The Daily Press Wapakoneta Daily News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-11-01T00:13:49-04:00 probes identity thefts2014-11-01T00:13:49-04:002014-11-01T00:13:49-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 11.8181819915771px; line-height: 1.25em;">WAYNESFIELD – The Waynesfield Police Department has seen an increase in the number of identity theft reports, Waynesfield Police Chief Nathan Motter said. In the past six months, police have been made aware of several people from Waynesfield becoming an identity theft victim, and the number of cases are alarming. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“We typically handle six or seven identity theft cases in the village a year but in the last six months alone, we have had 10 cases primarily regarding medical bills where individual’s information has been stolen, and elsewhere in the country, a person’s social security number or date of birth are being used to file medical claims,” Motter said. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The crimes have not been gender- or age-specific either. Children and adults alike have had their information stolen as well.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“Generally what happens is we receive a phone call from a resident saying that they believe their identity has been stolen and then we go to the residence to see how they believe it might have been stolen,” Motter said. “That person will give us an explanation of benefits, say if it’s a medical case, and we go through that with them. Typically, if it’s medical treatment, using their name or their information such as blood type, we then recommend that they get a copy of their medical file. A lot times, information added by the thieves can be added to a person’s medical payments. We basically encourage people to contact their doctors, medical clinic, labs, any place that they think the thieves can use their information in order to get their records in order to figure out how extensive the crime is.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">There is only so much Motter’s department can do when combating these identity thefts.</span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For a complete story, see the Saturday, Nov.1 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJAKE DOWLINGVillage probes identity theftsWapakoneta Daily shares struggles with class2014-10-31T11:38:40-04:002014-10-31T11:38:40-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">Alex Tuttle is not your average Wapakoneta High School graduate.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Sure, he struggled in school, he played sports, ran around with friends and went through that typical teenage phase that we all go through, but no one can compare with Tuttle’s life growing up in Wapakoneta.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“I had kind of a rough childhood,” Tuttle told an audience of eighth graders at Wapakoneta Middle School on Thursday. “When I was five years old, my parents divorced and at that point, there was a lot of violence and abuse in my home. It was just the norm for me.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Tuttle blamed himself for his parent’s divorce but that was just the beginning of his struggles. After his parents divorced, he discovered the man he thought was his biological father was not his father at all. Tuttle talked about how after meeting several men he thought were his biological father, he realized that they never were.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Tuttle never knew who his father as a child and into his teenager years. Eventually, a blood test matched Tuttle with his real biological father and he began a relationship with him. But just as he did, he began to distrust others around him.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“I was confused and I started to distrust people, in particular my mom,” he said. “All of my life I was raised to believe the man she married, the man that I had lived with, was my biological father and he wasn’t. I really held that against my mom. I was angry.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For a complete story, see the Friday, Oct. 31 edition of the Wapakioneta Daily News</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJAKE DOWLINGGrad shares struggles with classWapakoneta Daily budget process begins2014-10-31T11:35:11-04:002014-10-31T11:35:11-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">A local judge who is in charge of the budget for the Auglaize County Common Pleas Court has requested an additional $4,000 for 2015, but more funds may be needed.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Judge Fred Pepple asked the Auglaize County Commissioners to increase witness fees from $4,000 in 2014 to $8,000 in 2015 during a budget meeting Tuesday. For now, this increase is the only change in the budget from this year to next year.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Pepple made the request as the commissioners begin their annual budget hearings.</span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For a complete story, see the Friday, Oct. 31 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHCounty budget process beginsWapakoneta Daily waste plan moves forward2014-10-31T11:40:31-04:002014-10-31T11:30:35-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">The county’s solid waste policy council continued the work of updating the county’s solid waste management plan with a meeting Thursday afternoon in the auditorium of the county administration building.</span></p><p class="p3"> The work began back in June when Jim Skora, of GT Environmental Inc., provided councilors and county commissioners with an overview of the document and discussed the procedures for updating it.</p><p class="p3"> Skora noted at that meeting that the county is doing very well as far as procedures for handling solid waste due to the availability of curbside recycling and drop-off locations.</p><p class="p3"> <em>For a complete story, see the Friday, Oct. 31 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHTOM WEHRHAHNSolid waste plan moves forwardWapakoneta Daily Store returns2014-10-30T11:33:34-04:002014-10-30T11:33:34-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">November and December are fast approaching, hinting that time of the year. No not Thanksgiving, Black Friday or just the Christmas holiday.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">It’s time for the reopening of Mercy Unlimited’s Christmas Store on Auglaize Street in Wapakoneta.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Another year of snowmen, poinsettias, glassware, wreaths, Christmas trees, among many other related items that will fill the store, which opens on Halloween this year. More than 9,800 items will be available for sale.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“We are so grateful to the community for their generous donations throughout the year that makes this all possible,” Charlene Smith, Mercy Unlimited Volunteer Services Coordinator said. “We have over 9,800 items to be available this year.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For a Complete story, see the Thursday, Oct. 30 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJAKE DOWLINGChristmas Store returnsWapakoneta Daily cleanup moves to town2014-10-30T11:29:31-04:002014-10-30T11:29:31-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">The clearing out of the Auglaize River got a little closer to home Wednesday as the contractor began work near the Hamilton Street bridge.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The area of the work will then move to the Harrison Street bridge and clear debris upstream towards county Route 25A.