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COMMUNITY EVENTS Spencerville plans Christmas party SPENCERVILLE — The annual Spencerville Christmas party will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Spencerville Community Club on C.R. 68. Visit with Santa Claus, receive a treat bag and enjoy a snack. For more information, call Roberta Carnahan at 238-4532.

Blood drive is Wednesday BUTLER — The American Red Cross will conduct a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at American Legion Post 202, 118 N. Broadway. To schedule an appointment, call (800)-RED-CROSS.

Food pantry open Wednesday


BY KATHRYN BASSETT AUBURN — Formal charges have been filed against a Butler man who was arrested after an incident that resulted in a lockdown at Eastside Junior-Senior High School earlier this month. Chad J. Czaja, 34, of the 200 block of Park Lane, is charged with criminal recklessness, a Class A misdemeanor, and failure to stop after an accident resulting in nonvehicle damage, a Class B misdemeanor. At his initial hearing Monday morning in DeKalb Superior Court

I, Czaja entered preliminary pleas of not guilty. He is represented by attorney Kevin Likes. His next hearing is scheduled for Feb. 19. Czaja is accused of driving his red 2000 Dodge Durango onto a school sidewalk, endangering several students. He also is accused of driving the vehicle into a pole and failing to stop afterward. Following his arrest, Czaja told police he meant to scare his daughter as a prank when he arrived to pick her up from school, Butler Police Chief Jim Nichols said after the incident.

SPENCERVILLE — The St. Joe-Spencerville Regional Sewer District board of directors will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Spencerville Community Club. The public is invited to attend.

Church plans live nativity scene

BUTLER — Helping Hands Ministry is an outreach ministry of Christ’s Church at Butler assisting needy families in the Butler area. Monetary contributions and donations of new or gently-used clothing and bedding items are accepted during business hours. Individuals may visit and shop for bags of items priced at $3-$5 each. Helping Hands is located at 136 W. Main St. and is open Tuesdays 4-6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to noon. A food pantry is open the second Tuesday of each month from 4-6 p.m.

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According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Butler Police Detective Matthew Tamez, police were called to the school Dec. 3 on a report of a suspicious man who was armed and on school property. Police arrived and detained Czaja. A witness told police he saw Czaja driving the red 2000 Dodge Durango through the high school parking lot and wearing camouflage gear and a face mask. The complainant said he also saw a rifle inside the vehicle, according to the affidavit. The witness said at one point,

Czaja drove over a curb where students who had just been released from school were walking nearby, the affidavit said. The complainant also reported he had seen Czaja drive his Durango at a slow speed into a yellow parking pole on the east side of the high school parking lot and then trying to leave the area before police arrived, according to the affidavit. Officers found several prescription pills throughout the vehicle, and Czaja told police he did take ➤ Czaja, Page 6

Eastside tells ‘A Civil War Story’

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BUTLER — The Butler Community Food Pantry will be open from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Butler United Methodist Church, 501 W. Green St. This disbursement is one week earlier than normal so families can have items in time for Christmas.

BUTLER — Butler United Methodist Church, 501 W. Green St., will have a live nativity scene in the church parking lot from 5-8 p.m. Sunday. There will be live animals and treats for the children. Visitors are asked to enter from Booster Street and exit on Western Avenue.

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Bill (Jacob Coats) tells wife Sarah (Sarah Strong) of his intentions to join the Union army during a scene from Eastside High School’s production of “A Civil War Story.” Three shows will be presented in the school’s dinner theater.

BY JEFF JONES BUTLER — Eastside High School will present “A Civil War Story” Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the school’s dinner theater. Written and directed by Eastside drama teacher Tim Albert, the show was created using the framework of letters about Union and Confederate soldiers and their families. Set in a community along the Pennsylvania-Maryland border — the Mason-Dixon line — became a cultural boundary between North and South and states supporting and opposing slavery. In the town portrayed in “A Civil War Story,” friends and even family members took up arms on opposite sides of the cause. A general store sold merchandise to both sides. “Bill,” a Union soldier portrayed by Jacob Coats, and “Dan,” a Confederate soldier portrayed by Joe Wilson are from

the same town, but find themselves on opposing sides of the fight. “They get lost and meet in the middle of the night in the woods on Christmas Eve,” Albert explains. Neither wants to shoot or surrender to the other; they agree to lay down their arms and sit by a campfire until they can find their way back to their respective camps. As the story evolves, both soldiers are wounded in battle. Bill writes a letter to his wife that he kept the honor of his family name by fighting. Both soldiers are thought to have died, but manage to find their way home when the war ends. “Nobody was immune to the divisions of the Civil War,” Albert explained. “Mary Todd Lincoln had six close relatives who fought for the South, and three of them died in battle.” Letters from prisoners and families are woven into the story. ➤ Play, Page 6

Proposed tax cut would impact schools BY AARON ORGAN BUTLER — DeKalb Eastern Schools superintendent Dr. Jeff Stephens on Monday challenged the school board to contact members of the General Assembly to voice opposition to Gov. Mike Pence’s proposed elimination of Indiana’s business personal property tax. Pence has said the $1 billion cut will create jobs. Stephens, however, told the board Monday that it will kill his and other school districts. Stephens presented a slide show at the board’s regular meeting that showed the district would lose an estimated half of its assessed value, while taxpayers would feel a 40-cent increase per $100 of assessed value. Stephens said the district would be hit with a revenue loss of some $2 million. That means, according to Stephens, the district could not fund the district transportation

