Friday, March 27th, 2009
By Margie Wuebker
Thousands of gallons of nitrogen stolen from two Celina area farms
  The Mercer County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate the theft of thousands of gallons of liquid nitrogen fertilizers from two area farmers.
William M. Muhlenkamp, 7911 state Route 49, Celina, contacted the sheriff's office Tuesday to report $6,000 worth of a liquid nitrogen product called 28 was missing from his Liberty Township farm.
About a week earlier, Kenneth L. Schmitmeyer, 7915 Clover Four Road, Celina, reported 4,320 gallons of the same application chemical were missing from two storage tanks he maintains along state Route 118 in Butler Township. The missing chemical is valued at nearly $8,400.
Neither man is sure when the apparent thefts occurred as the tanks were filled months ago in preparation for this spring's planting season.
"We're not talking about pulling up and filling a bucket," Chief Deputy Gery Thobe told The Daily Standard. "The person or persons who did this had large tanks at their disposal."
Thobe is not aware of people using liquid nitrogen in the production of drugs as is the case with anhydrous ammonia - another farm chemical that is a prime ingredient in the making of methamphetamine.
Nitrogen fertilizer, which has steadily increased in price, plays a major role in boosting plant yields by promoting healthy growth, strong root development and dark green foliage.
Detectives also are investigating another farm-related theft that occurred over the weekend at Lefeld Implement, 5228 state Route 118, Coldwater.
Someone took eight new tires on yellow John Deere rims from the business. The tires are valued at $250 each, according to the report.
Anyone having information related to the thefts should call the sheriff's office at 419-586-7724.
Additional online stories for this date
Print and E-Edition only stories for this date
• Celina man appealing bed and breakfast zoning
• Coldwater business seeking expansion in Celina
• ESC administration reinstates MD classes
• Samples, Hertel and May honored
• Kill going west to play baseball at Butler CC
• Braun has experience back with Bulldogs
• Bulldogs need pitching staff to step it up
• Coldwater loaded with talent and experience
• Numbers not a problem for the Cavaliers
• Indians hungry for more postseason success
• Fort Recovery hoping to start its run earlier
• Potential for success is there for the Flyers
• Marion Local should be strong up the middle
• Minster looking to continue successful trend
• Berger has high expectations for Wildcats
• Speed will be a strength for the Cardinals
• New Bremen has a nice mix to work with
• Looking like a rebuilding year for Panthers
• Parkway looks like contender in the MAC
• Redskins hopeful for a return to glory days
• St. Henry welcoming back all of its starters
• Roughriders are aiming for improvement
• St. Marys is loaded and expecting success
• Bulldogs on opposite ends of the spectrum
• Cavaliers looking to climb up the standings
• Numbers and youth an issue for the Indians
• Marion Local coaches like team balance
• Tradition still looking strong for Minster
• Cardinals have sights set on continued success
• Parkway track teams will build around stars
• Redskins need youngsters to step up this year
• Sites looks to rebuild St. Marys track program
• Morrison sees improvement from Bulldogs
• St. Marys will rally around singles players
Wednesday Night
Mostly Cloudy
Mostly Cloudy
Thursday Night
Rain Showers
Slight Chance Rain Showers
Friday Night
Mostly Cloudy
Chance Rain Showers
Saturday Night
Chance Rain Showers
Chance Rain Showers
Sunday Night
Chance Rain Showers
Chance Rain Showers
Monday Night
Chance Rain Showers
3 Day
camera_logo Photo Albums
Tuesday, January 17
index pict
Saturday, January 14
index pict
video_logoOnline Video
Thursday, December 29
index pict
Deceased infant in truck leads to arrest
Wednesday, December 28
index pict
911 audio: Deceased infant found in abandoned truck