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Local Archived News April 2005

District given building estimates
Marysville stormwater repairs outlined
Marysville schools plan to go on ballot
Trial  ends in hung jury
Triad, Plain City have issues in Tuesday's election
Broad effort helps clean up community
Triad will have levy  on May 3 ballot
Former Producers building burns
Marysville schools prepare   for loss of funding - Thirty percent of budget could be gone
Richwood  council eyes more money   for sewer improvements
Mother, daughter team will discuss women's issues
Fairbanks continues to look at the future
Organizers gear up for Relay for Life
Nelson plans Lamborghini dealership
Final phase of road to begin
Habitat for Humanity community meeting planned
Former police chief Richard Simpson dies
Trial to focus on sex offender registration
Rezoning off Weaver Road approved
Rape, vehicular homicide charges filed
Darby rezoning issue now in hands of trustees
West Central to have women's facility
Scope of drug cases revealed
Health dept. seeking disaster preparedness volunteers
Plans set for peace officer memorial ceremony
Developers may be asked to share costs
4-H lost a pioneer in Hildreth - Was longest tenured advisor in the state
Vandals arrested
Warm weather brings out vandals
More Lutheran churches - could be seen in area
Believing in the strength of Corey
Fairbanks begins planning its future
Meth lab may have been found
Suspects caught unaware
Who they nabbed
Countywide drug sweep begins
North Lewisburg looks to hike rent for fire department
Concert may have been one of the best Review
Local business ordered to repay Medicaid payments
Clerk presides over Jerome meeting
Three rescued when vehicle   goes into Mill Creek
Veterans monument fundraising in high gear
Group to perform Saturday
Foster families: A call to serve
Township wants to manage growth
Foster care does not just help children
Age no excuse when people are in need

District given building estimates
Fairbanks sees projected cost for new schools
A new 59,680-square-foot elementary school in the Fairbanks School
District could cost $9.4 million. A new kindergarten through fourth
grade building coupled with a new fifth grade through 12th grade
facility could cost $23.6 million. The same K-4 and 5-12 options using the
existing middle and high schools could cost $23.1 million.
These estimates were presented to the roughly 100 people who attended
the third - but not final - meeting held to brainstorm about the school district's facilities.
A fourth meeting will be scheduled in mid-May or the first of June to
present more specific designs and cost estimates. These will be
determined after community volunteers meet and refine district goals and needs.
The estimates depend on numerous variables, including whether the school
district utilizes Ohio School Facilities funds or finances
building/remodeling costs without the program.
State funds would cover about 14 percent of the facilities' cost,
leaving 86 percent to be raised locally. But that money would not be
available until 2010 or later, because Fairbanks places 522 on a list of
660 schools to receive assistance.
Other options include new K-4, 5-8 and 9-12 buildings estimated to cost
$24 million; utilizing the existing Route 38 building to house the same
combination at an estimated cost of $27.9 million; K-8 and 9-12
buildings ($22.5 million); utilizing the existing structure for the same
combination ($24.2 million); building a new K-12 building ($21.4
million); and utilizing the existing structure for the same combination ($21.6 million).
Superintendent James Craycraft also explained several ways building
construction and renovation can be financed, including a bond
issue/property tax issue, a bond issue/income tax combination, a
property tax/limited property issue or other financial packages.
Fairbanks residents have to decide on school designs and locations
before that step can be taken.
"Once we determine what we are doing, we'll attach dollars," Craycraft said.
The only stipulation, he added, is that "bricks and mortar" must be paid
for by a property tax.
If the school district opts to finance new buildings through the state's
facilities program, athletic facilities, theaters or building sites
cannot be included on the property tax.

Marysville stormwater repairs outlined
It may be easy to look at the sad state of Marysville streets and think
the city has done nothing to make them better. The truth is that all the
work towards paving the roads and fixing the storm sewer pipes
underneath them is the reason roads have become progressively worse.
Mayor Tom Kruse addressed the issue at Thursday evening's meeting of
city council.
The first reading on an ordinance was held to appropriate $163,500 from
stormwater funds for materials and supplies to keep repairs going on
storm water pipes hidden underneath roadways. The second ordinance,
dealing with transferring $40,000 toward similar work, was also read.
"We've got to do quite a bit of storm water work before we can begin
paving," Kruse said.
He added that due to the stream of excellent weather in early spring,
construction crews were able to surpass their project goals on storm
water repair work. At this point, he said the city needs more money
transferred into the fund so crews can continue work for the rest of 2005.
Kruse also announced that as that work progresses, Fifth Street would be
the first road to receive repaving work.
City administrator Kathy House reported that future road paving projects
and additional information on the city's goals toward road repairs is
expected to be released next week.
In other business, the city has taken the steps to create two more Tax
Increment Financing Districts, otherwise known as TIFs.
The ordinance language read Thursday night states that 67.5 acres of
property were identified within the Scotts Farms subdivision. The land
will be used as an Incentive District to create funds for infrastructure
in the development of the area via Tax Increment Financing. The property
is located just east of Route 4, north of U.S. 33 and on the north side
of the neighborhood. The economic plan indicates there will be 215 lots
for the construction of residential housing, valued from $160,000 to $200,000.
The Legends Tax Incentive plan includes 10.13 acres, to include 17 lots
with 16 of them ready for construction of homes ranged between $250,000
and $400,000. The land is located on the south side of the community
near other moderately upscale housing.
Kruse said both ordinances are simply the first stage that introduces
the economic plans for the land. A second pair of ordinances will
follow, which will create them as TIFs.
In other discussions:
. Kruse presented Gwen Beech with the award for Outstanding Employee of
the Quarter. Beech handles information technology for the city, through
archiving records, maintaining some 70 personal computers for staff,
maintaining web-sites and more.
. The first reading was held on an ordinance helping the Marysville Fire
Department become more involved in the Ohio Public MARCS Program. The
department was awarded an Ohio Public Safety MARCS Communication Grant,
which has already been placed in the city's General Fund.
The ordinance before council was for transferring $17,626 for materials
and supplies associated with purchasing radios for the department.
. The first reading was held on an ordinance bringing the city up to
date with protecting local waterways. The city is required to submit an
application for new local limits for its industrial pre-treatment
program to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
Kruse said that the city received new local limits for the OEPA and must
incorporate those changes into Chapter 921, "Servers, of the City of
Marysville Public Utilities Code."
House had reported at a past council meeting that the changes would mean
updates for some city businesses, such as incorporating measures to
prevent oils and grease from being released accidentally into streams.
She added that the city would be increasing monitoring and sampling
checks around the city as well.
A few service fees would also be raised, per the new local limits. Sewer
sealing fees would go from $25 to $100 for each inspection.
It is prohibited to maliciously damage any structure which is part of
the sanitary sewer system or WWTP. Under the "Penalty" section in
Chapter 921, whoever violates this code would be subjected to a $500
fine instead of $100 in the past. New local limits also reported no more than the following can be
released into waterways per day:
Copper - .290 mg/l
Cyanide ^ 0.076 mg/l
Lead ^ 0.540 mg/l
Mercury ^ 0.0016 mg/l
Nickel ^ 0.754 mg/l
Silver ^ 0.265 mg/l
Zinc ^ 1.220 mg/l
Oil and Grease ^ 50.0 mg/l

Marysville schools plan to go on ballot
Officials will choose one option from field of three
Marysville School Board members took another step toward putting a bond
issue on the Aug. 2 ballot Friday, authorizing treasurer/CFO Delores
"Dee" Cramer to certify the district's needs to county auditor Mary Snyder.
Snyder in turn will calculate the amount of millage that will be
necessary to finance a bond issue.
Board members actually passed three resolutions authorizing this action,
each dealing with a different financial package. The first, for $41
million, would refinance the debt load carried by the district's
Certificates of Participation.
The second issue, for $25 million, would finance a new high school
addition. The third, in the amount of $66 million, would combine the two
issues, restructuring the debt and adding onto the high school.
Board members will meet May 17 to consider which, if any, of these
options will be placed on the August ballot. May 19 is the filing
deadline for that ballot.
There will not be three issues on the ballot, Cramer said.
"We would never do all three issues," she said at Friday's meeting.
Refinancing the COPs offsets the revenue loss the district will suffer
under Gov. Bob Taft's tax code changes and the new state budget bill,
which eliminates the personal tangible property tax paid by industries
and businesses on equipment, machinery, inventory and furnishings.
That bill has already passed the House of Representatives and awaits
hearings in the Senate. It has no fans on the Marysville School Board
because the fast growing school district will lose one-third of its
local revenues when it goes into effect Jan. 1.
"It' s pretty much a done deal as it applies to personal property tax,"
John C. Adams of Fifth Third Securities told board members Friday.
Adams, a bond underwriter, was on hand to assist the members with bond
options and explain how they worked with the budget bill.
 Also on hand was the district's bond counsel, Edward Cavezza of Peck,
Shaffer & Williams, Mike White, the districts business manager, and Tony
Eufinger, assistant director of the Marysville Digital Academy.
 Zimmerman was unable to attend Friday's special meeting because he was in Chicago.

Trial  ends in hung jury
Case centered on registration of sex offender
After deliberating for more than eight hours, a Union County Common
Pleas Grand Jury could not reach a definitive verdict on Friday in the
case of the State of Ohio vs. Richard Sommerfield.
The case - in which Sommerfield was charged with failing to register as
a sexually oriented offender - was heard this week before Judge Richard
Parrott. The jury announced late in the afternoon that it was unable to
come up with a unanimous decision.
Charges were filed against Sommerfield for failure to register while he
allegedly resided at the home of his then-fiance, Linda Allen, in the
700 block of Quail Hollow Drive between June 2004 to January of this year.
If found guilty, Sommerfield, 44, faced up to five years in prison. The
time would have added to the 18 years he had previously spent
incarcerated for being found guilty of first-degree felony rape when he
was 17-years-old.
"We're going to have to re-try the case," Union County Prosecutor Dave
Phillips said after the jury announced its decision.
He explained that the next trial date has not been set, however, it
would be scheduled for sometime during the summer.
Because of the hung jury status, Phillips said he still can't comment on
the details of the case or his opinions until after the next trial is
completed and a decision is finally reached by jurors.
"I have to treat it as if he had never been tried," the prosecutor said.
As far as Sommerfield, Phillips said he will remain under indictment.
Sommerfield's attorney, Michael Streng, was not available for comment Friday.
Phillips said essentially his case was about proving that Sommerfield
had stayed at Allen's Quail Hollow drive home for five days or more. By
doing this, he violated the law for failing to register as a sexual offender.
The trial began on Wednesday when Phillips brought out prosecution
testimony from Union County sheriff's deputies Betsy Spain and Shawn
Golden, Quail Hollow Drive neighbors and a neighbor near Sommerfield's
home in Delaware on Dublin Road. All testified Sommerfield had been at
Allen's home for five days or more from last summer through January.
"We thought he was living there," one female Quail Hollow Drive neighbor
said. "I mean he was there all the time."
On Thursday Allen, her 13-year-old daughter, Sommerfield's sister, and a
water service technician all took the stand for the defense. Sommerfield
then testified before Streng rested his case.
What became clear, though, during the trial is that many of Streng's
witnesses noticeably stayed away from admitting Sommerfield had been in
the home for five days.
Phillips complained in court that defense witness' testimonies were
straying from their initial Grand Jury testimonies, during which time
all had admitted Sommerfield had been at the Allen home for "two, three,
four or five days."
The time line in question reportedly coincided with the time Sommerfield
was recuperating at Allen's home, after breaking his back in four
places. The injury reportedly occurred in June, when he fell from a
ladder while renovating a home in Dayton for his line of employment.
On Wednesday, Parrott addressed the inconsistencies of the defense
witnesses. He complained that witnesses admitted they had been told what
had been discussed during the trial the day before. In essence they were
coaching one another on what to say.
"If I hear from anyone else of being told . of testimonies of what is
occurring," the judge said. "I won't allow their testimonies. Because it's not fair."
Streng reported he had 10 witnesses he planned to bring to the stand on
Thursday. The next day only a few took the stand. Whether it was due to
Parrott's warning is unknown.
The basis of the defense was that neighbors on Quail Hollow Drive were
upset that a reported sexual offender was often at Allen's home.
Streng said the neighbors testified that Sommerfield's large gray truck
was "always" parked outside of the home and he would beep two times
"every morning" when he left to go to work. He said that just because
Sommerfield's truck was there, it did not mean Sommerfield was inside.
It is easy for people to make general statements such as "always," but
the fact was that Sommerfield was vacationing in Wisconsin and then
later in Florida. During one of the trips his truck was left behind at Allen's driveway.
When Sommerfield took the stand, he said that the testimonies from the
upset neighbors were incorrect. He said he was well aware of the
five-day ruling about registering in a county and sad he would not have violated that.
Sommerfield said that it may have appeared to neighbors that he was
staying at Allen's home. Because of her busy schedule as a teacher in
Marysville, along with being a mother of three children living at home,
he was only able to spend time with her late at night. They would talk
and watch television, sometimes falling asleep in the living room.
During those occasions, Sommerfield said he would wake up between 1 and
5 a.m. and drive home to Delaware and get ready for work.
By law, Streng said, Sommerfield is allowed to visit anyone he wants to,
at any time of the day, as long as he doesn't stay there for five or more days.
What may have led to the hung jury was something both Parrott and
Phillips reminded jurors of: "You don't park your common sense at the
door when you walk in."

Triad, Plain City have issues in Tuesday's election
A special election is scheduled for May 3 in Union County for two
overlapping issues.
Allen Township Hall will be open for Triad Local School District voters
for an income tax issue and Plain City Village Precincts will be open at
the Methodist Church for a police protection levy for those voters in
Plain city. If anyone wishes to vote absentee, the ballots are ready at the Union
County Board of Elections Office, 940 London Ave., Suite 1000.

Broad effort helps clean up community
The City of Marysville has for many years been participating in the Keep
America Beautiful organization's "Great American Cleanup" campaign.
Its main emphasis has been on litter clean-up in rights-of-way adjacent
to streets and highways. The clean up is an annual effort from March
through May for which the city relies heavily upon volunteer labor.
This year an eight man crew from the West Central Community Correctional
Facility focused on collections along U.S. 33 and other main entryways
such as Delaware Avenue. Over the course of two weeks the men, along
with streets and sanitation department supervisors, logged 500 hours and
collected over 120 cubic yards of litter from local roadways.
Coordinating these efforts from the West Central Administration were
Dave Ervin, director of administration, Jan Campbell, employment
coordinator, and Derek Clay, employment specialist.
In addition to the efforts of West Central, the Union County Juvenile
Court system also designated the "Great America Cleanup" efforts as a
community service project. Judge Charlotte Eufinger and Connie Cochran,
director of mentoring and community service for the court, were
instrumental in their support of the litter control program.
Juvenile offenders were assigned to litter clean-up in county parks.
This is the first effort by the juvenile court to assign community
service in cooperation with the city streets and sanitation departments.
With its success, the court has been supportive of continuing the
program through the summer months.
City administrator Kathy House expressed her appreciation to the West
Central and juvenile court for their support of the clean-up program.
Joe Tracey, city superintendent of streets and sanitation, also gave
praise to the staff and workers from both systems.
"All have been great to work with. I hope the litter-free roadways
resulting from their efforts inspire the community to do their part to
continue keeping our streets and highways litter-free," he said.
In addition, Tracey said residents and local organizations could
participate in the "Adopt-A-Highway" program administered through the
Union County Health Department. Such a commitment entails litter control
three times per year along a 1-mile stretch of a local roadway.
Anyone wishing to volunteer for this program may contact Shawn Sech at
the health department's office of recycling and litter prevention,
642-2053 or

Triad will have levy on May 3 ballot
Triad school officials hope the third time will be the charm as the
district once again asks voters to pass a .5 percent income tax levy at
a special election on Tuesday.
The levy is for a five-year period and would raise $433,000 per year.
This past fall the levy failed a second time by only a slight margin.
Union County voters passed the issue 64-48 but Champaign County
residents voted it down 1,119-1,040.
"We have opted for an income tax levy based on the success of our
current 1 percent income tax," superintendent Dan Kaffenbarger said. "It
has essentially kept us from asking for additional operating money for
14 years and allows for growth during times of economic prosperity."
Kaffenbarger said it is inevitable that if the levy doesn't pass more
teachers will be cut from the staff.
A total of 83 percent of the district's budget is personnel based while
nearly 13 percent goes to fixed costs associated with essential building operations.
"We will have to cut teachers and consider how to cut our operational
costs in a manner that is significant enough to impact the overall
district budget," Kaffenbarger said. "The choices become increasingly
more difficult as they will inconvenience many and unfortunately impact
the very students we need to serve with a high quality education."
The district has already been forced to take some drastic measures to
make up for the lack of funding.
"There are several guidance programs and services at the middle school
that will be eliminated because of the loss of our guidance counselor,
Carrie Mason," Kaffenbarger said, "That is a critical age for students
to have someone they can speak to in confidence and losing Ms. Mason is
detrimental to the overall operation of that building."
In addition to Mason, the board eliminated three other positions for the
2005-2006 school year after the levy failed in November. Jacquie Smith
was cut as high school intervention specialist, Linda Hixson as nurse's
aide and Holly Hall as the elementary music teacher
Kaffenbarger said the elimination of Hall at the elementary school would
more than likely spell the end of special music productions.
The board also instituted a pay to participate policy for all
co-curricular/extra-curricular activities for next year.
Kaffenbarger said he is concerned that the pay to participate policy may
curtail non-athletic groups like Student Congress, SADD and National
Honor Society because parents will opt not to pay the fee associated
with these groups. "This will impact things like homecoming and NHS inductions,"
Kaffenbarger said. "It is a collective effort - we can't afford these
things without pay-to-participate and those impacted the most are
students because the school experience will not be as rich and enjoyable
as in the past." Kaffenbarger said he trusts the Triad community will come out to support
both the school and most importantly, the students. "If passed the district will use the money
generated from this tax issue carefully as we continue to provide the highest quality education
possible for all of our students," he said.

