Freeze Warning issued April 20 at 10:04AM EDT until April 21 at 10:00AM EDT by NWS Wilmington (details ...)
...FREEZE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TO 10 AM EDT WEDNESDAY... ...FREEZE WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING... * WHAT...For the Freeze Warning, sub-freezing temperatures as low as 30 expected. For the Freeze Watch, sub-freezing temperatures as low as 27 possible. * WHERE...Portions of East Central and Southeast Indiana, Northern Kentucky and Central, Southwest and West Central Ohio. * WHEN...For the Freeze Warning, from 3 AM to 10 AM EDT Wednesday. For the Freeze Watch, from late Wednesday night through Thursday morning. * IMPACTS...Frost and freeze conditions will kill crops, other sensitive vegetation and possibly damage unprotected outdoor plumbing.
Winter Weather Advisory issued April 20 at 10:01AM EDT until April 21 at 7:00AM EDT by NWS Wilmington (details ...)
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 7 AM EDT WEDNESDAY... * WHAT...Wet snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches. * WHERE...Mercer, Auglaize and Hardin Counties. * WHEN...From 7 PM this evening to 7 AM EDT Wednesday. * IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Rain will transition to snow this evening. Snow may be heavy at times and lead to reduced visibility. The greatest accumulations will be on grassy or elevated surfaces. Snow will end before daybreak.
Today 45° Today 45° chance 30° 30° Tomorrow 41° Tomorrow 41° chance 27° 27° slight chance
Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Man enters guilty plea for felonious assault

By Margie Wuebker
A 26-year-old Celina man faces nearly two decades in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday in Mercer County Common Pleas Court to felonious assault and two counts of endangering children.
Nathaniel C. Maddox, 225 W. Logan St., showed no emotion as Judge Jeffrey Ingraham explained the possible length of a sentence as well as fines of up to $40,000 to be imposed June 29.
The charges - two second-degree felonies and one third-degree felony - stem from incidents occurring Jan. 5 and 6 and involving a 3 1/2-year-old girl.
As part of a negotiated agreement, the state dismissed the 12 remaining charges in the indictment handed down Jan. 20. They ranged from second-degree felonies to a first-degree misdemeanor and involved the same victim identified in court records as Jane Doe I.
Maddox administered corporal punishment or other physical disciplinary measures in a cruel manner or a prolonged period of time, according to court records.
Mercer County Assistant Prosecutor Matt Fox stated Maddox placed duct tape across the girl's mouth and around her hands. The indictment language describes the actions as torture or cruel abuse. He also explained the felonious assault charge related to the victim being struck or thrown.
Celina Police and Mercer County Children's Services were called to Mercer County Community Hospital in Coldwater the night of Jan. 7 for a child with life-threatening injuries. Emergency room physicians stabilized the child's condition and later transferred her to Children's Medical Center in Dayton for treatment of a head injury with internal bleeding. She spent several days in the intensive care unit before being discharged into the care of her mother and grandmother.
Authorities also noted bruising and blisters on the girl's body and lower extremities. Fox indicated in court the blisters or burns likely came from frostbite.
Maddox told authorities he found the girl in a unresponsive state, and he and his mother took her to the hospital by private vehicle. He had been the child's primary caretaker since Christmas as he and the mother are separated.
He remains incarcerated at the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility on a $100,000 cash bond.
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