October 28th, 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.
WAPAKONETA — After close to eight hours of deliberations, jurors in the rape trial of a St. Marys optometrist were sent home.
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.
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.
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.
Janice “Janet” Elaine Seibert, 74, of 106 N. Main St., Mendon, died at 9:37 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, at her residence.
She was born on Aug. 9, 1937, in St. Marys, to William and Golda (Goodwin) Rupert, and they preceded her in death.
She married Larry Seibert, and he preceded her in death.
She is survived by a daughter, Pam Lawson of Mendon; 12 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; three sisters; three brothers.
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.
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.
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.
CELINA — St. Marys’ Kelly Heitkamp bent a 35-yard rainbow from the right wing just over the reach of the goalkeeper’s outstretched arms with 35:42 left in the second half with what proved to be the game winner in a 1-0 Division II district semifinal win at Celina on Wednesday night.