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TIMES UNION January 2, 2019 WARSAW, IN - $1 - FOUNDED 1854 - NO. 1 @TUonline Times-Union - Warsaw timesuniononline.com Lifestyles Cafe owner of- fers fish pedi- cures to boost business. Page 5A Opinion Donald Trump- should chill about the stock market. Page 4A Contact Us: PHONE: 574-267-3111 MAIL: P.O. Box 1448, Warsaw, IN 46581-1448 EMAIL: news@timesuniononline.com Low 29 High 35 Sports Bruins top Blackhawks in Winter Classic. Page 1B Cloudy tonight; mostly sunny Thursday. TIMES UNION $0.50 8 5 32320 00001 Wednesday IN OUR 164th YEAR OF CONTINUOUS SERVICE TO KOSCIUSKO COUNTY $1 CRAWFORDSVILLE (AP) - Relatives of a man fatally shot by an Indiana State trooper are demanding answers after police said there was no body or dash camera video of what led up to last week's shooting along a western Indiana highway. The cruiser driven by the trooper who shot 56 year old Glenn A. Rightsell of Linden didn't have a dash camera, as some of the agency's cruisers do, and Indiana state troopers aren't equipped with body cam eras, Sgt. Kim Riley said Monday. Police have said the trooper fatally shot Rightsell Friday night of after he failed to follow the trooper's orders and allegedly grabbed a handgun on his own waist. Rightsell died later at a hospital. Police said that three hours before the shooting, the trooper had tagged an abandoned sport utility vehicle along U.S. 231 in a rural area of Montgomery County just north of Crawfordsville, about 40 miles northwest of Indianapolis. The shooting occurred when the trooper returned, noticed a car parked in front of the SUV, which had its hood up, and stopped to investigate. Rightsell's nephew, Matt Clark, said his uncle was working on his daughter's stalled Chevy Tahoe and that he always carried a gun on his belt. Clark said Monday that the lack of body and dash cameras that could have captured what preceded his uncle's shooting shows "a complete lack of caring and a disregard for safety." "Body and dash cams pro tect everyone ... from injus tices," he told the Journal & Courier. Clark said Rightsell had called police ahead of time, asking them not to tow the vehicle until he had a chance to work on it. Riley said police were looking for a record of that call. Relatives and friends held a vigil Sunday in Crawfordsville for Rightsell, who was the owner of a masonry and tuck pointing business in Linden, a rural Montgomery County town. Mark Talbott, a Lafayette carpenter, said he's "furi ous" over his friend's killing and said he doesn't believe the state police account of the shooting. "I'm of the opinion that everything they stated was not true, and meant to do nothing but protect the offi cers in question," he said. Police have not released the name of the officer, who has been placed on adminis trative leave. Riley said that once the shooting investigation is complete, the findings will be turned over to the coun ty prosecutor, who would decide whether charges are warranted. Police have not said how many shots the trooper fired or what verbal commands he gave Rightsell. The state police account also did not say whether Rightsell drew his gun or fired any shots. State Police: No Police Video Of Man's Killing By Trooper DOGWOOD (AP) - The National Weather Service confirms that a tornado was to blame for damage to barns and trees during the final hours of 2018 in southern Indiana. The NWS said Tuesday that a brief EF 1 tornado with maximum winds of 100 mph caused damage on Monday in Harrison County near Dogwood. Dan McKemy, a meteorol ogist for the National Weather Service, told The Courier Journal that the tor nado was part of a line of storms that pushed through southern Indiana and central Kentucky on New Year's Eve. McKemy described it as a "weaker tornado" and said there were no reports of injuries. Wawasee's head swim coach filed a civil suit against the school corporation Friday alleging sex discrimination. The suit filed in Kosciusko County Superior Court, by plaintiff Julie A. Robinson's counsel Samuel L. Bolinger, against defendant Wawasee Community School Corp. (WCSC) states the cause for sex discrimination is under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Robinson, 45, of North Webster, filed a charge of sex discrimination against WCSC on March 30, 2018. On Nov. 30, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a Notice of Right to Sue, the complaint for damages in the suit states. In the complaint, Robinson states that since about 2017, it has been "expressed to plaintiff, in various ways, that she would need to defer any deci sion making about the swim program or coaching philosophies" to Wawasee's middle school coaches, both of whom are men. In January 2017, Robinson received a letter from Wawasee Athletic Director Cory Schutz "that can be categorized as a reprimand" and that accused her of speaking negatively about the middle school coaches. The suit states Robinson has not spoken negatively about the coaches and the accusations were not discussed with her prior to Schutz's letter being sent. In February 2018, Robinson was informed that she was being investigat ed and told not to speak to anyone or she would face suspension. She was not informed as to the subject matter of the investigation, and was denied any opportunity to provide any information until the end of the investigation, the suit states. On March 23, 2018, Robinson received a memo from Schutz with a list of recommendations that was a result of "communication as positivity." The recommendations were "vague, unmea surable and were concerned with approachability, communication and positivity." The memo ended with a paragraph explaining that Robinson does a very good job with a large num ber of her swimmers. It also expressed that the goal was to have a successful swim program. The suit states the swim program has been successful for a number of years under Robinson's coaching. Robinson contends that Schutz and the two male middle school coaches are paving a way for her termination by creating a false perception of her demeanor and damaging her reputa tion. The suit contends Robinson is being treated differently than male coaches in the athletic department by being asked to defer to the two male school coaches. Robinson also contends that any changes made to other athletic pro grams are done so with consultation from the male coaches, which has been denied to her. She also contends that BY DAVID SLONE TIMES-UNION Staff Writer