Former Producers building burns
From J-T staff reports:
Area fire crews continued at presstime to monitor a blaze that started
early this morning at the old Producers Livestock facility at 14145 Route 4.
Sometime around 2 a.m. the building became engulfed in flames. Fire
crews were alerted by a Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper who was
working in the area at the time.
According to Marysville Fire Chief Gary Johnson, the building contained
a large amount of old hay that continued to burn this morning. A tractor
inside the building was destroyed.
Johnson said because of the amount of hay, crews have determined the
best option is to allow the fire to burn out on its own.
"The smoke is lifting now and it's going away from residential areas," he said.
Johnson explained that if crews were to douse the flames in water, it
would only make the hay smolder.
"The smoke would probably be ten times worse and last a lot longer," he
said. Johnson said crews will continue to monitor the fire. Because it is such
a large open structure away from any other buildings and surrounded by
an open field that has already been plowed, the fire is not expected to
spread. Johnson reported that Marysville, Union Township, Liberty Township and
Allen Township fire crews responded to the scene. He said the building has several
owners whose names he did not have at press time. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

Marysville schools prepare for loss of funding - Thirty percent of budget could be gone
The Marysville School Board is bracing to lose one-third of local
revenues on Jan. 1.
Gov. Bob Taft's tax code changes and the new state budget bill, which
has already passed the House of Representatives and awaits hearings in
the Senate, eliminates the personal tangible property tax, which is paid
by industries and businesses on equipment, machinery, inventory and furnishings .
The personal tangible property tax collected locally represents nearly
30 percent of Marysville's total school budget, according to Marysville
Schools Superintendent Larry Zimmerman. It also will mean Marysville
taxpayers will be hit with a "tax shift" of $20 million to pay for debt
on already constructed school buildings.
"This, in effect, becomes a state of Ohio authorized, automatic,
un-voted half-mill tax increase for local taxpayers in Marysville and
all over Ohio," Zimmerman said in a fact sheet, "Tax Reform Talking
Points," distributed to board members and the media attending Monday's meeting.
Zimmerman said he recently learned the board can offset that lost tax
revenue by restructuring its debt load. But it only has a matter of days
in which to do so. "The only way to save that $20 million is to be on the ballot in August
and restructure this debt," Zimmerman told the board. "If we don't get
on the ballot in August ... under the current House bill language the
community will lose $20 million."
"A month ago I wouldn't even have thought of bringing something like
this here. I don't really want to do it but I think we've got to
restructure (our debt)," Zimmerman added.
Since August issues must be filed by May 16, the board has only a matter
of days to finalize the issue.
The board has tentatively scheduled a meeting for Friday at 4:30 p.m. in
the school district's administrative board room to discuss whether to
put a bond issue on the August ballot. The issue would restructure the
district's debt and offset some of the lost revenue the district will
suffer under the proposed tax changes.
Zimmerman's fact sheet contained the following highlights:
. Marysville Schools and its community are the most impacted in Ohio -
The combination of school enrollment increases since 1999 and the
elimination of local personal tangible property tax gives the school
district the dubious No. 1 position. By comparison, Twinsburg School
District in Cuyahoga County ranks No. 2.
. One-third of local property tax values will be eliminated - One-third
of the district's teaching staff, busing, sports and extra-curricular
activities are financed by the personal tangible property tax.
"Without 100 percent dollar-for-dollar replacement from the state of
Ohio, the district will have to turn to local taxpayers for more support
and at higher millage rates just to maintain current program levels," Zimmerman related.
. Hold harmless falls short - The state's "Hold Harmless" promise falls
way short of the "dollar for dollar" promise being made by the state.
Additionally, the hold harmless promise is calculated on a 2004 personal
tangible property value that gets "locked" at 2004 levels until 2017.
Therefore, no local growth can ever again be achieved.
"This is a serious issue in Marysville since our school district's
population is growing. To compound the issue, local personal tangible
property tax values were historically growing in Marysville. Therefore,
the hold harmless promises never achieve the dollar-for-dollar
replacement as many reports have indicated ... " Zimmerman reported.
The board also addressed Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) agreements. In
2004, the school district entered into a TIF with the city of Marysville
over the Coleman Crossing Development, located behind the Union County
Family YMCA. The school district also was to participate in other TIF
districts recently approved by the city.
 The House included language in its version of the State Budget Bill
which alters TIF agreements, Zimmerman said.

Richwood  council eyes more money for sewer improvements
From J-T staff reports:
Richwood could be in line to receive funding for sewer improvements,
according to information received at Monday night's council meeting.
Ed Bischoff of Bischoff, Miller and Associates, the engineering firm
that oversees village projects, said Union County could be in line to
get more than $80,000 in CHIP grant money. If the county receives the
money, the village could then apply for funding for projects to improve
the sanitary sewer inflow and infiltration problems.
Bischoff said the money could be used to replace covers and install
chimney seals on manholes. Bischoff said those efforts should help cut
down on the infiltration of groundwater into the system, which results
in the sewer handling excessive flows.
Bischoff said the village has spent $1.1 million in recent years in
attempts to cut down the infiltration into the system. While the problem
is not eliminated, it has been reduced.
Bischoff said the village has spent an estimated average of $10-15 per
foot of sewer line to remedy the problems. Replacing the village lines
would cost $50-90 per foot.
In other business, council:
.Heard third reading on the village's new subdivision regulations.
.Heard first reading on the village's code of conduct for council.
.Heard from a resident about an alley dispute in the area of Clinton and Pearl streets.
.Set the village cleanup day for May 21 from 8-5 p.m.
.Discussed the village hall clock not operating for the past few days.
.Decided to allow the village administrator to handle requests for
reseeding of the tree lawn after wind blown weed killer destroyed some of the grass.
.Voted 4-1 to allow a live fishing bait machine to be installed in the
Richwood Park. Council member Scott Jerew would be providing the machine
and did not vote on the issue. Council member Peg Wiley voted no on the
issue, feeling there was a conflict.

Mother, daughter team will discuss women's issues
This is an exciting time to be a female, according to author and lecturer Rebecca Radcliffe.
"Our daughters today can dream about being almost anything and that is
wonderful," she said from her suburban Minneapolis home. "(But) what
silences those dreams ... is the pressure of being in a perfect package."
Radcliffe said 20 years ago starlets obsessed about wearing a size 6.
Today's movie stars starve themselves so they can fit into size 0.
These extreme images are not realistic, and they are putting tremendous
pressure on young women today, she said.
Radcliffe and her 14-year-old daughter, Chloe, will discuss these
unrealistic expectations and other situations robbing women of their
dreams Saturday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church.
The breakfast buffet will be held in the Kennedy Room and is open to
mothers and daughters of all ages. Tickets are available through Tuesday
and may be purchased for $5 at Marysville Curves for Women, Plain City
Curves for Women, the Union County YMCA, Richwood Bank and the Memorial
Hospital of Union County gift shop.
Radcliffe, who holds degrees from St. Thomas College and the University
of Minnesota, is former vice president of The Renfrew Center, a facility
for eating disorders treatment and women's well being. She currently is
adjunct professor at St. Mary's University.
She said women need to start looking at public images critically. Are
the pictures appearing in magazine advertisements airbrushed? What
extreme lifestyles have these women adapted to keep that super-slim
profile? Are they purging? Are they anorexic?
Women used to be considered beautiful when they were curvaceous,
Radcliffe said. In many cultures, the ideal women still reflect that
more natural shape. Older women understand this, while their daughters may not.
"Women who are older are much better able to look at this craziness
philosophically," Radcliffe said.
Still, they are not immune. "Our world is very stressful, very challenging, very demanding and very
pressured," Radcliffe said. And older women are very concerned about relationships, including
children, husbands and boyfriends. So concerned, she added, they put
their own needs way down on the priority list.
"There is so much depression in the middle years of women and I think it
is because there are dreams unexpressed," Radcliffe said.
Also a consultant, Radcliffe lectures on women's issues, stress
management, personal growth, self-esteem, body image, emotional eating,
spirituality, eating disorders, simplicity, professional and personal
balance and violence prevention.
Chloe, who is described as "strong, creative and opinionated" in a
recent promotional pamphlet, also is a poised, self-assured
seventh-grader who is on her school's speech team and who is involved
with spring and summer drama programs.
"What she does really is to offer a younger voice," Radcliffe said.
Radcliffe has written five books, "Hot Flashes, Chocolate Sauce &
Rippled Thighs: Women's Wisdom, Wellness, Body-Acceptance & Joy;" "Dance
Naked in Your Living Room: Handling Stress & Finding Joy;" "Enlightened
Eating: Understanding & Changing Your Relationship With Food;" "Body
Prayers: Finding Body Peace - A Journey of Self-Acceptance;" and "About
to Burst: Handling Stress & Ending Violence."
All are available at Proceeds will benefit Memorial Hospital's Women's Health Center. The
community relations committee of the hospital's development council is
sponsoring the event. Additional information may be obtained by calling 578-2320.

Fairbanks continues to look at the future
By Karlyn Byers
Fairbanks School District held its second of three community meetings
Thursday night, as residents, administrators, teachers and staff
brainstormed about the district's future.
The third meeting will be held April 28 at 7 p.m. All meetings have been
scheduled in the high school gymnasium.
Superintendent Jim Craycraft opened Thursday's meeting. He told those
assembled he was not going to come up with solutions.
"You're going to come up with the solutions," he said.
 Craycraft discussed different funding options, including money
available through the state of Ohio facilities program. However, he
said, because Fairbanks is considered a high valuation district, state
funds would cover about 14 percent of the cost, leaving 86 percent to be
raised locally. That money would not be available until 2010 or later,
because Fairbanks places 522 on a list of 660 schools to receive assistance.
TMP Architecture, the Powell firm selected in February to handle the
district's design planning, is studying to see if the district can build
new facilities cheaper and sooner without using any state money. TMP was
selected from 26 applicants.
Other funding options include a bond (tax) issue, a combination property
tax and income tax and a community authority/residential TIF.
  There are provisions in the law which allow high growth areas - such
as the proposed Glacier Ridge subdivision which may have as many as
1,650 homes built over the next 11 years - to be taxed extra to pay for
construction of new buildings, Craycraft said. This is called a
"community authority," and is an option which is being researched.
Craycraft also reviewed land requirements. The Milford Center site, he
said, is not large enough at 11.23 acres to support a new elementary
school under new guidelines.
The present middle school/high school site has 60 acres, which means it
could handle the requirements of a kindergarten through 12th grade
building with an enrollment of 1,500 pupils or an elementary school and
a building for sixth- through 12-graders, as long as the enrollment
didn't exceed 1,500.  Kevin Harrison, TMP principal architect, and Gary Jelin, the firm's
vice president, took over the meeting and reviewed input from the April
7 meeting. TMP has worked in the Westerville and Olentangy school
districts, although most of its work is in the Toledo/Michigan area.
Those attending were each given 24 blue dots and one red dot. Harrison
said they were to place three blue dots in various categories displayed
around the school gym. Those categories included "Enhancing Our Image,"
"Opportunities for Elementary Pupils," "Opportunities for Middle School
Pupils," "Opportunities for High School Students," "Opportunities for
Staff," "Curriculum," "Outreach" and "Functional Enhancement."
The results, which initially indicated heavy interest in technology and
security, according to the number of dots being placed in those areas,
will be utilized in the next meeting's data.
As they were departing, those attending were asked to determine the
building options they liked best by placing their red dots beside four
different scenarios:  kindergarten through fourth grade and fifth
through 12th grade buildings; a kindergarten through 12th grade
building; K-8 and 9-12 buildings; and K-4, 5-8 and 9-12 buildings.
These results also will be revealed at the April 28 meeting, as will
images taken with the "point-and-shoot" cameras distributed at the first

Organizers gear up for Relay for Life
From J-T staff reports:
Union County's Relay for Life event is scheduled to begin at the
Marysville High School football field at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 20 and
will end at noon the next day.
Organizers are inviting individuals to participate in the Relay, which
involves teams walking laps around the track. The constant circling of
the track symbolizes that there is no finish line until a cure for
cancer is found. The overnight walk is meant to reflect a cancer
patient's journey through the disease, ending with a new sense of hope
as the sun rises in the morning.
Relay for Life began in 1985 in Tacoma, Wa., through the efforts and
visions of Dr. Gordon Klatt. It is the nationwide signature activity for
the American Cancer Society.
Organizers say it is not simply a fundraiser, but also a unique activity
that offers an opportunity for the community to "take up the fight" and
participate in the battle against cancer.
The 18-hour team event is called many things. It is a celebration, a
community festival, a family event, a team building exercise for
corporate and business teams, an opportunity to honor cancer survivors
and a chance to pay tribute to those who have lost their battle with
cancer. It is a volunteer-driven activity.
The first lap of the Relay honors cancer survivors and they become the
celebrities of the event. A special moment in each event is the evening
Luminaria Ceremony. Hundreds of Luminaria are placed around the track,
inscribed to remember loved ones who have lost their battle and to honor
those that are surviving.
For more information about the event, those interested may contact Judy
Michael at 642-8376. Additional information will appear in the coming

Nelson plans Lamborghini dealership
From J-T staff reports:
Nelson Auto Group recently announced plans to build a $3 million
Lamborghini showroom in Marysville.
The 24,000-square-foot building will be dedicated solely to the display
of Lamborghinis and other pre-owned, exotic cars such as Porsche,
Bentley, BMW, Mercedes and Rolls-Royce.
The limestone and granite facility will be located on land next to
Nelson Auto Group, near the intersection of U.S. 33 and Route 36.
Ruscilli Construction is the contractor for the project.
"The primary showroom will showcase seven Lamborghinis while the
secondary showroom will display 50 additional vehicles," Greg Nelson,
president of Lamborghini Ohio and Nelson Auto Group, said.
Nelson said sales ultimately led to the need for a new facility.
"Our Lamborghini sales tripled in 2004 from 2003," Nelson said. "This
new facility will allow for further expansion of business."
Nelson said there was never a thought given to locating the new
dealership somewhere else.
"We are proud to develop this facility in Marysville, Ohio," he said.
"The community has been wonderful to our business and the city
administration has been a pleasure to work with in the development."
Lamborghini Ohio hopes to open in the fall. It will be the first newly
built and largest Lamborghini dealerships in the United States. It is
the only one in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia,
Pennsylvania and Tennessee.

