The Daily Press http://www.theeveningleader.com http://www.theeveningleader.com/apfeed.xml--1 The Evening Leader | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-12-26T08:30:16-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10407Video: Christmas Leftovers2014-12-26T08:30:16-05:002014-12-26T08:30:16-05:00Copyright 2011 The Evening LeaderWhen the holiday celebration is over you don't have to let the good taste go to waste! There are a few creative ways to recreate new tasty dishes with remaining food. Here are some tips and tricks to makeover holiday leftovers.<script type="text/javascript"async src="http://launch.newsinc.com/js/embed.js" id="_nw2e-js"></script>St. Marys, OHNo author availableVideo: Christmas LeftoversThe Evening Leaderurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10407Change0Usable2014-12-26T08:30:16-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10402Daily Rundown2014-12-22T07:44:35-05:002014-12-22T07:44:35-05:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader <strong>Dec. 22:</strong> Paws to Read! will be held at the New Bremen Public Library today. This program is designed to build confidence in struggling readers. Through Paws to Read, we have created a positive, nonthreatening, fun environment for children in the library.  Children in grades K-3 read for 15 minute intervals to a registered therapy dog.  Sign up required.  Call 419-629-2158 or stop by the library.</p><p> Celebrate no school at the New Bremen Public Library with snacks and classic holiday movie at 1 p.m. today.</p><p> An Ugly Sweater Party will be held at 6 p.m. today at the New Knoxville Library.</p><p> The New Knoxville Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. today.</p>St. Marys, OHNo author availableDaily RundownThe Evening Leaderurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10402Change0Usable2014-12-22T07:44:35-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10391Officials Issue Leak Update2014-12-18T11:48:27-05:002014-12-18T11:48:27-05:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader WAPAKONETA — A chemical leak occurred in the Wapakoneta city limits on Aug. 26, and others have been reported since that time, including as recently as December. </p><p> These have resulted in an investigation with Ohio EPA.  The affected area could include a radius of up to 1.6 miles from the location of the release, which occurred at AIP Logistics, Inc., 302 Geissel St., Wapakoneta. The chemical specifically released is ethylenediamine.</p><p> This chemical is listed as an extremely hazardous substance.  It is believed that the situation is contained at this time because of an Auglaize County Court of Common Pleas court order sought by the Ohio Attorney General temporarily quarantining AIP Logistics’ use and handling of ethylenediamine.</p><p> The chemical vapors react with moisture in humid air to form a characteristic white mist, which is extremely irritating to skin, eyes, lungs and mucus membranes. If anyone is experiencing any of these signs or symptoms, they should seek medical attention from a physician or other medical practitioner.</p><p> To report a suspicious white mist cloud, call the Wapakoneta Fire Department at 419-738-2014 or Troy Anderson, Auglaize County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management, at 419-739-6725. Sheltering in place  is highly recommended if a white mist cloud is present and for 30 minutes after it is no longer visible. For instructions on how to shelter in place, please refer to AuglaizeCounty.org/ema/lepc.</p><p> Questions regarding any medical issues may be directed to Auglaize County Health Commissioner Oliver Fisher at 419-738-3410. Questions regarding air quality or other specific chemical information may be directed to Ohio EPA at 614-644-2160.<br />  </p>St. Marys, OHNo author availableOfficials Issue Leak UpdateThe Evening Leaderurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10391Change0Usable2014-12-18T11:48:27-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10387Video: Robin Williams Tops Google Searches2014-12-17T14:33:57-05:002014-12-17T14:33:57-05:00Copyright 2011 The Evening LeaderAccording to Google, which released a report Tuesday on the top trending terms of the year, the top term overall was "Robin Williams," after the well-known and popular comedian died in August. No. 2 was "World Cup," the global soccer tournament held in Brazil in June. Third on the list was "Ebola," the highly contagious virus.<script type="text/javascript"async src="http://launch.newsinc.com/js/embed.js" id="_nw2e-js"></script>St. Marys, OHNo author availableVideo: Robin Williams Tops Google SearchesThe Evening Leaderurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10387Change0Usable2014-12-17T14:33:57-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10386Bond Modified In Case2014-12-17T12:57:13-05:002014-12-17T12:57:13-05:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader COLUMBUS — The bond for Charles Wycuff, the man accused of sexually abusing a minor, was modified by a visiting judge from the Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday during a hearing at the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas.</p><p> Wycuff’s bond, which was originally set at $500,000 by Auglaize County Judge Fred Pepple, was changed to $750,000 with a 10 percent cash provision by Judge Dale Crawford. If Wycuff pays $75,000 in cash or as a surety bond, he will be released from the Franklin County Jail and put under house arrest at his residence in Wapakoneta.