From the Files of the Kosciusko County Historical Society
Editor’s note: This is a retrospective article that runs a few times a month on InkFreeNews.
Jan. 31, 1990 — There are still no answers as to why Harry Joe Krenz attacked his family with a butcher knife nearly a year ago, but his punishment was set today.
Krenz, now 18 years old, was sentenced to 20 years in prison today by Circuit Court Judge Richard Sand. Krenz pleaded guilty but mentally ill to one count of attempted murder for the Feb. 18, 1989, attack on his parents and younger brother.
Feb. 1, 1988 — A severe stabbing occurred directly in front of the Warsaw Police Department Saturday night and the weapon was later recovered from the awning of the roof over the department.
Warsaw Fast Cabs owner David Cesaretti, 31, Columbia City, was listed in serious condition this morning at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. He had been stabbed at least three times during the incident.
Police arrested Willie Adams, 35, 423 E. Arthur St., Sunday afternoon. He is being held at the county jail on a preliminary charge of felony battery with a deadly weapon.
Feb. 4, 1969 — Leesburg is now without a town board, without a town marshal and without an attorney. The town is without police protection and the clerk-treasurer may sign no further claims for the town until a new town board is constituted.
A heated discussion took place following the reading of a letter from board member Harold J. Irvine, who tendered his resignation and accused the other two board members, Richard Klopenstein and Frank Rader, of irregularities in town board business. Both Klopenstein and Rader closed the meeting early, handing in their written letters of resignation to the clerk-treasurer, Esta Yocum.
Prior to the resignations of Klopenstein and Rader, the newly appointed town marshal, Frederick Kammerer, who has served two weeks in the post, announced his resignation and left the meeting.
Feb. 4, 1966 — Jerry Lee Helvey, a 32-year-old resident of Rt. 1, Leesburg, (Sechrist Lake), last night was named the “Outstanding Young Man of the Year” at the Warsaw Jaycees Distinguished Service Award Banquet.
Feb. 5, 1964 — Three floors of the new $819,000 women’s dormitory at Grace College, Winona Lake, will be ready for occupancy on Saturday, Feb. 8. On that day, 140 young women students will move from their present quarters at the Westminster Hotel to the ultra modern residence hall. The top floor will be ready for students next September.
– Compiled by InkFreeNews reporter Lasca Randels