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October 26th, 2011

Chandler bid denied

October 26, 2011

    Oba Chandler, the man convicted of killing a Willshire woman and her two daughters in 1989, is still scheduled to die by lethal injection in Florida on November 15.
    In an 11-page ruling on Monday, Pinellas-Pasco Judge Phillip J. Federico denied Chandler's request for a new trial, after hearing the case just last Friday.

    The 65-year-old Chandler listened by phone from his cell on death row as his attorney, Baya Harrison III, presented his case in the Clearwater court.

October 25th

Confusion reigns, but Berne in compliance

October 25, 2011

    Berne City Council members took steps on Monday evening to be in compliance with a new state law.
    Even if they weren't sure exactly what the law requires. Or what it means? Or why it's necessary. Or how it's going to affect the city going forward.

Early voting set to begin next Monday

October 25, 2011

    Adams County Clerk Gayla Reinhart has announced that early voting for the November 8 election will run from Monday, October 31, to Saturday, November 5, and on Monday, November 7, in the first floor hallway of the Adams County Courthouse in downtown Decatur.
    Voting times will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from October 31 through Friday, November 4; and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, November 5, and Monday, November 7.

Norwell senior jailed after alleged threat

October 25, 2011

    A rural Craigville youth who is a senior at Norwell High School was jailed last Friday as the result of alleged incidents at Norwell the day before. The incidents included a police chase that attained speeds of over 100 mph in Wells County and ended with a taser device being used on the suspect.
    Jonathon Stickney, 18, was lodged in the Wells County Jail under $11,000 bond on charges of intimidation, resisting law enforcement, and operating a vehicle recklessly.

October 24th

Campaign seeks funds to preserve city depot

October 24, 2011

    "Save the Seventh St. Train Depot."
    A fund using that title has been created by the Adams County Community Foundation (ACCF) to save the former Pennsylvania Railroad depot between Seventh and Eight Sts., near Monroe and Madison Sts. The goal is to raise $35,000 as quickly as possible, officials said.
    The city-owned depot is situated beside the Chicago, Fort Wayne, and Eastern Railroad tracks.

Chandler’s attorney seeking new trial

October 24, 2011

    CLEARWATER, Fla. – The rights of an inmate convicted of killing a Willshire, Ohio, family in 1989 were violated at his trial and a new jury should be seated to decide whether he should live or die, an attorney argued in an appeals hearing Friday.
    Oba Chandler, 65, is scheduled to die by lethal injection Nov. 15. He listened by phone from his cell on death row and said little as his attorney, Baya Harrison III, mounted what he said would be one of the final attempts to spare his client’s life.

Area bands capture state trips; AC misses

October 24, 2011

    The Adams Central High School marching band turned in its best performance of the year at the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) Semi-State competition at Frankllin High School. on Saturday, but it wasn't enough to propel the Squadron of Sound into this week's State Finals.
    Norwell, Bluffton and Woodlan bands were among the state qualifiers, the former in Class C and the latter two in Class D. The AC band competed in Class D.

October 21st

Second draft of Heritage plans offered EA board

October 21, 2011

    The first of several proposed construction plans within the East Allen County Schools District, involving Woodlan Junior-Senior High School, will move ahead after a vote by the school board this week.
    At a cost of almost $11 million, the Woodlan plan is large enough to be subject to a remonstrance by the taxpayers and voters in the East Allen district. The deadline to file a remonstrance is next Monday, October 24.

BHS grad Jackson named ISP detective

October 21, 2011

    Paul E. Whitesell, superintendent of the Indiana State Police, has announced the re-assignment of a trooper from the Fort Wayne post to the rank of detective.
    Trooper Bobby D. Jackson, 38, has been re-assigned to detective and transferred to the Criminal Investigation Division, where he will assume investigative duties in Adams and Jay Counties.

Trio of Berne businesses offer reward

October 21, 2011

    A $1,000 reward is being offered by three Berne businesses for information about burglaries which occurred at their businesses overnight Monday.
    The firms are State Farm Insurance, Sport Form, and Bixler Insurance.
    Small amounts of money were taken from the State Farm and Sport Form sites and there was an unsuccessful attempt to enter a safe at the Bixler site, but nothing was stolen.

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