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Wabash County law enforcement plans strong presence to deter drunk driving during March

Just as basketball is stirring up a great deal of activity this March, more than 250 Indiana law enforcement agencies are planning to launch action of their own. Beginning Friday, Feb. 28, Wabash County Law Enforcement will initiate a major enforcement effort to crack down on impaired and dangerous drivers.

“We will have a strong and visible police presence aimed at deterring dangerous driving and getting impaired drivers off the street,” said Sgt. Steve Hicks. “If you plan to drink alcohol, don’t drive. Designate a sober driver.”

Posted on 2014 Mar 04
First Merchants Bank robbed

by Eric Stearley

eric@thepaperofwabash.com

At 10:19 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19, a hooded suspect entered First Merchants Bank, located at 189 W. Market Street, and demanded money. The robbery took just two minutes, and the suspect fled the scene before police could respond to the bank alarm.

Wabash Police Department Assistant Chief Matt Bruss guarded the bank’s entrance following the robbery, informing bank patrons that the bank may be closed for the rest of the day.

"We know that it was a white male, probably around 6 ft tall, maybe a little bit taller, and there was no weapon involved, and he did leave with an undisclosed amount of money, so at that point, we're just trying to determine who we're searching for," said Bruss. "He left the bank on foot, but from there, we're not sure.”

Posted on 2014 Feb 25
Four Wabash County educators receive Lilly Endowment grants

by Emily Armentrout

emily@thepaperofwabash.com

Four Wabash County educators recently received Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program grants through the Lily Endowment. Out of more than 450 applications from Indiana teachers, 100 were selected for the opportunity, including: John Pence, Wabash-Miami Area Program; Kathy Hawkins, Manchester Elementary School; Abigail Armentrout, Wabash Middle School; and Sarah Andrews, Wabash Middle School.

Mr. Pence, along with his daughter, Anna, will be traveling to El Salvador in June. Mrs. Hawkins will be traveling to England, and Miss Armentrout and Mrs. Andrews will be traveling together to Europe, visiting Spain and England.

Posted on 2014 Feb 25
North Manchester woman arrested for alleged misconduct involving a child

by Shaun Tilghman

Deanna Niccum, 42, North Manchester, was arrested Monday, Feb. 17, on a warrant citing three alleged criminal offenses, including: Attempted Child Exploitation, a class C felony; Attempted Vicarious Sexual Gratification, a class D felony; and Child Solicitation, a class D felony.

The arrest resulted from an investigation that began after one victim’s parents alerted the North Manchester Police Department of an incident that occurred earlier this month between Niccum and their child, according to the case summary.

Officers from the NMPD took the next step by contacting the Department of Child Services, as well as Wabash County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Bryan Michaud. On Feb. 14, following the determination of probable cause, Information and Affidavits of Probable Cause were filed, an arrest warrant was ordered, and bond was set at $12,500 surety / $250 cash.

Posted on 2014 Feb 25
Abuse survivor, mother of murder victim warn of teen dating violence

by Emily Armentrout

emily@thepaperofwabash.com

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness month. Southwood High School recently held a convocation for their students on abusive relationships. Speakers Laura Craig, an abuse survivor, and Debbie Norris, mother of Heather Norris, who was brutally murdered by an abusive boyfriend in 2007, were on hand to tell of their experiences with abuse.

Laura Craig is currently a nursing student at Indiana Wesleyan. Her story began when she was 16. Like most teenage girls, she started dating a guy who “started out nice. He was very flattering and supportive, but he started to become controlling.” Craig told the students she was never physically abused but the psychological pain began manifesting itself outwardly.

“I stopped eating. I lost 15 pounds in three months. I wore baggy sweatpants all the time, and I didn’t wash my hair for days. You could see circles under my eyes,” Craig told The Paper.

Craig shared that she had become suicidal. She began cutting herself and actually attempted to kill herself. Finally, she reached a point where she decided to fight back, which she said her boyfriend did not like.

Posted on 2014 Feb 18
A different kind of highwayman

by Eric Stearley

eric@thepaperofwabash.com

Harsh winter weather returned with a vengeance Monday afternoon, causing MSD of Wabash County schools to send students home at 1 p.m. It was yet another episode in a dramatic series of winter storms that have reminded northern Indiana residents that this is snow country.

Prior to Monday’s snow, the area’s last major snowstorm started the night of Feb. 4. At 5 a.m. the next morning, fifteen Wabash County Highway Department workers met with Highway Superintendent John Martin to go over their assignments and special instructions for their next 10 hours behind the wheel of a plow truck. Though there was a good amount of snow on the ground, this routine was something with which the crew had become very familiar. Since the snowstorm at the start of the year that closed schools for the entire week of Jan. 6, the plow drivers only managed to get a single day away from plowing roads.

If snow isn’t falling, the winds are blowing roads shut. In a year with seven travel watches and five days at a warning level, the work has been nonstop. The money allotted to pay the department’s overtime for all of 2014 was nearly gone by Valentine’s Day.
 

Posted on 2014 Feb 18
Fatal wreck on S.R. 13 claims the life of local man

by Eric Stearley

eric@thepaperofwabash.com

On Thursday, Feb. 13, the Wabash County Sheriff's Department received a call concerning a two-vehicle, head-on collision, which occurred on S.R. 13 just south of 100 N., in front of 13-24 Drive-In.

According to a press release from Sheriff Bob Land, initial investigation indicates that a silver Pontiac Grand Am driven by Timothy R. Forbes, 44, Wabash, was northbound on S.R. 13 when it collided with a white QSI Inc. van driven by Glen E. Sheveily, 58, Huntington.

Posted on 2014 Feb 18
City receives funding for Alber Street Project

by Eric Stearley

eric@thepaperofwabash.com

On Wednesday, Feb. 5, the Indiana Department of Transportation announced that Wabash is among the rural cities, towns and counties to which it is awarding $86 million in federal transportation funds.

This announcement came after Mayor Vanlandingham and Wabash City Street Department Superintendent Scott Richardson made a presentation to the Fort Wayne District of INDOT on Jan. 6 in hopes of acquiring funding for the second phase of the Alber Street Project. On Wednesday, it was released that the City of Wabash would receive 80 percent of the project’s cost from the state, totaling more than $1.6 million.

The Alber Street Project is a $5.6 million expansion of the street on the city’s north side. It will include widening the road to include a parking lane to the east, adding a sidewalk adjacent to the parking lane, and installing new curbs, gutters, and a sewer system.

Posted on 2014 Feb 11

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