www.browncountypress.com CMYK CMYK THE BROWN COUNTY PRESS Serving Brown County, Ohio since 1973 Vol. 37 No. 43 Sunday, June 6, 2010 Van Tielen gets 24 years BY Wayne Gates The Brown County Press A visibly shaken John Van Tielen was sentenced to 24 years in prison on June 1. Van Tielen, 51, pleaded guilty May 17 to four counts of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor. He originally faced ten counts of that charge following his arrest in Ripley last March. Brown County Sheriff’s Office investigators were led to Van Tielens door following a raid on a Georgia home by investigators in that state. A computer was seized and Van Tielens IP address was traced from e-mails that were sent containing child pornography. Georgia authorities contacted Brown County and a search warrant was obtained for Van Tielen’s home. Van Tielens computer and other media storage devices were seized and sent to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation for forensic computer analysis. Chief Deputy John Schadle of the Brown County Sheriff’s Office said last March that the images discovered were “some of the worst he had ever seen”. Judge Gusweiler agreed. “Repulsed does not even begin to describe my reaction to those photos”, the Judge said in court during the sentencing hearing. Gusweiler went on to talk about the children depicted in the photographs, some of them infants. “Heaven only knows what scars they will carry with them”, Gusweiler said. Christine Tailer, Van Tielens attorney, mentioned letters of support that people who know Van Tielen had submitted on behalf of her client. She also mentioned that Van Tielen had been very cooperative in the Brown County Jail with no incidents reported since his incarceration. Tailer mentioned that Van Tielen had been a productive member of the Ripley community following his release from a 30 year prison sentence for the rape of a New Jersey woman. He was jailed in 1991 and released in 2007 after serving 17 years. He then moved to Ripley. When Tailer mentioned alternatives such as community control and GPS monitoring of his location, Gusweiler told her he was bound by law to send Van Tielen to prison. “I can’t consider community control. I can’t consider home monitoring or anything like that”, the Judge said. Gusweiler then asked Van Tielen if he had anything to say. Van Tielen was shaking in his seat at that point and visibly crying. “Take your time”, Gusweiler said. After a couple of moments, Van Tielen rose to speak. “I let my fiancee down, I let my son down and I let my community down”, he said in a quavering voice. “I don’t excuse what I’ve done. I just want to get help and use whatever years I have left to come back home and watch my son grow up.” Then he sat back down at the defense table and hung his head. Judge Gusweiler then began the formal sentencing, saying that he had to take the safety of the community into account and that based on the pre-sentencing investigation, he felt the risk of Van Tielen reoffending was high. Gusweiler then moved through each count. “On count one...I sentence you to six years”. Van Tielen began to weep. Gusweiler continued. “On count two...I sentence you to six year to run consecutively to count one.” Van Tielen knew the word “consecutive” meant that the second six years would be served after the first six...and that his prison time had gone from six to twelve years. “Count three will run consecutively to count two”. Eighteen years. “Count four will run consecutively to count three”. 24 years. Each time Judge Gusweiler spoke the word “consecutively” Van Tielen sobbed loudly. After Judge Gusweiler informed Van Tielen that he was being classified as a Tier II sex CONTINUED ON PAGE 6 The Brown County Press/WAYNE GATES John Van Tielen cries as he expresses regret and remorse to Judge Gusweiler during his sentencing hearing. Brown County Commissioners put BCGH back on the market BY Wayne Gates The Brown County Press The Brown County General Hospital is up for sale again. Essent Healthcare of Nashville, TN, pulled out of a planned agreement to purchase the hospital last month at the last minute, surprising everyone involved. Now the process of finding a financial partner for the hospital is essentially starting over. “We want to do the best thing we can do to keep healthcare in Brown County”, said Board of Commissioners President Margery Paeltz. Paeltz said that a buyer for the hospital would be preferable to signing a management agreement for the facility, but both options would be considered. Following the announcement that Essent was pulling out of the sale of the hospital, Mike Patterson, Brown County Regional HealthCARE CEO, said that BCGH had made progress to ensure future success for the facility, including adding a pediatrician and two OB/GYN’s to the staff. “We are also very pleased to have recently incorporated new diagnostic technology to better meet the needs of the community. The hospital has CONTINUED ON PAGE 6 Gusweiler and Meranda attorneys make final cases on motion to dismiss lawsuit BY Wayne Gates The Brown County Press The Brown County Press/WAYNE BOBLITT Remembering the Fallen on Memorial Day in Ripley Second Vice President Charlene Stein with Courts-Fussnecker American Legion Post 367 Auxiliary in Ripley throws a red wreath off Ripley's Red