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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Court docs: ‘If I’m going to prison for this, I’m going to prison for rape too’

By Sara Wagner


New Haven Police are asking for the public for help as they try to track down a man they said should be considered extremely dangerous. Michael Ladig has been on the run since May 2014.

He is accused of brutally beating his girlfriend multiple times, putting her in the hospital for days, and of attempted rape.

The first beating happened on May 21. Ladig and his girlfriend at the time, Catherine Anderson, had just come home from a cookout.  He hit her in the back of the head and punched her in the face. He told Anderson,”I know you’re cheating on me, I just saw you get out of their car.” Anderson asked him what he was talking about. She then reminded him they came home together, but he continued to beat her. According to the probable cause, Anderson told police she couldn’t fight back because she was in shock and that Ladig was much bigger than her.

Anderson told police Ladig also choked her, beat her, and drug her around their trailer. She said the beatings lasted around three to four hours. She also said Ladig told her he was going to “squeeze the life out of her.” He also broke her nose and split one of her eyelids open.  Anderson told police she remembered thinking he was going to kill her and she wouldn’t be able to take her daughter to school the next day. He then grabbed a knife out of the sink and tried to stab her in the neck.  The blade caught the hollow part of her gage earring and broke. She tried to call 911 on two different phones, but Ladig broke both of them.


POSTED: 08/22/14 at 6:37 am

The Cellular Connection to donate college scholarships to nearly 300 children nationwide

Nation’s largest Verizon Premium Wireless Retailer’s “Color for College” program to give $1,500 scholarships to 300 students

Children ages 13 and younger in New Haven have the opportunity to receive college scholarships by simply doing one of their favorite activities: coloring. The Cellular Connection, the largest Verizon Premium Wireless Retailer in the U.S., announces today that its “Color for College” program will donate $1,500 college scholarships to students nationwide at nearly 300 of its stores.

Displaying image001.pngFrom Aug.3-31, participating TCC stores across the U.S. are inviting local families to bring their children to the store to color a pre-printed page from TCC and complete the entry information on the back. One $1,500 scholarship will be given to the winning submission at each participating store in the form of a 529 college savings plan that cannot be redeemed until the student attends college. No purchase necessary. Winners will be selected in a random drawing on Sept. 5. Parents and guardians of the winners will be contacted by Sept. 30 with details of how to redeem the scholarships.

The participating store in New Haven is located at 326 State Road 930 West.

The “Color for College” program falls on the heels of TCC donating 100,000 backpacks to students across the U.S. during its annual School Rocks Backpack Giveaway that took place on Aug. 2.

“We are excited to contribute to children’s education through our ‘Culture of Good’ movement,” said Scott Moorehead, president and CEO of TCC. “This is how our company gives back to the communities where we do business, and education is a primary focus of these efforts. In the end, we want both parents and kids to know we care and their education matters to us.”

To learn more about TCC, visit Consumers can also find more information about the company at and

More information about the “Color for College” initiative is available on YouTube. Supporters of the program are encouraged to use hashtag #cultureofgood on Instagram and Twitter to help spread the word.

Learn more about TCC’s “Culture of Good” by visiting


POSTED: 08/22/14 at 7:00 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

Jury Pool 2014 Final Weekend

Reminder that Jury Pool will be open this weekend, August 23 & 24 from the hours of 12:00 – 7pm weather permitting. Great way to beat the weather (heat) forecast for this weekend!

Any questions contact the park office at 749-2212, Jury pool at 245-0152

POSTED: 08/21/14 at 6:54 am. FILED UNDER: Entertainment, News, Schools

Hotel Fitness Championship announces two tournament week events for Fort Wayne families

The Western Golf Association, host of the 2014 Hotel Fitness Championship (Aug. 25-31) at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, announces today two new elements to tournament week activities.

New this year, the Hotel Fitness Championship will be hosting Hometown Team Day on Aug. 30 in partnership with the Fort Wayne TinCaps, Komets and Mad Ants. All fans wearing local professional team logos to the tournament that day (Hotel Fitness Championship gear included) will receive a free Hotel Fitness Championship program at the gate. There will be an autograph session with mascots from each team from 12:30-2 p.m.

The autograph signing will take place near the Lutheran Health Fan Village, a new fan-friendly area with multiple vendor booths. Organizations participating in the Fan Village include Community Harvest Food Bank, Lutheran Health Network, Eagle Classics sports memorabilia, Visit Fort Wayne and Hotel Fitness with a display of exercise equipment. Tournament merchandise will also be sold in the Fan Village, located near the practice putting green. Patrons are encouraged to visit daily as activities and giveaways will change regularly.

“We are excited to feature some fantastic organizations in our Lutheran Health Fan Village and add Hometown Team Day to our lineup of tournament week activities,” said Duke Butler IV, tournament director, on behalf of the WGA. “The theme day will bring the excitement of the diamond, rink and court to Sycamore Hills Golf Club and highlight Fort Wayne as a fantastic sports town. The Hotel Fitness Championship is a fun event for the entire family, and we encourage parents to bring their kids out to the tournament.”

Juniors ages 16 and under are admitted free to the tournament when accompanied by a ticketed adult (two juniors for every ticketed adult).

The Hotel Fitness Championship is one of four Tour Finals events that will determine the 50 players who earn cards for the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season under the TOUR’s enhanced qualifying system.

Players eligible for the Hotel Fitness Championship include the top-75 money winners on the Tour at the conclusion of the Regular Season; players who finish 126-200 on the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup points list at the end of the TOUR’s Regular Season; and non-members who earn enough points to place them among 126-200 on the FedExCup points list at the end of the regular season.

