The Daily Press The Evening Leader | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-04-19T13:09:40-04:00 Respond To Fire2014-04-19T13:09:40-04:002014-04-19T13:09:40-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader ST. MARYS — The cause of a structure fire Friday night remains under investigation.</p><p> At approximately 9:48 p.m. Friday, the St. Marys Fire Department received a phone call reporting a structure fire at 717 E. Spring St. Crews arrived on the scene and found heavy smoke coming from the structure.</p><p> "It was in a second-story bedroom," St. Marys Firefighter/Paramedic Andy Fischbach told The Evening Leader. "They made entry through the front door and wrapped around up the stairs to the seam of the fire."</p><p> Fischbach said crews quickly knocked down the fire. He said there were occupants inside at the time of the fire, and all made it out safely. No one was injured.</p><p> Fischbach said the estimated losses are $30,000 for the structure and $10,000 for the contents. The state fire marshal's office is investigating the cause of the fire.</p><p> Crews cleared the scene at 11:54 p.m. Friday. Two trucks and six city firefighters were on the scene and St. Marys Township provided four trucks and 16 firefighters in mutual aid.</p><p> According to the auditor's website, the property is owned by St. Marys Rentals LLC.</p>St. Marys, OHMike BurkholderCrews Respond To FireThe Evening Excels In The Outfield2014-04-19T10:27:30-04:002014-04-18T19:19:52-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader MINSTER — As a first grader playing his first season of tee ball, Max Huber says he aspired to be like his father.</p><p> His father played catcher for the University of Findlay’s baseball team for a few years, and his love for the sport was inspiration and motivation for Huber. Huber played for fun and to be with all his friends, who were also playing tee ball at the time.</p><p> “We always had a good time at the ballpark,” Huber said. “So, I guess it was something that we could do together.”</p><p> Competitiveness is often intrinsic to high school sports, but Huber said the game is still as fun for him now, in his senior year playing varsity for the Wildcats, as it was when he was 6.</p><p> Huber plays left field — the outfield has always been his favorite position. He fits there, he said. Although younger children have been known to pick flowers and play in the grass when placed in outfield, Huber said it takes a good arm and good judgment of the ball and where it is going to be good at it. Speed is also a factor.</p><p> “Baseball’s not that hard of a sport,” Huber said. “You just have to go out there and be confident and show everyone that you’re good enough.”</p><p> His best catch ever came during a game against Wapakoneta last season.</p><p> “I think they had some guys on base, and we were up by one or so, and I had, like, a diving catch in the outfield for the third out in the inning,” he said. “So, I got us out of a jam.”</p><p> The game ended up being close, but Minster pulled out a win.</p><p> There are several seniors on the team this year, he said, and a lot of talent, as there has been the last few years. Since Huber has been at Minster they have won two state championships. Two years ago, during the state championship game in Columbus, the Wildcats won on a walk-off hit.</p><p> “It’s when it’s tied and you go into the last inning,” Huber said. “We were the home team, so we bat last, and one of our players went up there…and he hit a single to score the game-winning run.”</p><p> Huber hopes that his team is able to get another banner to hang in the high school this year. He plans to attend the University of Cincinnati after graduation, and thinks he may study business marketing.</p><p> The end of his high school baseball career will mark the last of his competitive days playing the sport, but Huber said the confidence and strong relationships with the coaches and teammates he has gained will stay with him — along with four years of good memories.</p>St. Marys, OHMEREDITH ENKOFFCat Excels In The OutfieldThe Evening Arrested Following Traffic Stop2014-04-18T09:33:31-04:002014-04-18T09:33:31-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader NEW KNOXVILLE — Two Mercer County men were arrested in New Knoxville following a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon.</p><p> Members of the Grand Lake Drug Task Force conducted surveillance on a vehicle that was suspected on carrying illegal drugs. As the vehicle entered Auglaize County, it was stopped by a deputy with the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office at the Marathon gas station in New Knoxville.</p><p> Deputies allegedly found heroin on Timothy J. Garman, 49, of Celina. Garman was arrested at the scene and transported to the Auglaize County Jail. Another person in the vehicle was arrested on a Mercer County probation violation. Seth T. Hall, 27, of Celina, was taken into custody and transported to Mercer County.  Other drug related paraphernalia items were also allegedly located in the vehicle.</p><p> Two other passengers in the vehicle were Tina K. Hall, 48, and Craig Hall, 49, both Celina. The two were released pending further investigation.