September 21st, 2011
WAPAKONETA — Shelby County's sheriff was arrested today on a sex charge.
In a news release issued to The Evening Leader, Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon said Shelby County Sheriff Dean A. Kimpel, 57, was arrested at 8:19 a.m. today on an indictment handed down by a grand jury. Kimpel was indicted on one count of sexual battery, a third-degree felony.
ST. MARYS — State officials on Monday ruled out a reported illness as being linked to Grand Lake St. Marys.
Ohio Department of Health spokesperson Tessie Pollock released an update of the statuses of statewide reports of illness being examined for possible links to Ohio waterways. Officials ruled one of the two reports that are currently under investigation regarding Grand Lake St. Marys as not a case. That ruling means any report of illness cannot be linked to the lake.
ST. MARYS — After months of teetering back and forth, unemployment rates in Auglaize County tumbled more than half a percent in August.
According to data released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Auglaize County’s unemployment rate settled in at 7.4 percent — down from 8.1 percent in July. The unemployment rate a year ago was 8.6 percent.
COLUMBUS (AP) — How a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates Ohio high school football teams in the second weekly Associated Press poll of 2011, by OHSAA divisions, with won-lost record and total points (first-place votes in parentheses):
CELINA — A half dozen Roughriders slid head-first for the final 15 yards towards their half-submerged bench to celebrate a shutout win over their rival, making sure any of the last remaining areas on their all-blue jerseys uncaked with mud were covered.
The St. Marys boys soccer team blanked Celina 3-0 on Monday night in field conditions only a laundry detergent manufacturer could love.
CELINA — Four Mercer County residents were arrested as a result of drug investigations by members of the Grand Lake Drug Task Force.
In a news release issued to The Evening Leader, Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey said the four were indicted and arrested for alleged drug trafficking. The investigation was conducted by the Grand Lake Drug Task Force — a combined effort of law enforcement agencies in Mercer and Auglaize counties. Grey noted the Celina Police Department also assisted in the apprehensions.
Facing charges are:
Harold L. Suchland, 90, of 9 Haarbye St., New Bremen, died at 1:35 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, at the St. Marys Living Center.
He was born on June 11, 1921, in St. Marys, the son of Rueben and Maude (Dowden) Suchland, and they preceded him in death.
On Oct. 18, 1942, he married Helen E. Menchhofer, and she preceded him in death on Dec. 28, 2008.
Garrett Rhodes, 21, of 09560 Auglaize Co. 33-A, Wapakoneta, died on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, at the scene of a single vehicle crash in rural Auglaize County.
He was born on Aug. 8, 1990, in St. Marys, to Donny L. Rhodes and Samantha Clouser. His father survives him in Wapakoneta, and his mother and stepfather, Jeff, survive him in St. Marys.
ST. MARYS — Live trapping of squirrels in the city of St. Marys will soon begin with one caveat — the furry critters must be released and cannot be killed.
St. Marys Safety-Service Director Tom Hitchcock said residents may trap squirrels but they cannot kill the animals. Any squirrel that is caught must be released alive.
NEW BREMEN — A festive group of creatures has hit the streets of New Bremen as part of what has now become an annual tradition.
The Pumpkin People are officially out today in New Bremen, adding fall spirit to the storefronts around the village.