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Tuesday, November 10, High point. By VIRGINIA CLINE. The Commercial Review. DUNKIRK The removal of blighted homes is nearly complete.


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Tuesday, November 10, 2015, Indiana cents Whittington found guilty Sentencing for two murder counts is set for Nov. 30 Charles Maddog Whittington could be sentenced to up to 170
Tuesday, November 10, 2015, Indiana cents Whittington found guilty Sentencing for two murder counts is set for Nov. 30 Charles Maddog Whittington could be sentenced to up to 170 years in prison after being found guilty Monday on two counts of murder. The man was convicted of the Feb. 5 slayings of Hartford City residents Shane Williamson, 40, and his daughter Katelin Williamson, 14, at their apartment complex. Blackford Circuit Court Judge Dean Young will sentence Whittington who turned 60 Monday on Nov. 30. The standard sentence for murder is 55 years in prison, with a maximum of 65 years. The fact that the murders were committed with a firearm Whittington could add five to 20 years for each count. The jury deliberated for about one hour before reporting the guilty verdict, and then deliberated further before finding Whittington guilty of using a gun to commit the murders. Whittington s trial began Nov. 3 and included testimony from a friend of Shane Williamson, neighbors, Whittington s ex-girlfriend, Whittington s former landlord, law enforcement and mental health professionals. Young released a sealed probable cause affidavit last week detailing Whittington s conversations with police. Whittington s public defender, Chris Teagle, attempted to convince the jury his client was not guilty by reason of insanity. The affidavit stated Whittington had talked about an alter ego, Elmer, with police Feb. 5. Whittington claimed he had not committed any crime, but Elmer could have done anything. Whittington s former landlord testified that he had once found his tenant outside in pajama pants, running from imaginary clowns. But mental health professionals who testified Monday considered Whittington legally sane when the murders happened. Whittington was apparently agitated by communication between his ex-girlfriend who testified that Whittington stalked her online and in person and Shane Williamson, who he knew through a motorcycle club. Shane and Katelin Williamson were each killed Feb. 5 when they were shot in the head at Hartford Square Apartments. Whittington was taken into custody about four hours later near his Boundary Pike home in. Commissioners OK upgrades to machines By KATHRYNE RUBRIGHT The next time Jay County residents vote, it will likely be on updated machines. The Jay County Commissioners gave county clerk Ellen Coats permission to act as purchasing agent for the upgrades, pending county council approving of the spending at its Nov. 18 meeting. Coats told the commissioners during their Monday meeting that MicroVote would take back 10 machines the county doesn t need in exchange for $12,500 in credit, which could be used toward $60,000 in upgrades on the other 50 machines. The remaining $47,500 will come from an election fund, which should have about $50,000 left after expenses from last week s election, including poll worker wages, are paid. When they re done with the upgrade, it ll be like a brandnew machine, Coats said. MicroVote guarantees the upgrades, which will include new processors and screens, for 10 years. The screens will show white words on a black background, which Coats said should be more readable than the current black words on a white background. Jay County will still have six extra machines. The exchange is possible because a consolidation of precincts means fewer machines are needed. See OK page 7 /Chris Schanz Intersection accident A 2010 Chrysler 300 sits in a field Monday at the northeast corner of the intersection of county road 200 South and Boundary Pike after colliding with a 2001 Dodge For details about the accident, see Capsule Reports on page 2. Deaths Weather In review Coming up /Jack Ronald High point Workers from McGuff Roofing Inc., Muncie, tackle repairs to the roof of the steeple of First Presbyterian Church in on Monday afternoon. Blight removal progressing By VIRGINIA CLINE DUNKIRK The removal of blighted homes is nearly complete. Dunkirk City Council heard Monday that the eighth of nine homes set to be razed in the city was completed earlier in the day. Council also learned a Dunkirk factory is experiencing larger than usual sewage bills. Councilman Jack Robbins, who serves as health and safety officer and zoning administrator, informed council Monday that Kesler Excavating has razed the eighth home, located at 325 E. North St. Dunkirk was awarded an Indiana Hardest Hit Fund Blight Elimination grant of $176,000 in October 2014 to remove the blighted houses. Robbins said the final home, at 325 E. High St., will also be torn down this fall if good weather continues. See Progressing page 2 Ferguson influenced UM By ESTHER HTUSAN and VIJAY JOSHI YANGON, Myanmar Myanmar was trapped in a post-election limbo today with official results barely trickling in, although opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi s party claimed a victory massive enough to give it the presidency and loosen the military s grip on the country. In an interview with the BBC, Suu Kyi said her National League for Democracy expects to win 75 percent of the seats contested in the 664-member two-chamber Parliament. By JIM SUHR and SUMMER BALLENTINE COLUMBIA, Mo. When cotton balls were scattered outside the black culture center at the University of Missouri s flagship campus in 2010 in a clear reference to slavery, two white students were arrested and expelled. But there was no broader conversation about race anywhere at the school, where blacks were not allowed to enroll until To say we were livid is an understatement, said black alumna Erika Brown, who graduated in 2007 and 2012 and now lives in St. Louis. It was just another example of them finding the offender and never going past that. There was never a larger discussion. Five years later, when another series of racially charged incidents stirred emotions in Columbia, students emboldened by last year s protests in Ferguson took action, leading to Monday s resignation of the university system s president and the campus chancellor. See Influenced page 5 Results are coming slowly By this afternoon, the Union Election Commission had announced results only for 88 lower house seats, giving 78 to the NLD and five to the ruling party from Sunday s vote. It has given no explanation for the slow results. See Coming page 7 Norma Stammen, 88, Fort Recovery Donald Hartley, 77, Montpelier Paul Flatter, 69, Dunkirk Fred Miller, 74, Keystone Edward Sackenheim, 62, Clarice Chalfant, 96, Winchester Details on page 2. s weather station had measured 0.85 inches of rain as of 7 a.m. today. The high temperature Monday was 57, and the overnight low was 25. The forecast calls for a low of 35 tonight followed by sunny skies with a high of 62 Wednesday. For an extended forecast, see page 2. City Hall will be closed Wednesday in observance of Veterans Day. Trash that is normally picked up on Wednesday will instead be picked up on Thursday this week. Recycling will be picked up on its regular schedule. Wednesday Coverage of tonight s South Adams School Board meeting. Friday JCHS girls basketball opens season against Monroe Central. Page 2 Local Tuesday, November 10, 2015 Obituaries Norma Stammen Nov. 26, 1926-Nov. 9, 2015 Norma J. Stammen, 88, Fort Recovery, died Monday at The Gardens at St. Henry (Ohio). Born in St. Rose, Ohio, to Bernard and Clara (Holdheide) Luttmer, she was married on Sept. 17, 1949, to Werner Stammen. He died on Oct. 11, She was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church in Sharpsburg, Ohio, and its Altar Sodality. Surviving are a daughter, Diane Wehrkamp (husband: Mark), Versailles, Ohio; a son, Jim Stammen (wife: Ann Dodie ); two brothers, Leonard Luttmer, Yorkshire, Ohio, and Alfred Luttmer Stammen (wife: Pauline), St. Henry, Ohio; twin sister, Erma Brunswick, Maria Stein, Ohio; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and three sisters-in-law. A Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Paul Catholic Church with the Rev. Ned Brown officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery. Visitation is 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 9 to 9:45 a.m. Friday at Brockman-Boeckman Funeral Home in Fort Recovery. Memorials may be sent to State of the Heart Hospice. Condolences may be expressed at Donald Hartley July 6, 1938-Nov. 9, 2015 Donald Hartley, 77, Montpelier, died Monday at his home. He had spent winters in Bradenton, Florida, since Born in Jay County to Arnold and Helen (West) Hartley, he attended Hartford City High School. He married Joyce Ann Grover on Nov. 23, 1962, and she survives. A veteran of the United States Army serving in Germany, he worked at Delco Remy in Anderson, General Motors for 32 years and was a reserve for the Montpelier Police Department for five years. Memberships include N.R.A., V.F.W., D.A.V., Hartford City Amvets Post No. 23, Moyer-Pooler American Legion Post No. 159, North America Hunting Club and the Moose. Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Eric Hartley (wife: Tammy), Montpelier; three daughters, Beth Howell (husband: Randy) and Amber Horton (husband: George), both of Montpelier, and Kim Emerson (husband: Jerry), Hartford City; a sister, Helen Sue Lee, Hartford City; three brothers, Arnold Hartley (wife: Betty), Campo, Colorado, Ronald Hartley, and Curtis Hartley (wife: Sharon), both of Hartford City; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services are 1 p.m. Thursday at Walker & Glancy Funeral Home in Montpelier with Randy Howell officiating. Burial will be in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Montpelier. