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Vol. 121 No. 65 March 31, 2012 TODAY’S NEWS TODAY’S WEATHER 55° 45° For a full weather report, turn to Page 14A. Sidney, Ohio $1.25 $1.5 billion spent on lottery Mega Millions jackpot boosts ticket sales BY PAUL WISEMAN Associated Press INSIDE TODAY . Insideb.i.g save $$$$ ons in coup INSIDE TODAY CHICAGO (AP) — Across the country, Americans plunked down an estimated $1.5 billion on the longest of long shots: an infinitesimally small chance to win what could end up being the single biggest lottery payout the world has ever seen. But forget about how the $640 million Mega Millions jackpot could change the life of the winner. It’s a collective wager that could fund a presidential campaign several times over, make a dent in SDN Photo/Luke Gronneberg struggling state budgets or For photo reprints, visit take away the gas worries and JAY FLEDDERJOHANN, of New Knoxville, buys eight Mega Millions lottery tickets from grocery bills for thousands of GasAmerica employee Nikki Garrett, of Sidney, Friday. The reason Fledderjohann gave for See LOTTERY/Page 7A buying the tickets was, “I want to retire some day.” Toll bridge system OK’d for county Remote Possibilities • Kit Harington stars in “Game of Thrones” on HBO. Inside DEATHS Obituaries and/or death notices for the following people appear on Page 5A today: • Betty J. Hollenbacher • Mary R. Bower • Mary M. Folkerth • Allen P. Hance Sr. • Frieda Marie (Young) Hance INDEX Auglaize Neighbors...........18A Business ...........................10A City, County records ...........4A Classified.........................1-6B Comics .............................13A Hints from Heloise ..............6A Horoscope........................12A Localife ............................8-9A Nation/World.......................7A Obituaries ...........................5A Sports .........................15-17A State news..........................6A ’Tween 12 and 20.............12A Weather/Sudoku/Abby/Out of the Past/Dr. Donohue ..14A TODAY’S THOUGHT “An optimist may see a light where there is none, but why must the pessimist always run to blow it out?” — Rene Descartes, French philosopher (born this date in 1596, died 1650) For more on today in history, turn to Page 13A. 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 Effort to ease budget problems Shelby County officials have come up with an innovative plan to solve the county’s budget woes, although it may not be popular with the traveling public. Shelby County Commissioners Thursday voted unanimously to institute a toll program for the three most heavily traveled bridges under county jurisdiction. The program is expected to generate thousands of dollars each week for the cash-strapped entity. “We know some folks will be opposed to the plan,” said Commissioner Jack Toomey, “but it’s better than a levy or sales tax increase. If everybody gives a little as they SDN Photo/Luke Gronneberg travel throughout the county, For photo reprints, visit they won’t miss it and it will THE FAIR Road bridge that spans the CSX Railroad tracks near Sidney Middle School is one come back to them in the way of three in Shelby County that will become toll bridges by October in an effort to ease the county’s financial problems. To cross the bridge in either direction, motorists will have to pay See TOLL/Page 2A a 50-cent toll. Sheriff’s Office employee arrested Accused of misusing government computer program BY KATHY LEESE A Shelby County Sheriff's Office employee was arrested Thursday and charged with a felony offense after it was found she had allegedly misused a government computer Hughes program for personal reasons. Christy Exley Hughes, 33, of Sidney, a dispatcher with the Sheriff ’s Office, was charged for allegedly using the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway (OHLEG) computer program to look up information on people and make it public. OHLEG is a program administered by the Ohio Attor- ney General's office. Law enforcement officials are able to look up names, addresses, driver's license, FBI numbers, sex offender status and other personal information on an individual and also on the individual's neighbors. Suspended Shelby County Sheriff Dean Kimpel is also facing five counts of the same violation. His trial is scheduled for this summer. Interim Sheriff John Lenhart confirmed the charge against Hughes, a 10-year employee with the department. “We had a complaint that an individual’s personal information was obtained. When we investigated, we found out that Christy Hughes, the suspect, got on a government computer (program), OHLEG, and retrieved information about this person and their family and apparently for (her) own use, used that information,” Lenhart said. “We had a complaint that she violated the policy. There were several instances. She was on several computer programs ... disseminating that to the public. When somebody does something like this, we’re not going to tolerate that. The public trust is what’s important to us,” Lenhart said. “That’s against Shelby County Sheriff's Office policy; it’s against OHLEG (policy),” Lenhart explained. The sheriff said when an employee uses OHLEG, it requires a password that flashes a warning that the information obtained can only be used for official government purposes. Lenhart said Hughes will appear in Sidney Municipal Court on the charge Monday at 1:30 p.m. She faces up to Customer Appreciation Days 2267265 HUBER HEIGHTS PIQUA SIDNEY TROY WEST MILTON Tan FREE Saturday *Tan Free Saturday March 31, 2012 Friday - Saturday-Sunday 3 DAYS of HUGE SAVINGS one year in jail if convicted. Hughes has reportedly been placed on administrative leave without pay. A predisciplinary hearing in the case regarding her employment will be held at the Sheriff’s Office on Monday at 9 a.m. as required by the union contract. “What we’re concerned about now is felony criminal violations,” Lenhart said. “It is my opinion that the general public is not excited about the government having authority to look at personal information. The Sheriff’s Office takes this very seriously.” “As the sheriff, I’m saddened by having to arrest one of our own, but when abuses of confidentiality come up, we have to step up to the plate,” Lenhart said. 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