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Star Beacon (Newspaper) - January 5, 2007, Ashtabula, Ohio Outrageous moments in 2006 movies WEEKENDER STAR Celebrities say do the craziest tilings PagcB3 WWII vet 2els jacket ack after 63 years Page Bl BEACON FRIDAY JANUARY 5 2007 NEWSSTAND 50 CENTS HOME DELIVERY 35 CENTS Soldier survives Iraq dies while back home Family remembers him as full of surprises By MARK TODD Staff Writer MONROE TOWNSHIP After dodging the dan gers of military duty in Iraq US Army Pfc Craig Georgia 21 met his end a short distance from his Monroe Township home A onevehicle crash in the earlymorning hours of Dec 29 accomplished what insurgents could not Two weeks earlier Georgia returned to Fort Hood Texas after spending a year in Iraq and arrived home one week later for a holiday visit his father Daniel Georgia of Monroe said Thursday Craig Georgia joined the Army shortly after gradu ating from Conneaut High School in 2004 He had reenlisted Daniel Georgia said He was going to change his profession within the service from gunner to An officer in the military police at Fort Hood Craig also was mulling a career in law enforcement when his military service was completed his father said Craig was full of surpris es including a big one he See IRAQ PageAS CRAIG A GEORGIA Associated Press NEWLY ELECTED Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi celebrates from the podium as Minority Leader John Boehner looks on in the US Capitol in Washington Thursday Dems officially take Congress History made with Pelosi becoming House speaker By DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent WASHINGTON In a day of cere mony and historic change Rep Nancy Pelosi became the nations first female House speaker on Thursday as Democrats eagerly took control of Congress for the final two years of President Bushs term The Democrats are back rejoiced Pelosi and within hours the House had cleared stricter new ethics rules on a vote of 4301 As is customary the opening moments of the 110th Congress pro duced pledges of bipartisanship at both ends of the Capitol Yet Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid signaled a new political order when they swiftly challenged Bush over the war in Iraq No issue in our country is more important than finding an end to this intractable war said Reid D Nev Completing the mission in Iraq is the presidents job and we will do everything in our power tojensure he fulfills it Bush is expected to announce a revised strategy next week for the war which has claimed See DEMS Page A8 KraftMaid gives out pink slips Unknown numbers laid off at Orwell Middlefield plants By STACY MILLBERG Staff Writer Masco Corp the parent company of KraftMaid Cabinetry Inc of Orwell and Middlefield laid off a number of its retailcabi netgroup employees Thursday The number of employees laid off could not be con firmed but the layoffs are apportioned among three locations in Ohio and one in Thayer Pa said Kathleen Yokes Masco Corps communications director Both KraftMaid plants in Middlefield as well as the Orwell factory are being affected by the layoffs which include salaried and hourly employees Two KraftMaid employees confirmed that the employees receiving layoff notices were hired after November 2005 Another KraftMaid employee in Middlefield estimated layoffs there alone would hit 500 The layoffs are a direct result of the slowdown in the newhome construc tion industry Yokes said Housing starts were down 12 percent in 2006 she said The majority of that was in the second half of the year Employees were given no advance notice of the lay offs which Yokes said is not uncommon As with most layoffs once a decision is made action is taken she said Its standard in business All salaried employees received severance pay and hourly employees have reemployment opportunities if callbacks take place she said Whether the layoff is per See SLIPS Page A8 Woman gets 10 years for conspiring against officials ASSOCIATED PRESS PAINESVILLE A woman who conspired with her fiance to blow up the houses of a judge and three other officials over a dispute about a tax bill was sentenced to the maximum 10 years in prison Thursday Dawn Holin 35 of Madison Township attempted to withdraw her guilty plea to four counts of conspiracy to commit murder before she was sentenced Lake County Common Pleas Judge Eugene Lucci denied Holins motion saying she could not pro vide a sufficient reason to withdraw the plea Public officials who administer the law will be protected by the law Lucci said after the hear ing Authorities said Holin and her fiance Joseph A Sands 41 of Madison schemed to bomb the homes of Painesville Municipal Judge Michael Cicconetti North Perry Police Chief Denise Mercsak village Mayor Thomas Williams and local prosecutor Joseph Gurley Sands was sentenced to the maximum 20 years in prison last month after being convicted of three See YEARS Page A8 California man arrested at airport after he traveled to meet boy By STACY MILLBERG Staff Writer smillberg com JEFFERSON A 53yearold male was arrested Dec 29 at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport after allegedly arranging to meet a juvenile from Jefferson The arrest comes following a sixmonth investigation by the Jefferson Police Department the Federal Bureau of Investigation Internet Crimes Against Children and Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation according to a statement issued by Jefferson Patrolman Dave Wassie Thursday Dennis B Lay of Los Angeles Calif area was arrested as he retrieved his luggage at baggage claim Lay was allegedly coining from Los Angeles to the Jefferson area to meet a juvenile under the age of 16 according to the statement Lay was charged with federal crimes involving the crossing of state lines to have illegal contact with a minor younger than 16 years of age according to the statement According to a recent study consisting of interviews of 1500 youthInternet users between the ages of 10 and 17 conducted by the University of New Hampshires Crimes Against Children Research Center 13 percent or one in seven of youth Internet users received unwant ed sexual solicitations through put the course of the study March to June Four per cent of youth Internet users received aggressive solicitations in which solicitors made or attempted to make offline con tact with the youth according to wwwmissingkidscom Four percent of all youth Internet users said online solici tors asked them for nude or sex ually explicit photographs of themselves according to the Web site INDEX Advice 06 Classifieds E1 Currents81 Easy LivingD1 OpinionA4 SportsC1 DEATHS Page A6 A7 ALLEN Dorothy BECKMAN Ruth BUCHTINEC John H CUNNINGHAM Robert EVANS Beverly M KENNISON Earl KINNEY Henrietta MATEJKOVIC Frank MclNALLLY Yolande J MOZZOCCO Nick M SANTORIELLA Joseph TALCOTTAbbyA TUROS Richard T WELCH Kenneth Bridge St Pizza Now Open 9645555 Happy 50th Bday Tom Volpl From Your Family Friends ft Staff at Albinos LA Cafe Fish Fry 4 DJ Rldgevtew Elem Rev Raffle MtCarmel Gr Prize Jan 27 9975339 WEATHER 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