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be sent to any organization of which he was a member. Condolences may be expressed at Paul Flatter July 11, 1946-Nov. 7, 2015 Paul M. Flatter, 69, Dunkirk, died Saturday at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. Born in Hartford City, he was the son of Charles D. Flatter and Martha Ellyn (Rearick) Binger. He married Linda Kay Myers on May 1, 1965, and she survives. He worked as a carpenter at Taylor Construction in Dunkirk. Surviving in addition to his wife are his mother, Martha Binger; a daughter, Sherry Ann Dishman (husband: Tom), Eaton; three sisters, Barbara Ann Otto (husband: Bill), Harrison, Flatter Michigan, Sandra Kay Bartholomew, Owosso, Michigan, and Charlene Ellyn David (husband: Michael), Flushing, Michigan; and a brother, Stephen Ray Flatter (wife: Debra Kay), Owosso, Michigan. Services are 1 p.m. Wednesday at MJS Mortuaries-Dunkirk Chapel with Pastor Randy Davis officiating. Private burial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Disabled American Veterans of Indiana, through their online portal. Fred Miller July 16, 1941-Nov. 7, 2015 Fred Miller, 74, Keystone, died Saturday at his home. He was the uncle of a Geneva man. Born in Decatur to Alva and Martha (Egley) Miller, his wife Deanna (Farlow) Miller survives. Also surviving are a nephew, Cory Brewster, Geneva; and a niece. Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Downing & Glancy Funeral Home in Geneva with Pastor Dave Stalker officiating. Burial will be in Six Mile Cemetery in Bluffton. Visitation is 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be sent to Yoder Ministries or Nottingham Township Fire Department, Petroleum, IN Edward Sackenheim Sept. 19, 1953-Nov. 7, 2015 Services for Edward J. Sackenheim, 62,, were held today at First Mennonite Church in Berne. He died Saturday at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. Born in Hamilton, Ohio, to Carl and Betty (Hileman) Sackenheim, he married Janice Furr on Aug. 8, 1981, and she survives. A member of First Mennonite Church, he was employed at Elmer Miller Construction Company in Berne and had previously worked at International Paper Company in Cincinnati, Ohio. Surviving in addition to his wife are three sons, Nathaniel Sackenheim Sackenheim, Texas, David Sackenheim (wife: Christine), Portage, and Isaiah Sackenheim, ; a sister, Susan Unklesbay (husband: Glenn), Fairfield, Ohio; a brother, Ralph Sackenheim (wife: Barb), West Chester, Ohio; and a grandson. Memorials may be sent to the family. Arrangements were handled by Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home in Berne. Clarice Chalfant Clarice Chalfant, 96, a former Ridgeville resident, died Sunday at Pine Knoll Rehabilitation Center in Winchester. Services are pending at MJS Mortuaries-Ridgeville Chapel. CR almanac Lotteries Markets Hoosier Midday Daily Three: Daily Four: Quick Draw: Evening Daily Three: Daily Four: Quick Draw: Ohio Midday Pick 3: Pick 4: Pick 5: Evening Pick 3: Pick 4: Pick 5: Closing prices as of Monday Trupointe Fort Recovery Corn Dec. corn Beans Dec. crop Wheat Dec. crop Cooper Farms Fort Recovery Corn Jan. corn Feb. corn March corn POET Biorefining Nov. corn Dec. corn Hospitals Jay County Hospital Admissions There were three admissions to the hospital Monday. Jan. corn Feb. corn Central States Montpelier Corn Jan. corn Beans Jan. beans Wheat New crop The Andersons Richland Township Corn Dec. corn Beans Jan. beans Wheat Dec. wheat Dismissals There were two dismissals. Emergencies There were 40 people treated in the emergency rooms of JCH. Citizen s calendar Today 6 p.m. South Adams School Board, high school meeting room, 1075 Starfire Way, Berne. 7 p.m. Park Board, council chambers, fire station, 1616 Franklin St. 7 p.m. Pennville Town Council, town hall, 105 N. Washington St. Thursday 10 a.m. Board of Works, mayor s office, city hall, 321 N. Meridian St. 6 p.m. Redkey Town Council executive session, former town hall, 20 S. Ash St. Weather courtesy of American Profile Hometown Content Service Progressing... Continued from page 1 Councilman Jesse Bivens, who oversees Dunkirk Wastewater Treatment Plant, said the sewage bill at Ardagh glass factory has been higher than usual since May. The company calibrated its sensors which led to inaccurate readings and a higher sewer bill. The sewage meter s Capsule Reports Head on collision A Bryant teen and a Dunkirk man were involved in an accident that led to arrest at 6 p.m. Monday in Richland Township. Mackenzie E. Huey, 16, 203 N. Meridian St., told a Jay County Sheriff s Office deputy she was driving east on county road 500 South when a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am was traveling toward her. She said the Grand Am was left of center and struck her 2002 Oldsmobile Alero. Huey told police the driver of the Grand Am then backed up and struck her vehicle again. She said he then got out of his vehicle and yelled obscenities at her before getting back into his car and driving away. The driver of the Grand Am, Blake M. Bennett, 20, 1001 S. Main St., was later located at his home. He was arrested on charges of leaving the scene of an accident and criminal recklessness, both misdemeanors. The Grand Am is registered to Elizabeth A. Inman, 812 E. Walnut St.,. Damage to the vehicles is estimated between $5,000 and $10,000. Intersection crash Two Jay County men were involved in an accident at 4:54 p.m. Monday Felony arrests Bench warrant A Harford City man was arrested on a bench warrant at 5:33 p.m. Monday. Kyle E. Stephen, 28, 2040 S. Indiana 3, was arrested on a bench warrant issued