogs workedto pull the dead and injuredfrom the mountain and searchfor the missing. The risk of anew avalanche complicatedthe search.It appears that early sum-mer storms left behind heavysnows that combined withhigh winds to form dangerousavalanche conditions on someof the popular routes aroundMont Blanc.According to tweets fromclimbers in the region, recentwinds led to wind-slab form-ing on the slope. Five days
6 dead, several missing inMont Blanc avalanche
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia(AP) — The Obama adminis-tration pressed Beijing todayto accept a code of conductfor resolving territorial dis-putes in the resource-richSouth China Sea, a difficultU.S. mediation effort thathas faced resistance from thecommunist government —although it has endeared theU.S. to once-hostile countriesin Southeast Asia.U.S. Secretary of StateHillary Rodham Clintonmet with Chinese ForeignMinister Yang Jiechi on thesidelines of the Associationof Southeast Asian Nations’annual conference.Sitting across from eachother at a long table in a grandhall with chandeliers, Clintonstressed the different waysWashington and Beijing arecooperating. Yang spoke of building an even closer U.S.-Chinese relationship. Neitherside spoke about the SouthChina Sea while reporterswere allowed in the room.Several Asian govern-ments have expressed worryabout China’s expansive mar-itime claims. Tensions havethreatened to boil over inrecent months, with a stand-off between Chinese andPhilippine ships and sharpdisagreements between Chinaand Vietnam.China claims virtuallythe entire area and has cre-ated an entirely new city toadminister it, sparking deepconcern from rival claimants.The sea hosts about a third of the world’s cargo traffic, hasrich fishing grounds and isbelieved to store vast oil andgas reserves.“The United States has noterritorial claims there and wedo not take sides in disputesabout territorial or maritimeboundaries,” Clinton toldforeign ministers gathered inCambodia’s capital. “But wedo have an interest in freedomof navigation, the maintenanceof peace and stability, respectfor international law and unim-peded lawful commerce in theSouth China Sea.”CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Wednesday:
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Nathan Carpenter, 
25,Delphos, was arraigned onan indictment for possessionof drugs, a felony of the fifthdegree. He pleaded not guiltyand was released on a suretybond until his pretrial sched-uled for July 18.
Garrett Dienstberger, 
 27, Delphos, was grantedJudicial Release from prison.He was then sentenced to3 years community control,30 days jail, up to 6 monthsThe WORTH Center, 200hours community service,substance abuse assessmentand treatment, 2 years inten-sive probation, his 12 monthprison sentence was deferredpending completion of thiscommunity control and hewas remanded to jail untiltransferred to WORTH.
Alonzo Munoz, 
19, VanWert, was in court to answerto a Probation Violation forbeing terminated from theWORTH Center program. Headmitted to the violation. Hewas resentenced to 3 yearscommunity control with 30days in jail. He was givencredit for 6 days served andwas ordered returned to theWORTH Center after that 30days to complete the pro-gram.
Tom L. Karnehm Jr., 
 56, Van Wert, was sen-tenced following his plea to2 counts of drug trafficking,both felonies of the fourthdegree. He was sentenced to3 years of community con-trol, up to six months at theWORTH Center, 30 days jail,200 hours community ser-vice, substance abuse assess-ment and treatment, 2 yearsintensive probation, Driver’License was suspended sixmonths, ordered to pay attor-ney fees and court costs, 12months prison on each count,concurrent, was deferred forcommunity control.
David Langenkamp, 
22,Convoy, entered a plea of guilty to aggravated posses-sion of drugs, felony five, andrequested treatment in lieu of conviction. The court grantedhis request and stayed furtherproceeding until his treatmentis completed.
Jerad Caldwell, 
25, VanWert, entered a guilty plea totrafficking drugs, felony five.A second charge of posses-sion of drugs, also a felonyfive, was dismissed for hisplea. The court ordered apre-sentence investigationand set the case for sentenc-ing on August 8.
Kelly Matthieu, 
46,Kenton, was granted JudicialRelease from prison. He wasthen sentenced to 5 yearscommunity control, 30 days jail, up to 6 months in theWORTH Center, 200 hourscommunity service, sub-stance abuse assessment andtreatment, 3 years intensiveprobation, may not operateany motor vehicle during hiscommunity control period,must pay attorney fees andcourt costs, his 18 monthprison sentence was deferredpending completion of thiscommunity control and hewas remanded to jail untiltransferred to WORTH.
Complaint leadsto possessioncharges
On Monday at 10:24 p.m.,while investigating a com-plaint, Delphos Police cameinto contact with DanielleHerron, 26, and NicholasEdwards, 28, of Delphos.While speaking with thesubjects, officers detecteda strong odor of what theybelieved to be burnt mari- juana. When officers askthe subjects, they admittedto using marijuana shortlybefore officers arrived.Reports show that therewere two small childreninside the residence at thetime.Both subject will becharged with possession of marijuana in to Van WertMunicipal Court.
“We’re intri-gued by who thereal Katie is. She’sbeen hidden forso long and domi-nated and con-trolled by Tom, sowe really want toknow what she’slike and how she’sgoing to change.”
