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This week in history July 19,1799 - During Napoleon Bonaparte&apos;s Egyptian campaign, a French soldier discovers a black basalt slab inscribed with ancient writing near the town of Rosetta, about 35 miles north of Alexandria. The irregularly shaped stone contained frag- ments of passages written in three different scripts: Greek, Egyptian hieroglyphics and Egyptian demotic. The ancient Greek on the Rosetta Stone told archaeologists that it was inscribed by priests honoring the king of Egypt, Ptolemy V, in the second century B.C. More startlingly, the Greek passage announced that the three scripts were all of identical meaning. The artifact thus held the key to solving the riddle of hiero- glyphics, a written language that had been "dead" for nearly 2,000 years. July 20, 1969 - American astronaut Nell Armstrong, 240,000 miles from Earth, speaks these words to more than a billion people listening at home: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Stepping off the lunar landing module Eagle, Armstrong became the first human to walk on the surface of the moon. July 21,1955 - President Dwight D. Eisenhower presents his "Open Skies" plan at the 1955 Geneva summit meeting with representatives of France, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union. The plan, though never accepted, laid the foundation for President Ronald Reagan's later policy of "trust, but verify" in relation to arms agreements with the Soviet Union. Thu 7/19 103/76 ' Mostly sunny. Highs 101 to 105F and lows in the mid 70s. 7/20 Times of sun and clouds. Highs 98 to 102F and lows in the mid 70s. Sat 102/75 7121 Times of sun and clouds. Highs 100 to 104F and lows in the mid 70s. Sun 99/72 7122 Plenty of sun. Highs in the upper 90s and lows in the low 70s. Mon 99/73 7123 Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 90s and tows in the low 70s. Inside... Meriden Thresh pg. 6 Dog Kennel pg. 7 Motorcycle accident pg. 7 Park changes pg. 4 Obituaries... Eunice Kenison, 89 Arthur Rhoades, 82 County news and photos at: jeff countynews, com ********************** FOR ADC 980 1629 22P 6T SMALLTOWN PAPERS INC **C005 217 W COTA ST SHELTON WA 98584-2263 ; II,l,,I,,I,,I,l,l,,h,h,h,l,h,l,l,ll,,,,ll,,,,lll,,,I,hhl !1 JL JL  -. S K A L 0 0 S A Russell D. Baston Baston works plea agreement with prosecutors by Dennis Sharkey . A man who is accused of at least one burglary and possibly linked to several others pleaded guilty last week and is facing four years in prison. Russell D. Baston, 44, is currently being held in the Douglas County Jail after being released last Thurs- day from the Jefferson County Jail after an appearance in district court where he entered a guilty plea to one count of burglary and one count of theft. Baston appeared before District Court Judge Gary Nafziger with his attorney Mike Hayes to enter the plea. In exchange prosecutors dropped a charge of fleeing or at- tempting to elude a police officer and a charge of criminal damage to property. Baston led Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies on a chase March 17 in which he escaped by driving through a field in a large truck that had been reported stolen. Baston was captured the next day at an apirment complex in Law: rence. Many of the items that were reported stolen in Jefferson County were found in Baston's possession. As part of the plea deal Baston will not be prosecuted for any other burglary or theft cases that the Sheriff's department is currently working. Sheriff Jeff Herrig said in March that Baston was believed to be linked to a ring of burglaries. Baston is currently waiting to be arraigned in Douglas County District Court on two counts of theft, two counts of failure to appear, a count of failure to comply, a count of obstruction and a count of battery of a law enforcement officer. Baston also faces charges in Leavenworth County. Sentencing for Baston in Jeffer- son County District Court will be Aug. 9. Baston is facing 47 months in prison for the two counts he pleaded guilty to. Council still confused about how to approach property issues by Dennis Sharkey After more than a year of effort the Oskaloosa City Council and Health Board still don't know how they will move forward with resolv- ing issues. The main issue is having private citizens sign complaints against their neighbors. Councilman John Norman asked City Attorney Mike Hayes why health board members cannot sign complaints. "If it needs to be documented and we need to go to court the people on the health board including myself and Kathy (Griffin) are more than happy to sign it," Norman said. Hayes would not comment specif- icaily about the issue claiming that each case is different and the facts of each case need to be determined before a solution can be developed. The current ordinance has a se- quence of steps that must be taken in order for the process to be fair and legal according to Hayes. The first step in the process is having two private citizens signing a complaint that is presented to the health board. However, Hayes said the complaint cannot come from the health board. "Why can't it be?" Norman asked. "We're citizens." Hayes said any defense attorney would argue there is bias if the complaints were signed by the same board that is tasked with investigat- ing the issue. "There has to be a basis to begin the investigation," Hayes said. See Weeds Page 4 "Six Months Older Than The State Of Kansas" Former Tiller associate will appeal ruling by Dennis Sharkey The former associate of an abortion doc- tor who was murdered in 2009, Dr. Ann K. Neuhaus, rural Nortonville, will file an ap- peal after having her license stripped by the Kansas Board of Healing Arts. Neuhaus had her medical license stripped