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Mansfield, Ohio
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Tuesday, July 8, 2003
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The Ohio State University-Mansfield honors late board members. WEDNESDAY RegionState Obituaries 6A Kids at Capitol 7A NEWS JOURNAL Tuesday, Jury 8, 2003 PAGE 5A nam Police 200 block of Wood StrMt, Mansfield - A 46-year-old man told police Monday morning lomeons stole a stereo worth $260 from hit daughter' 1993 Geo Tracker. 300 block of Wait Third Street, Mam-field - A 397ear-old woman told police Monday morning someone broke the rear driver-side window of her 1 990 Plymouth Acclaim and stole a CD player and CDs worth $80 500 block of Hurler Avenue, Mansfield A 49-year-old man told police Monday afternoon someone stole three mountain bikes worth $330 from his garage. 500 block of Arnold Avenue, Mansfield A 49-year-old man told police Monday afternoon someone stole two Yamaha Wave Runners Worth $11,095 from a trailer on his property. The News Journal does not identify people charged with misdemeanor offenses in the Emergency Calls. This is a fairness issue related to the large number of inch dents that we cannot report in the wide geographic area being covered. Offenders are identified through subsequent court listings. Pilot, 70, crashes in Ashland News Journal staff report ASHLAND A South Dakota man is in serious condition at an Akron hospital after his airplane crashed near the Ashland County Airport on Monday afternoon. William Andersen, 70, was taken to Akron City Hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries, according to the Ashland post of the Ohio Highway Patrol. Andersen's 1982 Wohler's Falco crashed in a field about a half-mile south of the airport at 12:59 p.m. The aircraft is an amateur, home-built aircraft. The pilot was en route to Jamestown, N.Y., when the engine failed at 150 feet above ground. The plane sustained heavy damage, the patrol said. Ashland County Sheriff and Ashland Fire departments assisted the patrol. Public vote OKs partner registry CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, (AP) Backers of a domestic-partner registry saw their campaign take a step forward Monday night when their petition calling for a public vote on the issue was certified. The registry would give legal recognition to unmarried partners, whether gay or straight. Couples could use the document in attempts to share employment benefits or inherit property. However, the registry would not be binding on courts, governments, hospitals or private companies. "We anticipate council will want to send the issue to the voters and let them decide," said David Caldwell, a spokesman for a group that, circulated petitions. Man pleads guilty to sexual charge Ashland judge rules on 15 cases By Al Lawrence News Journal correspondent ASHLAND A Loudonville man pleaded guilty to attempted sexual conduct with a minor Monday during a busy day involving 15 cases in Ashland County Common Pleas Court. Judge Jeffrey Runyan ordered a pre-sentencing investigation for Robert P. Zapior, 23, of 633 North Market St., after Zapior pleaded to a charge that was reduced from a fourth-degree felony to a fifth-degree felony. Assistant prosecutor Christopher Tunnell said Zapior made sexual overtures to a 15-year-old Loudonville-area boy after he and another teen were invited to a sleepover at the victim's home Feb. 27 and 28. Tunnell said the case was brought to the attention of law enforcement after Zapior harassed his victim. Runyan scheduled sentencing for Aug. 18 at 8 a.m. Zapior faces six months to a year in prison and three years of postrelease con trol. Runyan also sentenced Christopher M. Hargett, 28, of 170 East Second St, Perrysville to eight months in prison and ordered him to undergo drug, alcohol, anger management and mental-health assessments while in the custody of the Ohio Department of Corrections. Hargett pleaded guilty May 27 to felony domestic violence for a May 18 incident involving his live-in girlfriend. He received prison time despite a plea from his victim for treatment at a halfway house. "I want Chris punished because what he did was not right, but prison will not be good for him," the woman said during a victim impact statement. She felt prison would make Hargett more bitter and also cause him to miss development milestones with their infant child. Just before her statement, Hargett said he was tired of a life of violence, has accepted responsibility for the incident and is making progress with drug, alco hol and anger-management treatment he has received while in county jail. Runyan said he had no choice but to order prison because of information in what he described as one of the longest presentenc-, ing reports he has ever seen. The judge noted Hargett has a record going back to when he was 12 years old, failed to respond to past treatment and had kicked his victim, hit her in the head and tried to choke her. In another domestic violence case, Runyan ruled Fred A. Don-newirth, 55, of 86 Harold Drive, Ashland competent to stand trial on charges of attempted rape, abduction and domestic violence, He scheduled trial for Oct. 2. The ruling was based on a report from the Forensic Diagnostic Center in Mansfield. Runyan left open the possibility evidence could be introduced from a private psychologist, who has not submitted a report. Donnewirth is accused of attacking his estranged wife when she returned to their mobile home May 1 to get some of her belongings. Ashland County Court Cases In other court cases Monday, Judge Jeffrey Runyan took the following actions: ' - Accepted innocent