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Updated: Wapakoneta Standoff

February 27, 2013

WAPAKONETA — A nearly 3 1/2-hour standoff at the Western Suite Inn in Wapakoneta ended peacefully at approximately 6:30 p.m. Thursday when two men wanted on warrants out of Logan County surrendered to local law enforcement.

Officers with the Wapakoneta Police Department and members of the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team (SRT) and Hostage Negotiation Team managed to talk the two men — one wanted on a charge of burglary and the second on a charge of domestic violence — to surrender without incident.

Shirley Ann (Schwieterman) Mertz, 78

February 27, 2013

Shirley Ann (Schwieterman) Mertz, 78, passed away at 10:50 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at home surrounded by her family.

She was born on Dec. 28, 1934, to the late Charles and Hilda (Marx) Schwieterman.

She married William A. Mertz on June 23, 1954. They had nine children.

She was preceded in death by a son, William B. Mertz.

Leonard E. “Leo” Hauser, 66

February 27, 2013

Leonard E. “Leo” Hauser, 66, of Wapakoneta died at 9 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at Mt. Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital, Westerville after battling cancer.

He was born on Dec. 21, 1946, in Los Angeles, to Byron A. and Merle V. (Kelly) Hauser who preceded him in death.

He is survived by two daughters and a son, Ellen (Michael) Engle of Wapakoneta, Elaine (Amy) Hauser and Byron A. Hauser, both of Columbus; three grandchildren; two brothers.

Owen Michael Moran

February 27, 2013

Owen Michael Moran, of Wapakoneta, died on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, shortly after birth at the Mary Rutan Hospital in Bellefontaine.  

He was the son of Jacob and Nichole (Phillips) Moran of Wapakoneta.

Fire Kills 1 In Celina

February 27, 2013

CELINA — The state fire marshal’s office is investigating a fatal fire that claimed the life of a Celina resident Tuesday night.

At 7:52 p.m., the Celina Fire Department received a phone call from Mercer County Central Dispatch reporting a trailer fire at 3696 Bunker Hill Road, Celina. The initial report from a neighbor indicated a resident may have been inside the trailer at the time of the blaze. No other details were released regarding the cause of the fire.

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