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BOURBON - Triton Schools Superintendent Jeremy Riffle informed the school board of a number of future goals and shared his appreciation for those work ing on making the Triton sys tem stronger. His comments came dur ing the Tuesday school board meeting. Riffle Said, "We continue to prioritize becoming more ADA compliant while also making sure we are advanc ing our instruction and class room materials and supplies with even more efficient instruction and classrooms." He added, "We are thankful that our teachers and instructional assistants will realize their increase in base salary, insurance contribu tion and stipend on the Dec. 20 payroll." Riffle thanked committee members Mason McIntyre, Todd Zeiger and Tim Shelly for their work on a plan to move forward with uses for the old gym. He said, "A time line for an RFP has been set Months after being confirmed as the United States Ambassador to the Rome based United Nations agencies and U.S. Representative to the United Nations agen cies for Food & Agriculture, Leesburg's Kip Tom was officially sworn in Monday by Vice President Mike Pence. Angie Tom, Kip's daughter in law, said the oath of office took place in the Office of the Vice President in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in the White House complex. TIMES-UNION December 13, 2019 WARSAW, IN - $1 - FOUNDED 1854 - NO. 293 @TUonline Times-Union - Warsaw timesuniononline.com Nation Russia probe report spurs calls for changes at FBI. Page 5A Opinion Behind the glare of impeachment, Devos shines. Page 4A Contact Us: PHONE: 574-267-3111 MAIL: P.O. Box 1448, Warsaw, IN 46581-1448 EMAIL: news@timesuniononline.com Low 30 High 37 Sports Manchester wins final match to edge Vikings. Page 1B Cloudy tonight and Saturday. TIMES UNION $0.50 8 5 32320 00001 Friday IN OUR 165th YEAR OF CONTINUOUS SERVICE TO KOSCIUSKO COUNTY Police & Courts - By Amanda Bridgman, TIMES-UNION Staff Writer $1 BY DAVID SLONE TIMES-UNION Staff Writer dslone@timesuniononline.com U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (R) swears in Kip Tom (L) Monday as the United States Ambassador to the Rome-based United Nations agencies and U.S. Representative to the United Nations agencies for Food & Agriculture. Kip's parents, Everett and Marie Tom, are holding Everett's Bible for the oath of office. Of icial White House Photo - Randy Florendo Leesburg's Kip Tom Sworn In As Ambassador To U.N. Agencies In Rome See TOM- Page 2A A man who threat ened to beat up Warsaw Police Chief Scott Whitaker is in jail. William Burn Howard, 49, Rensselaer, was booked in the Kosciusko County Jail at 2:13 a.m. Thursday for intimidation to a law enforcement officer and intimidation, both Level 6 felonies. According to the probable cause affidavit filed Wednesday in Kosciusko Superior Court III, on Monday, Howard called Whitaker and accused him of harassing his ex wife, who is an employee at WPD. Howard then "advised he is coming to get Chief Whitaker and he's coming on Friday." Court papers state that Howard appears to be angry because Whitaker "arrested him in 2006 and harassed him in 2016." "William Howard further states he is impeaching Chief Whitaker and wants his resignation and Chief Whitaker needs pro tection from him. He advised he is a MMA fighter and if Chief Whitaker files anything on him, Chief Whitaker will know what the wrath of god feels like," the probable cause affidavit states. The man's ex wife had a protective order against Howard, but it recently expired. Man charged after threats to WPD chief Community corrections put on hold Teen sentenced on voyeurism charges Driver charged following fatal accident Man seeks loan, steals iPhone instead Warsaw man dies in car-train crash William Howard The driver who struck and killed a con struction worker in Syracuse in July is being charged with his death. A warrant was issued Dec. 6 for the arrest of Joshua E. Ratliff, 33, of 7232 E. CR 650N, North Webster, to face a charge of operating a vehicle causing death, with a controlled substance in the body, a Level 4 felony. Court papers state Ratliff's blood draw tested pos itive for methamphetamine. At approximately 2 p.m. July 26, Kosciusko County Sheriff's deputies responded to a fatal crash on Ind. 13 near Waco Drive in Syracuse. Ben Fisher, 29, of Plymouth, was working for Traffic Control Specialists Inc., based in Knox, and was removing road construction signs along Ind. 13 in a utility pole project area. Fisher and his co worker were loading the signs into a Chevrolet Silverado that was parked facing south along the west side of Ind. 13. The 19 year old Ohio man who tricked Grace College women into putting a camera in a bathroom was sentenced Thursday. Gavin Reeves was convicted in Kosciusko Superior Court I on four counts of voyeurism, Level 6 felonies, and given a year per felony, to run concurrently, and all sus pended to formal probation as part of a plea agreement. Part of the plea agreement states that, upon successful completion of his sentence, Reeves may petition the court to modify the felony conviction to a misdemeanor. On July 5, 2018, Grace College Campus Safety was notified that there was a hidden camera that recorded video and audio in a dorm room bathroom on the campus and also in the bedroom of a female student. The device recorded four separate female stu dents undressing over a period of time, court papers state. An Auburn man who got rejected for a payday loan allegedly stole the employee's iPhone instead. Patrick Shane Davidson, 41, was booked in the Kosciusko County Jail at 12:58 p.m. Wednesday and faces a Level 6 felony theft charge. According to the