pleas from Dean L Blinker, 29, of Greenwich and set an Oct 2 trial date on one count of aggravated vehicular assault and two counts of driving while under the influence. Brinker is charged with striking a sheriff's deputy with his car while the deputy was on a traffic stop June 1 5 on Township Road 1106. Sentenced Benjamin Brubaker, 28, of Ashland to one year In prison, fined him $1,000, suspended his driver's license for five years and confiscated his vehicle on a felony charge of driving while intoxicated. It was Brubaker's fifth DUI offense In six years. Sentenced Michael Thomas, Christopher Luce and Rodney J. Gerwig, all 25 of Ashland, on drug trafficking charges involving marijuana andor cocaine. All received a pair of concurrent sentences ranging from six months to a year. Each was accused of selling drugs to a confidential informant with the METRICH Drug Enforcement Agency. Accepted a guilty plea to a pair of marijuana trafficking charges from Francis Truskolaski, 20, of Ashland and scheduled sentencing for Aug. 11. Accepted Innocent pleas to two counts of theft from James G. Wetzel of Gallon and set trial for Sept 19. Wetzel is accused of taking $3,61 8 in rent receipts from the Greens of Ashland apartment complex, where he was employed. Set an Aug. 19 trial date for Brandon Reymer, 19, of Ashland on charges of forgery and theft involving a stolen check. Sentenced Donald L Lubbe, 22, of Fort Smith, Ark., to nine months In prison for stealing a ring while working as a door-to-door salesman In Ashland. Rescheduled sentencing for David Eiflander, 30, of Cleveland and Dane E. Feren-baugh, 21, of Danville because they are Incarcerated in facilities outside the county and arrangements were not made to bring them to Ashland. Eiflander was charged with stealing diabetes test strips from a local pharmacy. Ferenbaugh was convicted of forgery. Ordered an extradition hearing be set after 60 days for John L Call, 39, of Mansfield, who is wanted in Oklahoma for a probation violation on a burglary charge. One big boom ! III.' L I I f Sua f If ft t r w T n mi. Ml XL ! fr- Mike Karst, 80, of 1151 Beal Road sits In his front yard and looks at the car, driven by Anna Wendlinger, 86, of Mansfield, that plowed through his bushes and stopped In front of his picture window. Karst and his wife were watching the news inside the house when they heard what Karst called a noise louder than the 'biggest bomb' he heard in World War II. Wendlinger was cited for failure to control. (Dave PolcynNews Journal) Storms leave state soaked, sandbagged Rider recalls old-timer's stories Wagon train hits end of the trail By M.B. Daley Gannett News Service CLINTONVILLE Chester Gray knew the last Pony Express rider, "Bronco" Charlie Miller, and can tell a tale or two about him. Gray and Miller (1850-1955) rode on horseback down New York City's Fifth Avenue in a 1942 parade. The parade was meant to raise bonds for World War II, and that day was the only time the two men would meet. Gray, 81, who lives near Cambridge, rode with the Bicentennial Wagon Train for his fourth and last day Sunday. He said the experience reminded him of stories Miller told him when they met. " 'Bronco' Charlie Miller was a great inspiration to me and his character and ambition inspired me to be a good boy, to do things noble and courteous to others," Gray said. "The experience of riding this wagon train at almost the same age that Charlie Miller was, brought back memories of the (stories he told of the) days he rode the trail in the West." Miller was 92 when he met the 20-year-old horseman at the war parade. Gray said he was hired to lend Miller some of his horses for the event Horse riding was a common bond for them. Gray is an enthusiast. Miller rode 3,000 miles across the country from New York to California. J Chester Gray speaks with visitors during the Wagon Train's lunch stop In front of the Ohio Statehouse. (Trevor Jones Gannett News Service) "Today, bringing back memories of history, 'Bronco' Charlie Miller, has been a great experience to me and to all the people that want to hear about the last Pony Express rider," Gray said. Miller was 11-years-old when he began assisting the Pony Express in 1861, and when a delivery horse came back empty one day, he became a rider. The Express, based in St. Joseph, Mo., lasted 18 months, from April 3, 1860, to Oct. 24, 1861. Miller rode for five of those months. When it ended, Miller found other employment working as a bronco rider, where he got his nickname. He was a preacher and an entertainer. He performed in Europe doing horse relay contests with William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody, also a Pony Express rider. "What a great thing to have a man from Ohio who rode with a Pony Express rider," Wagonmaster Russ Leger said. "That goes back 140 years." Gray and Miller had similar lives. Both were soldiers, Gray fought in World War II and Miller worked in the U.S. Cavalry. Both were horsemen. "I think mat any man that's had the privilege to ride with a man with that kind of history goes beyond luck," Wagon Train TraS Boss "Tennessee" John Stewart said. "I feel like he's done what he's supposed to do, carry on the message." Gray revived the past by giving a speech about Miller at a Wagon Train stop in Blendon Woods Park. He said he has not had the opportunity to speak about him before, but being on the train gave him that chance. "This is the finale of my life," he said. "They always say if you wish upon a star it comes true, and this has been a wish." (740)295-3452 ROCKFORD, Ohio (AP) A river swollen by heavy rain threatened to overflow its banks Monday, touching off sandbagging