Portion of Seventh Street to close for water main replacement

Work to replace a water main temporarily will close part of Seventh Street to through traffic next week.

Beginning on July 26, the intersection at Seventh Street and Crane Avenue will close to through traffic while crews install portions of the new water main. Installation will occur in two locations within the closure, requiring two days each.

VanKirk Bros. Contracting began installing a new 8-inch water main in the area earlier this month, which closed Crane Avenue from Sixth to Seventh streets and reduced the intersection to one lane of traffic.

Once installed, the new water main will be pressure tested and flushed to ensure it meets state health department requirements, which may cause temporary street flooding. Drivers are encouraged to use caution during this time and plan to use alternate routes if necessary.

Terroristic threats

A 27-year-old Hastings man accused of threatening his wife with a gun was sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years of probation on July 19 in Adams County District Court.

Mitchel D. Horton pleaded no contest to terroristic threats on July 6.

In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dropped charges of use of a firearm to commit a felony and domestic assault.

Adams County Judge Stephen Illingworth sentenced Horton.

According to the arrest affidavit, Horton’s wife confronted him about something she found on his phone March 9. She told officers that Horton grabbed her by the throat, punched her and kicked her.

She contacted her grandmother to call police while Horton wasn’t in the room.

She said Horton grabbed his gun and said he was going to kill her and take their daughter with him.

When police arrived, she said, Horton told her to get rid of them or he would kill her. He allegedly pointed the gun at her twice and cocked it.

Horton reportedly hid upstairs in a bedroom closet, but was later found by police.

Use of a firearm to commit a felony is a Class 1C felony punishable by five to 50 years in prison. Terroristic threats is a Class 3A felony punishable by up to three years in prison and a $10,000 fine.