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Times-Union Sports Nation Mostly cloudy tonight; mostly sunny Tuesday. Contact Us Phone: 574-267-3111 Email: news@timesuniononline.com Website: www.timesuniononline.com Mail: P.O.B. 1448 Warsaw, IN 46581-1448 Low 2 High 17 Monday January 18, 2016 In our 162nd year of continuous service to Kosciusko County Prep Hoops Valley girls, Warsaw boys continue winning ways. Page 1B MLK Day Confederate flag's re- moval turns holiday into a celebration. Page 5A TIMES UNION $0.50 8 5 32320 00001 Photo by Gary Nieter, Times-Union Ducks congregate on what little open water is left on Winona Lake early this morning. With temperatures to re- main below freezing for a few days, open water will soon disappear. Freezing Over 50 Cents Warsaw, IN Founded 1854 No. 14 LEESBURG - Some of the 120 participants Saturday in the seventh annual Pie Eyed Petey's Polar Bear Plunge did it for the fun of it and be- cause it was for a good cause, benefitting the food pantries of North Webster and Syracuse. Chad and Whitney Olson of North Webster jumped into the icy water of Tippeca- noe Lake because it was their "punishment." The Olsons are youth leaders at the North Webster Church of the Brethren. They challenged the kids in their youth group, which in- cludes kids from sixth to 12th grade, to a food drive before Thanksgiving. The kids' challenge was to fill a basket 10 times before the November holiday for the North Webster food pantry. "They filled it in two weeks and kept going," Whitney said. Along with $230 in cash donations, the group col- lected 157 canned food items, 101 boxed food items, 21 jars of peanut butter and 34 miscellaneous items like toiletries. "We were able to feed 18 families," Chad said. Since the kids met the challenge, the Olsons had to do whatever challenge the kids put them up to. The kids gave them the task of the Polar Bear Plunge. "This was our punish- ment," Whitney joked before going in. "We haven't done this before, but we're not complaining because the kids raised (money and food) for a good cause." At least eight of the kids watched the plunge from the sidelines. While the youth group members were too young to participate, the Ol- sons carried a little bit of them with them when they jumped into the lake. Their shirts had the painted hand- prints of the kids on the back, along with the kids' signatures. Another group participat- ing in the plunge Saturday because it's for a good cause was the Lake City Roller Dolls. Member Angie Fincher said 15 women from the rolling derby team were ex- pected. However, since Fincher broke her ankle, her husband, Mike Fincher, was jumping in for her. "There's always a ton of food and lots of money do- nated" from the team, Fincher said. It's the fourth year the Lake City Roller Dolls has taken part in the event, and this year they were wearing 1980s attire. "Just to be bright and vi- brant," Fincher said before- hand. Dustin Robbins, Cicero, and his group of about 11 friends have participated in the Plunge the last five years. Robbins described the suits they were wearing - bought online at shinesty.com - as "classy." "It's a gentleman's event," he joked. The suits ranged from Robbins' sky blue with roses attire to green and sham- rocks worn by Jamie Stallings. The website states, "We created Shinesty for one rea- son and one reason only: to bring you the most out- landish collection of clothing the world has ever seen." Robbins said they take part in the Plunge every year "just to do it. Something to do in January. A reason to hang out in a bar for 13 hours." Jon Ford added, "The ca- maraderie." The group were friends since high school mostly, Robbins said. "I could be Dustin's dad," joked Stallings, who came all the way from Williamsburg, Va., for it. He's originally from Indianapolis. Ford said, "A number of us have been coming up here for years. We have cot- tages on the lakes." Abby White now lives in Indianapolis but grew up in Leesburg. White and her three friends, including Krista Drumm, were dressed as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Saturday was Drumm's fourth year for the event and White's third. "It's for a good cause and it's fun," White said. Drumm said, "We bring in someone new every year. Last year it was my hus- band. This year it is Dustin (Abby's fiance)." Allison Combs, Marion, and her cousin, Austin Dick- erson, North Webster, were participating for the first time Saturday. "My cousin and I agreed to do this last summer when it was blazing hot. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but maybe not now," Combs said. She said Dickerson al- ways wanted to do the Plunge, but couldn't get any- one to jump in with him until Combs agreed to it. For the event they dressed like Lloyd and Harry from the "Dumb & Dumber" movies. BY DAVID SLONE Times-Union Staff Writer dslone@timesuniononline.com 120 Take The Plunge At Pie Eyed Petey's Before taking the plunge into the icy waters of Tippecanoe Lake Saturday at Pie Eyed Petey's, this group of friends posed for a picture in the suits they bought on- line specifically for the seventh annual Polar Bear Plunge. Pictured (L to R) are, front row: Dustin Robbins, Jon Ford, Patrick Stevens; back row: Jamie Stallings, Connell Pierce, Brian Underwood, Derek Gee and Nate Spencer. Photo by David Slone, Times-Union Karen Harrington (green mask), Leesburg, and Amber Hardy (Spider-Man mask) retreat from the 30-degree icy water of Tippecanoe Lake Saturday with several of their friends. Photo by David Slone, Times-Union The daughter of former North Webster night club owner Sam Stimmel has been sentenced to seven years in prison. Michelle Stimmel, 37, Kimmel, appeared in Kosciusko County Circuit Court before Judge Michael Reed Jan. 4. Stimmel was arrested Aug. )14, 2014 for dealing in a narcotic drug more than 5 grams, a level 3 felony; corrupt business in- fluence, level 5 felony; and conspiracy to commit deal- ing in a synthetic drug, level 6 felony, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Kosciusko County. Michelle Stimmel pro- vided a plea agreement in an earlier hearing and received three years for the narcotic drug charge, three years for the corrupt business charge and one for the synthetic drug charge. She will serve the sentence after fulfilling a sentencing in Whitley County ending in January 2018. According to the Whitley County Drug Task Force re- port, a local merchant re- ported that a man had purchased drain cleaner each Wednesday for three weeks. When he saw the same man enter the store for a fourth time, the merchant hid the cleaner and obtained a license plate number from the man's vehicle. The plate Allison Combs (orange suit), Marion, participated in the seventh annual Pie Eyed Petey Polar Bear Plunge at 1 p.m. Saturday with her cousin, Austin Dickerson (blue suit), North Webster. Combs and Dickerson dressed as Lloyd and Harry from the "Dumb & Dumber" movies. Photo by David Slone, Times-Union See PLUNGE- Page 2A See CASE- Page 2A Woman Gets 7 Years In Drug Dealing Case BY CHRIS TULLEY Times-Union Staff Writer ctulley@timesuniononline.com I.U. Gets $5M To Lead Cybersecurity Center BLOOMINGTON (AP) - Indiana University's Bloomington campus soon will get an opportunity to lead a group of institutions to solve cybersecurity issues after it received a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant designates IU's Center for Trustworthy Scientific Cyberinfrastructure as a Cybersecurity Center of Excellence that will help solve the computer and software security challenges facing the National Science Foundation. The center is a three-year col- laboration between the University of Wisconsin- Madison, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and the National Center for S u p e r c o m p u t i n g Applications. Von Welch, director of IU's Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, says the science communi- ty and researchers face unique computer security issues, which the CTSC will get a chance to help solve.

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