To learn more about hospitality, volunteer and ticket options available, visit To learn more about the WGA and the Evans Scholars Foundation, visit

POSTED: 08/21/14 at 6:47 am. FILED UNDER: News, Sports

The following are the scores and stats for New Haven High School girls Volleyball vs Woodlan

New Haven won in 4 games…

Game 1- 25-8 (New Haven)

Game 2- 20-25 (Woodlan)

Game 3- 26-24 (New Haven)

Game 4- 25-20 (New Haven)

Annalea Francis lead with kills (6) and had 10 aces.

Andrea Jordan followed with  5 kills as well as Hadley Decker with 4 kills

Ashely Luginbill and Olivia Casterline both lead the team in digs with 7 each and Ashely also contributed 6 aces

Audrea lead the team in assists with 12 and Ella Cordray was right behind with 7 assists

Megan Kage lead the team in blocks with 4

The girls did an great job and it was a great way to start off the season!!

POSTED: 08/20/14 at 9:58 am. FILED UNDER: News, Sports

Wednesday, August 27, 2014… Come and hear both sides of the issue at the Park Hill Learning Center Auditorium 1000 Prospect Avenue New Haven, IN Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

The public is invited to a panel discussion on Wednesday, August 27, sponsored by the New Haven Chamber of Commerce, regarding the Single County Executive referendum, which will be on the ballot in Allen County on November 4.

The referendum will ask voters to decide whether Allen County’s model of government should be changed to one elected official instead of the current three-member board of county commissioners, and a nine-member County Council instead of the current seven-member body.

The event will be held at Park Hill Learning Center, 1000 Prospect Ave., in New Haven. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the panel will start at 6. Moderator is Andy Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW.

Panelists will include former State Representative Matt Bell, County Commissioner Nelson Peters, and representatives from No To One P.A.C.. Panelists will answer questions submitted by the audience.

For more information, please contact New Haven Chamber of Commerce President Charles Hatten at or call 260-749-4484.


POSTED: 08/20/14 at 7:46 am. FILED UNDER: News

Brickworld Fort Wayne 2014 – LEGO® Exposition

Brickworld is excited to be bringing their premiere LEGO display and exposition to Fort Wayne for the 4th consecutive year!

Once again, on Saturday and Sunday of the event, the displayers will put their creations on display in 32,000 square feet of space for the public to enjoy at the Grand Wayne Convention Center.

Bring the entire family for an afternoon of fun!  See spectacular creations all built from LEGO bricks by local LEGO enthusiasts. Enjoy interactive activities, such as the LEGO and DUPLO play brick areas, fighting robots, seek and finds, etc.  Buy your favorite LEGO sets, minifigures, and LEGO accessories from various vendors.

Buy public day tickets online at or at the door.

Buy public day tickets online at ( or at the door.

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 10 am – 6 pm

Sunday, October 12, 2014, 10 am – 4 pm

General Admission: $8.50 in advance

$9 Day of Show

POSTED: 08/18/14 at 6:55 am. FILED UNDER: Entertainment, News

Bob and Judy Geldien are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on August 29, 2014.  They were married on August 29, 1964 in Stony Ridge, Ohio.  They have already enjoyed a trip to Maui in February with their son Chris, daughter Wendy, and son-in-law Brian.  Bob and Judy will also celebrate with a western Caribbean cruise.  They are both enjoying retirement.   Bob worked for the K-Mart Distribution Center, Dana, and Affinia.  Judy taught elementary school for East Allen County Schools.

POSTED: 08/18/14 at 6:51 am. FILED UNDER: Announcements, News

Law enforcement agencies in northeastern Indiana are joining a national crackdown on impaired driving that will run through Labor Day.

The Fort Wayne and New Haven police departments and the Allen County Sheriff’s Department are part of the “‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign with zero tolerance for anyone attempting to drive while impaired.

Fort Wayne Police Lt. Tony Maze tells WANE-TV  officers will be working overtime to identify and catch impaired drivers. He says, “Drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be immediately arrested and taken to jail.”

Allen County had 373 alcohol-related total collisions last year. Six resulted in fatalities.

POSTED: 08/17/14 at 9:07 am. FILED UNDER: News



POSTED: 08/17/14 at 8:46 am. FILED UNDER: News


What:              New Haven Farmers Market

When:             August 20 from 4:00-7:00 pm & will run every Wednesday until September 24th.

Where:            Schnelker Park, 956 Park Ave., New Haven, IN 46774

The third season of the New Haven Farmers Market at Schnelker Park is in full swing!  Sponsored by the New Haven Parks and Recreation Department, this Farmers Market has a unique hometown, community-oriented feel.  Every week fresh, local produce is the feature of the market. Each week we add new vendors and additional variety with the changing of the season. We are located in the heart of downtown New Haven in a beautiful park with large shade trees and a playground and craft shed.

Each week will bring something different to the New Haven Farmers Market.  In addition to freshly made and locally grown foods from vendors including The Rustic Farm, Backyard Produce, Schwartz Produce and recently added, Cedar Creek Produce, there will be handmade soaps from Jada’s Love, Custom Quality meats, beautiful handmade jewelry, dog treats, and baked goods and other delicious goodies. There are inexpensive crafts and fun games for the kids. There is hands-on nature education activities put on by the Moser Park Nature Center and a featured non-profit group of the week as well.

We invite you to come to the park every Wednesday, get your produce and baked goods by shopping local, enjoy dinner from Andy’s Knock-Out Chicken  and then stay and play – you will be glad you did!

POSTED: 08/15/14 at 2:55 pm. FILED UNDER: Entertainment, News