The 29-year-old Fritz Deosanta died of a gunshot wound on the head, police said. Deosanta attempted to escape, firing at the lawmen six times during a brief chase. This left the officers with no other option but shoot the fugitive. Recovered from the crime scene was a black purse containing an empty plastic sachet, an improvise tooter and a used aluminum foil. Officers of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office were still investigating the incident as of this writing./PN Armed with a warrant issued by a local court, personnel of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group swooped down on the suspect’s house around 3:30 p.m. on May 12. BACOLOD City –A murder suspect in Barangay Banago in this city was killed by policemen who were tasked to serve his arrest warrant for murder.
BACOLOD City – Human bones were discovered at Mount Kulukabayuhan in Barangay Cabatangan, Talisay City, Negros Occidental. Police officers immediately responded to the area to gather the bones. Members of the city’s Bantay Bukid Brigade found the remains while patrolling around 1:30 p.m. on July 1, a police report showed. The remains were brought to a public cemetery for preservation./PN
The mentees and mentors will cap their sessions on September 9. “The mentoring sessions will be every Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.,” said Alian. Meanwhile, Alian said that Antique mentees who were part of the batch that began last March 6 but sessions were suspended due to the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine to curb the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 will have to repeat from the first module. The first batch of the 2020 KMME will start with an orientation about the program, Alian added. Mentors who are accredited by the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship will discuss 10 modules in total. Among them are Entrep Mindset and Values Formation and Marketing Mindset. SAN JOSE, Antique – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will commence its first regional online mentoring for interested micro, small and medium entrepreneurs on July 15. “The mentees will no longer have to meet their mentors personally in one venue. They will have their virtual mentoring,” Wilson Alian, in charge of the Kapatid Mentor Me (KMME) program of DTI-Antique, said on July 10. According to him, 14 mentees from this province will join 26 other mentees from Aklan and Iloilo provinces in the virtual sessions that will be hosted by the regional office of the DTI based in Iloilo City. “There will be six mentees who will have their virtual mentoring at the San Jose de Buenavista Negosyo Center (NC) and five others at (the) Sibalom NC,” he said, adding that three other mentees from this capital town, Sibalom and Patnongon opted to have the sessions either in their homes or offices. (With a report from PNA/PN)
Leslie Noble Stratton (Image: Indiana State Excise)HOLTON – Family, friends and colleagues are mourning the loss of a local excise officer who passed away Wednesday morning after a long and courageous battle with cancer.Sgt. Leslie Noble Stratton, of Holton, graduated from Jac-Cen-Del High School in 1973, when he joined the United States Army. He served in the military for three years and was promoted to Sergeant.Stratton joined the Indiana State Excise Police on Jan. 8, 1979, after completing an internship with the agency as a student at Vincennes University, from which he earned his associates degree.He was initially assigned to the Vincennes district before transferring to the Seymour Area where he served the remainder of his career. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1987 and received the departments Educator of the Year award in 1997.“It is with heavy hearts that we bid farewell to our friend and colleague, Les,” Superintendent Matt Strittmatter said. “During my time as superintendent, I found Les to be a man of few words; however, when he spoke, he offered much wisdom. This is the result of his experience as an excise officer and his dedication to doing his part to ensure the safety of Indiana citizens. He will be greatly missed by the department, and our heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to his family.”Sgt. Stratton is survived by his wife, Vernice (Owens) Stratton, of Holton, Ind.; his son, Roger Stratton and his wife, Rhonda Stratton, of Holton, Ind.; his daughter, Jennifer Nicholson, and her husband, Hank Nicholson, of Versailles, Ind.; and his daughter-in-law, Katherine Hiatt. He was preceded in death by his son, Scott Stratton, in 2003.Sgt. Stratton is also survived by six grandchildren: Emmett Stratton, Levi Stratton, Emma Hiatt, Lanie Nicholson, Lucie Nicholson and Clint Nicholson.Funeral arrangements are pending.