Oak Creek Bridge in remembrance of sailors and Marines who have lost their lives at sea during a pause in the Ripley Memorial Day Parade on May 31. See page 2 for full story. An appointed judge will now decide whether the lawsuit filed by Brown County Clerk of Courts Tina Meranda against Common Pleas Judge Scott Gusweiler will be dismissed. Retired Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Thomas Nurre heard final arguments on the motion to dismiss the case on June 1. He has taken the matter under advisement and will issue a ruling in the coming weeks. Attorneys George Jonson and Lisa Zaring represented Judge Gusweiler and Meranda was represented by Attorney Eric Deters. Neither Meranda or Gusweiler attended the hear- ing and neither party broke any new ground during the proceeding. Jonson told Nurre that “the Plaintiff (Meranda) is trying to blur the actions of the Defendant (Gusweiler) into a bald threat of arrest” rather than acknowledge that Gusweiler had the authority to issue a court order demanding a set of keys to her office. CONTINUED ON PAGE 5 B R O A D S H E E T O D D Memorial Day Parade, Program held in Mt. Orab Former Mt. Orab businessman Hugh Cahall dies An estimated 300 to 400 people attended the 63rd Memorial Day Service held May 31 at the Mt. Orab Cemetery. State Rep. Danny Bubp, who also is a retired colonel with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, was the Memorial Service's keynote speaker following the 63rd Memorial Day Parade. That parade began at the Municipal Building Parking Lot on South High Street and pro- CMYK Index Classifieds ..Pages 28, 29 Court News......Page 25 Death Notices.........Page 7 Education .....Pages 23, 24 Opinion ..............Page 4 Social................Page 24 Sports ........Pages 18-20 Where to find us www.browncountypress.com Phone (937) 444-3441 Fax (937) 444-2652 219 South High St. Mt. Orab, OH 45154 email@example.com Sun Group NEWSPAPERS ceeded northward on North High Street to the cemetery. A Color Guard from Marine Corps Leatherneck Detachment 393 in Batavia carried the flags and led the parade, which also included, among other units, members of the Wilson Sroufe Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9772, the parade and Memorial Service organizer; Post 9772 Auxiliary members; the Western Brown High School marching band; WBHS Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets; Mt. Orab Women's Club mem- bers; and some Scout troop representatives. Following the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by a quartet of WBHS band members, Memorial Service emcee Bill Cornetet, a past VFW Post 9772 commander, welcomed those attending on behalf of the Post and its Auxiliary. Cornetet clarified at the beginning of his brief talk how some published reports about him being a Korean War veteran were inaccurate; instead, he had CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BY Wayne Boblitt The Brown County Press Hugh Cahall is being remembered by friends as an honest and upright man in both his business and his daily life. Mr. Cahall, a former Mt. Orab businessman, died May 13 at age 86. One of his sons, Grant Cahall, talked about how his father opened Cahall's Clothing Store, a retail business that sold a variety of men's and women's clothing, in 1946 in the vicinity of where the Cuppa Coffee Cafe is located now at 104 N. High St. in downtown Mt. Orab. Grant Cahall said his father was a clothing businessman for 60 years, and the business evolved over the years into what became Cahall's Workwear Store on South High Street in downtown Mt. Orab. At one time his father's business was in the building that now houses the Kelly and Wallace Law Office at 108 S. High St. in downtown Mt. Orab. Grant Cahall said as the years passed, his father's clothing CONTINUED ON PAGE 5 Hugh Cahall Mt. Orab police officers honored at council meeting BY Wayne Boblitt The Brown County Press Several Mt. Orab police officers, including two who were shot at by an assailant this past Jan. 3, were honored at the Mt. Orab Village Council meeting on June 1, and two also were promoted to higher positions. Mt. Orab Police Chief Bryan Mount first recognized four officers who in 2009 had met 30 percent or more of the Standards for Law Enforcement Physical Assessment set by the Dallas-based Cooper Institute. The four, who were present- ed certificates by Mt. Orab Mayor Bruce Lunsford, included Lt. Josh Black and patrolmen Jason Hahn, Joe Layton and Justin Conley. Mount then recognized and Lunsford presented a certificate to Patrolman George Baker for his work advising Explorer Post 16, a Boy Scouts of America affiliate sponsored by the Mt. Orab Police Department. “I'm of the opinion George has changed kids headed in the wrong direction in life,” Mayor Bruce Lunsford said. Mount then recognized and CONTINUED ON PAGE 21 CMYK BY Wayne Boblitt The Brown County Press The Brown County Press/WAYNE BOBLITT Mt. Orab police officers Chris Hodges, second from left, and Justin Conley display the Medals of Valor presented to them by Mt. Orab Mayor Bruce Lunsford, left, at the Mt. Orab Village Council meeting on June 1 in recognition of their involvement in a shootout with an assailant outside the Mt. Orab Police Station this past Jan. 3. Mt. Orab Police Chief Bryan Mount is at right.