The east side of Fort Wayne will be home to the city’s fifth roundabout.
Board of Public Works members Wednesday approved a $94,900 contract with Crossroad Engineers to study the intersection of Landin, Maysville and Trier roads and design a roundabout to replace the current four-way stop.
City traffic engineer Shan Gunawardena said the intersection is ideal for a roundabout because it has imbalanced traffic, with a lot of cars on some legs and not many on others and the angles are imperfect. In addition, Gunawardena said, it is on the border with New Haven and so is a gateway to the city.
The study and design work will take place next year, he said, with construction slated for 2015.
The city has a roundabout on Old Mill Road, two at Pontiac and Wayne Trace, and is constructing a fourth next summer at the intersection of Fairfield Avenue and Ewing and Superior streets.
by Beth Stauffer
New Haven High School recently welcomed Darren Peterson as the school’s full-time Resource Officer. Officer Peterson fills the vacancy left by previous Resource Officer, Gordon Allen, who left the position in November.
According to Officer Peterson, who will mark 20 years as a police officer with the City of New Haven this coming February, his days at New Haven High School are busier than ever. “My days are going a lot faster than they did on patrol,” said Officer Peterson on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013. “I’m really enjoying my time here.”
Officer Peterson isn’t imagining things; Resource Officers at NHHS really do move along at quite clip according to statistics that New Haven Police Chief Steve Poiry shared with New Haven Bulletin on December 4th, 2013. According to three year averages since 2010, the New Haven Resource Officer has been responsible for, among other things, per school year:
- Completing 214 assignments
- Filing 92 written reports
- Counseled 250 students
- Prevented 52 incidents
- Completed 23 home visits
- Located 13 truant students
- Made 36 arrests
- Issued 5 citations
- Completed 7 child safety programs
Police Chief Poiry says he is often asked why there is a need to have a police officer in the school with the speculation that it would be better to have an officer out on patrol on the street. “The stats are pretty impressive, and speak for themselves,” said Chief Poiry. “The arrangement saves having to send a patrol car over to the school, and the Resource Office is oftentimes just as busy if not busier than the officers we have on the street.”
As one can see from the list of basic statistics Peterson’s predecessors have accumulated in previous years, his duties as a Resource Officer are many and varied, and include some things you might expect and others you might not.
Perhaps the single most important thing that Officer Peterson is doing in his new role as Resource Officer is to establish positive relationships with the students, says Principal Greg Mohler.
“We are all about relationships here,” said Principal Mohler of the school’s environment on Tuesday afternoon. “Right now, Officer Peterson is just getting his feet wet, but I have shared with him how important it is to get out and about. Meet the students, meet the staff, meet the faculty, get a feel for the lay of the land. He has some really big shoes to fill, with (NHPD) Detective Henry McKinnon and Officer Gordon Allen being our two previous Resource Officers.”
Even with those big shoes to fill, both Principal Mohler and Officer Peterson are confident that he is ready to hit the ground running. “I think Officer Peterson is enjoying his time here and doing a fine job of getting to know everyone. The kids are very receptive to him as are the staff and faculty,” said Principal Mohler.
Of course, Officer Peterson is quick to point out that while relationships are important, “The safety and security of the school is my foremost priority.”
Officer Peterson, Chief Poiry, and Principal Mohler emphatically agree on this point.
“Primarily, he is there to promote school safety and enable a safe learning environment for the students, faculty, and staff,” said Chief Poiry.
Principal Mohler added, “It’s not that we have an abundance of problems, but I can’t imagine not having a resource officer here. It is just another preventative measure that we can take to keep our students, faculty, staff, and visitors safe. Officer Peterson serves not just as the law of the land, but as a positive role model and a trusted figure that students can turn to.”
NEW HAVEN 52, NORTHROP 40
New Haven: McElvene 18, Hogue 13, Griggs 11, Wattlely 2, Kinnie 7, Wilbert 1Northrop: Starks 2, Wilson 3, Thomas 2, Wright 2, Claypool 12, Becirevic 14, Carey 3, Tennant 2
One of northeast Indiana’s most productive high school football players is headed south. Not all that far south, however.
