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School killer not charged in Lima prison escape

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LIMA — A teenage school killer serving three life sentences who escaped from a Lima prison last month will not be charged, a prosecutor said today. He wanted to avoid giving the killer another chance to show insolent behavior towards the families of victims.Thomas “T.J.” Lane, 19, and Lindsey Bruce, 33, who also is serving a life sentence with no chance for parole, will not be charged. Clifford Opperud, 45, has been charged with felony escape, Allen County Prosecutor Juergen Waldick said today.Opperud is serving a 12-year sentence and is up for release in less than nine years over a home-invasion robbery in Warren County.

 

Man accusing cops of beating him pleads not guilty

LIMA — A Spencerville man who accused police of beating him during an arrest walked into an Allen County courtroom using a cane Friday to plead not guilty to felonious assault.Tyler Paxson, 19, is charged with one count of felonious assault, a fourth-degree felony, which carries a maximum penalty of 18 months in prison.Paxson said he was the victim of a brutal attack by police.“They are just trying to save themselves. They are trying to put more st...

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Inmate involved in Oakwood escape pleads not guilty

LIMA — One of the inmates who escaped from the Oakwood correctional facility last month was in court his morning pleading not guilty to one count of escape.Clifford Opperud, 45, is charged with one count of escape, a second-degree felony that could earn him an additional eight years prison on top of his 12-year sentence for a home invasion robbery in Warren County. Opperud has less than nine years remaining in that case.Thomas “T.J.” Lane, 19, and Linds...

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Tricks and haunted happenings

LIMA — The time has come again for ghosts, vampires and things that go bump in the night.Those looking for a good scare this Halloween season will have plenty of places from which to choose this year. And keep reading for some friendly fall attractions for the family as well.FINDLAYPurgatory7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 12619 Crystal Ave.New indoor haunted attracti...

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Letter: Vote ‘yes’ on Auglaize County parks levy

On Nov. 4 Auglaize County voters should take the opportunity to approve a very important issue for the county.The Heritage Trails Park District is asking for approval of a 0.6 mill levy for seven years to help maintain and develop parks, programs, and natural areas in the whole of Auglaize County. For a modest cost, outdoor recreation opportunities, for all ages can be substantially increased for all areas of the county with the passage of this levy.The recent “Wal...

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Seattle Times: FCC right to scrutinize exorbitant prison phone fees

OCT. 21, 2014 — One out of 28 children in the U.S. has a parent in prison or jail, a rate so astonishing, and growing, that “Sesame Street” felt the need to add a fuzzy little blue-haired character, Alex, to talk about his locked-up dad.Keeping the Alexes of the nation — 2.7 million children — connected with an incarcerated parent is vital. Maintaining family bonds between inmates and their kin has been shown to be one of the best ways of reducing reci...

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Letter: Lima Lantern Tour was a success

Recently, my husband and I, along with some friends, bought tickets for the first time to the Lima Lantern Tour downtown. I saw it advertised on Downtown Lima’s Facebook page and decided it would be fun to try out.What a great tour it was.Our group of about 35 people departed from Lima’s Premier Paint and Sip and walked to various buildings around town to learn about the history and legends of downtown Lima. Our tour guide, Bob Cook, was very informative and ...

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Jon Husted deserves another term as Ohio secretary of state

Jon Husted kept his promise after the 2010 election.Husted promised the state of Ohio that he would clean up corrupt boards of elections in Ohio.I live in Putnam County and we were in such turmoil and were only ranked eighth from the bottom; now Putnam County is in the top 10. Husted took his time, studied and checked all facts, and fired members who grossly abused Sunshine Laws and power. Husted has cleaned up the 88 boards of elections and has improved the integrity of...

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Letter: Lawmakers, governor killing schools

If Elida’s need for a school levy was the result of a mismanaged school system, exorbitant facilities or outlandish salaries, I would be the first in line to vote “no.” However, that is hardly the case.The “cause” of our school’s monetary shortfall is the Ohio Department of Education, self-serving state representatives, and a governor who are recklessly driving two separate, taxpayer-funded school systems — namely, the highly managed, accou...