Winter storm blankets region FROM STAFF REPORTS Mother nature dumped 5-8 inches of snow on northeast Indiana late Friday night and Saturday. Snow began falling steadily after 10 p.m. Friday and continued through the day Saturday in most areas until about 6 p.m. Fortunately the snow was not accompanied by high winds that cause drifting and closing of roads. Noble, LaGrange, DeKalb and Steuben counties were under a winter weather advisory overnight, and the National Weather Service ➤ Winter, Page 6

“You’re elected officials. You’re going to have to get ahold of your fellow elected officials ...” JEFF STEPHENS DeKalb Eastern Superintendent system, bus replacement or capital improvement projects. An alternative, Stephens said, would be to cut staff and pay for necessities with the savings, or pitch a revenue-generating referendum to the taxpayers. Stephens said he spoke with Sen. Dennis Kruse and Rep. Ben Smaltz on Monday about the matter, who both confirmed bills are pending that would move this tax cut forward. Stephens said Kruse told him he would not vote for such a bill unless there was a

“dollar-for-dollar replacement,” such as cutting the homestead exemption or an increase of county sales tax. Smaltz told Stephens he would explore letting counties decide whether to cut the tax rather than it be statewide, Stephens said. Stephens also challenged the board members, as elected officials themselves, to contact higher-ups in the General Assembly and voice their concerns. “This is being pushed by the leadership of the Indiana House and the Indiana Senate and the Governor,” Stephens told the board. “I have not asked you to do this in the past, but folks, you’re elected officials. You’re going to have to get ahold of your fellow elected officials if you think this is a nonstarter, because I’m not going to get very far on this.” Stephens said he would disseminate contact information for Statehouse leadership for the board.

In the meantime, Stephens said he spoke with DeKalb Central and Garrett-Keyser-Butler schools about collectively writing a mailer to county residents detailing the proposed cut and its impact. He said he spoke with Hamilton Community Schools superintendent Jon Willman, as well, who said such a measure would “be the death of Hamilton,” according to Stephens. The board took no action on the information. In other business Monday, the board is expected to vote on the district’s 2014-2015 calendar next month. Stephens said he met with the DeKalb Central and GarrettKeyser-Butler school districts to develop a countywide uniform calendar. Garrett will mirror DeKalb Eastern’s calendar, while DeKalb Central is still weighing two options, Stephens said. As it stands now, the school ➤ Schools, Page 6


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First-shift employees at Autoline Industries of Butler present a $1,456 check to the Butler Police Department for its “Shop with a Cop” program. Teresa Beard presents the check to Police Chief Jim Nichols and Officer John Bonifer. Autoline employees held a number of “Fun Friday” activities, including bake and craft sales, selling hot dogs and candy bars and a furniture auction, to raise funds. Autoline employees are also planning a corporate challenge to Butler industries to see who can raise the most funds next year.


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Deputy shooting sentence upheld BY KATHRYN BASSETT INDIANAPOLIS — While her expressions of remorse are “commendable,” a 38-year sentence handed down to a woman for her role in the shooting of Waterloo Deputy Marshal Steve Brady is appropriate, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday. Julie Marie King King of Auburn pleaded guilty to aiding in attempted murder, a Class A felony, as part of an agreement filed in DeKalb Superior Court II. On May 6, Judge Monte Brown sentenced King to 45 years in prison with seven years suspended and 38 years to serve — the maximum allowed under terms of the plea agreement. King appealed, contending the sentence was inappropriate in light of the nature of the offense and her character. “We cannot say the sentence is inappropriate in light of the nature of the offense,” the court said in its decision. The court found King had a criminal history in

Michigan spanning back to her teenage years. Her criminal record includes two misdemeanor counts for possession of alcohol not in a vehicle in 1996 and 1999; a felony count of controlled substance use in 1999; and a misdemeanor count of transporting open intoxicants. Three felony charges of robbery, unlawful imprisonment and felony firearms charges arising from an alleged attempted robbery on Dec. 14, 2011, remain pending in Michigan, the court noted. In Indiana, King has a Class A misdemeanor conviction for conversion in 2011. “Her history of criminal activity and extensive drug abuse, despite sober periods, show a continued disdain for the law, and the instant offense is much more serious than her prior convictions,” the court said in its ruling. “Further, her parental rights to her daughter were terminated in 2009, and she was on probation at the time of the instant offense. While her agreement to plead guilty and her expression of remorse are commendable, we cannot say that her thirty-eight-year executed sentence is inappropriate in light of her character.”

Butler names honor roll BUTLER — Butler Elementary School has announced the honor roll for the first-quarter grading period, ending Oct. 11.

Third Grade Distinguished honor roll — Josiah Eck, Kailee Gresham, Gillian Hoover, Alexandria Kaiser, Natalie Lower, Caeden Moughler, Cameron Reyes, Madison Rohm, Paige Terry and Gideon Yoder. Honor roll — Destiny Bonecutter, Cody Collins, Luke Collins, Gunnar Czaja, Colten Garcia, Drew Gibson, John Goings, Brittnie Gresham, Jasmine Houtz, Ethan Kerr, Tate Kissinger, Daniel Kline, Kayla Mearing, Adien Norris, Bailee Parr, Kairee Parr, Madison Patrick,

Emma Peckhart, Jamin Plank, Meredith Reith, Dylan Rosswurm, Trevor Shetley, Kaily Sickmiller, Isabella Thomas, Clayton Tucker and Morgyn Willibey.

