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Daylight Saving Time begins 2 a.m. Sunday March 10, 2012 Vol. 121 No. 50 TODAY’S NEWS TODAY’S WEATHER 49° 31° For a full weather report, turn to Page 13A. INSIDE TODAY . Insideb.i.g save $$$ ons in coup elivery Home D INSIDE TODAY Sidney, Ohio $1.25 County jobless rate sees post-holiday rise BY TOM BARNETT The unemployment rate in Shelby County increased to 8.8 percent in January from 7.8 in December, according to latest statistics from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) released Friday. The number of individuals unemployed in December was 7.8 percent. In January last year the unemployment rate was 11.1. The number of workers unemployed in Shelby County in January was 2,100. Approximately 21.500 of Shelby County’s 23,000 labor force were employed last month. Ohio’s unemployment rate was 7.7 percent in January, down from 7.9 in December. Ohio’s nonfarm wage and employment rose salary 32,800 over the month from the revised 5,094.300 in December to 5,127,100 in January. Helen Scott of Shelby County Job and Family Services said Friday the figure is disappointing, “because really, we are seeing an increase in job postings. “The increase,” she continued, “may be due to the release of part-time workers hired for the holiday season. Those jobs, of course, have ended. “We’re pleased to have a variety of job postings,” Scott said. “All the way from entry level to truck driving, manufacturing, health care, engineering. social services and more.” “Not good news,” Mike Dodds, director of the West Central Ohio Development Council, said Friday. “January’s figures were unexpected, since many Shelby County industries are seeking skilled labor. Hopefully, February’s statistics will continue the See JOBLESS/Page 4A Sidney moves up in rank Ohio top in nation for development BY TOM BARNETT Remote Possibilities • Ashley Judd stars in “Missing” on ABC, in which she portrays a CIA-trained mother searching for her lost son across Europe. Inside DEATHS Obituaries and/or death notices for the following people appear on Page 3A today: • Terry D. Nolan For photo reprints, visit INDEX SDN Photo/Luke Gronneberg Better than snow Auglaize Neighbors.............2B Business ...........................10A City records ........................3A County records ...................4A Classified.........................3-8B Comics .............................12A Hints from Heloise ..............6A Horoscope..........................8B Localife ............................8-9A Nation/World.......................7A Obituaries ...........................5A Sports .........................15-17A State news..........................6A ’Tween 12 and 20.............11A Weather/Sudoku/Abby/Out of the Past/Dr. Donohue ..13A TODAY’S THOUGHT Thought for Today: “He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.” — Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopher. For more on today in history, turn to Page 12A. NEWS NUMBERS News tips, call 498-5962. Home delivery, call 4985939. Classified advertising, call 498-5925. Retail advertising, call 4985980 Visit the Sidney Daily News on the Web at Roger Baker, of Sidney, smoothes out the gravel in his driveway with his heavy-duty lawn tractor during a day of spring cleaning Friday. Baker is getting about as much use out of his tractor 11 days from the first day of spring as he did all winter. He only needed the tractor twice all winter to move snow. “Site Selection” magazine, whose yearly analyses are regarded by corporate real estate analysts as “the industry scoreboard,” has advanced Sidney to 12th place in its March issue listings. For several years the city had ranked 13th in the magazine’s annual listings. Sidney in 2011 is credited with a total of seven major expansion projects. This 12th-place ranking is the highest the city has reached. “Rankings are based on a number of things,” West Ohio Development Council director Mike Dodds said Friday. “They incude capital investments, the number of substantial construction projects, equipment purchases and amount of capital investments. “Last year was a banner year for such projects in Shelby County, among them See SITE/Page 4A Cons even easier in electronic age Children, elderly especially vulnerable BY PATRICIA ANN SPEELMAN Editor’s note: This is the last in a series of articles alerting readers to the dangers of consumer fraud and other 21st century swindles. The series is presented by the Sidney Daily News in observance of National Consumer Protection Week (March 4-11). Additional articles ran Thursday and Friday. Cyber crime has exploded worldwide. Advances in technology that make global business possible and profitable have also made it easier and easier for criminals to prey on unsuspecting citizens. The elderly and children are particularly vulnerable. Medicare fraud Just last week, a doctor in Texas was charged with bilking American taxpayers out of $375 million over five years in the largest Medicare fraud case yet to come to light. Pro Seniors is a senior citizen advocacy organization that trains volunteers to help older persons with legal and long-term care problems. Lu Ann Presser, of Sidney, is one such volunteer. She will represent Pro Seniors as a panelist March 27 at two Better Business Bureau discussions in Sidney about scams. “Home health agencies can mis-bill,” Presser said in describing how Medicare fraud takes place. “For home health agencies to be paid by Medicare, the patient must be homebound. Some agencies intentionally looked the other way.” Another scheme to look out for, she noted, is one in which a doctor bills a patient more than the legal amount the patient is responsible for. “Medicare usually covers 80 percent of service. The per- son is responsible for 20 percent. Say a doctor charges $150 for a service. Medicare says, ‘That’s too much. A legitimate amount for that service is $100.’ So Medicare pays $80 and the patient would pay $20. The doctor cannot bill the patient for the extra $50,” Presser said. She cautions people to look closely at the summaries of transactions that come from their insurance companies. The summaries are labeled “Explanation of Benefits.” People should not pay any bill until the insurance company has sent a summary that says what part the patient should pay. The elderly became even more vulnerable when Medicare Part D was added. They are bombarded annually at sign-up time by companies who want to sell them coverage. Some of those companies take money for premiums but don’t actually provide coverage. Others use the operation to obtain Medicare card numbers as the first step to identity theft. Presser said that clinics and “rolling labs” that set up at senior citizen centers and shopping malls and offer free medical tests in exchange for a Medicare card number are fraudulent. “Don’t ever give anyone your Medicare number or your Social Security number,” she warned. Telephone, Internet scams Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Better Business Bureau President/CEO John North and Presser all listed what’s known as the “Grandma Scheme” as one of the most prevalent attempts at cyber crime today. Con artists pose as friends or family members in need to defraud potential victims. For example, a scammer hacks into a consumer’s email account and sends messages to all the consumer’s contacts saying the consumer has been hurt or is in trouble in another country and needs money immediately. 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