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TIMES UNION February 5, 2019 WARSAW, IN - $1 - FOUNDED 1854 - NO. 30 @TUonline Times-Union - Warsaw timesuniononline.com Nation Turmoil over governor tests for Demos' zero-tolerance policy. Page 5A Opinion Innocent slaughter reaches new depths. Page 4A Contact Us: PHONE: 574-267-3111 MAIL: P.O. Box 1448, Warsaw, IN 46581-1448 EMAIL: news@timesuniononline.com Low 33 High 42 Sports Tippy Valley, Manchester fall in sectional finals. Page 1B Rain likely tonight, Wednesday. TIMES UNION $0.50 8 5 32320 00001 Tuesday IN OUR 165th YEAR OF CONTINUOUS SERVICE TO KOSCIUSKO COUNTY $1 MILFORD - This year's Kosciusko County Spelling Bee was anything but a "debacle" for Ishita Pandey. In the 57th round Monday night at Milford School, the Harrison Elementary School sixth grader correctly spelled "debacle" to become the overall and the fifth and sixth grade spelling bee champion. Pandey, 10, went head to head against eventual spelling bee overall run nerup and seventh and eighth grade winner Var Bobba, 11, for the final nine rounds before Bobba mis spelled "prosciutto" as "proscuitto." Pandey was then given the championship word, which she spelled cor rectly. Pandey will compete with winners from 14 other northeast Indiana and north west Ohio counties at the Regional Spelling Bee at 10 a.m. March 9 at PFW's Rhinehart Music Center Recital Hall, according to the Journal Gazette. The winner of the regional will represent the Journal Gazette at the 92nd Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in May. This was the first year that the Kosciusko County Spelling Bee was combined into one contest. In the past, the fifth and sixth graders would have a spelling bee to determine a winner; then the seventh and eighth graders would compete; and then winners of each division would have a spell off. Last night all the students com peted against each other, with the grade division win ners and overall winner determined at the end. As the winners of their grade division spelling bees, Pandey and Bobba will receive a $2,500 Richard R. Long Scholarship. The schol arship is given in recognition of Long's many years of serv ice to the children, teachers and parents of North Webster School and in honor of his work for the International Palace of Sports, now known as the Shoop Sports and Youth Foundation. Bobba, an Edgewood Middle School seventh grad er, was the only one of three middle school students to last beyond the fourth round. The son of Aravinda and Kalpana, of Warsaw, he said he studied at least 1 hours every day since he received his county spelling bee list. Pandey, the daughter of Rashmi and Vinay, Warsaw, said she studied a little bit more, which may have helped her in the end. "I studied two hours a day," she said, starting when she got the county list the day after Harrison's spelling bee. She also was one of 17 fifth and sixth graders in Monday night's spelling bee. Seven went out in the first round, three in round two and one more in round three. Three more were knocked out over the next few rounds before only four were left: Bobba, Pandey, Lincoln Elementary's Titiksha Gorhe and Pierceton Elementary's Cale Bennett. Bennett was the county spelling bee runnerup in 2018 as a fifth grader. He hung in there for over a dozen more rounds before misspelling "trowel." BY DAVID SLONE TIMES-UNION Staff Writer dslone@timesuniononline.com Harrison Sixth-Grader Wins 2019 County Spelling Bee Ishita Pandey (second from right) is the 2019 Kosciusko County Spelling Bee champion and fifth- and sixth-grade division winner; and Var Bobba (second from left) is the bee runnerup and seventh- and eighth-grade division winner. They are pictured with Richard Long (left) and Milford School Principal Dr. Stephen Troyer (right). As the winners of their grade division spelling bees, Pandey and Bobba will receive a $2,500 Richard R. Long Scholarship. Milford School hosted the county spelling bee this year. Photo by David Slone, TIMES-UNION See BEE- Page 2A A Silver Lake man was arrested last week after allegedly sending an obscene video to an under age girl and lying to her about serving in the mili tary. Austin Michael Sherburne, 18, of 205 E. Sycamore St., Silver Lake, was booked into the Kosciusko County Jail at 7:24 p.m. Wednesday on preliminary charges of providing obscene materi al to minors and vicarious sexual gratification, with a bond set at $10,000 surety and $250 cash. Court documents filed Monday list the charges against him as vicarious sexual gratification, a level 5 felony; and stolen valor, a Class A misdemeanor. A charge of stolen valor is when a person - with the intent to obtain money, property or another bene fit - knowingly or inten tionally fraudulently rep BY DAVID SLONE TIMES-UNION Staff Writer dslone@timesuniononline.com Austin Sherburne Obscene Video Lands Teen In Jail See TEEN - Page 2A City To Acquire Gas Station Near Park Less than a year after it was proposed as part of numerous improvements along Center Lake Park, the city is close to acquiring a shuttered gas station at the corner of Canal and