Meanwhile, though, I received two fanfic writing award from the absence_oflight award site, both for "She Would be Thirteen": Runner up in the GenFic Angst category, and a Judge's Choice award! This helps a bit with the extremely stressful and emotionally up-and-down Spring I've been having. (I'm messed up over my little girl graduating!) Here's the site, where great stories will be found:
Meanwhile, I've reported on a few somewhat odd stories that happened around here in the last week; thought I'd throw them out for those who might be interested:
Sadly, the horse died:
Firefighters rescued an Amish couple after a spooked horse dragged them into the Elkhart River in Ligonier Tuesday, April 28.
Police received a 911 call when witnesses saw a horse and buggy underwater, with two people clinging to the buggy, near Union Street and Rochester Road just before 7 p.m. Maynard and Luelon Hochstetler of Ligonier were reportedly inside the buggy when something panicked the horse, which pulled them into the river despite Mr. Hochstetler's attempts to get it stopped. The couple were able to get on top of the buggy as the current took it into high water, according to the Conservation Officer Rodney Clear.
Firefighters from the Cromwell and Ligonier Fire Departments brought a boat to the scene, and with the assistance of a State Conservation Officer were able to get the Hochstetlers out of the water. The horse, however, drowned, and authorities came out the next day to retrieve it and the buggy from the water.
The couple was examined at the scene by Noble County EMS personnel, and later taken home by Ligonier Police officers.
Turkey Crash Damages Car
A turkey caused damage to a passing car when it ran wild onto SR 8 east of Albion Thursday.
Jerry Hartman of Wawaka was surprised, but not hurt, when the turkey entered the road near CR 500E at about 6:53 p.m., according to the Noble County Sheriff's Department. After hitting the bird Hartman drove to the Sheriff's Department to report the accident, which damaged his 2003 Pontiac and killed the bird.
Bounty Hunter Comes to Noble County to Net One, Lose One
A wanted person is in jail and another at large after a run-in with a bounty hunter in northern Noble County early Thursday.
Bounty hunter Joseph Burdsall and a partner called for police just after 1 a.m. after tracking two wanted suspects to an apartment in Wolcottville, according to the Noble County Sheriff's Department. Burdsall was after Kayla Sturdivant, 24, of Wolcottville, and Jason Robert Wallen, 24, of Auburn.
Before officers could arrive to assist, a 2002 Jeep with three people in it stopped by, picked up the suspects, and headed south on SR 9 toward Rome City. The bounty hunters followed, telling dispatchers that the occupants of the Jeep were trying to evade them, until the vehicle finally pulled into a driveway along Northport Rd, near CR 325W. Their pursuers blocked the vehicle in, and were able to take Sturdivant into custody, but Wallen ran off into a nearby woods.
Sheriff's Deputy Brandon Chordas and Kendallville K-9 Officer Glenn Hurst tracked Wallen toward the southeast, reportedly finding articles of clothing along the way, but the track stopped at the next county road; Wallen apparently found a ride and fled from the area.
Burdsall had reported items being tossed from the Jeep, and when police searched Wallen's and Sturdivant's belongings they allegedly found the making of a methamphetamine lab in a backpack. They impounded the vehicle, and an Indiana State Police Lab Team was called in to take care of the dangerous chemicals. That team was already on the scene of a separate meth lab in LaGrange County at the time.
Sturdivant was already wanted on three warrants, including meth related charges, out of a Noble County Court, while Wallen has active Dekalb County warrants on similar charges. Sheriff's Sgt. Terry Waikel and the Noble County Prosecutor's Office were working on new drug related charges for both; meanwhile, Sturdivant was taken to the Noble County Jail and Wallen remained on the run.
The three other occupants of the Jeep, which is owned by Aaron K. Lockhart, 31, of Auburn, were not immediately charged.
(Joe posted another newspaper's version of the events at his website: http://www.joebountyhunter.com/
And, just to keep our busy streak going:
The occupants of a residence that caught fire south of Albion managed to escape last week, but their home was heavily damaged.
The front of the building at 0498 N 50 W was gutted, but damage to the rear was mainly from smoke and heat, and fire officials believe some of the contents can be salvaged. It took firefighters only 16 minutes to bring the fire under control Wednesday, April 29, even though the front of the one story wood frame structure was engulfed in flames when they arrived at 10:03 a.m.
Assistant Albion Fire Chief Aaron Knight credited an aggressive fire attack, which allowed fire crews to get inside and contain the flames to the front portion of the building. Extensive overhaul was necessary to completely extinguish the flames, and fire units were on the scene until about noon.
An unattended burning candle, possibly knocked over by a pet, is believed to be the origin of the fire. Officials say the exact cause can't be determined with certainty, but other sources of ignition have been ruled out. Occupants of the house, owned by Norma and Leonard Morris, were able to escape and get the family pets out with them.
Sixteen Albion firefighters brought two fire engines, two tankers and a rescue truck to the scene, and were backed up by the crews of four Noble Township fire trucks. The Churubusco and Thorn Creek fire departments were called out for standby during the incident, while the Albion Police Department, Noble County Sheriff's Department, Noble County EMS, and Noble REMC assisted at the scene. The Red Cross was contacted to lend assistance to the family.
Fire crews came to the residence again just before 5 p.m., to extinguish a small rekindle of the fire.