by the board at a hearing on June 22. Neu- haus was found guilty by the board of pro- viding rubber stamp approvals for late term abortions to the late Dr. George Tiller. Neuhaus' attorney, Kelly J. Kauffman of Topeka, said her client had until Aug. 3 to file the appeal. Kauffman said normally an appeal would be a one page document stating the intent to appeal. Usually the appeal is filed immediately. However, Kauffman said the nature of this appeal is much wider in scope and takes more time. An appeal should be filed sometime this week in Shawnee County District Court ac- cording to Kauffman. Neuhaus also is fighting a more than $92,000 bill from the board for all of the pro- ceedings against her. The bill contains administrative and at- torney costs for the board and the judge who presided over the hearings and ultimately rendered an opinion to strip Neuhaus of her license. The bill also contains more than $48,000 in expenses for Georgetown professor Dr. Liza H. Gold. She was the expert witness for the case against Neuhaus. The original complaint filed with the board was against Tiller. However, after his death the petitioners Operation Rescue turned their attention on Neuhaus. One of the com- plaining parties, Cheryl Sullenger, has been convicted in Federal Court for attempting to blow up an abortion clinic in California. According to Kansas Statute anyone can file a complaint against a doctor even if that See Doctor Page 4 Kyle Johnson is the newest member of CPA Brad Hammel's team in Oskaloosa. Photo by Dennis Sharkey Local CPA business now offering more by Dennis Sharkey A well-known Oskaloosa business is ex- panding what it has to offer to local clients. Brad Hammel, CPA, has added a financial adviser to his accounting firm. Kyle Johnson officially joined Hammel's staff last month as the full-time financial services adviser. Johnson lives in Topeka where Ham- mel has another office and will be in the Oskaloosa office from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Wednesday for clients or by appointment. Johnson said the number of days could ex- pand if business picks up. Johnson and Hammel have worked together on a part-time basis for the last 18 months. Johnson said the two met at a regular meeting that both attend in Kansas City. "We just kind of hit it off and realized we made a great partnership and have gone from there," Johnson said. Johnson said their partnership is a unique situation for customers. "Investments affect taxes and taxes are affected by investments," Johnson said. "We feel like it gives us a comprehensive look at a client's financial picture." Johnson said he can help clients prepare for retirement no matter what the client's situation is. A client who is fresh out of high school or a person on the verge of retirement and is looking to maximize their holdings they can help. "We are capable of taking them from square one and helping them walk through steps and plan a path to reach specific goals," he said. "We work with both of those situa- tions and everything in between." Jefferson County Ambulance readies for Meriden substation by Dennis Sharkey The Jefferson County Ambulance Depart- ment started running two ambulances 24 hours a day this month and it has already started paying off. Ambulance Director James Tweed told commissioners on Monday that call volume is up 10 percent over this time last year and more than 17 percent from 2010. "I can't tell you what a difference that has made in response times," Tweed said. "We're seeing immediate results:" A rise in call volume isn't a statistic Tweed wants to see but the number of ac- tual transports is also up at a 9.5 percent rate which means the calls turn into actual volume and what is not considered a cancel- lation. As of July 15 the department received 675 calls with 430 (64 percent) of those calls ending in a transport of a patient. About 14 percent of the calls ended in refusal of service and about 18 percent have ended in a cancellation. A cancellation can have a number of different definitions including a refusal of service, standby for a fire that has no injuries or standby at athletic events. Between 30 and 35 percent of all calls during a normal period end up in a cancel- lation of some type. Currently the two ambulances are operat- ing out of the station in Oskaloosa but that will soon change. Tweed expects the inside work of a new ambulance substation in Meriden to be completed in the next two weeks. The second ambulance unit will work out of Meriden. The two on duty ambulances per work shift is a permanent move. Tweed expressed great relief when re- porting the progress to commissioners on Monday. He has been working on the second substation for more than two years. "It's been a long time coming," Tweed said. "It's a big relief for me." Tweed no doubt feels a lot less pressure. Before the second ambulance was added, many on-call shifts were filled by himself. "It makes me feel a lot more ease with what we are providing," Tweed said. The addition of the second ambulance came with good timing. Since July 1 the aver- age daily volume of calls has nearly doubled from the previous six months of the year. Tweed attributed the rise in calls to the heat but said there are different aspects of the heat that generate calls. His department sees more calls from patients with chronic illnesses. He said the heat is an aggravator to many of those ill- nesses. Tweed said the heat also brings out more people having a good time which also leads to more accidents. "When it gets hot like this people tend to do crazy things," Tweed said. "People are enjoying themselves a little more." Tweed said an open house for the new substation will be scheduled soon. In other actions: Commissioners approved to send two employees