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SYRACUSE - Wawasee Community School Corp. is still seeking replacements for multiple retirees and applicants for open posi tions, including Wawasee High School Principal Kim Nguyen. Nguyen will reportedly be moving to a position with Wildman Business Group, where he will be working in a training capacity. "We will be officially post ing that we're hiring for the principal position tomorrow, June 12," said Dr. Tom Edington, WCSC superin tendent, at school board meeting Tuesday. "Although it is already late in the educa tional hiring season, we're confident that we will find someone since we are a good sized school. We're very happy for the opportu nity Principal Nguyen has been given, but 1,000 stu dents are going to miss him." Other open positions include WHS music teacher, vacated by Connie Meadows after 21 years, and building trades instructor, vacated by Ed Waltz after 26 years. The school nurse position, recently vacated by Carol Evans after 3.5 years, is also open. About the open positions, Edington said, "Teacher See WAWASEE- Page 2A 20-year-old man arrested for kidnapping his children On June 4, Kosciusko County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a report of a knife being displayed at a resi dence and the suspect had taken off on foot. The subject was Jason Nelson Jr., 20, of 3104 E. Wooster Road, #69, Pierceton, and he was booked June 4 into the Kosciusko County Jail for kidnapping and intimidation with a bond set at $20,250. According to the probable cause affidavit, two minor chil dren of Nelson's stated they were at a vacant lot in the mobile home park when Nelson approached them, bran dished a knife and told them they were coming with him, and he would kill them if they did not listen to him. The children told police they followed him out of the mobile home park out of fear that he would hurt them if they did not. One of the children told police that Nelson's mother arrived and distracted Nelson during which time the chil dren were able to flee. 1 killed, 3 injured in 6-vehicle crash NEW PARIS - A six vehicle crash in Elkhart County killed a motorcyclist and injured three others. At 12:53 p.m. Friday, a Ford F150 pickup truck - pulling a lawncare trailer with a riding lawn mower and lawn equip ment, driven by Ricardo Vega, 23, Milford - was traveling north on Ind. 15 where the roadway was under construction and down to one lane in each direction. Vega's truck struck a line of stopped vehicles, according to the Elkhart County crash report. The pickup hit a motorcycle, driven by Darrell Lemon, 60, Elkhart, who was not wearing a helmet. Lemon was ejected from the motorcycle and died on scene. The pickup truck then struck the rear end of a Nissan car, driven by Jose Lazaro, 21, Goshen, and ran off the east side of the road. Lazaro suffered minor injuries and was treated on scene. Debris from the initial impact struck a Dodge van driven by Jeffrey Yontz, 59, New Paris, causing minor rear damage to the van. Yontz suffered no injuries. The pickup truck then reentered the highway and struck a fifth car driven by Tiffany Brady, 26, Milford, who com plained of neck pain and numbness to her arm. A motorcycle, driven by James Gluckin, 75, no address provided, was traveling south and laid his motorcycle down. He was wearing a helmet and suffered a broken left arm, fracture to the left shoulder and other possible broken bones, according to the report. The driver of the pickup suffered no injuries, and the crash is under investigation. The Elkhart County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Lutheran Ambulance Service, New Paris EMS, Goshen EMS, Indiana State Police and an investigator with the Elkhart County Prosecutor's Office. Ind. 15 was shut down for inves tigation at CR 50, south of Ozinga Drive and north of CR 50 in New Paris. Milford school teacher arrested A Milford School fourth grade teacher was arrested Monday after she was busted for allegedly stealing $120 worth of merchandise from the Warsaw Walmart in May. Autumn B. Griepentrog, 32, of 335 Gilliam Drive South, Warsaw, was booked into the Kosciusko County Jail at 2:45 p.m. Monday for misdemeanor theft. Her bond was set at $600. According to the probable cause affidavit, on May 20 Griepentrog lifted taco seasoning packets, burritos, candy, a potty seat, children's clothing, beef fajitas and mixed nuts from Walmart. Calls to Wawasee Community School Corp. Wednesday were not returned as of press time. More details in the case will be provided as they become available. Warsaw man charged in sex battery Samuel Davis Jr., 44, of 422 Sophie Lane, Warsaw, was taken into custody at 12:26 a.m. Wednesday for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, felony probation violation and sex ual battery. According to a probable cause affidavit, Warsaw police officers responded to a report of sexual battery that included unwanted touching and continued harassment. The victim reported she was at a house with her boyfriend, a minor child and Davis when Davis began using his foot to rub her legs, thigh and touch her genitalia on the outside of her clothing. He refused to stop after repeated requests for him to do so, according