November 16th, 2011
STARKE, Fla. (AP) — A man who was convicted of the 1989 killings of an Ohio woman and her two teenage daughters in Florida as they returned from a dream vacation to Disney World was executed Tuesday.
Oba Chandler, 65, was given a lethal injection and pronounced dead at 4:25 p.m. Tuesday at the Florida State Prison, Gov. Rick Scott’s office said. The execution began at 4:08 p.m. and concluded without any problems.
Lois J. Lehman, 87, of Berne, died on Monday at Swiss Village Retirement Community.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, Berne.
Ella Jane Schauss, age 86, passed away at 10:33 a.m. on Friday, November 11, 2011, at Estelle's House of Marion County Hospice in Ocala, Florida.
She had moved to Ocala in June of 2004 after having lived in Decatur.
She loved her family. She also enjoyed reading, watching sports, spending hours at the beach, and watching and identifying birds and butterflies in her Florida garden.
Dennis Sroufe, 51, of Geneva, died on Friday, November 11, 2011.
He was born on December 28, 1959, to Bud and Penelope Sroufe.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda Seler Sroufe; three brothers, Jim, Allen and John Sroufe; and a stepson, Nicholas.
The funeral service will be on Thursday at 2 p.m., with visitation one hour prior at C.M. Sloan and Sons Funeral Home, 1327 N. Wells St., Fort Wayne. Pastor Wayne Guilliam will officiate.
A major fire in downtown Bluffton on Monday delayed the sentencing of Tyler White, convicted last month by a Wells Circuit Court jury of killing his estranged wife, Amy, a former South Adams High School student, athlete and coach.
It was not clear today when the sentencing will be completed.
According to reports, the proceedings were only about halfway finished when the courthouse was evacuated due to the nearby fire.
Solid waste officials in Adams County are taking a proactive approach to potential changes in state laws and guidelines governing trash collection and disposal, trying to head off what they believe to be unnecessary and cumbersome regulations before they become law.
A powerful thunderstorm which ripped through Decatur shortly before 5 p.m. on Monday dropped 1.34 inches of rain on the city.
Weather station officials reported this morning the rainfall boosted the St. Marys River almost nine feet, from 3.5 feet at 7 a.m. on Monday to 12.3 feet at the same time today.
Some broken poles and minor damages were reported in the area.
Merlin E. Bixler, 79, Greenfield, former Berne police chief, died Friday at his residence. Merlin was born in Adams County and married Carol (Lehman), who survives.
He was Berne chief 1978-1992. While living in Berne he was employed at Yager Furniture and Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home for many years. For over 10 years he was director of the Adams County EMS and was the custodian of the MRE Cemetery.
Survivors include a son, Randy (Kay) Bixler, LaGrange, and a daughter, Brenda (Bob) Bertsch. Greenfield.
Bonnie C. Herman, 62, of Decatur, died at 10:40 a.m. Friday at her residence.
She was born on September 13, 1949, in Decatur to Earl M. and Alta May Ruhl Caston, who are deceased.
She married DuWayne Herman on September 15, 1979, in Zion Lutheran Church at Decatur; he survives.
She was a marketing assistant for Family LifeCare in Berne (formerly Family Hospice and Palliative Care of Northeast Indiana) and had served as a hospice social worker.
William H. Journay, 92, of Decatur, died at 11:15 a.m. Friday at Woodcrest Nursing Center.
He was born June 9, 1919, in Jay County, the son of Orla J. and Cora A. (Bibler) Journay. On August 31, 1947, he married the former Eva Marie Bischoff.
He was a farmer and a science teacher. He first taught at Madison Township Schools and later taught at Bellmont High School for 31 years before retiring in May of 1981.