May 9th, 2013
Vernon D. Liechty, 85, of Berne, passed away on May 6, 2013, at his home.
Vernon was born March 16, 1928, to the late Paul E. and Sarah A. (Felber) Liechty.
He married Ava Kraft on May 10, 1959, in Decatur; she preceded him in death.
Nicholas Stump, 30, Berne, recently pleaded guilty in Adams Circuit Court to a charge of involuntary manslaughter, involving the death of Dennis Sroufe, and will be serving five years in prison.
Stump was sentenced to 2,372 days in prison, with all but 1,825 days — the equivalent of five years — suspended, then 547 days of probation after being released. He was ordered to complete alcohol counseling and pay $571 in court costs and fees.
The City of Decatur's storm department is no longer with us, having been officially abolished by city council at its meeting on Tuesday night.
It has been merged with the waste water department and its functions are now under the management of the city's Board of Works and Safety. Council had approved the transfer on two readings at its previous meeting, then gave final — and unanimous — approval on Tuesday.
In addition to his regular monthly report, Geneva Fire Chief John Patch presented a couple of requests to the town council at its monthly meeting.
Patch said that he had been asked to hold a tractor pull on Decatur Street during Geneva's summer end festival. The council gave its permission, provided the pull doesn't interfere with the other activities, and advised Patch to coordinate with Chamber of Commerce President Pam Krause.
DeKalb brought their shovels with them on Wednesday night as the offense buried the Squaws for 18 hits and 11 runs in an NHC clash at the Teepee, 11-1.
In all, 44 batters came to the plate against Bellmont. The Lady Barons started hot right from the start as Maddy Fifer belted a single to centerfield that set the tone.
The Barons were hitting the ball hard all over the diamond against the Squaws and the game would have gotten even further out of hand had DeKalb not stranded so many runners on base (12).
John D. Pyle, 61, of Geneva, died Tuesday in Adams Memorial Hospital.
Among survivors are his wife, Cynthia M. (Zuercher) Pyle of Geneva, and two daughters, Sara M. Haines of Geneva and Deanna S. Hackman of Berne;.
Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Saturday at Downing & Glancy Funeral Home in Geneva. Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Burial will follow at a later date in the Daugherty Cemetery in Bryant.
Ted W. Schwartz, 63, of Berne, passed away Monday, May 6, 2013, at his home.
Ted was born to the late Ernest and Ruth (Nussbaum) Schwartz on May 7, 1949, in Adams County.
He married Lana Sprunger on July 10, 1971; she survives in Berne.
The final two defendants involved in the robbery of several Amish in buggies last September have been sentenced in Adams Circuit Court.
Brady Rodriguez, 17, of Berne, and David Veliz, 19, of Fort Wayne, pleaded guilty to multiple charges of armed robbery, attempted armed robbery, and criminal confinement.
Rodriguez was sentenced to 28 years in prison, all but 15 suspended, and five years of probation after serving his time. Veliz was sentenced to 15 years in prison and five years of probation.
Anyone who says there's nothing to do in Decatur should have been sitting in on Decatur City Council's meeting on Tuesday night.
A previous event returning and three new ones all came to light. Those are in addition to upcoming fun fests like the ABATE Mayor's Ride, the Sculpture Walk Tour, the Kekionga Festival, various parks and rec events, etc.
The new ones include a film festival, an ABATE fundraising cycle ride, and a ceremony honoring the Peace Monument on the courthouse square.