Archive - Jan 3, 2011 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s police officers stay protected due to upgrades made possible by state law and federal funding.
Columbia City Chief of Police Mike Petersen told the Columbia City Common Council last month that a new shipment of ballistic vests had arrived in his department.
â€śWe got 10 vests from the federal governmentâ€™s 50/50 matchâ€ť said Petersen. â€śState law requires you to supply vests and replace them every five years.â€ť
Petersen said the State of Indiana intervened in recent years to reinforce a â€śvest life expectancyâ€ť provided by the makers of the equipment.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Police in Columbia City are investigating the death of a five-month-old baby girl Monday morning at 730 Camden Drive.
Neighbors heard a woman screaming and called 911. According to the Columbia City Police Department dispatchers, the call came in around 9:15 a.m.
According to Columbia City Chief of Police Mike Petersen, a decision on whether or not to file charges in the case is â€śpending the report on cause of death.â€ť
An autopsy was being conducted Monday afternoon. Results were not available at press time.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Fort Wayne man received eight years in jail for drug offenses while a Syracuse man received a suspended 18-month prison sentence for a drug-related incident surrounding the death of a woman last year.
Jeremy R. Church, 25, of Fort Wayne received a pair of eight-year sentences for dealing in cocaine and dealing in a controlled substance.
Both charges are B felonies.
Church was sentenced in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday and could be released in six years since two years of his eight-year sentences were suspended.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After 27 years of benefiting important community needs in Columbia City and Whitley County, the John and Hester Adams Trust is terminating. The Trustâ€™s final two grants, distributed Dec. 21, were $20,000 to the City of Columbia Cityâ€™s Park Board and $4,500 to the Whitley County Historical Society. All of the money in the trust has been disbursed. There are no more funds.
In the 27 years of its existence, the Trust awarded more than $2 million in grants to diverse nonprofit organizations.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees will convene tonight in its first meeting of 2011.
On the agenda for tonightâ€™s meeting will be a passel of tasks to set up the upcoming year.
The 7 p.m. meeting will be the first with newly-elected member Christopher Bechtold, who won the Columbia City District seat vacated by Nicki Baker, who decided not to run for another term.
Bechtold was the second highest vote getter in that district behind board president Don Armstrong who held onto his seat for another term.