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Spencerville bike patrol conceals officers
Written by Stephanie Groves   
Sunday, July 06, 2014 8:24 PM
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BY STEPHANIE GROVES

DHI Media Staff Writer

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This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. SPENCERVILLE — Spencerville Police Chief Darin Cook said that the bike patrol is an invaluable law enforcement tool allowing for easier, safer and cost-effective patrolling. Typically, bike patrols occur during the latter part of the second shift and a lot more on the third shift and on Sundays when there isn’t a lot of traffic. “The bad guys are out there looking for cruisers not bikes,” he said. “We are concealed while on the bikes. We blend in and track much more easily.” Cook said the bikes allow officers to travel down alleys and other routes a criminal on foot may run and hide. “Arrests are made much easier and we are catching people drinking and doing drugs in cars and breaking into homes or cars,” he reported. If an officer makes an arrest while on bike patrol, the individual in custody is walked back to the police station. When an individual can not be mobilized — they are combative or too intoxicated to walk — one officer stays with the apprehended individual and the other travels back to the station to get the cruiser and drive back to the scene to pick up and transport the individual to jail. “Our guys like riding and volunteer to do extra work on patrol,” he said. “I encourage them to ride for the health benefits.” Cook said 15 years ago, he stopped an individual driving a moped while intoxicated and he had to pedal pretty fast and shift gears to catch up with him. “I got beside of him, grabbed a hold of him and told him he had better stop or we were both going down,” Cook said. These days Cook does not get to ride as much as he would like. Spencerville’s bike patrol started in the late 1990s when the Allen County Sheriff’s Department invited the officers to participate in a 40-hour course. “The majority of the time we spent riding bikes,” Cook said. “We started out on small rides and by the end of the course, we rode from Lima’s Fraternal Order of Police hall on Robb Avenue, down the country roads to Delphos and back to Lima.” Cook said the 18-speed Schwinn mountain bikes used for the patrol cost $400-$500." style="float: right;" />SPENCERVILLE — Spencerville Police Chief Darin Cook said that the bike patrol is an invaluable law enforcement tool allowing for easier, safer and cost-effective patrolling.

Typically, bike patrols occur during the latter part of the second shift and a lot more on the third shift and on Sundays when there isn’t a lot of traffic.

 
Mastiff wins big at local dog show
Written by Stephanie Groves   
Sunday, July 06, 2014 8:22 PM
Babette Stewart and her 2-year old Neapolitan Mastiff, New Moon Renesmee — Reese for short — won big at the 119th All-Breed Dog Show June 29 in Lima. Reese took first place (Winner’s Bitch) in her breed and went on to compete in the Best of Breed Competition where she took Best of Opposite (BOS) — the female version of the Best of Breed (BOB) — which is the highest award in that breed. (Photo submitted)

BY STEPHANIE GROVES

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LIMA — Owner/handler Babette Stewart and her 2-year old Neapolitan Mastiff, New Moon Renesmee — Reese for short — won big during Sunday afternoon’s 119th All-Breed Dog Show held the weekend of June 28 at the Lima Kennel Club Show Grounds.

Reese competed against four other Mastiffs during the event and took First Place (Winner’s Bitch) in her breed and received a purple ribbon. She then went on to compete in the Best of Breed Competition where she took Best of Opposite (BOS) — the female version of the Best of Breed (BOB) — which is the highest award in that breed and received a red and white ribbon.

 
Community meal set at church
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Sunday, July 06, 2014 8:21 PM

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ELIDA — Immanuel United Methodist Church will have a community meal at 5:30 p.m. July 20. The meal will be hot dogs, coney dogs, macaroni salad, chips, cookies and homemade ice cream.

At 6:30 p.m., the first evening of Vacation Bible School 2014, “Weird Animals - Where Jesus’ Love is One-of-a-Kind” begins.

This event is free open to the public. Bring your friends and neighbors. The church is located at 699 Sunnydale Avenue, Elida.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact the church at 419-331-2366.

 
Driving class starts July 14
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Sunday, July 06, 2014 8:20 PM

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DELPHOS — Driving Ed Class for Delphos will be held at Delphos St. John’s High School on July 14. To register for this course, participants must be 16 years of age by Feb. 14, 2015.

The complete course will consist of 24 hours classroom, eight hours practical driving time and maneuverability.

Call Tom Osting at 419-692-6766 for any questions. Applications are available in all local schools.

 
NPAC series tickets on sale Tuesday
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Sunday, July 06, 2014 8:19 PM

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VAN WERT — The Niswonger Performing Arts Center has introduced a season of entertainment that will fill the year with music, laughter and thrills. The diverse line-up includes Kenny Rogers, Josh Turner, Newsboys, The Annie Moses Band, Sinbad, America’s Got Talent’s Olate Dogs, Holiday Ice Spectacular and much more.

Select Series sales begin at noon Tuesday.

 
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