</p><p> Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon commended the effectiveness of the two agencies working together to fight the drug issues in both counties, specifically heroin.<br />  </p>St. Marys, OHMike Burkholder2 Arrested Following Traffic StopThe Evening Killed In Collision2014-04-17T09:24:18-04:002014-04-17T09:24:18-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader SIDNEY — A New Knoxville man has been charged with a misdemeanor count of vehicular manslaughter as a result of a collision Tuesday night.</p><p> At approximately 7:40 p.m. Tuesday, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a collision involving a pick-up truck and a bicycle on Lock Two Road, near Kettlersville Road in Van Buren Township. According to a news release, Richard Kuck, 72, of New Knoxville, was driving a blue Ford Ranger west on Lock Two Road when he struck Zachary Kerns, 16, of Botkins, while he was on a bicycle, that also was traveling west on Lock Two Road.</p><p> Kuck reportedly stated he was unable to see Kerns because the sun was in his eyes. Kerns was pronounced dead at the scene by a representative of the Shelby County Coroner’s Office.</p><p> Kuck has been charged with one county of vehicular manslaughter, a second-degree misdemeanor. He is scheduled to appear in Sidney Municipal Court at a later date.</p><p> A second-degree misdemeanor is punishable by up to 90 days in jail.</p>St. Marys, OHMike BurkholderCyclist Killed In CollisionThe Evening Rundown2014-04-17T09:11:10-04:002014-04-17T09:11:10-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader <strong>April 17:</strong> St. Pauls United Church of Christ will host a bake sale at Minster Bank in St. Marys today.</p><p> Books, Babies and More will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at the St. Marys Community Public Library for parents and babies newborn to 36 months.</p><p> Preschool Storytime will be at 10:30 a.m. today at the New Knoxville Library for children 3-5.</p><p> The Auglaize County Veterans Service Commission will meet at 5 p.m. today at 209 S. Blackhoof St., Wapakoneta.</p><p> An adult craft will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at New Knoxville Library.</p><p> Adults are invited to come and make a Pinterest craft at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. today at New Bremen Public Library.</p><p> Coin evaluations at the St. Marys Community Public Library will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. today. Bring in old, unusual coins for free evaluations by Tri-County Coin Club.</p>St. Marys, OHNo author availableDaily RundownThe Evening Rundown2014-04-14T10:11:14-04:002014-04-14T10:11:14-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader <strong>April 14:</strong> Paws 2 Read will meet at New Knoxville Library from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. today. This program is designed to build confidence in struggling readers by reading to dogs. Sign up for 15 minute intervals. Parents must call library to register at 419-753-2724</p><p> Family Read at the St. Marys Community Public Library will be held at 6 p.m. today. Grades 3-5 plus a parent or other adult read and share "The Fairy-Tale Detectives."</p><p> Family Night at FJ Stallo Memorial Library will be held at 6 p.m. today.</p><p> New Bremen Public Library will be having a story time for children in Kindergarten and first grade at 6:30 p.m. today.</p><p> The St. Marys City Council will meet at 7 p.m. today.</p><p> Friends of the New Knoxville Library will meet from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. today.</p>St. Marys, OHNo author availableDaily RundownThe Evening Coming To Town2014-04-12T08:11:48-04:002014-04-11T18:24:02-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader ST. MARYS — The circus is coming to town and visitors can get an up close look at some of nature’s largest creatures while helping local children at the same time.</p><p> The St. Marys Rotary Club is bringing the Kelly Miller Circus in for two performances on May 17. The circus, which will have shows at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. at Skip Baughman Stadium that day, is part of a fundraiser to help the Rotary Club revamp the playground equipment at K.C. Geiger Park.</p><p> “Rotary was looking for a project in the local community and our president wanted to refurbish the playground at K.C. Geiger Park,” Rotarian Ron Gorby said. “It’s been a while since we had a circus ... I made some inquiries with some circuses and got Kelly Miller to come to town.”</p><p> The circus features the standard fare — elephants, clowns, tigers, clowns and jugglers. Gorby said the show should provide the community with a family friendly atmosphere.</p><p> “It’s always an adventure when the circus comes to town,” Gorby said.</p><p> “They use elephants to raise the tent up in the morning and that always attracts a crowd. It’s really a nice event and will help give us money to upgrade the playground equipment.”</p><p> The St. Marys Rotary Club has a long history of sponsoring community events that benefit the area.