</p><p> As part of the judge’s ruling, Wycuff is allowed to work from home provided he does not leave the residence for any reason. Wycuff is the owner of C&C Weld Fabrication, a metal fabrication company based in Wapakoneta.</p><p> He is also to have no contact with the alleged victim in this case, co-defendant Lori Anderson, or any potential witnesses.</p><p> If Wycuff is able to post bond, he is ordered to return home within 90 minutes of his release from jail.</p><p> It was noted during the hearing that Wycuff’s home contained “a large group of weapons,” which Wycuff’s lawyer Eric Allen said were removed from the residence by a friend of the defendant. Allen said he and his client would welcome the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office or any other law enforcement agency to search the home to make sure all weapons were removed.</p><p> Wycuff is charged with 31 counts of rape, seven counts of gross sexual imposition, 15 counts of sexual battery and one count of pandering sexually-oriented material involving a minor, which are all felonies. The offenses allegedly involved Anderson’s son, who was around 12 years old at the time, and stem from acts committed in 1997, 1998 and 1999. He has pleaded innocent to all charges.</p><p> Anderson, who has been suspended without pay from her job as a first grade teacher at Cridersville Elementary School, has pleaded innocent to 12 counts of rape, 10 counts of sexual battery and one count each of gross sexual imposition and obstructing justice, which are all felonies. She is also charged with obstructing official business, which is a misdemeanor. Her offenses all stem from June 1999. She has pleaded innocent and has been out on bond since Nov. 10.</p><p> Representing Anderson is attorney Richard Kerger, of Toledo.</p><p> Angela Canepa, assistant section chief at the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, is representing the prosecution in this case.</p><p> During the hearing, Canepa asked the court to consider Wycuff as a flight risk because he “has the financial means to pick up and go.” Canepa noted that Wycuff indicated he could easily post bond if it was lowered to under $100,000.</p><p> Canepa requested the court deny Wycuff’s bond altogether or, at minimum, increase it to $1 million based on “the chronic nature of these offenses and the fact that the defendant admits to being violent towards the victim.”</p><p> An investigation by the Auglaize County Department of Job and Family Services substantiated these claims, Canepa said, based on an investigation that found Wycuff had physically abused the alleged victim and his own son, identified in court as “Cody,” from 1990 to 1992.</p><p> According to Canepa and Kerger, Wycuff had a son from a previous marriage who was living with he and Anderson at the time the couple were allegedly engaging in sexual abuse toward Anderson’s son.</p><p> The majority of sexual and physical violence was directed toward the alleged victim, however.</p><p> “Mr. Wycuff very freely acknowledged physical violence towards this child,” Canepa said. “This is not just corporate punishment, these are things like making him eat dog poop, putting him in a dog cage, choking him, throwing objects at him. His own son, Cody, verifies this, as does Miss Anderson.”</p><p> Canepa mentioned another instance where, in 2004, Anderson reported to children’s services that she and Wycuff had engaged in sexual activity with the alleged victim.</p><p> “Miss Anderson acknowledged she and Mr. Wycuff engaged in sexual intercourse, fellatio, anal sex, cunnilingus, all in the same bed at the same time, although Mr. Wycuff’s allegations start earlier in this child’s life when he was at age 12,” she said.</p><p> Canepa said nothing ever came of these allegations because the alleged victim was over 18 at the time of the report, which meant it was no longer in the jurisdiction of job and family services.</p><p> “That’s where it died because the victim didn’t come forward himself until he was an adult in 2011,” she said.</p><p> Canepa said the Bureau of Criminal Investigation has found “numerous other potential victims,” who can attest to Wycuff’s history of sexual abuse. She said the BCI spoke with the defendant’s sister, who stated she was sexually abused by Wycuff and his brother, Dennis, starting when she was 14. Dennis Wycuff was charged with multiple sex crimes involving minors in the 1980s and 90s and is currently a registered sex offender in Michigan.</p><p> Wycuff’s son has also spoken to the prosecution about what he witnessed while living with his father, Anderson and the alleged victim, according to Canepa.</p><p> “Cody verifies seeing them go into the bedroom and hearing sounds of a sexual nature,” she said.</p><p> As he pleaded his case for bond reduction, Allen mentioned his client has no drug or alcohol issues that would prevent him from being part of the community, and “as a member of the Wapakoneta community, he’s a person who is held in high esteem.”</p><p> Although Allen did not state his client denies physically abusing his and Anderson’s son, he said “that is much different than sexually abusing a child in this case,” and that he was never been officially charged with a violent offense.</p><p> Allen asked that the court not consider the prosecution’s claims that there are other potential victims because no indictments have been filed.