Fourth Grade Distinguished honor roll — Kierra Ballentine, Dylan Bredemeyer, Logan Capp, Autumn Collns, Isaiah Fuentes, Lena Helbert, McKenna Hofelder, Brice Honn, Matthew Jacobs, Skyelar Kessler, Landen Kreischer, Shenandoah Lacio, Haleigh Liberty, Chelsea Pinkerton, Madilynn Snyder, Rowan Tinker and Owen Willard. Honor roll — Jonathan Albertson, Chloe Bess, Zackery Biberstine, Amilia Bocskey, Peyton Campbell,

Gabriel Cruz, Ayden Drerup, Trevor Fiechter, Logan Fry, Ryelynn Glander, Victoriya Gomez, Lillian Hankey, Ava Harris, Preston Hunter, Brooklyn Lockhart, Hunter Mercer, Emma Miller, Amber Myers, Soraya Poole, Blaine Prosser, Jade Purgason, Bayleigh Rutter, Gavin Wallace and Alyssa Wolfe.

John McConnell, Brianna Bauer-Nordness, Bryce Salinas, Kaylob Shaffer, Jadin Shaw, Jason Soule, Makailah Thompson, Lillian Tucker, Alex Upp, Xander Webb, Austin Wilson and Alexis Zimmerman.

Sixth Grade

Distinguished honor roll — Sidney Ebers, Vance Fifth Grade Erwin and Aleah Moore. Distinguished honor roll Honor roll — Oakley — Lauren Brown, Jordan Abell, Erika Brock, Santana Eck, Mason Fritch, Sierra Dean, Reegan Dellinger, Howell, Sullivan Kessler, Clayton Gurver, Troy Konner Lower, Wayne Kessler, Riley Kreischer, McNabb, Sabrina Shay and Rilee McBride, Arizonia Colben Steury. McCormick, Cassidy Miller, Honor roll — Nicolas Hunter Miller, Carissa Blair, Lane Burns, Lane Peckhart, Joshua Porter, Cleckner, Christopher Taevyn Shultz, William Daniels, Drew Dohner, Kaleb Spaulding, Steven Strock, Hamman, Gabriel Henry, Kelsey Treesh and Bailey Alex Kline, Gabriel Ladd, Wies.

POLICE REPORTS Police make arrests • Billy J. Parker, 45, of the 400 block of East Green Street, Butler, was booked into Noble County Jail Dec. 13 for operating a vehicle while intoxicated with refusal, and being a habitual traffic violator. • Marissa Flores, 45, of the 1800 block of Greentree Court, Fort Wayne, was arrested at 2:49 a.m. Dec. 14 by Butler Police on charges of possession of methamphetamine, a Class B felony, and possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor.

Two complain of neck pain in three-car wreck BUTLER — Two people complained of neck and back pain, but refused medical treatment following a three-vehicle accident near the intersection of S.R. 1 (Broadway) and R.E. Jones Road at 2 p.m. Dec. 6, Butler Police said. Alyson Jerzak, 20, of the 100 block of West Tenth Street, Auburn, and Bryan Buechley, 42, of the 700 block of Bluffview Drive, Angola,

complained of neck and back pain, but refused medical attention, police said. Jerzak and Buechley were driving separate vehicles and were stopped in traffic on S.R. 1. A third vehicle, a 2006 Toyota Prius, driven by Aungchan Ko, 48, of the 200 block of Cumberland Avenue, Fort Wayne, struck the rear of Buechley’s 2004 Jeep Liberty. That caused Buechley’s vehicle to strike the rear of Jerzak’s 1998 Chevrolet Malibu. Police estimated total damage to be at least $10,001.


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BUTLER — Jerry Edward Moon, 81, of Butler, died Dec. 10, 2013, in DeKalb Health hospital, Auburn. Services took place Saturday in Weicht Funeral Home, Angola. Burial was in Mount Zion Cemetery, Steuben County

WATERLOO — Delorse J. Crowl, 81, of Waterloo, died Dec. 15, 2013. Services will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday, in Feller & Clark Funeral Home, 875 S. Wayne St., Waterloo, with Rev. Ron Stambaugh officiating. Burial will be in Waterloo Cemetery. Calling is from 5-8 p.m. today, Dec. 17, and also two hours prior to services Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials are to DeKalb Health Home Hospice, in care of the DeKalb Health Foundation.

Mareta Mutzfeld BUTLER — Mareta L. Mutzfeld, 99, of Butler, died Dec. 14, 2013. Memorial services will take place at a later date. Johnson Funeral Home, Hudson, is handling arrangements.

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Bobby Saylor BUTLER — Bobby A. Saylor, 65, of Butler, died Dec. 3, 2013, in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. Services took place Friday in Harvest Church of God, Fort Wayne. Siler Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, handled arrangements.

OBITUARY POLICY The Butler Bulletin does not charge for death notices that include notice of calling hours, date and time of funeral and burial, and memorial information. An extended obituary, which includes survivors, biographical information and a photo, is available for a charge. Contact editor Jeff Jones for more information at

AUBURN — Norman E. Benson, 75, of Auburn, died Dec. 13, 2013, in Betz Nursing Home, Auburn. No services are planned at this time. Feller & Clark Funeral Home, Auburn, is handling arrangements.

David Harpster AUBURN — David W. Harpster, 63, of Auburn, died Dec. 14, 2013 in Hospice Home, Fort Wayne. Services will take place at noon Thursday, in Pinnington-McComb Funeral Home, 502 N. Main St., Auburn, with Pastor Kevin Marsh officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Calling is from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Memorials are to the DeKalb County Draft Horse

Association or Butler United Methodist Church. Johnson Funeral Home, Hudson, is handling arrangements.

Virginia Wilbur AUBURN — Virginia Wilbur, 93, of Auburn, died Dec. 13, 2013, in DeKalb Health hospital, Auburn. Services took place today, Dec. 17, in Feller & Clark Funeral Home, Auburn, with Pastor Doug Thomas officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Auburn. Memorials are to the Auburn Church of the Nazarene.

