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Cleveland, Ohio - The resentencings of Amish people convicted in beard- and hair-cutting attacks on fellow members of their faith in Ohio should not result in significant decreases in their prison terms, assistant U.S. attorneys are arguing.Thatâ€™s especially the case for Samuel Mullet Sr., leader of the Bergholz community, who initially was sent to prison for 15 years, assistant U.S. attorneys wrote in a sentencing memorandum filed in advance of the 1:30 p.m. March 2 resentencing hearing.
Cleveland, Ohio - The leader of a breakaway Amish group in Ohio whose hate crime convictions for beard- and hair-cutting attacks were overturned wants a federal judge to release him from prison when he's resentenced next month.All 16 members found guilty in the attacks that targeted Amish who had criticized them are to be resentenced March 2 in Cleveland since the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the most serious convictions against them.
Old Washington, Ohio - The State Highway Patrol is investigating an accident involving three Amish Buggies that took place on Sunday night alongside I-70.Troopers say a 17-year-old man was seriously injured as a result of the crash that took place on Bridgewater Road, near the intersection with Carlisle Road, just west of Middlebourne. According to Sergeant Eric Knowlton of the Cambridge Post, the victim attempted to pass another buggy traveling the same direction at around 8:30 p.m. Sunday and was clipped by a third, on-coming buggy, which ejected the victim from his buggy. The buggy the victim had just passed swerved to miss the man lying in the middle of the road and hit a phone pole.
Driving the pony cart along a Reno County road, Galen Yoder was headed to school with two rosy-cheeked, white-capped young girls by his side.Galen, 14, and his two sisters Megan, 12, and Deanna, 9, still ride a horse and buggy to their one-room schoolhouse secluded off a county road alongside a tall row of pine trees in southern Reno County.Despite a subtle migration of Old Order Amish away from Yoder, these children and many others still embrace the simple way of life. But for some it wasn't simple enough.
Pinecraft, Florida - Itâ€™s a weekday at 2 p.m. Though definitely past the peak lunch hour, thereâ€™s still a line of customers waiting to be seated at Yoderâ€™s Restaurant. Itâ€™s an eclectic collection of patrons â€” overall-clad construction workers in yellow hardhats, college students in university sweatshirts and flip-flops and an Amish family from Wisconsin, easily recognizable in their bonnets, beards and plain dress.
West Middlesex, Pennsylvania - A criminal complaint filed Friday against a Lawrence County man stems from an October incident when he tried to call out to children on a playground from a nearby outhouse.Lucas Avery Klobetanz, 38, of Ellwood City, was arraigned Friday on a charge of luring a child into a motor vehicle or structure. He was committed to the Mercer County Jail on a secured bond, a Pennsylvania State Police release said.
Pinecraft, Florida - Not only is the Suncoast a haven for snowbirds, but also a group of people who come from Holmes County, Ohio and Lancaster, Pennsylvania -- the Amish and Mennonites.The Pinecraft community, located off of Bahia Vista in Sarasota County, is their vacation hot spot.
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania - A Lancaster County man will face trial for allegedly touching an Amish teenager and woman while they slept during two separate burglaries.Justin Schwanke, a Goodville parolee who has a prior burglary conviction on his record, waived a preliminary hearing Thursday morning before District Judge Rodney Hartman.
Marion, Ohio â€“ Since she was 9 years old, Emma Lister had helped her mother, Sarah Schwartz, bake cookies, pies and breads in the kitchen of their home near Lancaster.Her father, Levi Schwartz, then would take their wares to roadside stands, farmers markets and flea markets, where they would be sold."A lot of it is Amish heritage," said Lister, who "grew up Amish" before leaving the community with her father and four of her sisters over differences about speaking to non-Amish people about the Bible.
Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania - â€śAmish Mafiaâ€ť notwithstanding, the man responsible for what many around the world know of the Amish is Donald Kraybill.Now the widely known Plain Sect researcher is retiring. Kraybill is teaching his last classes at Elizabethtown College and will step down as senior fellow at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, a research center at the college, at the end of June.
Middlefield, Ohio - A second teenager has been sentenced to prison aftercommitting crimes against the Amish in Geauga, Trumbull and Ashtabula counties last year.Christopher Barnett, 18, of Middlefield Township, pleaded guilty on Nov. 24 to two counts of third-degree felony complicity to attempted felonious assault, one count of third-degree felony complicity to robbery, one count of fourth-degree felony safecracking and four counts of fifth-degree felony breaking and entering.
Indianapolis, Indiana - Indiana House committee members have passed a bill allowing a religious exemption from photographs on state identification cards.The Roads and Transportation Committee approved the bill Wednesday that would allow the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to issue a photo-less ID to applicants who have sincere religious objections to having their pictures taken. Instead a digital image using facial recognition technology would be kept on record.
Herman, MY - Passing drivers would slow and stop to gawk at the Howells' house and barn and old mobile home, which were shrouded by a line of trees and overgrowth along the road. So the Matthewses did something they had never considered before. They bought the homestead, burned and buried it.
Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania - The winter solstice is past and each cold but lengthening day brings closer the time when white flowers will blossom on five young trees standing in a shallow and tragic valley.Five young Amish girls - named Anna, Lena, Marian, Mary and Naomi - were murdered there in 2006.Some locals are unaware of the trees' significance. Others welcome the sight of them maturing, season by season.
Richland, Ohio - A 6-year-old Amish boy was killed Friday afternoon when he was hit by a car as he reached for a hat that blew onto a road.Police said Ronald S. Smith, 50, of Richland, was driving his 2002 Dodge Durango on Oswego County Route 2 in the town of Richland about 12:40 p.m. when Jonathan L. Swartzentruber entered the road going for the hat, which police said had blown off his head.
Berlin, Ohio - For more than 30 years, Jerry Schlabach has owned and operated Berlin Bulk Foods, a quaint Amish mom-and-pop shop nestled in the heart of downtown Berlin.His five sons all worked at the store. And each received a traditional Amish education, graduating after the eighth-grade. Despite this, Schlabach recognizes a need for increased technology and computer training in his community, a counterintuitive notion given the belief structures of the culture he was born into.
Middlefield, Ohio - Another teen has admitted helping to commit organized attacks on the Amish in Middlefield Township.Gerald Wise, 19, of Cleveland, pleaded guilty Jan. 8 in Geauga County Common Pleas Court to two counts of attempted felonious assault, one count of complicity to commit robbery and four counts of complicity to commit breaking and entering.
With the new year, Illinois' Amish population can apply for state ID cards that donâ€™t require a photo.State Representative Adam Brown (R-Champaign) says itâ€™s taken a while to find a way to satisfy concerns of the Secretary of State and State Police, as well as abide by Amish religious beliefs against having their picture taken.
The hype around Y2K had some engaging effects on commerce. Take for example, a Amish village in Kidron, Ohio where many people evade complicated conveniences.As CBS News match Richard Schlesinger reported, a townâ€™s hardware store, Lehmanâ€™s, had the right things during a right time. Everything Lehmanâ€™s sold was non-electrical and during a time many of a business were non-Amish.
Narvon, Pennsylvania - A horse and buggy ran away with no driver, eventually flipping onto its side Wednesday morning with three young children inside the carriage.Caernarvon Fire Company Deputy Chief Lennie Martin said the children, ranging in age from 2 months to 5 years old, suffered only minor injuries.
As a young Amish girl in Bowling Green, Missouri, I had the joys of living on a farm and learning to work hard. I learned how to do many things at a very young ageâ€¦...Milking cows, hanging out the laundry, hoeing the garden, caring for chickens, and walking to schoolâ€¦ these were some of the things I did, and even enjoyed. We had no running water, no electricity, and we used â€śhorse and buggyâ€ť for transportation. I must say I enjoyed a good life, in that respect.However, there was one subject that always concerned me. I remember looking up into the sky, and knowing that someday I would die.
My name is Benjamin Beachy, and I was born and raised in an Old Order Amish community. Growing up, I loved to train horses and play volleyball, and I appreciated that I was taught the value of working hard.I knew about Christ at a very young age. I remember thinking that if He died on the cross for us, why did we have to do all this other stuff? Why did we have to follow all these lists of rules? If we still had to work our way into heaven, did He not die in vain? I had a Christian non-Amish family that pretty much adopted me since I was about twelve years old, and they would talk about Jesus. They will never know how much they impacted me.
Preston, Minnesota - A trial date has been set for a Fillmore County Amish couple who said their beliefs were violated.During a pre-trial hearing for Ammon and Sarah Swartzentruber on Wednesday, a judge went over conditions for the trial scheduled January 8 in Fillmore County District Court.
Dear Amish Voice:You have some good literature, but one thing I would like to point out is: You sound too sure of the salvation part. â€śOnce saved always savedâ€ť is not Biblical. Yes, we hope (hofnung) weâ€™ll get to Heaven, but we need to not be too sure (that is, God needs to judge and decide). As the Bible says, Many will say Herr, Herr (Lord, Lord) and will be disappointed when the Lord says, â€śDepart from me for I never knew you.â€ť Some people will think they are serving the Lord, but are serving self more than they even realize.
Cleveland, Ohio â€“ A federal judge today scheduled a hearing for Feb. 24 to resentence Amish bishop Sam Mullet and 15 followers who were convicted in 2012 for hate crimes in connection with a series of beard- and hair-cutting attacks.The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the convictions of Mullet and his breakaway Amish group from Jefferson County, which could have allowed prosecutors to retry the case.
Fairchild, Wisconsin - Piles of horse manure dotting the winding roads of eastern Eau Claire County, evidence of the communityâ€™s Amish population, have gotten to be too much for Doug Farmer and some other town of Fairchild residents.Farmer said the number of horse droppings along town roads has grown and is not only a messy eyesore but poses dangers to bicycle riders and motorized vehicle drivers.
Columbus, Ohio - A federal appeals court in Ohio has declined to hold a hearing by the full court on overturned hate crimes convictions involving beard- and hair-cutting attacks targeting Amish.The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati on Thursday notified prosecutors and attorneys in the case that it has denied the federal governmentâ€™s request for a hearing before the full court on a three-judge panelâ€™s decision. The panel split 2-1 in August in favor of throwing out the hate crime convictions.