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SWORN IN: WCSD welcomes newest deputy

May 4, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Sheriff’s Department swore in a new deputy Friday morning at the Whitley County Courthouse.

Billy Maddox, 29, is WCSD’s newest member and had his first day on the job Tuesday.

Maddox, along with his wife Tara, resides in the Larwill area and has been a Whitley County Sheriff Reserve since 2008.

He went to Vincennes University to study conservation law.

Maddox grew up in Southern Indiana and moved to Whitley County in 2003.

FIRE AT R&D: Motorsports store scene of oil fire

May 4, 2012

R & D Motorsports on Connexion Way caught on fire Friday afternoon. The Columbia City Fire Department responded to the blaze and had the fire put out within a half hour. No injuries were reported and according to Columbia City Fire Chief Tom LaRue, the fire started when grease and oil and other flammable liquids ignited.

ARRESTED IN TEXAS: Noted accountant booked for money laundering

May 4, 2012

MCKINNEY, Texas — A Columbia City man is in jail in Collin County, Texas on charges of money laundering, a first degree felony.
Duane Ducharme, 70, was booked April 13 and has not been released as of press time. He is being held on a $500,000 surety bond.
According to the arrest report, Ducharme was observed by agents of both the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Drug Enforcement Agency as part of what those agencies say is an ongoing investigation.

GIFT OF LAUGHTER: Riley camp gets off-road wheelchair

May 4, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY ­— The red, off-road wheelchair was piloted out of the garage by Mike McCoy, a resident of Eagle Glen who built the contraption with the help of mechanic Rodney Sheets of One Stop Auto.
The 200-pound wheelchair, fashioned to look like his red jeep with it’s jeep seat, donut tires, pipe and jeep front, is the combination of McCoy’s vision and Sheet’s labor over the past month.
These two lifelong friends said they made the wheelchair for one purpose, to bring joy to children’s lives.
“If we can make one kid laugh and smile out of this, our job is done,” said McCoy.

DEEP DOODIE: Dog waste affects water quality

May 4, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Pet waste, especially dog waste, can mean trouble for the water quality in Columbia City.
Gene Haskins with Whitley County Soil and Water said this is usually not a problem with cats.
“Cats use liter, which is disposed of in the trash,” said Haskins, “That’s no problem because it goes to the landfill.”
For dogs, Haskins said the problem is twofold when owners walk their dogs and do not clean up after them, and when the dogs are fenced in a yard.

SOUNDING OFF: Churubusco residents air grievances

May 4, 2012

CHURUBUSCO — Public complaints and comments took priority at the Churubusco Town Council meeting Wednesday.
No old or new business was on the agenda but the public comment took precedence.
Wayne Yager, Churubusco citizen, spoke about the lack of enforcement on the junk car ordinance.
“It’s my understanding that a car that is unable to move under its own power is the meaning of a junk car in Churubusco,” said Yager.
“What would it take to get the junk car ordinance from the bottom of the priority list to the top?” he asked.

COMING DOWNTOWN: Farmers market to open Saturday

May 4, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — The local farmers market will kick off its season with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday at 8 a.m.
This year the market will host 48 vendors featuring locally made crafts, jewelry, baked goods, vegetables, plants and more.
The farmers market will be open each Saturday until Oct. 31. at the courthouse square from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Entertainment will be open to those who wish to perform for tips.

BUSTED: Speeding in school zone leads to pot bust

May 4, 2012

COESSE — A routine traffic stop for speeding Thursday morning led Indiana State Police to a drug bust in Columbia City.
David Allen Potter, 18, from Columbia City and Morgan Richard Willingham, 20, from Philadelphia, were arrested on charges of possession of marijuana and reckless possession of paraphernalia. They were booked into the Whitley County Jail.

HANGING HISTORY: 'Busco installs Popcorn Stand mural

May 4, 2012

J.R. Ford puts bolts in the mural of The Blind Man’s Popcorn Stand owned by Clarence and Fern Brumbaugh. The historic mural was placed on the Lucky Lady building Monday morning. Helping Ford are Pete Allen and Frank Kessler, both members of the Main Street Project in Churubusco. The next mural planned is of the Standard Station.

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