</p><p> The alleged victim in this case, Allen said, has a history of “deception and manipulation” stemming from his time in the army and “dysfunctional relationships with women who he used to get money.”</p><p> While Canepa said the alleged victim is “very fearful” of Wycuff’s release, Allen said it is unlikely his client would make the situation worse by harming or killing the victim or any potential witness.</p><p> Allen also said the court should not consider the prosecution’s claims about Wycuff’s character because that is not what the hearing is about.</p><p> “We’re here to determine whether or not he’s going to run, and there’s no indication based on what he did before and after the initial investigation three years ago,” Allen said.</p><p> “If he’s out on bond, he’s not going anywhere.”</p><p> If Wycuff posts bond and decides to waive time served, which both Allen and Canepa indicated he would, his trial will be set for April 6. If he decides not to post bond and stays in jail, his trial will be held on Feb. 9. Anderson’s trial is set for April 6.</p>St. Marys, OHJohn BushBond Modified In CaseThe Evening Leaderurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10386Change0Usable2014-12-17T12:57:13-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10383Students Travel For Lessons2014-12-16T11:15:04-05:002014-12-16T11:15:04-05:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader ST. MARYS — As the holiday season rolls around, St. Marys Primary School students in Jennifer Van Gundy, Laura Koenig and Josh Van Gundy’s social studies classes know what they’re about to study.</p><p> It’s one of their favorite lessons of the year. That is the “Christmas Around the World” lesson, a nearly three-week course in which second-grade students learn about other cultures by comparing and contrasting the ways other countries celebrate Christmas. This year marks the third consecutive year the teachers have taught the unit.</p><p> “Very excited,” Jennifer Van Gundy said when asked how eager the students are to study “Christmas Around the World” and what she hopes they get out if it. “And they’ve really gotten into Google Earth, because we travel through Google Earth, we start here at the St. Marys Primary School and then we take a picture and it virtually takes us to where the country is. And then we talk about where its at, what continent it’s at, where the oceans are, the capital, different things like that, so we incorporate geography into the lesson as well.”</p><p> Each student has studied the Christmas traditions of America, Australia, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Japan, Africa, Mexico, Holland and they will end with Sweden.   A total of 68 students in all three classes will spend about 40 to 45 minutes studying each country. Teachers will also use a PowerPoint presentation to show students about a country’s culture, how they say “Merry Christmas,” what they do, and provide photo examples of what the celebration in each country looks like.</p><p> Also, students put together a scrapbook in which they can use crayons to draw a picture of a country’s flag, something they like in the country, their favorite Christmas traditions in that country, what they would eat for Christmas dinner and how they say “Merry Christmas” in that country. Students can then take the scrapbook home during winter break and have memories to share with their parents and relatives.</p><p> Jennifer Van Gundy, who used to teach third grade, said that the “Christmas Around the World” lesson came about after she read a story about how different cultures would celebrate Christmas. The interest stemmed from there, as Jennifer Van Gundy got out a globe and identified where the countries were located.</p><p> After pointing those countries out, the student’s gained more and more interest. Eventually, Jennifer found more information online, added to it and began teaching the lesson.</p><p> “This is my favorite unit of the year,” Jennifer Van Gundy said. “They get excited about it, and it’s Christmas time, the love of Christmas and the spirit of things, and they really enjoy it and they look forward to it everyday. And every time we’re done with a country, they’re excited to see what country we go to next, so there’s definitely a lot of enthusiasm towards the project.”</p><p> One of Jennifer Van Gundy's students, Clara Dzalamadow, said she enjoyed studying Japan the most.</p><p> “We got to do the origami (Christmas hearts when we studied their country),”  Clara said.</p><p> Addison Auer liked Japan’s Christmas celebration the best.</p><p> “They don’t celebrate Christmas like Christmas, they celebrate it like Valentines Day,” Addison said. “They make cards and put loves notes in the cards.”</p><p> A student in Koenig’s class, Emma Freewalt, agreed.</p><p> “Christmas in Japan is a fun and romantic holiday,” Emma said. “It’s like Valentine’s Day, and they make Christmas cake.”</p><p> Jordan Rinehart liked Brazil’s explosive tradition.</p><p> “They light fireworks,” Jordan said.</p><p> Colton Mabry liked Germany the best.</p><p> “They hang a paper ornament in the tree, and whoever finds it has good luck for a year,” Colton said.</p><p> Another student in Koenig’s class, Chloe Ott, said Germany was her favorite country to study.</p><p> “They hang up strings of lights to make a big tree, and you can see it from land and air from miles away,” Chloe said.</p><p> One of Josh Van Gundy’s students, Lexi Hinkle, liked Australia the best because they go surfing during Christmas time.  