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Archive - Apr 8, 2013

NEW 911 EQUIPMENT TO BE INSTALLED: Whitley Co. ready for transition

April 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Emergency dispatchers are going to be more than just a comforting voice in the time of distress.

Within the next year, an old technology will be put to new use, as people will have the opportunity to send text, photo and video messages to 911 dispatchers.

While the technology may not be fully functional for a year, Whitley County is having all the necessary equipment installed this month.

Whitley County 911 Coordinator Scott Jones said everything will be up and running April 30, and personnel will be trained within the next two weeks.

MAYOR COMBATS LEGISLATION: Daniel speaks in opposition of new bill

April 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel was at the Indiana Statehouse last week to testify concerning a piece of legislation.

House Bill 1307 was being discussed. The bill would allow customers of sewer and water utilities to appeal rates to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) if they live outside of the corporate limits of the city.

Daniel testified against the legislation. He was asked to do so by the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT).

THE METH EPIDEMIC: Policing

April 8, 2013

Editor’s note: The following is the fourth of a multi-part series on methamphetamine.

COLUMBIA CITY — Law enforcement officials are facing a difficult challenge when it comes to methamphetamine — how do you police a drug that is made of household items?

While other drugs, such as marijuana and cocaine, are easy to determine guilt, Whitley County Drug Task Force Detective Bill Brice said the law can be tricky with meth.

Lawmakers have put a limit on the amount of pseudoephedrine that can be purchased per day and per month.

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