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Vehicle strikes Wabash Donut Shoppe, at least one injured

by Eric Stearley

eric@thepaperofwabash.com

Just after 7 a.m. Friday morning, the Wabash Donut Shoppe got an unwelcomed surprise as Bruce Weatherspoon, 61, Marion, drove his black Chevrolet Trailblazer into the business’ front wall injuring owner Andy Phat.

“I just heard a loud bang and crash,” said Sam Phat, the owner’s son. “I thought that maybe the cooler fell down or something like that, because I heard glass. I saw my dad laying down on the ground, maybe 8 to 10 feet away from the wall. The trash can was knocked down in front of the showcase and I saw that the wall was broken down.”

Sam said that just seconds before the accident, Andy had walked in front of the building and entered through the main door.

“He saved himself from death by five seconds,” said Sam. “If he had been standing in that spot where he walked across the front, where the car hit the wall and came inside…that wall saved his life.”

Posted on 2014 Mar 18
FAME Festival to be held March 22

Student performances (piano, vocal, band, and recorder music, dance, and martial arts) and student art displays, along with workshops featuring guest professional musicians, dancers, and visual artists will all be a part of the Wabash FAME Festival on Saturday, March 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Honeywell Center. This is the eighth year for a festival of this kind in Wabash. Admission to the festival and participation in most activities is free-of-charge. 

This year’s festival will spotlight the cultures of countries in Northwestern Europe: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Belgium, the Netherlands, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Iceland. 

Posted on 2014 Mar 18
Drug Task Force arrests two

On Friday, March 14, the Wabash Drug Task Force made arrests on two subjects identified as Aaron Monroe and Curt Woodward, for dealing heroin. The arrests were the result of tips received and subsequent surveillance conducted by Officers of the DTF and a culmination of other facts and events, at a local hotel.

A search warrant was obtained and executed in the early afternoon hours, resulting in both subjects’ arrests. A large quantity of heroin was recovered along with evidence indicative of sales and use. The suspects were transported to the Wabash County Jail where an incident occurred involving Monroe attempting to escape, and additional evidence being recovered.

Posted on 2014 Mar 18
Five charged during Methamphetamine bust in Liberty Mills

by Shaun Tilghman

On Monday, March 10, law enforcement officers from the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department (WCSD), North Manchester Police Department (NMPD), and Wabash Drug Task Force participated in a search of the residence at 351 N. 3rd Street in Liberty Mills.

As a result, five subjects were transported to Wabash County Jail with the following charges:

-Jamie Hall: Possession of a Controlled Substance, class D Felony; Possession of Methamphetamine, class D Felony; Maintaining a Common Nuisance, class D Felony; Possession of Chemical Reagents or Precursors with Intent to Manufacture a Controlled Substance, class D Felony; Unlawful Possession of Syringe, class D Felony.

-Kyle Davidson: Possession of Chemical Reagents or Precursors with Intent to Manufacture a Controlled Substance, class D Felony; Visiting a Common Nuisance, class B Misdemeanor; Resisting Law Enforcement, class A Misdemeanor.

 

Posted on 2014 Mar 18
Relay for Life of Wabash County to kickoff fundraising efforts

On Thursday, March 20, the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Wabash County will officially get underway as event volunteers and participants gather at the Beacon Credit Union Administration Building beginning at 6 p.m. for a kickoff celebration to launch their fundraising efforts for the year.  The committee will be recognizing the efforts of many teams from 2013 and highlighting what’s new for 2014.

Although the Relay for Life of Wabash County is more than four months away, now is the time to get involved. One in every 100 Americans participates in this fundraising event that has become a global phenomenon. Residents are invited to attend the kickoff celebration to learn more about the upcoming event and how they can become part of an exciting overnight event that will pave the way to a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

Posted on 2014 Mar 18
Jordan Tandy, Josh Petruniw become partners in Tiede Metz & Downs law firm

Tiede Metz & Downs, a downtown law firm with a long history in Wabash, recently announced that attorneys Jordan Tandy and Josh Petruniw have been made partners in the firm.

Managing partner, Steve Downs, made the announcement. “These are two very engaging, articulate, and intelligent young men, and our firm and community are very fortunate to have them here. They will both fit into our community very well and will be extremely successful in the practice of law.”

Posted on 2014 Mar 18
Wabash Middle School students continue W.A.T.E.R fundraiser

by Emily Armentrout

emily@thepaperofwabash.com

W.A.T.E.R. is derived from Wabash students cAre for The watEr in AfRica. This fundraiser was started by former Wabash Middle School 7th grade World History teacher, Justin Vail, and is being continued by the current teacher, Adam Hall.

Hall assigned his students as essay focusing on the children in Africa. The idea behind the essay was not only to learn about the lives of African children but to also write an essay so convincing that anyone that read it would want to help those children.

Posted on 2014 Mar 18
A profile of David John Mills

by Eric Stearley

eric@thepaperofwabash.com

On Jan. 24, the First Financial Bank in North Manchester was robbed at gunpoint. The suspect, David John Mills, rode a bicycle to a parked truck. He got in the black Ford Ranger and drove through town, eventually turning onto State Road 13. John Hammons of the North Manchester Police Department caught up to Mills and followed his truck for less than five miles. It was not a high-speed pursuit. Followed by Hammons, the black truck crossed into Kosciusko County, and as they neared State Road 14, the truck stopped. Moments later, Mills fired a .380 pistol, taking his own life.

The events of that day left many in shock, but none more so than those who knew David. His funeral was held on Jan. 31 at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home in Columbia City. His obituary reads like that of another person. It would cause anyone to do a double-take as they study the name and date of death to make sure that it describes the young man who cut his own life short after pointing a gun at a bank teller and fleeing with a backpack full of cash.

Posted on 2014 Mar 11

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