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FRIDAY November 1, 2013 Please Touch the Cars Page A2 Museum sponsors new ‘white gloves’ event Colts Expecting Battle Page B1 Sunday night clash at Houston awaits Weather Mostly cloudy, chance of rain, high in the mid-50s. Tonight’s low 42. Cooler Saturday. Page A8 GOOD MORNING No October jinx for stock market NEW YORK (AP) — October often makes investors nervous, since that’s when some of the biggest crashes in stock market history happened. But this October, the market seemed unstoppable. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed at a record high seven times and ended the month up 4.5 percent. The market climbed even after October began with the 16-day government shutdown and the threat of a potentially calamitous U.S. default. “The market didn’t waver in the face of the shutdown,” said Anton Bayer, CEO of Up Capital Management, an investment adviser. “That was huge.” After being rattled by a series of down-to-thewire budget battles in recent years, investors have become inured to the ways of Washington lawmakers. Instead of selling stocks, they kept their focus on what they say really matters: the Federal Reserve. The central bank is buying $85 billion of bonds every month and keeping its benchmark short-term interest rate near zero to promote economic growth. Man cleared of killings posts letter NEW ALBANY (AP) — A southern Indiana man acquitted of killing his wife and two children after spending 13 years in prison has written a letter to his supporters saying he feels blessed by God and is moving forward in his life. David Camm says in the emotional letter posted on Facebook late Wednesday that he doesn’t “want to be consumed by the past” and that “They, the State, are not going to take more from me than they … already have gotten.” A jury found the 49-yearold Floyd County man not guilty last week in his third murder trial in connection with the 2000 shooting deaths of his wife Kim and their children, 7-year-old Brad and 5-year-old Jill. Info • The Star 118 W. Ninth St. Auburn, IN 46706 Auburn: (260) 925-2611 Fax: (260) 925-2625 Classifieds: (toll free) (877) 791-7877 Circulation: (toll free) (800) 717-4679 Index • Classifieds.................................B6-B7 Life..................................................... A5 Obituaries......................................... A4 Opinion .............................................B4 Sports.........................................B1-B3 Weather............................................ A8 TV/Comics .......................................B5 Vol. 101 No. 301 The Serving DeKalb County since 1871 Auburn, Indiana 75 cents Two-state summit plans meth war BY MATT GETTS KENDALLVILLE — It’s not just Indiana’s problem. Methamphetamine is a scourge in neighboring states as well. Earlier this year, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller met with his counterpart from Illinois to hash out possible enforcement strategies with officials from that state. Thursday at Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville, Zoeller joined with state Sen. Sue Glick, R-LaGrange, and Noble County Prosecuting Attorney Steve Clouse in hosting a similar summit with officials from Ohio. Following a short news conference, representatives from LaGrange, DeKalb, Steuben and Noble counties and the Indiana State Police joined officials from Ohio for a closed-door meeting at the hospital. Health care professionals were invited. That meeting was not open to the media or general public. Meth labs recovered COUNTY DeKalb LaGrange Noble Steuben 2011 12 17 37 15 2012 24 24 47 29 SOURCE: INDIANA ATTORNEY GENERAL In 2012, Noble and Kosciusko counties each had 47 clandestine meth labs recovered by police, the highest counts in northeastern Indiana. Noble County’s number Next Stop: State Finals of labs increased from 37 in 2011, according to statistics provided by the state Attorney General’s Office. DeKalb County jumped from 12 labs recovered in 2011 to 24 labs in 2012. LaGrange County increased from 17 to 24. Steuben County had 29 labs recovered a year ago, compared to 15 the prior year. “These are problems we need to address collaboratively,” SEE METH, PAGE A8 Israel strikes in Syria Attacks shipment of Russian missiles PHOTO CONTRIBUTED BY JOHN MOHRE The DeKalb Baron Brigade performs at a semi-state contest Oct. 26 at Pike High School in Indianapolis. Jordan McDaniel, lower right, and Mallory McCoy are drum majors for the band. The band competes Saturday in the Indiana State School Music association marching band Finals at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Band fine-tunes ultimate show BY OCTAVIA LEHMAN AUBURN — To prepare for Saturday’s state marching band finals, the DeKalb Baron Brigade is using a technique the members call “code red.” Band assistants watch from high in the football stadium press box and blow a whistle for any mistake. As soon as the whistle blows, the band restarts that movement. “If there’s any mistake, we