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August 12th, 2011
Officials of the Decatur Fire Department have announced that the cause of the fire which took the lives of an elderly married couple in the city last Thursday was due to overloading of the electrical circuits in their home.
Claude and Donna West, ages 74 and 71, respectively, died of smoke inhalation in their house at 720 Elm St. There funeral service was scheduled for 1 p.m. today in Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home.
Seth T. Curtis, the 25-year-old Redkey man charged with six crimes in regard to a robbery attempt last Sunday at the CVS store in Berne, has been arraigned in Adams Circuit Court and was set for trial on December 2.
He is being held in the Adams County Jail under a $100,000 bond on the following charges:
• Attempted robbery with a deadly weapon, since he was allegedly carrying a pellet pistol, which is classified as a deadly weapon, according to Adams County Prosecutor Chris Harvey.
A proposed budget for 2012 of more than $10.5 million for Adams Central Schools will be advertised publicly, given approval by the AC school board on Thursday night. Board member Mike Brown was absent.
The proposed budget of $10,519,216, which will likely be reduced by state officials, includes these 2012 subtotals, with the actual subtotals for 2011, after changes by state finance officials, in parentheses:
General Fund — $6,900,000 ($6,501,725).
Two people, possibly in their 60s, died in a house fire early this morning at 720 Elm St. in Decatur.
Decatur Fire Chief Les Marckel reported at the scene that the bodies were so badly burned that it will take an autopsy, which was under way today at the morgue in Adams Memorial Hospital, to determine the sex of the victims.
No children lived in the home,. Two dogs also died in the blaze.
Dan Hood of ASL Testing based in Elkhart was on hand at this week's meeting of the South Adams Schools Board to discuss the process of random student drug testing.
Larry Carty, business manager for North Adams Community Schools, has completed the required 92 hours of instruction and has obtained designation by the Indiana Association of School Business Officials as a Chief Business Officer.
To obtain certification from the statewide organization, individuals must fulfill all of the personal, ethical and professional requirements as established by the group.
Officials at North Adams Community Schools expect to learn in the next month or six weeks the status of a petition that, if formally approved by the state Department of Education, will pave the way for school board members to be elected beginning next year.
Current board members voted in March of this year to accept a citizens' petition that calls for board members to be elected, effectively replacing the school district's 40-year method of filling board seats by appointment.
The subject of the shooting of a robbery suspect by an off-duty Adams County deputy sheriff in a business in Berne on Sunday arose at Tuesday's meeting of the county council when Sheriff Shane Rekeweg appeared before the council on other matters.
Rekeweg said preliminary indications are that deputy Diosdado "Dio" Hernandez acted properly in assessing the situation he faced and in firing his department-issued handgun. He shot the suspect in an arm, causing the man to drop the handgun he was displaying in his other hand.
Steve Kreigh of GKB Enterprises has rescinded the company's June 6 offer of $650,000 to purchase the former South Adams Elementary School property located across from the Muensterberg Plaza and Clock Tower in Berne. The original offer was contingent upon a lease being signed with CVS.
According to South Adams Schools Superintendent Scott Litwiller at Tuesday's school board meeting, Kreigh said in a letter to the school corporation that "CVS has indicated that its relocation is no longer a priority."
A 25-year-old Redkey man has been charged with a variety of crimes stemming from Sunday's attempted robbery at the CVS pharmacy in Berne.
Adams County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Harvey said in a statement released late Monday morning that Seth T. Curtis faces multiple charges in connection with the incident, in which gunshots were fired inside the pharmacy.