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March 7th, 2012
CELINA — The investigation into a double homicide and home invasion in Mercer County continues.
In a news release, Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey said the investigation into the homicides of Robert Grube and Colleen Grube on Nov. 29 and 30, near Fort Recovery, and the home invasion of Kathy and William Fair, near Mendon, are still being investigated. The two cases have not been linked although there are several similarities to the crimes.
ST. MARYS — Voters approved a local restaurant’s request for Sunday sales during Tuesday’s primary election.
Buffalo Wild Wings saw its request approved by voters in precinct 1A by a count of 137 (79.65 percent) to 35 (20.35 percent) with seven under votes. Another request in the county, Wal-Mart in Wapakoneta, was rejected by voters in precinct 3B by a tally of 63 (55.75 percent) to 50 (44.25 percent).
NEW BREMEN — More than 1,500 New Bremen residents turned out to vote Tuesday, turning down a $13 million school levy for a new elementary building.
Voters rejected the $13 million bond issue for a new K-8 facility 61.07 percent to 38.93 percent. Interim Superintendent John Basinger said he was disappointed in the results.
MINSTER — A Japanese firm plans to acquire a long-standing Auglaize County manufacturing firm.
In a news release, company officials confirmed The Minster Machine Company is being purchased by Nidec-Shimpo, a division of Nidec Corporation. Nidec, with its headquarters in Kyoto, Japan, is a global technology corporation that had annual gross sales of $9 billion last year.
CELINA — A newly formed committee will be working on a pilot project starting this week to help manage Grand Lake St. Marys.
Grand Lake St. Marys Restoration Commission Manager Milt Miller said at the Lake Improvement Association’s meeting Saturday morning the committee will begin work this week to manage the lake’s water levels.
ST. MARYS — A local business is expanding its building and services, which will result in additional jobs for the area.
Murotech Ohio Corporation — or MTO — on McKinley Road is currently constructing an addition to its building.
NEW KNOXVILLE — Residents of a local village have the opportunity to help their community library through a new program that will kick off later this month.
The New Knoxville Community Library is now accepting sign ups for its Adopt A Shelf program, in which area residents help keep a shelf or section of books in the library organized by their call number and help keep the area dusted. Library Branch Manager Charis Steinke said the program was one she learned while working at the Arizona State University library.
ST. MARYS — The city of St. Marys has a new development manager.
St. Marys Mayor Pat McGowan confirmed to The Evening Leader on Friday afternoon Susan E. Crotty has been hired to serve as the new development manager. Crotty takes over for Todd Fleagle, who retired from the position at the end of 2011.
CELINA — A annual event will be coming around once again this weekend as area residents have the opportunity to plunge for a cause.
The Special Olympics of Ohio is holding its fifth-annual Grand Lake St. Marys Polar Plunge this Saturday at the Celina Moose.
“This is our eighth one this year,” Special Olympics of Ohio Marketing and Development Director Paige Ludwig said. “There are nine throughout the state.”
To participate in the plunge, participants can either register ahead of time or register the day of the event.
CELINA — The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the Grube double homicide and the Fair home invasion/robbery. Since Monday, the sheriff's office has received more than 60 new tips, mostly involving the Fair home invasion/robbery.
A witness has come forward and worked with detectives and BCI&I agents to develop a composite drawing of one of the suspects. The suspect's hair is described as reddish blonde and the suspect is stocky and shorter than 5-feet-7. The witness believes that he is in approximately 30-years-old.