The Daily Press http://wapakdailynews.com http://wapakdailynews.com/apfeed.xml--1 Wapakoneta Daily News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-12-17T11:44:49-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9938Wycuff bond changed in rape case2014-12-17T11:32:06-05:002014-12-17T11:31:18-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News 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 Tuesday during a hearing at the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. </p><p class="p1"> 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 class="p1"> 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 class="p1"> He is also to have no contact with the alleged victim in this case, any potential witnesses, or co-defendant Lori Anderson. </p><p class="p1"> If Wycuff is able to post bond, he is ordered to return home within 90 minutes of his release from jail.</p><p class="p1"> 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 class="p1"> Wycuff is charged with <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">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. </span></p><p class="p1"> 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 been out on bond since Nov. 10. </p><p class="p1"> <i style="font-family: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: 1.25em;">For a complete story, see the Wednesday, Dec. 17, edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</i></p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHWycuff bond changed in rape caseWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9938Change0Usable2014-12-17T11:31:18-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9937VFW names teacher of the year2014-12-17T11:26:43-05:002014-12-17T11:20:25-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span class="s1">Class had just let out, time for Joni Wade, a seventh-grade teacher at Wapakoneta Middle School, to take a small break from her teaching duties, but instead, it was time to celebrate.</span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">On Tuesday, Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner, Wapakoneta Middle School Principal Wes Newland and Alvin W. Metzger VFW Post 8445 Commander Delmar Merricle spoiled Wade’s mid-morning break with a little surprise. Wade was honored with the “2014 Teacher of the Year” award for the Wapakoneta School District.</span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">“You have been such as a hard worker for the school and an asset with your help with the Veterans Day ceremony,” Horner said. “Congratulations on getting this award.”</span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">Horner asks principals throughout the district to submit a nomination for teacher of the year, and Wade was chosen for the award, not only because of her contributions in the classroom, but also </span><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">for her impact on the Veterans Day ceremony that has now become an annual tradition at the school.</span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">“I definitely don’t do the Veterans Day ceremony for my own recognition, you won’t find my name on anything because I do it all because I like the feeling that I get for doing it,” she said.</span></p><p class="p1"> <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">For being the district’s teacher of the year, Wade is invited to Celina in March to get another award from VFW chair Ed Reynolds. She is also eligible for Teacher of the Year at the state level.</span></p><p class="p1"> <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">“Thank you, I am very honored,” Ward said. “This is amazing, I was not expecting this.”</span></p><p class="p1"> <i style="font-family: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: 1.25em;">For a complete story, see the Wednesday, Dec. 17, edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</i></p>Wapakoneta, OHJAKE DOWLINGVFW names teacher of the yearWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9937Change0Usable2014-12-17T11:20:25-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9936Pair to leave park board2014-12-17T11:44:49-05:002014-12-17T11:14:06-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span class="s1">Two key members of the Heritage Trails Park District will be stepping down in the near future, putting the current state of the park district in question moving forward.</span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">During Tuesday’s monthly meeting, held at the Chamber of Commerce office in Wapakoneta, Executive Director Allison Brady announced that will resign from her position at the end of the year.</span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">“The park district made drastic cuts to the budget starting next year,” she said. “With the surplus spent off and local government funds cut by 75 percent, a balanced budget requires a drastic cut in personnel.”</span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">Park Commissioner David Stilwell called Brady’s resignation a retirement instead and said her retirement has been in the works for a few months now, dating back to before this fall’s election. Regardless of when it was decided, however, it is a retirement well earned.</span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">Brady has been with the HTPD since 2008 and has worked in the public sector for 31 years.</span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">“Allison has worked many, many years as a public person, and what we are hoping to do with a limited budget is to hire some sort of contract or part-time person to be a clerical person for us to help us pay our bills,” he said. “If she </span><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">(Brady) wants to come back and work for us, that is a possibility, but we do plan to hire somebody that will take care of all of our activities.”</span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">Stilwell said he is hoping to hire someone who will work 20 hours a month, but benefits will be limited.