Another one of Josh Van Gundy’s students, Braden Keller, also liked Australia the best.</p><p> “When it’s cold, he (Santa) (has) six kangaroos pull him (on his sleigh),” Braden said.<br />  </p>St. Marys, OHAndrew WilsonStudents Travel For LessonsThe Evening Leaderurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10383Change0Usable2014-12-16T11:15:04-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10381Daily Rundown2014-12-16T09:21:05-05:002014-12-16T09:21:05-05:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader <strong>Dec. 16:</strong> Story Time will be from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. today at FJ Stallo Memorial Library for pre-school through Kindergarten.</p><p> A Hodge Podge Craft Day will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. today at the FJ Stallo Memorial Library. Kids Kindergarten through fourth grade are invited. Please sign up at the library or call 419-628-2925. The</p><p> Minster Village Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. today.</p>St. Marys, OHNo author availableDaily RundownThe Evening Leaderurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10381Change0Usable2014-12-16T09:21:05-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10378Daily Rundown2014-12-15T09:13:29-05:002014-12-15T09:13:29-05:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader <strong>Dec. 15:</strong> Bring the whole family to the New Bremen Public Library at 4:30 p.m. today to make Christmas crafts that you can give away as gifts. Adults will make a set of six glass pebble magnets. Kids will make a photo ornament. Sign-up by Dec. 12 required.</p><p> Bring the whole family to the FJ Stallo Memorial Library at 6:30 p.m. today to make Christmas crafts that you can give away as gifts. Adults will make a set of six glass pebble magnets. Kids will make a photo ornament. Sign-up by Dec 12 required.</p><p> The Minster Board of Education will meet at 8 p.m. today.</p>St. Marys, OHNo author availableDaily RundownThe Evening Leaderurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10378Change0Usable2014-12-15T09:13:29-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10371Rangers meet drive goal2014-12-12T19:08:26-05:002014-12-12T19:08:26-05:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader NEW KNOXVILLE — New Knoxville sophomore Olivia Rollins didn’t hesitate when asked why she chose to donate blood for the first time.</p><p> “I thought it was probably a good thing to do,” Rollins said. “(I’m) just trying to help out.”</p><p> Rollins was one of several New Knoxville High School students and staff to do just that on Friday, Dec. 12, in the school’s small gym. A total of 29 people presented, six were deferred and two didn’t finish, bringing the total number of people that donated blood to 21. That meant that the Red Cross met their goal of collecting 21 units of blood.  </p><p> According to New Knoxville Social Studies Teacher Terry Halko, the number of donors was one of the event’s highest since its inception six years ago.</p><p> “We had over 30 people volunteer,” Halko said. “Maybe its just because its been going on for a while. Word of mouth spreads and kids hear about it and maybe won’t try it one year, but then see that it comes back next year and are more than willing to try and donate.”</p><p> The event takes place every December and is sponsored by the New Knoxville High School student council. Halko, who helps organize the event, works closely with a representative from the American Red Cross, who helps setup the time and date that best works for the school. Soon after, the Red Cross sends all of the materials and helps get all who want to donate signed up for the event.</p><p> Students and staff members donated blood by signing up in the front of the gym, reviewing their health history, sitting in a chair and donating one pint of blood. As many as four persons could donate blood at one time.</p><p> Like Halko, one of the Red Cross representatives, Kate Castillo, who has been with the organization since March, was pleased to see the increased number of donators.</p><p> “We’re always happy to be busy,” Castillo said.</p><p> Some of the students who donated at the event did so for the first time ever. New Knoxville High School junior Lana Bizet, who had never donated before, stated that the desire to help convinced her to donate.</p><p> “It just helps out,” Bizet said. “And I get out of class, so that (is good too).”</p><p> Red Cross officials collected all types of blood at the event.</p>St. Marys, OHAndrew WilsonRangers meet drive goalThe Evening Leaderurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10371Change0Usable2014-12-12T19:08:26-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10367St. Marys man faces involuntary manslaughter, aggravated arson charge2014-12-12T10:21:42-05:002014-12-12T10:21:42-05:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader ST. MARYS — A St. Marys man will face felony charges of aggravated arson and involuntary manslaughter after police say a community tip led to his questioning and arrest in connection with a duplex fire Sunday in Sidney that killed one man and transported 12 others to the hospital.</p><p> Survivors of the fire and family attended the press conference Thursday as police announced the details of the arrest of Derek Eilerman by Sidney Police.</p><p> According to Sidney Police, Eilerman allegedly said in his statement to them that he used fireworks to start the fire, though police and prosecutor both said the incendiary device had not been confirmed; it was consumed in the North Walnut Avenue blaze.