James Wilson HAMILTON — James Lee Wilson, 57, of Hamilton, died Dec. 10, 2013, in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. Services took place Monday in Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home, Hamilton, with Pastor Mike Hesterman officiating. Burial was in Hamilton Cemetery. Memorials are to Metz Christian Church, 1945 South, C.R. 800 East, Angola, IN 46703 or to Bethlehem Christian Union Church, 4016 C.R. M-50, Edon, OH 43518.

Jasmine Wittman CORUNNA — Jasmine Ann Wittman, 32, of Corunna, died Dec. 9, 2013. Services took place Thursday in Harbor of Love Baptist Church, Kendallville, with Rev. Charles Mosley officiating. Burial was in Corunna Cemetery. Memorials are to the family. Hite Funeral Home, Kendallville, handled arrangements.

John Jackson ASHLEY — John D. Jackson, 70, of Ashley, died Dec. 10, 2013, in Lakeland Nursing Home, Angola. Services and burial will take place a later date. Memorials are masses to St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Auburn. Johnson Funeral Home, Hudson, is handling arrangements.

Ronald Alwood HUDSON — Ronald “Red” Alwood, 74, of Hudson, died Dec. 12, 2013, at DeKalb Health in Auburn. Services took place Monday in Feller & Clark Funeral Home, Auburn, with Tom Wilcoxson officiating. Burial was in Eddy Cemetery near Hamilton. Memorials are to the Faith Baptist Church, Angola.

Dennis Becker HUDSON — Dennis Robert Becker, 65, of Angola and formerly of Hudson, died Dec. 12, 2013, in Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Services will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Prince of Peace Lutheran Church near Stroh with Rev. James Elsner officiating. Burial will be in Prince of Peace Lutheran Cemetery. Calling is one hour prior to services Wednesday. Memorials are to the church.

James Kruse KENDALLVILLE — James Archie Kruse, 70, of Kendallville, died Dec. 13, 2013, in Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.

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He was born in Auburn, and survivors include Auburn and Butler residents. Services took place today, Dec. 17, in Hite Funeral Home, Kendallville, with Pastor Richard Davis officiating. Burial took place in Marion National Cemetery.

Willard Stephens KENDALLVILLE — Willard “Willie” Stephens, 79, of Kendallville and formerly of Waterloo, died Dec. 12, 2013, in Lutheran Life Villages, Kendallville. Survivors include Auburn, Corunna, Hamilton and Waterloo residents. Services took place today, Dec. 17, in Feller & Clark Funeral Home, Waterloo. Burial was in Corunna Cemetery. Memorials are to DeKalb County Relay for Life.

Zayda Coll FORT WAYNE — Zayda Mae Coll, 85, Fort Wayne, died Dec. 13, 2013, in Parkview Medical Center, Fort Wayne. She formerly taught elementary school in Auburn and Butler. Services took place today, Dec. 17, in Brookside Community Church, Fort Wayne. Burial was in Butler Cemetery. Memorials are to The Heifer Project.

Jack Michael FORT WAYNE — Jack I. Michael, 83, of Fort Wayne and formerly of Butler, died Dec. 8, 2013, in Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Services took place Saturday in Butler Cemetery, with Pastor Mike Harris of Calvary Baptist Church officiating. A memorial service will take place at 3 p.m. Jan. 4, 2014, in Calvary Baptist Church, Fort Wayne. Memorials are to Calvary Baptist Church. H.E. Johnson & Sons Funeral Home, Butler, is handling arrangements.

Frederick Morrow PLYMOUTH — Frederick C. Morrow, 90, of Plymouth, died Dec. 7, 2013, in Miller’s Merry Manor, Plymouth. Survivors include Auburn residents. Services took place Saturday in First United Methodist Church of Plymouth, with Rev. Larry Marhanka officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery. Memorials are to the Marshall County Community Foundation/ First United Methodist Church Endowment.

Earl Huffman FINDLAY, Ohio — Earl Willard Huffman, 68, of Findlay, Ohio, died Dec. 12, 2013, in Blanchard Valley Hospital. Survivors include DeKalb County residents. Services will take place at 4 p.m. Wednesday, in Hufford Family Funeral Home, 1500 Manor Hill Rd., Findlay. Calling is from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials are to the family, in care of Hufford Family Funeral Home.

Phyllis Nelson HOMER, Mich. — Phyllis Jeanette Nelson, 93, of Homer, Mich., died Dec. 10, 2013, in Arbor Manor Rehabilitation and Care Center, Spring Arbor, Mich. She was born in Hamilton. Services will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday in the First Presbyterian Church of Homer, with Rev. Timothy Marvil officiating. Private burial will take place at a later date in Fairview Cemetery, Home. Calling is from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday in First Presbyterian Church of Homer. Memorials are to the First Presbyterian Church of Homer or to the Homer VFW Auxiliary. Kempf Funeral Home, Marshall, Mich., is handling arrangements.


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Eastside wrestlers defeated by Eagles BY JEFF JONES BUTLER — Visiting Churubusco defeated the Eastside Blazers 57-18 in a Northeast Corner Conference wrestling match Dec. 10 at Butler. The Eagles recorded pins at 106, 138, 160, 170 and 285 to go with three Eastside forfeits. The Blazers got pins at 126, 152 and 182. Brandon Miller (126) pinned Churubusco’s Cody Thomas in 2:20. Gage DeLong (152) needed 1:29 to pin the Eagles’ Lyle McParlin. Terry Nickolson (182) pinned Churubusco’s Braydon Shively in 3:13. “They’ve got a bunch of tough guys in their lineup. We knew that going in,” said Eastside coach Joel Richman. “We didn’t do very well (Dec. 7 at the NECC Super Duals at Lakeland) and it carried over tonight, and for some reason, we started going to our backs and (ended up) getting pinned.