</span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">Aside from Brady’s resignation/retirement, another park commissioner, Jim Heinrich, is also planning to leave the HTPD soon.</span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">“Basically, I am worn out. I just don’t have the energy that I used to have,” Heinrich said. “I think we can probably get somebody new in this position that can do a better job than I am able to do. But, I did agree to stay on for reappointment since Allison will be leaving with great regret. In the next six months, we can do some planning and I want to be a part of that. So sometime by the end of 2015 it will be my plan to step aside.”</span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">Stilwell said he is actively seeking a new park commissioner but did advise that the position will be unpaid.</span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">“We will obviously be looking for someone who is passionate about what we are trying to accomplish and can bring the same enthusiasm and knowledge that Jim has brought us for many years,” he said.</span></p><p class="p1"> <i style="font-family: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: 1.25em;">For a complete story, see the Wednesday, Dec. 17, edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</i></p>Wapakoneta, OHJAKE DOWLINGPair to leave park boardWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9936Change0Usable2014-12-17T11:14:06-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9933Council seeks to wrap up year2014-12-16T11:26:04-05:002014-12-16T11:26:04-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">Money matters and support for the Eastern Shawnee topped the list of topics at Monday’s meeting of the Wapakoneta City Council.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">First-Ward Councilman and Chair of the Parks and Recreation Committee James Neumeier reported on the financial status of the parks fund.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">As previously reported, concern over the low interest rate on a 2-year CD that will generate $3,500 in interest when it becomes due in February. The committee voted to call for the auditor and treasurer to provide options for the reinvestment of those funds, hopefully at a higher rate.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">At-Large Councilman Randy Fisher said later in the meeting that the condition of the parks fund is a good example of why the city needs to increase its tax rate, a point that he has been adamant about since his election.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">“This is the result of what happens with a one-half of one percent income tax,” Fisher said. “We don’t raise enough funds in general and this is just one of those other issues that goes along with that. So this body should be thinking down the line of getting that extra half percent for the one full percent so we’re not in this situation.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Neumeier said the committee voted to have the administration to provide information on grants prior to applying for them, so councilors will know what to expect before being presented with the information at the last minute.</span></p><p class="p3"> Utilities Committee Chairman Fisher reported that all current funds, electric, water, storm water, refuse and recycling, are all meeting their targets that will allow them to to both pay for services and build the needed carry over for planned capital upgrades.</p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Council President Steve Henderson informed councilors that they have the option of individually supporting the request from the Eastern Shawnee for designation of their land in Logan County as a “Restricted Indian Country.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Council’s inaction on the matter has become a concern for at least one council member.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">“They approached us originally on Oct. 6, and we are two and half months since then and at this point we have not given them any answer, up or down, and that kind of disturbs me,” said Fourth-Ward Councilman Chad Doll.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">“We had the Eastern Shawnee, a sovereign nation, that made a request to us. We did research, we had a committee meeting, we did more research. Came back with more answers and there’s been no motion, no movement one way or the other.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Neumeier brought up the fact that officials in Logan County, where the property is located, have not moved to either support or deny the tribe’s request for support for their plans to build a resort on their land.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">“I personally am not, honestly, that concerned with what the legislature of Logan County thinks one way or the other,” Doll said. “I’m elected to represent the interests of the City of Wapakoneta, not Logan County, not Lakeview, not any of them. What’s best for us may not be what’s the best for them. My responsibility is with the constituents of Wapakoneta.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For a complete story, see the Tuesday Dec. 16 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHTOM WEHRHAHNCouncil seeks to wrap up yearWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9933Change0Usable2014-12-16T11:26:04-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9932Village OKs gas proposal2014-12-16T11:18:21-05:002014-12-16T11:18:21-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">WAYNESFIELD — Members of Waynesfield Village Council passed an emergency ordinance Monday night to allow natural gas into the village, which could start as early as next winter.