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2A ∫ THE ALPENA NEWS ∫ Friday, April 16, 2010

4.9 quake shakes Utah, Wyoming, Idaho SALT LAKE CITY (AP)

— A magnitude 4.9 earth-



Charles E. Dettling, 81, of Black River died Thursday, April 15, 2010 at home. He was born Feb. 7, 1929, in Freedom Twp., Mich., to Elmer and Nellie (Davenport) Dettling. Raised in Manchester, Charles worked as a manufacturing engineer for Double A Products. On June 4, 1953, he married Janet MacDougall in Detroit. They were residents of Manchester until retiring to Black River in 1989. Known as “The Bike Man,” Charles refurbished old bicycles and gave them away to needy children. He was a member of St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church in Black River. Charles is survived by children, Curt seven (Brenda) of Milan, Joe (MaryAnn), Bruce (Michelle), and Jill (Greg) of Manchester, Cheryl (David) Bauer of Tecumseh, Debra


Louise E. Olsen, 102, of Alpena passed away Thursday, April 15, 2010, at Tendercare Alpena. was Louise born April 18, 1907, in Sanborn Township to Louis and Johanna (Kollien) Eller and had been a life-long resident of the Alpena area. She married Allen Olsen on Dec. 30, 1925, at Trinity Lutheran Church. They had farmed for many years in the Spruce area. He preceded her in death in 1985. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Alpena, truly loved to cook, bake, play cards make rugs, play bingo and she rarely missed an auction sale. Surviving are two daughters, Geraldine Rhoads of Alpena, Virginia Sievert of Saginaw, Mich.; five grandchildren, Linda (Ray) Ritchie, Ken (Debby) Rhoads, Sandra (Mark) Taylor, Shirley (Tom) Jones,

(Jim) Barth of Harrisville, and Cathy (Pam) of Black River; 17 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; his sister-in-law, Susan (Edward) Gardner of Interlochen, Mich.; and his cherished pets, Toby and Alf. He was preceded in death by his wife, Janet on Aug. 6, 2008; by his grandson. Andrew Thompson; and by two brothers. Victor and Clifford Dettling. Mr. Dettling is at Gillies Funeral Home, Lincoln, where visitation will take place on Friday from 4 until 8 p.m., with a Parish Prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation continues on Saturday at St. Gabriel Catholic Church at 10 a.m. until the Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Rev. Robert Bissot will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Manchester. Memorials suggested to Hospice of the Sunrise Shore or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Ron (Brenda) Sievert; 13 great-grandchildren; 17 great-greatgrandchildren; and a brother, Alfred (Pat) Eller of Ossineke. She was preceded in death by four sisters, Lee, Margaret Martha Beck, Mable LaRoche, Lillian Wager; a brother, Wallace Eller; and two sons-in-law, Lloyd Rhoads and Herbert Sievert. Louise Olsen is at McWilliams Funeral Home Alpena where friends may call on Friday from 2-8 p.m. and on Saturday April 17, 2010, at Grace Lutheran Church from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. with Rev. Owen Williams officiating. Interment will be at Pleasant View Cemetery in Spruce. Memorial donations may be made to Grace Lutheran Church. Please visit Louise’s personal web page at where you may share a memory or photo with her family or sign the online guest book.


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quake rattled parts of Utah, Wyoming and Idaho on Thursday evening. There were no immediate reports of significant damage or injuries. University of Utah officials say the quake hit just before 6 p.m. MDT. The epicenter was about five miles east-northeast of Randolph, a tiny town about 73 miles northeast of Salt Lake City.

The quake was the largest in Utah since a magnitude 5.9 temblor hit near St. George in 1992, according to Relu Burlacu of the University of Utah seismograph stations. The U.S. Geological Survey Web site logged more than 1,400 responses from people who said they felt Thursday’s quake less than an hour after it struck. Re-


BAUMGARTEN, Frederick C., 80, of Hillman died Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at home. He is survived by his wife, Betty; daughters, Donna (Mike) Hallock of Toledo, Catherine, Lisa of Hillman, and Kathy of Onaway; sons, Frederick Jr., Douglas (Deb) Elwell of Kentucky, Gary (Joy) Elwell of Onaway, David (Sharon K.) Elwell of Jackson, Chris (Sharon F.) Elwell of Onaway, and Joe of Cheboygan; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary Reno of West Branch, Barbara (Donald) Pearl of Jeddo, and Delores (Rudy) Angermeier of Avon Park, Fla.; and brother, Norbert (Delores) of Clemens. Visitation will be Friday, April 16, 2010, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Chagnon Funeral Home. The funeral will be Friday, April 16, 2010, at 2 p.m. at the Chagnon Funeral Home. Final Resting Place will be at North Allis Township Cemetery. BURNHAM, Gerald, 84, of Alpena, died on Thursday, April 15, 2010, at Tendercare/Alpena. A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of The News. Arrangements are being handled by the Bannan Funeral Home. A memorial service for E. Kent Sherman, who died on Friday, April 2, 2010, will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2010 at 1 p.m. at the Alpena Yacht Club with Judge Jack Kowalski officiating. Arrangements are in care of McWilliams Funeral Home-Alpena.