Final phase of road to begin
From J-T staff reports:
The final phase of roadway construction resulting from the Coleman's
Crossing development begins Monday. Work is expected to take five weeks.
The temporary driveway to access Charles Lane, located along Delaware
Avenue near the Route 33 on-ramp and traffic light, will reopen.
Traffic will be permitted to enter this access point using a right turn
only off eastbound Delaware Avenue. In addition, traffic exiting via
this access point will be right turn (eastbound) only.
The following facilities can be accessed through this temporary
driveway: YMCA, Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Children Inc. and MRDD.
These facilities will also remain accessible via the current easternmost
portion of Fifth Street and a portion of the new roadway within
Coleman's Crossing. No U-turns will be allowed on Delaware Avenue.
During the first two weeks of this final phase, the parking area behind
the YMCA/Orthopedics facility will be completed.
Upon completion of the rear YMCA parking area, traffic to Children's
Inc. and MRDD will be routed behind the YMCA/Orthopedics building while
the temporary Charles Lane extension (on the west side of the
YMCA/Orthopedics building and parallel to Coleman's Crossing Boulevard)
is permanently installed. This project will take approximately three additional weeks.

Habitat for Humanity community meeting planned
A community information meeting to learn about the next steps in
starting a Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Union County and how to be
personally involved, will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m.
 The meeting will be held in the Upper Room of the Marysville First
United Methodist Church, 207 S. Court St.
The purpose of Habitat for Humanity is to eliminate substandard housing
and homelessness worldwide and to make affordable shelter a matter of
conscious action. Habitat accomplishes its' work through local
affiliates, each of which is an independent non-profit corporation.
Habitat builds or rehabilitates homes with the help of future homeowners
that are then sold to partner families for no profit and financed
through affordable mortgages. Monthly payments are then used to support other builds.
Habitat offers a hand up not a hand out. More information about Habitat
For Humanity can be found at

Former police chief Richard Simpson dies
From J-T staff reports:
D. Richard Simpson, longtime Marysville police officer and former chief,
died Saturday morning at The Gables at Green Pastures after a lengthy
illness. He was 89. Simpson devoted 25 years of his life to the welfare of the Marysville
community as law enforcement officer and chief. He also devoted 25 years
to the Marysville Food Pantry, which he and his wife, Roberta, were
instrumental in establishing.
 Because of their efforts, the two were honored by Marysville City
Council with the first ever Quality of Life Award.
According to the Marysville Police Department, Simpson was hired in 1946
and stayed at the force until he was appointed police chief in 1961. He
stayed on as chief until 1971.
Simpson's involvement with the police department continued even after
retirement. He maintained firearms, cleaned and enjoyed the camaraderie
of fellow officers over a cup of coffee. He was a familiar face at the
Sixth Street facility. "Even though he retired in 1971, he was a constant figure inside the
office at the break room," assistant police chief Glenn Nicol said. "He
was still influencing officers up until the last few years. He shared
stories and gave them encouragement."
A World War II veteran, Simpson was a 1st Sgt. in the Ohio National
Guard Co. E, 166th Infantry Division. He participated in the D-Day
Normandy invasion. Among his military medals was a Purple Heart.

Trial to focus on sex offender registration
A trial coming up this month in Union County may bring new interest in
the state of registered sex offenders living in Union County.
On April 27 the Union County Court of Common Pleas will hold the trial
of State of Ohio vs. Richard F. Sommerfield. He was brought up on
charges of failure to register with the sheriff's office while allegedly
living in the county. To date a total of 23 registered sex offenders
reside in the area. Five of which are designated as sexual predators.
There are three different classifications of sex offenders: sexually
oriented offenders, habitual sex offenders and sexual predators.
According to the classification system, people ruled by the presiding
court judge as a sexual predators and habitual sex offenders, are the
most dangerous offenders.
According to the Union County Sheriff's Office it must also be pointed
out that all those listed as registered sexual offenders and predators
have served their time in prison and does not mean they are a threat.
When a sexual predator or a court ordered habitual sex offender moves
into Union County, he must register with the sheriff's office, as ruled
by House Bill 180 guidelines. The sheriff's office then is required to
give notification to public agencies within the school district where
the sexual predator has moved.
In accordance with House Bill 180, deputies provide the offenders name,
address, physical description, photograph, and the offense that the
person was convicted of.
According to sheriff's deputy Betsy Spain, by accessing the Union County
Sheriff's Department web site at the list of
registered sex offenders can be read. The link to "Sexual Offender
Registration" allows anyone to search for offenders or register to
receive e-mail notifications when an offender moves within one mile of a residence.
Union County residents registered as Sexual predators include:
. Tracy L. Bays, 38, of 18302 Route 739, Richwood.
. John E. Bell, 59, of 27389 Kinney Pike, Richwood
. Jon Leslie Dennis, 44, of 11480 Route 36, lot 46
. Walter Theodore Johnson, Jr., 56, of 22976 Raymond Road, Raymond
. Kevin Dean Lacey, 48, of 302284 Woods Road, Richwood
The following people are registered Sexually Oriented Offenders:
. Adam Michael Adkins, 30, of 15330 Hagenderfer Road, Plain City.
. Jack Eugene Barnett, 38, of 21821 Lingrell Road, West Mansfield.
. Donald Ray Bays, Jr., 23, of 600 W. Third St.
. Christopher Glenn Cook, 27, of 22520 Hoover Bault Road, Raymond.
. Carl Albert Cummins, 50, of 17299 Route 47, Richwood.
. Charles Delano Felder, 51, of 500 W. Fifth St., apt. 2
. Jason Scott Flannery, 25, of 45 Butternut Drive
. Gary Emil Gedrose, 50, of 907 Watkins Glen Blvd.
. Brandon Richard Grace, 24, of 725 Kenny Lane
. James A Jarvis, 27, of 63 W. Ninth St.
. Joseph Lee Jones, 23, of 575 Milford Ave.
. Jeremy John Kilgore, 30, of 222 Bridgewater Drive
. Michael Thomas Kovalski, 36, of 519 Buckeye St.
. Oral Dennis Slaven, 48, of 110 Buerger St.
. Jeffrey Wayne Thompson, 46, of 147 Noteman Road, Plain City
. William D. Vanhoose, 37, of 21774 Main St., Raymond
. Jeffery Steven Wrght, 24, of 316 W. Fifth St.

Rezoning off Weaver Road approved
An issue that once brought opposing residents out in full force has
since turned into a small gathering of support.
During Thursday night's Marysville City Council meeting, members read an
ordinance rezoning approximately 18.20 acres located on Weaver Road from
U-1 Township zoning to Suburban Residential. The issue was passed and
the rezoning was granted.
The previous ordinance on that land suggested changing the township
zoning to R-2 zoning. It brought out many landowners near the property
who said it was a bad idea and that any development in the area could
make drainage problems worse. They also stated that the zoning would
allow home density to become too high.
"Isn't this the same tract of land that we had before that all the
residents were against?" asked councilman Nevin Taylor.
Council president John Gore agreed that previously there were a large
number of people interested in the matter and that now it seemed there
were only a few supporters.
Greenwood Colony resident Rowland Seymour and Russ Jones, both parks and
recreation commission members, spoke up in approval.
"We're hear tonight to urge this zoning change. We feel that any
development that occurs in this area will certainly enhance any draining
problems that we have in the south part of Greenwood Colony and also add
to the assets of any surrounding territory," Seymour said.
He said the rezoning would create an opportunity for developers to
install the right kind of drainage. It could relieve the flooding in
that area and give residents access to the south part, which he said
they have not had access to since 1997 when it was accepted as a park.
"It's now under water every time it rains," he said. "And we do need drainage out there."
Seymour said the parks and recreation commission has already voted to support the change.
Taylor asked if they have the promise from developers that drainage solutions will be made.
Planning commission chairman John Cunningham and member Alan Seymour
said they don't know if the land will be developed or not.
Alan Seymour explained that the rezoning simply opens up the opportunity
for positive draining solutions in the future. By using engineering
during construction, water flows can be controlled better, as opposed to
the free flow of water that is currently occurring.
He said that in an effort to understand the citizens, council members
and landowners' viewpoints, the planning commission approached a
compromise by switching the rezoning to Suburban Residential (SR).
This particular zoning allows fewer homes (two) per acre than R2. This
would a avoid the potential construction of an apartment complex.
Cunningham said he has discussed the zoning change with landowners and
feels it is a "win-win" situation.
Gore said some residents had previously attended planning commission
meetings outside of council to discuss and deal with the issue.
Councilman John Marshall said that it appeared all the issues people had
problems with, including over-development, density and having an island
of township zoning inside city zoning, have all been dealt with.
In other business:
. Council held the second reading to rezone 41.376 acres, at 1475 W.
Fifth St. from Agricultural Residential (A-R) to Traffic Oriented Commercial (TOC).
. The first reading was held on an ordinance to accept the annexation of
4.1020 acres in Paris Township to Marysville.
. City law director Tim Aslaner voiced his congratulations the
Marysville High School Mock Trial Team, which won the state tournament.
He said it is quite and honor for the city.
. The Planning Commission announced it has approved the Movie Gallery
video rental business design, which will go in on Eighth Street near the
Masonic Temple. The members are happy with the building's contribution
to the city, it was reported.
. Marshall reported that the Charter Review Board needs one more member,
which must be a resident from the Ward One/ Mill Valley and Quail Hollow
Drive areas. Interested people can contact their council representative,
Marshall, through the city web site at

Rape, vehicular homicide charges filed
From J-T staff reports:
A recent indictment of a 14-year-old Marysville male has opened up a
whole new area of law for the Union County Juvenile Court system.
Union County Prosecuting Attorney Dave Phillips reported Wednesday
afternoon that the grand jury returned an indictment against a
14-year-old male implicated in the rape of a 4-year-old girl.
The teen was indicted on two first-degree felony rape counts, one
third-degree felony count of gross sexual imposition and one
third-degree felony count of tampering with evidence.
Smith will be arraigned on the charges Monday at 3:30 p.m. in the
juvenile court. His preliminary hearing took place on April 1.
Juvenile court administrator Erik Roush said the trial will take place
sometime in the next several months. Although it is tentatively
scheduled for mid-May, no firm date has been set at this time.
The Union County Sheriff's Office first reported the case when deputies
responded to the 11000 block of U.S. 36.  on March 22 at 9:27 p.m.
Lt. Jamie Patton reported the incident occurred at the teen's home and
the alleged victim is a friend of the family's.
"This indictment charges the youth as a Serious Youthful Offender,
allowing us to seek juvenile and adult penalties for the alleged rape," Phillips said.
The case would be heard by Union County Juvenile Judge Charlotte Coleman Eufinger.
What is so different about this indictment, Phillips said, is how rare
it is for counties to deal with Serious Youthful Offenders.
"To my knowledge, this is the first such case charged in Union County,"
Phillips said. "It was our belief that this type of allegation merited this procedure."
Roush said the SYO stipulation essentially opens the options for dealing
with the crime. The juvenile court mainly handles delinquent cases by
working with the youth and offering a wide array of counseling,
community service or detention options. Some of those options are as
lenient as taking away a delinquent's driver's license, to as strict as
a lengthy stay in the Central Ohio Youth Center on Route 4.
In the Common Pleas court system, however, criminals are open to a short
list of options, namely prison time or community service.
Because of the seriousness of the crime and the defendant's age, the
teen was open to receive the "blended sentencing" often associated with
SYO cases. It simply means Eufinger will be open to both juvenile and
adult sentencing options.
Roush said when a juvenile is sentenced in these cases, he or she will
receive a juvenile sentence to serve out, along with an adult sentence.
The juvenile court system can only incarcerate a delinquent until the
age of 21. After that the case is referred to the adult court and the
court decides if the person has adequately reformed and the sentence is
dropped. If they haven't reformed, the court can rule to keep the person
in prison to serve their adult term. "That almost never happens," Roush said.
Typically, he said, the adult sentences are stayed.
An indictment was also returned against the driver of a vehicle that
crashed into the rear end of a semi truck March 23 at 8:46 p.m. on U.S. 36.
Police reported the crash was allegedly alcohol-related and neither
passenger was wearing seat belts.
The grand jury has indicted Kyle Anderson Burton, 22, of Russells Point
on one second-degree felony and one third-degree felony count of
aggravated vehicular homicide.
Marysville Assistant Police Chief Glenn Nicol reported that Burton's
blood alcohol level was documented at .196.
Because of this laboratory discovery, the grand jury charges claim that
Burton's intoxicated state while operating the vehicle, caused the death
of passenger Michael A. Harbour, 36, of Lakeview.
Additional information will be reported at a later time.

Darby rezoning issue now in hands of trustees
The quest to re-create zoning in Darby Township shifted to the
three-member board of trustees Thursday night.
The five-member Darby Township Zoning Board unanimously passed a
recommendation to the trustees to approve a new zoning map and amended
text. The trustees must hold a public hearing to consider the
recommendation prior to voting. A date has not been set for the public hearing.
Darby is the first township in Union County to take steps to abandon the
undeveloped or U1 zoning category that has been used for agricultural
property since zoning was established in the township. U1 would be
replaced by two zoning categories, farm residential (FR) and
agricultural (A1).
The key difference between FR and A1 is development standards. FR
closely mirrors the current U1 standard.
After a public hearing Thursday, the zoning board tweaked the FR
definition to become more density focused. The final recommendation is
that FR parcels may be subdivided into minimum lots of two acres with
one house for every five acres in the parcel. Thus, the owner of a
100-acre parcel could sell 20 lots if other standards are met.
A1 allows one residence for every 20 acres in a parcel. A1 lots can
range from two to five acres. Thus, the owner of a 100-acre farm could
sell five lots or a total of 25 acres.
A previous action by the board troubled representatives of two
developments in the planning stages.
At an earlier meeting, the board voted to eliminate a provision in the
FR definition that had allowed one dwelling unit per three acres if
developed on a common access drive or one dwelling unit per two acres if
developed as part of a subdivision.
The board said that the change will allow more input from residents in
the planning of future developments. Two large developments in the
process of being approved have utilized the common access drive and
subdivision rules. Zoning officials voiced concern that both ignored
township officials when developing their plans.
David Gruenbaum, chairman of the zoning board, said the FR changes were
made to encourage subdivisions to come before the township to create a
planned district. He added that he was disappointed that developments
went in without citizen input.
One resident spoke in favor more local control. Another resident said he
didn't appreciate outside interests being involved in township planning.
One development called Autumn Ridge, located along Route 736 near
Robinson Road, reportedly received final approval on Feb. 10. Another
development called Pleasantview, to be located on land near Robinson and
Hawn roads,  reportedly received preliminary approval on Thursday.
Neither the Union County Engineer or Recorder have documents on either
subdivision. Pleasantview reportedly will have 72 lots. Autumn Ridge
reportedly has been subdivided into 75 lots.
This week's action is the second time the zoning board submitted a
recommendation to overhaul the zoning map and code. In August, the Darby
Township Board of Trustees unanimously voted against a revised zoning
resolution and map that would have created the most restrictive
standards in the county. Since then, the zoning board went to land
owners and sought their input.
Union County Engineer said he was personally concerned with the board's
previous decision that would have mandated five acre lots in the FR
districts. He called it a very negative land use approach. A letter from
the Logan Union Champaign Planning Commission commended the board for
their forward thinking in creating A1 districts, but said the FR
definition needed tweaking. On the other hand, one resident spoke in
favor of large lot requirements, saying he didn't have a problem with 20
percent of the people living on 70 percent of the land.
Approximately 30 people were present at the Thursday zoning meeting.

