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Jeff Billiel

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Jeff Billiel, Schneider's editor at the Daily News, is now the paper's publisher.
"He was very good at telling a story in human terms so you really felt it," Billiel said. "He was only here four years, and a lot of people here still remember him." But the learning curve was steep. "He knew absolutely nothing about rural life or agriculture," Billiel recalled. "Due primarily to John's reporting, the sheriff had to leave office," Billiel said. [cached]

"We have received a number of e-mails and phone calls from all over the U.S. and as far away as Scotland," said Jeffrey Billiel, editor of the Daily News."Several pro-gun Websites posted my name, address and phone number and encouraged their members to basically harass us."Billiel said he has also received some thinly-veiled threats."Most accused us of being anti-gun liberals and felt we printed the list to serve some political agenda.," he said.The Daily News deferred to the sheriff's interpretation of the law -- that it was permissible to release names and addresses -- when the newspaper decided to publish the list, Billiel said.As a result, addresses will no longer be provided, Billiel said."We had already decided not to print addresses in the future ... even if they were made available," said Billiel.The newspaper will continue to print the names of permit holders, however."I feel the public has a right to know who is carrying concealed weapons and we will continue to print the names as more permits are issued," Billiel said.The Daily News has carried news stories on the developing situation, including comments from parties on all sides of the issue.Billiel feels that wording of the concealed carry law is confusing, which has contributed to misinterpretation at some levels"At one point it says the names are not public record, but then it says they may be released to the media upon request.I think they were trying to satisfy too many interests when they drafted this law and consequently it turned out to be really convoluted," he said.

Update: After sentencing, Billiel says case politically motivated
Jeffrey Billiel, the former editor of the Sidney Daily News, was sentenced Wednesday morning for public indecency in a case that ended a 40-year career with the newspaper. Billiel was one of nine men arrested last year in connection with a two-month investigation by the Shelby County Sheriff's Office into illegal sexual activity at the Lockington Reserve. Billiel alleges the case was politically motivated. "Photographs taken at the scene of the alleged crime show nobody committing an illegal act. But based on supposition and an intense desire to smear the 40-year editor of the local newspaper that had reported much negative news about the sheriff's department, including scandals on (Shelby County Sheriff John) Lenhart's watch, a manipulative plan was concocted," Billiel said, in part, in the prepared statement. Lenhart declined to comment about Billiel's allegations, other than to say the justice system had run its course and Billiel "had an opportunity in court" to present his case. Billiel, 69, of Sidney, was fined $150 plus costs and sentenced to 10 days in jail by Judge Duane Goettemoeller in Sidney Municipal Court for public indecency, a third-degree misdemeanor. The judge suspended five days on the condition that Billiel violates no laws of the state or rules of probation for one year and stays away from the Lockington Reserve. Billiel had pleaded no contest to the charge. Goettemoeller placed Billiel on probation for one year or until all obligations with the court have been satisfied, whichever occurs first. As long as Billiel is in compliance with probation requirements, the five days in jail will begin in six months, and may be reconsidered if the fine and costs are paid in full. Wiesenmayer said Billiel had contributed "a lot to the community" during his years at the Sidney Daily News. "There's not much I can add to that," Billiel said. Billiel said the other party in the alleged crime, James A. Schamp, 83, of Dayton, has a prior conviction in Montgomery County. "So, a man with more than 40 years of service to Sidney and Shelby County, and who had received two speeding tickets in 69 years of life, was dragged out of his office in handcuffs in front of his staff, driven around until Channel 7 could arrive at the jail to photograph him being booked, and was the subject of a special press conference at which Lenhart did everything but convict him outright," Billiel said in his statement. "The sheriff was not about to leave anything to chance regarding Schamp's plea deal. He solicited and gained the consent of City Prosecutor Jeff Amick, thereby heading off any possibility that the charge against me might be reduced or dismissed," Billiel added. Amick said information provided by an informant was not important in convicting Billiel. "We were very confident in the outcome of the case," he said. He said all the defendants in the Lockington Reserve public indecency cases admitted to the charges and were found guilty.

Jeff Billiel, executive editor of the Sidney Daily News, celebrates 40 years of service at the same newspaper
August 31, 2012 · Add Comment On August 21 Jeff Billiel, executive editor of the Sidney Daily News, celebrated 40 years of service at the same newspaper. This milestone not only ranks Billiel as one of the longest-serving journalists in the state but as the Ohio journalist who has spent the most time at one newspaper. During Billiel's time at the Sidney Daily News the newspaper has been owned by several companies, including Amos Press, Brown Publishing, and Ohio Community Media. Billiel's 40-years at the Sidney Daily New have been marked by the paper winning a number of honors and awards, including the Associated Press' First Amendment Award for 2011.

Shelby County Sheriff John Lenhart held a press conference Wednesday on the recent arrest of nine men for public indecency at the Lockington Reserve recently. He expects three more arrests. The men displayed behind him are, l-r, Top row: Jeff Billiel, Gerry Drees, David Murray, Dennis Baldwin, Second row: George Treon, James Miller, Michael Perando, Joshua Taylor, Bottom row: David Scott Stone. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News
*Jeffrey Billiel, 69, of Sidney. Billiel was the former Sidney Daily News editor and resigned his position immediately after his arrest. He faces one count of public indecency after surveillance captured him in sexual activity with an 83-year-old man.

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