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October 28th, 2011

DECA Kicks Off Competitions

October 28, 2011

ST. MARYS — A group of local junior and senior high school students recently competed in a district competition as part of a class.

Memorial High School students in DECA — or Distributive Education Clubs of America — attended the District 3 Fall Leadership Conference held Oct. 5 at Ohio Northern University.

"It was a general competition to introduce the students to some of the competitive events they will work on throughout the year," DECA Adviser Heidi Lisi said.

Wine Guilty Of GSI

October 28, 2011

WAPAKONETA — After almost 13 hours of deliberations spread across two days, a jury in the rape trial of a St. Marys optometrist issued a verdict.

The jury of six men and six women found Douglas Wine, 52, guilty of gross sexual imposition, a fourth-degree felony, and not guilty of sexual battery and rape, a first-degree felony.

While Wine was indicted on the rape charge, Auglaize County Common Pleas Court Judge Frederick Pepple instructed jurors they could consider the gross sexual imposition and sexual battery charges as lesser included offenses.

Wine Found Guilty of GSI

October 28, 2011

WAPAKONETA — After close to 13 hours of deliberations spread across two days, an Auglaize County jury found Douglas Wine guilty of gross sexual imposition, a fourth-degree felony, and not guilty of sexual battery and rape, a first-degree felony.

Wine faces a maximum of 18 months in prison when sentenced. He also will appear at a sex offender status hearing.

Jurors Still Out

October 28, 2011

WAPAKONETA — After close to eight hours of deliberations, jurors in the rape trial of a St. Marys optometrist were sent home.

Students Learn Internet Lessons

October 28, 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.

Trick-Or-Treaters Hit The Streets

October 28, 2011

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.

Jurors Still Deliberating

October 28, 2011

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.

October 27th

PI, Detective Testify At Trial

October 27, 2011

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.

Defense States Its Case

October 27, 2011

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.

Committee Seeks New Tennis Court Plans

October 27, 2011

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.

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