Archive - 2013 - News Article
CELINA — An unidentified, shirtless man reportedly wearing a cowboy hat and waving a firearm was transported for injuries relating to a shooting on Market Street outside the Lakeshore Auto Sales Wednesday afternoon.
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey said dispatchers received a 911 call about a man in Celina walking down the street with a weapon. The call was transferred to the Celina Police Department.
"Once the officer was on the scene, the next call was that shots were fired and we needed an ambulance," Grey said.
CELINA — Twelve people have been arrested following a drug investigation by the Grand Lake Task Force.
In a news release, Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey said the investigation was a combined effort of law enforcement agencies in Mercer and Auglaize counties. Deputies also were assisted by the Celina Police Department.
Those arrested were:
• James C. Prater, 23, 813 Sycamore St., Celina, on three counts of trafficking in heroin, fifth-degree felonies, and one count of trafficking in heroin, a fourth-degree felony.
WAPAKONETA — The Allen County Regional Bomb Squad safely removed a hand grenade from an alley in Wapakoneta Tuesday evening and detonated the explosive device at the Wapakoneta Police Department shooting range near the city composting facility on Wapak-Cridersville Road.
Carol Bogart, 408 Court St., was cleaning yard debris from under an evergreen tree along an east-west alley between Logan and Court streets in the 300 block of West Benton Street when she discovered what appeared to be a hand grenade under the tree.
NEW BREMEN — The search for a new police chief in the village of New Bremen has been whittled down to a list of three candidates.
Councilors held a special session, during which they entered executive session, before the regularly scheduled council meeting Tuesday night. During the special session, officials interviewed two potential candidates for the police chief post. Councilors then interviewed a third following the regular meeting. New Bremen Mayor Jeff Pape said a decision will not be made until background checks can be completed.
ST. MARYS — Dr. Zoheir Abdelbaki, “Dr. Baki,” chief of cardiology at St. Rita’s Medical Center, discussed risk factors for heart disease with contenders in the Grand Health Challenge Tuesday night in Memorial High School auditorium, covering how to help and heal the heart as well as which risk factors are changeable and which are fixed.
To picture the heart, he asked the participants to visualize all the blood flowing in the arteries, and realize that inside each vein there was a tissue coating akin to the non-stick surface of a pan.
ST. MARYS — A project six years in the making should start by July in the city of St. Marys.
During Monday night’s meeting, St. Marys City Councilors approved, under suspension of rules, an emergency ordinance regarding the replacement of the High Street canal bridges. The project, which first started being developed in 2007, is expected to be put out for bid May 23 with work to start on July 1.
CELINA — In an effort to increase aeration in Grand Lake St. Marys, the Lake Improvement Association will be offering financial assistance to homeowners who want to participate in a new project.
The program will offer a maximum of $500 each for up to 20 projects this year. The money will help defray the costs of aeration systems homeowners can purchase to increase circulation in dead-end channels along Grand Lake St. Marys.
ST. MARYS — Memorial High School freshman Alexis Sutton loves learning.
Her eyes light up when she talks about school and anything academic-related, so it’s no surprise that she excels in these areas. She is proud of her 4.0. During study hall, she tries to motivate her friends to do their homework when their response is, “Oh, I’ll do it later.”
ST. MARYS — Though St. Marys residents may know Garet Fledderjohann for his skills on the Roughrider basketball court, the 18-year-old has drive and passion for more than sports.
Fledderjohann is active in the Memorial High School chapter of DECA. The program has given him invaluable experience in an area he hopes to pursue as a career. The past two years he has competed in the DECA state competitions, where he has done well.
One year, he presented a case study to judges as part of a team, but he found that he works better by himself.
ST. MARYS — Angela Hamberg, with New Bremen Economic Development, discussed a shortage of skilled labor in the region at St. Marys Community Library’s Businessperson Breakfast Thursday morning.
The goal of economic development, she said, is to attract, retain and expand the number of people and businesses in the area.
In a village like New Bremen, manufacturing jobs are unfilled for two reasons — first because of a drug problem, but second, and more importantly, because of a lack of workers with the skills to fill the positions.