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E - The EnvironmentalMagazineDear EarthTalk: Howare the world’s reptile spe-cies faring in terms of popu-lation numbers and endan-gered status? What’s beingdone, if anything, to helpthem?— Vicky Desmond, Troy, NY
 The world’s reptiles—tur-tles, snakes, lizards, alligatorsand crocodiles—are indeedin trouble. The InternationalUnion for Conservation of Nature, which publishes anannual global roster of threat-ened and endangered speciescalled the Red List, considerssome 664 species of reptiles—representing more than 20 per-cent of known reptile speciesworldwide—as endangered orfacing extinction. Meanwhile,the U.S. Fish & WildlifeService considers about 10percent of American reptilesthreatened or endangered.Why care? The non-profitCenter for Biological Diversity(CBD) considers reptiles“amazing creatures” withclever adaptations that havehelped them survive for mil-lions of years. CBD also pointsout that reptiles are valuableindicators of wider ecologicalhealth. “Because many rep-tile species are long-lived andrelatively slow-moving, theysuffer from disturbances likehabitat loss or pollution forextended periods,” the groupreports, adding that a diversecommunity of reptiles livingin a given area is evidence of a healthy ecosystem that cansupport the plant and animallife they and other speciesneed for food and cover.So what’s causing the rep-tiles’ decline? “While habitatloss is the most obvious causeof endangerment, declines areeven even occurring in pris-tine areas from threats such asdisease, UV radiation and cli-mate change,” reports CBD.Overcollecting and unregu-lated hunting also are taking atoll on reptile populations.In order to help stem thetide of reptile loss, CBDleverages the court system topressure the federal govern-ment to protect at-risk species.For instance, back in 2004the group worked with theCoalition for Sonoran DesertProtection in filing a petitionto add the Tucson shovel-nosed snake, which dwells inthe quickly disappearing wilddesert around fast-growing cit-ies like Tucson and Phoenix,to the federal list of endan-gered species. Finally in 2011the federal government agreedthat it would add the snake toits list of endangered specieswhich will help it get the habi-tat protection needed to ensurelong term survival.CBD also works on otherfronts for reptiles. The group’scampaign to outlaw “rattle-snake round-ups”—contestswhereby hunters collect andkill as many snakes as theycan in a year—has helpedstem population declines of eastern diamondback rattle-snakes. And CBD’s efforts toeducate the public about theplight of freshwater turtles,which are “overcollected”for food and the pet trade inthe southern and midwesternparts of the U.S., helped con-vince several states for thefirst time to regulate turtleharvests.One way everyone can helpreptile species in decline is tomake our backyards friendlyto them. The U.S. GeologicalSurvey’s Patuxent WildlifeResearch Center offers tipson what to plant and how toarrange a landscape to encour-age reptiles and other wildlife.Landowners that take thesesteps may be rewarded withfewer pests, given reptilestaste for large numbers of mosquitoes and other insectsas well as small rodents. Otherpro-reptile tips include drivingcarefully (road mortality is abig issue for snakes, turtlesand other species) and keep-ing outside areas around yourproperty free of garbage thatmight attract raccoons, crowsand other pests that also preyon reptiles.
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COLUMBUS —Exploding freight cars full of ethanol made for a dramaticearly morning scene in Ohio’scapital on Wednesday, butofficials said the train derail-ment that led to a hurriedevacuation of an urban neigh-borhood could have beenmuch worse.The NationalTransportation Safety Boarddispatched a 12-person teamto investigate the derailmenton the Norfolk Southern Corp.tracks, which led to spectacu-lar explosions and the burningof three tank cars each carry-ing 30,000 gallons of ethanol.Nobody aboard the train wasinjured.The NTSB expects to issuea preliminary report on thederailment in a month. Thefull investigation could takea year.Officials said they don’tknow yet what caused theaccident, which occurred ataround 2 a.m. in an industrialarea near Interstate 71, northof downtown. The explosionswere felt for blocks and sentflames shooting high in theair.NTSB board member EarlF. Weener said Wednesdaynight that the tankers are stillburning. He said once theycool down, a chemical foamwill be sprayed on them toprevent re-igniting and theremaining ethanol will beremoved.Two people were injuredwhile walking on the tracksto investigate when a secondexplosion occurred. Officialssaid they went to the hos-pital themselves with minorinjuries.Columbus MayorMichael Coleman, who laterWednesday visited a tempo-rary Red Cross shelter set upfor evacuees, said the acci-dent could have been worseif it had occurred in an areawhere more people lived.“I’m grateful, in onerespect as well, that this didnot occur in a more populatedarea near more residents,” hesaid. “It very well could have.A mile up or a mile south.North or south, east or west.It could have been tragic inother ways as well.”Assistant Chief DavidWhiting of the Columbus firedivision said it was fortunatethe accident occurred in themiddle of the night.