Archive - Jul 2012 - News Article
SHERMAN, Texas â€” A Columbia City man initially arrested in April for money laundering, but who pleaded guilty to another charge earlier this month should find out his fate in the next several months.
According to court records, Duane Ducharme, 70, pleaded guilty July 2 in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas to misprision of a felony.
Ducharme was initially incarcerated in the Collin County Jail April 13 after being observed by agents of both the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Drug Enforcement Agency as part of what those agencies said was an ongoing investigation.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As the summer I-READ3 test results came in, Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor, superintendent of Whitley County Consolidated Schools (WCCS), said she was pleased with the results made by the third graders.
â€śWe had approximately 260 third-grade students who did take the I-READ3 test, and we had approximately 22 who did not pass the test at that time,â€ť said Oâ€™Connor.
â€śThose students received additional reading instruction, special reading instruction, and 12 of those students attended our Camp Read A Lot.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Consolidated School (WCCS) board officially congratulated Jacob Hoag, appointed Northern Heights Elementary School principal, at their meeting Monday.
The appointment was made when Robert Hoke retired as principal after 27 years of service.
Hoag has been working at Madison Elementary School in Warsaw, but expressed a wish to return to WCCS.
FORT WAYNE â€” A local pastor, on a mission of community service died Thursday as the result of an accident involving a vehicle driven by his wife and quick thinking by people at the scene couldnâ€™t prevent his death.
Rev. James A. Haugen, 67, of Columbia City, died of blunt force trauma after being backed over by his wife, Darleen K. Haugen, 64, at the Community Harvest Food Bank in Fort Wayne, according to Fort Wayne police.
Police reported a call was made at about 9:13 a.m. Thursday of an accident involving a pedestrian.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Stephen Culbert of Gibraltar Design, Inc. came before the Whitley County Consolidated School board Monday to present Eagle Tech Academy, Phase III â€” relocation of the Technology Department and the Reconfiguration of the Administrative Center.
â€śWeâ€™re very excited because this is a 21st century learning environment that we are creating in this building that is historically many different things to the community and the school system,â€ť said Culbert. â€śThis is the final project to complete the Eagle Tech Academy.â€ť
A Riverside Charter bus trip will take place Saturday, July 28, to Chicago for $55. In August, there will be a trip to FireKeepers Casino. That trip will take place Sunday, Aug. 5, and will cost $35. This includes $20 slot play and $5 food credit. For more information contact Lisa Kimmell 739-7159.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Eight seconds seemed like an eternity to 20 riders at Whitley County 4-H Fairâ€™s inaugural rodeo event Saturday.
The event, put on by King Brothers Rodeo of Centerville, Ind. began with a tribute to the many veterans in the crowd of 2,200.
As Annette Lamle, Whitley County 4-H Council member, sang the national anthem, a white horse rode by, carrying a cowgirl from King Brothers who held an American Flag.
A former Columbia City man admitted in federal court to knowing a crime was being committed and not notifying authorities.
Duane Ducharme, 70, was initially jailed April 13 in Collins County, Texas on charges of money laundering, a first degree felony.
The case against Ducharme was closed in Collins County, but news reports claim Ducharme pleaded guilty recently to misprision of a felony, or choosing to ignore personal knowledge of a crime.
Reports donâ€™t give the name or the location of the federal court or whether Ducharme has been incarcerated.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 2012 Campaign Co-Chairs Jacqueline Worrick and June Keiser will step up to the plate to face Whitley County of United Wayâ€™s challenges ahead in September.
â€śI am so glad to have these two women on board,â€ť said UWWCâ€™s director Cindy Baker.
Worrick and Keiser both accepted the request to be Campaign Co-Chairs, a volunteer position, in order to give back to their community. The announcement was made at UWWCâ€™s annual breakfast in June.
â€śWe just want to enhance the organization and be able to fund the member agencies,â€ť said Worrick.