</p><p> “A tip lead to the suspect; the suspect cooperated and made statements that incriminated himself,” said Shelby County Prosecutor Tim Sell. “They’re serious charges. Involuntary manslaughter means he caused the death of another in the commission of a felony, in this case the commission of arson. It appears the device that caused the fire was intentionally thrown into the house. So the act of throwing the device appears to be intentional. Whether or not the person’s actual intent was to kill someone, I don’t think that is probably the case.”</p><p> At the end of the press conference, the survivors asked whether the suspect would be charged with attempted murder for each person in the house who survived.</p><p> Sell said at this time that’s not the case, though the suspect may still face additional charges.</p><p> Sharon Amrine is among the survivors, and said she has mixed feelings about the arrest; her first assumption had been the fire was started by their often faulty or overloaded fuse box.</p><p> “The whole thing just blows my mind. I mean, I can’t believe someone would intentionally do that,” she said.</p><p> She’s also still in rebuilding her life in the wake of the fire, living in a hotel without even the basic necessities. She was at the press conference coatless because, despite a community outpouring of support, she hasn’t found a coat large enough to replace the one she lost.</p><p> The family is making progress, though, she said.</p><p> Wednesday night was the first night she made it through without reliving the experience in her nightmares.</p><p> “I was in bed asleep and the first thing I remember is my son screaming, hollering ‘mom, you need to wake up...the house is on fire.’ I didn’t think it was a big fire, just a tiny one. For some reason, coming down the stairs I missed the last few steps and I fell down the steps.”</p><p> She has bruises on her tailbone and arm; she shows the bruise above her wrist still purple and yellow.</p><p> From the floor she became aware how bad the fire was.</p><p> “I heard a roaring at the basement door,” she said.</p><p> Her husband and nephew helped her up and helped her vacate the house where she went to a neighbor’s house to call her cousin, Estella Ping, who attended the conference Thursday. She recalled showing up to the house, and finding her family in the smoke.</p><p> One by one she piled people into her car until eight people sat there to stay warm, watching firefighters who had arrived within minutes of the 4 a.m. call, fight the fire.</p><p> When the Sidney Fire Department arrived at the large two-story duplex home to find heavy flames and smoke visible from the first and second floors.</p><p> According to a press release, bystanders and police officers on scene confirmed that the structure was occupied by multiple occupants including children.</p><p> Firefighters rescued two adults from the second floor using a ground ladder. Prior to the fire department’s arrival, Sidney Police Officers rescued several children by catching them as they were dropped from the second story window by adult occupants.</p><p> Four children total were in the house, two 7 year old twin boys, and an 8-year-old and 10-year-old boy.</p><p> Twelve of the 13 occupants were able to be removed from the structure before crews had to pull back and go to a defensive position due to the heavy fire conditions. After crews brought the fire under control and were able to gain access to the second floor, they located the body of Jeffery Scott Hughes in an upstairs bedroom. A preliminary investigation revealed he died of smoke inhalation, though the coroner has not released the final autopsy report.</p><p> When asked why some people were able to vacate the house, but the deceased was not, Sell said it was probably just being soundly asleep.</p><p> “People were asleep. It could be he didn’t hear the commotion. Then there was an explosion in the house,” he said.</p><p> Fire engines from Anna, Port Jefferson, Houston, and Botkins as well as all off-duty Sidney Fire personnel assisted with fire suppression, according to information in a press release.</p><p> The fire department determined the structure and contents are a total loss, with damages are estimated at $120,000 to the structure and another $20,000 for the contents.</p><p> “I haven’t got a home,” Amrine said. But as far as a total loss, she said she’s holding out hope, not for monetary goods, but for a few personal items.</p><p> “The firemen say we might see what we can salvage tomorrow,” she said. “Both my parents passed away, and I want to get their stuff out of there.”</p><p> While she said she was shocked the fire was intentional, she said she’s been just as surprised how many people have stepped up to help, not just organizations one might expect like the Red Cross, but the average, everyday person she doesn’t know well--people like her cousin’s Avon lady who hear the news and want to help.</p><p> “So many people have helped us. They’ve been wonderful,” she said. “This restores my faith in humanity.”</p><p> Lead investigator on the case Sgt. Rob Jameson say police are still interviewing a number of people who may have information relevant to the investigation.</p>St. Marys, OHJanice BarniakSt. Marys man faces involuntary manslaughter, aggravated arson chargeThe Evening Leaderurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10367Change0Usable2014-12-12T10:21:42-05:00