Anna Yvonne Wheeler, 69 of Columbus, formerly of Cadiz, died Friday, July 24, at the Kobacker House in Columbus, Ohio. She was born March 3, 1946 in Martins Ferry, Ohio a daughter of the late Lawrence A. and Laura K. Miller Wheeler. She was a member of St. James A.M.E. Church in Cadiz and St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Columbus. A retired schoolteacher having taught in the Columbus Public Schools, she was a member of the National Association of Black School Educators; the Ohio State University Black Alumni Association and served in the U.S. National Guard during Vietnam Era. She is survived by a son, Christopher (Theresa) Wheeler of Hudson, New York; her brothers: Lawrence U. “Monty” (Hope) Wheeler and Howard G. (Cheryl) Wheeler all of Columbus; three grandchildren: Tyler, Noah and Emma; and her Aunt, Dorothy Goggins of Columbus, Ohio. Calling hours will be held Sunday, Aug. 2 from 7-9 at Clark-Kirkland Funeral Home, Cadiz, Ohio. Funeral service will be held Monday, Aug. 3 at 1 p.m. at St. James A.M.E. Church, 300 East Market Street, Cadiz, with Rev. William Lewis officiating. Burial will follow at Cadiz Union Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. James A.M.E. Church, c/o Treasurer Viva Jackson, 79801 Jackson Rd., Cadiz, Ohio, 43907 The memorial guestbook may be signed at www.clark-kirkland.com.
ResponsibleOhio submits 95,000 more signatures
COLUMBUS – ResponsibleOhio today delivered 95,572 supplemental signatures to the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office to put marijuana legalization on the ballot in November. ResponsibleOhio also turned in 27,585 voter registrations. In June, ResponsibleOhio turned in over 695,000 signatures, but fell just short of the number of valid signatures needed to qualify for the ballot. ResponsibleOhio was then given 10 days to collect an extra 30,000 valid signatures. “The enthusiastic and overwhelming response we’ve received from hundreds of thousands of voters across the state has shown us one thing–it’s time for marijuana legalization in Ohio,” said ResponsibleOhio Executive Director Ian James. “Despite some politicians’ games, we look forward to presenting to voters our comprehensive plan to tax, regulate and make marijuana safe in our state. We’re confident that in November, voters will repeal failed marijuana prohibition in our state once and for all.” ResponsibleOhio still plans to pursue legal challenges to protest the 40,000 signatures that were not counted and 20,000 signatures that were improperly invalidated by the Secretary of State’s Office during the initial petition filing. Husted Names Special Investigator for ResponsibleOhio Petitions, Subpoenas Records COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today named David Bowers to serve as a special investigator to review discrepancies in the petitions submitted by ResponsibleOhio in their effort to place a constitutional amendment before voters this fall. “As with every possible case of election fraud, it is my responsibility to investigate and hold accountable anyone who may have cheapened the voice of all Ohioans by cheating the system,” said Husted. “I have long stated that voter fraud is rare, but it happens; and when it does, we will call out the guilty parties and hold them accountable.” Significant disparities remain between the number of petitions and signatures ResponsibleOhio claimed to have collected and the number the group actually submitted to the Secretary of State’s Office. There are also discrepancies between the hard-copy petitions and what should have been identical electronic copies of those petitions. Such discrepancies, if the product of fraud, are subject to criminal penalties up to a fifth degree felony. Secretary Husted will also exercise his authority under section 3501.05 of the Ohio Revised Code to subpoena Ian James and any relevant records in the possession of ResponsibleOhio and The Strategy Network to aid in the investigation. David Bowers, Esq. is the principle at the Law Offices of David Bowers in Lima, Ohio. He is the former Prosecutor of Allen County where he was the longest-serving county prosecutor in Ohio at the time after 28 years of service. During his service, he maintained a conviction rate in excess of 90 percent in criminal prosecutions. Last month, Secretary Husted issued a warning to ResponsibleOhio when it was discovered by county boards of elections that The Strategy Network, the organization managing ResponsibleOhio’s petition drive, was submitting an alarming number of fraudulent voter registration forms. “Fraud and sloppiness have more in common than being the devastating cause of undermining voter confidence, they are illegal and will not be tolerated by my office,” added Husted.