West Central to have women's facility
State budget crunch will not allow it to open immediately
Despite a daunting political environment filled with state budget cuts,
the West Central Community Correctional Facility has announced the
groundbreaking of its new female facility will occur next month.
Executive Director David Ervin said the new wing is expected to almost
double the size of the existing 90 bed facility and will cost $2.754 million.
It is expected to be completed by May 2006, Operations Manager Troy E. Dickason said.
Both administrators reported that the only problem is, once it's
constructed, it may sit empty for up to a year or longer.
Ervin said the decision to construct the new facility was based largely
on the limits of time and money. The state had already set aside
construction funds in the 2005 budget to build the female wing, then
state budget cuts reared up.
If they didn't build the wing now, inflation would eat away at all the
money appropriated for the project.
"The judges encouraged us to get it built as soon as we could, realizing
their would not be operating funds," Ervin said.
Between the fiscal year 2006 to 2007, he said the governor's budget does
not included funding for the new wing in its budget, let alone for
expansions at any other correctional facilities.
"I have heard of around five other facilities who already have units
sitting there empty," Ervin said.
While the construction will lead to a dilemma for West Central, he
remains optimistic about the future. Even though funds are not
available, "it doesn't take into account political maneuvering."
From the next year, Ervin said he will be making a lot of calls to
politicians in order to get the funding needed for the female facility.
But he understands that the state is in a budget crunch and they are
doing all they can to balance and support a lot of state entities. For
the next year, he will make calls and look into various funding options.
"We want to open it as soon as we can and we're going to do all we can
to do it," Ervin said. "It's very important to the judges . There is
clearly a need throughout the state."
As cities around Ohio grow in population, so does crime and the need for
prisons. The great thing about facilities such as West Central, Ervin
said, is that they take non-violent inmates out of the prison system,
leaving it open for more dangerous criminals. The maximum stay is six
months for inmates at West Central.
Ervin said he is lucky the West Central was not hit very hard in the
budget cuts. As it stands, the operation has not been impacted at all -
other than the lack of funding for the new wing. Part of the reason is
because facilities based on corrections are great selling points for the
state. They are less expensive to run and work well at keeping former criminals out of jail.
Another factor, Ervin said, is that West Central opened in October 1999
and is still rather new. Because of this, employee pay scales have not
reached their peaks. For many jails 80 percent of the budget goes to personnel.
Ervin said the most important selling point for state funding is that
West Central inmates are used extensively for community service around
the county. The inmates have received a reputation for being well
behaved hard workers. This is something he is proud of.
The new female wing will be able to provide 50 new beds, although for
now it will only be set up for 36.
By state law Ervin is not allowed to rent out the space to other jails,
or even use the new beds in case the male wing suddenly has too many
inmates. It is only for female corrections programs.
The wing will be attached to the current building via one long corridor.
At the end will be a receiving area, with several security doors leading
into different branches of the building. One branch for health and
educational programs, one for sleeping and one for recreation.
The facility is not expected to go fully co-ed any time soon, Ervin
said. Inmates may share the same dining rooms (not at the same time),
but the only occasions male and females will interact may be during
guest speaker visits. Any interaction, of course, will have to be earned
by the inmates, who receive more freedoms as they work their way through
rehabilitation programs. Ervin said when the new wing is operational he will need to hire 15 to
20 additional staff members, including monitors and counselors. He also
understands the budget for the facility will be a lean one because the
state is dealing with a budget crunch. Other attributes of the new wing will include a larger medical facility
for the entire operation, and an expanded kitchen.

Scope of drug cases revealed
Indictments handed down in recent countywide roundup
The Union County Grand Jury returned indictments on dozens of people
arrested in last week's county drug sweep.
On the day of the drug sweep, April 6, law enforcement initially charged
the 36 suspects in one or two crimes, stating that more charges were pending.
Prosecuting attorney David Phillips announced Wednesday that the jury
returned 211 felony counts against 42 individual defendants. He said the
bulk of the counts relate to operation C.L.E.A.N., the undercover
operation jointly conducted by the Union County Sheriff's Office and the
Marysville Police Department.
The prosecutor's office also assisted with the operation.
Phillips and grand jury foreman Jack Frost presented the indictments
before Common Pleas Judge Richard Parrott Wednesday morning.  The cases
were heard by the jury over the course of two days last week.
Phillips said additional charges may be forthcoming.
"As a result of the arrests and execution of search warrants, we are
considering additional charges against several of the defendants," he said.
The evidence against those individuals will be presented before the
grand jury as soon as evidence has been examined by the crime
laboratory. The names of defendants facing additional charges have not been released.
"Union County Sheriff Rocky Nelson and Marysville Police Chief Floyd
Golden deserve a tremendous amount of credit." Phillips said. "The
organization of 70 law enforcement officers and emergency personnel into
tactical, arrest and search teams for this operation was well thought
out and well executed. It resulted in the arrest of 32 of 39 targets in
a single day and the execution of several search warrants. This
operation couldn't have gone any better. Union County should be proud of
their safety forces."
The January term of the Union County Common Pleas Court grand jury
returned the following felony indictments against:
. Ronald L. Donahue aka "Speedracer," 60, 12505 Taylor Road - Possession
of cocaine, three fourth degree felony counts, one fifth degree count;
trafficking in cocaine, one third degree count, three fourth degree
counts, one fifth degree counts; complicity to trafficking in cocaine,
three third degree counts; engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity,
one first degree count.
. Donald I. Adams Jr. also known as D.J. Adams, 34, 284 Fairview Ave. -
trafficking in cocaine, two counts of a third degree and one count of a
fifth degree; possession of cocaine, two fourth and one fifth degree;
engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, one first degree.
. Stephen R. Boerger, 52, 22770 Darby Pottersburg Road - trafficking in
cocaine, one third, two fourth, one fifth; possession of cocaine, three
fourth, one fifth; possession criminal tools, three fifth; trafficking
in crack cocaine, one second; possession of crack cocaine, one second;
trafficking in marijuana, one fifth;  engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, one first.
. David J. Bergman, 37, 18580 White Stone Road - possession of cocaine,
two fifth, two fourth; trafficking in cocaine, two fifth, two third;
trafficking in marijuana, three fourth; trafficking in drugs, one third,
one fourth; aggravated possession of drugs, one third; trafficking in
crack cocaine, one second; possession of crack cocaine, one third;
illegal manufacture of drugs, one second; engaging in a pattern of
corrupt activity, one first.
. Russell G. Bright Jr., 20, 735 N. Maple St. - trafficking in marijuana, two fourth.
. Brian Edward Caine, 34, 509 E. Fourth St., Unionville Center -
tampering with evidence, one third; illegal cultivation of marijuana,
one third; trafficking in cocaine, one third; possession of cocaine, one fourth.
. Anthony James Cook also known as Tony Cook, 37, 11480 U.S. 36 Lot 50 -
possession of cocaine, one fourth, two fifth; trafficking in cocaine,
one third, one fifth; possessing criminal tools, one fifth; engaging in
a pattern of corrupt activity, one second.
. Julianna M. Cremeans, 22, 735 N. Maple St. - possession of cocaine,
one fourth; trafficking in cocaine, one third.
. Jonathan P. Curtis, 23, 568 Meadows Drive - aggravated possession of
drugs, two fifth; aggravated trafficking in drugs, one third, one fourth.
. Randy G. Dart, 31, 537 Bowtown Road, Delaware - possession of crack
cocaine, three fifth; trafficking in crack cocaine, three fifth;
engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, one second.
. John W. Engle, 46, 22260 Route 739, Raymond - trafficking in
counterfeit controlled substances, one fifth; trafficking in cocaine, one fourth.
.Christopher S. Flewwellin also known as Chris Flewwellin, 20, 243
Caddie Drive - trafficking in cocaine, one fourth.
. Anthony Wayne Flewwellin also known as Tony Flewwellin, 20, 243 Caddie
Drive -  trafficking in marijuana, one fourth.
. Erick L. Griffith, 35, 590 Allenby Drive - possession of cocaine, one
fifth; trafficking in cocaine, one fifth; possession of crack cocaine, one fifth.
. Charles Edward Hill II, 28, 235 Cypress Drive - trafficking in marijuana, one fourth.
. Randy D. Hill, 26, 332 W. 7th St. - trafficking in marijuana, one
fifth; possession of cocaine, two fourth; trafficking in cocaine, one
fourth, one third; engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, one first.
. Kenneth R. Huff also known as "Spoodge," 21, 219 Shepper Ave., Plain
City - aggravated trafficking in drugs, three fourth; trafficking in
counterfeit controlled substances, one fifth; aggravated possession of drugs, one fifth.
. Jeremy M. Isaacs, 22, 735 N. Maple St. - permitting drug abuse, two
fifth; trafficking in marijuana, two fourth; complicity to trafficking in marijuana, two fourth.
. Christopher L. Kelsey, 27, 656 Kenny Lane - aggravated possession of
drugs, two fifth; aggravated trafficking in drugs, one third, one fourth.
. Russell D. Levally also known as Rusty Levally, 46, 130 S. Franklin
St., Richwood - trafficking in crack cocaine, one second; theft, one fifth.
. Emiliano Mendiola Jr., 54, 271 Tulip Drive - trafficking in cocaine,
one fourth, one third; engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, one first.
. Emilio M. Mendiola, 32, 271 Tulip Drive - possession of cocaine, two
fifth, one fourth; trafficking in cocaine, two fourth, one third;
engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, one first.
. Justin Cory Mentzer, 23, Vance Street, West Mansfield - trafficking in
marijuana, one fourth, one fifth.
. Liza A. Miller, 24, 701 Mill St., Lot 75, North Lewisburg -
trafficking in cocaine, one fourth.
. Michael L. Miller Jr. also known as Mike Miller, 29, 701 Mill St., Lot
75, North Lewisburg - possession of cocaine, one fifth, one fourth;
trafficking in cocaine, one fifth, one fourth; possessing criminal
tools, one fifth; engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, one second.
 . Shea M. Miller, 25, 658 Meadows Drive - permitting drug abuse, one fifth.
. Melissa A. Mazon also known as Melissa A. Massey, 30, 18580 White
Stone Road - permitting drug abuse, one fifth.
. Erick A. Nelson, 21, 658 Meadows Drive - trafficking cocaine, one
fifth, one fourth, one third; possession of cocaine, two fifth, one
fourth; possessing criminal tools, one fifth; engaging in a pattern of
corrupt activity, one first.
. Jeannine A. Phillips, 52, 590 Allenby Drive - possession of crack
cocaine, one fourth, two fifth; trafficking in crack cocaine, one
fourth, two fifth; possession of cocaine, one fifth; trafficking in
cocaine, one fifth, one fourth; trafficking in counterfeit controlled
substances, one fifth; engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, one second.
. Jesse Adam Rosales, 24, 984 Coventry Place - trafficking in cocaine,
one third; possession of cocaine, one fourth; possessing criminal tools,
three fifth; escape, one third; obstructing official business, one
fifth; burglary, one second; kidnapping, two second; abduction, one third.
. William F. Sable also known as Bill Sable, 34, 460 Windmill Drive Apt.
49 - trafficking in marijuana, one fifth; trafficking in cocaine, one
fifth, one third; possession of crack cocaine, one fourth; trafficking
in crack cocaine, one fourth; engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, one first.
. Christopher M. Smith also known as "Smitty" and Chris Smith, 30, 925
W. Fifth St., Apt. 16 - possession of cocaine, one fifth; trafficking in
cocaine, one fourth; trafficking in marijuana, two fourth.
. Randy Wayne Smith Jr. also known as Randy Smith, 27, 822 Herlock
Drive, Hilliard -  complicity to trafficking in cocaine, one fourth, one
third; possession of cocaine, two fourth; engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, one first.
. Teresa L. Smith, 35, 11844 Route 736 - possession of cocaine, one
fourth; tampering with evidence, one third.
. Duane A. Stewart also known as Banjo, 37, 276 Freedom Lane, Delaware -
trafficking cocaine, two fourth; possession of cocaine, two fourth;
trafficking in counterfeit controlled substances, one fifth; possessing
criminal tools, one fifth; engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, one second.
. Kevin L. Thomas, 27, 10443 Township Road 258, North Lewisburg -
complicity to trafficking in cocaine, one fifth.
. Michael L. Vermillion also known as Mike Vermillion, 47, 13871
Hillview Road - trafficking in marijuana, one fifth; possession of crack
cocaine, one fourth, one fifth; trafficking in crack cocaine, one
fourth, one fifth; engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, one second.
. Terry J. Viles, 34, 7006 Rings Road, Dublin - possession of crack
cocaine, two fourth; trafficking in crack cocaine, one third, one
fourth; engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, one first.
. Christopher M. Wagner also known as "Popeye," 54, 646 Meadows Drive -
possession of cocaine, one third; trafficking in cocaine, one third.
. Roger Dale Waller, 36, 520 Buckeye St. Apt. A - trafficking in marijuana, one fifth.

Health dept. seeking disaster preparedness volunteers
Local health officials are seeking Union County residents who are
interested in being disaster volunteers.
In an effort to safeguard the health of the area, the Union County
Health Department is seeking anyone willing to be a volunteer in the
event of a small pox attack. The federal government considers small pox
a potential bioterrorism weapon. To be prepared for this threat,
volunteers will be trained in what to do in a small pox attack and, if
ever needed, will mobilized to assist specific areas of need. In order
to be a volunteer the individual must have received the small pox
vaccine in the past three years and be willing to assist health
officials when needed.
"Preparedness is the key to protecting our health," Allison Pappas,
emergency preparedness coordinator at the Union County health
Department, said. "Training volunteers now will increase our success in a time of crisis."
Anyone interested in volunteering for the small pox response team or
seeking more information may contact the Union County Health Department
at 645-2035. Volunteers must provide the date, location and provider of
the vaccination at the time of the call.

Plans set for peace officer memorial ceremony
From J-T staff reports:
The community will come together May 19 to honor and remember peace
officers who have given their lives in the line of duty.
A memorial statue will be unveiled in tribute not only to those who have
given their lives, but also to officers who give themselves each day
protecting county residents. At 6:30 p.m. a dedication and unveiling
ceremony of the Union County Law Enforcement Memorial will be held.
This event, titled "In the Line of Duty," is a culmination of the
efforts of county law enforcement agencies and generous contributors who
have raised funds for the monument. Participating law enforcement
agencies are Union County Sheriff's Office, Marysville Division of
Police, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Plain City Police Department and
Richwood Police Department.
This unveiling of the memorial will be during National Peace Officers'
Memorial Week. The statue is a life-sized, three dimensional, hand cast bronze
sculpture depicting a mournful law officer. This statue will be placed
at the front entrance of the Union County Justice Center, at the
entrance to the Sheriff's Office at West Fifth Street in Marysville.
The service of two officers killed in the line of duty, sergeant Roger
Beekman and sheriff Harry Wolfe, will be remembered.
Beekman will killed in the line of duty Sept. 19, 1979 while responding
to an alarm. While enroute to the call, a semi truck collided with
Beekman's cruiser. He later succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.
Wolfe was killed while investigating a burglar alarm on Jan. 21, 1982.
The alarm was at a home about three miles north of Plain City. Another
Union County Deputy responded and when he arrived at the scene, found
Wolfe's body lying beside the right front wheel of the sheriff's car.
The families of Beekman and Wolfe will attend and be honored by unveiling the memorial.
Keynote speaker for the dedication will be State of Ohio Auditor Betty
Montgomery. Her entire career has been focused on public service. As a
former county prosecutor and Ohio attorney general, she has prosecuted
criminals, advocated on behalf of victims, protected taxpayers and
reshaped Ohio law. She continues to provide professional services to
local government agencies as Ohio's 30th Auditor of State.
The public is invited to attend the dedication.
Contributions may be made to the project with the purchase of paving
stones to be placed around the memorial. Tax deductible donations for
these pavers may be made through Nancy Benedetti, Union County Sheriff's
Office 221 W. Fifth St.

