Archive - 2013 - News Article
ST. MARYS — A fasting-moving storm system toppled trees, downed power lines and destroyed buildings in the eastern portion of Auglaize County Wednesday night and into this morning.
Auglaize County EMA Director Troy Anderson said the storms rolled into the area packing winds up to 60 mph. The National Weather Service issued multiple watches and warnings throughout the day — something Anderson said gave residents plenty of time to plan ahead for the storm.
ST. MARYS — City councilors approved the first reading of an emergency ordinance Monday night that would name Greg Foxhoven the new safety-service director.
Following an executive session, councilors approved the first reading of the measure that would remove the interim label from Foxhoven’s current title. According to the ordinance, Foxhoven would be paid an annual salary of $82,000.
WAPAKONETA — Dogs donned bikinis and swimming trunks as part of the second-ever Humane Society of Auglaize County car wash Saturday afternoon.
The event, which was held at Greve Sales and Service in Wapakoneta, gave motorists a chance to stop by and get their vehicles washed for a free-will donation. Proceeds from the car wash helped cover operating expenses at the no-kill shelter.
WAPAKONETA — June is national Adopt-A-Cat month, and approximately 55 cats and kittens are hoping for adoption at the Humane Society of Auglaize County, where the facility is already over capacity.
“We’ve had some good adoption rates with the kittens,” said Sonya Osting on behalf of the no-kill shelter.
Last month the shelter adopted out five to 10 adult cats and 20 kittens. Unfortunately, the society has to turn down callers with cats or kittens every day because they are already over capacity.
CELINA — A suspect in the Grube double homicides has been bound over to the adult division of Mercer County Common Pleas Court on charges that he allegedly played a role in shooting deaths when he was 17-years-old.
Mercer County Juvenile Court Judge Mary Pat Zitter issued the ruling following a probable cause hearing Friday morning in the case against Trevin M. Sanders Roark, 19. Sanders Roark was charged in juvenile court in connection to the deaths of Robert Grube, 70, and his daughter Colleen Grube, 47, in November 2011.
WAPAKONETA — A 43-year-old Wapakoneta man died from injuries suffered in a three-vehicle collision near the intersection of Ohio 501 and Wapakoneta-Buckland Road, north of Wapakoneta.
Ronald Harruff was pronounced dead at the scene by Auglaize County Coroner Dr. Thomas Freytag after the three-car crash at approximately 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
ST. MARYS — The director of the Auglaize County Red Cross announced his last day on the job will be Thursday, citing time constraints.
Ken Cline, who has been in the position for 18 months, announced his intentions to step down on Wednesday. Cline said the decision was tough to make and came in the wake of a fire at a home he has on Lake Erie. The home was destroyed and Cline has spent much of his time up north dealing with the issue.
NEW BREMEN — Close your eyes during the Beatles Tribute concert in New Bremen June 16, and you’ll swear you were in Shea Stadium in 1965, said Scott Frey, Southwestern Auglaize County Chamber Director, about the summer concert series set to start at 7 p.m. Sunday with the band Simple Harmony in Minster.
The summer concert series started several years ago to provide Sunday evening music.
“It’s the quintessential, bring-your-lawnchair summer entertainment,” Frey said.
ST. MARYS — The city’s General Fund should get a shot in the arm thanks in part to some bookkeeping and an ambulance rate increase.
ST. MARYS — Dozens of first responders, utility workers, county officials and other emergency personnel gathered in St. Marys and Wapakoneta on Saturday to run through a training scenario that tested how prepared each segment was in the event of a disaster.