ALPENA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER ADMITTED TUESDAY Tammy L. Clark, Alpena Theresa M. Conger, Alpena Donald J. Sommerfield, Alpena ADMITTED WEDNESDAY Elizabeth J. Manning, Lachine Onnallee D. Jones, Hillman ADMITTED THURSDAY Rachel M. Fox, Alpena David and Mandy Burdinie of Alpena are the parents of a son, Nathan Alexander, born Wednesday, April 14, 2010. He joins sisters, Olivia and Rebecca. Grandparents are Marvin and Marilyn Budinie of Grawn, and Doug and Debbie Witte of Grand Ledge. BORN IN KILLEN, TEXAS Kristie and Byron Jackson of Killeen, Texas, are the parents of a son, Parker W. Jackson, born Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at The Darnell Medical Center in Killeen. Grandparents are Ken and Linda Connon of Ossineke, and Robert and Julia Jackson of Okemos. Great-grandparents are Rita C. Connon of Alpena, Erma Liebler of Oscoda, and Wilbur Jackson of Las Vegas, Nev. BORN IN LANSING Thomas and Heidi Frere of Lansing are the parents of a son, Liam Thomas, born at Ingham Regional Medical Center on Wednesday, April 7. He joins a brother, Shannon. Grandparents are William and Carol Rasmussen of Spruce, and Thomas and Karen Frere of Taylor Ridge, Ill.


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be interesting. As a Democrat, she came to see what everybody's viewpoints were. “I'm not here to support or not to support. I'm here to spectate,” she said. The tea party has become a national political phenomenon and seeing what was going on with it locally was worthwhile, said Adam Pavlik of Alpena. “I thought it would be interesting to see how this crowd compares with the popular perceptions of what tea partiers are like,” he said. Bob and Diane Hunt of Alpena Township decided to come because they wanted to support people who are “running to make things better,” Diane Hunt said. “It's to support people that are defending the rights of our country which we're losing fast,” Bob Hunt said. Patty Ramus can be reached via e-mail at or by phone at 358-5687.


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A sentencing agreement was struck between the two sides that saw all but one of the more serious felonies dropped, including embezzlement over $100,000. The remaining charge was embezzlement by an elected official. In February Hagerman sentenced Dobbyn to a stiffer penalty than recommended. Dobbyn had 20 days to either accept the sentence or she could pull her guilty plea and take her chances in trial. Pfeifer said it is a good thing that Dobbyn was granted work release because it will allow her to repay the county. He also said many people in Montmorency County are probably going to feel as if she got off with a light sentence. “I know there are going to be many who are going to feel like she avoided going to jail and the sentence was to soft,” Pfeifer said. “She is going to have a hefty restitution to pay and if she can’t do that she will have a hearing, and should the judge find that she is not making the expected effort or holding up her end of the agreement, she can be sentenced on the 10-year felony.” Steve Schulwitz can be reached via e-mail at or by phone at 358-5689.

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nity college month. ∫ the next board of trustees meeting is scheduled at 7 p.m. on May 20. A budget workshop will be held at 6 p.m. prior to the meeting so the board can go over the first reading of the 2010-11 fiscal year. Crystal Nelson can be reached via e-mail at or by phone at 358-5693.

sponses ranged from Provo, Salt Lake City and Ogden to Jackson, Wyo., and Pocatello, Idaho. “It was pretty strong,” said Stacy Showalter, who works at Gator’s Drive-Inn in Randolph. She said a cook was jolted a couple feet from the grill to the counter. Bart Shiveley, a 25-yearold security guard in the Wells Fargo Building in downtown Salt Lake City, said it felt like “swaying on a boat or in a rocking chair; it was nothing big.” Mark Glick, 54, a lawyer who works on the 18th floor of the Wells Fargo building, said he was standing up in his office when it happened. “It felt like a mild earthquake,” Glick said. “Most people didn’t feel it, this is just like a small tremor.” A dispatcher with the Rich County sheriff’s office said the temblor was strong enough to shake pictures on the wall. In the southeastern corner of Idaho, Franklin County

sheriff’s office dispatcher Dave Matthews felt the quake for about 20 seconds, and it was strong enough to shake him in his office chair and make the window blinds sway. “The lights on my phone lit up like a Christmas tree,” Matthews said, “Everybody felt it, but nobody was injured.” Bear Lake County dispatcher Linda Jensen said there were reports of minor shaking near Fish Haven, a tiny community on the banks of the Bear River, but nothing serious. Four earthquakes with a magnitude 3.0 or greater have struck within 16 miles of the epicenter since 1962, according to officials at the University of Utah seismograph stations. The largest was a magnitude 3.8 in 1979. A 4.6 quake struck in 1966 within 32 miles of Thursday’s epicenter. Burlacu said smaller aftershocks are possible.