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“The original bid stated that the contractor is to remove severely leaning trees and debris,” Auglaize County Engineer Doug Reinhart said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">A second contract is to be awarded soon, Reinhart said, specifically to address dead ash trees.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“That bid, for $399,400, was from Turf Concepts of Elida,” Reinhart said, and will focus on the estimated 7,500 dead ash trees along the 66 miles of the Auglaize River and two mile creek within Auglaize and Allen Counties.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For a complete story, see the Thursday, Oct. 30 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHTOM WEHRHAHNRiver cleanup moves to townWapakoneta Daily at the city’s mysterious side2014-10-30T11:25:19-04:002014-10-30T11:25:19-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">Although there may not be any ghosts lurking in the dark corners of Wapakoneta, the town is home to “the greatest mystery in Auglaize County history.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Tour guide Rachel Barber stood at the courthouse in front a group of twenty or so people. It was the last stop of Wednesday’s Historical Haunted Walking Tour and Barber was gearing up to tell the last story of the night — the story of Queen Lil.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Queen Lil, also known as Lilian McFarland, lived in a big, beautiful house on the 500 block of West Auglaize Street, Barber said. She threw fancy parties and knew all the right people. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">She was a powerful figure in Wapakoneta until the day in 1909 when someone died in her home. The townspeople did not know who died or what the cause of death was, Barber said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“But they knew that life changed in Wapakoneta after that,” she said. “They knew they were told never to walk on the south side of Auglaize Street on the 500 block. Don’t walk past her house. Don’t have anything to do with her.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For a complete story, see the Thursday, Oct. 30 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHCASSAUNDRA SMITHLooking at the city’s mysterious sideWapakoneta Daily’s finances in good condition2014-10-29T12:00:36-04:002014-10-29T12:00:36-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">CRIDERSVILLE — Board members honored Cridersville Elementary students for academic excellence during Tuesday night’s Wapakoneta Board of Education meeting and the district’s finances are looking good halfway through the five-year forecast plan.</span></p><p class="p3"> Second graders Brantsyn Clausing and Abigail Makuh were recognized along with third graders Madison Baily, Ruby Miller and fourth grader Austin West.</p><p class="p3"> Five teachers separately nominated the five students and the students were honored with a certificate given by board president Patrick Gibson. The board temporarily stopped the meeting to take photos of the students.</p><p class="p3"> Once the meeting proceeded, the board looked at the district’s five-year forecast.</p><p class="p3"> “Things are looking up for our district,” board member Angela Sparks said to the board. “The new state funding formula has really helped us out. The main change is in unrestricted grants in aid, I did increase it two percent instead of flat lining because the presenters from my five-year forecast meetings said that the legislatures truly wants this funding formula to work as it’s supposed to.”</p><p class="p3"> <em>For a complete story, Wednesday, Oct. 29 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJAKE DOWLINGDistrict’s finances in good conditionWapakoneta Daily job fair in reverse2014-10-29T11:56:22-04:002014-10-29T11:56:22-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">CRIDERSVILLE — The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services hosted a Reverse Job Fair on Tuesday at Otterbein in Cridersville.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">A Reverse Job Fair puts the potential employee in the driver seat with their own booth where they can sell their skills to employers. The employers then move from booth to booth speaking with each job seeker.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Time is saved for potential employers who don’t have to send human resources or other personnel to sit in a booth all day. This system allows employers to show up at their leisure. It also works for the job seeker in that they are provided help in allowing them to put their best foot forward.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Prior to the job fair, all candidates take part in a free job readiness boot camp to get their resume and presentation polished to meet future employers. They also undergo mock interviews. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">There were 22 registered job seekers and 48 registered employers, according to Ben Salazar, director of Area 8, Ohio Means Jobs.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">This was the first one in Auglaize County, Salazar said. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“The average job fair’s success rate is 1.2 percent, which is pretty low,” Salazar said. But after these reverse job fairs, the success rate after five weeks is 36 percent of people find employment.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">As with traditional job fairs, booths were adorned with certificates and other promotional material. Only with the reverse job fair, they featured certificates of achievment, awards, college degrees, work samples and anything else that would draw the attention of employers. Copies of resumes were placed on the tables at the front of each booth.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“These individuals that are here are prepared,” Salazar said.</span></p>Wapakoneta, OHTOM WEHRHAHNA job fair in reverseWapakoneta Daily comes to Armstrong Museum2014-10-29T11:54:06-04:002014-10-29T11:54:06-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">Costume-clad children made their way around the Armstrong Air and Space Museum on Tuesday night, excitedly participating in the 4th annual Boo on the Moon.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The event was set up as a series of different Halloween-themed activities, each one placed at a different point throughout the museum.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The first activity was sand art. Children used a spoon to fill a small, clear witch’s boot with green, black, purple and orange sand.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">At another stop, children who were able to correctly guess which galaxy housed planet Earth received a Milky Way candy bar. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">A little farther into the museum, the children were greeted by a pirate. He told them if they were able to walk through his cave, an area of a dark enclosed by black drapes, without screaming, they would receive a prize. Many received candy and glowsticks.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Another activity was a pumpkin roll. Children rolled a small pumpkin down an incline and if it reached the wall, they received a bag of Cheetos.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">At the final stop sat a witch. She taught the children the words and hand motions to a Halloween song about “looking for Dracula.” </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">In addition to the Halloween fun, parents and children also enjoyed viewing the museum’s exhibits.</span></p>Wapakoneta, OHCASSAUNDRA SMITHHalloween comes to Armstrong MuseumWapakoneta Daily