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October 28th, 2011
ST. MARYS — A local DARE officer visited a local health class to discuss the dangers of sexting and being too open on the Internet.
Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office DARE Deputy Sam Blank visited the freshmen and sophomore students in Monica VanderHorst’s health classes at Memorial High School on Thursday.
“He’s here to talk about the importance of the media,” VanderHorst told her students. “What great influence it has. It can be positive, but it’s also a negative influence how you use it.
NEW BREMEN — The cool, low 40-degree weather did not impair area children from dressing up and taking to the streets Tuesday night, as sidewalks flooded with trick-or-treaters.
Witches, ghosts and an assortment of animals joined together for an hour and a half journey to find the best candy in the neighborhood. Jonny Heitkamp, who dressed as a biker ninja, enjoyed his night.
“It’s been really good,” Jonny said.
Amidst the bag full of candy he had obtained, Jonny picked one item as the best of the night.
WAPAKONETA — After close to eight hours of deliberations, jurors in the rape trial of Douglas Wine were sent home Thursday night. They are scheduled to return to court at 9 a.m. Friday to resume their deliberations.
WAPAKONETA — During an interview with a private investigator, a St. Marys optometrist said he believed the case against him stemmed from mistaken identity.
Jurors in the rape trial of Douglas Wine, 52, viewed portions of an interview taped by Brad Kelly, a private investigator hired by Wine and his wife following allegations of unconsented sexual conduct with a 69-year-old woman in 2009. During the interview, Wine said he did not recall the incident but said if he did, he thought it was his wife.
WAPAKONETA — The defense laid out its case on Wednesday, with a handful of witnesses testifying on behalf of a St. Marys optometrist charged with rape.
Clarinda Wine, Douglas Wine’s wife, testified about the events surrounding Oct. 12 and 13, 2009. She told Ritchey Hollenbaugh, Wine’s attorney, that she did not notice anything unusual the next morning when the woman left to return home to Florida. She said when she woke up, Wine was in bed with her.
ST. MARYS — After holding a meeting Wednesday evening, a local school official will be requesting new architectural plans regarding tennis courts.
The St. Marys Board of Education’s Building and Grounds Committee met to discuss options about the district’s tennis courts during a meeting Tuesday at the district offices.
— Editor’s note: The Evening Leader, like the Associated Press, does not identify victims or alleged victims of sex crimes.
WAPAKONETA — The rape trial of a St. Marys optometrist started on Tuesday with the alleged victim recounting the events of an October night in 2009.
ST. MARYS — Ghosts, vampires, fairies and movie characters gathered in the Chestnut Street parking lot Tuesday night for the annual Rotary Club Halloween Parade and costume contest.
Organizer Deb Zwez said the event provides an opportunity for area children to dress up in their costume, in addition to going out for Beggar’s Night.
“It gives kids in the community a chance to show off their Halloween costume,” she said. “It’s a chance for kids to show how cute they all are.”
NEW BREMEN — Area councilors voted to rescind a measure they passed at their previous meeting.
New Bremen Mayor Jeff Pape noted councilors moved too fast with passing the Community Reinvestment Area agreement resolution with Brookside Laboratories as an emergency during their previous meeting, and councilors moved to pass other related pieces during their meeting Tuesday evening.
Village Solicitor Steve Smith suggested councilors rescind the previous legislation.
ST. MARYS — After seeing a trend in students choosing online learning over traditional classroom learning, a local high school has developed a program where select students have the option of going to school on the web or through a mix of online and traditional classes.
St. Marys Memorial High School Principal Dave Lewis and teacher Dave Huber developed the MHS Virtual Learning Academy this summer, with this school year being the inaugural year for the online program.