February 24th, 2011
Harry W. Hart, 70, of Cromwell, formerly of Syracuse, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011 as the result of an automobile accident. He was born Oct. 7, 1940 to Wesley and Wilhelamine (Strong) Hart in Norfolk, Neb. He served in the United States Navy.
Survivors include his wife, Michele; a son, Jason Hart; a brother, John Hart; and a sister, Patricia Jones.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The man arrested for operating a rolling methamphetamine lab in Whitley County last November was sentenced to 12 years in prison in Whitley County Circuit Court Tuesday.
Wayne Lynn Weaver, 40, was called a poor probation risk by Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer, who touted â€śmultiple aggravating circumstancesâ€ť in issuing the stiff sentence for manufacturing the drug.
Defense attorney Brad Voelz pleaded for leniency, reporting Weaver to have been making personal progress since his incarceration Nov. 16, 2010.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City woman charged with drug crimes and the neglect of a dependent will face trial in June.
Janel M. Creech, 36, has been in the Whitley County jail since Jan. 11 after being charged Jan. 7 with manufacturing methamphetamine and other drug-related offenses.
The drug-related charges were filed after emergency personnel responded to a 911 call on Jan. 3 in which Creechâ€™s 5-month-old daughter, Taylor, was rushed to the hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.
FORT WAYNE — It didn’t take long Wednesday night for junior Wildcat Logan Irwin to seal his spot atop the record books at Whitko High School.
With 6:54 remaining in the first quarter, a baseline jump shot made Irwin the new all-time points leader at Whitko.
According to sources, Irwin had the record Saturday at Churubusco in a 26-point performance against the Eagles.
FORT WAYNE — After Wednesday night Whitko boys’ basketball is in damage control.
Despite seeing maybe its most prestigious record, Whitko has been on the worst stretch of the season.
After battling back from as much as 13 points down, the Wildcats surrendered their third consecutive loss as the buzzer sounded at Carroll 54-53.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City man has been charged with sexual misconduct with a minor in connection to an incident involving an under-aged girl.
According to police and the Whitley County Prosecuting Attorneyâ€™s Office, Ryan S. Shearer, 22, engaged in sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old girl on Sunday at his residence on County Road 150 East.
Police were contacted Sunday by an unidentified female who said her sister was missing.
The female gave information to police that led them to the Shearer residence where the girl was located and removed and taken to be examined.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A domestic disturbance early Tuesday morning escalated into a confrontation with police and culminated in a Columbia City woman landing in jail.
Kelly Jo Schrader, 32, was arrested Tuesday and charged with battery, disorderly conduct, resisting law enforcement, strangulation and two counts of battery against an officer causing bodily harm.
She was booked in the Whitley County Jail on $35,000 bond.
According to Columbia City police, a call was made in the early morning hours Tuesday reporting a physical fight at a residence on River Bluff Drive.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s top planner gave Columbia City as well as county officials an overview this week on his departmentâ€™s progress and accomplishments during 2010.
David Sewell, executive director of the Whitley County Building and Planning Department, presented his officeâ€™s annual report to the countyâ€™s Board of Commissioners Tuesday afternoon and appeared later in the day at the Columbia City Common Council meeting Tuesday night.
SYRACUSE — The weather wasn’t the only thing making the roads tough in boys’ basketball Tuesday night.
Churubusco (12-6) not only had to face a 14-4 Wawasee team but traveled to Syracuse on senior night with Riley Stichter hitting the 1,000-point milestone.
“We fully expected them to come out strong, we just didn’t handle it very well,” Churubusco head coach Michael McBride said.