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January 4th, 2012
It confounds and disappoints Decatur Fire Chief Les Marckel and the entire Decatur Fire Department: a department which had gone 20 or more years without a fatality in a home fire has now had five in a little more than 26 months. Dean Ingmire, a longtime member of the Decatur Police Department, is the latest, having died in a fire in his home early Tuesday morning.
It now appears the possibility of a joint city-county building being built in Decatur will be placed before Adams County voters next fall.
That possibility came to light near the end of Tuesday night's Decatur City Council meeting when new councilman Cam Collier asked Mayor John Schultz the status of the ongoing discussions.
Schultz replied that monthly meetings are being held, with the next one coming up soon, and it appeared that the matter would be taken to the voters in the fall.
Duane (Dean) Ingmire, 59, a 16-year reserve officer and a 14-year dispatcher with the Decatur Police Department, died this morning in a fire inside his home in Roe Acres, north of Monmouth.
Firefighters were sent to the home at 217 W. Roeville Road at 8:36 a.m. when the 911 center at the Adams County Sheriff's Department received a call from a neighbor of Ingmire's who saw smoke coming from the home.
All those mild holiday conditions went by the wayside in Decatur and Adams County on Monday as Old Man Winter took a swipe at the area to begin the new year.
The coldest temperatures of the season combined with a fresh one inch of snow to slicken streets in the city and county, leading to a number of slideoffs yesterday. An Adams County Sheriff's Department spokesman said this morning there were no known injuries.
A fire at a home in Roe Acres north of Monmouth late this morning claimed the life of the home's resident.
Authorities were withholding the identify of the victim pending notification of relatives.
City firefighters were dispatched at 8:36 a.m. and other area fire departments were called to assist.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Cleaning out the Colts front office may be only the start of the changes in Indianapolis.
Team owner Jim Irsay fired team vice chairman Bill Polian and his son, Chris, the Colts’ general manager on Monday. He said there was a good chance coach Jim Caldwell will be back next season, but his evaluation was not over.
Adams County was placed under a travel advisory at 4:30 p.m. Monday.
A travel advisory, according to the Indiana Uniform Travel Alert, means that routine travel or activities may be restricted in areas because of a hazardous situation, and individuals should use caution or avoid those areas.
Road conditions appeared to be deteriorating, especially in the southern half of the county.
Due to high phone call volumes for Dr. Crystal Jencks and Dr. Jessamine Hippensteel of Adams Memorial Hospital’s Decatur Family Medicine Clinic, hospital officials have reported an additional phone line has been added to help with communication between the office staff and their patients.
The new telephone number is 301-3641, which will work along with the original 728-3843 number.
Services will be held Tuesday in Van Wert for a 21-year-old Decatur man who died Friday from injuries suffered December 24 when struck by a vehicle as he crossed 13th St.
Brandon A. Heath died early Friday afternoon in Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, six days after being hit while crossing across 13th St. at night.
(The top 10 stories of 2011 have been selected by employees of the Daily Democrat. This is No. 1.)