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Kokomo man sentenced in OWI causing death

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

A Kokomo man will spend the next four years behind bars for causing a crash while intoxicated that killed one of his passengers in 2016.


Dakota Jackson, 25, was sentenced April 25 to five years in prison, with one year suspended with probation on a charge of operating while intoxicated causing death, and another two years for operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing serious bodily harm.

The sentences are to be served concurrently.
 

Posted on 2018 May 07
WHS student's artwork picked for '18 Chili for Charity logo

The winning design, drawn by Wabash senior Olivia Hipskind. 

 

 

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

A Wabash High School senior’s artwork was selected as the logo for the 2018 Wabash Cannonball Chili for Charity Chili Cook-off.


Olivia Hipskind was notified of the decision by members of the chili committee on Wednesday, April 25, during a meeting of the Best of the Best art program.


Chili Committee members asked the students in the program, which has received funding from the chili cook-off in past years, to design logos to be used on T-shirts and sweatshirts at this year’s event. The committee then judged the entries and chose the winner.


“We liked a lot of them,” committee member Wade Weaver told the group. “You guys did a good job. But we did have to come up with one.”
 

Posted on 2018 May 07
Manchester Metals closes

Macnchester Metals closed its doors after the first shirt on Wednesday, April 25.Photo By David Fenker

In an abrupt end to a 107-year legacy, Manchester Metals shut its doors before second shift Wednesday, April 25.


According to Manchester Metals employees, there was no warning, no notice whatsoever, before management hired an off-duty police officer to turn away second shift employees and inform them that the foundry closed.


Neither Manchester Metals administrators nor representatives from parent company United Stars returned repeated requests for comment before deadline.


A man who declined to identify himself at the foundry informed the News-Journal that there would be no comment “until the company is ready.”


Town and county officials indicated that the closure is permanent.

Posted on 2018 May 01
Sheriff's candidates discuss jail over crowding problem

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

The Paper of Wabash County and Wabash WebTV interviewed candidates with contested races during a Meet and Greet event sponsored by Wabash County Farm Bureau on Tuesday, April 24, at the Wabash County 4-H Fairgrounds.


Republican candidates for the Wabash County Council Second and Third district seats, as well as all five GOP candidates for Wabash County Sheriff, answered a series of questions posed by The Paper and WebTV.


The questions dealt with a variety of topics, and each candidate received up to two minutes to answer the questions.


The Paper is running the answer to one question asked of each candidate. The interviews, in their entirety, can be viewed at The Paper’s Facebook page or on Wabash WebTV, www.wabashwebtv.com.


One of the questions asked of the sheriff candidates were asked about jail overcrowding. They were asked what can be done to stop the overcrowding at the jail, or is it time to build a new facility.
 

Posted on 2018 May 01
County Council elects budget committee members


By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

The Wabash County Council elected members for its budget committee during a short meeting Monday, April.


Matt Mize and Matt Dillon will serve on the committee, while chair Randy Curless will take former chair Jeff Dawes’ place.


Dawes replacement on the council, Barbara Pearson, was formally introduced to the public during the meeting. She will serve out the remainder of Dawes’ term, and has filed for election to that same seat for the May 8 primary.


Also during the meeting, a member of the public, Denny Grinstead, came before the board with questions about taxes.
 

Posted on 2018 May 01
Council candidates discuss taxes

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

The Paper of Wabash County and Wabash WebTV interviewed candidates with contested races during a Meet and Greet event sponsored by Wabash County Farm Bureau on Tuesday, April 24, at the Wabash County 4-H Fairgrounds.


Republican candidates for the Wabash County Council Second and Third district seats, as well as all five GOP candidates for Wabash County Sheriff, answered a series of questions posed by The Paper and WebTV.


The questions dealt with a variety of topics, and each candidate received up to two minutes to answer the questions.
The Paper is running the answer to one question asked of each candidate. The interviews, in their entirety, can be viewed at The Paper’s Facebook page or on Wabash WebTV, www.wabashwebtv.com.


A questioned asked the County Council candidates dealt with the recent increase in property taxes experienced by local residents. The council candidates were asked what the council could do to ensure such large increases don’t happen again in the future.


Here are their responses:

Posted on 2018 May 01
Memories will live on once school is gone

Photos of old Roann High School baskeball teams will be hung on the walls of the Roann Public Library's Indiana Room. Photo by Joseph Slacian. 

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

ROANN – The old Roann school will soon be a memory.
The hundreds of students who attended classes there will share stories of events that happened decades ago.


Those who didn’t attend classes, can still get a glimpse of what life was like back then, thanks to a collection of memorabilia housed at the Roann-Paw Paw Township Public Library.


A trophy case to the left of the library’s main entrance is home to several trophies various teams from the school won over the years.
 

Posted on 2018 Apr 24
NM police officer cleared in shooting

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

A fatal police-action shooting involving North Manchester police officer Parker Stouffer on March 6 has been ruled a legally justifiable act by Wabash County Prosecutor William Hartley, Jr., and will not result in criminal charges.


Hartley reviewed the investigation by Indiana State Police regarding the shooting, which took place at 1601 State Road 114 in North Manchester.


Hartley concluded after an examination of the investigation, which included statements from civilian and police witnesses, an interview with Stouffer, the autopsy report, the toxicology report, photographs, body camera video, ISP crime lab reports, and the use of force policy for the North Manchester Police Department, that the use of force which resulted in the deadly shooting was warranted.
 

Posted on 2018 Apr 24

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