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TIMES-UNION December 17, 2019 WARSAW, IN - $1 - FOUNDED 1854 - NO. 296 @TUonline Times-Union - Warsaw timesuniononline.com Nation Dems lay out case for Trump impeachment vote. Page 7A Opinion U.K. election: A foretaste of better days to come. Page 4A Contact Us: PHONE: 574-267-3111 MAIL: P.O. Box 1448, Warsaw, IN 46581-1448 EMAIL: news@timesuniononline.com Low 21 High 23 Sports Bears look for meaning in final games. Page 1B Mostly cloudy tonight and Wednesday. TIMES UNION $0.50 8 5 32320 00001 What do you REALLY want for Christmas? 2WD or 4WD "workhorse" UTVs! Black Widow two-seater Funkarts! All clearance priced & locally built ALM RETAIL SHOWROOM 2499 S. 600 E, Columbia City on U.S. 30 10 Mile West of Ft. Wayne Tues-Fri 9 to 6 Sat 10 to 3 (800) 643-7332 Tuesday IN OUR 165th YEAR OF CONTINUOUS SERVICE TO KOSCIUSKO COUNTY Photo by David Slone, TIMES-UNION Ron Shoemaker displays a plaque he received as recognition for his city council service. Also pictured is councilwoman Cindy Dobbins. $1 WINONA LAKE - Conservation officers and Winona Lake police will be schooling Jefferson Elementary students on ice and winter safety Thursday. The program is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and will be led by DNR officer Matt Maher, who's been a conservation officer since 2013 and is one of only a handful in the state certi fied as a surface ice rescue trainer. Winona Lake Town Marshal Joe Hawn reached out to partner with DNR after Winona officers helped save an 11 year old boy who had fallen through thin ice Nov. 15. Around 5:50 p.m. that day, WLPD officer Dave Swain was traveling through the intersection of CR 325E and Wooster Road with his lights on when off duty Indiana State Police Trooper Jacob Bill saw and followed Swain to see if he could help. Swain and Bill stopped just past the intersection and ran to a retention pond where several adults were yelling, "Over here!" A child was seen approximately 25 yards out in the water that was about 6 to 7 feet deep, Hawn said. Five boys were playing on the thin ice that evening when one fell through and the others ran to the trailer park nearby to alert adults. Bill and Swain were able to get to the boy, and WLPD Sgt. Joe Bumbaugh was able to help from shore and get all three out of the water. Hawn said even though the officers were only in the water for about a minute, they were getting hypothermic. The boy was treated and released from the hospital. Maher said the range of advice he'll give to the ele mentary students will cover rescue techniques and safety equipment. "For the younger kids, first and foremost, you never go on the ice by yourself," Maher said. "When people talk about what is safe ice, our rule of thumb is that no ice is considered safe because ice is such a dynamic thing and there's so many different variables." Maher said he will talk about the depth of water and explain to the young sters why that matters. For example, if they walk across a frozen puddle, BY AMANDA BRIDGMAN TIMES-UNION Staff Writer abridgman@timesuniononline.com Ice Rescue Leads To Training For Kids See ICE- Page 2A With the Redevelopment Commission approving the declaratory resolutions for two residential TIF dis tricts Monday after public hearings, Warsaw will be one of the first cities in Indiana to move forward with the dis tricts. There were two resolutions, one for the Harrison school district in the north and the other for the Eisenhower dis trict in the south. City Planner Jeremy Skinner remind ed the commission they previously approved the designating resolution for the districts, and the districts were approved by the city plan commission and council as well as the Warsaw School Board. Four public meetings on the districts also were held. With the Redevelopment Commission's final approval Monday, the districts were on their way to being created. For the school board's approval, Skinner said Umbaugh & Associates did a specific impact statement for the school board so it would know what the impact of the residential TIF districts would be on it. "It assumed that we would accom plish what we were expecting to, which is to build 60 additional more homes per year over a 10 year period. And I think the loss to them would be about $10,000 in taxes they could have cap tured, at the end of the 10 years," Skinner said. For every 100 new homes that are built, the study assumes that 50 addi tional students would be added to the school system. Warsaw Schools receives about $5,800 per student from the state. That money goes into the educational operating fund, which includes teachers and salaries. Property taxes go toward the opera tion of facilities. "One of the things we did, in talking to (WSB), in wanting to be good part ners, in the economic development plan it does allow for us to participate in projects, where we legally can, within those school districts, if we were to achieve our goals and have funds on BY DAVID SLONE TIMES-UNION Staff Writer dslone@timesuniononline.com The Kosciusko County Sheriff's Office has five new deputies that hit the road today. Andrew Hochstetler, Tyler Stringfellow, Mason Teel, Drew Brewton and Logan Pitts were sworn in Monday night by Kosciusko Superior Court I Judge David Cates, along with four new reserve officers in