Archive - Feb 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, 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, 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, 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.
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.
NEW KNOXVILLE — New Knoxville Board of Education members look forward to a presentation from Superintendent Kim Waterman and Treasurer Cathy Doseck in a future meeting to get a better idea of the district’s fiscal situation and when bonds will expire as they look at where the school will spend in the future.
“Medical insurance is just astronomical,” board member Steve Frankenberg said as he looked over the school’s bills.
Rosemary Klosterman, 93, of Wapakoneta, died at 6:30 a.m., Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at Auglaize Acres.
She was born on March 22, 1919, in St. Marys, the daughter of Isadore and Alice (Davis) Roth, who preceded her in death.
On Oct. 8, 1938, she married James L. Klosterman Sr., and he died on March 11, 2011.
Elsie C. VanOss, 95, formerly of South Hanover Street in Minster, died at 3:15 a.m., Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at Heritage Manor Nursing Center in Minster. She had been a resident there for nine years.
She was born on June 19, 1917, in Fort Loramie, to Albert and Amelia (Boerger) Freytag.
On Feb. 21, 1944, she married Edmund G. VanOss. He died on Oct. 27, 2002.
WAPAKONETA — Troopers in Wapakoneta seized almost 100 ecstasy pills and a loaded handgun following a traffic stop Saturday morning.
Louis A. Williams, 33, of Birmingham, Ala., was incarcerated in the Auglaize County Jail and charged with possession of drugs, a first-degree felony and for carrying a concealed weapon, a third-degree felony, following a traffic stop at 7:05 a.m. Saturday. Troopers stopped a 2003 Chevy Impala, with Alabama registration, for an alleged speed violation on Interstate 75, near milepost 117.
ST. MARYS — The Arts Place Collective Center, 142 East Spring St, St. Marys, held an opening reception for its newest exhibit, “Different Visions,” featuring artists and siblings Kay and Val Sluterbeck. The Van Wert residents share a house, and a studio, but have very different artistic styles.
Val Sluterbeck, who has been painting and drawing for about five years, likes to create works based off of things he sees in everyday life.