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Peaceful end to Geneva standoff

December 14, 2011

    A tense situation at a rural Geneva household ended peacefully Tuesday evening after a suspect being sought by police surrendered without incident.
    Adams County Sheriff Shane Rekeweg said this morning that officers from the Geneva Police Department attempted to serve an arrest warrant on an individual in a vehicle at a residence on C.R. 000 near C.R. 1050S, east of Geneva, at 4:08 p.m. Tuesday.
    The man being sought — James D. Minnich, 53, rural Geneva — refused to stop for police and ran into a residence which belonged to a family member he was visiting, the sheriff's report said.
    Police said Minnich refused to exit the home and they had reason to believe there were weapons inside the residence. All other family members that were at the residence left safely, but he refused to exit.
    Officers from the sheriff's department, Berne Police Department, Bluffton Police Department, and the Indiana State Police were called for assistance. Rekeweg said that during the standoff, officers were able to communicate with Minnich by phone and after a short time he surrendered peacefully and was taken into custody without incident.
    Minnich was transported to the Adams County jail and remained in custody there this morning.

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