Archive - Apr 2012 - News Article
Cleveland and Washington township firemen battled a barn fire Tuesday evening at 4375 Pook Rd. near South Whitley. The barn, which was full of hay, was wiped out in less than two hours. No animals were injured in the blaze.
Post and Mail photos / Nicole Ott
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Having called a special meeting slated for tonight, the Whitley County Plan Commission will once again be discussing the hot-topic issue of amending a zoning ordinance to account for wind turbines.
In February, the commission took an impromptu vote â€” one which did not count or would have even decided anything â€” to gauge where the commission stood on the drafted ordinance in front of them. Last month, a mandatory public hearing was held to allow for opinions from all sides to be shared.
A Fort Wayne police officer was suspended for five days, city officials said, after being caught on camera snoozing when he was supposed to be patrolling city streets.
According to area news reports, the punishment was set due it being his second suspension in as many months.
The report from city officials said Officer Gregory K. Addison Jr. slept for approximately 30 minutes during his early morning shift.
Police learned of the violation by viewing video from Addison's in-car camera and reported the offense to the city's Board of Public Safety on Monday.
Evan Lochner, 6, pictured next to his creation at the first Lego Club meeting held at South Whitley Library.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Eighteen-year-old Dylan Cozad and Jesse Warner were selected as this yearâ€™s valedictorian and salutatorian at Whitko High School, bringing them more opportunities for their futures.
Cozad, the valedictorian and recent winner of the Whitley County Community Foundation 2012 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship, said, â€śMy mom always said if I received good grades, I was going to have optionsâ€” options of where I want to go to school or where I want to get a job. So Iâ€™ve just always worked to give myself choices for the future.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While most Whitley County residents were relaxing after a long work week on a Friday night (Jan. 6), more than 200 local people were working to save the life of a Columbia City man, who spent more than the equivalent of an entire work day stuck in a silo at Ag Plus on Raber Road.
Gary Smith, 55, was cleaning the silo, which contained about 1,000 bushels of wet, soggy soybeans, when he slid to the bottom of the sloped ground and lodged his boot in the 18-inch opening at the bottom of the bin.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Dylan Cozad of South Whitley has been named the recipient of a four-year, full-tuition scholarship as the Whitley County Community Foundation 2012 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.
Dylan will receive full tuition to the Indiana college of his choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.
Dylan is the son of Daniel and Susan Cozad, and the older brother to Evan Cozad. He plans to major in Actuarial Science at either Butler University or Hanover College.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) releasing its annual deer harvest report, one local conservation expert compared Whitley County numbers to state statistics.
Though the 129,018 deers bagged was down from the previous year, it was still the fourth best season the state has seen. In 2010, numbers neared 5,000 more deer, however, the 134,004 harvested deer was the stateâ€™s all-time record.
ROME CITY â€” An alert off-duty police officer jogging near Rome City called for backup Sunday when he smelled chemicals coming from a home. As a result of his actions, two Noble County men are in custody today, charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, according to area news reports.
According to police, Chris Moriarity, an off-duty police officer, called a fellow sheriff's deputy when he smelled chemicals coming from a home near Rome City.
FORT WAYNE â€” The Allen County Coroner reports the body found floating in the St. Marys River Saturday morning was that of a homeless man, according to area news reports.
The coroner said Gary Brant, 40, drowned. His body was discovered near the old Wells Street Bridge Saturday morning by a fisherman, according to police.
The coroner ruled the death an accident.
Area news reports said Brant was homeless and had a little camp set up near where his body was found.
Emergency officials used a rescue boat to retrieve Brant's body from the river.