A drug sweep of the area Monday by local law enforcement officers ensnared more than a dozen people on a myriad of drug-related charges.
Auglaize-Mercer Grand Lake Task Force members started early Monday arresting 13 people in Wapakoneta, St. Marys, Celina and Lima.
A Buckland woman was injured as she tried to save her dog from a fire that engulfed her home early this morning.
The dog perished in the fire and Becky Krites, 45, suffered burns from trying to save him. She was transported by Cridersville EMS to St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center in Lima and then transferred to Columbus for further treatment.
â€śIt looks like she was injured trying to get back in to get the dog out,â€ť Buckland Volunteer Fire Department Chief Todd Vorhees said of the former Buckland Village Council member.
Wapakoneta city administrators moved three street projects closer to realization Monday when three ordinances received their first reading during the Wapakoneta City Council meeting.
Safety-Service Director Bill Rains can advertise for bids, negotiate a contract for design plans and develop specifications for repaving West Mechanic Street from South Blackhoof Street to West Auglaize Street as well as a section of Short Road from newly constructed Progress Drive to County Road 25A, if the two ordinances gain council approval on its third reading.
WAYNESFIELD â€” With two starters out with injuries, the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers needed a big game from Kaylee Patton.
So when the Botkins Trojans shut Patton out in the third quarter and took a five-point lead, the Tigers needed help.
Cue Lidia Turner.
The sophomore guardâ€™s 3-pointer ignited a 10-0 run to end the quarter and set the stage for a 48-44 Tigers win in a varsity girls basketball contest Monday at Waynesfield-Goshen High School.
COLDWATER â€” The Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys bowling team remained unbeaten thanks to a convincing win over the Ansonia Tigers on Saturday at Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater.
Wapak turned in a meet-high score of 3,087 to Ansoniaâ€™s 2,199.
Anthony Kennard rolled a best game of 248, the second-best game of the day behind Marion Localâ€™s Scott Schoenlein (255). Kennard also had a 209.
Also for the Redskins, Austin Krites bowled games of 223 and 204.
Zach Miller recorded a 201 and a 194. Chandler Kaeck turned in a 198. And Luke Manger posted a 195.
William Richard â€śDickâ€ť Hatfield, 93, of Waynesfield, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, at his daughterâ€™s home in Rushylvania surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Sept. 4, 1918, in Alger, the son of Icy (Bennett) and William R. Hatfield. On Jan. 31, 1940, he married Charlotte Focht and she survives in Waynesfield.
Also surviving are a son, Michael (Sonya) Hatfield, of Wapakoneta; a daughter, Pamela (Bill) Wreede, of Rushylvania, nine grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.
Ralph P. Meinerding, 89, of Wapakoneta, died at 10:55 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at The Gardens in Wapakoneta.
He was born Nov. 5, 1922, in Rose Hill, the son of Josephine (Hein) and Charles Meinerding, who preceded him in death. On June 13, 1946, he married Irene E. Staugler, and she survives.
Wapakoneta Redskins Taylor Law and Josie Miller posted the best individual results of the day for the Redskins at the 10th Annual St. Francis Knight Invitational varsity swim meet last weekend in Bowling Green and Toledo.
For Wapak, Law and Miller each recorded a sixth-place finish on Saturday. Law took the spot in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:06.10. Miller was sixth in the 50 freestyle at 25.61.
Law also posted a 10th-place finish in the 100 butterfly (1:04.11). Miller was 20th in the 100 backstroke (1:08.25).
Charles Hugh Frederick Sr., 74, of Wapakoneta, died at 5:40 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at Auglaize Acres.
He was born Sept. 6, 1937, in Duncanville, Ill., the son of Mary Ellen (Eveland) and Harley H. Frederick, who preceded him in death. On Feb. 5, 1955, he married Elizabeth Mae Crist, and she survives in Wapakoneta.
ST. HENRY â€” Someone asked Matt Bradley how he was doing Saturday night.
â€śIâ€™m not sure how to answer that,â€ť said the Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys basketball coach.
Bradley had just watched his squad come up just short in a close game against a strong opponent for the second night in a row.
On Friday, Wapakâ€™s late rally came just a little too late as the Redskins fell to the undefeated, Western Buckeye League-favorite Elida Bulldogs, 46-41.