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March: Deadly Shooting At Cummins, Virgil I. Grissom Municipal Airport Wins An Award, Toddler Murderer

Last updated on Friday, December 30, 2016

(UNDATED) - March roared in with a shooting death at Cummins; the Virgil I. Grissom Municipal Airport earned an award for their runway and a toddler was murdered.

On March 10, 37-year-old Qing Chen entered Cummins Seymour Technical Center on East Third Street in Seymour and shot and killed his supervisor.

49-year-old Ward R. Edwards of Columbus was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say Chen shot Edwards with a 9mm Glock handgun and then turn the gun on himself. The gun was recovered at the scene.

The shooting took place on the second floor of the building in a meeting room on the southwest corner.


Virgil I. Grissom Municipal Airport won the Indiana Chapter ACPA 2016 Excellence in Concrete Pavement Award for renovation of Runway 13-31 in the "Overlays (Airports)" category.

The 4,500-foot runway was last repaired in 1973. Because of the rough runway, the airport and county has lost business.

Rehabilitating the runway with concrete (which has a longer lifespan) cost about $3.1 million. That price included not only rehabbing the runway but installing new lights and grooving the surface for safety.

An FAA grant covered 90 percent of the cost and money from the Indiana Department of Transportation paid for 5 percent. The airport paid for $120,000 from their runway improvement fund. The county paid the remaining $80,000 needed for the project.

The designing engineers were Woolpert Associates of Indianapolis.


The month ended with the tragic death of a Spencer toddler.

Kyle Parker was charged with murder and rape of 1-year-old Shaylyn Ammerman.

Police arrested 22-year-old Parker the same day they found the 14-month-old's body near the White River in Gosport. An autopsy showed the girl died from asphyxiation.

Parker was at the Ammerman home the night Shaylyn disappeared. Her family reported her missing the morning of Wednesday, March 23. Her father says his mother put Shaylyn to bed late Tuesday but when they woke up in the morning, she was gone.

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