New Haven receiver/defensive back Jordan Hogue, who helped the Bulldogs go 11-2 this fall, win the Northeast Hoosier Conference and reach the regionals, announced Tuesday evening that he was committing to Ball State.
His football focus, however, shifts 65 or so miles south to Muncie, where Hogue says he’s likely to be a slot receiver.
“I like how they pass the ball around in their offense, and also with their slot position they have a senior there who will be gone, which will leave open a spot,” Hogue said. “If I do what I have to do and work hard I could get some playing time as a freshman.”
Hogue caught 48 passes for 918 yards this season and scored 106 points on 17 touchdowns and four extra points. He also intercepted seven passes from his position in the defensive backfield.
He said Tuesday night that Indiana and Purdue had expressed interest in him, but that his only other offer came from Bowling Green, another Mid-American Conference school.
New Haven Police are investigating a violent home invasion and robbery that happened last Friday night.
Derick and Melissa Wildstar live in a mobile home in New Haven. Derick Wildstar said he heard a knock on the door while he and his wife were in bed. He assumed it was his neighbors, so when he opened the door, two robbers came rushing in and put a gun in his face.
“[They] forced me on the floor over there by the garbage barrel over there and went after my wife,” he said.
Melissa Wildstar was in bed at the time. She said one of the robbers grabbed her by her hair, dragged her from the bedroom and asked, ‘where’s your money’.
“I watched them beat my husband. There was nothing I could do. So I was screaming and yelling,” she said.
During the invasion, the robbers took some electronics, such as a laptop and a gaming system. Melissa Wildstar said one of the men eventually sexually assaulted her. She kept screaming and the robbers eventually ran off.
“The wife did a good job by making as much noise as possible by screaming as loud as she could,” said Detective Henry McKinnon with the New Haven Police Department.
He said after the invasion and assault, the couple left their mobile and went to the local Kroger, then called police.
“They did everything they could. But nonetheless, they’re going through a lot of anger right now, a lot of humiliation,” Det. McKinnon said.
If you have any information about this home invasion or who could be involved, call New Haven Police at (260) 493-1517 or Fort Wayne Crime Stoppers at (260) 436-STOP.
by Beth Stauffer
After a big snowfall, have you ever contemplated how long it takes New Haven Street Department workers to plow all 80 miles of roadway in the city?
Ever dreamed about going behind the scenes at the New Haven Adams Township Fire Department and getting a first-hand look at the fire trucks and fire pole?
When was the last time you looked outside your front window and wished you could ask someone who could actually do something about it what you can be done about getting your neighbors to mow and move the twelve junker cars out of the front yard?
Has the thought ever crossed your mind what would happen to your family if a major disaster struck New Haven?
Have you ever wondered how your tax dollars are spent locally, or what exactly the Police Department, Mayor, or Parks Department, or City Council does to make New Haven a better place?
If you answered an emphatic ‘Yes’ to any of the above questions, then I have good news for you! Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 New Haven’s Citizen Academy which is set to begin on January 27th, 2014 at City Hall from 6:00-8:30 pm.
The 9 session academy will answer all of the questions outlined above (with the exception of the whole getting-a-first-hand-look-at-the-fire-pole-thing. Sadly, the New Haven-Adams Township Station #3 doesn’t have a fire pole, just stairs.) The Citizen’s Academy also promises to help participants gain a deeper understanding of how local government works, meet local government leaders and department heads, learn about opportunities for community based partnership and programs and how to help improve a liveable, sustainable community in addition to other valuable civic lessons.
The Citizen’s Academy is free and open to any New Haven resident that is interested in learning more about local government. An application, which is due by January 22nd, 2014, is available online by clicking here: http://www.newhavenin.org/egov/docs/1383931312_485626.pdf
Did you keep a New Year’s Resolution in 2013, or achieve a life-long goal? Beth would love to hear about, and tell your story right here on New Haven Bulletin! No story is too big or small, and no one is too young or too old– we are looking for all kinds of interesting people to write about this December! Send her an e-mail at Beth@BethStauffer.com or give her a call at 260-602-5230.