Developers may be asked to share costs
Marysville BPA eyes setting fees   to offset services, infrastructure
Street repairs, wastewater plans and environmental issues all received
an update at Tuesday night's Marysville Board of Public Affairs meeting.
The group's agenda included the impact of new development on current
streets, the local limits for the wastewater pre-treatment program and
the entire wastewater code, the status of stream models for the future
wastewater plant and road changes expected at the Route 4/ Collins Avenue intersection.
Councilman Dan Fogt brought up an issue he has long expressed concern
about, regarding the impact of new development on current city
conditions. Infrastructure will need to be addressed as new buildings go
up in Coleman's Crossing and other areas.
"Developers should help with part of that expense," Fogt said.
Subcommittees in Columbus are recommending new fees and taxes for
development in the northeast end of the city, including a fee per home
to pay for roads, parks, police and fire stations and others. A property
tax was also recommended to pay for city services and capital improvements.
"It would be wise for the city of Marysville to look into this," Fogt
said. "Just come to an agreement with developers. I don't know how that
is done but they've done it in the city of Columbus."
As new development comes in, he said, it will put more of a weight on
current residents to pay for infrastructure and he is concerned about residents.
Public Affairs member and councilman Mark Reams said that developers
already do things like impact studies, which predict the effect on
roads. They often pay to have lanes widened or signals installed.
Fogt said that new development will affect the traffic areas near Fifth
and Chestnut streets. A traffic light will be needed should all of the
expected 580 homes are built in that region.
Members agreed the development would have an impact on the East Elementary School.
"It's not very good street (Chestnut) right now as it is," Reams said.
He suggested a plan of separating the city into specific zones that
would generate money from fees to fix its own area. On the borders of
these zones will be major roadways, so that the cost to fix these roads
could be shared. If it works it can also be used to provide funding for
the police and fire departments.
Members agreed it was an idea worth exploring. The topic of street repairs was also updated.
City engineer Phil Roush said that the Ohio Department of Transportation
would be doing work at the long dangerous Route 4/ Collins Avenue intersection.
"It's definitely happening," Roush said. "They should start (on the work) fairly shortly."
He said ODOT is planning on adding a southbound right hand turn lane on
Route 4, along with a traffic signal. They may also repave the approach
to Route 4 from Collins Avenue.
After the second traffic accident in that area last summer, Reams and
other city administrators began pushing the state to fix the roadways.
The push has since paid dividends.
Roush said work on other city streets will begin next week in areas such
as Fifth Street. After May 3, work on 16 other streets will begin.
"We've made a lot of progress this year," councilman Ed Pleasant said.
In other discussions, public service director Tracie Davies said she
would be bringing legislation before city council sometime during the
next two meetings that pertains to local limits on wastewater allowed to
be released into streams from the future plant.
A "stream model" describes pollutants allowed to be release into Mill
Creek, based on the size of the wastewater plant. In this case they have
applied for a 12 million gallon per day waste treatment system. A plant
that size can legally release a certain amount of pollutants, balanced
with the volume of water flow.
Davies said the city submitted new limits to the Ohio EPA in December of
2003 based on the projection at the future wastewater plant. The group
has now come back with new permits that will require changes in the city
wastewater codes. Davies plans to look at the entire code and make any changes needed.
Some revisions may include grease trap inspections for businesses, or
raising inspection fees to equal raises in other city services. Roush said it may also mean
more code inspections during the year for local businesses.

4-H lost a pioneer in Hildreth - Was longest tenured advisor in the state
Union County lost a legacy Sunday when Miriam Hildreth died.
While she never had any children of her own, Hildreth literally played a
part in the lives of thousands of youths for 70 years as the longest
tenured 4-H advisor in the state.
"What was outstanding about her was that she was so active for so long,"
said Christy Leeds, Union County Extension Educator, 4-H and Youth
Development and Extension Director. "She was just amazing, remembering
incredible details about activities 60 years ago."
Hildreth was also the first individual to help establish the Union
County 4-H Endowment Fund in 1994. She continued to support the
endowment fund every year since by donating proceeds from her gift shop
The Granery.
Leeds said Hildreth was unique in her support of the 4-H program because
she didn't have the tie of her own children in the program.
"She just believed in 4-H so much and enjoyed working with kids," Leeds
said today. Even with her death, Hildreth continues to support the local 4-H
program. Memorial contributions may be made to the 4-H endowment fund or
the Union County Humane Society.
Hildreth was personally involved in 4-H in the Gingham Gals and Lucky
Leesburg clubs.
"We had a lot of fun," she said in a 24-minute video created three years
ago to celebrate the 100th anniversary of 4-H. "4-H is a family thing,
something for everyone."
In the video, Hildreth said she initially became an assistant leader
with her mother and after she was married became the leader of the Paris
Style Improvers, a clothing club for girls. She was 18 years old when
she went to the first meeting as a leader at the Marysville Presbyterian
Church and found 62 girls ranging in age from nine through 18 years.
She remembered it as "a wonderful meeting," and recalled telling the
girls "there's a time for work and a time for play."
She was especially proud of her club's 100-percent project completion
rate for many years. She recalls an incident when a girl spilled Clorox
on her dress just before judging and was in tears that she might be the
one to spoil the club's perfect record. The girl did make another dress
before judging and the club's record remained intact.
"I don't think I had the right to allow a girl not to finish what she
started," Hildreth said.
In the video, she said she had three priorities in life - God, family
and community. When asked what she would like people to remember when
she was gone, she said she wanted people to "help everybody you can...
save souls ... do the best you can... don't waste time, you don't get it back."
Hildreth was also an ardent supporter of her church and animals.
In the video, she said she had established an endowment for her church
in Pharisburg and was concerned that 150-year-old farm she owned would
stay in the community.
She and her husband also owned Hildreth's Jewelry Store for 55 years on
north Main Street in Marysville. Her other interests included music and
poetry. A complete obituary for Mrs. Hildreth appears today on page two.

Vandals arrested
From J-T staff reports:
Marysville police have arrested two juveniles who were allegedly
associated with spray painting homes and vehicles around the city over the weekend.
Charges are pending against a 12-year-old male who lives in the 800
block of West Fourth Street and a 13-year-old male who lives in the 700
block of West Fourth Street.
Both juveniles allegedly spray painted homes, windows, cars, a bicycle
and egged and toilet papered property as well. A number of incidents
reportedly involved profanity and racially offensive symbols.
The initial investigation turned up one of the juveniles as a possible
suspect as the result of speaking with possible witnesses.
One of the names police learned as a potential suspect ended up leading
in the right direction. According to one of the victims, a phrase
written by spray paint reminded them of something one of the suspects had said before.
During questioning, one of the juveniles confessed to the crime and said
the other suspect did most of the damage. The other suspect claimed the reverse.
While formal charges are under review by the county prosecutor, the two
males are expected to each be charged with one felony count of vandalism
and five different counts of criminal damaging.
If the juveniles are found guilty, their parents or guardians will -
under state law - be required to pay for damages, which are expected to
be in the thousands of dollars.
More incidents of criminal damaging involving spray paint have turned up
today, after residents discovered the damage on Monday.
In the 100 block of Mulberry Street a resident reported a fence was
spray painted. An employee of the city also reported that a stop sign,
in the 500 block of Parkway Drive, at the exit of the pool area near Legion Park was spray painted.

Warm weather brings out vandals
From J-T staff reports:
As local police officers know too well, as soon as the sun comes out, so
do the petty criminals. Juvenile vandalism was reportedly rampant over the weekend.
One result of such warm weather pranks, the city of Marysville reported
some changes may be apparent at city parks.
Marysville Parks and Recreation Department representatives sent out a
release apologizing for the lack of portable toilets in Lewis,
Schwartzkopf, Mill Creek and Mill Valley South parks.
Porta Kleen, the company which provides bathrooms for the parks, has
decided not to place toilets in parks any more due to vandalism. The
most recent act of someone throwing a unit into Mill Creek was
considered to be the "straw that broke the camel's back," said Steve
Conley, parks and recreation superintendent, in a press release.
"I understand completely how frustrated the company is in regard to the
vandalism," Conley said. "The parks department is just as frustrated. We
also suffer vandalism in the public bathrooms and that is very costly.
We can only install the stall door so many times before they are not replaced."
Conley said that the city will now be going through a Columbus portable
bathroom company to have units in city parks as soon as they can. He
noted that if the vandalism continues the company may also refuse to
offer the service. At that point there could be no more portable bathrooms in parks.
The police department also received a few phone calls from angry
residents concerning vandalism of homes and vehicles over the weekend.
In several incidents that are possibly related, juveniles went on a spray painting spree.
Sunday between midnight and 1:30 p.m. numerous homes were hit. In the
100 block of Grand Avenue offensive symbols and profanity were spray
painted on a vehicle parked in the driveway. In the 100 block of
Mulberry Street the front of a house was sprayed with mauve and teal
paint in numerous profane words.
In the 100 block of Grove Street, the family's Porsche had swastikas
painted on it and it was wrapped in plastic wrap. A bicycle and a large
percentage of the home also were covered in similar paint. The home was
also egged. Police reported road closing saw horses, with blinking lights, were put
on the front lawn, along with orange traffic cones. The objects were
also spray painted with profanity.
In the 200 block of Grand Avenue trash was strewn on a yard and the home
was toilet papered and spray painted in white and yellow profanity.
Marysville police are investigating and are on the lookout for juveniles involved.

More Lutheran churches could be seen in area
From J-T staff reports:
Lutheran churches have long been a large part of Union County and it
seems they may soon play an even larger role.
A Union County native has come home to plant churches where they might
most be needed, the Mill Valley subdivision and along the U.S. 33
corridor. Derrick Hurst, a Lutheran pastor, has moved home to identify
the need and facilitate the establishment of new congregations.
The planting will be financed in large part by St. John's Evangelical
Lutheran Church, with help from the Central Ohio Missions Association
(COMA) and the Ohio District Board for Mission Services, both affiliated
with The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.
Hurst already has his eye on property near Mill Valley where he feels
the most need is. He said the highest population by age in that area is
25 to 30 year olds, many of whom are unchurched.
His goal is to establish a Missouri Synod Church every three to five
years along U.S. 33 from Dublin to Bellefontaine. "And I'll go farther if I can," he said.
Hurst said he became interested in church planning when he first
investigated it. After voicing his interest, he went through interviews
which focus on 13 characteristics of a church planter and he met them.
After attending seminars and training sessions, he set forth on his mission.
His Living Truth Ministries will rely on hands and knees ? prayer; mouth
and feet ? members; and dollars and cents ? financial support, which he
refers to as an investment.
St. John's involvement is "a definite leap of faith," Hurst said. That
congregation will provide major financial support and prayer support.
"The Lord led St. John's to the project," said the Rev. Thomas Hackett,
pastor of the church. "He opened the door."
Hackett said Hurst will serve as the spark plug. He said the project
will require a large financial investment.
"God will make it pay off in his way," he said.
Hurst, who is a 1994 graduate of Fairbanks High School, attended
Concordia College in Ann Arbor, Mich., and Concordia Seminary in St.
Louis. His first call was to Christ Lutheran Church in Cincinnati where
he served as assistant pastor and oversaw an outreach program which
ministered to youth and children.
Those wishing to obtain more information about Living Truth Ministries
may go to or call Hurst at 209-0321.
He is the son of Keith and Patty Hurst of Marysville and is married to
his high school sweetheart, Carrie Carfrey Hurst. They have 2-year-old
twins, Matthew and Lucas.

Believing in the strength of Corey
It began as some pain in his right leg last summer when he was playing
baseball for the Marysville Miners.
It continued at times in the fall when he was playing freshman football
for the Marysville Monarchs.
It persisted long and severe enough that doctors at Children's Hospital
in Columbus eventually uttered a dreaded word that Corey Hoehn and his
parents didn't want to hear. Cancer.
The multi-syllabic term is Peripheral Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumour.
The more common name is Ewing's Sarcoma.
It still all boils down to that one six-letter word. Cancer.
"I first felt the pain in my leg late last summer, toward the end of
baseball season," said Hoehn.
At first, everyone thought the discomfort was due to a cyst which had
developed near his tailbone. However, after the cyst was taken care of
and the pain reappeared, no one knew what to think.
"We thought maybe he was having some pain from getting hit in football,"
said his dad, Chris.
The younger Hoehn made it through the gridiron season and then had
X-rays taken at Memorial Hospital of Union County.
Nothing was revealed but the pain kept getting worse until it peaked in mid-November.
"On a scale of one to 10, it was a 10 or worse," said Corey.
"It got to the point where he was coming to my classroom wanting
something for the pain," said his mom, Tammy Cooper, who is a special
education instructor at MHS.
In early December, another X-ray was taken at Memorial Hospital, only
this time, an MRI was included in the checkup.
Two days later, the family received some ominous news.
"They told us there was a shadow on the MRI," said his mother.
Hoehn and his parents were referred to Dr. Joel Mayerson at Children's
Hospital. The physician read the MRI and the original diagnosis was
osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer.
After further tests, it was determined to be Ewing's, which is yet
another form of the disease in the bones.
The diagnosis was almost like a knife to the heart, said Mrs. Cooper.
"I just felt like I had been sliced in two," she said, her eyes
glistening with tears. "It's one of those things where if I could trade
places with my son, I'd gladly do it."
The news not only devastated Corey's parents but also his sister Amanda,
who is a freshman at Ohio University.
"Amanda took the news very hard," said Mrs. Cooper. "She and Corey are
very close and at first, she wasn't going to return to school after Christmas break."
"Corey was the detetermining factor on that," she added. "He said he
wanted everything to be as normal as possible and Amanda returned to
school in early January."
Although cancer is a most frightening word, there actually was good news
that Ewing's was diagnosed.
"Osteo won't shrink with chemotherapy, but Ewing's will," said Chris Hoehn.
What was first diagnosed as a 3-inch tumor in Corey's right pelvis has
dwindled in size due to treatments. Still, he will undergo about a
10-hour surgical procedure at Children's on April 15.
"As Dr. Mayerson explained it, the tumor could shrink but any area it
touched is affected," Chris said. "It would just be like smoldering
ashes and if the entire area isn't removed, the cancer could flare up again."
Doctors will remove a portion of the younger Hoehn's pelvis and insert a
couple of cadaver bones to support the area.
"Hopefully, the tissue will grow and connect the areas," said Mrs.
Cooper. "If is does, it will reduce the shrinkage of his leg. If it
doesn't, he may lose 3 to 4 inches length of his leg and then have to
wear a support in his one shoe."
Following the procedure, Hoehn will be on crutches for six months and
undergo more chemotherapy for six to eight months.
As with many cancer patients, the chemo treatments resulted in the loss
of Hoehn's shoulder-length black hair. A couple of months ago, a bunch
of his school buddies showed their support through these trying times by
having a head shaving party at his dad's home.
His step-mother Pam did the honors with the clippers and mounds of
teen-age hair fell to the basement floor.
"I think they had about a trash bag full of hair," said Mrs. Cooper.
"It was a great show of support," said Corey. "That has helped get me through this."
Actually, the younger Hoehn has remained amazingly upbeat through the entire ordeal.
"I'm handling it better than if it had happened to someone in my family," he said.
"Those are brave words," said his mother. "His father and I get our strength from him."
 The most difficult aspect for Hoehn is that his days as an athlete may change.
"The doctors have told me I may never be able to run again," he said.
"Football is out and maybe baseball, too."
"That's pretty tough, since baseball is Corey's first love," said his
dad, who is also the frosh baseball coach at MHS.
In an additional show of support, several Monarch baseball players have
honored Hoehn this spring by putting his number - 33 - on their caps.
"Right now, it's pretty tough because baseball is starting," said his mom.
Even though football is out and baseball is iffy at best, Hoehn's sports
career may not be completely finished. "The doctors said I could play golf or swim," he said.
Right now, though, he and his parents are focusing on April 15 and what
they're praying for is that Corey will continue to recover.
"Five years ... that's the magic number," said Mrs. Cooper. "For every
year a cancer victim survives after surgery, their long-term prognosis
is good. Five years of being cancer free is what they shoot for."
Even after the surgery, the family's fight to defeat the disease won't
end. Both Mom and Dad will be part of the Marysville school district's
team when the Relay for Life comes to the MHS track on May 20 and 21.
It's a fund-raising event in which participants raise pledges based on
the number of miles that are walked around the track.
The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. on May 20 and continue through the following afternoon.
Ironically, this year's walk coincides with Corey's 15th birthday on May 21.
"All the money raised will go to the American Cancer Society," Mrs.
Cooper said. "We've put together a school team that we've named 'Corey's Crew.'"
The Relay for Life team exemplifies just a portion of the emotional
support Hoehn and his parents have received in the last few months.
"A lot of my kids at school will come into my office and ask how he's
doing," said his dad, who is a guidance counselor at the middle school.
"Students who don't even know Corey except that he's my son will ask
about him," said his mom. Others in the community have also showed their encouragement.
"The First United Methodist Church has been very supportive," said Mrs.
Cooper as she wiped away a tear. "It's been quite a journey but so many people
have done so many kind things," she said. "It's been a great support."

