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Reindeer liven up library open house

December 10, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Children of all ages were welcomed at the South Whitley Community Public Library Saturday for a chance to greet Santa and meet a few four-legged helpers.

Reindeer pranced into the library to allow children a chance to learn about how the reindeer help Santa deliver presents to children on Christmas Eve.

“The only way the reindeer can fly on Christmas Eve is if Santa chooses them and sprinkles them with magic dust,” said Joni Cripe of Animal-Grams.

Cripe brought Poinsetta, a miniature pony, and Holiday, a reindeer, to visit the children along with Saint Nick.

County considers costs for corrections

December 10, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Housing county inmates is becoming a challenging obstacle for both the Whitley County Jail and the Work Release Center.

Whitley County Commissioner Tom Rethlake told County Council members that the Work Release Center was full and the jail was near capacity.

“We’re going to have to do something,” Rethlake said. “I don’t know if that means adding another wing off the back of the jail or what. We might even have to consider a wing off of Work Release as well.”

Officials await lawsuit results

December 10, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Commissioners are keeping a close eye on a class-action lawsuit filed against the county and several other counties in Northeast Indiana.

At a recent meeting, Commissioners heard an update on the situation from County Attorney Dan Sigler.

Legal action was initiated after Lawrence M. Bickel was arrested and held longer than 48 hours before appearing in court for arraignment.

According to Indiana statute, an inmate must be brought before the judge for an initial court appearance within 48 hours of being arrested without a warrant.

Walgreens robber nets 8-year sentence

December 10, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A man who pleaded guilty earlier this year to a 2012 Walgreens robbery received an eight-year sentence in Whitley County Circuit Court.

Troy J. Fritz, 31, of Fort Wayne, was sentenced to the Indiana Department of Correction (DOC) for four of those years, with the other four years to be served on suspended sentence.

Case reports state Fritz stole Opana and Fentanyl by threatening the use of force in February of 2012.

Fritz said in an October court hearing that he walked to the pharmacy section of the store and handed a note to the person on-duty.

 

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