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County Cancer Society sells mini flowers to raise donations
A sample of some of the flowers Michael "Hap" Hapner donated to the Wabash County Cancer Society. Photo provided
 
By Sarah Peters 
 
The Wabash County Cancer Society (WCCS) volunteers are thankful to have the opportunity to spend their time at the 4H Fair this week selling mini flowers to help the organization and its patients.  
 
Local artist Michael Hapner, gave $500 worth of art to the WCCS to help raise donations. 
 
“Today I would like to announce that I am gifting 50 of my reuse mini flowers to Wabash County Cancer Society,” Hapner said. “All proceeds of sales going to help their funding and more awareness about them in Wabash County where all monies stay to help those in many ways.” 
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 12
Routine patrol leads to 2 facing drug charges
Sandra Stapleton and Derrick Winstead
 
By Emma Rausch
 
A routine patrol by the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department led to the arrest of two Wabash County residents on drug related charges.
 
On at approximately 10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6, Sgt. Daniel Johnson and Deputy Mat Galligan observed a passenger car abruptly turn east into an alley off of Adams Street, according to the probable cause affidavit.
 
“Deputy Galligan advised that he believed that the registered owner of the car was Derrick S. Winstead, (31, Urbana,) who’s driving status is habitual traffic violator,” Johnson said in the affidavit. “Based upon Deputy Galligan’s personal knowledge of the vehicle, registered owner’s driving status as well as the sudden turn into the alley as the vehicle was approaching my commission from behind, I circled around the block attempting to locate the car.”
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 12
2 area Wendy’s among those suspected of being hacked
By Joseph Slacian
 
Wendy’s in Peru and Warsaw were among the more than 1,000 restaurants that may have had credit card information hacked.
 
Company officials released the locations of 1,025 restaurants that were “potentially affected” by the hack. There are more than 6,500 Wendy’s across the United States. The hacking involved restaurants in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.
 
The Wabash Wendy’s was not included on the list. That, according to the company website, means that restaurant “has not been identified as affected by our forensic investigation.”
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 12
Laketon couple faces felony drug charges
Timothy Burkett Jr. and Tina Ramirez
 
By Emma Rausch
 
LAKETON – A Laketon couple was arrested Friday, July 1, on felony drug-related charges following a police search.
 
Tina M. Ramirez, 37, and Timothy L. Burkett Jr., 37, were booked on felony charges after officers from the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant on their residence at 45 W. Lake St. in Laketon.
 
According to the probable cause affidavit, a search and arrest warrant was issued on Ramirez and Burkett’s residence on July 1 at approximately 3:26 a.m.
 
During the search, officers located three long-guns including a 12-gauge shotgun, a .308 caliber rifle and a .50 caliber muzzleloader; a .635 caliber handgun and several items related to methamphetamine, the documents continued.
Posted on 2016 Jul 12
City orders Miami Street home demolished
By Joseph Slacian
 
The Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety had hearings on five different structures around the city on Thursday afternoon.
 
In the end, just one of the structures, a house at 494 N. Miami St., was ordered demolished. The structure is owned by Begler Properties of Pueblo, Colo.
 
Building Commissioner John Stephens said the vacant structure had foundation problems, holes in the roof, trash in the yard and an opened crawl space. The board also learned that the city has a lien against the property for mowing the lawn from 2008-2012, and that it has resumed mowing the lawn at the property.
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 12
Commissioners pass Rainy Day Fund amendment
By David Purvis-Fenker
 
The Wabash County Commissioners unanimously passed a new ordinance amending how the “Rainy Day Fund” is used on July 11. 
 
Steve Downs, county attorney, presented the ordinance amending the “Rainy Day Fund” ordinance to the commissioners.
 
According to Commissioner Scott Givens, the amendment will change the ordinance back to “its original purposes, which were unfunded liabilities generally pertaining to employment, but not always.”
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 12
Ridgeway crowned 2016 Festivals Queen
Makayla Ridgeway is crowned 2016 Wabash County Festivals Queen by her predecessor Ashley Price. Last year, Ridgeway served on Price’s court after receiving the Queen’s Choice award. As the next queen, Ridgeway said she hopes to serve as an ambassador to Wabash County. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Makayla Ridgeway is Wabash County’s 2016 Festivals Queen.
 
As Roderick Schram called Ridgeway’s name as winning contestant on Friday, July 1, the new queen immediately turned and smiled in disbelief at her predecessor Ashley Ridgeway before walking to center stage to accept her crown.
 
Ridgeway, a 2015 Southwood High School graduate, told The Paper of Wabash County was shocked when she heard her name.
Posted on 2016 Jul 12
NM man charged in auto theft investigation
Samuel Lopez
 
By The Paper staff
 
NORTH MANCHESTER – A North Manchester man was arrested for auto theft on Wednesday, July 6, after a NAPA Auto Parts employee reported a delivery vehicle missing Wednesday afternoon.
 
According to a press release by North Manchester Police Chief Steve Olsen:
 
At approximately 12:13 p.m., an employee from the auto store, located at 708 W. Main St., notified the NMPD that the business’s delivery vehicle had been stolen from the front of the facility.
 
The vehicle taken was a 2012 Ford Focus.
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 07

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