North Detroit streets. The city's redevelopment commission voted Monday to purchase the gas station property for $152,500 from JPJ Food Mart Inc. The sale price is based on two appraisals. The property is being sold "as is" and officials hope to close on the sale this month. The business has been closed for about two years and the owner was motivat ed to sell, said city planner Jeremy Skinner. Removal of the gas station is part of a plan to enhance the park entrance at Canal Street and is one of several improvements adopted by the parks and recreation board last year after hearing recommendations from Design Collaborative, Fort Wayne. Park board members envision using part of that land for a dedicated turn lane for southbound motorists wanting to enter the park. Establishing a turn lane would require approval from Indiana Department of Transportation since North Detroit Street is also part of Ind. 15. Parks Superintendent Larry Plummer said he thinks that type of approval from the state is "obtainable." While acquisition of the property was rather swift, preparing the land for future use might take more time. The city is seeking grant money to pay for demolition of the building as well as removal of underground tanks and remediation of surrounding dirt. Authorities already know there was some leaking of the tanks based on a study BY DAN SPALDING TIMES-UNION Staff Writer dspalding@timesuniononline.com Sale of the shuttered Mobil gas station at the corner of Canal and North Detroit streets in Warsaw could be finalized this month. The city redevelopment commission has agreed to pay $152,500 for the property. See CITY- Page 2A Emergency personnel work to free the driver involved in Friday night's rear-end collision on U.S. 30, just east of CR 150W. Photo by Gary Nieter, TIMES-UNION 2 Hurt In Friday Night Collision Two men were injured in a collision Friday night on U.S. 30, with one taken by helicopter to a hospital. Charles C. Gross, 39, Rolling Prairie, had a fracture to the lower arm and possible other injuries. He was airlifted to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne because of his assumed injuries, according to a Warsaw Police Department accident report. Ward A. Roth, 57, Youngstown, Ohio, com plained of pain to his right shoulder and had a bump on his head. Roth was read the implied consent and taken to Kosciusko Community Hospital for a voluntary blood draw before he was treated for his injuries. The accident happened at 11:13 p.m. Friday at the intersection of U.S. 30 and North CR 150W, Warsaw. Gross told an officer that he was driving his black 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 east on U.S. 30, approaching the intersection of North CR 150W, with a green light showing in his direction of travel. He said he leaned over to adjust the defrost on his pickup and had taken his eyes off of the road. When he looked up, he had no time to react before driving into the rear of Roth's semi trailer. Roth said he was waiting on the traffic light to turn green at the intersection of U.S. 30 and North CR 150W in his white 2000 Volvo semi tractor. When the light turned green, he began to move east on U.S. 30 when he was hit from behind by the pickup. Damage was estimated at $10,000 to $25,000, according to the WPD report. BY DAVID SLONE TIMES-UNION Staff Writer dslone@timesuniononline.com One side in the ongoing fairgrounds racing lawsuit has filed a motion to lift the stay of proceedings and to set a sta tus conference. On Monday, Kosciusko County Community Fair Inc., through its legal counsel, moved for the Kosciusko County Circuit Court to lift the stay of proceedings and to set a status conference in the matter. In May, Kosciusko County Circuit Court Judge Michael Reed enjoined the Fair from holding motorized racing at the fairgrounds while a lawsuit to halt the racing heads toward trial. The suit to stop racing was filed by four plaintiffs, Winona Lake homeowners. The following month, the Fair filed a motion to dismiss a count of the plaintiff's complaint and motioned for a change of venue and judge. On June 12, the change of judge was granted and the case ended up with Elkhart Superior Court II Judge Stephen Bowers. Also on June 12, the Fair pursued an appeal of Reed's preliminary injunction order. On Sept. 4, after a status conference, the Court issued an order indicating the case would be set for further status con ference/case management conference upon resolution of the issues before the Court of Appeals, with all other matters deferred in the trail court until that time, according to Monday's motion. On Dec. 20, the Indiana Court of Appeals issued an order affirming Reed's May 16 preliminary injunction order. Both sides gathered for a mediation hearing in December, but could not reach a compromise. As of this morning, Bowers had not approved the motion or set a time and date for the status conference. BY DAVID SLONE TIMES-UNION Staff Writer dslone@timesuniononline.com Fair Files Motion To Proceed With Racing Lawsuit Photo by Dan Spalding, TIMES-UNION

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