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Leaders from across Kosciusko County provided a strong case of support Thursday for construction of a new limited access highway that would replace the exist ing U.S. 30. And in return, some of the 100 or so people who attend ed Thursday night's public meeting offered a variety of concerns over the idea of constructing a $1 billion free way from Fort Wayne to Valparaiso. Representatives of the county's U.S. 30 stakeholders committee hosted a two hour meeting at the Warsaw Performing Arts Center and outlined the severity of exist ing safety concerns and pro jections that call for increas ing traffic. Statistics provided by Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG) and the U.S. 30 coalition repre senting the seven counties underscored an immediacy to the concerns. The highway currently TIMES UNION May 25, 2018 WARSAW, IN - $1 - FOUNDED 1854 - NO. 124 @TUonline Times-Union - Warsaw timesuniononline.com Lifestyle Tommy Chong reflects on pot's evolution. Page 6A Opinion The Democrats' unimpeachable stupidity. Page 4A Contact Us: PHONE: 574-267-3111 MAIL: P.O. Box 1448, Warsaw, IN 46581-1448 EMAIL: news@timesuniononline.com Low 67 High 89 Sports Whitko Lady Wildcats rally; win back-to- back sectionals. Page 1B Mostly cloudy tonight and Saturday. TIMES UNION $0.50 8 5 32320 00001 Friday IN OUR 164th YEAR OF CONTINUOUS SERVICE TO KOSCIUSKO COUNTY BY DAN SPALDING TIMES-UNION Staff Writer dspalding@timesuniononline.com See FREEWAY- Page 2A $1 Panel Outlines Reasons For New U.S. 30 Freeway A Warsaw man was sen tenced to over four years in prison for possessing a firearm after a felony convic tion. According to a news release Thursday from the U.S. Attorney's Office, Charles William Dove, 34, Warsaw, was sentenced before South Bend District Court Judge Robert L. Miller Jr. for pos sessing a firearm after having been convicted of a felony. Dove was sentenced to 51 months imprisonment fol lowed by three years of supervised release. According to documents in this case, on March 28, 2017, Dove possessed a Glock pistol and a Remington shotgun in Milford, despite having 12 prior felony con victions. Additionally, Dove had engaged in an argument with a relative by text mes sages and sent a photograph of himself while holding guns. This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives with assistance from the Warsaw Police Department. The case was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel Gabrielse. BY DAVID SLONE TIMES-UNION Staff Writer dslone@timesuniononline.com Warsaw Man Sentenced On Federal Gun Charge WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump today warmly welcomed North Korea's promising response to his abrupt withdrawal from the potentially historic Singapore summit and said "we're talking to them now" about putting it back on track. "Everybody plays games," said Trump, who often boasts about his own negotiating tac tics and skill. The president, commenting as he left the White House for a commencement speech, said it was even possible the summit could take place on the origi nally planned June 12 date. "They very much want to do it, we'd like to do it," he said. Earlier today, in a tweet, he had called the North's reaction to his letter canceling the sum mit "warm and productive." That was far different from his letter Thursday to North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, blaming "tremendous anger and open hostility" by Pyongyang for the U.S. withdrawal. The tone from both sides was warmer today. First, North Korea issued a statement say ing it was still "willing to give the U.S. time and opportuni ties" to reconsider talks "at any time, at any format." Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan called Trump's with drawal "unexpected" and "very regrettable," and said the can cellation of the talks showed "how grave the status of histor ically deep rooted hostile North Korea U.S. relations is and how urgently a summit should be realized to improve ties." Then Trump, in his response to that response, said it was "very good news," and "we will soon see where it will lead, hopefully to long and enduring prosperity and peace. Only time (and talent) will tell!" The president's surprise exit from the planned talks on Thursday had capped weeks of high stakes brinkmanship between the two unpredictable leaders over nuclear negotiat ing terms for their unprece dented sit down. The U.S. announcement came not long after Kim appeared to make good on his promise to demol ish his country's nuclear test site. But it also followed escalat ing frustration - and newly antagonistic rhetoric - from North Korea over comments from Trump aides about U.S. expectations for the North's "denuclearization." The White House has repeatedly offered