Fairbanks begins planning its future
Residents, teachers and staff of the Fairbanks School District came
together Thursday night to envision what the school district's future might look like.
Kevin Harrison, principal architect of TMP Architecture and Gary Jelin,
vice president of the Powell firm, asked visitors to the district's
first of three "vision planning" meetings to "think outside the box"
with their responses to several exercises presented by the duo. Answers
were then written on large vanilla sheets of paper by TMP associate
Ramon Corpuz and marketing coordinator Andi Lease.
The school board selected TMP Architecture in February to conduct
planning sessions, an evaluation of current school facilities and, if a
financing option is passed in November, to act as architect for the project.
TMP's appearance Thursday night was free, superintendent James Craycraft
said. However, Harrison joked, the saying "You always get what you paid
for" did not apply in this case. Residents could expect more.
One exercise involved programs or facilities those attending would like
to see. The responses included a greenhouse, all-day kindergarten, a
recording studio, an honors middle school program, advanced technology,
elementary foreign languages and graphic design.
Previously,  Jelin had asked the assembled group of about 200 people to
voice words that popped into their minds when they thought of the
Fairbanks community image.
Responses - which were supposed to be limited to one word but weren't
always so - included pleasant, friendly, welcoming, traditional,
valuable, resourceful, wholesome, sharing and conservative. They also
included congested, old, changing, bigger, expensive, bare minimum,
economical, quality, inaccessible and boiler alert.
Even though some of the responses seemed to contradict each other, Jelin
and Harris later said, they still would be helpful in planning
facilities. Two other meetings will be held on April 21 and April 28 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Jelin also asked those assembled to imagine their needs if they were
second graders, sixth graders and 10th graders. Some responses in each
category were consistent, including bigger or better classrooms, better
computer technology, bigger or better libraries, air conditioning, music
rooms, commons areas and stages/auditoriums.
Teachers and staff responses included adequate lockable storage, a good
sound/public address system, climate control, classrooms for every
teacher, a nurse's clinic, better latchkey facilities and tutor rooms would be ideal.
To better help the firm understand the school district, point and shoot
cameras were distributed. Those attending were encouraged to use them to
record anything they thought noteworthy. The cameras will be collected
in a box outside the superintendent's office and images  analyzed.
Those who wish to submit digital images may do so at
The school district is growing, Craycraft said at the beginning of the
meeting held in the high school gymnasium. That is not going to change.
Six new housing developments, Autumn Ridge, Pleasantview, Boerger Road,
Glacier Ridge, The Reserve at New California and Taylor Fields, are
either in process or proposed.
"People don't build developments unless they think they can sell them,"
he said. Which means, he said, the district could likely see an increase
of 350-450 pupils by the time these developments are completed.
Because it takes three years for new facilities to come on line, it
would be 2008 before any new buildings could be opened and that is "if
everything goes right," Craycraft said.
The elementary school in Milford Center is 32 pupils over capacity; the
middle school 74 over, and the high school 27. Two modular buildings are
housed at the elementary, the middle school band room has been turned
into a classroom, the bandroom also is used as a classroom at the high
school and a classroom has been divided into two classrooms.
"I'll tell you right now we're overcrowded," Craycraft said.

Meth lab may have been found
Drug sweep turned up unusual setup; bonds set for drug suspects
Union County Sheriff Rocky Nelson said today that what is believed to be
a crystal meth lab was found during the recent drug sweep.
 Crystal meth, also known as crank, is an extremely potent stimulant. It
has seen a rapid increase in use in recent years, partially because it
can be produced in homes with common household products. Such home
setups are called labs.
Nelson said lawmen were conducting a search on the home of one of the 32
individuals arrested Wednesday when they came across an odd setup.
A fish tank contained a liquid substance of which officers were
unfamiliar. Across the top of the tank were dowel rods supporting
numerous strings which dangled down into the liquid.
Nelson said local officers were not familiar with the process and called
the Bureau of Criminal Investigations in Columbus. A HAZMAT team was also summoned.
BCI investigators were apparently very interested in the unusual setup
and took a sample of the liquid for testing.
"They were fascinated with it," Nelson said.
The remainder of the liquid was removed by the HAZMAT team.
Nelson said there has been no final determination on the nature of the
setup, however, the "best guess" of investigators is that it was a new operation.
Officials arrest one more suspect
One more name can be crossed off the short list of suspects allegedly
involved in the county drug trafficking ring.
According to Union County Sheriff's Lt. Jamie Patton, Plain City police
officers picked up Kenneth R. Huff, 21, of 219 Shepper Ave. in Plain City Thursday night.
Huff was charged with selling four tablets of Oxycontin tablets for $100
to a confidential informant working with the sheriff's office on May 25
at 200 S. Jefferson Ave. in Plain City.
Patton said all 33 suspects who had been arrested went through the
Marysville Municipal Court system and bonds were set on Thursday.
Regarding illegal drugs found during the search of homes and property of
the people involved, Patton said nothing is available to report at this time.
"As far as amounts and street value (of the drugs found), those details
are forthcoming as far as the investigation," he said this morning.
"That should be available sometime next week."
Patton said that of the suspects charged, in many cases only one offense
has been charged up to this point. Additional charges will come from the Grand Jury.
Those charged with drug trafficking were expected to go  through the
Union County Common Pleas Court system today and into Monday to prepare
for indictments. Approximately 190 grand jury charges are expected to be filed.
The lab work analysis on drug evidence, which determines the type of
drugs found and their potency, have reportedly all been completed.
During the grand jury indictment process, Patton explained that
detectives will present their cases against the individuals charged and
will answer jury questions. The jury will then vote to decide whether
the evidence is adequate to grant an indictment and the indictments will
be forwarded to Union County Common Pleas Judge Richard Parrott for approval.
Bonds set
Bonds have been filed for 32 of the charged suspects involved in the sweep.
According to Marysville police, dollar amounts for the bonds were
expected to increase as the cases went before the grand jury today and Monday.
Suspects involved in more serious drug trafficking charges did not get
away lightly with bond amounts.
Drug sweep centerpiece Ronald L. Donahue, 60, of 12505 Taylor Road had
his bond set for $500,000, with no 10 percent allowed.
The same held true for Emiliano Mendiola, Jr., 54, of 271 Tulip Drive
and David J. Bergman, 37, of 18580 White Stone Road.
Bond was established at $100,000 bonds for Stephen R. Boerger, 52, of
22770 Darby Pottersburg Road; Anthony James Cook, 37, of 11480 U.S. 36,
Lot 50; Jeremy M. Isaacs, 22, of 735 N. Maple St.; Randy Wayne Smith,
Jr., 27, of 822 Herlock Drive in Hilliard and Christopher M. Wagner, 54,
of 646 Meadows Drive.
$50,000 bonds were set for Melissa A. Mazon, 30, of 18580 White Stone
Road and Terry J. Viles, 34, of 7006 Rings Rd. in Dublin.
Bond was set at $25,000 for Anthony Wayne Flewwellin, 20, of 243 Caddie Drive
$10,000 bond charges included Charles E. Hill II, 28, of 235 Cypress
Drive; Emilio M. Mendiola, 32, of 271 Tulip Drive; Liza A. Miller, 24,
of 701 Mill St. in North Lewisburg; Michael L Miller, Jr., 29, of 701
Mill Street in North Lewisburg; and William F. Sable, 34, of 460 Windmill Drive.
Bonds of $5,000 bond were set for Donald I. Adams, Jr., 34, of 284
Fairview Ave.; Julianna M. Cremeans, 22, of 735 N. Maple St.; Jonathan
P. Curtis, 23, of 568 Meadows Drive; Randy G. Dart, 31, of 537 Bowtown
Rd. in Delaware; Christopher S. Flewwellin, 20, of 243 Caddie Drive;
Christopher L. Kelsey, 27, of 656 Kenny Lane; Justin Cory Mentzer, 23,
of 29429 January Road in West Mansfield; Kevin L. Thomas, 27, of 10443
Township Road 258 in North Lewisburg; Michael L. Vermillion, 47, of 13871 Hillview Road.
Those subjected to a $2,500 bond were Russell G. Bright, Jr., 20, of 735
N. Maple St.; Shae M. Miller, 25, of 658 Meadows Drive; John W. Engle,
46, of 22260 Route 739; Eric A. Nelson, 21, of 658 Meadows Drive;
Jeannine A. Phillips, 52, of 590 Allenby Drive; Christopher M. Smith,
30, of 925 W. Fifth St.; Teresa L. Smith, 35, of 11844 Route 736

Suspects caught unaware
Secrecy of sweep resulted in many arrests,  confiscation of large volume of narcotics
Union County law enforcement put in long hours for a large scale drug
operation that started before dawn on Wednesday. The result was a
successful string of arrests, significantly hampering drug activity in the county.
Out of 39 people listed, sheriff's deputies and Marysville police
officers were able to bring 32 suspects into custody and executed
several search warrants. The remaining seven suspects were still at
large at press time and warrants for their arrests had been issued.
Union County Sheriff Rocky Nelson said authorities are always going to
be looking for "five or seven more people." That way the drug community
will always remain paranoid as to who is on the arrest list.
One of the more important aspects of the sweep was that the word did not
spread throughout the drug community before arrests were made. Suspects
did not know the operation was underway until too late and many were
still in possession of illegal drugs, it was reported.
The types of narcotics found, the amounts confiscated and street values
were not available before press time.
"It was a success," Nelson said about the sweep. "We were able to make
the arrests without any major complications. The reason we were able to
accomplish what we did was because we had so many arresting teams. the
detectives did a superb job."
Because of the number of arrest teams, he said, law enforcement
officials were able to raid several homes at the same time and were
prepared to quickly move on if the suspect was not there.
The work of Marysville police detective Don McGlenn and sheriff's
investigator Mike Justice was praised for their organizational skills.
"If you have so many people going out at the same time, you are
initially moving quicker than the word could get out," Nelson said.
Deputies did report that once the arrests began - shortly after 7 a.m.
on Wednesday - the phones in Union County were more than likely "buzzing with activity."
According to one detective, Marysville Municipal Court saw a steady
stream of suspects filing in for their arraignments on drug trafficking
charges this morning. Many suspects reportedly complained in court about
the techniques law enforcement used to trick them into being at home for their arrests.
"Some said that it's not fair," Nelson said. "But what's fair about drug trafficking?"
Any tricks, or "techniques," as Nelson called them, used to draw the
suspects home for their arrests were done to keep the situations safer
for law enforcement and the suspects involved.
Detectives went under cover or used other legal means necessary to lure
suspects to their homes. By taking this route, suspects were not
prepared to be on the defensive, the sheriff said.
Nelson said he prefers to keep any tactics used under wraps to protect
the safety of law enforcement officers who may use similar methods in future arrests.
Concerning the "major player" in county drug trafficking - Ronald L.
Donahue, 60, of 12505 Taylor Road - Nelson said there was a weapon found
stashed near a bed in the residence.
Nelson said ultimately there is no way of telling whether a raid is
going to end up in a shootout or be resolved peacefully.
"It's a game of chess," he said.
Marysville Assistant Police Chief Glenn Nicol said this morning that
several suspects showed up at the police department to turn themselves
in once they heard their names were among the wanted.
As a result of the sweep, Nelson said e-mails from the public have been
filling his computer, thanking him for law enforcement's effort to clean
up drug activity in the county. "It feels good when you try to do something like this for the
community," he said.

Who they nabbed
. Ronald L. Donahue, 60, 12505 Taylor Road, allegedly sold 13.01 grams
of cocaine on March 30 at the intersection of Taylor and Durban roads.
Charged with trafficking in drugs, a third degree felony.
. Russell G. Bright Jr., 20, 735 N. Maple St., for allegedly selling
5.59 grams of marihuana on May 26 within 1,000 feet of the Marysville
Middle School, 735 N. Maple St. Charged with trafficking in drugs,
fourth degree felony.
. Jeremy M. Isaacs, 22, 735 N. Maple St., allegedly sold 18.80 grams of
marihuana within 1,000 feet of the Marysville Middle School on May 25.
Charged with trafficking in drugs, fourth degree felony.
. Anthony James Cook, 37, 11480 U.S. 36 Lot 50, allegedly sold 10.89
grams of cocaine at 11480 U.S. 36 Lot. 50 on June 7. Charged with
trafficking in drugs, a third degree felony.
. Christopher M. Wagner, 54, 646 Meadows Drive, allegedly sold 75.30
grams of cocaine at 12505 Taylor Road on May 4.  Charged with
trafficking in drugs, a third degree felony.
. Michael L. Vermillion, 47, 13871 Hillview Road, allegedly sold 1.76
grams of crack cocaine at 13871 Hillview Road on July 1.  Charged with
trafficking in drugs, a fourth degree felony.
. Christopher M. Smith, 30, 925 W. Fifth St., Apt. 16, allegedly sold
2.39 grams of cocaine at 925 W. Fifth St., Apt. 16, within 100 feet of a
juvenile on April 20.  Charged with trafficking in drugs, a fourth degree felony.
. David J. Bergman, 37, 18580 White Stone Road, allegedly sold 18
ecstacy tablets in the city of Marysville on July 13. Charged with
trafficking in drugs, a third degree felony.
. Melissa A. Mazon, 30, 18580 White Stone Road, allegedly was present
when David J. Bergman reportedly sold 7.18 grams of cocaine at 18580
White Stone Road on July 10. She is the registered owner of the property
and was allegedly aware of the sale. Charged with permitting drug abuse,
a fifth degree felony.
. Erick A. Nelson, 21, 658 Meadows Drive, allegedly sold 13.75 grams of
cocaine at 700 Milford Ave. on July 14.  Charged with trafficking in
drugs, a third degree felony.
. Shea M. Miller, 25, 658 Meadows Drive, allegedly was present at 302
Gallery Drive on Dec. 9 when Erick Nelson reportedly sold 2.80 grams of
cocaine. Miller is on the lease of the property. Charged with permitting
drug abuse, a fifth degree felony.
. Stephen R. Boerger, 52, 22770 Darby Pottersburg Road, allegedly was
stopped for a traffic violation on March 15 and approximately 24 grams
of crack cocaine were found during a search of the vehicle. Charged with
possession of drugs, a second degree felony.
. Anthony Wayne Flewwellin, 20, 243 Caddie Drive, allegedly sold 30.80
grams of marihuana on May 21 in the area of North Main Street and within
100 feet of a juvenile. Charged with trafficking in drugs, a fourth degree felony.
. Christopher S. Flewwellin, 20, 243 Caddie Drive, allegedly sold 7.93
grams of cocaine at 14298 County Home Road on May 27.  Charged with
trafficking in drugs, a fourth degree felony.
. Charles E. Hill II, 28, 235 Cypress Drive, allegedly sold 5.2 grams of
marihuana on Dec. 9, 2003, at 490 N. Main St. within the vicinity of a
young child.  Charged with trafficking in drugs, a fourth degree felony.
. Emiliano Mendiola Jr., 54, 271 Tulip Drive, allegedly sold 6.73 grams
of cocaine at 271 Tulip Drive within 100 feet of a juvenile on June 24.
Charged with trafficking in drugs, a third degree felony.
. Emilio M. Mendiola, 32, 271 Tulip Drive, allegedly sold 6.73 grams of
cocaine at 271 Tulip Drive within 100 feet of a juvenile on June 24.
Charged with trafficking in drugs, a third degree felony.
. John W. Engle, 46, 22260 Route 739, Raymond, allegedly sold a
counterfeit substance as cocaine on April 13 at 20136 Northwest
Parkway.  Charged with trafficking in drugs, a fifth degree felony.
. Jeannine A. Phillips, 52, 590 Allenby Drive, allegedly sold 1.86 grams
of crack cocaine on March 30, 2004 at 590 Allenby Drive.  Charged with
trafficking in drugs, a fourth degree felony.
. Jonathan P. Curtis, 23, 568 Meadows Drive, allegedly offered to sell
14 Oxycontins within 1,000 feet of the Marysville Middle School on June
18 and completed the sale at another location within the city of
Marysville.  Charged with trafficking in drugs, aggravated trafficking
in drugs, a third degree felony.
. Christopher L. Kelsey, 27, 656 Kenny Lane, allegedly sold 10
Oxycontins at 735 N. Maple St., 1,000 feet from the Marysville Middle
School, on May 19.  Charged with trafficking in drugs, a third degree felony.
. Justin Cory Mentzer, 23, 29429 January Road, West Mansfield, allegedly
sold 5.2 grams of marihuana at 490 N. Main St. and within the vicinity
of a young child on Dec. 9, 2003.  Charged with trafficking in drugs, a
fourth degree felony.
. William F. Sable, 34, 460 Windmill Drive Apt. 49, allegedly called
Erick Nelson and informed Nelson where to meet and with whom to meet for
the sale of 13.75 grams of cocaine  at 700 Milford Ave. on July 14.
Charged with complicity, a third degree felony.
. Teresa L. Smith, 35, 11844 Route 736, allegedly was a passenger in a
vehicle stopped for a traffic violation and during the traffic stop she
was found to be in possession of 6.69 grams of cocaine. The traffic stop
took place at U.S. 36 and U.S. 33 within the city of Marysville on May
14.  Charged with trafficking in drugs, a fourth degree felony.
. Donald I. Adams Jr., 34, 384 Fairview Ave., allegedly sold 18.98 grams
of cocaine at 465 N. Main St. within 100 feet of a minor child.  Charged
with trafficking in drugs, a second degree felony.
. Michael L. Miller Jr., 29, 701 Mill St. Lot 75, North Lewisburg,
allegedly sold 5.37 grams of cocaine at 200 S. Jefferson Ave., Plain
City on June 11.  Charged with trafficking in drugs, a fourth degree felony.
. Liza A. Miller, 24, 701 Mill St., Lot 75, North Lewisburg, allegedly
drove Michael L. Miller Jr. to 200 S. Jefferson Ave., Plain City, with
knowledge that a sale of cocaine was going to take place on June 11.
Charged with complicity, a fourth degree felony. Miller allegedly sold
5.37 grams of cocaine.
. Kevin L. Thomas, 27, 10443 Township Road 258, North Lewisburg,
allegedly drove Michael L. Miller Jr. with knowledge that a sale of
cocaine was going to take place at 200 S. Jefferson Ave., Plain City, on
May 28. Charged with complicity, a fifth degree felony. Miller allegedly
sold 2.43 grams of cocaine.
. Randy G. Dart, 31, 537 Bowtown Road, Delaware, allegedly sold .51
grams of crack cocaine in Schwartzkopf Park on North Maple Street June
9.  Charged with trafficking in drugs, a fifth degree felony.
. Terry J. Vlies, 34, 7006 Rings Road, Dublin, allegedly sold 1.49 grams
of crack cocaine on July 1 near north Main Street within 100 feet of a
juvenile.  Charged with trafficking in drugs, a third degree felony.
. Randy Wayne Smith Jr., 27, 822 Herlock Drive, Hilliard, allegedly
supplied Christopher Flewwellin with 7.93 grams of cocaine on May 27 at
14298 County Home Road. Charged with complicity, a fourth degree felony.
. Julianna M. Cremeans, 22, 735 N. Maple St., allegedly sold 6.94 grams
of cocaine at 735 N. Maple St. within 1,000 feet of the Marysville
Middle School on June 10.  Charged with trafficking in drugs, a third
degree felony. .Officials are seeking seven individuals who remain at large.

