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Sheriff releases monthly activity reports
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Sunday, April 13, 2014 8:00 PM

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VAN WERT — Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach has released the Sheriff’s Office Activity Report for March.

Sheriff’s Office cruisers traveled 23,160 miles while on patrol answering citizens’ complaints, serving criminal and civil papers, performing other Sheriff’s Office functions and transporting prisoners to state institutions and juveniles to juvenile detention center facilities. Of the 23,160 miles driven, 2,964 miles were made on inmate transports for a total of 16 trips.

From the Archives - April 14, 2014
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Sunday, April 13, 2014 8:00 PM

One Year Ago

The Delphos Public Library enjoys a healthy patronage of 10,000 users and in 2012, circulated nearly 200,000 items. During National Library Week April 15-20, the resource center will offer special programs to say “thank you.” The week will include taste-testing of local delicacies, a “Family Night” and a Mother/Daughter Tea Party.


‘I AM A BULLY’ sign-holder calls sentence unfair
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Sunday, April 13, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Sunday, April 13, 2014 7:09 PM )

SOUTH EUCLID (AP) — An Ohio man who spent hours on a street corner Sunday with a sign declaring he’s a bully says that the punishment in a disorderly conduct case was unfair and that the judge who sentenced him has ruined his life.

Sixty-two-year-old Edmond Aviv mostly ignored honking horns and people who stopped by to talk with him in South Euclid, the Northeast Ohio Media Group reported.


Ohio Homeland Security releases Safer Ohio phone app nearing Boston Bombing Anniversary
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Sunday, April 13, 2014 8:00 PM

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COLUMBUS – As the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing approaches it is important to emphasize the public’s critical role in solving that case.

Tips from the public in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing led to the arrest in that horrific incident. To that end, today Ohio Homeland Security released the new Safer Ohio Phone App, which includes the “See Something, Send Something” feature to further engage the public in contributing to a safer Ohio.

The new app is being released in time for potential use with the numerous spring and summer large-scale events across Ohio beginning this month. By using this function, the general public is able to report suspicious information or activity and send photos to Ohio Homeland Security analysts.

The application is available at no cost on both Android and Apple devices.

“The public’s reporting of suspicious activity is one of our best defenses against terrorist threats and our greatest resource to building resilience,” said Director John Born, Ohio Department of Public Safety. “An aware and engaged public that understands what constitutes unusual and suspicious behavior is essential to protecting our communities. And this function of the application gives citizens one more way to share this vital information.”

The application provider, My Mobile Witness, uses patent-pending privacy protection software for safeguarding the integrity of tips and citizen’s personal information. The system allows law enforcement or Ohio Homeland Security analysts to engage citizens without tracking one’s location or storing personal information. Submitted tips are immediately removed from the mobile device and purged from the My Mobile Witness system once delivered to Ohio Homeland Security for analysis.

A tutorial illustrating the application can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qv9CZNFHYrs&feature=youtube

As always, tips can be submitted to Ohio Homeland Security at 1-877-OHS-INTEL or for emergencies, call 911.

Gay Ohio couples eager for marriage ruling today
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Sunday, April 13, 2014 8:00 PM


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CINCINNATI — Pam Yorksmith has a 3-year-old son and is about to have a second child, but her name won’t be on either of the children’s birth certificates without a judge’s order.

That’s because Yorksmith is married to a woman, and Ohio doesn’t recognize gay marriage.