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LIFE IN CELL: Heinous murder of child brings maximum sentence

June 18, 2012

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana man who admitted to fatally bludgeoning and dismembering a 9-year-old girl he was baby-sitting just days before Christmas was sentenced Monday to life in prison.

Michael Plumadore last month pleaded guilty to murder, abuse of a corpse and removing a dead body from the scene in the Dec. 22 death of Aliahna Maroney-Lemmon. Prosecutors had considered the death penalty but agreed to life in prison without the possibility of parole in exchange for the guilty plea.

Oneita Young, 68

June 18, 2012

Oneita J. Young, 68, a resident of rural Churubusco and wife of David L. Young, died at 2:15 a.m. on Monday, June 18, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
Mrs. Young was born in Wolf Lake on Dec. 1, 1943, a daughter of Archie A. and Arrena (Leitch) Weidman.
Survivors include her husband David, her mother, one daughter, one brother, one sister, one stepbrother and one stepsister and four grandchildren.

Stephen Abshire, 65

June 18, 2012

Stephen J. Abshire, 65, a resident of Columbia City and formerly of Churubusco, passed away at 3:14 p.m. on Monday, May 22, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. He had been seriously ill since last August.
Mr. Abshire was born March 28, 1947, in Bloomington, a son of Roy E. and Dorthea L. (Stagg) Abshire and spent part of his formative years in Brown County. He moved to Tipton as a teenager and graduated from Tipton High School in 1966.

SUPER DADS: Longenbaugh keeps a close eye on family

June 18, 2012

Editor’s note: The following is the fourth of a four-part series in honor of Father’s Day.

COLUMBIA CITY ­— Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh carries a new badge and sits in a new office.
After 10 years in the role of detective, Longenbaugh took the position of chief earlier this year.
Being the Columbia City police chief is a tall order for any person, but Longenbaugh’s greatest challenge is being a father to three, soon-to-be, teenagers while not allowing his job to consume every hour of his day.

CLASSIC FUNDRAISER: Car and motorcycle show benefits band program

June 18, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City High School’s band, The Marching Eagles, sponsored a car and motorcycle show Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. The event was held at the Columbia City Eagles lodge No. 1906, located at 306 W. Van Buren St., Columbia City.
All proceeds made from the event will benefit the band program at Columbia City High School. The Columbia City Marching Eagles also had a hog roast Saturday at 4 p.m. At 8 p.m., live music was provided by “Walking Papers.”

NEPOTISM: Col. City to adopt rules

June 18, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — According to a new state law, all developmental entities must adopt rules against nepotism by July 1 of this year.
“The legislature has passed a new state statute dealing with nepotism which involves employees and contracts,” said City Attorney Marcia McNagny at the Common Council of Columbia City’s meeting last week. “July 1 is our time to get this done so I wanted to make sure the resolution was in your hands.”

Col. City Parks host Garrett

June 18, 2012

Columbia City’s youth baseball league got a fresh set of competition Saturday, hosting Garrett’s teams at Morsches Park.

Marshall Smith, 85

June 18, 2012

Marshall A. “Smitty” Smith, 85, of Columbia City, passed away at 11:10 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at Peabody Retirement Center, North Manchester.
Born March 20, 1927, in Whitley County, he was the son of Lewis and Maude Martha (Kneller) Smith.
He attended the public school system and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
In 1954, he married Barbara L. (Hire) Smith. A lifetime Whitley County resident and part-time farmer, he owned Smitty’s Auto Parts since 1985 and also worked for General Electric for 20 years. Smitty, a “tinkerer,” loved to create things with wood and metal.

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