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November 22nd, 2011
ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — A former Indiana State Police post commander accused of stealing more than $91,000 in state money has pleaded guilty.
The Elkhart Truth reports that former state police Lt. Dallard Tackett pleaded guilty Monday to six counts of forgery, one count of official misconduct and 10 counts of theft in Elkhart Superior Court. Tackett admitted to misappropriating funds from the Toll Road Post between 2007 and 2010.
A special ceremony honoring the late John Friedt will be held Tuesday prior to the opening wrestling match of the season for Bellmont High School, against Columbia City.
A new wrestling mat honoring the contributions of Friedt will be dedicated after the starting lineups are introduced.
Friedt's wrestling shoes will be placed at center mat.
The 2011 Lunch Buddy of the Year Award from the Fort Wayne regional office of Big Brothers/Big Sisters has been awarded to Dan Kintz of Decatur, a Big Brother in Adams County since 1996.
An announcement from the BB/BS staff says Kintz was honored for his years of volunteer service and was selected from more than 1,800 such people in 13 northeastern Indiana counties.
This is the second high BB/BS honor that Kintz has received: the first was in 2000 when he was named Big Brother of the Year for Indiana.
Two events to open the Christmas season in downtown Decatur have been scheduled for Sunday, November 27.
From 2-4 p.m., a free gingerbread cookie-decorating contest will be held at Marko's On Second, a restaurant at 135 S. Second St.
Prizes will be awarded each age group, treats will be available for everyone, and Santa Claus will visit.
Tyler White of Bluffton was handed a 70-year prison term in Wells Circuit Court on Friday morning.
Brian Hutchinson, a special appointed judge from Jay County, sentenced White, 29, to 60 years for murdering his wife, Amy, and another 10 years for enhancement, since his wife was pregnant at the time.
The sentencing had been postponed on Monday due to a major fire which erupted near the courthouse in downtown Bluffton.
Up, up, and away we go toward Christmas!
One of the large fir trees on the Adams County Courthouse lawn was decorated with lights on Thursday by two employees of the parks and recreation department in preparation for the formal Christmas kickoff event there at 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 27.
The tree's lights will be turned on at that time.
In accompanying photo, Chris Krull is in the manlift, while Dwight Pierce assists on the ground.
Adams County Solid Waste Management District director Hank Mayer reported at this week's board of directors meeting that the county's sale of recylables is expected to top $100,000 this year, the first time the solid waste district has eclipsed that mark.
Mayer said that while the overall volume of recyclable material brought by private individuals and commercial enterprises to the solid waste district is mostly unchanged in recent years, prices paid to the district for recycled paper, plastics, glass and cardboard have risen.
The annual Operation Christmas Child (OCC) project has begun again, with the Adams County effort based at The Bridge Community Church in Decatur. Twelve other area churches are also involved.
The Bridge, on Winchester Rd. near N. 13th St., will accept shoeboxes filled with school supplies, toys, clothes, hygiene items, candy, and other things that will be sent to needy children in well over 100 nations. The deadline to bring the boxes to the church is next Monday at 1 p.m.
People coming from out of town to view Decatur's sculptures? A special event featuring those sculptures?
It could materialize in the next year or so if a group of citizens is able to organize and bring to fruition what they're calling the Decatur Sculpture Walk. Current plans call for the walk to take place August 18-25 of next year, prior to the annual Kekionga Festival.
A 33-year-old Decatur man, Andrew E. Stetler, was convicted by an Adams Circuit Court jury on Wednesday of two counts of child molesting and will be sentenced on December 27.
He was found guilty by the 11-woman, one-man jury of fondling and performing oral sex on two girls, ages seven and nine, in August of 2010.