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Sunday, April 20, 2014

The New Haven Police Department responded to a 911 call in reference to an armed robbery at the Speedway Station, located at Lincoln Hwy and Hartzell Rd in New Haven.

NHPD Officers arrived and met with Witness’s who stated there were two males, dressed in all black, with handguns and that they had just robbed the station. Witness’s stated the Suspect’s fled on foot Northbound from the station. Officers were told a White vehicle was involved and the vehicle located on Hartzell at the railroad crossing, stopped due to a train. The vehicle had two females inside, both were detained, however, the male suspect’s were not in the vehicle. One female, was held due to outstanding warrant and a local charge. A NHPD K9 tracked the area North of the station and located a handgun, that was involved in the robbery.

A Witness of the robbery spotted two males walking South on Brookwood Drive, South of SR 930. The Witness continued to watch the Suspect’s until an assisting FWPD Officer was in the area and took them into custody.

Both male suspect’s were charged with one count of robbery.

Suspect’s are as follows:

Dale A Leach M/W 22, 1 count of robbery

Alexander R Yoho M/W 24, 1 count of robbery

POSTED: 04/18/14 at 12:22 pm. FILED UNDER: News

Our 2014 Kids Against Hunger packing event, held on Friday and Saturday, April 11 and 12, was sponsored by Zion Lutheran Church, Friedheim along with Thrivent Community Greater Hoagland Group.

With the help of our community, we packed 85,968 meals during this 2014 event; which helped add to our prior successful campaigns. Over the past 5 years,  we have packed over 300,000 meals of which the majority was distributed locally to food distribution groups and school backpack programs in Adams, Wells, and Allen counties.

The meals,  from our 2014 event, were given to the following food distribution groups in Adams, Wells, and Allen county:  Compassionate Ministries/Project Share in Berne, Geneva Food Pantry, Decatur Church of God, Immanuel House Caring and Giving, St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Decatur, North Adams HERO MEALS (school backpack program), Wells County Food Pantry, St. Joe Hessen Cassel, and St. James Lutheran Church in New Haven with the remainder going to Mission Gautamala.

The meals on Friday, April 11, were packed by students from the following area Lutheran schools:  Bethlehem Ossian, Central New Haven, St. John–Emmanuel, St. Peter– Immanuel, Wyneken Memorial, and Zion,  Decatur.

Volunteers from the community packed meals on Saturday morning, April 12.  The volunteers came from Area Church groups, food pantries, 4-H clubs, Rotary Club, and schools.  We had volunteers from preschool to senior citizen.  This was a great family event, with one family representing three generations.  From planning, to set up, to packing, to clean up and delivery to the food pantries, we experienced the generosity of over 350 volunteers participating in our 2014 event.  Thank you for your efforts.

We would, also, like to extend our appreciation to the members of the surrounding community that supported our event financially.  With your continued support, we had another successful event; together, we are feeding the hungry.

Planning has already begun for our 2015 event, which is tentatively scheduled for March 27 and 28, 2015.  We look forward to another successful event.

Pastor Daniel Dahling, Jan Buuck, Dan Wietfeldt, Dawn Buuck




POSTED: 04/18/14 at 7:30 am. FILED UNDER: Church, News


By Rod Hissong

At 11:17 p.m., 911 dispatchers in New Haven took a call about an armed robbery at the Speedway gas station at the corner of Lincoln Highway East and Hartzell Road.

Investigators said a New Haven police officer had just left the gas station and was able to return within seconds of the call. Witnesses in the parking lot pointed to a vehicle heading northbound on Hartzell Road and the officer was able to stop the vehicle at the railroad tracks three minutes after the 911 call.

Two women in the vehicle were apprehended, but police were still looking for two men who allegedly entered the Speedway wearing bandannas across their face and robbed the store.

Assisting officers from the Indiana State Police, Allen County Sheriff’s Office, and Fort Wayne Police Department quickly arrived in the area to look for the additional suspects. Witnesses again gave police descriptions of the two men allegedly involved in the robbery and pointed police in the direction of the Meadowbrook Addition at Hartzell and Moeller Roads.