Churubusco 57, Eastside 18 182 — T.Nickolson (ES) won by pin over Shively (Ch), 3:12. 195 — Helbert (Ch) won by 11-7 dec. over J.Nickolson (ES). 220 — Harmon (Ch) won by forfeit. 285 — Martin (Ch) won by pin over Renfrow (ES), 2:23. 106 — Keefe (Ch) won by pin over Kiracofe (ES), :38. 113 — Stockstale (Ch) won by forfeit. 120 — Sonneburg (Ch) won by 7-2 dec. over Ross (ES). 126 — Miller (ES) won by pin over Thomas (Ch), 2:20. 132 — Stahlhut (Ch) won by forfeit. 138 — C.Downing (Ch) win by pin over Burns (ES), :54. 145 — Garete (Ch) won by 11-8 decision over Munsey (ES). 152 — DeLong (ES) won by pin over McParlin (Ch), 1:29. 160 — Partin (Ch) won by pin over Webb (ES), 1:51. 170 — Glick (Ch) won by pin over Franz (ES), 1:01.

Reserve Eastside 12, Churubusco 12 138 — Esslinger (Ch) won by pin over Alloway (ES), 3:32. 145 — Stucker (Ch) won by pin over Pringle (ES), 1:39. 170 — Rodman (ES) won by inj. def. over Speith (Ch), 1:58. 170 — Jarrard (ES) won by pin over Pulley (Ch), 3:54.

“That’s part of staying tough throughout a match and watching out for those spots to stay safe and getting into those dangerous positions where we’re going to give up pins.” Three decisions went against the Blazers. Eastside’s Codey Ross was defeated 7-2 by Churubusco’s R.J.

Sonneburg at 120 pounds. The Eagles’ Dean Garete used a late reversal to put away Eastside’s Brock Munsey 11-8 at 145 pounds. Churubusco’s Nick Helbert scored the final six points, including a three-point near-fall, to defeat Eastside’s Jennings Nickolson 11-7 at 195 pounds.

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Eastside’s Jennings Nickolson, top, tries to roll over his Churubusco opponent during their 195-pound match Dec. 10 in the Eastside Thunderdome. “We had a couple of close ones that didn’t go the way we needed them to go,”

Richman said. “We’ll build and work this week and a half and see what we have

for them at Carroll.” The Blazers wrestle at the Carroll Super Dual Dec. 21.

EASTSIDE SPORTS SCHEDULES Varsity boys bowling • Team tournament at Auburn, 10 a.m. Dec. 27. • DeKalb, here, 4:30 p.m. Jan. 6.

Varsity girls bowling • Team tournament at Auburn, 10 a.m. Dec. 27. • Garrett, here, 4:30 p.m. Jan. 6.

Varsity wrestling • Carroll Super Dual, 8:45 a.m. Dec. 21. • At Antwerp, Ohio with Edgerton, 6 p.m. Jan. 6.

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Eastside’s Brock Munsey applies a hold against his Churubusco opponent during a Dec. 10 wrestling match at Butler.

SPORTS IN BRIEF Varsity Boys Bowling Blazers improve record to 6-1 KENDALLVILLE — Eastside’s boys bowling team rolled to a 17-3 victory over Lakeland Dec. 10 at Kendallville. The win raises Eastside’s record to 6-1 in Northeast Bowling Conference standings. Steven Brock Webb, Derek Lilly and Kyle Brock won two games each for Eastside. Webb had games of 217 and 214. Lilly had games of 202 and 183.

Brock had games of 188 and 155. Matt David won one game with a 215 and also rolled a 145. Xavier Orr had a 144 and Kristian Hoff had a 136.

and also had a 144. Teresa Crozier had scores of 87 and 80. Bailie Eubanks had scores of 67 and 61. The Eastside girls are 2-5 overall.

Varsity Girls Bowling Eastside girls defeated

Varsity Boys Basketball Eastside-Prairie Heights games rescheduled

KENDALLVILLE — East Noble’s girls bowling team defeated Eastside 16-4 Dec. 10 at Kendallville. Briana Marquis won both of her games, with scores of 174 and 232. Erin Shuman and Mataya Nickolson won one game each. Shuman rolled a 176 and also had a 164. Nickolson had a 161

BUTLER — The Eastside-Prairie Heights varsity and reserve boys basketball games will be played Friday, Dec. 27 at Butler. The games were postponed due to the winter storm that went through northeast Indiana Saturday.


Varsity & reserve girls basketball • Lakeland, here, 6 p.m. Dec. 21. • South Adams tournament, Berne, Dec. 28. Eastside plays Seton Catholic at noon. Consolation game is at 6 p.m., championship game is at 8 p.m.

• At Lakeland, 6 p.m. Dec. 20. • Prairie Heights, here, 6 p.m. Dec. 27.

Jr. high boys basketball • At Fremont, 4:45 p.m. Dec. 17. • Central Noble, here, 5 p.m. Jan. 7.

Varsity & reserve boys basketball

Sixth-grade boys basketball

• Lakewood Park (varsity), here, 6 p.m. Dec. 17.

• At Hamilton, 5 p.m. Dec. 18.

