The Daily Press http://www.theeveningleader.com http://www.theeveningleader.com/apfeed.xml--1 The Evening Leader | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2015-04-01T10:57:10-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10805High-Speed Rail Coming2015-04-01T10:57:10-04:002015-04-01T10:57:10-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader ST. MARYS — A multi-year, $500 million project that will link Wapakoneta, St. Marys and Celina is set to break ground soon.</p><p> Officials from Vandelay Industries this morning announced plans to build a high-speed rail link that will connect the cities of Wapakoneta, St. Marys and Celina. Vandelay Industries CEO Bert Maclin called the project historic.</p><p> “We have been looking at a project like this for the better part of a decade,” Maclin told The Evening Leader. “High-speed rail has a future in this country and we want Auglaize and Mercer counties to be at the forefront of that.”</p><p> With attractions like Grand Lake St. Marys, the Armstrong Air and Space Museum and a host of historical sites, Maclin said the area is appealing to tourists. Having a rail link that will be able to transport riders between the three cities in a matter of minutes should help attract throngs of visitors to the region.</p><p> “This is really going to have tourism in the region,” Maclin said. “We have done the research and people are going to want to ride the train and take advantage of the natural beauty that is in this region. The influx of people will mean more business for local restaurants, hotels and other retail outfits.”</p><p> Developers have already made deals with the necessary land owners for the project. Max Power, director of the Federal Organization of Observing Land (FOOL) said negotiations were quick.</p><p> “Any time there is a project that covers two counties, the federal government comes into play to make sure all the rules and regulations are followed,” Power said. “With this project, it was vital that everyone was on the same page because it is so unique. There isn’t another one like it in the country so all eyes will be on Auglaize and Mercer counties in the coming months.”</p><p> Power said all environmental studies have been completed. Those studies were required in order to move forward with the project.</p><p> “Those studies are used to make sure the project will not adversely affect the environment,” Power said. “Everything has been completed and as far as we are concerned, the project is ready to go.”</p><p> The project is expected to take two years to complete. Randy Randleman, an architect with the design firm Prestige Worldwide, LLC, said the construction project will bring scores of jobs to the region.</p><p> “This will really be a boast to the local economy,” Randleman said. “Construction jobs will bring people to the region. Those people will need places to stay and they will shop in the local stores. It is a win-win.”</p><p> The project has also attracted the attention of rail enthusiasts.</p><p> “From a rail standpoint, this project is quite unique and one that should draw a lot of interest,” said Jackie Moon, president of the Railroad Enthusiasts of America. “Rail has a rich history in this country, from helping to open up the west to high-speed rail. This project will definitely have people talking. In fact, we are planning to have our annual meeting in St. Marys once this project is up and running.”</p><p> Maclin encouraged anyone with questions or concerns to contact the St. Marys branch of his office at 419-555-FOOL. If you are still reading this, April Fool’s! We hope you enjoyed the latest entry in our April Fool’s catalogue.</p>St. Marys, OHMike BurkholderHigh-Speed Rail ComingThe Evening Leaderurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10805Change0Usable2015-04-01T10:57:10-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10801Event Of The Day2015-04-01T09:23:06-04:002015-04-01T09:23:06-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader NEW KNOXVILLE — New Knoxville Library will host a shoe decoration event at 3 p.m. today.<br />  </p>St. Marys, OHNo author availableEvent Of The DayThe Evening Leaderurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10801Change0Usable2015-04-01T09:23:06-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10800Story Time Set2015-03-31T14:00:01-04:002015-03-31T14:00:01-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader NEW BREMEN — Story time will be held at New Bremen Public Library at 6:30 p.m. today for those 3 to 5.</p>St. Marys, OHNo author availableStory Time SetThe Evening Leaderurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10800Change0Usable2015-03-31T14:00:01-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10796Photo Of The Day2015-03-31T09:33:52-04:002015-03-31T09:33:52-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader ST. MARYS — A four-legged addition to the St. Marys Police Department is a few weeks away from hitting the streets.<br /> Scout, the newest K9 officer for the St. Marys Police Department is currently training with his partner Brian Parker. Last year, St. Marys Police Chief Mark Ernst indicated a desire to resume the K9 program as a way to help combat the drug problem in the area.</p><p> <em>— For a complete story, pick up Tuesday's edition of The Evening Leader. </em></p>St. Marys, OHNo author availablePhoto Of The DayThe Evening Leaderurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10796Change0Usable2015-03-31T09:33:52-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10791A Look Ahead2015-03-30T09:45:35-04:002015-03-30T09:45:05-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader Here is a look at some upcoming stories that will be found in our print edition this week:</p><p> • A story on the hiring of a new superintendent for New Bremen.