probable cause affidavit filed Nov. 13 in Kosciusko Superior Court III, on Oct. 24 Warsaw police spoke with a woman who was working at a business that provided loans. She told police she was working near the front of the store where she had her iPhone near her. The woman began helping Davidson, according to court papers, and during the course of helping him was told by another employee that Davidson had already been denied a loan because he did not have proper identification and that his employment his tory was questionable. When the woman went to do another background check on Davidson, court papers state she could not find her phone. Then, LIGONIER - A Warsaw man was killed Wednesday in Noble County after he tried to beat a train. William Sanford, 41, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Noble County Coroner's Office, according to a Noble County Sheriff's Office news release. The crash occurred at approximately 10:52 p.m. Wednesday at Perry Road at the Norfolk Southern Railroad Crossing, west of Gerber Street, in Ligonier. Upon arrival, deputies and Ligonier police officers located an Amtrak train stopped on the tracks and a single vehicle that appeared to have been struck by the train. Preliminary investigation determined that the 2008 Mercury Milan, driven by Sanford, was traveling west on Perry Road when, for an unknown reason, Sanford attempted to cross the railroad tracks in front of an oncoming train, resulting in the No one will be sentenced to Kosciusko County Community Corrections for the next 30 days. That was unanimously decided at a spe cial meeting of the KCCC Advisory Board Thursday after a recommendation from KCCC Interim Director Barry Andrew. Andrew, who's been with the probation department since 2003, was appointed to the position Nov. 19 after former director Anna Bailey resigned. The circumstances surrounding her resig nation are not clear, but Kosciusko County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Hampton said the situation is under investigation. Andrew requested the 30 day suspension of any new or external transfers to the KCCC program in order to re evaluate some things, he said. "So we can move foward in a positive direction. A lot of things we've discovered weren't being done properly," Andrew said. He told the board, which consists of Kosciusko Circuit Court Judge Michael Reed, Kosciusko Superior Court I Judge David Cates, Kosciusko Superior Court II Judge Torrey Bauer, Hampton and local attorney Tony Garza, that he believes the 30 days will give the program "room to breathe" while they try to build a stronger foundation that will include properly training the current staff. Triton Superintendent Talks About Goals, Hard Work On Projects See CHIEF- Page 2A See FATAL- Page 2A See DIES- Page 2A See LOAN- Page 2A See TEEN- Page 2A See HOLD- Page 2A WCN Run/Walk Raises $12K To Combat Hunger The annual WCN Run/Walk for Hunger 5K is one of World Compassion Network's community serv- ice events that gives 100% of the net proceeds to local churches, schools and organizations that fight hunger in the area. This year over $12,000 was raised. A news release from WCN states it is thankful to share all of it with the following churches, schools and organizations: Mission Point Community Church, Warsaw Community Church, Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, Beaman Home, Warsaw Community Schools-Boomerang Back Pack Program, Baker Youth Club, Combined Community Services, Salvation Army, New Life Christian Church and World Outreach, Fellowship Missions, Lutheran Social Services, First Christian Church, God's Highway to Heaven Church, Our Father's House, Victory Rock, Agaitas and Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church. The 2020 Run for Hunger will take place March 28 in Winona Lake. Photo Provided BY CAROL ANDERS TIMES-UNION Correspondent See TRITON- Page 2A Several interesting statis tics on juvenile crime and U.S. 30 traffic were shared at the Kosciusko County Council meeting Thursday. In presenting his request to apply for a third year of the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative grant, Superior Court I Judge David Cates said that in the first half of 2019, compared to the first half of 2018, Kosciusko County juvenile detention admissions were down 46%. The average length of stay of juvenile deten tions was down 73%. The aver age daily population of juve niles in detention was down 77%. The county is saving about $140 per day. "I think JDAI money is being well spent," Cates said. Councilman Doug Heinisch asked if Cates had any statis tics on the juvenile crime rate. "Filings are pretty flat," Cates said. "Surprisingly, a lot of auto theft. A lot of drug issues. Lots of fights, primarily school fights. But for the major crimes and felonies, for what ever reason, auto theft is one of the highest. But fairly flat from one year to the next, so we've reduced the detentions and saved the county some money without having too much in additional filings." Cates' request to apply for the JDAI grant of $88,759 was approved 6 0, with his wife, Kim Cates, abstaining. Council President Sue Ann Mitchell said, "The JDAI meet ings have been very education al for me." She said there's been great participation at those meetings "and they have developed the criteria for what they want to do with kids, what they think is the best, and I think that's going to be a very successful program going for ward." County Council Discusses Juvenile Crime, New Court Fee Structures, U.S. 30 Future BY DAVID SLONE TIMES-UNION Staff Writer dslone@timesuniononline.com See COUNCIL- Page 2A

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