to the filing. The victim then said she went to the gas station, using Davis' car, and Davis wouldn't let her borrow the car unless he went along. The victim told police she asked the minor child to go along for her protection. At the gas station, Davis and the victim obtained their items and the minor was still in the gas station when Davis and the victim returned to the car. Davis then used his hand to continue to touch her and talk sexually to her. He is also facing charges for OWI and probation violation. Sexual battery is a level 6 felony. TIMES-UNION June 13, 2019 WARSAW, IN - $1 - FOUNDED 1854 - NO. 140 @TUonline Times-Union - Warsaw timesuniononline.com Leisure Killer Queen tribute band to perform at Honeywell. Page 1C Opinion Pelosi's new anti-Trump tac- tic: See you in court. Page 4A Contact Us: PHONE: 574-267-3111 MAIL: P.O. Box 1448, Warsaw, IN 46581-1448 EMAIL: news@timesuniononline.com Low 49 High 73 Sports Tigers wrap up play at IHSAA state golf finals. Page 1B Mostly clear tonight; mostly sunny Friday. TIMES UNION $0.50 8 5 32320 00001 Thursday IN OUR 165th YEAR OF CONTINUOUS SERVICE TO KOSCIUSKO COUNTY Photo by Gary Nieter, TIMES-UNION Items have been placed along the sidewalk by Harrison Elementary School in memory of Gidieon Cook, the 8-year-old who died Monday after being hit by a vehicle at the crosswalk. A candlelight vigil is scheduled for Thursday evening at 7:30 near the crosswalk. Memorial Police Beat - By Amanda Bridgman, TIMES-UNION Staff Writer $1 Members of the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Office Merit Board are (L to R), sitting: Travis McConnell, Tony Garza, Alan Alderfer, Ron Truex and Gabe Douglas. Not pictured is Sheriff Kyle P. Dukes. At the board's meeting Wednesday, members heard the annual review and update on the retirement plan and life insurance for county officers. Photo by David Slone, TIMES-UNION The all new members on the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Office Merit Board got a review and update on the retirement plan and life insurance for officers at a meeting Wednesday. They also learned along the way that not all of the paperwork got properly approved last year for this year's life insurance. Member Ron Truex said, "(Retirement) program man agement is one of the pri mary concerns of the merit board, and as you all know the merit board is 100% brand new. So we've talked to the different institutions that are holding money. We're trying to understand everything we can about the retirement plan, where the money is at, how it's invested and things like that. So we're getting up to speed as to what our responsibilities are and making sure we're doing them. So that's just an intro with what we're trying to accomplish going through this process." Stan Brown, with McCready & Keene Inc., which is part of OneAmerica Retirement Services, pre sented the Kosciusko County Police Retirement Plan and Benefit Plan to the merit board. "This presentation is very similar to what I've done with the merit officers the last two years at the county benefits fair," Brown said. He said he works in 91 of the state's 92 counties. State statue "lays out some things BY DAVID SLONE TIMES-UNION Staff Writer dslone@timesuniononline.com With funding cuts from various sources, Combined Community Services relies a little more on fundraisers like the Kosciusko Kettleheads' Homebrew Fest to support its utilities assis tance program. Steve Possell, CCS execu tive director, said, "With some of the lower numbers with the United Way cam paign, we're really having to make up extra money for utilities. The proceeds from this will help a ton of families in the winter." Proceeds from the 2018 Homebrew Fest allowed CCS to assist close to 100 families with utilities assistance. "That's why we do it for," Possell said. "So we can turn away less families than we have in the past." He said CCS's relationship with the power companies allows them to keep people connected at a lower price. Sometimes churches and organizations get involved to help more people. "It doesn't have to be a ton of money helping one family," he said. Kosciusko Kettleheads' Homebrew Fest 2019 is June 22 at the parking lot of The Garden and Cerulean in Winona Lake. "This will be our ninth Homebrew Festival, and we've given all the money to CCS over the years. They're a great charity. We want to give the most amount of money to the most people. They've been a great partner with us. It's just a great excuse to brew a ton of beer," Kettleheads club president Jason Rich said. He estimated the Homebrew Fest raised about $9,000 for CCS in 2018. "It was a good year. They've all been good years, but last year was a good year," Rich said. VIP admission is $45 and includes a 5 p.m. entrance and VIP glass. General admis sion is $25 and includes a 6 BY DAVID SLONE TIMES-UNION Staff Writer dslone@timesuniononline.com Kosciusko Kettleheads' Homebrew Fest Benefits CCS Utilities See CCS- Page 2A All-New Merit Board Learns About Officers' Retirement Plan, Insurance See MERIT- Page 2A BY ALAISTER McFARREN TIMES-UNION Correspondent Wawasee School Board Seeks To Fill Multiple Positions, Honors Retirees

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