However, in December, while committee members for the RBWM’s Berkshire Pension Fund approved extensive collaboration with the other two schemes, committees at Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire rejected the merger.They said no decision could be made until a central government consultation on investment strategies for the 89 local government pension schemes (LGPS) in England and Wales was complete.The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is currently considering consultation responses on whether to mandate LGPS funds to invest all listed assets passively and via a collective vehicle. However, the RBWM dismissed this reasoning and accused the councils of abandoning the merger after holding separate discussions with Northamptonshire.In December 2014, the Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire councils announced a Tri-County Council Alliance, with the view to working together across a range of issues.In response to the RBWM’s claims, Neil Gibson, strategic director at Buckinghamshire, said: “Establishing the Tri-County Council Alliance and the formal decisions both ourselves and Oxfordshire made on pension fund collaboration with the RBWM were completely unrelated.“The focus of the combined authority alliance is to unlock new opportunities for economic development across the three county areas and not on sharing or merging services.”Oxfordshire also said it held no discussions with the Northamptonshire pension fund on collaborations or mergers.When deciding not to continue with the RBWM, both Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire said the DCLG consultation decision would materially impact the cost/benefit analysis undertaken on the merger.However, Buckinghamshire also said the investment strategy between its £1.8bn (€2.4bn) pension fund and the £1.6bn Berkshire Pension Fund differed too greatly to merge, and the pensions committee agreed to investigate the possibility of collaboration with Oxfordshire alone.The £1.5bn Oxfordshire Pension Fund’s committee similarly agreed to consider collaboration with “more suitable” pension funds.A note explaining the failed merger published by Nick Greenwood, pension fund manager at the RBWM, said no mention of the Tri-County Council Alliance was made at previous meetings between the three funds.“Consequently, it is clear both councils [Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire] have no intention to collaborate with the RBWM on managing pension funds,” he said. Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC) has dismissed claims that a proposed pension scheme merger failed because it sought to collaborate with another council.The reaction comes after talks between the pension schemes for the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM), Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire County Council fell through at the final hurdle, after months of working to merge investment management and administration activities.The RBWM said negotiations failed due to on-going discussions between Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire County Council.The schemes began talks 18 months ago to cut costs and increase efficiencies, with all three councils agreeing that their investment and liability profiles matched to make a merger feasible.
Norman E. Meyer, age 75 of Batesville, died Friday, April 12, 2019 at Margaret Mary Health. Born May 6, 1943 in Batesville, he is the son of Rosemary (Nee: Bedel) and John Meyer. He served in the Army reserve and following his release he would become a tool and die maker for the Hill-Rom Company, retiring in 2007 after 45 years. He married Lucy Burkhart on May 11, 1968 at St. Mary’s Church in Greensburg. A member of St. Louis Church, he also belonged to the Batesville Knights of Columbus Council #1461 and the Batesville Athletic Boosters.Family was a priority with Norman and he loved spending time with his granddaughters, although his family indicated he was a man of few words. His other passion was all things John Deere. He farmed with his brother 54 years, just recently selling the farm. His favorite task was being in the combine during harvest.As a tool and die maker, Norman liked to tinker and fix things. The kids used to leave their broken toys next to his lunch box for him to fix. As they grew, he enjoyed watching all three of the boys play high school basketball and then later, his granddaughters. He and Lucy have traveled to all 50 states with an Alaskan cruise and a trip to Hawaii among their favorites and a cold Budweiser or screwdriver every now and then was a good thing.Norman is survived by his wife Lucy; sons Brian (Mindy), Daryl (Carol) and Alan (Lana) Meyer, all of Batesville; sisters Shirley Rennekamp of Sunman, Mary Moorman of Oldenburg, Janet Rehberger of Oldenburg; brothers John Meyer of Greensburg, Harry Meyer of Bloomington, Indiana, Greg Meyer of Hamburg and five grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by sister Laverne Goedl and brothers Gerald and Virgil Meyer Sr.Visitation is Tuesday, April 16th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 17th at St. Louis Church with Rev. Stan Pondo officiating, followed by burial in the church cemetery. The family requests memorials to the Batesville Athletic Boosters or St. Louis School.
