Today
81°
Partly Sunny
1%
Tonight
63°
Chance Thunderstorms
49%
Tomorrow
81°
Chance Thunderstorms
54%
Tomorrow Night
61°
Slight Chance Thunderstorms
16%
Sunday
85°
Mostly Sunny
2%
Sunday Night
65°
Mostly Clear
1%
Monday
88°
Mostly Sunny
4%
Monday Night
70°
Partly Cloudy
14%
Tuesday
83°
Chance Thunderstorms
48%
Tuesday Night
66°
Chance Thunderstorms
48%
Wednesday
78°
Slight Chance Thunderstorms
16%
Wednesday Night
56°
Mostly Clear
7%
3 Day
Extended
Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Two persons sought over dog in lake

By Nancy Allen
GRAND LAKE - Authorities have identified two persons of interest connected to the apparent drowning of a caged dog found in Grand Lake on Saturday.
Information found on the cage has led authorities to Mardie Biederman and Nicole Thompson, who are believed to be living in Florida and prior to that in Sidney, Auglaize County Dog Warden Russ Bailey said. The two also had rented a place at Rustic Haven Campground, the area of the lake where the dog was found.
Bailey said officials believe the pair stayed at the campground a short time ago.
"We are not saying they are suspects. We just don't know," Bailey said Wednesday. "It is believed the owner is someone local, either from Mercer, Auglaize or Shelby counties … If anyone knows the owner, we could sure use the help."
A passer-by reportedly told an Auglaize County sheriff's deputy, who was in the area on a separate incident, about seeing the dog floating in a cage in the lake.
The large, white female pit bull or pit bull mix was not wearing a dog license. A photo of the animal showed it was found in a metal cage and was wearing a red harness-type collar. Bailey said the dog possibly had given birth to puppies recently.
Bailey said he doubts the animal's death was accidental.
"It could have been an accident; you don't know until you talk to the people who owned the dog," Bailey said. "But you would have thought they would have tried to get the dog out or seen the commotion."
Brian Miller, manager at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park, said the dog apparently had been in the water for some time. A park officer and a watercraft officer removed the animal from the water.
Bailey encouraged anyone with knowledge of the case to contact him at 419-302-8303 or the Auglaize County Humane Society at 419-738-7808. Callers can remain anonymous, he said.
Additional online stories on this date
GRAND LAKE - Two calls to 911 reporting someone dumped a child's body in Grand Lake near the Celina Rotary Lighthouse on Wednesday afternoon turned out to be a hoax. [More]
ROSSBURG - With four top-five finishes in five career starts in the Prelude to the Dream, Kyle Busch has been close but has never quite been able to find his way to victory lane in the annual charity event at Eldora Speedway. [More]
Subscriber only stories on this date
Swimmer rescued from park pond dies
Cyclist depends on generosity of strangers
County agency on right track to reduce expenses
New assistant principal hired
School districts receive emergency planning aid
New Bremen Planning Commission looks at suggestions to zoning code
Centenarian celebrates birthday
Radiohead bangs out new sound for crowd
Patrick enjoyed first race at Eldora
Mariners sweep exhibition doubleheader
Zacharias and Walls named All-Ohio
Cavaliers' offfense produces 15 runs