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Public hearing on zoning changes

The Allen County Commissioners will conduct a public hearing Friday on proposed changes to the county zoning ordinance. The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. in Room 035 of Citizens Square, 200 E. Berry St., prior to the board’s regular weekly meeting.

The county Plan Commission voted Nov. 20 to approve the replacement zoning ordinance, the objective of which is to update and align the Fort Wayne and Allen County zoning ordinances in order to clarify and streamline the development and permitting processes.

A copy of the zoning ordinance is available for viewing online at www.allencounty.us/dps or at the office of the Department of Planning Services in Room 150 of Citizens Square. Anyone unable to attend the hearing may send written comments to the Commissioners, Suite 410, 200 E. Berry St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802, or by email to commissioner@allen county.us before 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

<br> <center>Police: Man asked officers to kill him</center>

<br> NASHVILLE – Indiana State Police say a southern Indiana man fatally shot by officers asked them to kill him and drew a handgun after a chase.

Police said Monday that when local officers tried to arrest 44-year-old Troy Harden of Nashville on a warrant Thursday, he told them to kill him as he fled through a window. He ran through woods until a stun gun shot sent him to the ground.

Police say Harden then pointed his gun at the officers and was shot twice.

Witnesses told detectives that Harden knew there was a warrant for his arrest and he was afraid of going to prison. Police say investigators also found meth lab components in Harden’s truck. Harden was serving probation for his role in the 2007 killings of two men. <br> <br> <br> <center>Better chance for Sunday alcohol sales?</center> <br> <br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS – Supporters of ending Indiana’s longtime ban on Sunday retail alcohol sales are hoping a change in the Legislature has improved their chances.

That change is the appointment of Republican Rep. Tom Dermody of LaPorte as chairman of the House Public Policy Committee after the resignation of previous chairman Rep. Bill Davis of Portland.

That committee held a hearing during this year’s legislative session on lifting the Sunday ban, but Davis refused to bring it up for a vote.

Indiana Retail Council president Grant Monahan tells The Indianapolis Star he believes Dermody’s appointment is a positive development for Sunday sales supporters.

Dermody says he hasn’t made any decisions about the issue.

Indiana is the only state that prohibits retail carryout sales of beer, wine and liquor on Sundays.

<br> <center>Teen reaches plea deal in killing</center> <br>

WARSAW – An Indiana youth who was sentenced to 25 years after pleading guilty at age 12 to helping kill a friend’s stepfather could leave prison as early as next year.

Fifteen-year-old Paul Gingerich agreed to be waived to adult court Monday as part of a plea agreement that could see him leave a juvenile facility once he completes his high school diploma. He would remain under state supervision for 25 years but could be placed in a group home, community corrections or paroled.

Gingerich was charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the shooting of Phillip Danner, 49, in April 2010 at his home near Lake Wawasee. The state appeals court last year ruled that a Kosciusko County judge rushed when he waived the case to adult court.

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