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Eastside girls defeated at Prairie Heights BY JEFF JONES BRUSHY PRAIRIE — The Prairie Heights Panthers cruised to a 68-46 Northeast Corner Conference win over the Eastside Blazers at Stroh Friday. Eastside (0-7 overall, 0-4 NECC) came out in a trapping defense that slowed Prairie Heights initially. Once the Panthers solved it and got the ball across half-court, the Panthers’ McKenzie Kain went around the perimeter with three bombs in the opening quarter as the hosts led 12-6 after one. “We’ve been kind of timid offensively, and I’ve been on McKenzie Kain all year, ‘You’ve got to shoot, you’ve got to shoot,’ because she’s got a great shot,� Prairie Heights coach Jennifer Holden said. “Tonight, she just finally got that confidence to put it up.� For the game, Kain, a junior, nailed 5-of-6 three-point tries to score 22 points. Senior teammate Shawna Carbone didn’t have a point in the first quarter, but led all scorers with 26, with many of her points coming on second-chance opportunities. Carbone added a team-high 13 rebounds as Prairie Heights

Prairie Heights 68, Eastside 42 Players Moore g Shook g Crager g Ward f Minehart f Moughler Yoder Steffen Whitman Totals

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Eastside’s Maddy Minehart pulls a rebound away from a Prairie Heights player during Friday’s game at Stroh. Minehart had 24 points and 14 rebounds, but Eastside lost, 68-46. held a 35-29 advantage in that category. “Everybody was more confident tonight, and we had different people step up tonight,� Holden said. “It was a good night. “They did a nice job of seeing each other, getting

the ball up the floor and keeping their heads up,� she added. “I couldn’t be happier.� The Panthers improved to 5-5 overall, and 2-3 in conference play. The Blazers forged a 12-12 in the second

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following slashing scores by Kaci Shook and Brianna Moore and score in the paint by Maddy Minehart, but the Panthers scored the next seven, including another Kain bomb. After Eastside’s Moore scored from the lane,

Carbone scored all eight points in the Panthers’ 8-0 run. Later, teammate Rene Lewis got in on the three-ball show with one from the wing, and Kain hit two free throws as Prairie Heights led 32-18 at halftime.

The Panthers finished the game making 26-of-60 field goal tries (43 percent) and 7-of-16 (44 percent) beyond the arc. The Blazers were 18-of-49 (37 percent) from the field and 1-of-6 (17 percent) from three-point range. Lewis would finish with eight points and four steals. Haley Kleeberg contributed six rebounds and four points, Saige Dunafin added four assists, and Alicia Beechy had six points and three assists. Eastside got 24 points and 14 rebounds from Minehart. Ward added eight points and six rebounds. Blazer coach Shane Conwell declined comment after the game.

Eastside JV 36, Prairie Heights 19 All seven Blazer players figured in the scoring. Emma Moughler had eight points and Casey Whitman added seven to lead Eastside to the victory. Hannah Yoder had five points, Bethany Malcolm and Ashley Steffen had four each, and Maria Christeson scored two points. Jordon LeMay had eight points and Terris Elkins had six for Prairie Heights.

Braves defeat Blazers, 66-42 FORT WAYNE — Host Blackhawk defeated the Eastisde Blazers 66-42 in a nonconference boys basketball game at Fort Wayne Dec. 10. Wesley Davidson had 27 points to lead the Braves (2-2). Blackhawk led 17-10 after one quarter and 31-23 at halftime.

Eastside (2-2) got 13 points from Ryan Liechty and 10 points from P.J. Dean. “Their speed in transition gave us trouble,� Eastside coach Ryan Abbott said. “We shot poorly, and that resulted in transition opportunities for them,� Abbott added. The Blazers were just

13-of-68 (22 percent) from the field for the game. Liechty had six rebounds and Dean grabbed five. Cade Willard had three assists. Eastside hosts Lakewood Park tonight, Dec. 17. The Blazers visit Lakeland to open Northeast Corner Conference season play Friday at LaGrange.

Blackhawk 66, Eastside 42 Eastside Liechty 13, Dean 10, Moughler 5, Singer 4, Sprunger 3, Willard 3, Baker 2, Renier 2, Beard 0, Brow 0. Blackhawk Wes Davidson 27, Reimchisel 13, Morlan 12, Will Davidson 8, Rippe 3, Wharton 3. Eastside Blackhawk

10 13 8 11 — 42 17 14 16 19 — 66

Three-point FG — Dean 2, Liechty 2; Moughler, Sprunger and Willard 1 each.


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Eastside’s Leah Ward is fouled as she boxes out a Prairie Heights player for a rebound during Friday’s basketball game. Ward had eight points and six rebounds.

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Pictured above are senior members of Eastside’s boys basketball team. In front is manager Abby Becher. Kneeling, from left, are Tristan Sprunger, Ryan Liechty and Kadis Renier.

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BY SUE CARPENTER GARRETT — The safety and integrity of a building housing a longtime Garrett auto dealership is under investigation following a roof collapse Monday morning. Firefighters responded at 8:30 a.m. to Bill Yoder Ford in downtown Garrett, according to reports. City planner Milton Otero said the estimated 7-inch snowfall last weekend more than likely was a contributing factor in the collapse. The service area of the structure had some broken support beams, Otero said. Mechanic Mark Krider was injured when he fell while escaping the area as the collapse occurred, officials said. A DeKalb EMS ambulance crew took him for treatment. Police and fire personnel strung police tape around the entire building and blocked the intersection at the corner of Quincy and Randolph streets in fear the building might continue to weaken through the day, according to officials at the scene. Insurance investigators and the county building

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The interior of the Yoder Ford service shop shows damage from a roof collapse Monday morning, including broken support beams. inspector were expected to examine the structure later today. Two vehicles were in the shop area of the garage, one pickup truck remains on a hoist for repair. The heating system and other infrastructure dangled from the ceiling. The sales area at the front of the building was not in jeopardy at the time, officials said.

City electric utility workers and NIPSCO gas utility workers dug through packed snow along an alley to disconnect lines to the building. The Garrett police and fire departments were assisted by city utility workers, NIPSCO and DeKalb EMS, along with the city planner and county building inspector.

