The Daily Press The Evening Leader | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-10-31T15:19:18-04:00 Service Disrupted 2014-10-31T15:19:18-04:002014-10-31T15:19:18-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader <span class="userContent" data-ft="{"tn":"K"}">ST. MARYS — A Dominion East Ohio gas line has been hit near the area of St. Marys Living Center. Service to approximately 200 customers has been affected. Crews are in the area making necessary repairs, but it could take hours before service is restored.</span></p>St. Marys, OHNo author availableGas Service Disrupted The Evening The Best Halloween Costumes for Pets2014-10-31T14:20:30-04:002014-10-31T09:06:56-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader<script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script>St. Marys, OHNo author availableVIDEO: The Best Halloween Costumes for PetsThe Evening Rundown2014-10-30T09:59:52-04:002014-10-30T09:59:52-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader <strong>Oct. 30:</strong> Books, Babies & More will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Marys Community Public Library for babies (newborn-36 mos.) and their caregivers.</p><p> The New Bremen Public Library will host an adult book club at 1 p.m. today. Come ready to discuss any book you've been reading.</p><p> Trick-or-treat in St. Marys will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today.</p><p> Trick-or-treat in New Knoxville will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today.</p><p> Trick-or-treat in New Bremen will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today.</p><p> Trick-or-treat in Minster will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. today.</p>St. Marys, OHNo author availableDaily RundownThe Evening Charged In Theft2014-10-30T09:31:34-04:002014-10-30T09:31:34-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader ST. MARYS — Three people were arrested on Wednesday for allegedly stealing scrap metal from a local company.</p><p> At approximately 2:40 p.m. Wednesday, the St. Marys Police Department received a phone call reporting a theft of scrap metal from Murotech. Adam Riley, of Lakeview, and Cody R. L. Decker, of Wapakoneta, were arrested during a traffic stop shortly after leaving Murotech after employees contacted the police department. The third person, Christopher J. Decker, of Wapakoneta, allegedly fled the scene and was arrested along U.S. 33 following information provided by a citizen.</p><p> Additional scrap metal was recovered in the woods along Gordon Grove Drive following a tip from a resident who reportedly witnessed the suspects allegedly unloading the metal.</p><p> "This is a great example of how citizens can help solve crimes by reporting suspicious behavior," St. Marys Police Chief Mark Ernst said in a news release.</p><p> According to online records, the three men are being held on theft and breaking and entering charges. The Auglaize County Sheriff's Office assisted in the investigation.<br />  </p>St. Marys, OHMike Burkholder3 Charged In TheftThe Evening Train Progresses2014-10-29T13:03:11-04:002014-10-29T13:03:11-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader CELINA — Work should soon begin on a project that one local economic development official says will continue the work to heal Grand Lake St. Marys.</p><p> Members of the Grand Lake St. Marys Lake Facilities Authority (LFA) approved a joint intergovernmental agreement that covers phase one and two of the Coldwater Creek treatment train and wetlands re-establishment project. The first two phases of the project deal with all the design and permitting work and construction administration of the estimated $2.5 million project.</p><p> Funding for the project is expected to come from a $2.1 million line item that was included in this year’s capital improvement budget. That money is expected to be disbursed to the LFA in the coming weeks.</p><p> A Clean Ohio grant could add another $413,000 in funding to help cover costs of land acquisition. Officials should hear back about that application in the coming months.</p><p> The Coldwater Creek treatment train would mirror the Prairie Creek treatment train in terms of operation. Water is pumped through the treatment train, which helps to strip phosphorus from the water before it enters Grand Lake St. Marys.</p>St. Marys, OHMike BurkholderTreatment Train ProgressesThe Evening Rundown2014-10-27T14:14:52-04:002014-10-27T14:14:52-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader <strong>Oct. 27:</strong> Paws to Read! at the New Bremen Library will be held today. Children read for 15 minute intervals to a registered therapy dog. Sign up is required. Call 419-629-2158 or stop by the library.</p><p> You’re Never Too Old for Story Time will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. today at the FJ Stallo Memorial Library.</p><p> Learn the Haunted History of Halloween at the New Knoxville Library at 6 p.m. today. Watch a documentary on the origins of Halloween and make a spooky 3D paper birdcage. Sign up for the craft is required.</p><p> The New Bremen Village Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. today.</p><p> The St. Marys City Council will meet at 7 p.m. today.</p><p> The New Knoxville Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. today.</p>St. Marys, OHNo author availableDaily RundownThe Evening Average Numbers Cast Absentee Votes2014-10-24T18:46:13-04:002014-10-24T18:45:11-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader ST. MARYS — Absentee voting has gotten off to a brisk start in Auglaize County.</p><p> As of Thursday, 2,467 residents requested absentee ballots be mailed to them ahead of the Nov. 4 General Election. Auglaize County Elections Board Director Michelle Wilcox said of that number, approximately 1,000 have be returned to the board of elections office.</p><p> “That’s above average for us,” Wilcox said, noting more voters have seemed interested in voting absentee this year. “It’s the convenience of being able to vote from home and send it back in. We also have a week left of in-person absentee voting.”