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January 30th

COL. CITY K9 FOUND: Allen Co. deputy finds Stryker

January 30, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s missing police dog was found Wednesday morning.

An Allen County Sheriff’s Deputy spotted Stryker, who had been in hiatus since Tuesday afternoon.

The police dog was found on Hathaway Road in Allen County at approximately 10 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The canine got out of his kennel Tuesday, and was spotted by a passing motorist at approximately 3 p.m. — sparking a search that lasted until dark.

Stryker had last been seen in the area of Ind. 205 and County Road 200 East, and was found a few miles into Allen County on Hathaway Road.

STRYKER FOUND: Missing K9 found in Allen County

January 30, 2013

Stryker, a Columbia City police K9, has been found. The dog went missing Tuesday and was located Wednesday morning at approximately 10 a.m.
According to Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh, the dog was found to be in good health. Longenbaugh said he was "very thrilled" to have the dog back. Stryker's handler, Tim Pittenger, will be taking Stryker to the vet for a complete examination. See more coverage in Thursday's Post & Mail.

BREAKING NEWS: K9 spotted

January 30, 2013

According to scanner traffic, Stryker, the missing Columbia City police K9, might have been found. Reports are unconfirmed on if the dog is actually the canine belonging to the department.

January 29th

HOUSE FIRE

January 29, 2013

Both Columbia City and Columbia Township Fire Departments responded to
a fully-engulfed structure fire at 1090 S. CR 50 E. Tuesday night. Four poeple were in the home and escaped without injury. However, three pets were killed in the blaze. The cause of the fire has yet to be released. Read The Post & Mail Wednesday for more coverage.

K9 MISSING: Columbia City police searching for dog

January 29, 2013

Columbia City police are searching for a missing K9, Stryker, and asking for the public's help.

The six-year-old Dutch Shepherd, reportedly escaped a kennel at his handler's house in Collins Tuesday. A police officer said he spotted Stryker at approximately 2:30 p.m. near the intersection of Ind. 205 and County Road 200 North.

TURNING BACK TIME: County legacy laid within cornerstone

January 29, 2013

Editor’s note: The following is the final installment of a three-part series highlighting the Whitley County Courthouse.

COLUMBIA CITY — Standing as a pinnacle in Whitley County, the current Courthouse has existed for 123 years.

As part of the building’s foundation, a cornerstone, anchoring the northeast corner, was sealed Sept. 20, 1888, and inside a varied assortment of items were deposited to be uncovered at a future date.

Copies of invitations, posters, programs from the laying of the cornerstone were included.

FACEBOOK REACTS: Community excited about Dunham’s

January 29, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Last week, Kerr Real Estate announced its plans to develop the former Scott’s grocery store location into a multi-use building.

Occupying almost 60 percent of the building will be Dunham’s Sports, a sporting good retailer out of Michigan.

With a store already in Warsaw and Auburn and a new location planned for Fort Wayne, many Columbia City residents are anticipating a positive economic impact.

“I love it. A new business and new jobs,” commented Sheryl L. Crawford-Hackett on The Post & Mail’s Facebook page.

NEW DISPATCHER: First day on the job

January 29, 2013

Kassie Rife started her new job as a Columbia City dispatcher Monday. Currently Rife is training on the job for a period of four to six months, but eventually her duties will center around city police communications. Rife is from Whitley County and is the daughter of Pam Ruch and Ola Mullins. Rife said she is most looking forward to helping people in her new job. “This is a very gratifying position. I am really excited for it,” she said.

DRUG CHARGES: Meth suspect appears in court

January 29, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City man arrested last week on drug charges had his first appearance in court Monday.

Michael Raber, 26 arrested Thursday and charged with six counts. He was charged with two counts of dealing in methamphetamine, a Class B felony; one count of possession of methamphetamine, a Class D felony; one count of possession of precursors for the manufacture of methamphetamine, a Class D felony; maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D felony and possession of paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.

January 28th

TWIST and SHOUT: Relay for Life kicks off with a party

January 28, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — In the Parkview Whitley Hospital basement, surrounded by purple tablecloths and ribbons, Event Chairperson Cathy Cronin welcomed attendees to the annual Relay for Life Kick-off Party.

“We were expecting 30 people. We ran out of name tags,” said Melissa Stephens American Cancer Society (ACS) community representative.
“So this is a really great turn out.”

Relay for Life is a fundraising opportunity lead by the ACS.

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