May 26th, 2011
BEDFORD, Ind. (AP) — Strong storms and possible tornadoes ripped through southern Indiana Wednesday night, injuring more than a dozen people and flattening homes, barns and other structures while scattering debris along their paths, authorities said.
An apparent tornado struck east of Bedford as powerful thunderstorms swept across Indiana, damaging buildings, toppling mobile homes and trees across several counties while winds cut power to more than 60,000 homes and businesses.
Jessie E. Bowers, 83, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Wednesday, May 2, 2011, at Kingston Residence in Fort Wayne.
She was born on June 17, 1927 in Stigles, Oklahoma.
Surviving relatives include her children, Roxanne Chilcote and Vicki Frances of Fort Wayne and Barbara Hirschy of Decatur; siblings Walter Holloway, Clare Hanthorne, and Gert Bowser; 10 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Roe A. Lehman, 77, of Berne, passed away on May 24, 2011 at 8 p.m. after suffering several years of Parkinson’s Disease and leukemia.
Roe was born on April 4, 1934, in Adams County to Peter B. and Elizabeth (Welty) Lehman.
He is survived by a son, Todd Lehman of rural Arcola, and two granddaughters, Emma and Tessa Lehman.
His daughter, Tandy, was fatally injured in a hayride accident of October of 1978.
Joel A. Neuenschwander, 82, of Berne, died Wednesday at Swiss Village Retirement Community.
He was born to Amos and Lovina Amstutz Neuenschwander.
Among survivors are three sons, Michael and Roger Neuenschwander of Berne and Allen Neuenschwander of Willshire, Ohio.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Berne Evangelical Church, with burial in the church cemetery. Visiting hours are 2-8 p.m. Friday in Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, Berne, and one hour prior to services.
Carolyn J. Schmitt, 76, of Decatur, died today at home.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Haggard-Sefton and Hirschy Funeeral Home, Decatur.
Though the time that the Bellmont girls 1600 relay team ran would have won three other regionals, the record-setting BHS foursome will not be competing at the June 4 IHSAA State Girls Track and Field meet.
Bellmont coach Carl Risch learned Wednesday afternoon that the squad fell two places short of making the field. It's the same case with freshman hurdler Holly Hankenson. She fell two places short of making the state field in the 300 sticks.
The the second time this week, thunder showers caused postponement of sectional play Wednesday afternoon.
Bellmont's Baseball Sectional was to have opened Wednesday with Wayne taking on Norwell. That game has been pushed off until today. Bellmont is slated to meet Maconaquah in the Friday, 5:30 p.m. game.
If rain hits again today, their would likely be added games on Monday, which is Memorial Day. Currently, only a 1 p.m. championship game is set for BHS Monday.
FORT WAYNE — Sophomore sprinter Alexis Harvey earned a second straight trip to the IHSAA State Track and Field Finals, earning second with a record-breaking time in the 200 meter dash and she took third for a state spot in the 100.
Bellmont could manage just three hits off South Adams pitching in a non-conference Senior Night game at Bellmont Tuesday night but all were doubles in the fifth inning and two were two-run shots to give the Braves a 7-3 triumph over the Starfires.
Will Busse and Brian Hakes both drilled long two-run two-baggers to right centerfield to drive in four of the five Bellmont runs and relievers Matt Chronister and Brandon Voglewede shut the Stars down on just one hit and one walk over their final four at bats.
A rural Decatur man convicted last year of multiple counts of cruelty to horses he owned and of failing to properly dispose of a dead horse was given 543 days in prison and 363 days in jail on Tuesday for violating probation.
Richard A. "Rick" Hill, 60, was sentenced by Adams Superior Court Judge Patrick R. Miller for disobeying judicial orders to have no contact with or possession of any "vertebrate animals."