Countywide drug sweep begins
Lawmen nab centerpiece of operation first
As many Union County residents slept safely in their beds, county law
enforcement gathered secretly before dawn to begin an operation to nab
the biggest cog in drug trafficking operations in the county.
Just after 7 a.m. the plan was considered successful after Ronald L.
Donahue, 60, of 12505 Taylor Road was safely arrested for one count of
felony drug trafficking. More charges against him are expected.
Known by the nickname "Speed Racer," Donahue allegedly sold illicit
drugs from his home and supplied drug dealers in several counties.
According to Union County Sheriff Rocky Nelson, the arrest is just one
of many expected to occur throughout the day. The investigation involves
more than 190 felony counts of drug related crimes and 38 more arrests.
Evidence leading toward the indictments was pulled from more than 62
purchases of drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, Oxycontin, ecstasy and crack cocaine.
Regarding Donahue, Nelson said law enforcement wanted to be focused in
their plan to arrest him first.
"We wanted to use all of our resources on this one," Nelson said. "He is
someone we need to be concerned about."
Officials said Donahue has a black belt in martial arts and is an
instructor in a downtown Marysville studio. Nelson said they had no idea
what to expect from him. Information on whether Donahue had a previous
record was not available before press time.
At 5:30 a.m. officers and deputies gathered in the dark at the Jerome
Township Fire Department to discuss their tactical maneuvers, test
equipment and weapons, and plan their day. A train of undercover vans,
cruisers and police trucks left the fire department just after 6:30 a.m.
enroute to Donahue's two-story home.
Later, it was reported Donahue was inside his home with his wife when
the operation began. The arresting officer was reportedly forced to use
his taser when Donahue resisted arrest.
In the 12000 block of Taylor Road, garage doors opened, neighbors peered
out of their open doors and cars slowed down to see what was going on.
Donahue sat shirtless on his front porch in handcuffs. Medics later
examined him, in case of complications from being tasered.
From the road, deputies with search warrants were visible walking around
inside the home. Nelson said he expected deputies would find drugs, cash
and possibly weapons inside Donahue's home, but details on what was
brought out were not available.
Nelson said today that his department has worked over the past year with
Marysville Police Department investigators planning the drug operation.
"It's safest for everybody," Marysville Assistant Police Chief Glenn
Nicol said about the early morning operation.
 "We're trying to get the advantage so we don't hurt him or his family," Nelson said.
Nelson wouldn't specify the extent of drug use or trafficking in Union
County, or if it has become a problem over the years.
"We get our fair share in Union County," he explained. "Our job is to
get as many drugs out of the community as possible."
At 9 a.m. the operation was moved to the Union County Courthouse in
Marysville, where officials planned to focus tactical teams on another unnamed suspect.
Marysville Police Chief Floyd Golden said if any of the remaining 38
individuals escape throughout the day, their names will be entered into
the police system as wanted. They usually end up turning up somewhere
sooner or later.
Golden said over the past year one of his investigators has been working
full time with sheriff's detectives. The plan was to pool the resources
of both departments to help make the operation more efficient. His
department was also able to provide a different perspective on the
overall investigation by working on a city level.
Union County Prosecuting Attorney Dave Phillips has been assisting the
officers over the past several weeks in preparing the cases for charges
and forfeitures. Phillips said this morning that the people arrested today may come
before the Union County Grand Jury in the next couple of days.

North Lewisburg looks to hike rent for fire department
The Northeast Champaign County Fire Department may be paying more in
rent to North Lewisburg in the near future.
On Tuesday evening, Barry First, village administrator, encouraged
council to open up discussion in regard to the fire district's recently
expired rent agreement with the municipality.
Currently, the NECCFD pays $500 a month to the village for use/and or
access to 5,286 square feet of space in the municipal building. This
includes the garage area, office space, restrooms and use of the
community room/kitchen facilities.
"I think there needs to be strong consideration for a new agreement,
whether or not we charge that, to be fair to the taxpayers," First said,
"It's time we put some thought into this."
First suggested an agreement based on $1 per square foot used per month.
This figure was arrived at after comparing standard rental rates on business properties.
Council took turns weighing in on the issue.
Steve Wilson, council president, said that a potential 10-times increase
on their rent could be detrimental.
"We would be shoving them out," Wilson said, "I want to be careful with
the message that we are sending."
The NECCFD is currently working on plans to build a new fire station.
However, funding for this future building will fall to the taxpayers. A
large part of the funding will need to be provided with levy money.
In the now expired agreement, the NECCFD was required to pay any or all
utilities connected to its occupation of the facilities. That portion of
the past agreement was never enforced.
Council members agreed that a more accurate use of square footage and
utilities should be key in creating a new agreement.
First told council he will meet with the city's law director to write a
proposed agreement to be presented at next month's meeting.
Spring Clean-Up will be May 2 through May 9. The village is planning on
targeting Terry Jones' property along Erie Street. This was brought to
council on a written and verbal complaint.
"We want to relocate his trusses and some of his undesirable items," First said.
The council passed a resolution allowing for the removal of a home at
133 Audas St. The total cost will be $4,100.
Council agreed to move forward with the refurbishing of the village's
north water tank, which was last repainted a decade ago. The total cost
of this project will be just under $18,000. The south water tank will be
refurbished at a later date.
The council heard from representatives from Buckeye Waste and Rumpke in
regard to negotiating a new contract for trash removal.
First said residents living within corporation limits have an advantage
because a lot lower rate can be negotiated. Buckeye Waste of
Bellefontaine is the current service provider and had a bid of $13.48
per month while Rumpke's bid was $13.26. Council will have a decision next month.
Residents outside of corporation limits pay anywhere from $15 to $22 for trash removal.
Construction on the wastewater treatment facility may begin as early as
this fall. Gary Silcott, city engineer, said the general WWTP layout is
finished and they are wrapping up the electric plans. The village is set
to move forward with the water meter project as approved by the EPA. It
will begin soliciting bids within the next few months.
The city will be holding off on the water main extension project. The
EPA is asking for more information before it will approve the project.
The village will begin interviewing Friday for the position of street
superintendent. Twenty resumes have been received.
The city is expected to qualify and receive as much as $40,000 from FEMA
due to storm damage from flooding and snow this past winter.
"It looks very positive that we will get some federal assistance," First said.
Officer Glenn Kemp gave the Champaign County Sheriff's report for the
month of March for the village. There were 16 traffic citations issued,
13 warnings issued for traffic violations, 10 incident reports, 38 cases
of assistance given to citizens, 10 arrests made, one civil and criminal
paper served, 18 follow-up investigations completed, four open doors and
three instances of juvenile contact.
The next council meeting will be changed to Tuesday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m.
due to the election on May 3.
In other news:
.Passed ordinance No. 236 L.P.A. agreement with O.D.O.T. to allow
pavement of North Sycamore Street/Rt. 559

Concert may have been one of the best Review
Editor's note: The following review was submitted by Kay Liggett of the
Union County Community Concerts Association.
"Amazing that 15 musicians can make such marvelous music!"
"Have them again; and I'll sure be back!" "Best concert we've ever had!"
These comments were heard after Tuesday night's community concert. It
really was a "wow" performance by 15 super musicians of the Central Ohio
Symphony Orchestra Brass Band and its conductor and music director Jaime
Morales-Mator from Puerto Rico.
Ohio Wesleyan University's music faculty came together in 1978 to found
this Central Ohio Symphony serving Delaware and surrounding communities.
"Home" to this group has been the acoustically remarkable Gray Chapel on
the Ohio Wesleyan campus. The annual July 4 concert attracts
approximately 5,000 people.
The brass band is one of four small ensembles from the orchestra. This
gathering of talent all have degrees in music and perform professionally
throughout Central Ohio.
Music we all know and love - grew up with - was the program Tuesday
night. The first half included the classical gems we thought as "heavy
duty stuff" practiced on piano; stirring movie backdrops and radio
themes; and the somber, melodic passages we've hear from Rome this week.
Included were Wagner's funeral march, Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an
Exhibition" - nostalgic music played with skill by a gathering of
dedicated artists. Conductor Morales-Mator certainly chose music
perfectly suited to instrument and artist.
The concert's second half was composed of popular music as an ending to
a fantastic evening of wonderful music: "Stardust," "American in Paris,"
(Remember Gene Kelly dancing to "Singing in the Rain?") "Londonderry
Air" and "Stars and Stripes Forever."
Skills of the musicians - wow! Four trumpets - super great! Dale Nawrock
had three trumpets, a tiny piccolo trumpet and a C-trumpet. His solo
moments were inspiring. Four french horns - amazing music and skill.
Barbara Nokes' solo horn presentation was fascinating (not an easy
instrument to play). The trombones had haunting, exciting melodies and
duets with the trumpets.
Awesome tuba, timpani and percussion! What a grand gathering of good
music and good musicians!
We celebrated spring with a concert of big brass music and talented
musicians brought to us by the Union County Community Concerts
Association. Make your calendar for May 5, when it brings us Arnett
Howard's "Little Bit O' Jazz, Little Bit O' Funk & a Great History."

Local business ordered to repay Medicaid payments
From J-T staff reports:
A Marysville medical provider must repay more than $36,000 in Medicaid
payments received because of improper billing and record keeping.
United Patient Care Inc., 753 A Milford Ave., overcharged the state
$36,484.80, states a press release Tuesday afternoon from the Ohio
Auditor of State Betty Montgomery.
An audit showed multiple billing problems from April 1, 2001 through
March 31, 2004. The audit was requested by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
The problems include:
. Incorrectly billing in advance for oxygen services and retained some
of the resulting payments after a physician determined the services were
no longer needed. This resulted in an overpayment $8,920.58.
. Incorrectly billed for five oxygen services without the required
modifier for a total of $2,901.60 in findings.
. Incorrectly billing Medicaid for surgical gloves for a total of $465.85.
. Billed and was reimbursed for supplies over the maximum allowed for a
total of $6,137.92. . Was missing several required prescriptions and incorrectly billed and
was paid for apnea monitors after the physician had ordered the monitors
disconnected. These exceptions resulted in a finding totaling of $18,038.85.
. Did not maintain prescriptions for the services billed. There was no
monetary amount associated with this finding, however auditors made
recommendations on how to prevent this from occurring in the future.
United Patient Care Inc. must repay the money within 45 days after the
determination, then the matter is referred to the Ohio Attorney General
for collection.

Clerk presides over Jerome meeting
Imagine a Jerome Township Board of Trustees meeting without any drama.
Monday's regular meeting was just that.
After years of meetings filled with name calling, threats of arrest and
regular gavel thumping while the public sat under the scanning scrutiny
of video cameras, Monday's meeting was all business with board president
Sharon Sue Wolfe absent.
No reason was given for Wolfe's absence, said clerk Robert Caldwell today.
Caldwell led Monday's meeting after trustee Freeman May asked him
minutes before to chair the meeting. An agenda was reportedly e-mailed
to May and trustee Ron Rhodes on March 31. At the January organizational
meeting May and Rhodes declined nominations for vice chair.
Clerk Caldwell reported Monday that the township has received $721,339
or 38.9 percent of the 2005 budgeted revenue and expended $488,000 or
20.2 percent of the year's budgeted expenditures.
Jerome Township Fire Chief Scott Skeldon said fire extinguisher
inspections are almost complete and he will be going to Washington,
D.C., this week to attend the annual firemen's caucus. Delivery of the
new medic unit is expected this month. Skeldon added that he is actively
seeking several grants - one for a new vehicle and a joint grant for breathing devices.
Answering a question from the zoning inspector, Skeldon said the fire
department should be contacted about any open burning concerns. He said
the department investigates all calls applying common sense and handling
each case by case.
During the sheriff's report, a citizen voiced a concern about heavy
truck traffic speeding on Hickory Ridge Road. The citizen said the road
berm is breaking and asked if the road had a load limit. The deputy said
he would contact the county engineer and return with an answer.
Trustee May presented a resolution to spend up to $300 for a radio in a
new dump truck. The motion passed with Rhodes agreeing.
Rhodes shared information he learned about the proposed state budget.
"What it means to us, we're going to have to tighten our belt ... get
better business ... get more business," he said.
Rhodes also updated the community on a lawsuit filed by Jesse G.
Dickinson Jr. of Plain City against the township and other parties. The
court dismissed Dickinson's request for a declaratory judgment.
During the public comment period of the meeting, two representatives of
the Plain City area ball association requested use of the township field.
Another citizen raised a concern about a flier distributed to township
residents by a group identified as The Committee for the Preservation of
Rural Living (CPRL). Dickinson is treasurer of the group. The letter is
seeking financial donations.

Three rescued when vehicle   goes into Mill Creek
From J-T staff reports:
Marysville safety forces rescued a woman and her two young children
after their vehicle went off the road and into Mill Creek Saturday during the snowstorm.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol Marysville Post, driver
Amanda Johnson, 29, of 2103 Fawn Meadow Drive was headed eastbound on
Watkins Road near Beecher Gamble Road with her 1-year-old daughter and
2-year-old son as passengers just after 10 a.m. when she lost control of
the vehicle on the snow-covered road.
The 2003 Chevy Tahoe reportedly slid across the center line and went off
the left side of the roadway before striking the end of a guardrail. The
vehicle then went airborne, struck an electric fence and a ditch before
stopping in several feet of water in Mill Creek.
All three victims were rescued from the accident scene by the Marysville
Fire Department, the OSP and Union County Sheriff's deputies.
They were transported by medics to Memorial Hospital of Union County for
precautionary reasons.
The victims had no visible injuries and were later released from care.
"It could have been ugly," Marysville Fire Department Chief Gary Johnson
said. Johnson said the vehicle was submerged in about 4 feet of water and the
victims had to be pulled from the driver side window. The crash was one of many
caused by slick road conditions from Saturday's sudden snowstorm.