POSTED: 04/18/14 at 7:00 am. FILED UNDER: News

POSTED: 04/17/14 at 1:29 pm. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

New Haven Parks and Recreation will be hosting two events this spring.  At 9:00 a.m. on May 17th is the Elementary 1Mile and Grandparent Walk K-6 located at New Haven High School.  All children grades K-6 are invited along with their grandparents to participate in this event.  This event is open to any boys or girls in preschool thru sixth grade. Preschoolers thru 2nd grade will run 800 meters; while 3rd thru 6th grade will run 1600 meters. Race schedule is an estimate. We will run the next race as soon as the previous race is over. The first race will start at 9 and each race will follow shortly after the previous race is completed.  At the mid point, all grandparents will walk 1 mile together (4 laps around the track).  What a great way to get healthy together with your loved ones!  Ronald McDonald will be there too!


COST :$10 BY WEDNESDAY APRIL 30TH OR AFTER $15 THROUGH WENESDAY MAY 15TH.  Must register by April 30th to be guaranteed that you will receive a t-shirt.                                                                                                                                                                                  (If you do not want a t-shirt, please use coupon code NS to save $5. Coupon can only be used until April 30th. )

On June 7th is the Annual Canal Days 5K 4 Wellness located at Havenhust Park in New Haven, Indiana at 8:00am.  This annual event is open to the community and is designed for both competitive athletes and recreation participants.  We doubled our participation last year and hope to do the same this year.  This event focuses on movement and activity for both the able and disabled.  It also offers a 5K 4 Wellness Raffle which helps schools gain resources for wellness programs and aid local parks in securing funds for adaptive wellness programs/services for the disabled.



(Forms at Parks office,  Here, )





Schools can earn $5000 for wellness. Raffle tickets are ready and sales run now thru June 1st. Parent packets are available. All schools need to do is contact Kerri Zurbuch at 260-433-0024 or email her at and request “parent packet and raffle ticket information”.  Proceeds can be used for anything that is wellness related: physical wellness (P.E., running club, playground, nutrition enrichment, 25% sports), environmental wellness (recycling and resue programs), spiritual wellness, social/emotional wellness, vocational wellness (faculty and staff). Over the last two years schools have earned between $6,100 and $800 depending on the number of tickets sold.


Go to to register online

For questions call Mike Clendenen at 260-749-2212

For questions related to schools participating in the 5K 4 Wellness raffle call Kerri Zurbuch at 433-0024


POSTED: 04/16/14 at 6:52 am. FILED UNDER: Entertainment, News, Sports

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz announced Indiana’s 4 Star schools for 2012-2013 today. In order to achieve this designation, a school must be in the top 25th percentile of schools in three ISTEP-based categories. A total of 311 schools received the  award throughout the state which includes East Allen County Schools’ Cedarville Elementary and Woodlan Primary. Dr. Ken Folks, EACS Superintendent said, “I am extremely proud! Our administrators, staff and students work extremely hard at meeting State standards and achieving academic success.

This is a great honor.” Superintendent Ritz congratulated these schools today. “I am honored to name these schools as our Four Star Schools for this year,” said Ritz. “Winning this award required excellent work by teachers, administrators, students and parents throughout the year and on behalf of the entire Indiana Department of Education I send them my sincere congratulations.”

POSTED: 04/15/14 at 5:45 pm. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

Sunday, May 4, 2014… 11:00 am – 5:00 p.m.
Ehlerding’s River City Harley Davidson (5525 S.R. 930 956 Park Avenue, New Haven)
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Registration 12:30 p.m. Opening Ceremony, 1:00 p.m. Ride Departs from Ehlerding’s River City Harley Davidson
New Haven, Indiana – The 5th Annual Veterans’ Memorial Motorcycle Ride is scheduled for Sunday, May 4, 2014 in New Haven. Registration will begin at 11:00 a.m. at Ehlerding’s River City Harley Davidson, and a $10 donation will benefit the Schnelker Veterans’ Memorial Park. (The rain date for this event is set for May 18, 2014.)

