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Commissioners set Leo-Cedarville hearing

The Allen County commissioners will conduct a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Monday to discuss a petition objecting to a new rate ordinance adopted last month by the Leo-Cedarville Regional Sewer District. The public hearing will be at Metea County Park, 8401 Union Chapel Road.

The hearing is required by state law and must occur between 10 and 20 days after the date of the filing of the petition objecting to the rate ordinance, which was Nov. 1.

Commissioners will hear from Leo-Cedarville ratepayers before deciding on the matter, although no action is expected to be taken that evening.

South-side leaf pickup to be completed today

Due to the large volume of leaves that fell over the past 10 days, Fort Wayne city crews will work today to finish leaf collection in the south-side neighborhoods.

Residents can get information about which neighborhoods crews will be in today at www.cityoffortwayne.org/leaves or by calling the leaf pickup hotline, 427-2302. This information is updated each collection day.

Because many large piles of leaves are already at the curb in northern neighborhoods, some crews will move north today to get a head start. They will return for regular north neighborhood collection on Monday.

Residents can call 311 to schedule pickup for leaves placed in biodegradable bags. The bags should be at the curb and will be picked up within two business days of the call.

SPCA and PetSmart join for adoption event

Today and Sunday the Allen County SPCA will be offering same-day adoptions at Fort Wayne PetSmart stores for pre-approved applicants.

Adopters not currently pre-approved can still meet with the available animals, and through a streamlined process, when approved, may be able to take the animal home that day. All animals will be adopted on a first-come basis.

“Many adopters have pre-approved applications on file with us already,” shelter Director Jessica Henry said in a written statement. “We encourage them to come out to PetSmart this weekend, meet with the dogs and cats, and take their animal home the same day.”

Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at these Fort Wayne PetSmart locations: 1760 Apple Glen Blvd; 10260 Maysville Road; and 10035 Lima Road.

The Allen County SPCA will receive $35 in adoption-reward grants from PetSmart Charities for every pet adopted in stores during this event.

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Police patrols to be added for Thanksgiving

Local, county and state police are adding extra patrols to the state’s streets and highways this Thanksgiving, according to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department.

“Until Dec. 1, we will be conducting saturation patrols and DUI interdiction patrols as part of a comprehensive effort to curb impaired driving,” said Deputy Larry Elzey from the DeKalb Sheriff’s Department.

“Anyone found to be driving impaired will be arrested. Also, occupants not using seat belts or who are not properly restrained can be cited and given a traffic ticket.”

In November 2012, there were 355 alcohol-related crashes across Indiana resulting in 155 injuries and five deaths, Elzey said.

Law enforcement agencies in DeKalb County, including the Auburn, Garrett, Ashley, Butler, and Waterloo police departments, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department and troopers from the Indiana State Police are jointly participating in the statewide crackdown.

Elzey encourages anyone who sees a suspected impaired driver to call 911.

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