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BUTLER CITY COURT NEWS • Ferdinand Thurman, Garrett, possession of paraphernalia, $243 (AUB). • Makenzie D. Timberlin, Auburn, speeding, $148 (DC). • Sa A. Tun, Kennewick, Wash., no seat belt, $25 (ISP). • Michelle A. Watson, Kalamazoo, Mich., speeding, $148 (ISP).

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Butler, no seat belt, $25 (BPD). • Vernis Handshoe, Butler, no seat belt, $25 (BPD). • Amy L. Healy, Plymouth, speeding, $148 (AUB). • Christopher Heffley, Auburn, no seat belt, $25 (ISP). • Kilee S. Heil, Auburn, speeding, $133 (DC). • Mahamat S. Ibrahim, Fort Wayne, no seat belt, $25 (ISP). • Aaron P. Jeffery, Garrett, no seat belt, $25 (AUB). • Hassane Kara, Bronx, N.Y., no seat belt, $25 (ISP). • Eugene L. Kessler, Auburn, open container violation, $193 (AUB). • Paul E. King, Butler, no seat belt, $25 (ISP). • Brian S. Lambert, Fort Wayne, speeding, $173 (DC). • Jesse W. Lepley, Pleasant Lake, speeding, $133 (AUB). • John E. Liechty, Auburn, no seat belt, $25 (AUB). • Stephen J. Lucas, Cecil, Ohio, speeding, $148 (ISP). • James A. Minick, Fort Wayne, no child restraint, $25 (AUB); no child restraint, $25 (AUB). • Christine L. Mulligan, Bay City, Mich., speeding, $179 (DC). • Todd D. Noble, Hudson, no seat belt, $25 (AUB). • Arthur D. Perdue, Fort Wayne, no seat belt, $25 (AUB). • Frank L. Pierce, Battle Creek, Mich., speeding, $133 (ISP). • Dale R. Rabineau, Butler, no seat belt, $25 (ISP). • Tristin D. Ramirez, Nappanee, speeding, $148 (ISP). • Nicholas D. Randall, Fort Wayne, no seat belt, $25 (AUB). • Donald A. Riley, Hamilton, expired registration, $158 (AS). • Towns B. Roberts III, Acworth, Ga., speeding, $148 (AUB). • John J. Schuld, West Lake, Ohio, speeding, $154 (WPD). • Jacob M. Sherfield, Auburn, speeding, $133 (AUB). • Joy Shwe, Fort Wayne, speeding, $148 (ISP). • Chad A. Singer, South Bend, speeding, $133 (DC). • Nathaniel M. Sorg, Garrett, disregarding stop sign, $154 (DC). • Jackson R. Spore, Bloomington, speeding, $173 (DC); possession of paraphernalia, $243 (DC). • Loretta Stephens, Auburn, no seat belt, $25 (AUB); no child restraint, $25 (AUB). • Forrest W. Tabor, Warsaw, speeding, $154 (ISP). • Lois A. Taritas, Fort Wayne, speeding, $148 (ISP).


The following tickets were paid in Butler City Court, Dec. 5-12. The dollar amount at the end of each listing indicates fines, court costs, and civil penalties assessed by the court. Notations in parentheses after each listing represents the agency issuing the ticket. A code to law enforcement agencies follows this report. • Derek M. Aby, Butler, driving while suspended, $243 (BPD). • William R. Adams, Paducah, Ky., speeding, $148 (ISP). • Davin W. Alleshouse, Butler, no seat belt, $25 (ISP). • Jonathan R. Alt, Kendallville, speeding, $133 (ISP). • Tyler E. Artfitch, Fort Wayne, speeding, $179 (DC). • Ralph L. Beam, Fort Wayne, expired plates, $133 (AUB). • Byron D. Behm, Chanhassen, Minn., speeding, $148 (DC). • Micah A. Bowling, Garrett, operating a vehicle without financial responsibility, $193 (AUB). • Jack L. Braun, Kendallville, no seat belt, $25 (AUB). • Roger A. Buss, Auburn, no seat belt, $25 (AUB). • Robert D. Carper, Decatur, speeding, $148 (AUB). • Joshua A. Carter, Butler, speeding, $133 (BPD). • Jamie M. Coffman, LaGrange, no seat belt, $25 (AUB). • Wayne A. Crowl, Pleasant Lake, speeding, $133 (BPD). • Isaac Dee, Fort Wayne, no seat belt, $25 (ISP). • Tennille M. Evers, Butler, speeding, $148 (BPD); speeding, $154 (BPD). • Carol A. Farney, Fort Wayne, speeding, $154 (ISP). • Terry G. Finney, Fort Wayne, speeding, $133 (AUB). • Michael S. Fritz, Spencerville, speeding, $154 (DC). • Peter J. Gabet, Fort Wayne, no seat belt, $25 (AUB). • Kimberly A. Gettys, Spencerville, no seat belt, $25 (AUB). • Michael J. Giamportone, Marysville, Mich., speeding, $154 (ISP). • Jacob U. Gilpin, Corunna, speeding, $133 (DC). • Michael L. Glass, Fort Wayne, speeding, $154 (AUB). • Ronnie B. Goss, Ashley, speeding, $154 (DC). • Nora L. Gray, Hamilton, speeding, $148 (WPD). • Mark A. Greuter, Auburn, no seat belt, $25 (AUB). • Kayota E. Handshoe,

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The reverend (John VanDyke), right, performs a ceremony for parishioners, from left, Jenny (Shila Hartley), Anna (Jessica Simmons), Keckley (Lauren Koch) and, in back, Drake (Collin Weingartner) and Bill (Jacob Coats) during a scene from Eastside’s production of “A Civil War Story.”

