The Daily Press The Evening Leader | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-07-12T10:05:56-04:00 Seek Cure For “Sweet Pea”2014-07-12T10:05:56-04:002014-07-11T18:29:47-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader NEW BREMEN — Adriane Schmackers, or Sweet Pea as her parents call her, has just learned to speak.</p><p> The 4-year-old girl can now learn to say the words “mom” and “dad” and communicate with her friends and family.</p><p> “She’s actually been doing really well,” said aunt and co-owner of New Bremen Massage Clinic Linda Baker. “She understands you when you talk to her; she’s a great kid. She listens well.”</p><p> Two years ago, when Adriane’s development began to slow, her family discovered she had a rare genetic disease called MPS. Sweet Pea is missing an enzyme that helps break down toxins the body produces every day. Instead, these toxins build up and attack every system in her body.</p><p> By age 5, she may lose the ability to speak and by age 6, she may no longer be able to walk. Adriane may not live to see her high school years.</p><p> There is no cure or treatment for this disease, but recently Adriane’s mother heard about a clinical trial set to begin this winter at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus for children who have MPS.</p><p> Baker said after Adriane’s mother learned about this trial, she started a account to try to raise money for the trials. From there, the idea of the MPS Fundraiser was born. Baker said she and co-owner Karla Thornton have had a much smaller fundraiser like this before, but that this will be the first major attempt on their part to raise money for the trials.</p><p> The idea blossomed into a family event, which will take place from noon to 4 p.m. July 19, at the New Bremen Massage Clinic, 103 W. Monroe St., in New Bremen. Walk-in sessions will be available for the four-hour block, and massages, hair stylings, mini manicures and reflexology and paraffin dips will be sold. Tickets will be sold for games for children of all ages, a coloring contest, face painting, hair braiding for kids, tattoos and more.</p><p> Cookies, snacks and root beer floats will be available, and as purple is the MPS color, purple lemonade will be served.</p><p> From noon to 2 p.m., Miss Teen Ohio and New Bremen resident Rosie Westerbeck will be available for any children who attend the event to pose for pictures with her. Baker said children who want to dress up can do so, as the event will provide special outfits. Businesses in Mercer, Auglaize and even Shelby counties have donated prizes for the raffle that will take place at the event and have been eager to help, Baker said. Items to be raffled off include purses, gift cards from local restaurants, ice cream shops, flower shops and more, Ohio State merchandise, kids toys, home decorations, Mary Kay baskets, massage gift cards, photography gift certificates and more.</p><p> Baker said raffle tickets can be purchased at the massage clinic, or by calling 419-629-2717. The price is $1 for one ticket or $5 for six tickets. Checks for raffle tickets can also be mailed to the massage clinic, she said.</p><p> T-shirts are being provided by Home Stretch in St. Henry for $12 each, and can be ordered until July 21 by calling either the massage clinic or Home Stretch at 419-678-4282. Baker said the shirt is white with black and purple writing and read, “Saving SweetPea.”</p><p> She has been overwhelmed with people volunteering to help however they can.</p><p> All proceeds from items that are normally on sale at Baker and Thornton’s business will be donated to the hospital if they are purchased during the fundraiser as well.</p><p> “The merchants who have different items in here that we help them sell have been very good about (saying), ‘Oh yeah, just donate it all,’” Baker said. “That’s kind of their part. And then volunteers from different hair places have said, ‘Yeah, we’ll volunteer our time and our talent.”</p><p> Baker stressed that every penny collected will be donated to the hospital toward funding the clinical trials. Most trials for MPS patients are primarily funded through family and friends of the children who suffer from the disease, Baker said, and the hospital told her it was going to take $2.5 million for this particular trial.</p><p> Her hope for the fundraiser is not only that they collect a significant amount to donate, but also that it helps raise awareness about the rare disease.</p><p> “Because it is genetic, it is in the family, so it will pop up again,” Baker said. “That’s one of the other hopes for that fundraiser — that we can get some money to this hospital to help future generations.”</p>St. Marys, OHMEREDITH ENKOFFLocals Seek Cure For “Sweet Pea”The Evening Probe Break-in2014-07-11T09:54:43-04:002014-07-11T09:54:43-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader WAPAKONETA — Investigators in Wapakoneta are probing a break-in at a local business.