COLUMBIA CITY â€” Family members mourning the loss of a five-month-old baby girl who died Jan. 3 say their grief is compounded by the knowledge that the childâ€™s death might have been prevented.
â€śThis whole tragedy with my niece could have been avoided had the county officials listened to our family and taken our warnings seriously,â€ť said Miranda Minear, whose sister Janel Creech is currently incarcerated on drug charges that were a result of a 911 call Jan. 3.
As a result of that call, Creechâ€™s baby daughter Taylor was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Mayor Jim Fleck said there are several reasons behind his decision to not seek re-election for the post he currently holds.
Primary among those reasons are family, health and the state of the economy.
At the end of 2011, Fleck will have finished his second term in office, and he says itâ€™s time for someone else to take over.
â€śThereâ€™s lots about this job I like, but Iâ€™ve done it for eight years, itâ€™s time for someone else to look at it,â€ť he said, adding that he believes the city is a better place than when he started.