COLUMBIA CITY â€” Housing county inmates is becoming a challenging obstacle for both the Whitley County Jail and the Work Release Center.
Whitley County Commissioner Tom Rethlake told County Council members that the Work Release Center was full and the jail was near capacity.
â€śWeâ€™re going to have to do something,â€ť Rethlake said. â€śI donâ€™t know if that means adding another wing off the back of the jail or what. We might even have to consider a wing off of Work Release as well.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Commissioners are keeping a close eye on a class-action lawsuit filed against the county and several other counties in Northeast Indiana.
At a recent meeting, Commissioners heard an update on the situation from County Attorney Dan Sigler.
Legal action was initiated after Lawrence M. Bickel was arrested and held longer than 48 hours before appearing in court for arraignment.
According to Indiana statute, an inmate must be brought before the judge for an initial court appearance within 48 hours of being arrested without a warrant.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man who pleaded guilty earlier this year to a 2012 Walgreens robbery received an eight-year sentence in Whitley County Circuit Court.
Troy J. Fritz, 31, of Fort Wayne, was sentenced to the Indiana Department of Correction (DOC) for four of those years, with the other four years to be served on suspended sentence.
Case reports state Fritz stole Opana and Fentanyl by threatening the use of force in February of 2012.
Fritz said in an October court hearing that he walked to the pharmacy section of the store and handed a note to the person on-duty.
Northern Heights Elementary School students in Heather Harrisâ€™s fourth grade class learned about electricity in their science class. The students worked hands-on to test various items in order to determine if they were conductors or insulators. Pictured are Joey Stinson, Jalea Morrison, and Taylor Ellis.
On Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at 5:27 a.m., Carol Phyllis Goble, of Columbia City, began her heavenly journey â€” embraced in love and nestled warmly within the cherished home she built with her devoted husband of more than 60 years, Jack Earl Goble.
Born on Feb. 14, 1934, she was the only child of Ralph Eugene Watson and Dorothy Berniece (Keisler) Watson, also of Columbia City.
Carol was the apple of her fatherâ€™s eye and her motherâ€™s little princess. Raised on a bucolic 40-acre farm in Troy Township, she grew up loving nature and animals and, especially, kitties.
James Leon Wymer, 60, fell ill during a family vacation in Petoskey, Mich. He died four days later on Dec. 5, 2013, at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital, Petoskey, Mich. surrounded by his loving family.
He was born August 24, 1953, in York, Pa., a son of William C. Hayes and Roseann Dinges.
He spent his formative years in York, Pa. Later the family moved to Bedford, where he graduated from Oolitic High School in 1971.
On July 11, 1981, he was united in marriage to Carol S. Voyles. They made their home in Columbia City.
Wanda I. Deininger, 91, a Cleveland Township native, died at 5:47 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at the home of her daughter, Rita.
She was born January 13, 1922, in Cleveland Township, a daughter of Harry A. and Pauline (Reckard) Lepley.
At the age of four, her family moved to Larwill. She graduated in 1940 from Larwill High School. She moved to Fort Wayne and graduated from the Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing in 1947.
On Sept. 13, 1947, she was united in marriage to Paul J. Deininger. They always made their home in Fort Wayne. Mr. Deininger died Jan. 20, 2013.
Zachariah Joseph Ballard, 28, of Columbia City, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, as a result of an automobile accident at 11:01 p.m. in rural Whitley County.
Born Aug. 23, 1985, in Fort Wayne, to Mart Eugene and Sally Jo (Prough) Ballard.
He was a lifetime resident of Columbia City, graduating from Columbia City High School with the Class of 2004.
Larry E. Ware, 50, of Fort Wayne, passed away Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Born April 25, 1963, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Charles R. Ware and Margaret Roeger.
Survivors include his father, Charles (Leota) Ware of Fort Wayne; daughters, Elizabeth (Scotty) Kessler of Columbia City and Samantha Geschwind of Fort Wayne; sisters, Carol Flinn of Fort Wayne and Kathi Young of Fort Wayne; brother, Dan Ware; grandchildren, Dixie Kessler, Chloe Oberley, Lenabella Papenbrock and Corey Papenbrock.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Candy canes and cookies were on the menu at Downtown On The Square Saturday.
Far from its normal fine dining, the restaurant, located across from the Whitley County Courthouse in Columbia City, changed its culinary specialties to host a breakfast with Santa event for children.
The breakfast is just one of the many downtown appearances Santa Claus has made this holiday season.