</p><p> There are approximately 31,000 registered voters in Auglaize County. Wilcox said based upon the number of voters who requested absentee ballots, she anticipates an increase in voter turnout when compared to the 14 percent turnout in the May primary.</p><p> “I am expecting above average just from the interest in absentees,” Wilcox said.</p><p> The board of elections office will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Nov. 1. Next week, the office will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Nov. 2, the office will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on Nov. 3 — the day before the election — the office will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Absentee ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 3 and be delivered to the board of elections office within 10 days of the election.<br />  </p>St. Marys, OHMIKE BURKHOLDERAbove Average Numbers Cast Absentee VotesThe Evening Student Opens Fire In Wash. HS2014-10-24T16:14:34-04:002014-10-24T16:14:34-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening LeaderROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: A student opened fire at a high school in Washington state on Friday, wounding an unknown number of victims before killing himself with a gun, the Seattle<script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script>St. Marys, OHNo author availableVideo: Student Opens Fire In Wash. HSThe Evening Activities2014-10-22T15:29:04-04:002014-10-22T15:29:04-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader <strong><span class="userContent" data-ft="{"tn":"K"}">A list of upcoming Halloween events:</span></strong><br />  </p><p> <span class="userContent" data-ft="{"tn":"K"}">• The Wapakoneta downtown Halloween parade at 6:30 p.m. Thursday</span><br />  </p><p> <span class="userContent" data-ft="{"tn":"K"}">• Trick-or-treat at Golden Living Valley at 6:30 p.m. Thursday</span><br />  </p><p> <span class="userContent" data-ft="{"tn":"K"}">• Celina's Halloween Parade leaving the municipal parking lot on Main Street at 2:30 p.m. Sunday,</span><br />  </p><p> <span class="userContent" data-ft="{"tn":"K"}">• Cider Time in New Bremen lining up at 1 p.m. and leaving at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.</span><br />  </p><p> <strong><span class="userContent" data-ft="{"tn":"K"}">Next week:</span></strong><br />  </p><p> <span class="userContent" data-ft="{"tn":"K"}">• 6 p.m. Monday at the Wapakoneta YMCA is the M<span class="text_exposed_show">onster Dash 5K and Little Monster 1-Miler</span></span><br />  </p><p> <span class="userContent" data-ft="{"tn":"K"}"><span class="text_exposed_show">• St. Marys Rotary Halloween Parade lines up at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and leaves at 6 p.m. from the Chestnut Street parking lot</span></span><br />  </p><p> <span class="userContent" data-ft="{"tn":"K"}"><span class="text_exposed_show">• A Boo On the Moon trick-or-treat will be at the Armstrong Air and Space Museum 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday</span></span><br />  </p><p> <span class="userContent" data-ft="{"tn":"K"}"><span class="text_exposed_show">• Trick-or-treat in St. Marys is 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 30</span></span><br />  </p><p> <span class="userContent" data-ft="{"tn":"K"}"><span class="text_exposed_show">• New Bremen and New Knoxville have set the time at 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30</span></span><br />  </p><p> <span class="userContent" data-ft="{"tn":"K"}"><span class="text_exposed_show">• Minster has posted 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., also Oct. 30.</span></span></p>St. Marys, OHNo author availableHalloween ActivitiesThe Evening To See Facelife2014-10-21T09:30:45-04:002014-10-21T09:30:45-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader ST. MARYS — Some of the diamonds at K.C. Geiger Park are slated to get a facelift in the coming years.</p><p> During Monday night's St. Marys Parks and Playgrounds Committee meeting, City Engineer Craig Moeller briefed committee members on some of the work being done at the park. Moeller said crews started working on improving diamond No. 7 shortly after the fall season. However, wet weather has forced the postponement of any further work until the field dries.</p><p> "We haven't touched that diamond since it was originally built," Moeller said. "So we said let's get that done once the season is over, and we are still working on parts of that right now ... The rain hasn't helped us on this."</p><p> Moeller said the field should be revamped and ready for the spring season. Once that work is completed, Moeller said crews will turn their attention to diamond No. 8 — which was deemed the most in need of repair. However, Moeller said work will not start until after the fall season next year as to not disrupt usage.</p><p> "Next year, I have budgeted to put $20,000 into diamond reconditioning," Moeller said. "Looking at ones that get used the most and the worst damage is No. 8. We get a lot of complaints on how hard the surface is and the holes in it. So we want to do some research on the proper way to rebuild that diamond and get some good drainage under it. I'm not sure if we will have to spend the whole $20,000 on it, if not we will go back to No. 6 and then back to No. 5 and get all three of those rebuilt."</p><p> Moeller also said he plans to explore the option of converting the infield of the field into grass. That, he noted, could help with drainage issues.</p><p> Safety-Service Director Greg Foxhoven said he expects the new concession stand at diamonds No. 9 and 10 will be ready by the start of the spring season.</p><p> The new facility, which also will include bathrooms, will replace a temporary concession and portable toilets. The walking path along the St. Marys River also is ready for public use.</p><p> "It's a nice concession stand," Foxhoven said. "It will have a covered area for picnic tables."<br />  </p>St. Marys, OHMike BurkholderDiamonds To See FacelifeThe Evening