“The time it occurred,where it occurred, were verygood things for us,” Whitingsaid. “Because we didn’t havea whole lot of people around,businesses were closed, wewere able to take care of get-ting our firefighters back andevacuating a small number of people.”About 100 residents wholive within a 1-mile radiusof the derailment wereevacuated by firefighters,who decided to let the fireburn itself out, according toWhiting. Officials said theburning ethanol, an alcoholcompound commonly used infuel, posed no environmentalor health concerns. Residentswere back in their homes bymid-afternoon.Nicholas Goodrich, a35-year-old grocery storeemployee from Columbus,said he and two other peoplegot as close as 100 feet fromthe explosion.“Looking at it, I thought itwas an atomic bomb or some-thing,” he said. “The heat wasso excruciating that I had toball up and cover my body.”Norfolk Southern spokes-man Dave Pidgeon saidthe 98-car-freight train wastraveling from Chicago toLinwood, N.C. Sixteen carsended up going off the tracks,including the three haulingethanol.Two cars transportingwheat and corn syrup werebreached and were leaking anundetermined amount, offi-cials said. Crews were apply-ing sand to stop the leaksbefore trying to recover whatthey can of the remainingcargo.Joel Priester said hewatched the blast from hishome about two blocks away.“I saw flames, then I hearda loud sound, like a boom,and saw the flames shootinghigher,” he said. “It lookedlike the sun exploded.”Patricia Reilly, a spokes-woman for the AmericanAssociation of Railroads,said freight train accidents areuncommon, given the volumeof freight that is transportedaround the country by trains.Roughly 29.4 million car-loads of freight are hauledevery year across 140,000-plus miles of rail in the UnitedStates, she said. Of that, 1.8million carloads are catego-rized as varying hazardousmaterials. Last year, about325,000 carloads of ethanolwere hauled over those lines.Last year was one of thesafest years ever for U.S. rail-roads, Reilly said.“I think one accident is ahorrible thing,” she said. “Butit’s always a good educationto understand in context whatthat represents in the big pic-ture.”
Freight train derails, causing fiery blast
GERMANTOWN (AP) —Health officials investigatingan E. coli outbreak amongpeople who ate at a southwestOhio picnic say they’ve iden-tified more cases, bringing thetotal to 55.The illnesses were reportedin Germantown, southwestof Dayton. Spokesman BillWharton of MontgomeryCounty’s health departmentsays 10 people have beenhospitalized, though he didn’tknow their conditions.The Dayton Daily Newsreports the number of casesisn’t expected to increase sig-nificantly because the normalincubation period has passed.Those who became ill wereamong attendees at a July 3customer appreciation pic-nic for a lawn care business.Owner Bob Neff of Neff’sLawn Care says he’s heartbro-ken that people who ate at theevent became sick.The bacteria can causediarrhea, dehydration and, insevere cases, kidney failure.CINCINNATI (AP) — ACincinnati hospital has paidnearly $1.8 million to settlea lawsuit in which a formeremployee alleges medicaltests weren’t being read.The Cincinnati Enquirerreports Christ Hospital alsofaces increased federal over-sight after its settlement withthe U.S. Justice Departmentin late June.The hospital’s former med-ical director of vascular labservices says tests of as manyas 8,000 patients weren’tproperly read before a doc-tor signed off on them andMedicare was charged. Thetests are meant to help iden-tify blockages, blood clots andaneurysms.Whistleblower Peter Podoresays the hospital didn’t followits own internal procedures,putting patients at risk.The hospital says in a state-ment that it has hired a chief compliance officer to makesure rules are followed, and it’svoluntarily reviewing tests.
E. coli outbreakafter picnic nowat 55 casesOhio hospitalpays $1.8Mto settle lawsuit
Missing Ohio woman’s familywants to help search in NC
ASHLAND (AP) —Relatives of an Ohio womanwho disappeared during avacation are heading to NorthCarolina to help search for her.Authorities say 33-year-old Lynn Jackenheimer, of Ashland, went to the OuterBanks last week with heron-and-off boyfriend, NateSummerfield, and her twochildren but didn’t returnwith them. Summerfield’sbrother called police to saySummerfield told him hestrangled the woman.Jackenheimer has beenmissing since July 4. Hersister tells WEWS-TV inCleveland the family want-ed to help police resume thesearch today.Police also are lookingfor Summerfield, who isdescribed as a person of inter-est. Police say he returned thechildren to Ohio and left themwith his family.Businesses in Ashland areoffering more than $7,000 inrewards for information inthe case.
Missing soldier’s remains ID’d, buried
CONCORD (AP) — The remains of a Virginia soldier whowent missing during the Korean War have been buried near hisfamily in northeast Ohio more than 60 years later.The military says 18-year-old Army Cpl. Pryor Gobble of Jonesville, Va., was reported missing after a battle near a NorthKorean reservoir in late 1950.In the early 1990s, North Korea returned more than 200boxes of what were believed to be remains of hundreds of U.S. military members. DNA tests helped confirm Gobble’sremains were among them.His Wednesday funeral in Concord included full militaryhonors. The News-Herald of Willoughby reports veterans fromthe area joined Gobble’s siblings at the service.

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