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Nick Reedy, 33, and Sylvester Provencio, 22, of Caldwell were both involved in the same April 22, 2015 brawl which took place in southern rural Sumner County. They were also charged with essentially the same felonies and misdemeanors by the Sumner County attorneyâ€™s office. But it appears they are taking different paths in the criminal justice system.Nick ReedyReedy pled guilty this morning to aggravated battery, a level 5 felony and criminal deprivation of a motor vehicle, a class A misdemeanor for the alleged assault of Gregory Schneider, 53, and Bryan Nispel, 55, of Caldwell. He made the plea agreement at 8 a.m. before the start of the jury trial held today in Sumner County District Court.Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer said he will be recommending prison time in hopes that Reedy will spend anywhere from 32 to 36 months. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for the early part of July. Reedy is currently out on bond.Sylvester ProvencioProvencio, however, has made no plea and his jury trial went forward today. He is also facing a jury trial on felony rape charges in an unrelated incident scheduled for June 21.Spencer said Reedy will not testify in the Provencio aggravated battery case this week.â€œTechnically, Reedy is still considered in trial until his sentencing,â€ Spencer said. â€œSo he has the right to remain silent.â€Todayâ€™s actionsA 12-person jury was selected during the morning and mid-afternoon hours amongst more than 50 individuals.Â Then the Provencio trial started around 3 p.m. and Spencer and Provencioâ€™s defense attorney Jess Hoeme, of the firm Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC in Wichita made their opening statements.It is clear from the start that this jury will be hearing two very different versions of what happened on that April night in which a confrontation broke out between three young men and two older men on Mayfield Road, just south of U.S. 81 Highway near Caldwell.During his opening statements, Spencer described the night in which Nispel and Schneider were driving in separate cars east of town when they saw a vehicle stuck in the mud. Schneider was the first to arrive in a pink Cadillac. Allegedly, Provencio and Schneider started arguing in which Sylvester threw the first punch.That led to a melee in which eventually, according to Spencerâ€™s testimony, Provencio and Schneider were wrestling in a muddy ditch. Reedy and Nispel joined in the fight. A third person, Austin Townsend, who was with Reedy and Provencio at the time, left the scene and ran back to Caldwell on foot. Reedy then proceeded to kick Schneider while he was on the ground. Spencer said Nispel escaped from Reedy and was able to get to his Dodge Ram truck where he had a cell phone and called 911. After explaining the situation to 911, he turned his vehicle around to go back to help his friend who was now being kicked by both Reedy and Provencio.Nispel then allegedly used his truck to knock Reedy and Provencio down, who were still beating up Schneider, but did not run over them. The two young Caldwell boys then ran and stole the pink Cadillac and drove to Caldwell, Spencer said.Spencer said Schneider, who was transported to Sumner County Hospital in Caldwell, suffered severe head and neck trauma, a concussion, ruptured eardrum, extensive bleeding from cuts and abrasions all over his body, cracked teeth and two broken ribs.The rest of the storyHoeme then addressed the jury and for the first time publicly described the night from Provencioâ€™s perspective.â€œWhat you havenâ€™t heard is that earlier in the evening it was Greg Schneiderâ€™s birthday and he had been drinking beer at a local drinking establishment for six hours. You also never heard that Bryan Nispel had been drinking at the same bar since 9 p.m.,â€ Hoeme said. â€œSo it is safe to say later in the evening when these two individuals met up with these three young men in the country, that this turned into a brawl of five drunken individuals.â€Hoeme spent much of his testimony questioning the true cause of the attack. Using salty language he described how both Snyder and Nispel were not being good Samaritans when approaching the three men with the stuck vehicle, but instead arrived with malice wishing to pick a fight.Hoeme also speculated that Snider had no intention of pulling the vehicle out, because the Cadillac was ill-suited to do so and he had no rope or chains with him.He then said SchneiderÂ initiated the conversation by calling Provencio a â€œfâ€”ing Mexican.â€â€œI ask you the jury, do you believe that these three men who had their vehicle stuck in the mud out in the country, would just up and start a fight with two men who were supposedly only being polite and good Samaritans?â€ Hoeme said. â€œOr was there more to it. You need to know the rest of the story.â€Hoeme said once Townsend fled, there were only four people who actually knew what happened that night.Hoeme described the events in which Nispel had used his pickup as a weapon to attempt to run over his two clients which he did so. And they had no other alternative but to run to the closest available car which was Schneiderâ€™s Cadillac in hopes of not being run over a second time.â€œYou call that stealing a car?â€ Hoeme said. â€œYou call running for your lives and getting into a Cadillac in order to save yourself, the same thing as stealing a car?â€They did not try to hide the Cadillac once returning to Caldwell, but parked it a block from Reedyâ€™s motherâ€™s house, Hoeme said. And in the process, Reedy too wanted to call 911 but was unable to do so because of the heat of the situation. However, his mother was able to get through to 911 once they arrived home.Hoeme then encouraged the jury to follow the trail of blood that was found on the Dodge vehicle that led to the Cadillac.He then questioned whether law enforcement conducted the investigation with an open mind.â€œWere the questions bilateral? Were they fair?â€ Hoeme asked rhetorically. â€œOr did it appear, that the law enforcement doing the investigation had their minds made up before they ever talked to anyone?â€He then urged the jury to keep an open mind.â€œI urge you to keep your ears and mind open when listening to testimony in this trial,â€ Hoeme said. â€œBecause the prosecution will only tell you part of the story. But there is always a rest of the story.â€Other trial itemsâ€¢The afternoon session was called before the jury could listen to the 911 tapes by Nispel. Those audio tapes will be heard immediately when the court reconvenes tomorrow morning.â€¢One juror asked if she could take notes. After the jury was excused, Hoeme said the notes of one juror may be biased and he would be comfortable if she would just listen. Judge Scott McQuin concurred and will not allow note taking.â€¢Hoeme also wanted to make sure witnesses were not collaborating stories. It was determined that witnesses would not be allowed in the court room and could not discuss the case to one another outside the proceedings.Follow us on Twitter.