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April 20th, 2012

Lots of applicants for fire department, city police openings

April 20, 2012

    The Decatur Police Department has 29 applicants for its single opening and the city's fire department has slightly less than 20 for its post. The numbers were passed on to city council at its meeting this week.
    Police Chief Ken Ketzler said aptitude and agility tests are scheduled for the 29 and the field eventually will be winnowed to six candidate to present to the city Board of Works and Safety.

Rescued from doggie death row

April 20, 2012

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The life of a mutt that’s been on doggy death row for more than a year has been spared by a judge following an outcry from animal lovers and the acceptance of a last-ditch proposal to keep the dog alive.
    Now Prada, the 4-year-old pit bull mix that inspired thousands of strangers across the globe to sign a petition to save the dog’s life, could be headed to Animal Planet fame.

April 19th

Dropping dispatchers may save city some $100,000

April 19, 2012

    The plan to close down the dispatch center at the Decatur police station and have all calls handled through the communications center in the county jail could produce a savings of up to $100,000 for the city, Mayor John Schultz said at Tuesday night's city council meetjng.
    Schultz had initially unveiled the plans at Monday's meeting of the county commissioners, where he found support.

5-year master plan for parks is turned over

April 19, 2012

    It's been something of a long and arduous effort, but the City of Decatur now has a five-year master plan for its parks system to go along with its new comprehensive plan and redevelopment commission.
    Park board President Larry Isch and Parks and Recreation Department Director Steve Krull turned over the plan to city council on Tuesday night, a thick document which has been over a year in the making.

No condition updates are available today

April 19, 2012

    An attempt to obtain condition reports on the two people taken to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne after being injured in Tuesday morning's buggy-van mishap revealed the hospital has no record of them in their facility directory.
    Citing privacy issues this morning, Parkview officials said they did not have any records on them available for publication. Under federal laws, patients may "opt out," meaning no information on them may be provided..

April 18th

Crash claims two children

April 18, 2012

    Two children were killed and four people were seriously injured in a vehicle-buggy crash Tuesday just before 8 a.m.
    The Adams County Sheriff's Department reported that Chandler M. Gerber, 21, of Bluffton, was traveling east on U.S. 124 near 400 E when he struck an Amish buggy driven by Mary M. Schwartz, 44, of Decatur.

NA board vote a 2-2 deadlock

April 18, 2012

    The process to select a North Adams Board of Education member essentially is starting all over again after Decatur City Council on Tuesday deadlocked over its appointment, the final one the city will make before the board becomes one that is elected.
    Ben Faurote, who currently holds the seat in question, and newcomer Stacey Bussel received two votes apiece last night and there was no tie-breaker since Councilman Bill Crone was vacationing and not at the meeting.

Skillman praises ‘grand vision’ shown by Berne

April 18, 2012

    Indiana Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman met with local Berne officials to tour the Munsterberg Clock Tower on Tuesday.
    Skillman, who visited Berne in 2005 to discuss the city's plans for the tower, stated that she was very impressed with the new tower and the ambition with which the city approached the project.

April 17th

1 dead, several injured in morning accident

April 17, 2012

    The Adams County Sheriff's Department was at the scene of a fatal crash this morning involving a van and an Amish buggy. (http://www.decaturdailydemocrat.com/content/serious-accident)
    At a little after 8 a.m., a van driving east on Hwy 124, just west of 400 W, failed to see a buggy also traveling east and crashed into the rear of the vehicle, according to Sheriff Shane Rekeweg.

City proposes closing out its dispatch setup

April 17, 2012

    Dispatch transmissions that currently go to the Decatur Police Department may soon be routed instead to the Adams County Sheriff's Department's communications center if a proposal by Decatur Mayor John Schultz is accepted by the Adams County Commissioners and Decatur City Council members.
    Schultz, accompanied by Police Chief Ken Ketzler and Sheriff Shane Rekeweg, met with the commissioners Monday to discuss the possible change, noting that all 911 communications are already handled by the sheriff's office.

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