Play from Page 1 “In the letters, soldiers wrote about disease, including what they called ‘camp disease,’ which many soldiers died of,” Albert said. Songs came from various war-related shows, and a back screen is used to depict

battle scenes and historical images. The cast includes Coats, Wilson, Brittany Baker, C.J. Carpenter, Lindsey Halliburton, Kyle Hamilton, Shila Hartley, Lauren Koch, Collin Langford, Doug Lortie, David McCallister,

Gabrielle Reed, Jessica Simmons, Sarah Strong, Rebeccah Teller, Collin Weingartner, Taylor Wojciechowski, Tyler Woods and John VanDyke, Albert as Abraham Lincoln and Eastside alumnus Aaron Surface as a slave.

Winter from Page 1 issued a winter weather warning for LaGrange County Saturday afternoon when the county was expected to get heavy lake effect snowfall. The winter weather warning was lifted after 6 p.m. Most area school districts declared school delays Sunday evening for Monday. DeKalb Eastern, DeKalb Central, Garrett-KeyserButler and Lakewood Park Christian School all announced two-hour delays Sunday evening. Temperatures Monday morning were forecast to be in the low single digits

throughout the area. Many back roads and side streets were still covered with snow from Saturday’s storm. A check with area sheriff department dispatchers indicated no serious accidents, and no officials declared snow emergencies. “I think people had adequate warning the snow was coming and pretty much stayed off the roads,” said DeKalb County emergency management director Roger Powers. Vehicle slide offs were reported in Noble, LaGrange and Steuben counties as road conditions stayed slick. County highway department snow plows and municipal

plow trucks were busy Saturday trying to keep with the falling snow. No roads were reported closed due to the snow. Indiana Michigan Power Company’s website reported no power outages in the area. The Indiana Department of Transportation reported more than 100 trucks worked around the clock plowing and salting to keep state highways open for traffic. Many residents broke out their snowblowers and shovels for the first time to dig out from Saturday’s snowfall.

BY JEFF JONES BUTLER — The Butler Board of Works and City Council put the final wraps on 2013 at their last meetings of the year Monday. Police Chief Jim Nichols invited Mayor Ron Walter and City Council members to participate in two “Shop with a Cop” nights Wednesday and Friday. As of Monday’s meeting, Nichols said the department had received a record $4,600 in donations, and 20 children had signed up. The shopping trips include a meal for the children. City Council members Ron Baker, Tammy Davis, Jerry Eldridge, Eric Johnson and Larry Moore agreed to borrow $10,589.47 from the general fund to pay expenses for the Safe Routes to School project. That money will be reimbursed once payment from the State of Indiana arrives, Clerk-Treasurer Angela Eck said. The council also approved two resolutions: • A total transfer of $51,398 within accounts

of several funds to avoid negative balances. The transfers do not represent new expenditures, but rather a shift of excess monies in one fund to another with a shortfall. The transfers affect the general, motor vehicle highway, parks and recreation, clerk record perpetuation, Thompson Block and fire territory operating funds; and • A resolution to encumber more than $220,400 into 2014. According to Eck, this represents contracts and purchases made in 2013 that will not be completed by the end of the year. Included in the encumbrances are $6,000 to Carper Farm Supply for mosquito spraying; more than $164,000 for street paving that has been delayed until spring; and various purchases for the Butler Fire Department, including an electronic sign, a hydraulic tool power unit and upgrades to the keyless entry system. Davis, Eldridge and Moore thanked city employees for their hard work this year, especially during the recent winter storm.

While 2013 presented challenges, they weren’t insurmountable, Moore and Walter said. They expressed caution and optimism looking ahead to 2014. “People will see a lot of things happen the next couple of years, with the water, sewer and street work at R.E. Jones Road,” Walter said. The Board of Works learned a $25,000 offer has been made for the former utility office building at 201 S. Broadway. Board members Tammy Davis and Eric Johnson authorized city attorney Gerald McNerney to submit a counter offer of $34,500, which represents the average of two appraisals on the building. McNerney and city planner Steve Bingham will explore costs associated with an environmental study of the vacant Engineered Materials building on East Main Street. It will probably be sometime in 2014 before they learn any costs, they said. They will report their findings back to the board.

Czaja from Page 1 some pills earlier that day, the affidavit said. Officers also found a rifle in the vehicle, as well as a handgun, the affidavit said. When Tamez arrived on the scene, he was advised that Czaja seemed to be under the influence of drugs, Tamez said in the affidavit. He conducted standardized field sobriety tests and Czaja failed all three tests, Tamez said. Czaja told police he had

taken three different medications earlier that day and taken a nap before waking up to go and pick up his daughter from school, the affidavit said. When police asked Czaja about driving over a curb at the high school, he stated he had backed over the curb, the affidavit said. When police asked him about it later, he stated he did not remember doing that, the

affidavit added. When asked about hitting the pole, Czaja stated that either his brakes were going bad or that he did not turn in time to avoid hitting it, the affidavit said. When asked about leaving the scene, Czaja said he saw police coming when he was still in the parking lot and that he pulled into Green Street, where he was stopped by police, the affidavit said.

Schools from Page 1 year will begin Aug. 1, 2014, with two-week breaks after each grading period, and end May 29, 2015, if approved. The board also: • approved the hiring of

Northeast Indiana Special Education Cooperative teacher Monica Farnham and 11 contracts for existing teachers with the cooperative; • moved its January

meeting to Jan. 13; and • accepted donations to the IMPACT Institute of $2,686.20 in parts for marine mechanics and $2,000 for a power feed dual bench for welding.



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