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October 11th, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A man convicted of murdering a Willshire, Ohio, mother and her two daughters after their Disney World vacation 22 years ago is scheduled to be executed Nov. 15 after Gov. Rick Scott signed his death warrant Monday.
Preble and Decatur firefighters made runs on Monday afternoon to the same house in rural Decatur that they had gone to for a fire just six days before.
No one was hurt in the second fire because no one was living in the home due to damage from the first fire. But Mrs. Randy Collier, co-owner of the home, suffered a medical problem and was treated at Adams Memorial Hospital after being brought there from the fire scene by Adams County Emergency Medical Service personnel.
She was later released.
A Decatur child was admitted to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne after being injured at 4:48 p.m. Monday when she was struck by a pickup truck at the intersection of 13th and Washington streets.
The Decatur Police Department reported this morning that, according to witnesses, Kayla S. Hershberger, 8, Cambridge Court, Decatur, walked onto the crosswalk in front of a pickup truck driven by Mike A. Soto, 41, Russell Street, Decatur.
Husband and wife team Bill and Penny Gay of Monroe returned to Arctic Village, Alaska, again this summer to help residents there build gardens.
Arctic Village is home to the Gwich'in, an Indian nation which "lives off the land."
Because Alaska is notorious for permafrost, they build elevated gardens in troughs to give the plants every opportunity to grow despite frozen ground temperatures.
The Adams County Soil and Water Conservation District is accepting donations for a memorial garden to be built at the 4-H Fairgrounds in Monroe to remember John Friedt, a longtime staff member of the agency who died suddenly on February 17 this year at age 56.
The garden will be located near the new building erected this year on the fairgrounds.
Three sophomores at Adams Central High School have been awarded $1,000 each for a project they completed in their global studies class: designing a trip they plan to take to Switzerland in the summer of 2013.
Erika Steffen, Kaitlin Carroll, and Ben Lehman received the money from Education First (EF), a group founded in Sweden, but with headquarters in Lucerne, Switzerland. The United States headquarters of EF is located in Boston.
Decatur's 175th anniversary celebration has come and gone, but the city's Operation Cleanup is continuing, Board of Works and Safety member Bill Karbach told city council on Tuesday night.
Karbach, who headed up the months-long program to get the city spruced up for the celebration, said the effort is continuing, although headed in another direction.
"Now we're working with businesses that are violating our ordinances; it's more of a code enforcement thing now," he pointed out.
Adams County Clerk Gayla Reinhart has announced that the deadline to register to vote in the November 8 general election is next Tuesday, October 11.
Reinhart said people may register to vote online by going to www.in.gov/sos/elections and clicking on "Register to Vote Online" on the right side of the page.
Eligible people also may register at offices of the state Bureau of Motor Vehicles or at the clerk's office in the courthouse in downtown Decatur.
A prison sentence of two years and 325 days was handed down in Adams Superior Court on Tuesday to Marlinda D. Moore, 49, Berne.
Moore pleaded guilty to domestic battery, battery, resisting law enforcement, disorderly conduct, and criminal mischief. The new charges also violated the probations she is serving for convictions of resisting law enforcement, intimidation, and invasion of privacy.
A city crackdown is coming for a group of Yost Woods residents who aren't paying their sewage bills.
Mayor John Schultz raised the issue at Tuesday night's city council meeting, noting that the situation is unique in that the city has no direct recourse if a resident of that area does not pay his/her bill.