start over,” director Terry Fisher said. “The desire is to be more consistent.” The marching band qualified for Saturday’s state marching band finals in Class B by placing in the top 10 at Pike High School in Indianapolis last Saturday. The Baron Brigade will perform its show for the community tonight at 5:30 p.m. on the DeKalb High School football field. The group heads out early Saturday at 2:50 a.m. to make the trek to Indianapolis, where they will perform at 10:26 a.m. in the Class B finals at Lucas Oil Stadium. DeKalb will be the third band to perform. Tickets for the show will be available at the stadium. Admission costs $20 for adults and $18 for students and pre-schoolers. Children under 2 years of age will be admitted free. Gates will open at 9 a.m. In preparation for Saturday, the band continued with regularly scheduled rehearsals this week. One added bonus is the assistance of the drill writer, who choreographed all of the band’s movements Saturday’s performance will mark DeKalb’s return to the state finals after a one-year absence. Senior drum major Jordan McDaniel has been a member of the band for the last four years. “I’ve seen so much progress, and it feels great to be a part of it,” McDaniel said. Looking to Saturday, McDaniel said the band is focusing on how to eliminate minor mistakes. “We want to make sure that everything is perfect for our final performance,” he said. Missing the cut for last year’s state finals was a disappointment, McDaniel said. The students looked at last year and realized what they did wrong, he added. “We were overconfident,” McDaniel said. The band now is paying attention to small things BEIRUT (AP) — Israeli warplanes attacked a shipment of Russian missiles inside a Syrian government stronghold, officials said Thursday, a development that threatened to add another volatile layer to regional tensions from the Syrian civil war. The revelation came as the government of President Bashar Assad met a key deadline in an ambitious plan to eliminate Syria’s entire chemical weapons stockpile by mid-2014 and avoid international military action. The announcement by a global chemical weapons watchdog that the country has completed the destruction of equipment used to produce the deadly agents highlights Assad’s willingness to cooperate, and puts more pressure on the divided and outgunned rebels to attend a planned peace conference. An Obama administration official confirmed the Israeli airstrike overnight, but provided no details. Another security official said the attack occurred late Wednesday in the Syrian port city of Latakia and that the target was Russian-made SA-125 missiles. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the attack. There was no immediate confirmation from Syria. SEE BAND, PAGE A8 SEE ISRAEL, PAGE A8 Pantries bracing for food stamp cutback BY JENNIFER DECKER Local food pantries are bracing for a possible influx starting today. That’s when some 48 million people across the nation — including 21 million children — will experience major federal cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program’s food stamps. The SNAP benefits will drop by 7 percent — or $10 per person monthly — as a result of the 2009 stimulus ending. In fiscal 2012, the average benefit per person was about $133 monthly, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Under the cuts, that will mean a family of three will lose about $29 monthly in benefits. That is equal to buying 16 meals at “thrifty rates,” at $1.81 per meal. Dot Mazier, director of West Noble Food/Clothes Pantry in FOOD PANTRY GUIDE for northeast Indiana. SEE PAGE A8. Ligonier, said she is trying to get ready. “We are always bracing,” she said. “Our numbers have increased. There’s never enough, and there will always be hunger.” Those numbers have increased at West Noble to 35-50 families served per month. Mazier said those in need simply do not receive enough food to last through the month. Wednesday, Mazier said she had just returned from picking up food from Community Harvest, Fort Wayne. She never knows what she will bring back to Ligonier. “We take a truck. Some items, I pay 19 cents per pound. Today KATHRYN BASSETT Downtown Halloween scene Soggy skies did not dampen the spirits of trick-or-treaters who flocked to downtown Auburn Thursday afternoon for the annual Halloween festivities sponsored by the Downtown Auburn Business Association. Businesses handed out candy and other treats, and some invited youngsters inside to enjoy Halloween displays. Cale Edwards, 2, of Avilla, checks out the treats in the bucket of his sister, Courtney Edwards, 4. SEE FOOD STAMP, PAGE A8 Community Gift and Craft Show AT FAIRVIEW MISSIONARY CHURCH SATURDAY, NOV. 2 • 8 AM - 3 PM Over 100 Booths of Unique Crafts and Gifts. Lunch Available * CRAFTS * DRAWINGS * GIFTS Fairview Missionary Church Corner of SR 827 & 200 N 525 E 200 N, Angola, IN 46703 Phone: 260-665-8402

The Star - November 1, 2013

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