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Monday’s special council meeting was held in the auditorium of Waynesfield-Goshen High School. Darryl Night, a representative from Ohio Rural Natural Gas based in Fairfield, set up a forum with at least 30 residents in attendance to tell them everything they needed know about his company.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“We would like to bring natural gas to the community of Waynesfield,” Night said to those in attendance. “Waynesfield is the heart of America… I mean that for people that live in this area, a lot of you are farmers and kind of the salt of the earth if you will, and with so much natural gas in this country, it’s a shame that some communities such as this one haven’t been able to share it.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Night said he believed the average charge per resident would be about $100, but residents also have the right to decide if they do not want the gas. Night also said he would like to set up an office so people can deal with someone from the company face-to-face and not have to try to contact somebody over the phone, miles away.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“I would like to hire people that are in or around the community,” he said. “Being a public utility, I am responsible for making sure everyone gets their gas and fixes any problems that might arise.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The breakdown for the price of natural gas is $1.50 for a transportation fee the company has to pay Columbia Gas, $3.10 for the distribution fee, $4 per Mcf, which is a thousand cubic feet of natural gas and $12 for a meter fee that residents will have to pay each month. The rest depends on how much natural gas a person uses.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Night gave an example that if a resident uses 10 Mcf of gas in a month, plus the $12 meter, transportation and distribution fees, a resident would then be paying $98 per month for gas. That total exclude sales tax.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“Luckily, you know, everything keeps on going up in price, but this is one thing that is cheaper now than five or eight years ago,” Night said. “This is about 55 to 60 percent cheaper than propane gas per gallon.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Night did say, however, he would like to have natural gas in the schools, but for free of charge.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The construction to get natural gas to the village and its residents would cost the company anywhere from $2.5 to $3 million.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“It’s a pretty big financial commitment that we are making,” Night said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Residents will not to pay a deposit and Night said he believed construction would begin as soon as April, 2015.</span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For a complete story on Monday's Waynesfield Village Council meeting, see the Tuesday, Dec. 16 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJAKE DOWLINGVillage OKs gas proposalWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9932Change0Usable2014-12-16T11:18:21-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9931Practice makes perfect for holiday concert2014-12-16T11:13:14-05:002014-12-16T11:13:14-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">The sounds of holiday music once again filled the Wapakoneta Performing Arts Center on Monday night. Under the direction of Klayton Hilleary and Steve Wimmers, the middle school and high school bands performed their Christmas Concert.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Kicking off the middle school program at 6:30 p.m. was the fifth grade band. They performed “Hot Cross Buns,” “Good King Wenceslas,” “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” and “Jingle Bells.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">“We normally have these guys split up during fifth period, during the day,” Hilleary said, about the fifth graders. “They’ve only been together about four or five times. They work everything up separately and then bring it together, so it’s kind of a task. The very first time they get together, the woodwinds obviously are not nearly as loud as the brass are, so the first time we rehearse together, they’re kind of like, ‘holy smokes.’ What you’re hearing tonight, is a long way down the road compared to where they were back in September when we started.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Following the fifth grade was the sixth grade band. They performed “Santa’s in the House,” “Nuttin for Christmas,” and “A Christmas Kazoo,” during which several students exchanged their instruments for colorful kazoos.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Concluding the middle school portion of the evening was the seventh grade band, who performed “Holiday Festival,” “The name’s Claus ... Santa Claus,” which is a mix of James Bond theme music and Christmas carols, and “Toboggan Run.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">The high school program began at 7:45 p.m. with the eighth grade band. They performed “The Twelve Songs of Christmas,” “Minka’s Sleigh Ride,” “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” “Ho Ho Hoedown” and “Jingle Bell Rock.” The second, third and fourth songs were conducted by students, Sonja Bowers, Benjamin Schneider and Samantha Sutton.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">“That is a big thing for them to get up there and do that,” Hilleary said, about the student conductors.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Up next was the Concert Band. They performed “Fanfare for a Holiday Celebration,” “Christmas Rondo” and “Jingle Band!”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Concluding the evening was the Symphonic Band, who performed “Three Jazzy Kings,” “The Ultimate Christmas Sing-along,” and “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.” During the second song, two students led the audience through singing a mash-up of several Christmas carols while the band played behind them.