Awards will be presented in several different categories including “Best of Show”, “Best of Paint” and “Best Bike.” After the opening ceremony and salute to our military, this 45 mile motorcycle ride will take off at 1:00 p.m. from Ehlerding’s River City Harley Davidson and arrive back in New Haven on Broadway in downtown New Haven.

Owner Don Ehlerding served with our local Air National Guard in the early 70’s. Ehlerding said, “Ehlerding’s River City Harley-Davidson and Ehlerding MotorSports located in New Haven, Indiana have long supported our active military and veterans. We have hosted numerous events over the past several years to raise much needed funds for the Disabled American Veterans, Men Of War Charitable Program providing support for PTSD, Fisher House, and Wounded Warrior Project, just to mention a few. We also host a week long celebration for Veterans’ Day. We honor our veterans as well as all active military personnel with a free t-shirt, lunch, and other various specials throughout the week.” Laurie Dague of Ehlerding’s River City Harley-Davidson said, “We also have several staff members at both dealerships who have served. Additionally, many of our staff members have family who have served or currently serving in all different branches of our armed forces.”

Terry Longsworth, Director of the local Harley Owners Group (Mad Anthony HOG Chapter) is a retired Command Sergeant Major from the U.S. Army with over 27 years of service, including over seven years with the 384th Military Police Battalion in Fort Wayne. Terry said, “Our HOG group has many veterans as well as parents and siblings of service members. As a group, we put together care packages for those service members who are currently deployed overseas as well as stateside and send them out every other month. We have a couple in our group who fund all the postage for the packages, and all the supplies in our care packages are donated by our HOG members. We enjoy riding in the parades throughout the New Haven and Fort Wayne area and participate in the Fort Wayne Memorial Day Parade as well as the Veterans’ Day Parade.”

The DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Organization will also be in attendance and will provide a tent from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. providing FREE, professional assistance to veterans and their families in obtaining benefits and services earned through military service provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other agencies of government.

Military members separating from active duty will be able to talk to a Transition Service Officer. The DAV Organization also offers Mobile Service Offices, to reach those veterans with mobility problems, or who simply live a distance from the nearest office. Fulfilling promises to the men and women who served, the Disabled American Veterans Organization is dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. This is accomplished by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life.

The American Legion Auxiliary will also be at Ehlerding’s River City Harley Davidson during the registration period of the Veterans’ Memorial Ride for the sale of poppies. Once a year, the American Legion Auxiliary seeks donations in exchange for poppies, the memorial flower of the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary. The poppy, a replica of the poppies that bloomed on the battlefields of France, is handmade by disabled Veterans. The memorial poppy is not only a personal tribute to those who gave their lives for our country, but it honors all living veterans. When you wear the little red flower, it helps to keep alive the type of patriotism that is so necessary in this great country of ours. Poppies are only available once a year during the month of May. Donations received from poppies are placed in a separate fund and used exclusively for the rehabilitation of New Haven Veterans and assistance to their families. The sale of poppies will be available during the registration period of the Veterans’ Memorial Ride event on Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The Post 330 Auxiliary will also be out in the community May 17th seeking donations for this worthy cause. Your support of our local veterans is greatly appreciated. For more information on the sale of the poppies, please contact the American Legion at 749-0313.

New Haven Mayor Terry McDonald is the proud father of two United States Marines. Sgt. Cameron McDonald is stationed at New River MCAS and Cpl Ryan McDonald is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp. Both sons served tours of duty in Afghanistan. Mayor McDonald said, “We hold our veterans and active military personnel very close to our hearts and support them in any way we can. They were ready to serve at a moment’s notice, and we carry out that same philosophy to support them for serving our country.” New Haven Parks Director Mike Clendenen said, “Proceeds of this ride will benefit the Schnelker Park Veterans’ Memorial in honor of all military veterans and those who serve this great country.” The ride will conclude in downtown New Haven where many downtown businesses will be open to greet our many visitors and provide them with opportunities to enjoy our community and experience a taste of the town.

