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IN COURT: Auer pleads guilty to burglary

September 12, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City man pleaded guilty to burglary in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

Gabriel D. Auer, 35, was arrested in July and charged with burglary and theft.

As part of a plea agreement, Auer will have the theft charge dismissed by the court. Prosecutor Matt Rentschler also agreed to not pursue the habitual felon sentence enhancement option — which would have increased the sentence for Auer.

Burglary is a Class C felony and carries a sentencing range of two to eight years.

There was no stipulation in the plea agreement as to length of sentence.

Lois Sheets, 71

September 12, 2013

Lois A. Sheets, 71, of Columbia City, died at 5:45 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 at Peabody Home, North Manchester, where she had been a resident since October 2012.
She was born April 11, 1942, in Sullivan County, a daughter of Cisco R. and Jeanette I. (White) May.
Her formative years were spent in Sullivan County. She graduated from Sullivan High School in 1960.
On June 10, 1961, she was united in marriage to Paul V. Sheets. They made their home in Larwill for a short time before moving to Columbia City. Mr. Sheets died Sept. 26, 2011.

Minnie Farris, 92

September 12, 2013

Minnie Alice Farris, 92, of Fort Wayne, died at 6:34 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home where she was admitted last Friday.
She was born Oct. 17, 1920, in Harveysburg, Ohio, a daughter of Adam B. and Maude (Haines) Campbell. Her formative years were spent in Harveysburg.
On April 9, 1942, she was united in marriage to Raymon D. Farris. During Raymon’s enlistment in the U.S. Army Air Corps they lived in Kentucky, California, New Mexico, New Jersey, Wisconsin and Utah.

Donald Crawford, 80

September 12, 2013

Donald E. Crawford, 80, of Larwill, passed away at 3 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family.
Born Feb. 27, 1933, in Boone County, he was the son of Charles R. Crawford and Ruby F. (Kinkade) Crawford.
On June 16, 1970, he married Carolyn J. Darr in Lebanon. He was a custodian at Whitko Community Schools, retiring in 1995. He enjoyed spending time with his family, being outdoors, camping, hunting and fishing.

MAIN BREAKS: Water woes expected to dissolve

September 12, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — As Columbia City residents north of U.S. 30 were yet again afflicted by low pressure and no water last week, officials are working toward a permanent solution to the problem.

The main issue is not a man-made problem, but instead a problem with the soil, according to Columbia City Water Department Superintendent Mike Dear.

“The soil conditions are very acidic right there. It’s eating into the pipe,” Dear said.

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FORT WAYNE — The Columbia City Lady Eagle basketball squad traveled to Concordia Lutheran High...

 

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