Sunday Night
36°
Cloudy
13%
Monday
44°
Cloudy
13%
Monday Night
39°
Mostly Cloudy
5%
Tuesday
50°
Mostly Cloudy
6%
Tuesday Night
29°
Partly Cloudy
6%
Wednesday
39°
Partly Sunny
6%
Wednesday Night
26°
Partly Cloudy
6%
Thursday
45°
Partly Sunny
10%
Thursday Night
36°
Mostly Cloudy
37%
Friday
51°
Chance Rain Showers
50%
Friday Night
30°
Chance Rain/Snow
50%
3 Day
Extended
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Death under investigation; homicide ruled out

Auglaize County

By Shelley Grieshop
Auglaize County authorities are now saying the death of a 25-year-old man struck by a train early Saturday morning was not a homicide.
An autopsy performed Monday on Nathan Hall of Cridersville helped police rule out homicide as the cause of death, Cridersville Police Chief John Drake said this morning.
However, mystery still surrounds the accident. Police still do not know what took place, Drake said. Hall apparently was under the influence of alcohol when the train hit him near a well-traveled walking path 75 yards from Main Street in Cridersville.
Police received a call about the accident at 2:45 a.m. Saturday.
Drake said his department is investigating every possibility at this time and won't reveal any suspicions they may have. Currently, he has no information leading him to believe someone else was at the scene of the accident with Hall, he said.
When asked what led him to initially declare the accident a homicide, he said it was "textbook" action.
"Until we get information to lead us into another direction we have to assume the worst case scenario," he said.
The incident remains under investigation, Drake added. Further information from the autopsy isn't expected to be released for eight to 10 weeks.
Law enforcement likely won't declare Hall's death a traffic fatality because it did not take place at an intersecting road.
Additional online stories on this date
A local photographer was hired as the new director of the Mercer County Board of Elections during a meeting Monday morning.
Michael Lamm, 4319 Merrill Ave., Celina, was recommended by Democrat board members Betty Cook and Mark Uhlenhake to fill the director position. [More]
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
Celina rounded out Western Buckeye League boys golf play with its best round of the season in beating Ottawa-Glandorf 158-172 at The Fox's Den on Monday. [More]
Subscriber only stories on this date
Not out of the woods yet
Teachers ratify new contract
Doctor indicted in wife's death
Trimesters to allow students to take band and choir
Sting along interstate deemed successful
All-day kindergarten to cut into budget
Former Celina resident arrested for assault and theft
Bulldogs complete perfect WBL slate
Luebke has another strong outing for USA
County committee candidates named