</p><p> • Feature stories on local high school seniors and their plans after graduation.</p><p> • A recap of local spring sports action from across the region.</p><p>St. Marys, OHNo author availableA Look AheadThe Evening Leaderurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10791Change0Usable2015-03-30T09:45:05-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10789What You Missed2015-03-29T13:19:50-04:002015-03-29T13:19:50-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader Here were some of the stories you missed in our print edition last week:</p><p> • Feature stories on local high school seniors.</p><p> • A recap of the St. Marys City Council meeting and the proposed revision to the dog ordinance.</p><p> • Our Spring Sports Preview Tab.</p><p> • The annual CIC luncheon and progress throughout the city.</p><p> • Previews on area high school plays.</p><p> • A feature story on sign language being taught at TLC.</p>St. Marys, OHNo author availableWhat You MissedThe Evening Leaderurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10789Change0Usable2015-03-29T13:19:50-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10788Victor House To Help Locals2015-03-29T13:16:17-04:002015-03-29T13:16:17-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader ST. MARYS — Plans are being finalized for a faith-based transitional housing facility that, once operational, will give people looking to change their lives the foundation to do so in a successful manner.</p><p> Victor House, located at 132 S. Spruce St., is an offshoot of the work being done at the Resource and Opportunity Center. ROC Vice President Bev Hurlburt said officials started the early planning for Victor House shortly after the ROC opened because of a need for such services in the area.</p><p> “It became apparent that there was a need for temporary housing where people would live while they got their life in order,” Hurlburt told The Evening Leader. “We didn’t open the ROC thinking this was where we were headed. It was opening the ROC and seeing that there was a need.”</p><p> After completing “The House that God Built,” a home built for a local resident, Hurlburt said officials began to focus their attention on Victor House. Officials toured one other building before settling on the South Spruce Street location.</p><p> “The reason that place is such a good facility is that we can operate the ROC out of it,” Hurlburt said. “This just seemed like the perfect opportunity. We would have a bigger facility because we have some programs here that we want to expand and we can’t. We can’t move. So there were some great things that we thought we could do there that we are not able to do here.”</p><p> Once a location was settled on, officials started to research what kind of facility they wanted to open. That included visits to facilities in Lima and Sidney as well as the House of Hope in Celina.</p><p> “It will be for people who don’t have a place to get the assistance that they need,” Hurlburt said. “And they will go through programs that will help them be successful.”</p><p> Victor House will house no more than six adult males at one time. Hurlburt said in the beginning, there will more than likely be two residents in the home.</p><p> “We started doing research in what kind of house we wanted to have,” Hurlburt said.</p><p> “We didn’t want a homeless shelter because our mission is to help people move forward in their lives. A homeless shelter, to us meant, a place to stay ... A drug and alcohol rehab is not what we wanted because we didn’t want to limit it to that.”</p><p> Anyone living in Victor House will be clean and sober. Residents also will be randomly drug and alcohol tested. No violent or sex offenders will live at the location. Residents also must follow strict rules and attend life skills classes, Bible studies and other meetings deemed necessary by staff. Victor House also will employ one full-time house monitor to keep tabs on residents.</p><p> “They maintain that status or they are out of the program,” Hurlburt said. “They will have to find employment and they will pay rent ... If they are in need of AA or NA, they will have to attend those classes. Each person will have a plan of action and it will meet their needs.”</p><p> Hurlburt said officials reserve the right to pick and choose who they want to welcome into Victor House. The vetting process will be detailed.</p><p> “They will have to have shown that they have a strong desire for a different life than they are living,” Hurlburt said. “We can choose who we want ... We can pick the person who will best fit this program and come out successful.”</p><p> The time line to get Victor House up and running is fluid. Hurlburt said the ROC could move into the location in a month or two. However, she said Victor House will not open until all the details are finalized.</p><p> “When we know we are ready to open, we will open,” Hurlburt said. “It could be six months, it could be a year.”</p><p> Given the heroin epidemic that has gripped the region, Hurlburt said it is vital there are facilities available to help those who truly want to get better.</p><p> “We understand that some people want to change but may not the very first time,” Hurlburt said. “But you have to give them a chance. We have to start giving people a chance. It upsets me when people judge them.”</p><p> Hurlburt encouraged people to contact her with any questions so she can supply them with accurate information on the project. For more information, call 419-300-5277.</p><p> “We would much rather address their fears and concerns face-to-face,” Hurlburt said. “We are more than happy to talk to people.”