to coroner training. Road and Bridge Director Francis Hub- bard reported that the annual chip and seal program is completed with nearly 40 miles serviced. Commissioners approved a contract with Keystone Learning Services to provide nurs- ing and monthly screening services for all of the programs Keystone provides. K-State vet, livestock specialist discuss swine gestation stalls by Mary Lou Peter Recent news that some major U.S. restau- rant chains, including McDonald's, will phase out buying of pork supplied by producers who use gestation stalls for pregnant sows has sparked conversation and concern among pork producers as well as consumers. Lost in some of the conversation regarding swine gestation stalls is why pork producers implemented them to begin with, according to Kansas State University veterinarian Steve Dritz, and K-State Research and Extension livestock specialist Joel DeRouchey. 'Tde've seen increased pressure from out- side influences on swine producers to change their management practices," DeRouchey said. "This is their livelihood. For those work- ing in the barns, working with the animals - they love the animals and they care for them on a daily basis. They want them to do as well as possible." A gestation stall is an area in which a sow is confined during her pregnancy and fed to meet her individual nutritional needs, Dritz said. When sows are in group pens, some sows will eat more than they should, while others will eat less than they need. Also, because pregnant sows can be ag- gressive and physically harm one another, sows kept in gestation stalls are protected from other sows. "The sow can stand up and lie down," Dritz said. "The one major drawback is that she cannot turn around." Dritz said that he'd spent time in Europe recently and learned that on farms where sows can voluntarily move in and out of ges- tation stalls, the animals chose to spend 80 to 85 percent of their time in such stalls. In research designed to measure stress hormones in swine, scientists have not found differences in sows that are free to move about versus those housed in gestation stalls, he said. "From a production standpoint, we find no difference, both can be successful," Dritz said, referring to gestation stalls or open pens. "But from a health standpoint, there is no question that gestation stalls protect the animal and prevent injuries. That's a point that is missing in many of the messages." Gestation stalls also make it easier for producers to monitor each sow's health and to administer vaccines, if needed. 'Tdithout understanding all the facts and the advantages and disadvantages of these systems, it's easy to draw conclusions re- ally quickly without truly understanding the long-term implications and the history of why we once were without gestation stalls, whywe moved to this system, and now why the re- .. -/ luctance by owners and managers to go back . ,. < : to the way we used to do things," DeRouchey said. See Pork Page X july 19, 2012 Vol. 153, Number 5 10 Pages$ 1.00 Published Every Thursday Official Jefferson County Newspaper, Oskaloosa, Kansas Lori A. Courter Oskie woman accused of torturing child by Dennis Sharkey An Oskaloosa woman is currently being held in the Jefferson County Jail on charges that she allegedly tortured a child. Lori A. Courter, 22, is facing one count of abuse of a child; torture to cause great bodily harm and one count of aggravated battery with intent to cause great bodily harm. Courter was arrested on Monday afternoon after an interview with investigators. Sheriff Jeff Herrig said the in- vestigation began on June 13 when his department was contacted by Jefferson County Ambulance about a possible child abuse case. Courter is accused of burning a three-year-old female. Courter had been watching the child. Herrig said he believed the child's father was the boyfriend of Courter and both lived together. Herrig said he could not comment on the degree to which the child was burned or how she was burned but indicated the injuries were serious. "They're not good," Herrig said about photos he viewed of the child's injuries. Herrig said the investigation is still ongoing but investigators be- lieved they had enough information after speaking with Courter to charge her. As of press time Tuesday morning Courter had not been before a judge to set bond. The only information about the child's condition is that she is recover- ing. City tries to limit access to burned house by Dennis Sharkey Oskaloosa City Council members have taped off a burned down house in hopes children will stay out. The city decided to cordon off the property on the corner of Hamilton and Delaware streets after City At- torney Mike Hayes told the council that in doing so the city would relieve itself from any liability if someone were to get hurt. He said the fault would then lie with the property owner Greg Killingsworth. The house burned down in late May and the ruins have remained virtually untouched since. Some council members such as Emily Malsbury want to do a lot more than just tell people to stay out. She told other council members at the July 5 meeting that she wanted the house taken down immediately. "Somebody is going to get hurt over there," Malsbury said. Hayes said the city cannot order the property demolished until the proper procedures have been done in sequential order. "You can't skip a step," Hayes said. The council ordered Fire Chief John Harem to investigate the prop- erty and present the findings to the council. Hayes said at that point the city can decide whether or not to act. "Nothing has been presented to the governing body," Hayes said. "They have to have s omethi to act upon." Normally with a dangerous build- ing five citizens need to sign a corn- See House Page 9