May 4th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department swore in a new deputy Friday morning at the Whitley County Courthouse.
Billy Maddox, 29, is WCSDâ€™s newest member and had his first day on the job Tuesday.
Maddox, along with his wife Tara, resides in the Larwill area and has been a Whitley County Sheriff Reserve since 2008.
He went to Vincennes University to study conservation law.
Maddox grew up in Southern Indiana and moved to Whitley County in 2003.
Maryrose Bunger, 68, of Bradenton, Fla. and formerly of Columbia City, died Monday, April 30, 2012. Her family was present at time of death.
She was voted Woman of the Year in â€śWhoâ€™s Whoâ€ť magazine, was a member of American Legion Auxiliary Oneco Post, Eagles, Vice President of H.O.A. at Winds of St. Armands, and she attended Oneco United Methodist Church.
The trumpet of the Lord sounded during the breaking morning of April 26, 2012, eternal, bright, and fair, it being time to further enjoy the Lordâ€™s ultimate gift of salvation, Max Eugene Hile, 84 answered the roll called up yonder.
He shone like the sun when he spoke of each of his children and his love of the Lord.
â€śAnd he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.â€ť â€” Rev 21: 6-7 (KJV)
R & D Motorsports on Connexion Way caught on fire Friday afternoon. The Columbia City Fire Department responded to the blaze and had the fire put out within a half hour. No injuries were reported and according to Columbia City Fire Chief Tom LaRue, the fire started when grease and oil and other flammable liquids ignited.
MCKINNEY, Texas â€” A Columbia City man is in jail in Collin County, Texas on charges of money laundering, a first degree felony.
Duane Ducharme, 70, was booked April 13 and has not been released as of press time. He is being held on a $500,000 surety bond.
According to the arrest report, Ducharme was observed by agents of both the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Drug Enforcement Agency as part of what those agencies say is an ongoing investigation.
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ€” The red, off-road wheelchair was piloted out of the garage by Mike McCoy, a resident of Eagle Glen who built the contraption with the help of mechanic Rodney Sheets of One Stop Auto.
The 200-pound wheelchair, fashioned to look like his red jeep with itâ€™s jeep seat, donut tires, pipe and jeep front, is the combination of McCoyâ€™s vision and Sheetâ€™s labor over the past month.
These two lifelong friends said they made the wheelchair for one purpose, to bring joy to childrenâ€™s lives.
â€śIf we can make one kid laugh and smile out of this, our job is done,â€ť said McCoy.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Pet waste, especially dog waste, can mean trouble for the water quality in Columbia City.
Gene Haskins with Whitley County Soil and Water said this is usually not a problem with cats.
â€śCats use liter, which is disposed of in the trash,â€ť said Haskins, â€śThatâ€™s no problem because it goes to the landfill.â€ť
For dogs, Haskins said the problem is twofold when owners walk their dogs and do not clean up after them, and when the dogs are fenced in a yard.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Public complaints and comments took priority at the Churubusco Town Council meeting Wednesday.
No old or new business was on the agenda but the public comment took precedence.
Wayne Yager, Churubusco citizen, spoke about the lack of enforcement on the junk car ordinance.
â€śItâ€™s my understanding that a car that is unable to move under its own power is the meaning of a junk car in Churubusco,â€ť said Yager.
â€śWhat would it take to get the junk car ordinance from the bottom of the priority list to the top?â€ť he asked.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The local farmers market will kick off its season with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday at 8 a.m.
This year the market will host 48 vendors featuring locally made crafts, jewelry, baked goods, vegetables, plants and more.
The farmers market will be open each Saturday until Oct. 31. at the courthouse square from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Entertainment will be open to those who wish to perform for tips.
COESSE â€” A routine traffic stop for speeding Thursday morning led Indiana State Police to a drug bust in Columbia City.
David Allen Potter, 18, from Columbia City and Morgan Richard Willingham, 20, from Philadelphia, were arrested on charges of possession of marijuana and reckless possession of paraphernalia. They were booked into the Whitley County Jail.