</p><p>  </p><p>  </p><p>  </p><p>  </p><p>  </p><p>  </p><p> <br />  </p>St. Marys, OHMike BurkholderVictor House To Help LocalsThe Evening Leaderurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10788Change0Usable2015-03-29T13:16:17-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10786Video: Can Kentucky Go All The Way2015-03-27T16:38:36-04:002015-03-27T16:38:36-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening LeaderFind out how Kentucky dominated West Virginia and more.<script type="text/javascript"async src="http://launch.newsinc.com/js/embed.js" id="_nw2e-js"></script>St. Marys, OHNo author availableVideo: Can Kentucky Go All The WayThe Evening Leaderurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10786Change0Usable2015-03-27T16:38:36-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:1078412 Arrested In Drug Sweep2015-03-26T14:47:02-04:002015-03-26T14:47:02-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader CELINA — A dozen people were arrested at a variety of drug charges following an investigation from the Grand Lake Task Force.</p><p> Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey and Celina Police Chief Tom Wale announced the indictments in a news release on Thursday. Arrested in the sweep were:</p><p> 
• Biviano Ortiz-Garcia Jr., 25, care of the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility, on two counts of trafficking in heroin, fifth-degree felonies, and one count of trafficking in heroin, a fourth-degree felony.  He was previously arrested for possession of drug abuse instruments in January and March.</p><p> • Josh J. Tullis, 31, care of the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility, on one count of trafficking in heroin, a fourth-degree felony, one count of trafficking in cocaine, a fourth-degree felony, and one count of trafficking in counterfeit controlled substances, a fourth-degree felony. Tullis was previously arrested for trafficking in drugs in 2014.</p><p> • Nigel A. Allen, 27, care of the Shelby County Ohio Jail, on one count of trafficking in heroin, a fifth-degree felony, and one count of trafficking in cocaine, a fifth-degree felony.  Allen is currently incarcerated in the Shelby County Jail on felony possession of drugs.  He was previously arrested for possession of drugs in 2006.</p><p> • Simon Rios, 33, 420 S. Main St. Apt. 4, Celina, on one count of aggravated trafficking (fentanyl), a third-degree felony, and one county of trafficking in heroin, a fifth-degree felony.</p><p> • Ronald D. Mock, 29, 209 Northview Drive, Coldwater, on one count of trafficking in heroin, a fifth-degree felony, and one count of trafficking in heroin, a fourth-degree felony.   Mock was previously arrested for possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia in 2004.  Mock was found at 310 ½ West Fayette Street in Celina.  This residence was searched by deputies.  Deputies seized several pipes, syringes, and other drug paraphernalia.  They also recovered 216 capsules.  Fifty-three of the capsules contained suspected heroin.   A vehicle was also ordered to be seized in the indictment of Mock.  Deputies seized a 2005 maroon Pontiac Sunfire, which is registered and owned by Ronald Mock.</p><p> • Joshua E. Kittle, 31, 420 S. Main St. Apt. 4, Celina, on one count of aggravated trafficking (fentanyl), a fourth-degree felony, one count of trafficking in heroin, a fifth-degree felony, and one count of trafficking in cocaine, a fifth-degree felony.  Kittle was previously arrested for trafficking in drugs in 2012 and possession of drug paraphernalia in 2014.  Kittle turned himself into the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office at approximately on Wednesday.</p><p> • Ian L. Hemmelgarn, 36, 4181 Oregon Road, Celina, on one count of illegal manufacture of drugs (methamphetamine), a first-degree felony, one count of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs (methamphetamine), a second-degree felony, one count of endangering children, third-degree felony, and one count of having weapons under disability, a third-degree felony. Also listed under these indictments is the forfeiture of two guns. Hemmelgarn was previously been arrested for drug possession and possession of paraphernalia in 2004.</p><p> • Kelli J. Rutter, 19, 7419 Fleetfoot Road, Celina, on three counts of trafficking in heroin, fifth-degree felonies. Rutter was previously arrested for possession of drugs in 2014.</p><p> • Sierra L. Chambers, 20, 751 Deford St., Celina, on one count of trafficking in heroin, a fifth-degree felony. Chambers turned herself into the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday.</p><p> • Joshua P. Bernholt, 26, 1010 Hawthorne St., Celina, on three counts of trafficking in marijuana, fourth-degree felonies, one count of trafficking in heroin, a fourth-degree felony, and one count  of trafficking in a counterfeit controlled substance, a fourth-degree felony.  Bernholt was previously been arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia in 2007, trafficking in drugs in 2009, trafficking in drugs in 2011, and possession of drug abuse instruments in 2011 and 2015.</p><p> • Kayla M. Bernholt, 23, 1010 Hawthorne St., Celina, on one count of trafficking in marijuana, a fourth-degree felony, and one count of trafficking in marijuana, a fifth-degree felony.</p><p>St. Marys, OHNo author available12 Arrested In Drug SweepThe Evening Leaderurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10784Change0Usable2015-03-26T14:47:02-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10781Library To Host Event2015-03-26T09:04:56-04:002015-03-26T09:04:56-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader ST. MARYS — Books, Babies & More will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at the St. Marys Community Public Library for parents and babies 0-36 months.<br />  </p>St. Marys, OHNo author availableLibrary To Host EventThe Evening Leaderurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10781Change0Usable2015-03-26T09:04:56-04:00