by Jay Superior Court for operating while intoxicated and possession of a syringe, a Level 6 felony. He was held at Jay County Jail before being released on a $3,000 bond. their responsibility, Mayor Dan Watson told council. I think that s their housekeeping, councilman Judy Garr agreed. They can come in and talk to council, Watson said. In other business, council members Tom Johnson, Lisa Street, Robbins, Bivens and Garr: Agreed to pay $14,965 to on county road 200 South near Boundary Pike in Wayne Township. Adam N. White, 27, 109 Honeysuckle Lane,, told a Jay County Sheriff s Office deputy he was driving west on county road 200 South and stopped at the intersection with Boundary Pike. He said he then began to drive through the intersection and his 2010 Chrysler 300 collided with a 2001 Dodge 3500 that was traveling on Boundary Pike. Andrew L. Kunk, 47, 7639 E. 600 South, was driving the Dodge that was pushed about 50 feet before coming to a stop in a cornfield. Damage in the accident is estimated between $5,000 and $10,000. Deer collision A Dunkirk man s car hit a deer at 11:20 p.m. Sunday on county road 400 South. Martin J. Moore, 33, 209 E. Highland St., told a Jay United Piping for an automatic purge for Dunkirk Wastewater Treatment Plant. Donated $100 after receiving a request letter from Judy Davenport from Dunkirk Community Concerns Food Bank. Paid $100 to Kent Taylor for the installation of door panels at the garage at Dunkirk City Park. County Sheriff s Office deputy he was traveling west on county road 400 South near county road 700 West when a deer ran onto the road. He said he was unable to avoid hitting the deer with the 1999 Nissan Altima he was driving. The Altima is registered to Jalea Y. Moore, 606 N. Main St., Dunkirk. Damage is estimated between $1,000 and $2,500. Rear end accident A Union City woman s SUV hit the rear end of another vehicle at 7:55 a.m. Monday on Meridian Street in. Angela Needley, 43, 315 Glee Drive, Union City, told a Police officer she was stopped in traffic near Second Street and moved her SUV forward to get away from the glare from the sun. Her 2012 Toyota Highlander hit the rear end of the 2005 Mercury Mountaineer in front of her. The Mountaineer is registered to Courtney S. Nichols, 32, 316 W. High St.,. Damage is estimated between $1,000 and $2,500. ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT FISH FRY Jay County Conservation Club 6243 S. 325 W (260) Were reminded leaf pick-up continues each Saturday in November. Leaves should be bagged and placed on the curb and no leaves should be burned in city limits. Learned from Johnson that the park board meeting is rescheduled for 6 p.m. on Dec. 2. Paid claims totalling $341, November 14, :00-7:00 pm Adults $9.00 Kids 5 & under FREE Tuesday, November 10, 2015 Family Page 3 Photo provided October Warriors Judge Haynes Elementary named its Warriors of the Month for October. Pictured in front from left are Kadyn Carpenter, Aixa Lopez, Mackenzie Cramer and Laitlyn Brinkley. In back are Shaelynn Lothridge, Timo Minnich, Madison Younger, Patience Hambrock, Alexa Bravo and Vicente Blazquez. 4-H to host event Purdue Extension will host a Fall Fun Festival 4- H enrollment event from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the 4-H Exhibit Hall at Jay County Fairgrounds. Students in kindergarten through 12th grade are invited. The event will include 4-H clubs and projects information, a hayride, arts and crafts, pumpkin decorating, animals, face painting and games. Also 4-H enrollment will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 17 at Jay Community Center, 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 19 at Pennville Community Center, 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 8 at Bryant Fire Department, 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 15 at Salamonia School House, 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 18 at West Jay Community Center and 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 5 at John Jay Center. Enrollment deadline is Jan. 15. For more information, call (260) , or visit Special needs daughter gets left out DEAR ABBY: A year ago, I ended a turbulent five-year relationship with my boyfriend, Alex, that resulted in a special-needs child. Alex is not living in reality when it comes to our daughter s disabilities, and his family is not present in her life. Our daughter, Meghan, spent months in the hospital before she was healthy enough to come home, and Alex s family visited only a few times. I have tried to resolve the issues with Alex s family so our daughter can have a relationship with them, but it is still one-sided. Meghan s paternal family will send a present for her birthday or Christmas, but they spend no time with her. They have other grandchildren in other states that his mother drives hours to see, but she won t drive five minutes to see my daughter. I d like to start rejecting the gifts they send Meghan with a note explaining why. I find it disturbing that they ll spend money on my child, but are unwilling to spend time with Dear Abby her. I feel the gifts are a payoff. I don t want
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