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City considers south side land purchase
By Joseph Slacian
 
The New Journey Church and the City of Wabash are considering a sale of land that could help the city resolve a decades-old problem.
 
New Journey, which is located in the old W.C. Mills Elementary School on Vernon Street, is considering selling some of the land it acquired when it purchased the school.
 
Posted on 2017 Mar 14
NM man charged with burglary, theft
Bryce L. Zook
 
By David Fenker
 
NORTH MANCHESTER – A North Manchester man is facing additional felony charges after DNA evidence linked him to a burglary from November 2016.
 
Bryce L. Zook, 19, of North Manchester was charged with burglary and theft from a home in North Manchester, according to court documents.
 
 
 
 
Posted on 2017 Mar 14
Commissioners asked for help in Servia
By David Fenker
 
Servia resident Darla Eades approached the County Commissioners in hopes that they could help clean up the Town of Servia, with a particular focus on one residence.
 
Eades said that a residence on Smith Street has a problem with trash, and that thus far help from the county’s Plan Commission has been unsuccessful.
 
“I called [Plan Commission Director] Mike Howard about two years ago, and he came out and took pictures. They had a big pile in the back,” Eades said.
 
Posted on 2017 Mar 14
5 Wabash County men charged in connection to federal investigation
By Emma Rausch and David Fenker
 
NORTH MANCHESTER – Four North Manchester men and one Winona Lake man have been arrested in connection to the federal investigation of a Fulton County gun store burglary, the North Manchester Police Department (NMPD) announced Friday, March 10.
 
A man from the nation of Mexico has also been indicted in connection to the case.
 
On Nov. 20, between approximately 12:30-3:30 a.m., an unidentified individual or individuals made a forced entry into the Sand Burr Gun Ranch, located at 2111 E. County Road 350 N. in Rochester, according to a criminal complaint filed in the United State District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.
 
The building was not equipped with an alarm or video surveillance system and was uninsured at the time, the complaint continued.
 
Since December, North Manchester has been a focal point in the investigation with eight guns found in the North Manchester area, according to NMPD Chief Jim Kirk.
 
Posted on 2017 Mar 10
County councilman suggests leaving Regional Development Authority
By Emma Rausch
 
The Wabash County Council will consider leaving the Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA) at its March meeting following a councilman’s proposal.
 
Councilmember Matt Dillon broached the topic at the council’s Monday meeting, Feb. 27, originally suggesting a motion to immediately repeal the resolution that conjoined the county to the regional authority.
 
Dillon was one of three councilmen to originally oppose joining the group in May 2015. Councilman Kyle Bowman and then-member Claude Markstahler also voted against the motion at the time.
 
Posted on 2017 Mar 07
Trail foes seek work stoppage
Sheila and Glenn Butcher (foreground) speak to a group of landowners against the proposed Wabash River Trail. Photo provided
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Opponents of the Wabash River Trail asked Wabash County Commissioners to temporarily stop work on the trail.
 
Glenn and Sheila Butcher, owners of Bass and Bucks, addressed questions and concerns with the three-member panel on Monday morning, March 6, that were raised by landowners at two separate meetings in February and again on Thursday, March 2.
 
More than 35 people, the majority of whom were against the project, filled the Commissioners chamber and spilled out into the hallway. They listened as the Butchers and others discussed their concerns.
 
Posted on 2017 Mar 07
County council continues jail talks
An artist's rendering of a possible new Wabash County jail. Photo provided
 
By Emma Rausch
 
The Wabash County Council continued its discussion on a new jail study Monday night, Feb. 27, but any further conversation may have to exclude the notion of state help, according to Barry Eppley, Wabash County commissioner.
 
Eric Ratts, of design firm DLZ, informed the new facility will cost between an estimated $26,000,000 to $28,000,000, with the final price tag dependent on various factors including location.
Posted on 2017 Mar 07
Suspects sought in multiple burglaries investigation

An image of a suspect connected to multiple burglaries within Wabash's city limits. The Wabash City Police are requesting the public's help to identifying the two individuals. Photo provided

By Emma Rausch

The Wabash City Police Department (WPD) is requesting the public's help in identifying two suspects connected with multiple burglaries in Wabash.

City Police officers are investigating multiple burglaries of churches and businesses within Wabash city limits, Cpt. Matt Benson told The Paper of Wabash County Tuesday, March 7.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Posted on 2017 Mar 07

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