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August 7th, 2012
CELINA — The handler for the Mercer County K-9 unit has been suspended for more than a month in the wake of the animal’s death last week.
On Monday, Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced Deputy Chad Fortkamp, Zak’s handler, has been suspended without pay for 45 working days as a result of the events leading to the dog’s death last week. Grey noted the suspension equated to a $6,500 penalty.
CELINA — Dog lovers and their furry friends gathered at the shelterhouse at the Celina Rotary Dog Park Monday evening to remember one of their own — a fallen canine sheriff’s officer.
A group of area residents organized a celebration remembrance ceremony for Zak, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office K-9 who died last week after being left in the canine officer’s car.
ST. MARYS — The Evening Leader and the Wapakoneta Daily News will again have a $10,000 cash giveaway as a promotion for participating sponsors. The event, The $10,000 Dash for Cash, is being held after the success of previous giveaways.
This is the sixth time the newspapers have held a big-prize giveaway. Previously cars and gas cards have been given away.
Patrons can visit any of the 72 participating sponsors in The Evening Leader and Wapakoneta Daily News coverage area to enter.
WAPAKONETA — The grand champion market steer’s selling price, setting a new high-water mark for steers, highlighted the second day of the Auglaize County Fair livestock auction, but for the second consecutive year an emotional moment caused tears to flow for bidders and two exhibitors.
Caitlin Schaub sold the grand champion market steer for $20,000 to five buyers, far eclipsing the $11,600 paid for Paige Klopfenstein’s grand champion market steer last year.
ST. MARYS — Seven girls took to the stage on Sunday night, vying for the title of 2012 SummerFest Queen — in the end Brooke Hertenstein walked away with the crown and sash in front of a packed crowd at Memorial High School.
“It’s pretty exciting,” Hertenstein told The Evening Leader moments after being crowned. “I was not expecting it at all because I know all the girls did a pretty good job and I know it was really close.”
WAPAKONETA — An impaired Wapakoneta man struck the cruiser of a trooper from the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) and then attempted to flee the scene.
WAPAKONETA — A Wapakoneta man was killed in a wrong-way collision early Saturday morning on Interstate 75 near Cridersville.
At 12:55 a.m., dispatchers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) began receiving several reports of a pickup truck being driven south in the northbound lanes and troopers from both the Wapakoneta and Lima posts responded in an attempt to intercept the wrong-way motorist.
OSHP Commander Lt. Scott Carrico said before they were able to reach the motorist, he struck a commercial motor vehicle in a head-on collision.
MENDON - Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey this morning announced the investigation into the death of 20-month-old Evan Quinn, 312 S. Washington St., Mendon. Mercer County Central Dispatch received a call at 9 p.m. from James Quinn, the baby’s father stating that he could not find his son.
ST. MARYS — Officials from FEMA left Auglaize County Friday to continue assessment trips in the wake of the June 29 wind event that swept across the state.
MINSTER — Students at Minster Elementary School will soon have a new playground to enjoy as Phase I of Minster’s playground project is set to be completed next month.
Elementary Principal Leanne Keller said the need for a new playground spurred from the building consolidation.
“The most immediate need and the first goal was to install playground equipment for younger students,” Keller told The Evening Leader. “With the consolidation, this building had been a four through eight building and is now a K through six building.”