mixed mes sages. Hours after releasing his cancellation letter on Thursday, the president declared, "I really believe Kim Jong Un wants to do what's right." After that, however, a senior White House official said the North had reneged on its prom ises ahead of the summit. Trump said from the White House that a "maximum pres sure campaign" of economic sanctions and diplomatic isola tion would continue against North Korea - with which the U.S. is technically still at war - though he added that it was possible the summit could still take place at some point. The senior U.S. official said the North violated a pledge to allow international inspectors to monitor the supposed implosion of the test site. International journalists were present, but the U.S. govern ment can't verify the site's destruction. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid overshadowing Trump's comments Thursday. Russian President Vladimir Putin, a staunch ally of Kim Jong Un, said the North Korean leader had in fact done "every thing that he had promised in advance, even blowing up the tunnels and shafts" of the site. Putin said of Trump's cancella tion announcement, "In Russia we took this news with regret." North Korea's vice foreign minister today said his coun try's "objective and resolve to do our best for the sake of peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and all humankind remain unchanged." Trump, in his letter to Kim, objected specifically to a state ment from a top North Korean Foreign Ministry official. That statement referred to Vice President Mike Pence as a "political dummy" for his com ments on the North and said it was up to the Americans whether they would "meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear to nuclear show down." Underscoring the high stakes, Trump said he had spo ken with military leaders, as well as Japan and South Korea, and stressed that the United States was prepared for any threat. Still, Trump's cancellation announcement had appeared to surprise South Korea, which had pushed to keep the summit on track as recently as Tuesday, when President Moon Jae in met with Trump in the Oval Office and said the "fate and the future" of the Korean Peninsula hinged on the talks. The Blue House said Thursday that it was trying to figure out Trump's intentions in canceling the summit. Trump, who considers himself a master dealmaker, has confounded aides and allies at every turn of the fateful flirtation with the North. He looked past the warnings of senior aides when he accepted Kim's invi tation to meet back in March. He unveiled the date and the time with characteristic showmanship. And after ini tially projecting calm in the face of North Korea's escalat ing rhetoric, he made a sud den about face, though his letter also waxed poetic about the "wonderful dia logue" emerging between the two leaders. NOBLESVILLE (AP) - Someone opened fire at a sub urban Indianapolis middle school this morning, injuring an adult and a child before the suspect was taken into custody, authorities said. The victims in the attack at Noblesville West Middle School were taken to hospitals in Indianapolis and their fami lies were notified, Bryant Orem, a spokesman for the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, said in a news release. The suspect is believed to have acted alone and was taken into custody, he said. Indiana University Health spokeswoman Danielle Sirilla said an adult victim was taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital and child was taken to Riley Hospital for Children. She had no information on the vic tims' ages or the seriousness of their injuries. Helicopter footage showed dozens of police officers milling around the school. Students were bused to the Noblesville High School gym, where their families could retrieve them. Noblesville, which is about 20 miles northeast of Indianapolis, is home to about 50,000 people. The middle school has about 1,300 stu dents from grades 6 8. 2 Hurt In Indiana Middle School Shooting; Suspect Detained Summit Talk Warmer; Trump Says 'Talking To Them Now' Photo by As ociated Pres President Donald Trump approaches the microphones to speak to the media on the South Lawn of the White House as he walks to the Marine One helicopter today. Trump is traveling to Annapolis to address the U.S. Naval Academy graduation ceremonies. Photos by Dan Spalding, TIMES-UNION Truck traffic heads west on U.S. 30 Thursday on Warsaw's west side. Photo by Dan Spalding, TIMES-UNION Representatives of the local stakeholder's panel on U.S. 30 who participated in Thursday's discus- sion included (L to R) Kosciusko County Plan Commission Director Dan Richard, County Commissioner Cary Groninger and Warsaw Mayor Joe Thallemer.

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