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TIMES UNION December 14, 2018 WARSAW, IN - $1 - FOUNDED 1854 - NO. 294 @TUonline Times-Union - Warsaw timesuniononline.com Indiana Police, teen trade gunfire at Richmond middle school. Page 8A Opinion All is fair in the war on Presi- dent Donald Trump. Page 4A Contact Us: PHONE: 574-267-3111 MAIL: P.O. Box 1448, Warsaw, IN 46581-1448 EMAIL: news@timesuniononline.com Low 36 High 42 Sports Bussard scores 32 as Valley hands Winamac first loss. 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 Police Beat - By David Slone, TIMES-UNION Staff Writer $1 As waves of kids picked out new toys and clothing at Meijer Thursday night, their faces lit up with excitement. Their smiles brought joy to the many police officers and sheriff's deputies who were there shopping with them during the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 149's Shop With A Cop. Every police agency in the county partic ipates in the annual event, says Lodge 149 Vice President and Warsaw Police Department detective Paul Heaton. Officers from the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department; Indiana State Police; and Warsaw, Claypool, Mentone, Milford and Winona Lake police departments were on hand when it started at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Heaton estimated that 50 to 60 officers would take part in the two to three hour event. "We help the kids that need help, and we raise funds throughout the year to make this event happen, and every year it goes and every year it's gotten larger," Heaton said. Generally, the kids are in elementary school. School resource officers contact the schools and counselors during the school year to determine which families might BY DAVID SLONE TIMES-UNION Staff Writer dslone@timesuniononline.com A Syracuse teen tied to several violent incidents involving weapons between October 2017 and March 2018 was sentenced to 18 years in prison Thursday morning on two level 3 felony robbery charges. In accepting Nathan Ries' plea agreement, Kosciusko County Superior I Court Judge David Cates suspended a total of six years of Ries' sentence, with 12 years to be served in the Indiana Department of Corrections. If Ries, now 18, completes a Purposeful Incarceration program, stays out of trouble and shows that he has improved himself while in prison, Cates said he would consider a sentence modifi cation. After he serves his jail time, Ries will be put on pro bation and must get counsel ing at the Bowen Center. In a memo dated Nov. 5, Kosciusko County Community Corrections said Ries was accepted to KCCC as a condition of his sentence. Cates ordered that Ries also must pay all fines, costs and court fees associated with the court action. "Mr. Ries, you wanted an opportunity to show me. I hope you do," Cates told him before Ries was taken into custody. Ries pleaded guilty on Nov. 15 to two charges resulting from two separate incidents as part of the plea deal. Charges of battery and theft were dropped in one case, and charges of burglary, battery by means of a deadly BY DAVID SLONE TIMES-UNION Staff Writer dslone@timesuniononline.com County Council OK's New Sewer District Petition Kosciusko County Council members voted 6 0 Thursday to submit a peti tion to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to form the T i p p e c a n o e / C h a p m a n Regional Sewer District, but not without some emotion. Opponents of the project submitted a list of people who wanted to speak at Thursday night's council meeting, but since the public had already been given an chance to speak at a hearing in September and numerous county meetings, council President Sue Ann Mitchell opted not to take any com ments. Rick Couse, a leading opponent of the proposal, still told the council he felt the majority of people in the district were opposed to the sewer, and urged the council to stop the progress of the proposal right then and there. He said, "You prayed at the beginning of this meeting you would do the right thing for the county. This is the wrong thing for the county, and deep down I think you know it." As the council entertained a motion to approve, Couse said, "Vote your conscience." The comments came after Ken Jones, of engineering firm Jones Petrie Rafinski, and Jeff Rowe, of Umbaugh and Associates, presented their findings. The duo said many of the same things they did at the county commis sioners meeting Tuesday: There are 1,983 possible connections, the cost of dis abling an existing septic would be in the $600 to $900 range, and depending on options down the line, each household can expect a sewer bill to be between $98 and $108 monthly. The estimated overall cost of the project is between $37.5 million and $39.5 mil lion, down from the esti mates of $40 million to $42 million presented at the September public hearing in North Webster. Mitchell abstained because she is a member of the Lakeland Regional Sewer District board, and one option is to pump waste water to that entity for treat ment. The other two options in the proposal is to pump waste to the City of Warsaw's treatment