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October 22nd, 2012
The former South Adams Elementary School principal accused of engaging in sexual contact with a student at another school, is out of custody on a $35,000 bond after appearing for an initial hearing in a Michigan City court on Friday.
Brian Strauss, who resides in Michigan City, is charged with two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor and one count each of child solicitation and vicarious sexual gratification. The charges could bring a maximum prison sentence of 39 years.
Unemployment in Adams County hit a four-year low during September. According to figures released Friday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Adams County's jobless rate plummeted to 6.6 percent during September. That represents the lowest unemployment figure experienced in the county since June of 2008, when unemployment stood at 5.5 percent.
September's unemployment rate was down .7 percent from the county's 7.3 percent reading in August.
Seth T. Curtis, 26, Portland, who pleaded guilty to five felony charges in the August 7, 2011, attempted robbery of the CVS Pharmacy in Berne, was sentenced to a lengthy prison term this week by Adams Circuit Court by Judge Fredrick A. Schurger
Curtis, who was shot by an off-duty officer in the CVS store, pleaded guilty to attempted armed robbery, three counts of criminal confinement, and possession of paraphernalia. A charge of unlawful possession of a syringe was dismissed.
The Adams County Sheriff's Department and other emergency personnel faced an unusual scenario on Thursday as well over 100 cattle were running loose just north of Decatur.
Several sheriff's deputies, along with workers from the dairy farm from which the cattle escaped, worked late into the night chasing the cattle in an effort to return them to the pasture. As of late last night, approximately 12 were still on the loose, according to the spokesperson.
Brian Strauss, who recently resigned as principal at South Adams Elementary School, is facing a number of charges in connection with allegations of improper conduct with a student at South Central Elementary School, LaPorte County, where he taught before coming to Adams County.
Strauss, 40, is charged with sexual misconduct with a minor, a Class B felony; sexual misconduct with a minor, a Class C felony; child solicitation, a Class C felony; and vicarious sexual gratification, a Class D felony.
Members of the congregation at First Missionary Church in Berne have launched a Nick’s NEW Coat Project in honor of Nick Taylor, the South Adams graduate who was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan earlier this year as a member of the Indiana National Guard.
The project grew out of a story, told during the soldier's funeral, in which a young Nick Taylor chose to give a fellow student in need his new coat (see related story).
A crew from Luginbill Excavating made short work of the demolition of a residence on the northeast corner of Jefferson and Third streets in Decatur on Wednesday.
As pedestrians gathered and motorists drove past to see, the former Richard Roudebush home was razed in anticipation of converting the site into a green space area to be used by the Adams Public Library System.
Members of the Adams County Regional Sewer District board hope to know by next month the future of a proposed a proposed $4.5 million sewer project to serve the rural areas of Monmouth, Bobo, Pleasant Mills and Arcadia Village.
What shape that project takes, if any, will largely depend on upcoming negotiations with Decatur officials over ancillary costs associated with treating sewage from the outlying areas.
Dr. Kathleen Heimann joined the staff of Adams Memorial (AMH) Hospital this week and is partnering with Drs. Crystal Jencks and Jessamine Hippensteel in their Decatur Family Medicine practice.
Heimann is currently accepting new patients to the Decatur Family Medicine group as well as obstetric patients. A hospital spokesperson said, “Dr. Heimann has a special gift in relating to and educating her patients, plus she is fluent in Spanish.”
After an hour-long public hearing Tuesday night in which city officials were challenged to stand up to "bullying tactics" by the federal government, Decatur City Council unanimously passed a 50 percent sewer rate increase which will go into effect with the next billing cycle.
Rates initially will rise 37 percent, then another 4 percent a year later; then, probably, another 7 percent in the third year of a three-phase project, Meanwhile, the city will float a $3 million bond issue.