A rural Ossian man charged with murder in the shooting death of a four-year-old neighbor boy ended Friday when he pleaded guilty in Wells Circuit Court to a reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter.
Bruce Pond, 47, entered the plea in an agreement that included filing the manslaughter charge and dismissing the murder charge.
The Adams County Council, at its meeting this week, unanimously approved the 2012-13 budget of Adams County's Community Corrections (CC), since all the money comes from the state.
The budget of $448,135 is the same at the 2010-11 budget, with the largest single amount ($118,300) for leasing electronic ankle bracelets worn by people on home detention.
A new amount in the coming year, as funds were shifted around, allows $523 to be spent for interpreters.
Jerry D. Feasby Sr., 68, of Monroeville, died at 9:30 p.m. Thursday in Vibra Hospital in Fort Wayne following an illness of three weeks.
He was born on December 3, 1943, in Van Wert County, Ohio, to Willis K. and Mrytle M. Baker Feasby, who are deceased.
He married Sharon S. Putman on August 6, 1983, in Monroeville; she survives.
Mary Kathryn Grabner, 90, a lifelong resident of Monroeville, died at 3:10 a.m. Thursday in her residence following an illness of six months.
She was born on October 30, 1921, in Monroeville to Clarence J. and Elizabeth C. Westrick Beauchot.
She married Donald D. Grabner on July 28, 1945, in Fredericksburg, Virginia; he survives. They celebrated 66 years of marriage this year.
Mary was secretary-treasurer of the Monroeville School for 22 years, from 1959 to 1981.
Deloris McCagg, 91, a former longtime resident of Decatur, died at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in New Haven Care and Rehabilitation Center, where she had resided since 1999.
She was a former member of Decatur Missionary Church.
Surviving are one son, Jerry Lee McCagg (and wife Carol) of Fort Wayne; one brother, Waynard Habegger of Decatur; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
By order of the Indiana General Assembly and by design of the state's Department of Education, a new system of teacher evaluations will go into effect next year for all public school and charter school instructors.
At the December meeting of the Adams Central school board, Superintendent Mike Pettibone, a member of the Indiana State School Board, gave a video presentation about the evaluations.
The St. Marys River was expected to crest at about 17.4 feet — just above its flood stage — in Decatur this morning, local weather station officials were informed by the National Weather Service.
A saturated city received .16 of an inch of rain in the past 24 hours, boosting the three-day total to 1.26.
The St. Marys, meanwhile, has risen 10 feet in the past 48 hours, to 16.6 feet at 7 a.m. today.
The area continues under a flood warning.
Officials of Adams Memorial Hospital have announced that for the fifth year in a row AMH has been listed as an error-free healthcare facility by the Indiana State Department of Health.
Tom Nordwick, president of Adams Health Network, which operates the hospital and other sites in Adams and Allen counties, said continuation of error-free status "is due directly to the work put in by our staff and strict adherence to patient safety issues."
Keyed by solid wins from seniors Blake Adams at 126 and Dewey Melcher at 152 pounds, and back-to-back falls from Jon Poling at 113 and Bob Keuneke at 120, Bellmont kept its NHC train roaring with a convincing 43-14 win over Carroll at the Teepee Thursday night.
The win, which clinched at least a tie for the NHC regular-season crown, puts the Braves at 6-0 in the conference with only Homestead left. Bellmont is now 14-2 overall while Carroll slipped to 7-3 and 3-3 in the league.
GARRETT—The Jets took on half the ACAC field in the Garrett-hosted conference quad match and came away with three decisive victories in each match.
The three matches had almost identical outcomes with AC winning first over Woodlan, 61-9, then 63-12 over Southern Wells, and finally crushing the home team Railroaders, 62-10 to cap off the perfect night despite several Jets suffering from flu-like symptoms.