MOSCOW (AP) — A Foreign Ministry spokesman said Thursday that adoptions of Russian children by U.S. families had been suspended, although other Russian and U.S. officials disputed this. Spokesman Andrei Nesterenko said during a briefing that new adoptions by Americans are on hold pending a visit in the next few days by a U.S. delegation to reach an accord on future placement of Russian children. The U.S. hopes to resolve a bitter dispute that broke out last week, when an American woman sent her 7-year-old adopted son back to Russia on a plane by himself. “Further adoptions of Russian children by American citizens which are currently suspended will be possible only if such a deal is reached,” Nesterenko said in a televised briefing. “Russia believes that only an agreement that contains effective tools for Russian and U.S. officials to monitor the living conditions of adopted Russian children will ensure that recent tragedies in the United States will not be repeated,” he said. But the Russia Education and Science Ministry, which oversees international adoptions, said it had no knowledge of an official freeze. A spokeswoman for the Kremlin’s children’s rights ombudsman said that organization also knew nothing of a suspension. And in Washington, the U.S. State Department said the administration had gotten conflicting information when it sought clarification from Russian officials about the status of adoptions. Spokesman P.J. Crowley said the U.S. was continuing to seek clarification. “Right now, to be honest, we’ve received conflicting informa-

tion,” he said. The boy’s return — with little supervision or explanation, aside from a note he carried from his adoptive mother saying he had psychological problems — outraged Russian authorities and the public. Russia has a large population of abused and neglected children, many of them the children of alcoholics. Many of these children wind up living in large institutions, because adoption by Russian families is still relatively uncommon. But as Russia has prospered over the past decade, the fate of these children, especially of those sent abroad, has increasingly been the focus of concern. Russian lawmakers for years have suggested suspending foreign adoptions, citing a few high-publicized cases of abuse and killings of Russian children adopted by U.S. families. The Tennessee woman who sent back her adopted Russian son last Thursday claimed she had been misled by his Russian orphanage about his condition. Russians were outraged that no charges were filed against her in the United States. “How can we prosecute a person who abused the rights of a Russian child abroad?” the children’s rights ombudsman, Pavel Astakhov, said in a televised interview Wednesday. “If there was an adoption treaty in place, we would have legal means to protect Russian children abroad. Some 3,000 U.S. applications for adopting Russian children are now pending, according to the Joint Council on International Children’s Services, which represents many U.S. agencies engaged in international adoption.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah attorney general’s office is responding to an investigation of allegations that false testimony may have been provided during the 2007 criminal trial of polygamous church leader Warren Jeffs. On Thursday, the office said it learned two days ago that papers used by Canadian midwife Jane Blackmore to document her medical care of Elissa Wall following a miscarriage in 2002 may have been re-created records — not originals as represented during the trial. Wall’s 2001 spiritual marriage — at age 14 — to her 19-year-old cousin was the basis for Jeffs’ criminal conviction on two counts of rape as an accomplice. Wall claimed she had been forced into the marriage and that her sexual relationship with her husband was forced. The Associated Press does not generally identify those who claim to have been sexually assaulted. But following the trial, Wall spoke publicly about her experiences and recounted them in a book, “Stolen Innocence.” Jeffs, 53, the spiritual leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is serving

two prison terms of five years to life. The conviction is on appeal to the Utah Supreme Court. In papers filed Thursday, the Utah attorney general’s office said it would not object to a stay of the appeal if Jeffs’ defense attorneys want a judge to hear the allegations. Washington County Attorney Brock Belnap quietly launched an investigation of the allegations in February after he was told by a third party that Wall may have “lied” about her medical records. A telephone message seeking comment from Blackmore was not immediately returned Thursday. Jeffs defense attorney Wally Bugden on Thursday said he is still deciding how to proceed but looks “forward to a process by which (the defense) can examine witnesses and determine whether people gave false testimony in Mr. Jeffs trials.” Bugden said it appears there may have been attempts by some involved with the case to obstruct justice and he hopes that anyone who may have been hesitant to come forward in the past will do so now.

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