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Star Beacon (Newspaper) - January 11, 2007, Ashtabula, Ohio THIEVES TAKING COPPER TO SELL PAGE A3 STAR THURSDAY JANUARY 11 2007 BEACON NEWSSTAND 50 CENTS HOME DELIVERY 35 CENTS CURRENTS Travel forecast 2007 Its likely to be more difficult expensive PAGEB1 COMICS Let the Star Beacon know what you think of LIO Email your opinions to or mail them to PO Box 2100 Ashtabula OH 440052100 PAGE OS DEATHS AUTUNEZ Marian J BARTON Robert G KERMES John S MARTIN Dorothy L PAGEA6 INDEX ClassifiedsD2 ComicsB4 B5 CurrentsB1 EntertainmentB3 OpinionA4 PuzzledB6 SportsC1 WEATHER Mostly Sunny Details Page A2 High 45 Low 39 Sunrise am Sunset pm SUPPORT OUR TROOPS Bacon Eggs Toast Kardohelys Restaurant To have the Star Beacon delivered to your house call 9943242 1 Where mistakes have been made the responsibility rests with me55 President Bush IN THIS video frame grab taken from television President Bush addresses the nation from the White House library in Washington Wednesday Associated Press Bush admits to mistakes in Iraq By TERENCE HUNT Associated Press WASHINGTON President Bush on Wednesday acknowledged for the first time he erred by fail ing to order a military buildup in Iraq last year and said he was increasing US troops by 21500 to quell the countrys nearanarchy Where mistakes have been made the responsibility rests with me Bush said The military increase puts Bush on a collision course with the new Democratic Congress and pushes the American presence in Iraq toward its highest level It also runs counter to wide spread antiwar passions See BUSH Page A2 Republicans criticize Bushs troop surge LaTpurette joins colleagues in opposition By MARGIE TRAX PAGE Staff Writer com Hours before President Bush made public his deci sion to send 20000 more troops to the Middle East with a concentration of military support in AIMaliki gives Mahdi Army blunt v choice disarm or face American onslaught PAGED1 Baghdad US Rep Steven LaTourette RConcord and other House Republicans sent the presi dent a strong letter oppos ing the deployment See CRITICIZE Page A2 Man tries to use the police as taxi service Suspect charged with underage drinking calls police on himself By MARGIE TRAX PAGE Staff Writer GENEVA A Madison man learned Wednesday morning that taxicabs are yellow not black and white with flashing lights Steven Telle 20 of Madison was arrested early Wednesday morning after he called the Geneva Police Department and demanded an officer drive him home from the Last Call Bar and Grill I have been drinking here all See TAXI Page A8 use police resources as a taxi service is an abuse of the police department We are not here for that purpose Geneva Police Chief Dan Dudik ire in Ohio Thousands report puffing people to state By MARK TODD Staff Writer Less than six weeks into Ohios new nosmoking law people are more than willing to blow the whistle on folks they catch blowing smoke Folks by the thousands apparently burning hotter than any cigarette have dialed the Ohio Department of Healths viola tion hot line Kristopher Weiss ODH spokesman said Wednesday To date weve received 25000 calls he said Theyre coming from all around the state Many of the callers are report ing businesses where smoking persists while others are dialing to ask questions abut the new law Weiss said A vast majority are calling the ODHs violation hotline number on signs that must be posted at the entrance to businesses Even though reports of violations are supposed to be reported directly to Columbus via the hot line local health departments have heard from tipsters too We get people stopping in and com plaining said Sally Kennedy Conneauts health commissioner We just refer them to the state We also field questions about the The Ashtabula County Board of Health has heard from plenty of out raged residents said Deborah Iliff health educator Most of them are turning in a viola tor Iliff said Some are from busi nesses who say they are in compliance with the law but a competitor is not Some of the calls have come from tavern owners in Ashtabula Iliff said See SMOKE Page A8 To date weve received 25000 calls Theyre coming from all around the state J 5 Kristopher Weiss ODH spokesman Ohio leads nation in home foreclosures High rate is a sign of states bigger economic problems ASSOCIATED PRESS COLUMBUS Ohio again leads the nation in home foreclosures an indicator of how the states lag in adding jobs is leading people to have trouble paying their bills economists say Besides joblessness and high gasoline prices high interest rates are squeez ing consumers who face high credit card debt and increasing house pay ments if their mortgage has an adjustable rate The fact is we have a continuing problem that isnt going to magically disappear overnight said Zach Schiller research director for Policy Matters Ohio a Clevelandbased economic research organi zation About 33 percent of Ohio homes and small apartment buildings were in foreclosure in October through December the highest rate of any state and three times the national rate of 11 per cent said a study by the See LEADS Page A8 MIDWESTERN STATES TOPS IN HOME FORECLOSURES Ohio had the highest raterbf foreclosures for oner tbiourunit resi dences in the third quar ter of 2006 according to a study by the Mortgage Bankers Association Here are the top five states compared with the national average State 1 Ohio 2 Indiana 3 Michigan 4 Mississippi 5 Oklahoma United States SOURCE Mortgage Bankers Association Foreclosure rate 332 290 220 190 166 105
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