May 10th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man accused of sexual misconduct with a minor will stand trial Tuesday and Wednesday.
Timothy J. Swihart, 19, of South Whitley was arrested in Jan. 11. He posted bond Jan. 15.
His defense counsel, Jeff Arnold of Columbia City, said some progress has been made between his side and the state, but not enough, so he wants to keep the trial date.
It was alleged, according to case reports, that Swihart had sex with a 14-year-old girl on more than one occasion.
The defense has said that the defendant was home each night the alleged events occurred.
Churubusco High School hosted Operation Prom, a mock accident, for its students Friday afternoon. The scenario depicted an after-prom gone bad, as several students were injured, and even killed, in a drunk driving crash. Pictured, Smith Township firemen cover up the â€śbodyâ€ť of Churubusco student Chelsea Bennett, who â€śdiedâ€ť in Fridayâ€™s crash.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” The body found in the woods in eastern Whitley County has been identified.
After an autopsy, Whitley County Coroner Randy Dellinger confirmed the body to be Dillon Travis Warner, 22, of Fort Wayne.
According to the Fort Wayne Police Department, Warner had been filed as a missing person since May 2.
Police in Allen County recently issued a warrant for Warnerâ€™s arrest after he failed to appear for a drug hearing on April 29.
Dellinger said in a press release Friday morning that information about the cause and manner of Warnerâ€™s death is still pending.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Third shift law enforcement officers see a dramatic change as the weather warms up.
From OWIs to vandalism, most officials donâ€™t hesitate to say there is an increase in crime in the summer months.
â€śThe kids are out of school and that means some of them are out doing things they arenâ€™t supposed to,â€ť Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department Sergeant Todd Cook. â€śThereâ€™s a definite difference between summer and winter on third shift.
â€śWhen its 10 degrees below zero and snowing, nobody wants to be outside. When it warms up, the call volume goes up quite a bit.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Building community interest is a by product of the Leadership Whitley County program, but personal connections are the added bonus.
â€śI wasnâ€™t sure what I was getting into when I signed up for this program,â€ť said Mark Green, Columbia Cityâ€™s parks director.
Green was a part of the nine-month leadership organization in 2006-07.
â€śBeing involved allowed me to get to know the community and create ties within the community,â€ť he said.
Leadership Whitley County assists individuals in making a â€śmore meaningfulâ€ť connection with their community.
The Whitley County Farmers Market begins another season Saturday morning in downtown Columbia City.
How often will you frequent?
INDIANAPOLIS â€” Softball sectional brackets were released Thursday morning by the Indiana High School Athletic Association.
Teams from each of the three Whitley County high schools will be traveling to various parts of Northeast Indiana for the first round of sectional play.
In Class 4A, Columbia City will compete in Sectional 5 at DeKalb. The Lady Eaglesâ€™ first-round opponent will be Carroll. Their game will be Monday, May 20 at 6 p.m.
Columbia City lost earlier this season on Carroll 7-0.
The winner will play East Noble, which has a first-round bye.
NORTH MANCHESTER â€” Whitkoâ€™s boys golf team took second in a three-way meet at Sycamore Thursday.
The Wildcats shot 172 as a team. Wabash scored 164 to win the meet. Lakeland Christian Academy had a score of 184.
Daniel Zawlocki led the Whitko boys with a score of 40. That put him three strokes behind Wabashâ€™s Jordan Blair, who had the meetâ€™s top score at 37.
Following Zawlocki, Cole Bechtold got 42 for the Wildcats. Will Peters shot 43, Colton LeTourneau turned in a 47 and Cole Findley finished off the Whitko scoring with a 61.
CHURUBUSCO â€” On a senior night punctuated by raindrops and emotional tributes to five senior ball players, the Churubusco Lady Eagle softball team weathered a rocky start and dug themselves out of a 3-0 hole, going on to post a 12-4 Northeast Corner Conference win over visiting Westview on Thursday night.
CHURUBUSCO â€” A wild fifth inning doomed the Churubusco baseball team Thursday.
The visiting Westview Warriors blew open a close ballgame, scoring seven runs in the top of the fifth inning to hand the host Churubusco Eagles a 12-3 loss in a Northeast Corner Conference baseball game Thursday evening.
The host Eagles took a 1-0 lead after the first inning. Centerfielder Brent Simmons reached on a two-out single and scored on a double by first baseman Jay Petrie.