dslone@timesuniononline.com That mysterious boom Sunday night that had everyone talking in Kosciusko County - the verdict was still out as of this morning as to what caused it. Some residents in Mentone heard a second boom Monday night, but that's also a mystery as to not only what it was but also whether or not it's connected to Sunday's boom. At least one person claims to have spotted two white flashes Monday night, but didn't hear any noise to go along with it. A spokesman for the National Weather Service said there was no weather related cause for Sunday's loud noise. Some people attributed it to frost quakes - which are caused by ice on rivers and lakes - but he said it simply wasn't cold enough for that. The American Meteor Society keeps track of meteors that are spotted throughout the country, but its website didn't have a listing happening in Indiana on Sunday. A spokesman for the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department said dispatch ers received more than a dozen calls about the noise. BY DAVID SLONE TIMES-UNION Staff Writer dslone@timesuniononline.com Wawasee Swim Coach Files Suit Under Civil Rights Act Claiming Discrimination Sheriff's Department Deluged With Calls About Strange Boom See COACH- Page 2A Hill Leaders, Trump To Meet On Border At White House WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic and Republican congressional leaders are expected to attend a briefing on border security at the White House as the govern ment remains partially shut down and President Donald Trump asks in a tweet, "Let's make a deal?" The partial government shutdown began on Dec. 22. Funding for Trump's pet project, a wall along the U.S. Mexico border, has been the sticking point in passing budgets for several govern ment departments. The briefing will be held this afternoon in the high security Situation Room at the White House, which is typically used to handle sen sitive information. The loca tion means that the conver sation will not be televised, unlike Trump's volatile sit down with Democratic lead ers last month. The briefing takes place the day before Democrats are to assume control of the House and end the Republican monopoly on government. The exact agen da, however, was not imme diately clear, according to a person with knowledge of the briefing who was not authorized to speak publicly about the issue and spoke to The Associated Press on con dition of anonymity. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the top incoming House Republicans - Kevin McCarthy of California and Steve Scalise of Louisiana - planned to attend, according to aides. The departing House speak er, Paul Ryan, was not expect ed. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, who is expect ed to become speaker on Thursday, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer planned to attend. Pelosi said Tuesday that Democrats would take action to "end the Trump Shutdown" by passing legis lation Thursday to reopen government. "We are giving the Republicans the opportunity to take yes for an answer," she wrote in a letter to col leagues. "Senate Republicans have already supported this legislation, and if they reject it now, they will be fully com plicit in chaos and destruc tion of the President's third shutdown of his term." The White House invita tion came Tuesday after House Democrats released their plan to reopen the gov ernment without approving money for a border wall - unveiling two bills to fund shuttered government agen cies and put hundreds of thousands of federal workers back on the job. They planned to pass them as soon as the new Congress con venes Thursday. Responding to the Democratic plan, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders late Tuesday night called it a "non starter" and said it won't re open the govern ment "because it fails to secure the border and puts the needs of other countries above the needs of our own citizens." Trump spent the weekend saying Democrats should return to Washington to negotiate, firing off Twitter taunts. After aides suggested there would not necessarily be a traditional wall as Trump had described since his presidential campaign, Trump stated that he really still wanted to build a border wall. On Tuesday morning, after tweeting a New Year's message to "EVERYONE INCLUDING THE HATERS AND THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA," Trump tweeted: "The Democrats, much as I suspected, have allocated no money for a new Wall. So imaginative! The problem is, without a Wall there can be no real Border Security." But he seemed to shift tac tics later in the day, appealing to Pelosi. "Border Security and the Wall 'thing' and Shutdown is not where Nancy Pelosi wanted to start her tenure as Speaker! Let's make a deal?" he tweeted. Whether the Republican led Senate would consider the Democratic bills - or if Trump would sign either into law - was unclear. McConnell spokesman Donald Stewart said Senate Republicans would not take action without Trump's back ing. "It's simple: The Senate is not going to send something to the president that he won't sign," Stewart said. Even if only symbolic, the passage of the bills in the House would put fresh pres sure on the president. At the same time, administration officials said Trump was in no rush for a resolution to the impasse. Trump believes he has public opinion on his side and, at very least, his base of supporters behind him, the officials said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. The Democratic package to end the shutdown would include one bill to temporari ly fund the Department of Homeland Security at cur rent levels - with $1.3 bil lion for border security, far less than the $5 billion Trump has said he wants for the wall - through Feb. 8 as talks continued. It would also include another measure to fund the departments of Agriculture, Interior, Housing and Urban Development and others closed by the partial shut down. It would provide money through the remain der of the fiscal year, to Sept. 30. Photo by As ociated Pres A closed sign is displayed Tuesday on a door at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington as a partial government shutdown stretches into its third week. A high-stakes move to reopen the government will be the first big battle between Nancy Pelosi and President Donald Trump as Democrats come into control of the House. Weather Service Confirms Monday Tornado In Southern Indiana

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