plant or to build a BY MARK HOWE TIMES-UNION Staff Writer mhowe@timesuniononline.com Photo by Mark Howe, TIMES-UNION Retiring Kosciusko County Council member Tom Anglin (C) was presented with a plaque Thursday commemorating his 41 years of service by Council Vice President Jon Garber (L) and President Sue Ann Mitchell. Warsaw Man Faces Multiple Domestic Battery Charges A local man is facing strangulation and battery charges after allegedly throwing his girlfriend on a bed and choking her until she began gagging. Jacob Allen Hale, 22, of 519 N. Franklin St., Mentone, was arrested and booked into the Kosciusko County Jail at 3:37 a.m. Dec. 8 for strangulation and domestic battery. His preliminary bond was set at $5,250. Court documents filed Thursday list Hale's address as 2605 E. Center St., Warsaw, and the charges against him as strangula tion, a level 6 felony; domestic battery with a child under 16 present, a level 6 felony; and domestic battery, a Class A misdemeanor. On Dec. 8, Warsaw Police Department officer Justin Lewis responded to a domestic dispute, assisted by four other officers. The victim told officers she and her boyfriend, Hale, were arguing when he became upset and put his hands around her neck, squeezing until she couldn't breathe. Lewis saw scratches under the victim's right ear and right shoulder and redness on her neck. Claypool Town Marshal Ben Sanders helps a local student pick out a soccer ball during the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 149's annual Shop with A Cop Thursday evening at Meijer. Photo by David Slone, TIMES-UNION Warsaw Police Department officer Jeffrey Ticknor helps a child try on some slippers during the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 149's annual Shop with A Cop Thursday evening at Meijer. Photo by David Slone, TIMES-UNION Officers Brighten Christmas Season For Dozens Of Local Children See SEASON- Page 2A See FACES - Page 2A See TEEN - Page 2A Strangulation At Restaurant Leads To Arrest Of Warsaw Teen A Warsaw man was arrested recently after allegedly strangling another man during an argument at a local fast food restaurant. Alexander Glen Hurley, 18, of 2115 E. Hendricks St., Warsaw, was booked into the Kosciusko County Jail at 9:46 p.m. Dec. 7 on preliminary charges of battery and strangula tion. His bond was set at $5,250. Court documents filed Thursday list the charges against him as strangulation, a level 6 felony, and battery, a Class A misdemeanor. On Dec. 7, Warsaw Police Department offi cer Jacob Metzger responded to a battery complaint at a Warsaw McDonald's. The victim told Metzger that he and Hurley were arguing when Hurley became enraged and grabbed him by the throat, squeezing to the point he could no longer breathe. Hurley also threw the victim to the ground and got on top of him. Metzger could see redness on the victim's throat. Hurley told Metzger he became angry and grabbed the victim by the throat. He said he See VIDEO - Page 2A Woman Faces Charges After Video Shows Her Hitting A Man A Tippecanoe woman is facing domestic battery charges after allegedly hitting a man on the head, which he caught on video. Patricia Lyn Sweet, 27, of 1615 20th Road, Tippecanoe, was arrested and booked into the Kosciusko County Jail at 3:31 p.m. Dec. 6 for domestic battery. Her preliminary bond was set at $1,000. Court documents filed Thursday listed the charges against her as domestic battery with a child under 16 present, a level 6 felony, and domestic battery, a Class A mis demeanor. On Dec. 6, Warsaw Police Department officer Jacob Metzger responded to a domes tic battery at the Rue 21 parking lot in Warsaw. Metzger saw a woman - later identified as Sweet - hollering and hitting the passenger window of a vehicle. Sweet would not coop erate with the officers, so she was hand cuffed and placed in a police vehicle, accord ing to court documents. The victim told Metzger that while Sweet See HOME - Page 2A Charges Filed Against Couple After Theft From Home A Syracuse couple are facing theft charges after allegedly stealing items valued at more than $6,000 while staying at a friend's home. Stephen Michael Ault, 31, of 8601 E. Hatchery Road, Syracuse, was arrested and booked into the Kosciusko County Jail at 5:16 p.m. Monday for theft of property val ued at least $750 and less than $50,000. His preliminary bond was set at $10,000. Court documents filed Nov. 20, 2017, list his address as Moraine, Ohio, and the charge against him as theft, a level 6 felony. Krystal Kay Tennant, 30, of 8601 E. Hatchery Road, Syracuse, was arrested for theft on Nov. 13, with a preliminary bond set at $10,000. A woman told Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department deputy Christopher Francis on Oct. 30, 2017, that her childhood friend, Krystal Tennant, and her boyfriend, Ault, were guests at her home Oct. 24 27, 2017. The victim said that Tennant and Ault stole a cellphone, laptop computer, four tablets, a watch, wedding bands, rings, neck Syracuse Teen Gets 18-Year Sentence See SENTENCE- Page 2A See COUNCIL- Page 2A

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