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Proposed Indian resorts merits scrutiny

I don’t feel it would be advantageous to allow the land for the resort to be redistricted as Indian territory without first looking at the ramifications that might ensue from the tax laws.It wouldn’t be an advantage to build an Indian resort in Ohio if it takes business and taxes from our federal, state and local agencies. I’m sure they will want to build a casino in this resort and that could remove tax dollars from both state and federal funds. This would result...

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Bluffton’s Moorer nationally honored

BLUFFTON — Bluffton University freshman Ollie Moorer has been named to the D3Football.com Team of the Week following his record-setting fourth quarter at Earlham on Saturday. It marks the second time in two weeks that a Beaver has secured the award.Senior Brad Swavel was the first Bluffton player to be recognized on the D3Football Team of the Week after he finished with nine tackles to go along with an interception, a forced fumble, a breakup and a fumble recovery in Bluffton...

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Celina slips past St. Marys

ELIDA — It would be safe to assume there were no secrets between Celina and St. Marys in Thursday’s Division II district championship boys soccer game at Elida.During the regular season, the two teams battled to a 1-1 tie.Thursday’s contest wasn’t much different.A Celina goal, a little more than four minutes into the contest, was all the Bulldogs needed to knock off the Western Buckeye League champions, 1-0.Celina held St. Ma...

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O-G, Grove ousted

KALIDA — Volleyball is all about getting the ball in the right place at the right time that allows a team to make those little three and four point runs.Liberty-Benton (21-4) was able to do that and Ottawa-Glandorf wasn’t, and the result was a 3-1 win for the Eagles in Division III district semifinal action Thursday night.The Titans were tied 17-17 in the first game before they ran off three straight points to go up 20-17. But, L-B answered with an 8-2 run to...

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World Series moves to quirky San Francisco park

SAN FRANCISCO — Eric Hosmer loaded up, launched a long fly and watched it sail toward McCovey Cove. Way out there in right field, near the 421-foot mark, the ball bonked off the brick wall.No splash shot.“We were definitely trying to hit ‘em,” the Kansas City first baseman said. “We took turns trying, but no one did.”Even so, Hosmer liked what he saw during a workout Thursday as many Royals got their first look at San Franci...

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Security breakdown: Inmate letter, sources detail issues during prison escape

LIMA — An inmate who witnessed the escape of three other inmates from Oakwood correctional facility last month said the plan was long in the works and being crafted in front of staff.The inmate, who did not want his name used, said he lived side by side for the past year in the same housing unit as Chardon High School killer Thomas “T.J.” Lane, Clifford Opperud and Lindsey Bruce. About a year ago, he said, Opperud and Lane became “lovers.”&#...

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Candidate speak at legislative forum

LIMA — Potential judges, state representatives, treasurers, congressmen, along with the unopposed, shared their five minutes of political summaries at a legislative reception at the City Club Thursday.“It’s an opportunity to have all of us get to know each candidate and issues important to their platform,” Brian Young, of Time Warner Cable, said.Jim Jordan, current U.S. Representative of Ohio District 4, said if he is re-elected, he will continue ...

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Healthcare is headache for small businesses

LIMA — Small business owners and employees have to juggle a lot of different roles, and for Tim DeHaven, the Affordable Care Act only adds one more thing for him to do.DeHaven owns DeHaven Home and Garden Showplace in Lima and said the Affordable Care Act “somewhat confused” the way he offers healthcare to his employees.“These new laws are not really fair because poor people end up on a better end of the spectrum than people working who have a job...

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School alerts delayed

LIMA — Parents of students at many area school districts learned about a two-hour fog delay from text alerts Thursday morning.Unfortunately, they weren’t quite as informed when districts decided the lingering fog was too thick for safe travel. They missed that jiggle in their pocket, as an issue with the most popular carrier in the region nixed that message.“We do have a strong following with our e-text alerts, so there was some confusion at first,̶...

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