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Archive - May 7, 2013

IN COURT: Kohut pleads guilty to meth manufacturing

May 7, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City man, arrested in February for multiple methamphetamine charges, pleaded guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

Derek Kohut, 29, admitted his involvement in manufacturing methamphetamine, which is a Class B felony.

Kohut’s guilty plea was part of a plea arrangement. Senior Judge Mike Rush, who was in court in place of an absent Judge James Heuer, said he would leave it up to Heuer as to whether the plea agreement would be accepted or not.

Six other charges against Kohut will be dismissed upon acceptance of the plea agreement.

EDUCATIONAL RANKINGS: Schools leery of grading changes

May 7, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Lawmakers had a list of items to tackle on their legislative agenda this session.

One of those being the state’s A-F accountability ranking for schools.

When grades were awarded to schools earlier in the year, the results were criticized by school leaders across the state.

In the end, the House and Senate agreed to a letter ranking based on a measurement of individual student academic performance and growth or improvement. It cannot, however, compare student performance with peers.

DRUNK DRIVING: Temperature, OWIs on the rise

May 7, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — In the eyes of many third-shift law enforcement officers — as the temperature rises, so does the number of drunk drivers.

“There’s a definite difference between summer and winter on third shift,” Whitley County Sheriff’s Sergeant Todd Cook said. “If it’s nice out, people are going to be out doing things, and around here, that tends to involve alcohol.”

The question many people have to ask themselves is — how much is too much?

Most kegs of beer don’t come with a complimentary portable breath test, so how can a responsible person know when to quit?

 

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