For more information, or to pre-register for this event, contact the New Haven Park Department at 749-2212 or register online at This event is sponsored by Ehlerding’s River City Harley Davidson, Abate, New Haven Print & Copy, Rack & Helen’s & the New Haven Mayor’s Office and the New Haven Parks Department. Pressreleaseveteransmemorialride.wd.rtf Proud

POSTED: 04/14/14 at 7:09 am. FILED UNDER: Entertainment, News

Chiropractic adjustments are one the best things a mom can do during her pregnancy.  A well-adjusted spine is necessary for optimizing health during pregnancy, optimizing the baby’s development, as well as creating conditions for favoring a positive birth outcome.  One of the most effective techniques for pregnant women is the Webster Technique.

Chiropractic adjustments correct subluxations, or misalignment in the spine that disrupt the proper performance of the nervous system and movement.  These disruptions diminish an individual’s ability to function optimally. This key during pregnancy because a mother’s functioning becomes challenged, due to the rapid changes of her growing baby.  Furthermore, her baby’s development hinges on her functioning and the internal environment that she creates for her baby.  The Webster Technique specifically addresses the subluxation in her sacrum and pelvis.

Pregnant moms are more susceptible to sacral and pelvic subluxations because of her increased hormones (relaxin), weight gain, and the associated changes in her posture.  The aim of the Webster Technique is to decrease the effects of subluxations in the sacrum and pelvis through a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment, in order to improve neuro-biomechanical functioning to the sacral/pelvic region.  Restoring the neuro-biomechanical functioning may affect the baby’s spinal and nervous system development, improve the baby’s positioning and birth outcome, prevent dystocia(difficult labor), and relieve general aches and pains in the sacrum and pelvis.  In practice, the feedback received from mothers that I performed the Webster Technique on during pregnancy has been overwhelmingly positive.  I observed marked improvements in their previous pregnancies.  They noted having a better pregnancy and birth this time around because of chiropractic and the Webster Technique.  First-time moms expressed gratitude for the care received during pregnancy.

Pregnancy is a critical period for both the mother and the baby.  Its prepares the baby for the external world that they will enter and its lays the framework for their future health.  A baby’s potential is a quality developed during pregnancy.  It needs optimum physical, chemical and emotional conditions to manifest its greatest possibility.  Through chiropractic and the Webster Technique, a mother can achieve optimal functioning of her nervous system, which in turn improves her health and creates conditions for her child to be born with the greatest potential possible.

Dr. Adam Osenga, D.C. is committed to creating exceptional health for pregnant women, their children and entire family.  He practices at NorthEast Chiropractic Center in Fort Wayne Indiana.

POSTED: 04/14/14 at 6:47 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

Broadway Street between Hartzell Street and Middle Street in New Haven will be closed for Norfolk and Southern railroad crossing replacement. This closure is scheduled to begin Monday, April 14, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. and will end Monday, April 21, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Detour as shown below:

POSTED: 04/11/14 at 7:31 am. FILED UNDER: News

Chris Meyers | The Journal Gazette

A New Haven man was charged with theft Thursday for his role in what investigators said was misuse of a company credit card for nearly $170,000 in personal expenses.

Jeffrey W. Kline, 50, told investigators he knew he would eventually be caught but it was “very easy, too easy” to get away with use of the card for his own expenses.

Investigators said Kline misused his Michelin corporate credit card between Dec. 14, 2011, and Oct. 3, 2013, for purchases that included food, gift cards, a boat rental and a large-screen television.

A supervisor at the BF Goodrich plant where Kline worked first called police in mid-October 2013 and reported the possible misuse of the card.

About a month later, police received the company’s internal investigation report that detailed $169,707 in illegal charges made to Kline’s business credit card.

According to a probable cause affidavit, other purchases made by Kline included electronics, other grocery store items, surround-sound system and a Coach purse.


POSTED: 04/11/14 at 7:26 am. FILED UNDER: News