by Emily Armentrout
On Sunday, Feb. 23, Sheriff Bob Land terminated Walter Woods, Reserve Deputy and Wabash County Sheriff candidate, from the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department. Following the termination, Sheriff Land issued a statement explaining the action. After reviewing Sheriff Land’s statement with legal council, Woods issued a response. As both are candidates in the upcoming Republican primary election for Wabash County Sheriff, Woods’ response has been included in full, just as Land’s statement was included in full last week. Woods responded as follows:
by Emily Armentrout
Wabash City Schools announced on Feb. 28 that Scott Bumgardner, current Wabash Middle School principal and Lady Apache basketball head coach, will be leaving the district at the end of the school year to become business manager for Manchester Community Schools.
Bumgardner has been with Wabash City Schools for the past 13 years, beginning as a middle school social studies teacher and working his way up to principal. As the girls head basketball coach, he led the team to six straight sectional championships and became the district’s winningest basketball coach.
by Eric Stearley
One week after the Feb. 19 robbery of First Merchant's Bank on Market Street, the suspect, William E. Dickerson, 24, Corydon, was arrested at a residence in Lincolnville. The suspect was arrested on Feb. 26 at 1:30 p.m. on a warrant from Harrison County.
A witness observed the hooded suspect in the robbery leave the bank and walk in the direction of a vehicle. Video surveillance from Stinson's Trading Post, 98 West Canal Street, Wabash, was used to identify the vehicle in which Dickerson left the scene. The owner of the vehicle was identified by Wabash City Police Chief Larry Schnepp and questioned at the police department. The owner of the vehicle stated that he let Dickerson borrow the vehicle. Detective Captain James Kirk had previously received a tip from a citizen who believed Dickerson to be the robber.
The First Friday subcommittee for Wabash Marketplace Inc. is pleased to announce the upcoming theme “March Madness” set for Friday, March 7, from 5-8 p,m,.
Participating merchants will offer shoppers the opportunity to register for tickets to hear Bobby Knight speak at the Honeywell Center, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. First Friday shoppers can register at any location open late for First Friday.
by Eric Armentrout
New Farm Bill
On Feb. 4, the 2014 farm bill (named the Agriculture Act of 2014) was passed by Congress, and it was signed into law by President Obama on Feb 7. Writing the rules to fully implement the new farm bill now falls to USDA. The final regulations will further determine program and decision parameters and set sign up dates for producers. At the current time, the choices farmers make to participate will begin with the 2014 crop year. We will do our best to provide you information on the new farm bill as details become available. We will use newspaper articles, personal emails, public meetings and in office face to face discussions to assist you in gaining the understanding you will need to make the best decisions for your particular situation.
On, Monday, Feb. 24, at approximately 2 p.m., Warsaw Police made a traffic stop on a Pontiac Grand Prix in the 300 block of South Detroit Street after receiving an anonymous tip that the vehicle occupants were transporting heroin to sell in both Kosciusko and Wabash counties.
A police canine alerted to the presence of illegal drugs and eighteen individual bags of heroin, weighing approximately 8 grams total, were recovered from Meagan A. Martens’ body.
Just as basketball is stirring up a great deal of activity this March, more than 250 Indiana law enforcement agencies are planning to launch action of their own. Beginning Friday, Feb. 28, Wabash County Law Enforcement will initiate a major enforcement effort to crack down on impaired and dangerous drivers.
“We will have a strong and visible police presence aimed at deterring dangerous driving and getting impaired drivers off the street,” said Sgt. Steve Hicks. “If you plan to drink alcohol, don’t drive. Designate a sober driver.”
by Eric Stearley
At 10:19 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19, a hooded suspect entered First Merchants Bank, located at 189 W. Market Street, and demanded money. The robbery took just two minutes, and the suspect fled the scene before police could respond to the bank alarm.
Wabash Police Department Assistant Chief Matt Bruss guarded the bank’s entrance following the robbery, informing bank patrons that the bank may be closed for the rest of the day.
"We know that it was a white male, probably around 6 ft tall, maybe a little bit taller, and there was no weapon involved, and he did leave with an undisclosed amount of money, so at that point, we're just trying to determine who we're searching for," said Bruss. "He left the bank on foot, but from there, we're not sure.”