</span></p>Wapakoneta, OHCASSAUNDRA SMITHPractice makes perfect for holiday concertWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9931Change0Usable2014-12-16T11:13:14-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9927Three earn Eagle Scout honors2014-12-15T11:35:15-05:002014-12-15T11:35:15-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">Three young men earned the highest honor bestowed by the Boy Scouts on Saturday in a ceremony at St. Paul United Church of Christ.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Cody Benny, Dan Reichenbach and Dillon “DJ” O’Neill became Eagle Scouts under the leadership of Wapakoneta Boy Scout Troop 14 Scoutmaster George Herman.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Paster Steve Nelson gave the invocation and the benediction that bookended a ceremony that included recognition of not only the new Eagle Scouts, but also recognized the contribution and support provided by their parents.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">In addition to Herman, other Scoutmasters officiating at the ceremony included Paul Schaub, Steve Bowers and Mike Engle.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">All three worked their way up through the various levels of Boy Scout program and earning merit badges along the way.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Schaub noted in his speech that, of every 100 scouts, only two achieve Eagle Scout status.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">As part of the journey in becoming an Eagle Scout, each candidate is required to do a community project.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Cody Benny designed, fundraised and supervised the completion of mulching units for the community gardens at the Wapakoneta Family YMCA as well as providing specially designed benching for the Y. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Benny earned 34 merit badges during his Boy Scout career. He is the son of Wendy and Steve Benny.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Dan Reichenbach designed, fundraised and supervised the building of the shelter house at Breakfast Optimist, formerly Centennial, Park. As a Boy Scout, he earned 36 merit badges. He is the son of Jim and Mary Reichenbach.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">DJ O’Neill wanted to improve the lives of people living in the Cridersville Healthcare, where his grandfather had been a resident for several years. He designed, fundraised and fundraised and supervised the construction of a garden space to improve the environment of the residents there. He earned 35 merit badges. He is the son of Rick and Kathy O’Neill.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">All honorees also received the City of Wapakoneta Award of Merit from Mayor Rodney Metz.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Both Reichenbach and O’Neill presented Scoutmaster Paul Schaub with an award for being a special mentor to them Benny selected Steve Bowers for his mentor award.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">In final remarks by the new Eagle Scouts they thanked the community, families and Scout leadership for their support.</span></p>Wapakoneta, OHTOM WEHRHAHNThree earn Eagle Scout honorsWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9927Change0Usable2014-12-15T11:35:15-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9926Prosecutor seeks little in budget2014-12-15T11:33:03-05:002014-12-15T11:33:03-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">At a recent meeting with the county commissioners, Auglaize County Prosecutor Ed Pierce proposed a budget for 2015 that is nearly identical to the one he submitted last year. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The proposed budget is up just $1,000, rising from $514,629 in 2014 to $515,629 in 2015. Accounting for the increase is the supplies line item, which went from $4,000 to $5,000.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Pierce said he budgeted more for supplies in 2015 because the amount he had in years past no longer covers all the supply cost for the prosecutor’s office.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">He said supplies are partially paid for through the Furtherance of Justice Fund, but as costs have risen, the FOJ Fund has remained stagnant. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“We take care of a lot of our supplies through our Furtherance of Justice Fund, however, because of book expenses and other expenses, the number we put in for supplies has run short,” Pierce said. “That’s why I bumped it up by $1,000.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Pierce said there is close to $29,000 in the FOJ Fund at the beginning of each year, and that money is used for several types of expenses through the prosecutor’s office, including travel, books, equipment, dues and supplementing the supplies line item. As more FOJ money is being used to cover other expenses, there is less money for supplies. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“The supply budget hasn’t really increased other than normal cost, we’re just asking for $1,000 more because that money is not available from the FOJ account,” he said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For a complete story, see the Monday, Dec. 15 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHProsecutor seeks little in budgetWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9926Change0Usable2014-12-15T11:33:03-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9925Village honors retired K-92014-12-15T11:31:20-05:002014-12-15T11:31:20-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">CRIDERSVILLE — He seized more than a quarter of a million dollars in drug money, caught criminals, forged relationships and became a beloved family member and member of a community. All without saying a word.</span></p><p class="p3"> Max served as a savvy veteran on the police force as the title member of the K-9 unit.