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January 22nd

Burns has 90 days revoked

January 22, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City woman who violated her probation had 90 days of her suspended sentence revoked Tuesday.

Heather R. Burns, 27, had 90 days of her suspended sentence revoked. She was sentenced to the Whitley County Jail for that time, with an assignment to Whitley County Work Release.

Burns was originally on probation for multiple drug charges.
In late 2013, her probation officer, Ed Beber, petitioned that Burns had committed a probation violation. The petition stated Burns had tested positive for a controlled substance.

Superior Court had balanced case load in 2013

January 22, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Case loads for the courts of Whitley County remained consistent in 2013 compared to previous years.
In Whitley County Superior Court, which has Judge Doug Fahl on the bench, there were 2,297 total filings in 2013.
That number compares to 2,295 in 2012.
Of those, there were 821 criminal cases in 2013. There were 865 in 2012, but only 736 in 2011.
“We are down a little bit from last year,” he said. “We had a big jump two years ago.”

How does your garden grow?

January 22, 2014

Canda Goldwood, from Goldwood Gardens, was the guest educator at Whole Health Wellness Center’s monthly workshop. Goldwood shared tips on organic gardening practices. The center’s workshops are held at the Whitley County YMCA and are free.

Excited Eagles

January 22, 2014

Columbia City’s girls basketball team is preparing for its fundraiser night Friday. The Lady Eagles are supporting down syndrome awareness with a silent auction. Pictured, the team cheers for a local girl with down syndrome, Sydney Pequignot, who scored a basket into the trash can in Columbia City High School’s cafeteria last week.

Parents count blessings after shooting; Suspect from Warsaw area

January 22, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — While many have watched the news of school shootings in other areas of the country, Purdue University’s incident Tuesday hit home for many Whitley County residents.

Tuesday afternoon, a Purdue student from Warsaw opened fire in a classroom, killing a 21-year-old man.

According to the Purdue Exponent, Cousins seemingly sought out the victim, Andrew Boldt, during a lab in the Electrical Engineering building. After he killed Boldt, police say he left the building, and surrendered outside.

Wednesday's weather outlook

January 22, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY (Jan. 22, 2014) -- Snow showers are possible today through the afternoon with up to an inch in accumulation. Cold temperatures will call for extra layers, gloves and hats as the high is expected to reach 15 degrees, but wind chills will be 15 below zero.

The cold temperatures will stay through the end of the month. Highs will only be in the teens through Friday and back into the 20's for the weekend. Another surge of bitter cold air comes in next week and throws the region back into the cold.

We could see more accumulating snow late Friday night and early Saturday.

January 21st

Relay for Life kickoff rescheduled

January 21, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY -- An event to launch the efforts of Whitley County's Relay for Life event, set for June, was planned for this evening. However, hazardous weather conditions have postponed the party until Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. at Parkview Whitley Hospital.

The night will feature food and entertainment as well as information regarding the relay in June. Interested participants, team members past and present as well as survivors and caregivers are encouraged to attend.

New year, same officers for WCCS; Armstrong remains board president

January 21, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — While the new year brought some personnel changes for many school districts in Indiana, that wasn’t the case for Whitley Count Consolidated Schools.

At last week’s meeting, school board members nominated and voted Don Armstrong back in as the WCCS school board president, and also kept all other officials the same.

Tim Bloom served as vice president last year and was reelected by unanimous vote last week.

Deb Hiss wasn’t present at the meeting, but was re-elected as the WCCS secretary.

After discussion, council OKs squad car purchases

January 21, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Give and take — that was the concept Whitley County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Marc Gatton pitched to County leaders last week.
Gatton asked County Council to give the department an additional $26,960 for the purchase of four new vehicles.

The actual cost to outfit the three cars and one SUV would be more than $100,000, but Gatton told both the County Commissioners and County Council members that the department would shoulder the financial burden to retrofit the vehicles.

PURDUE SHOOTING: Shots fired on campus

January 21, 2014

Area media are reporting that shots have been fired at the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette.

A text alert was sent to students at noon Tuesday warning them of shooting at the Electrical Engineering Building. Students were advised to remain sheltered.

A second alert was sent out at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday saying police have a person in custody. Students were still urged to remain sheltered.

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