Archive - Jan 2014 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The official start of Whitley Countyâ€™s Relay for Life season had been postponed once again. Winter weather has derailed the event kickoff which was set for Tuesday at 6 p.m. a Parkview Hospital.
Relay for Life Event Co-Chair Tammy Gross said the committee was reluctant to cancel the gathering for a second time, but considering the bitter cold temperatures and hazardous road conditions, turn out was expected to be greatly impacted.
NORTH MANCHESTER â€” A police pursuit that was headed toward Whitley County Friday night stopped short when an alleged bank robber shot himself in his vehicle.
According to the Kosciusko County Sheriffâ€™s Department and Indiana State Police, a man allegedly robbed a bank in North Manchester shortly before 6 p.m., and a North Manchester Police officer began to pursue a suspect northbound on Ind. 13, into Kosciusko County.
Police say the suspect stopped at the intersection of Ind. 13 and Ind. 14, but refused to leave his vehicle when directed by the officer.
NORTH MANCHESTER â€” Police have identified the suspected in a North Manchester bank robbery as David Mills, 22, of Columbia City.
After allegedly robbing the bank in Wabash County, Mills committed suicide in Kosciusko County, near South Whitley.
According to police reports, Mills entered First Financial Bank, on North Market Street, robbed a teller and left, northbound on Ind. 13 at approximately at 6 p.m. Friday.
After a pursuit by a North Manchester Police officer, Mills stopped at the intersection of Ind. 13 and Ind. 14.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Whitley County residents are becoming all-too-familiar with the terms â€śLevel 1 Snow Emergencyâ€ť and â€śTravel Warningâ€ť as Monday was nearly a Deja-Vu of three weeks ago, when the county was at a stand-still after Winter Storm Ion.
Winter Storm Ion dropped 16.2 inches of snow to the area Jan. 5, along with sub-zero temperatures and substantial travel impairment.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Due to the extreme winter weather, several events are canceled or postponed.
To submit cancellations and postponements to The Post & Mail, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mayor Ryan Daniel announced that City Hall would be closed today due to the Level I Snow Emergency.
Whitley County offices are closed as well including the Government Center and Courthouse.
Pierceton Elementary School
A public meeting, which was scheduled for tonight at 6 p.m. at Pierceton Elementary School has been canceled.
Whitley County Commissioners, Whitley County Emergency Management, Has issued the following statement concerning travel within our County.
A â€śWARNING Level Travel Advisoryâ€ť has been issued at 6 a.m. until further notice.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man who has been on home detention was released a year earlier than scheduled Monday.
William Mullins, 21, was given a 10-year sentence in November of 2010 for two counts of burglary, one charge of theft and one charge of robbery.
Mullins had been on work release for a year-and-a-half. In July of 2013, he was modified to home detention.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Since a massive fire destroyed a large portion of the Viking Products building, the company has weathered storms of all forms in January.
First, Winter Storm Ion blew into Whitley County, dumping 16 inches of snow on the area, Sunday, Jan. 5.
Early the next morning, with many roads still snow covered and impassable, Viking Products, a longtime Whitley County business, caught fire.
Whitley County is now under a TRAVEL WATCH ADVISORY. Only essential travel is recommended. More snow is expected to hit the area tomorrow, approximately 4 inches.
Officials advise to stay off roadways, especially outside of the city limits, where many roads are continuing to drift shut.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” When Whitley Countyâ€™s YMCA suddenly started a preschool program two years ago, it hadnâ€™t developed plans for building on to the existing Y.
Now a $2.25 million addition is set to be erected on the east side of the YMCA that will feature classrooms, a kitchen, gymnasium and natural playground for children from six weeks old to the age of five.
â€śI donâ€™t think having a program like this was really on our radar, but when the need presented itself, it made sense for us to step up,â€ť said Erica Miller, executive director for the YMCA.