</p><p class="p3"> About 50 people on Sunday, from members of the Cridersville Fire Department, to Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon, to residents from the Village of Cridersville, came to honor the late canine officer, K-9 Max, who retired from the force almost two years ago.</p><p class="p3"> “Today, we are here to dedicate the work Max provided to our community and our residence as well as the work for the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Department and the Ohio Highway State Patrol,” said Cridersville Mayor Lorali Myers.</p><p class="p3"> The memorial consisted of a prayer from Pastor Charles of Cridersville United Methodist Church, a flag ceremony from the Boy Scout Troop #162 and a proclamation read by Myers.</p><p class="p3"> “Officer K-9 Max’s service and dedication made a difference for the safety of all,” Myers said. “And through his years of service, he was an educator. He and Chief (John) Drake taught many students at Cridersville Elementary his duty as an officer. … He served us, without question, with dedication and with pride.”</p><p class="p3"> Solomon talked about the important role Max played during his time on the force.</p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“It’s not unusual to be upset, especially when it comes to losing an officer, but I think what everyone needs to know is we treat these K-9s not just as an officer, but as a friend,” Solomon said. “Max not only helped the Village of Cridersville, but also served on the task force for the county and to the State Highway Patrol. I think that is important to know.”</span></p><p class="p3"> At the end of the proclamation, Myers declared Dec. 14, 2014, as K-9 Max Day in the Village of Cridersville.</p><p class="p3"> Max began his career with the village in April 2005 and retired on Jan. 1, 2013.</p><p class="p3"> Max, a German shepherd from the Czech Republic, trained in narcotics detection, tracking and apprehension and became a pet to Cridersville’s Police Chief John Drake and his family after Drake purchased the K-9 for $1 from the village after Max’s retirement.</p><p class="p3"> Max was the first K-9 the Cridersville Police Department had and the first K-9 Drake has handled.</p><p class="p3"> “The service means a lot,” said Drake. “The village was kind enough to let me get a K-9 and we had him for eight years. It really means a lot to me and my family when they went ahead and recognized him for the years of service and recognizing me for what we did together. It means a lot.”</p><p class="p3"> <em>For a complete story about the K-9 memorial for Max, see the Monday, Dec. 15 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News. </em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJAKE DOWLINGVillage honors retired K-9Wapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9925Change0Usable2014-12-15T11:31:20-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9922Chief touts police app2014-12-13T10:45:54-05:002014-12-12T20:02:01-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span class="s1">CRIDERSVILLE — The Cridersville Police Department is rolling out a new program to better serve its residents and to connect with them when situations arise.</span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">Starting as early as Jan. 7 or 8, the CPD will be using an application called MyPD. Residents can download the app using Android, Android phones, iPhone and iPad. It requires an Android software of 2.3 or higher.</span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">“I’m in the process of developing that piece on our side so I can send it to the company,” said CPD’s Chief John Drake. “It doesn’t cost us anything and it won’t cost anyone to download the app.”</span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">Drake said he heard of the app through Police One, a website for law enforcement regarding police news, job listings and other resources.</span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">The MyPD app is available to 200 law enforcement agencies in the United States and Canada. MyPD provides an effective community app for cities, towns, col</span><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">leges and other police departments and sheriff offices. </span></p><p class="p1"> With one click, residents can call 911 or even call the Cridersville Police Department Office. MyPD App will also feature live weather updates from a local Lima station, information on road closures and the department will also attach its Twitter site to the app so residents can receive up-to-the-minute updates. </p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">“If you call 911, it will refer you to the dispatch in the area that you are in,” said Drake. “If you are on vacation and you pull the app up, you can look up that community’s MyPD.”</span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">The public can easily connect with local law enforcements on a number of topics and also receive alert notifications straight to their device without the need to be checking Facebook or other social media for news updates from their agency. </span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">“I wanted to find something that made it easier for residents in Cridersville to get a hold of the department,” Drake said. “Sometimes, it is hard to find our number and get a hold of us so I wanted to have an app that we can put the number right on there and people can easily call us for whatever they need. It doesn’t always have to be an emergency, sometimes, people just want to be able to get a hold of us and we want to be available for them.”</span></p><p class="p1"> <i style="font-family: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: 1.25em;">For a complete story, see the Saturday, Dec. 13, edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</i></p>Wapakoneta, OHJAKE DOWLINGChief touts police appWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9922Change0Usable2014-12-12T20:02:01-05:00