operations in this northwest Ohio village. Thunderstorms packing heavy rain soaked Ohio on Monday for the fourth straight day, knocking out power to thousands of homes and businesses statewide. ; Firefighters and volunteers in the village of Rock-ford in Mercer County piled sandbags around homes and businesses near the St Marys River in hopes of preventing more flooding after four days of rain. "The river is going to rise, and there's not much room there until it will overflow," said Wanda Dicke, deputy director of the Mercer County Emergency Management Agency. "If it goes out of its banks, it would do a lot of damage. It would go into the city." In Decatur, Ind., about 20 miles upstream from Rock-ford, the river was seven feet above flood stage. The National Weather Service forecast major flooding in towns near the river. The rising water was only a few feet from Barry's Market in Rock-ford, one of the closest structures to the river in this town of 1,000 people. "They're sandbagging right now," said store manager Judy Avery. "We're getting everything off the floor. What can you do? It's Mother Nature." Fifty to 60 people at a trailer park in Rockford were evacuated because of rising waters from surrounding farm fields in the low-lying area About 30 of them spent the night at an emergency shelter in Celina. "The water was really coming in fast," said Dicke. Residents in nearby Montezuma piled sandbags to protect homes next to the rising water of Grand Lake St Marys, she added. The village of 191 residents is at the southern end of the lake, surrounded by a state park and several vacation homes. Statewide, the storms pushed some small streams r Celina, Ohio, firefighter and Rockford, Ohio, native Jon Schumm places sandbags around the home of Helen Graham on Monday near the flooded St. Marys River In Rockford. (AP photo) over their banks and forced authorities to close roads because of standing water. Scattered outages affected 85,000 homes and businesses in a band of central Ohio from Columbus to Zanesville after afternoon storms, said Terri Flora, American Electric Power Co.'s general manager for theregioa About 18,000 customers in northern Ohio lost power Monday, FirstEnergy Corp said. No injuries were reported, but forecasters were predicting more bad weather. Don Hughes, a meteorologist with the Weather Service in Wilmington, said showers and thunderstorms were possible through today. Some of the storms "could be severe just because we have so much moisture and instability around," he said. The chance of storms could last through Friday in northeast Ohio, the agency's Cleveland office said. About 18 flights were delayed at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport on Monday, further delaying other flights for more than one hour, Fred Szabo, airport commissioner, said. Democratic nominee hoping to be buoyed by Buckeye State By Jim Siegel News Journal Statehouse Bureau COLUMBUS He's way behind in fund-raising, name recognition and political buzz, but U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Cleveland, has been buoyed by recent enthusiastic crowds that have turned out to hear him speak across the country. To fire up the Democratic base, he's talking about protecting America's steel and auto industries, eliminating the North American Free Trade Agreement establishing universal health care and doing away with President Bush's tax cuts, which he argues favor the rich. But thus far, Kucinich, 56, has been largely ignored by the national media who don't see him as a serious challenger in a crowded Democratic field that includes Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieber-man, North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, Missouri Rep. Dick Gephardt, and former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean. The liberal four-term congressman wasn't even included in a recent New York Times drawing of Democratic candidates. But his grassroots efforts and crowd-drawing abilities in places such as Iowa, Wisconsin and California have some outside the Washington beltway "I'm the one candidate who can inspire people to come out and vote." Dennis Kucinich U.S. Rep., D-Cleveland taking notice. "I am the one candidate who can inspire people to come out and vote," he said during a visit to Ohio Democratic Party headquarters Monday. "That is why I'm going to win the Ohio primary." But before he gets to the Buckeye State, Kucinich has to put up good fights in the 11 states that have primaries before Ohio on March 2. He said Monday he has raised more than $1 million at a pace that has picked up significantly in recent weeks. He recently grabbed endorsements from Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream and country singer Willie Nelson, who also has promised to perform concerts on behalf of Kucinich. Kucinich's anti-war speeches also have made him popular with some Democrats. As an adamant opponent of the war with Iraq, he has accused the Bush administration of lying about the existence of weapons of mass destruction. "This was a PR effort to change the American political dialogue," Kucinich said, noting it diverted attention in 2002 from the slumping economy, Enron scandal and growing number of uninsured Americans. "I'm the only one challenging them on the lies," he said. "I'm not going to let (Bush) get away from that point." Kucinich said he plans to file for congressional re-election while running a presidential campaign. His long-shot hopes are not confined to his bid for the Oval Office. "This campaign will be the basis for a Democrat comeback in Ohio," he said.

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