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September 22nd, 2011
"This is a heck of a way to resolve a longstanding family dispute."
That comment on Wednesday from federal Judge William C. Lee in Fort Wayne on Wednesday summed up his feelings as he sentenced a Markle man, Troy Hott, to 30 months in prison for hiring somone to kill his father, Don Hott of Decatur.
Decatur resident Isaac J. Gase was given four concurrent two-year prison sentences on Wednesday in Common Pleas Court at Van Wert, Ohio, for convictions of burglarizing four houses in Van Wert County in May of 2010.
Gase, 29, also faces similar charges in Mercer County.
His accomplice, Crystal Stauffer of Adams County, was given two years in prison last year for her part in the Van Wert County crimes.
Decatur City Council moved its budget to within one final stage of passage and also provided a break for local and area developers at its meeting on Tuesday night.
Prior to the council meeting, a public hearing was held for the 2012 budget and, with no objections aired, council gave unanimous approval on two readings. The third and final reading — and approval — will come at the October 4 meeting.
Decatur City Council agreed on Tuesday night to set up a $30,000 account which will be used to fund the city's latest major tree project. Once the project is completed, the city will be reimbursed.
The situation was explained to council by Steve Krull, head of the parks and recreation department and a member of the city's tree board. The city has received a $30,000 grant administered through the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to fund the tree project.
Dr. H.S. Lee, longtime city surgeon/ physician, has been discharged from Parkview Hospital and is recuperating at home.
He suffered an acute medical problem at his home nearly two weeks ago.
Adams Health Network President and CEO Tom Nordwick noted, “Dr. Lee’s family has expressed their thanks for everyone’s prayers and support on his behalf.”
The Adams County Council spent two and a half days last week working on the 2012 budget and reduced departmental budgets by more than $323,000. Council members will meet on October 11 to formally approve a budget that totals more than $11.6 million Among cuts next year are per diem payments made to the three county commissioners when they act in their capacity as members of the county drainage board. The council indicated that when the 2013 budget is prepared in 2012, all per diem payments will be eliminated except those required by state law.
Dylan Malone has been named sports editor of the Decatur Daily Democrat, Publisher Ron Storey announced.
Malone replaces Jim Hopkins, who retired after a recent heart attack. Malone has been covering South Adams football for the newspaper and was recommended by Hopkins for the post.
The Adams County Solid Waste District's board of trustees on Monday approved a change in financial trustees for the district's transfer station and landfill trust accounts. The process, prompted by the expiration of the two long-standing trust agreements with First Merchants Bank, ultimately will cost the district a significant amount of interest income annually.
A highly unusual outdoor police standoff in downtown Decatur late Friday night ended when an Indiana State Police trooper shot an armed man from Berne.
Jerry L. Nusbaum, 67, was shot in the right arm and upper chest and was listed in critical condition at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, This morning, a Parkview spokeswoman said Nusbaum is not in the hospital directory. (Under federal privacy laws, if a patient "opts out" of the directory, the hospital can only say that the patient is not listed.)
Jobless figures in Adams County remained mostly stagnant during August, according to a report released Friday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, with unemployment numbers hovering in the same statistical range for the third consecutive month.