February 28th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â The suspect charged with drug crimes has dismissed his public defender and hired independent counsel.
Travis A. Wonderly, 21, was in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday for a pre-trial conference after being arrested by the Whitley County Sheriffâs Department in January and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of chemicals with the intent to manufacture, maintaining a common nuisance and neglect of a dependent resulting in death.
In court last month, Wonderly was assigned Public Defender Brad Baber by Circuit Court Judge James Heuer.
COLUMBIA CITY â Several weeks after hearing a presentation by local electronics company J & K Communications, Columbia Cityâs Common Council listened to a sales pitch from the Columbia City-based companyâs main competitor.
Brian Reilly of Motorola addressed the board during its regular meeting Tuesday and touted the abilities of the APX 7000, a radio designed to help the cityâs emergency personnel transition to 800 MHz technology.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County Engineer Brandon Forrester presented plans last week to the county commissioners for county bridges in need of repair or replacement.
âEvery two years I come to you and present a plan,â said Forrester who handed out the countyâs bridge plan for 2011-2015.
â(Bridge) 36 is at the top of our list,â he said.
Bridge 36, located on County Road 550 South near Collamer, had an initial estimated cost of $200,000, according to Forrester.
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ Two men were arrested Sunday evening after the Whitley County Sheriffâs Department found marijuana in their rental truck.
Jonathon Aranburo, 24, and Archie Joseph Brady, 20, of Fort Wayne were pulled over while driving a U-Haul truck, rented by Aranburo, to move the pair to Warsaw.
After receiving a tip on the vehicle, the truck was pulled over by Sergeant Mike Engle for unsafe lane change at the Marathon parking lot on Armstrong Drive and U.S. 30.
COLUMBIA CITY â Rising gas prices and this seasonâs heavy snowfall are causing more than just a nuisance for drivers this winter.
The Whitley County Highway Department is taking blows to their budget every time gas prices jump, every time snow falls.
Not only do jumps in gas prices provide more cost to run the trucks, the highway departmentâs funds come out of gas tax.
âMost people think our money comes from property tax, but our money comes from gas tax,â Whitley County Highway Department Superintendent Mike Barton said.
COLUMBIA CITY â Teachers got a chance Saturday to let their state representative know exactly what they thought about some education-related legislation making its way through the General Assembly.
Rep. Kathy Heuer (R-Columbia City) represents the 83rd District, which includes parts of Whitley, Noble and Allen counties, and sits on the education committee.
About 90 educators from schools across her district took up Heuer on her invitation to a public forum to share with her what they thought was wrong with education-reform bills.
NAPPANEE — Not only did Friday night’s 51-44 win at NorthWood end a three-game losing streak for the Whitko boys’ basketball team but it changed the record books.
Another Wildcat joined the best to play basketball as a Wildcat.
With his 13-point performance against the Panthers — including a crucial three-point play with 47.9 seconds left — senior Zac VanDeWater joined the elite 1,000 point club at Whitko High School.
FORT WAYNE â Area state police troopers are beefing up efforts to help reduce the number of crashes that occur on state highways in Allen and Whitley counties.
According to Ron Galaviz, public information officer for the Fort Wayne post of the Indiana State Police, the department is instituting a new âcrash reduction effort,â spearheaded by ISP Sgt. Mike Yordy.
The program is âintended to not only change the driving behaviors of the motoring public, but to reduce the overall numbers of crashes, injuries and fatalities,â said Galaviz in a press release.
CHURUBUSCO — A starting lineup full of seniors took the court for Churubusco boys’ basketball Friday night as the regular season came to a close.
In front of a packed crowd, the Eagles seniors (Hunter Nicodemus, Kyle Monk, Tavin Herendeen, Dylan Herendeen and Jordan Turner) combined for 49 points in a drubbing of North East Corner Conference foe Eastside 77-41.
GARRETT — When you have a ball game between two more offensively deliberate and patient teams, if one builds an early advantage it becomes extremely difficult for the other to make up the deficit.
That was the case Friday night as the Columbia City Eagles boys’ basketball team took a commanding 18-point lead at halftime and despite a difficult third quarter were still able to garner a 48-31 win.
The Eagles jumped out to an early 6-0 lead behind two straight three-pointers by sophomore guard Drew Benedict.