</p><p> At 4:50 a.m. today, the Wapakoneta Police Department received an alarm call from Cashland, 1254 Bellefontaine St. When the first officer arrived on the scene, he observed a person inside the business. Additional officers arrived on the scene and surrounded the building. They then made entry and the assistance of the K-9 unit. No one was located inside the building and it is believed the subject fled before the building could be surrounded.</p><p> Officers attempted a K-9 track with the assistance of the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office but the track was lost a block away from the business, where it is believed the subject got into a vehicle.</p><p> Investigators believe access was gained into the building through an air conditioner opening on the roof. At this time, it is unknown how many people were inside the business and what was taken from it. As of press time, officers were processing the scene for evidence.</p><p> The Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office, the Cridersville Police Department and the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol assisted at the scene.</p>St. Marys, OHNo author availableOfficers Probe Break-inThe Evening Arrested On Drug Charges2014-07-10T09:12:25-04:002014-07-10T09:12:25-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader CELINA — Two Mercer County residents were arrested on Wednesday after a traffic stop during up heroin.</p><p> In a news release, Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey said his office received a tip that heroin was being transported from Dayton to Mercer County. Investigators believed the ultimate destination was Celina.</p><p> The tip included a description of the vehicle as well as the occupants. A vehicle matching the description was spotted pulling into the Marathon station on South Main Street in Celina. Deputies made contact with the occupants and Skye Anna Daniels, 33, 3514 State Route 219, Coldwater, and Cassandra Nicole Springer, 19, 1430 Meadowview Drive Apt. 8, Celina, were arrested.</p><p> Deputies allegedly found two capsules of suspected heroin and a used syringe from property belonging to Daniels.  They also allegedly recovered six capsules of suspected heroin that was found in Springer’s possession.</p><p>  A second passenger was released at the scene.  </p><p> The vehicle was impounded and towed to the sheriff’s office. The case will be forwarded to the Mercer County Prosecutor with a request to file felony charges.  <br />  </p>St. Marys, OHMike Burkholder2 Arrested On Drug ChargesThe Evening Rundown2014-07-09T08:51:06-04:002014-07-09T08:51:06-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader <strong>July 9:</strong> Book Bingo & Ice Cream Party for Kids’ End of Summer Reading will be held at 11 a.m. today at the St. Marys Community Public Library.</p><p> A DNA Necklace Craft will start at 3 p.m. today at New Knoxville Library.</p><p> The St. Marys Community Public Library Board will meet at 3:30 p.m. today.</p><p> The New Bremen Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. today.</p><p> The St. Marys Board of Education will meet at 7:30 p.m. today.</p>St. Marys, OHNo author availableDaily RundownThe Evening To Visit2014-07-08T08:42:14-04:002014-07-08T08:42:14-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader WAPAKONETA — The official biographer of Neil Armstrong will be at the Armstrong Air and Space Museum on Wednesday night to discuss his involvement in the book.</p><p> James R. Hansen, a history professor and director of the honors college at Auburn University, will be on hand at the museum to discuss his 2005 award winning book, “First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong.”</p><p> At the event, which is free and begins at 7 p.m. in the museum’s Astro Theater, Hansen will be giving a presentation, taking questions and signing copies of his books.</p><p> Museum Director Chris Burton said the event will be interesting and will shed light on what it was like to interview Armstrong.</p><p> “The book came out in 2005, so among other things he’ll be signing copies of the book,” Burton said. “Also, he’ll kind of talk about what happened since the book, Mr. Armstrong’s passing and anything else that came up after the fact.”</p><p> Burton said movie rights have also been sold on the book so that will be a topic of discussion.</p><p> “He’ll answer questions, he’ll talk about the process of how he was able to get this (movie) deal and what it was like to interview Mr. Armstrong and kind of those behind the scenes details,” Burton said.</p><p> The event will last approximately 90 minutes and copies of the book will be available for purchase at the museum while supplies last. While admission is free, seating is limited to 80 people.</p>St. Marys, OHMichelle MeunierAuthor To VisitThe Evening Rundown2014-07-08T08:41:18-04:002014-07-08T08:41:18-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader <strong>July 8:</strong> A Story Time will be held at the Paris Street Park in Minster at 10 a.m. today.</p><p> Sign up to be a part of some cool science experiments and activities at the New Bremen Library. Today, three sessions will be held at 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2 p.m. Make sure your name is on the list for some awesome science fun. Session size is limited. Call 419-629-2158 or stop by to register.