</p><p> The club has long sponsored the Halloween costume contest and parade as well as providing free dictionaries to local students.</p><p> “We’ve always been involved in community projects,” Gorby said. “We also do some international projects, but I feel the community projects are the most important aspect of what we do.”</p><p> Presale tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children and are available at The Evening Leader, Minster Bank, Pantry Pride, TLC Learning Center, Family Video, Kroger, St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce and online at Tickets the day of the show are $15 for adults and $7 for children. The public also is invited to watch the elephants raise the big top at 9 a.m. the day of the shows.</p><p> “The Kelly Miller Circus puts on a quality show,” Gorby said.</p><p> “It’s one of the bigger shows and it’s not too often that we get a circus to come to town ... I think the kids will get a kick out of it and we can raise some money for new playground equipment at K.C. Geiger Park. It’s a win-win for all.”</p>St. Marys, OHMike BurkholderCircus Coming To TownThe Evening Rundown2014-04-10T09:36:26-04:002014-04-10T09:36:26-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader <strong>April 10:</strong> Books, Babies and More will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at the St. Marys Community Public Library for parents and babies newborn to 36 months.</p><p> Preschool Storytime will be at 10:30 a.m. today at the New Knoxville Library for children 3-5.</p><p> Kids of all ages are welcome to stop in at the New Knoxville Public Library from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. today for an Easter craft.</p><p> Come join us at the New Bremen Public Library in celebrating the 100th day of the year with a tower building contest at 3:30 p.m. today. Prizes to be given away.</p><p> A computer class will be held at 6 p.m. today at the St. Marys Community Public Library. “Using Microsoft Excel” will be a two-session class. Please register early at 419-394-7471.</p>St. Marys, OHNo author availableDaily RundownThe Evening Robber Gets Prison Term2014-04-10T09:19:37-04:002014-04-10T09:19:37-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader CELINA — A Mercer County man convicted of robbing a bank in November was sentenced to six years in prison Wednesday afternoon.</p><p> Mercer County Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Ingraham imposed the prison sentence on Cody Maxwell, 22, for his role in robbing the Peoples Bank on West Logan Street on Nov. 15. Maxwell previously pleaded guilty to one count of robbery, a second-degree felony. He faced a maximum of eight years in prison on the count.</p><p> Before Ingraham handed down the sentence, Maxwell addressed the court. Maxwell, who has a lengthy criminal record dating back to when he was a juvenile, admitted to having a heroin addiction.</p><p> “Your honor, I would like to take full responsibility for my actions,” Maxwell said. “During the time I am incarcerated, I would like to better myself and overcome my addiction.”</p><p> Kathryn Speelman, Maxwell’s attorney, expanded upon her client’s struggle with heroin addiction. Speelman said she believes Maxwell could benefit from court-ordered counseling upon his release from prison.</p><p> Mercer County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Fox said he believes Maxwell deserved a lengthy prison term given his criminal record as well as the nature of the crime.</p><p> “He entered the bank, claimed he had a weapon, demanded cash and fled,” Fox said. “He does that with a juvenile and adult record and for those reasons, the state believes a significant prison term is warranted.”</p><p> Ingraham cited Maxwell’s criminal record —  including an incident involving a firearm while he was a juvenile — as a major factor in imposing the six-year prison term.</p><p> “Mr. Maxwell, you are 22-years-old and in your short life you have exhibited behavior that is quite disturbing to the court,” Ingraham said, noting Maxwell indicated to bank employees  he had a gun. “You have violated the norms of our community by continuing to commit theft offenses during the past year and a half ... You continue to show your disregard for the rights of others.”</p><p> Maxwell must serve at least four years in prison before he can be eligible for early release. If he was sentenced to less than five years, he could have been eligible sooner.</p>St. Marys, OHMike BurkholderBank Robber Gets Prison TermThe Evening Rundown2014-04-09T07:19:24-04:002014-04-09T07:19:24-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader <strong>April 9:</strong> A preschool story time at the St. Marys Community Public Library will be held at 11 a.m. today for 3 to 5-year-olds.</p><p> FJ Stallo Memorial Library will be showing a classic movie at 1 p.m. today.</p><p> The St. Marys Community Public Library Board will meet at 3:30 p.m. today.</p><p> Lego Club will meet from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. today at the St. Marys Community Public Library. For grades K-5.<br />  </p>St. Marys, OHNo author availableDaily RundownThe Evening