New Haven Police are looking for a man who robbed a New Haven gas station Sunday night and took a customer out of the store by gunpoint.
It happened at the BP station on the corner of SR 930 and Green Road.
Detective Henry McKinnon said the man walked into the store wearing a gray hoodie and dark-colored sweatpants. Once he was inside, he used his undershirt to hide part of his face. He pulled out his gun, approached the counter, interrupted a transaction. and pointed his gun into the cashier’s face. Eventually, the robber reached over and grabbed an undisclosed amount of money out of the register.
“On his way out, he decided to grab a customer who was inside, take her by the arm, and lead her out the store,” said McKinnon.
The robber pointed the gun into the customer’s back on his way out of the gas station. He eventually took her out of the sight of the cameras.
“We can speculate at this point. He really didn’t make any comments to her until he was leaving. But, maybe it was either to make it look natural like he’s walking out with somebody to cover the fact that he had a gun,” said Det. McKinnon.
McKinnon said once they were out of the range of cameras, he made a sexual gesture at her and took off.
“Up until this point, I’ve never seen anything like this,” said McKinnon.
If you have any information about the robber involved in the BP gas station robbery, you’re asked to call New Haven Police.
by Beth Stauffer
In a season that highlights all the many things we have to be thankful for, here’s one right here in New Haven that you may have overlooked: our local teenagers. Without much ado at all, a group of local teens have been quietly busy this fall doing a lot of good in the New Haven community while encouraging other young people to do the same.
Just prior to Thanksgiving, the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (MYAC) spearheaded the 3rd annual food drive to benefit the New Haven Food Bank. Students from 3 local schools, including New Haven High School, New Haven Primary, and New Haven Middle School, participated in the food drive and raised a total of 4,061 items. New Haven High School students donated the most canned goods, 2,084 items in all.
On a crisp Monday evening in November, members of MYAC gathered together along with volunteers from the NHHS Key Club at City Hall to sort and transport the food drive collection to the food bank storage facility.
Elizabeth Reed, a Sophomore at NHHS and a MYAC member, was in attendance to lend a hand, and she even brought a friend along to help, too. “We are having a lot of fun,” said Reed with a smile. “There’s a lot of bumping around into people going around,” she added.
NHHS Senior and MYAC member Angela Lahr said she was pleased with the outcome of this year’s food drive. “We just wanted to try and outdo ourselves and collect more than we did last year,” said Lahr. “This year we really upped the competition at the schools and got the different schools in the community more involved. At NHHS, we actually had teachers going against each other to get students to bring in the most donations.”
Fellow NHHS Senior and MYAC Secretary Kelly Workman added, “This food drive is for the New Haven Food Bank, so it’s actually helping the people around us,” said Workman.
Will Reed, a Freshman at IPFW, six year MYAC member and Vice-President , says that the council is involved in much more around town than just the annual food drive. “We do other community service projects that benefit New Haven. Last weekend, we raked leaves for a disabled woman, and we did Great Kids, Great Communities with Judge Pratt,” said Reed. According to Reed, the New Haven area also had a better census turnout in 2012 because of MYACs involvement with the Census Bureau; the Census Bureau is eager to have the teens assist with the future data collections.
When asked which service project she enjoys the most, Workman responded, “Leaf raking, because you get to meet the person you are helping out.”
Alyssa McMichael, President of MYAC, agrees. “Yes, you can actually see that you are really helping them and making them happy and that makes you feel really good about yourself.”
McMichael also feels really good about how MYAC is changing stereotypes about teenagers. “We’re really changing a lot of perspectives that adults have about teens right now,” said McMichael. “Many adults think that teens are just into drugs and drinking, but that isn’t true. MYAC is all about making difference.”
“The lady that we raked for said that before we first came and started the work, she didn’t want us to do it because we were teens,” recalled Lahr, adding, “but once we actually showed up and started and were nice to her and did a good job, she liked us so much she said she wanted us to come back every year!”
“I think being a part of this group and being able to help others is truly a blessing, and something to be proud of,” said McMichael, “and, being a part of community, that’s what we should do—help others and be proud to do our civic duty.”
This is one group of young people that the city of New Haven should be very thankful to have around.