</p><p> Treat Bingo for Teens will be held at 2 p.m. today at the St. Marys Community Public Library.</p><p> New Bremen Public Library will host story time for those 3 to 5 at 6:30 p.m. today.</p><p> The New Bremen Village Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. today.</p><p> The New Knoxville Village Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. today.</p><p> The Salem Township Zoning Board will have a meeting at 8 p.m. today at the Salem Township Building.<br />  </p>St. Marys, OHNo author availableDaily RundownThe Evening Rundown2014-07-07T08:02:27-04:002014-07-07T08:02:27-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader <strong>July 7: </strong>Tava Ridenour and her miniature horse Flip will be at the New Knoxville Library at 10:30 a.m. today. All ages are welcome.</p><p> A movie for all ages will be held at 11 a.m. today at the St. Marys Community Public Library.</p><p> Families are welcome to go on a mixed-up Fairy Tale adventure with the Minnetrista Theater Company at the New Bremen Library. The show will be held at 1 p.m. today.</p><p> Children in grades K-2 are welcome to come to the New Bremen Library at 6:30 p.m. today for Angel Bear Yoga. Participants are encouraged to bring a towel to use as a mat.</p><p> Families are welcome to go on a mixed-up Fairy Tale adventure with the Minnetrista Theater Company at the FJ Stallo Memorial Library. The show will be held at 6:30 p.m. today.</p>St. Marys, OHNo author availableDaily RundownThe Evening Pulled From Lake2014-07-02T17:12:43-04:002014-07-02T17:12:43-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader MONTEZUMA — Two boaters were pulled out of Grand Lake St. Marys Wednesday afternoon after their sailboat turned over.</p><p> Grand Lake St. Marys Park Manager Brian Miller said they two men were out on a small sailboat when it turned onto its side near Safety Island, south of Bayview. One of the men's friends called the state park office to report the incident and Miller, along with the Mercer County Sheriff's Office, Montezuma Fire Department and Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft responded to the scene.</p><p> "One civilian boat took the guys on board as we got there," Miller told The Evening Leader. "They were able to get the boat upright and another civilian boat helped the men pick up their belongings that were floating in the lake."</p><p> The Division of Watercraft assisted the men, and the boat, to shore. Miller said the two men made the best out of what could have been a tragic situation.</p><p> "There are a few things to learn here," Miller said. "One, they had a cell phone. I don't know if it still works, but it did work long enough for them to make a call. The second is that they both had life jackets on. When I got to the scene, the first thing I did was assess their well being. They said they were getting tired. The life jackets did what they were supposed to do. The men said they were getting muscle fatigue from being out there trying to upright the boat. The other key was that they stayed with the boat — always stay with the boat."</p><p> Staying with the boat provides a secure location for boaters in the event the vessel capsizes and gives rescuers an easier target to locate. Miller also credited the civilian boaters for assisting in the situation.</p><p> "If you see someone you think is in distress, pull over and check on their well being," Miller said. "It never hurts to check on someone."<br />  </p>St. Marys, OHMike Burkholder2 Pulled From LakeThe Evening Hurt In Collision2014-07-02T15:59:39-04:002014-07-02T15:59:39-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader WAPAKONETA — Two people were transported to the hospital Wednesday morning following a collision near Cridersville.</p><p> According to a report from the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Donna J. Lotz, 84, of Wapakoneta, was traveling north on Mudsock Road in a 2004 Honda Accord when she reportedly failed to stop at a stop sign at National Road. Lotz's vehicle was struck by a 1995 Mack dump truck that was traveling west on National Road. The dump truck was driven by David A. McDaniel, 48, of Elida. The Lotz's vehicle went off the left side of the road, overturned and came to rest in a creek. Lotz was ejected from the vehicle, and it partially came to rest on top of her. The dump truck overturned and dumped a load of gravel on the road.</p><p> Both drivers were transported to St. Rita's Medical Center by Cridersville EMS and Shawnee Township EMS. McDaniel was wearing a seat belt. Lotz received citations for no seat belt and stop sign violations.</p>St. Marys, OHMike Burkholder2 Hurt In CollisionThe Evening Rundown2014-07-02T08:17:10-04:002014-07-02T08:17:10-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader <strong>July 2:</strong> A Book Discussion for Grades 4-6 will be held at 2 p.m. today at the St. Marys Community Public Library. "Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library" by Chris Grabenstein will be discussed.</p><p> Comedy Magician Mark Wood will be performing at the New Knoxville Library at 4 p.m. today.</p>St. Marys, OHNo author availableDaily RundownThe Evening