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July 5th, 2011
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Casey Anthony was found not guilty Tuesday of killing her 2-year-old daughter in a case that captivated the nation as it played out on national television from the moment the toddler was reported missing three years ago.
Anthony, 25, wept as the judge read the verdict, which jurors reached after less than 11 hours of deliberation over two days. She was charged with first-degree murder, which could have brought the death penalty if she had been convicted.
Monday's Independence Day service in Decatur was dedicated to all who are serving in the United States military, but especially to two local men who died half-a-world apart.
Tragedy marred the long Fourth of July holiday weekend in Adams County, with a young rural Monroe man losing his life in a farming accident and several people injured in traffic accident.
Mahlon I. Schwartz, died at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne on Friday night of injuries suffered in a farming accident earlier that evening.
An Adams County Sheriff's Department report said Schwartz, 22, was run over by a hay wagon on County Rd. 200 South at CR 300 East around 7:49 p.m.
The pride and joy was evident in Michael Baer's voice.
It was not a personal pride, although that would have been understandable for the man who led a 16-member delegation from South Adams Schools on a remarkable humanitarian mission to provide clean drinking water to residents of the earthquake-ravaged areas around Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
A pair of traffic accidents just two or three minutes apart, two miles east of Decatur on US 224 on Tuesday afternoon, injured no one, but damaged both vehicles, broke three power poles, and knocked out electrical and cable television service for a large number of people.
The Adams County commissioners have been given a report by county Sanitarian Terry Smith about an inspection he and four other local officials performed at the county jail and Smith said the 31-year-old facility "is undergoing a transformation, the likes of which is most impressive."
Two big bridge projects in southern Adams County, involving a combined total of more than $1 million worth of work, dominated the meeting of the commissioners on Monday afternoon: rehabilitation of the covered bridge near Ceylon and reconstruction between Berne and Geneva of a bridge that stood for many years near the Bunge North America plant at Decatur.
The goal of $81,000 was not met, but the total of almost $75,000 that was collected, in a time of economic trials, made the 2011 Adams County Relay for Life successful.
Organizers of the annual anti-cancer effort, which benefits the American Cancer Society and was held last weekend at Adams Central School, report that Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, which was in charge of food and beverage sales at the event, led the way with $13,466.48 collected.
The combined total for sponsor funds was No. 2, at $8,750.
The primary requirement of the "judicial needs study" performed by the Schenkel Shultz architectural firm of Fort Wayne was to advise local officials what to do about the future of Adams Superior Court and the county probation department, located in an old and inadequate building in downtown Decatur.
However, the study also looked a number of years ahead to when a new county jail would be required to replace the current one, which opened in 1980 in Decatur.
Leaders of Decatur's 175th anniversary celebration have announced that another souvenir is available: a collector coin in a choice of two metals, antique bronze and pure silver.
The coin has one side with words saying, "Blazing the location of Decatur, Indiana" and an image of Samuel L. Rugg, the city's founder, and a friend, Thomas Johnson, blazing an oak tree on June 23, 1836. On the other side of the coin is the 175th anniversary logo.