August 6th, 2012
Wayne Heindel, 75, of Rockford, died at 5:50 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, at Van Wert County Hospital, Van Wert, of natural causes.
He was born on March 7, 1937, in Celina, to Ted Heindel and Lucille Hone, who preceded him in death. On June 21, 1959, he married Dories Heidt, who survives him.
He is also survived by a son, Allen (Mary) Heindel of Celina; a daughter, Alane (Nick) Johnson of New Haven, Ind.; a brother, Keith (Crista) Heindel of Celina; a sister, Geraldine (James) Miracle of Celina; four grandchildren; eight great-granchildren.
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.
WAPAKONETA — Treg Drexler watched his dad Tony compete in demolition derbies for years, so he relished the chance when the second session of Thursday night's Auglaize County Fair derby came down to just the two family members.
"He's been at it for over 27 years," Treg said. "I knew he was going to be tough to beat. I knew I had to get on him from the get-go and drive like he'd drive."
Treg, driving a black 1993 Lincoln Continental, bested his father, Tony, who drove a green 1970s Ford station wagon.
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.”
ST. MARYS — A member of a local police department is trading one uniform for another as part of his service to his country.
St. Marys Police Sgt. Ted Copeland completed his last day of work on Wednesday for the city as he is set to deploy to Afghanistan with his unit as part of the U.S. Army Reserves. Copeland, who has been with the police department since 1993, will be on his fourth deployment since becoming a police officer.
Joan Groff, 92, formerly of North Star, died on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012 at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Greenville.
She was born on Jan. 5, 1920, in North Star, to Leo and Zita (Grilliot) Stammen, and they preceded her in death.
On May 17, 1941, she married Val Groff, and he preceded her in death on Feb. 28, 1995.
Clyde M. Hirn, 73, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, surrounded by family and friends.
Mr. Hirn was born on Dec. 5, 1938, in Mendon, to Ernest and Inez Hirn, and they preceded him in death.