Veterans monument fundraising in high gear
From J-T staff reports:
Fund-raising efforts are officially underway for the Veterans
Remembrance Monument to be situated on the northeast corner of the Union
County Courthouse lawn.
The Veterans Remembrance Committee announced this week it is sponsoring
the countywide Veterans Monument Patriot Program to raise $500,000 in
donations for the construction and maintenance of the Vermont granite
structure weighing 51.5 tons. The monument will honor those who have
served in the Revolutionary War through the present.
"I'm proud to have served my country and to live in such a strong
community that values its veterans so highly," said retired Army Major
Gen. Oscar C. Decker, chairman of the remembrance committee.
"We're confident that we'll be able to meet our fund-raising goals and
start construction of this incredible monument in the summer of 2006," he said.
The Patriot Program provides participants the opportunity to recognize
individual veterans, including those who served outside of Union County,
and specify a branch of service through their donations. As a thank you,
all donors, honorees and service branch preferences will be listed in
the monument dedication program and on the committee Web site.
The committee encourages donations from groups such as local school
classrooms, scout troops, community organizations and residential communities.
Land for the monument has been donated by the Union County Commissioners
and The Union County Foundation is the financial depository for all donations.
The 26.5 feet wide by 10.5 feet high monument will feature gray granite
from Rock of Ages in Barre, Vt. Longstreth Memorials of Galion will
serve as the general contractor. A surrounding plaza will feature up to
6,000 brick and granite pavers and will feature a computer kiosk with
access to the Union County Veterans database.
Donations may be forwarded to the Veterans Remembrance Fund, in care of
the Union County Foundation, 126 N. Main St., P.O. Box 608, Marysville,
Ohio 43040. Additional information may be obtained at the monument's Web site at or by contacting Esther Carmany via e-mail at or by phone at 937-644-8325.

Group to perform Saturday
From J-T staff reports:
Popular singing group Phil Dirt & The Dozers will be the featured act
Saturday at the Union County Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 233 W. Sixth St.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. The concert will follow at 7 p.m. Proceeds
will benefit the Union County Veterans Monument.
The monument honoring veterans with Union County ties from the
Revolutionary War to the present will be located on the northeast corner
of the Union County Courthouse lawn. A picture of the proposed monument
is on display at the Marysville Public Library main branch and at National City Bank.
Local sponsors for Saturday's concert include Dave Laslow of Donatos
Pizza and Burger King and Dean Cook of Buckeye Wireless.
The Dozers play an authentic sounding mixture of 50s, 60s and 70s rock
'n' roll. The group has shared the stage with nationally known stars
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Kathy Mattea, Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound,
Paul Revere and The Raiders and the Beach Boys.
Phil Dirt & The Dozers is the number one requested vintage rock 'n' roll
show, according to a press release announcing the event.
"They are phenomenal. They are as good or even better than any group I
have heard while living in Nashville," said Katie Mae Mabry, who is
promoting the concert.
Mabry, a Fairbanks graduate, earned a bachelor's degree in music
business, artist management from Belmont University in Nashville. The
Dozers' concert is the second local performance she has promoted; the
first being Grand Revue, a group featuring country performer Vince
Gills' daughter, Jenny Gill.
"You're sure to get your money's worth at this concert," Mabry said of
Saturday's event. "Because you will not only be enjoying a great show
but you'll be supporting our local monument fund for the building of the
Union County Veterans Monument."
The group was founded in 1981. Since then the Dozers have had fans
singing along with its renditions of the Four Seasons' "Sherry," the
Righteous Brothers' "Unchained Melody," the Beach Boys "Kokomo" and
"Surfer Girl" and more.
The Phil Dirt time machine also stops in the 70s, where fans hear some
of that decades greatest hits, including selections from the Doobie
Brothers, Don McClean, Grand Funk Railroad and The Eagles.
The Dozers' corporate clients have included Honda, Bobby Rahal Inc.,
Disney World, Ohio State University Alumni Association, the Columbus
Zoo, PPG Industries and the United Way. Tickets for the performance are $20
each and may be purchased at Creative Travel, 644-8188. Tickets also will be available for purchase
the night of the show.

Foster families: A call to serve
Editor's note: This is the second of a three-day series on the foster care situation in Union County.

After successfully raising three children, Debbie and Bill Kohl decided
they wanted to do it all over again but this time as foster parents.
Four years ago, after being empty nesters for a few years, the Kohls
decided that God wanted them to become foster parents.
"We consider this a ministry," Mr. Kohl said. "All families go through
crisis. It feels good to know we can be a safety net," Mrs. Kohl adds.
Foster parenting also keeps them young, they say.
Their Hickory Drive home testifies to that fact with a large, neat and
orderly family room that has a plastic blue rocking dog, similar to a
rocking horse, by the fireplace, Foosball table and one area dedicated
totally to toys of all kinds. The bedrooms offer a glimpse of each
child's personality. Mrs. Kohl said that each child who stays long term
has the chance to personally decorate his own room. The teenager's blue
room has a Hawaiian theme. The toddler's blue room has a rug decorated
with streets to drive little cars on and the elementary student's room is all about NASCAR.
"We let the kids paint and decorate their rooms. It's part of making
them feel at home," she said. The Kohls treat the foster children like their own.
"We try to do the same as we would with our own children," Mr. Kohl
said, even down to spending the same amount of money for gifts.
Even, Mr. Kohl's mother has embraced the children by sending Valentine's Day cards.
They take the foster children along on vacations to Disneyland and Myrtle Beach.
Married 31 years, the Kohls have three grown children and have been
foster parents to about 20 children, many with severe behavioral
problems. Some children have stayed one night and others for more than three years.
Mr. and Mrs. Kohl said they are not experts in parenting and are constantly learning.
"It can be stressful and time consuming, but we have been enriched.
There has been a lot of joy with the problems," Mrs. Kohl said.
One example she shares was taking a teenage girl to the mall for the
first time. Mr. Kohl, on the other hand, said the children have opened
new worlds to him that include rodeos, monster truck shows and NASCAR.
Mr. Kohl said the hardest situations for him have been dealing with
children recovering from drug and alcohol additions.
"There is a lot we didn't know about," he said.
Mrs. Kohl said children with reactive attachment disorder - the
inability to attach - have also been a challenge. She explains how the
children have no empathy, no compassion and no desire to please. She
adds that this is a protective mechanism for children who have suffered
much in their young lives.
"You work long and hard and sometimes with small improvements," she said.
They admit they've been shocked a few times by the children.
"It's been interesting. You never know what will happen," they said.
The Kohls acknowledge that most of the time parents of the foster
children, as well as the children, aren't happy about the foster home situation.
"You don't go into this expecting praise or a lot of kudos. You don't
get a lot of that," Mrs. Kohl said. "You go into it to serve someone."
The Kohls hope that their foster children not only find a safe place
that meets their needs, but are able to see what a family is, can be and
should be. They note that most of the children have rarely sat at a
table for a family meal. "This is what we do," Mr. Kohl said, "help teach children life skills
... personal and relational." Mrs. Kohl adds that being a foster parent has helped her be more caring.
"It's easy to sit in your good life and wonder why people can't get it
together. I've learned a lot." Both say they constantly depend on God ... "ask for wisdom, patience,
compassion and creativity."

Township wants to manage growth
Millcreek officials learning the ropes of controlling development
The Millcreek Township Board of Trustees are getting a crash course in land planning.
During a special meeting Thursday, trustees Keith Conroy, Jim Schrader
and Bill Lynch agreed to share and review approximately 500 pages of
documents that other Ohio communities have used to extend water and
sewer lines from a municipality and into a township.
Marysville City Council voted Feb. 24 to obtain property outside of the
city's corporation limit on Beecher Gamble Road in Millcreek Township
for a wastewater treatment plant. Ground is expected to be broken in 18 months.
Avoiding annexation is the township's goal. Marysville council members
have also voiced reservations about large scale annexation.
Trustee Conroy suggested the board members "go at it step by step" to
"understand what others have done."
Over the next month the three trustees plan to review land planning
documents for CEDAs (Cooperative Economic Development Agreements) and
JEDDs (Joint Economic Development Agreements). They also said they want
to talk to other communities that have created such agreements. Cities
mentioned include Alliance, Huber Heights, Toledo, Zanesville,
Springfield, Akron and Canal Winchester.
Trustee Lynch and Jerome Township Trustee Ron Rhodes said other planning
instruments might also be considered in addition to JEDDs and CEDAs.
Trustee Schrader questioned whether the township should consider hiring
legal counsel to assist in the planning. Conroy said he would contact
the Union County Prosecutor's Office.
Lynch said the township needs to keep the dialogue open with Marysville.
Ideas were tossed around about possible individuals to be involved in the talks.
The board spoke in detail with township resident Dick Noland, an
engineer who was involved in the design of sewer plants for many years.
The trustees discussed hiring Noland as a consultant for the township.
Trustee Lynch reported on a private meeting he attended for landowners
of 20 acres or more on March 19. He said there seemed to be a general
agreement among the 60 persons present that Millcreek Township is facing
development, but large landowners desire it to be done in an orderly
fashion with infrastructure in place.
"There was a lot of concern," Lynch said. He estimated that the 28
families who were invited controlled more than three-fourths of the township's land.
Lynch also reported that he had talked with developers about making a
formal presentation to the public, but representatives of Glacier West are reluctant.
Conroy said he was planning to propose at Monday's regular meeting that
the board begin meeting twice a month.

Foster care does not just help children
Editor's note: This is the third in a three-day series about foster care in Union County.
This story details the events of a parent who has experienced the highs and lows of the
foster care system. Her identity has been protected. Most of the story is in her own words.

"I always loved my kids .... I neglected them."
She is 37 years old, single, the mother of three sons, a graduate of
Marysville High School and trained as a medical assistant. She is 5 feet
41/2 inches tall with dark hair. Two of her sons live with their fathers. She lost her third son to
foster care twice. His dad is not in the picture. "I was never happy." "I just chose the wrong choices."
She began drinking when she 12 years old. It was a way to escape from her problems.
"I was very self-destructive ... I had no respect for myself or others." Her voice trails off.
Foster care was "life changing" - the second time around. She started to
look at the service as an asset rather than an enemy. Before then she
"hated the social worker ... hated the judge."
She heavily used tranquilizers - prescription drugs - and was arrested
numerous times. She committed a felony before her son was born for
taking prescription medication while she was a medical assistant. Probation and a fine followed.
When her son was 2 she was overmedicating herself with tranquilizers and
passed out most of the time. Her toddler son was playing outside alone
and a neighbor called the police. They came and found her passed out.
She had a warrant for unpaid fines and was arrested. She spent 30 days
in jail. Her son went to foster care for the first time.
She couldn't stand the foster parents who had her son. She thought they
were in it for the money; thought they were condemning her; and didn't
like that they had control over her child. He was in foster care for six to seven months.
So, she did what she had to do to get her child back. She went to AA
meetings, attended counseling but admitted lying because she knew the
counselor would tell the social workers everything and she couldn't
trust them either. She "jumped through the hoops to get them off her
back and out of her life." It all was "totally ineffective."
She returned to her life -  good job, Mom was her baby-sitter. "I
couldn't leave my party crowd." "I wasn't ready to change."
Then her mother got very sick. She was on vacation in Maryland and had
an aneurysm. "It scared me." She was a "very strong, good woman." She
was living in her mother's house, but met someone she thought would take
care of her. She moved away and got pregnant. Her mother recovered
within six months. Two months later her mother had a stomach ache. She
was diagnosed with cancer and died seven days later. "I was naked."
Her mother died in March 2000. She describes her mother as the "greatest" and a safety net for her.
The day she buried her mother, the father of her third son told her to
move out. She went to a homeless shelter with a 6-week-old baby and a
5-year-old. She cashed a $2,000 savings bond from her mother and moved back to Marysville.
She called Children's Services for help to settle in. She had no one. "I
didn't know what to do .... It was the scariest time of my life ... It
was awful." Her ex decided he wanted the baby and was calling Children's
Services with claims of neglect. Children's Services investigated the
claims. She felt attacked by Children's Services. She was abandoned by
her family. She couldn't pay her bills. Her utilities were shut off. She
had no one to talk to. She gave up custody of the baby to his father. "I
wanted to die ... I hated waking up in the morning." She sank deeper
into the abuse of drugs. She wasn't giving her middle son his medication
properly. "What a mess ... a huge awful cycle."
Then Dani Nicol came into her life. Nicol was her social worker. She
knew this mom had problems, but initially was unable to figure out just
what they were. Nicol said the mom would forget her visits.
When the mom was jailed over a weekend for non-support, Nicol took the
5-year-old and placed him in temporary foster care. When he slept all
weekend, she suspected that he had been over medicated. Nicol got a
court order to take custody because of neglect. The court agreed.
" I was angry ... I fought for a couple months ... I was rude, nasty and mean."
She was also tired. A peace came over her. She realized that changes
needed to be made, changes in her. "I missed them (her children)." "I trusted Dani."
She had also found friends and support in her church.
"I would have been dead by now without my church and social worker ...
They loved me unconditionally."
She learned she could be honest and get help. Children's Services became
more than an investigator. It offered services, resources and referrals.
"It's a wonderful agency." "They (the court) believed in me."
The foster mom kept school notes and sent letters in the mail. Her son's
medication was stabilized. He was named to the honor roll at school.
He returned home to his mom. "Life is awesome ... Life is still hard."
She has a full-time job, a home. She's paying her bills and has a
computer, movies and VCR, even a car, thanks to her church. "It feels good."

Age no excuse when people are in need
Ermie Fowler, 92, heads to Florida to help disaster victims
He doesn't look, or even act like it but Marysville resident Ermie
Fowler is almost 92 years old. But his age has never stopped him from
working in the hot sun, rebuilding homes for disaster victims.
In the past three years, Fowler and Leroy Hutsell, 55, have worked on
six projects together across the United States. Together they have
repaired homes in the slums of Houston and built churches in the
backwoods of West Virginia and Florida.
"The people just love it," Hutsell said. "We've never met a grumpy person."
Friday the pair headed to Pensacola, Fla., to help out on a recovery
project benefiting poor neighborhoods ruined by Hurricane Ivan in
September. They plan to return Sunday with another good deed accomplished.
Fowler acknowledges that he should be relaxing and enjoying the quiet
life. He retired from Nestle's in 1978. Instead he feels the need to
keep giving back as long as he is able.
"The Bible tells you to help those that are less fortunate," Hutsell
said. "That's mostly what we do it for."
"I can't give them any money," Fowler agreed, "but I can give them my time."
Hutsell said poorer families often don't have the insurance to cover the
cost of repairing their homes after natural disasters occur. Through the
Emergency Response/Service Ministries of the Church of the Brethren,
repairs can be done at no cost to the victims. In the past 13 months,
more than 700 volunteers have assisted more than 50 families.
In every town they work in, Hutsell said, people are amazed that someone
from as far away as Ohio would drive more than a thousand miles just to
fix their house, paint their porch or build their town a church. They
are even more amazed when they learn Fowler's age.
"My pal Ermie, he's a chick magnet. I don't know if you want to print
that, though," Hutsell laughed. "They just absolutely love him."
He said Fowler will be painting a woman's porch and she will come by
every day to give him fruit from the garden. On one trip to Florida the
college kids in town for spring break flocked around him.
The trips also afford them the opportunity to get out of the house, meet
people they wouldn't normally meet and make lasting friendships.
"We get to be with like-minded people who like helping people," Hutsell said.
It has been rough at times, they both agreed.
Fowler said he went to eastern Virginia about five or six years ago to
help out in a town where the dam had broken and drowned some children.
Usually the people put them up in schools or apartments during their
stay but in this case the only place they could offer for sleeping was the floor.
On another trip to Virginia Beach they both stayed in a small home with
30 other people. The kicker was that there were only two bathrooms.
Hutsell said that during a project in Houston, a man was building a home
for his family, but died before he could finish.
"He left behind some kids and a wife," Hutsell said.
Their group went and finished the home for the family. It is
accomplishments like this that keep them interested in volunteer work.
Each house they build has a hard luck story behind it and their job is
to help create something positive.
Hutsell said he wanted to make sure that any article about them didn't
build them up too much. He explained that one woman in their volunteer
group, associated with the Tennessee Valley Authority, has spent 12
hours a day, 7 days a week, for the past 45 days, helping disaster victims.
Fowler said he does have some limits in his golden years. Drywalling and
sanding work is a little harder than it used to be, because his arms get
tired but, he agreed, no one likes doing those jobs anyway.
As far as stopping, he doesn't plan on it. As long as long as he feels
motivated, he is glad he can still lend a hand with Hutsell.
"I don't know. I just like to, I guess . I've always been a good nail
driver," Fowler said, then joked, "We don't do it for the money, that's
for sure."