February 24th, 2014
COLUMBIA CITY (Feb. 24, 2014) -- The Indiana Civil Rights Commission's Deputy Director, Akia Haynes, announced today that there is probable cause to believe that a former female bartender at Tri Lakes Tavern, Columbia City, was subjected to sexual harassment throughout the course of her employment.
See more coverage on this story in Tuesday's The Post & Mail.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A man who stole credit cards and other possessions from a person in December was sentenced Monday.
Cruz T. Johannsen, 22, of Fort Wayne, was sentenced to the Whitley County Jail for 1.5 years, with six months to serve and one year suspended.
He will serve that time consecutive to a case he is facing in Allen County.
As part of a plea agreement, other charges against Johannsen, which include burglary and two counts of fraud on a financial institution, were dismissed. Johannsen was represented by Brad Baber.
Glenda Ritz (center), Indiana state superintendent, visited Coesse Elementary School Friday where she read to students. Ritz was one of many special guest readers. Before opening her first book selection, fourth graders had some questions about Ritz‚Äôs position at the Statehouse.
When children found out that Ritz was ‚Äúover all the schools in the state,‚ÄĚ one boy asked if Ritz could tell his teacher, Mindy Bloomfield, to not give the group any homework.
PIERCETON ‚ÄĒ Lunch ladies may not be the first people who come to mind when thinking of those positions that make big differences in schools.
But for Karen Moore, head cook at Pierceton Elementary School, a 21-year career feeding children has led to success in the classroom.
Hannah Schaefer, a senior at Columbia City High School, represented Whitley County in Kokomo recently at the state Distinguished Young Woman program. Placing in the top ten, Schaefer had ‚Äúgreat poise and grace on stage,‚ÄĚ according to Pam Thompson, the county‚Äôs co-coordinator.
Tag Hunter, 50, of Leesburg, passed away Feb. 22, 2014.
He was born Nov. 21, 1963, to Frederick and Joan (Porman) Hunter.
Surviving relatives include a daughter, Indika Marie Hunter; two sons, Courtney (Pam Carlin) Knisley and Isaac Levi Hunter; two grandchildren; companion, Carla (Leamons) Kelley; father, Fred Hunter of Columbia City; and three brothers, Rocky Lane (Danette) Hunter, Shad Lynn (Crystal) Hunter of Columbia City, and Lofty Lee (Karen Kokovay) Hunter.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A special week focusing on reading brought several notable guests to Coesse Elementary School Friday.
State Superintendent Glenda Ritz was joined by State Rep. Kathy Heuer to read to third and fourth graders.
Heuer spent time reading some of her favorite books to fourth-grade students, and afterwards had time to answer some of their questions.
Although she is familiar with being put in the political hot seat, no amount of election campaigns and debates could have prepared Heuer for the creative questioning brought on by some curious children.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs Street Department has been working nearly non-stop since the beginning of the year clearing snow and ice from roadways.
Recently, officials discussed concerns with overtime expenses, as crews have had to balance creating safer roadways within the city‚Äôs budget.
There was a small light at the end of winter‚Äôs tunnel last week, with temperatures warming to above freezing for the first time in 2014, and snow and ice finally melting from streets.
What was left behind was almost as dangerous as the snow and ice themselves.
(Feb. 24, 2014) -- Whitley County officials have announced that County Road 550 East is closed between Anderson Road and County Road 300 North due to high water. The road will remain closed until further notice.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A woman who was arrested during a recent drug sweep throughout Columbia City is facing a Class A felony drug charge.
Tara N. Christopher, 31, of Columbia City, was arrested Feb. 14. She is charged with dealing methamphetamine by manufacture within 1,000 feet of a school, a Class A felony.
Class A felonies are punishable by up to 50 years of incarceration, with a minimum sentence of 20 years.