Nicholas Miller, Ryan Kirkdorffer, Cody Manges and Kyle Stamm. "This is one of the really cool things that I get to do," Cates told the filled courtroom. Sheriff Kyle Dukes addressed the men and said in 1998 he was a reserve deputy sheriff. "To volunteer your time for free and put your life on the line, it takes a spe cial person to do that," Dukes said, adding that without the reserve offi cers, the sheriff's office would be hurt ing. Then Dukes addressed his new full time deputies and said 44 people applied and he had planned on hiring seven. "I couldn't get to seven," he said. "When I started out, I was at home and I knew I wanted to do a video about working for the sheriff's office and I wanted to talk about God and Christianity and morals and ethics. Then my wife said if you talk about God you're gonna get sued." Dukes said he knew in his mind the kind of people he wanted to hire, and those were people with a moral com pass. Dukes said this group of men have just that. Then Dukes got even more emotion al and spoke about KCSO fallen Det. Sgt. Phil Hochstetler and his son who was just sworn in. "One of the men back here has a father who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the great people of Kosciusko County," Dukes said. He said Andrew Hochstetler came into his office and said he'd like ot have his dad's number, which is 43 22. "No one's ever used that number since the day his father day," Dukes said, visibly emotional at this point. "I prayed over this. The right thing to do was give that young man his dad's number." Dukes then told the wives and girl friends and supporters of these men that his door is always open. Dukes told them these men will need support, and if they come home at 2 a.m. and need to talk, to let them talk. "Welcome to the family," Dukes said. "Welcome to the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Office." "My decision making isn't going to be what's best for the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Office. It's what's best for Kosciusko County," Dukes said. "For too long it was the other way around. I work for you. I'm here for you." BY AMANDA BRIDGMAN TIMES-UNION Staff Writer abridgman@timesuniononline.com Warsaw Launches New Alert System The city of Warsaw has launched a new alert sys tem to keep residents and businesses better informed in a timelier manner. Residents and business es may register for alerts of their choice by visiting warsaw.in.gov/alerts. At this time, alert cate gories include: Emergency alerts. Road closure and restriction notices. Trash route notices. National Weather Service (NOAA) weather warnings. Parks and Recreation event notices. Warsaw Police Department news releas es. Wastewater utility notices. Alerts may be received via text message, voice call, email or a combina tion of the three methods. Subscribers may choose their preferred types of notifications per category during the registration process. Residents are encour ABATE Delivers For CCS Toy Giveaway For the 31st year, American Bikers Aimed Toward Education (ABATE) of Kosciusko County delivered almost $7,000 worth of toys, plus 31 new bicycles and helmets, at the Home & Family Arts Building at the county fairgrounds Monday for Combined Community Services' annual toy giveaway. The give- away is 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Jerry Ganger, ABATE, said this year members came together and bought the bicycles. They then received a $3,000 grant from Walmart to purchase toys. Other people made donations for ABATE's drive. Not including the bicy- cles, the estimated value of all the toys delivered to the give- away Monday evening by ABATE totaled $6,734, Ganger said. Earlier this month, CCS had a toy consignment sale, with half of the proceeds going to the consignor and the other half going to purchase new toys for the giveaway. ABATE members pictured (L to R) are Jerry Ganger, Cheryl Ganger, Donnie Barton, Kimmie Barton, Mike Dawson, Dewayne Slone and Tom Hartman. City Council Attorney Issue Dominant Topic At Meeting Warsaw City Council is getting closer to having access to its own legal coun sel, while a resident of Little Crow Lofts asked for city help Monday with the problems at the apartment building. Councilman Ron Shoemaker also was recog nized for his four years of service. Almost 50 minutes into the council's discussion on legal counsel, Mayor Joe Thallemer told the council, "I'm going to direct the city attorney to create an amend ment that addresses con cerns. We can amend the res olution that you all passed, and you can amend the reso lution, to your satisfaction. At the same time, have (city attorney Scott Reust) look at this agreement that you pro posed." Thallemer said the proposal looked "pretty sim ple and basic" and that after the resolution is amended, that contract will go to the next Board of Works meeting. At that time, it would be "kind of a blanket contract that, following those proce dures, as amended in the res olution, you're ready to go," Thallemer said. BY DAVID SLONE TIMES-UNION Staff Writer dslone@timesuniononline.com City OKs Two Residential TIF Districts County Swears In Five New Officers STAFF REPORT Photo by David Slone, TIMES-UNION See ALERT- Page 2A See TIF- Page 2A See CITY- Page 2A

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