COLUMBIA CITY â€” Dustin Shenberger burst into tears when the verdict was read.
A jury of nine women and three men deliberated two and a half hours Thursday before returning not guilty verdicts on charges of child molestation and sexual misconduct with a minor against the 36-year-old Pennsylvania man.
Shenberger was accused of having a sexual relationship with a girl, now 19, when she was between 13 and 15 years old.
The trial was the second in the case after a jury in August couldnâ€™t reach a verdict.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Residents of a rural Columbia City mobile home community were awakened early this morning by an explosion, followed by the lights and sirens of emergency vehicles responding to the blast of a suspected methamphetamine lab that killed a woman.
According to Whitley County Sheriff Mark Hodges, Alecia L. Stine, 24, was found dead on the floor of her master bedroom.
Madeline Mary Bordine, 86, a resident of Millerâ€™s Merry Manor in Columbia City, died at 2:05 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010. She was born May 5, 1924 in Detroit, Mich., a daughter of the late Paul William and Celia (Kowalski) Bloom. She was married to Max Zaler, who preceded her in death.
Survivors include a son, Douglas Zaler and a daughter, Barbara Meyer; a brother, David Bloom; and a sister, Rita Ramage.
Honoring Madelineâ€™s wishes, there will be no calling hours or services.
Entombment will be at a later date in the Glen Eden Lutheran Memorial Park Cemetery in Lavonia, Michigan.
Hilda V. Wood, 84, of Tekonsha, Mich. passed away Nov. 30, 2010 at Borgess Medical Center. She was born Jan. 27, 1926 in Churubusco to Harry and Florence (Campbell) Shroyer.
She lived in Tekonsha since 1973 after living in Pennsylvania and Indiana.
Hilda is survived by her children; Max (Janette) Wood, Patricia (Richard) Troxel, Russell (Sue) Wood, Linda Barnes, Sharon (Rich) Karn and David Wood; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a sister, Kay (Ted) Sutorious; a brother, Larry (Sue) Shroyer; and many nieces and nephews.
FORT WAYNE — The deficit was 11 points when halftime came for Churubusco girls’ basketball Thursday night.
The height of hosting Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian used a 9-0 run in the second quarter to build up a 21-10 lead at the break.
A pressure defense by the Lady Eagles saw the double digit erased in the second half. However, a short-lived 29-28 lead disappeared in the fourth quarter as Blackhawk used free throws to hold off Churubusco 38-34.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Prosecutor Matthew Rentschler put both hands on the table and slid his chair back.
The defense team had concluded questioning accused child molester Dustin Shenberger and it was the stateâ€™s turn to cross-examine the suspect.
Shenberger, 36, of Mercersburg, Pa., is accused of child molestation and sexual misconduct with a minor in connection with incidents that allegedly happened between him and a local woman, now 19, when she was 13 and 14 years old.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Iotron Industries Canada, Inc., a provider of contract sterilization services to the medical industry, pest and microbial reduction for agribusiness and materials modification in the production of orthopedic products, announced today that it will establish a new operation here, creating up to 20 jobs by 2012.
Iotron Industries will invest more than $15.3 million to construct a 54,000 square-foot electron beam treatment facility in the Park 30 Business Center, a shovel-ready park near Columbia City.
Samuel I. Watkins, 77, of rural South Whitley died at 11:43 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne where he was transported earlier in the evening.
He was born Feb. 6, 1933 in Breathitt County, Vancleve, Ky. a son of Ballard and Lida (Smith) Watkins. He completed his education in the Perry County Schools.
A United States Army Veteran, he served in Europe during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged Aug. 31, 1961.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City residents, and those who get their electricity from Columbia City utilities, will see their rates go up for the first quarter of the new year.
The monthly tracking fee will increase by 74 cents per 1,000 kilowatt hours. For the average residential customer, the rate will change by approximately 52 cents.
The tracking fee is a pass-through fee used by the city to cover the cost charged to the city by Indiana Municipal Power Agency.