Frieda R. “Fritz” Thalheimer, age 97 of Batesville, died Friday, March 3, 2017 at St. Andrew’s Health Campus. Born November 23, 1919 in Oldenburg, she is the daughter of Nora (Nee: Haverkos) and Joseph Gehring. She married Marce Thalheimer September 12, 1942 at Holy Family Church and he preceded her in death March 21, 1999. A homemaker, Frieda was a member of St. Louis Church and a former member of Hillcrest Country Club.She loved playing cards and was a member of several Bridge and 500 card clubs over the years. Although her eye sight had begun to fail, just the other week, she called out plays her family had missed playing solitaire. Before the onset of Macular Degeneration, Frieda was an avid reader, whose tastes leaned towards romance novels. She also used to do quite a bit of sewing and crocheting as well as putting out a garden and canning the excess for winter. After Marce retired, they enjoyed taking trips to Florida with friends, usually going for a few weeks at a time.She is survived by her daughters Marcia Eckstein of Kokomo, Indiana, Linda Harlow of Southport, North Carolina, Lou Thalheimer of Columbus, Ohio, Sue Kelly of Pueblo West, Colorado; brothers Myron Gehring of Batesville, Dennis Gehring of Springfield, Illinois; eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she is also preceded in death by sister Thecla Parker and brothers Rev. Gordon, Rev. Irvin and Rev. Owen Gehring.Visitation will be Tuesday, March 7th, from 9 – 11 a.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services follow at 11:30 a.m. at St. Louis Church with Rev. Stan Pondo officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family requests memorials to the Margaret Mary Health Foundation Hospice.
Batesville, In. — The eighth annual Community Tree Lighting in Batesville will be held Thursday, December 7 at 5 p.m. in the Bike Park area. The tree will be illuminated at 6 p.m.Please come downtown and join mayor Mike Bettice, Santa and his reindeer and lots of holiday cheer. The event includes refreshments, music, horse-drawn carriage rides, Elfie Selfies and vendors.The celebration is presented by the City of Batesville, Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, Batesville Main Street, Batesville Beautification League and Mayor’s Youth Council. Sponsors are Big Four Café, Pro-Prints, Assured Partners, Duke Energy, LaRosa’s, and Skyline. The 22ft Canaan Fir tree was donated by Sheets Tree Farm, Osgood, Indiana. The Christmas Tree at the Memorial Building is courtesy of Bohman Tree Farm.
Indianapolis, In. — The House Committee on Ways and Means passed a bill Monday authored by Republican state representative from Batesville Cindy Ziemke that would require small townships to merge with one or more contiguous townships.According to Ziemke, the bill would require townships under a population of 1,200 to merge with one or more townships within the same county. The newly formed township would need to meet that population requirement as well as elect a new township trustee and board members. While many Indiana townships operate efficiently and transparently, some struggle with high overhead costs relative to the services they provide taxpayers.“The motivation behind this legislation is to provide the most efficient, fiscally sound local government possible at the township level,” Ziemke said. “I have been working closely with the Indiana Township Association to come up with a bill that consolidates small township operations, but maintains the same township services and transparency Hoosiers expect.”According to Ziemke, House Bill 1005 contains multiple requirements to assist small townships during this proposed transition. For example, guidance by the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance would be required upon request for local governments, like small townships, when reorganizing. The DLGF would also be required to perform a fiscal impact study of the township merger free of charge.Additionally, the committee amended the bill to urge an interim legislative committee to study better mechanisms to fund township firefighting services. That committee would consider whether these township services should have a minimum funding level or tax rate.“House Bill 1005 includes additional provisions that improve township government accountability and services,” Ziemke said. “It would empower citizens denied township assistance the option to appeal the denial to the county board of commissioners. This legislation would also cap township board salaries at $7,000 per year and require all townships to develop a capital improvement plan if their capital fund exceeds 150 percent of the township’s annual budget estimate.”