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Investigation over in NM apartment fire
By David Fenker
 
Businesses and building owners continue to work with local and state officials as the investigation into the Nov. 19 fire on Main Street continues.
 
According to a release from North Manchester Fire Department Chief Cam Kissinger, the cause of the fire at 216 E. Main St. cannot be determined due to the extent of the damage to the structure. 
 
Kissinger said the damage is estimated to cost between $275,000 and $310,000, using data from The Schneider Corporation’s Beacon public access website. A total of five addresses are included in the damage estimate including 214 E. Main St., located across an alley west of the location of the fire.
 
The NMFD received a call around 4:40 a.m. on Nov. 28 reporting a fire at the former location of The Brewhouse, 216 E. Main St. Units on the scene found smoke and fire at the rear of the building. By the time the fire was extinguished, the building was destroyed.
 
Posted on 2016 Dec 06
Formal charges filed in stabbing case
By Joseph Slacian
 
Formal charges have been filed in Wabash Circuit Court against a Lagro man suspected in a Nov. 25 stabbing incident in Wabash.
 
The man, Trenton R. Wuensch, 29, faces charges of attempted murder, a Level 1 Felony; aggravated battery, a Level 3 Felony; and battery, a Level 5 battery.
 
Bond was set at $50,000.
 
Posted on 2016 Dec 06
City Council OKs City Schools fund request
By Joseph Slacian
 
The Wabash City Council approved $105,000 in additional appropriations for the Wabash City Schools on Monday night, Nov. 28.
 
Of the $105,000, $45,000 was from capital outlays and will be used for the bus replacement fund. Another $40,000 was to go from personnel services to the transportation fund, while the remaining $20,000 will go from personnel services to the Rainy Day Fund.
 
City Schools Business Manager Matt Stone said the appropriations were basically a bookkeeping matter, as the district already had the funds on hand.
 
Posted on 2016 Dec 06
Former White’s employee faces felony dealing charges
By Emma Rausch
 
A former White Residential and Family Service’s employee is facing two felony dealing charges following a Wabash County Sheriff’s Department investigation.
 
Haley D. Altman, 22, Peru, was charged with two counts felony dealing in a schedule IV controlled substance.
 
In October, the Sheriff’s Department received a report from White’s that Altman had allegedly given prescription medication to a student, according to the probable cause affidavit.
 
Posted on 2016 Dec 06
County’s Jail Committee to meet Dec. 14
By Joseph Slacian
 
Wabash County’s Jail Committee will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, in the Wabash County Courthouse.
 
The committee, which is exploring the possibility of building a new jail facility, will meet with Eric Ratts of DLZ, an architectural, engineering and surveying consulting firm, to discuss a recently completed feasibility study.
 
At the committee’s Oct. 13 meeting, Ratts explained what steps were to be taken in the study, compared jail populations, including the projected needs for Wabash County, site considerations, jail trends, building programming and preliminary designs.
 
Posted on 2016 Dec 06
State donor network honors Wabash woman
Kirby Cochran fills in the final piece of Tracy Driscoll’s floragraph as Driscoll’s daughter Haleigh Mann (back row, third from left) wipes away tears and family members look on. Driscoll passed away in 2013 and donated her organs to save three men’s lives, including Cochran’s. She will be honored in January during the Tournament of Roses Parade in California. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Wabash native Tracy Driscoll is a lifesaving hero.
 
On Jan. 7, 2013, Driscoll, a mother of three, died of a brain aneurysm and heart attack.
 
“It was really sudden and unexpected,” daughter Haleigh Mann said. “She went to the Wabash hospital and immediately flown to Lutheran in Fort Wayne.”
 
However, before her death, Driscoll chose to be an organ donor and with her passing, she saved three lives, including that of Kirby Cochran, of Franklin.
 
Almost four years after her death, on Jan. 2, 2017, the Indiana Donor Network and Donate Life will honor Driscoll and Cochran at the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., with the Donate Life float.
 
Posted on 2016 Dec 06
City gives strip of land to Honeywell Foundation
By Joseph Slacian
 
A strip of land just west of the Historic Eagles Theatre was given to the Honeywell Foundation by the City of Wabash on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 1.
 
The land, 10-feet-wide by 132-feet long, will be part of the theatre’s renovation project under the Stellar Program, Mayor Scott Long told the Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety.
 
The land was given to the city in 1905 by the Eagles Lodge, Mayor Scott Long said, and the land transfer was recorded at the Wabash County Courthouse on June 20, 1905. The land was never dedicated to anything by the city.
 
Posted on 2016 Dec 06
Wabash attorney criminal trial set for July
By Emma Rausch
 
Wabash attorney John Johnston’s trial has been set for July 11, 2017.
 
Johnston, 79, faces criminal charges following a five-month Wabash City Police investigation.
 
On Nov. 4, the local attorney entered a not guilty plea to felony theft and misdemeanor conversion charges, which stemmed from a report that Johnston had allegedly taken funds from a client without consent, according to the probable cause affidavit.
 
Posted on 2016 Dec 06

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