Archive - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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.
â€śWeâ€™re going to have to do something,â€ť Rethlake said. â€śI donâ€™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.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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.
Northern Heights Elementary School students in Heather Harrisâ€™s fourth grade class learned about electricity in their science class. The students worked hands-on to test various items in order to determine if they were conductors or insulators. Pictured are Joey Stinson, Jalea Morrison, and Taylor Ellis.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Candy canes and cookies were on the menu at Downtown On The Square Saturday.
Far from its normal fine dining, the restaurant, located across from the Whitley County Courthouse in Columbia City, changed its culinary specialties to host a breakfast with Santa event for children.
The breakfast is just one of the many downtown appearances Santa Claus has made this holiday season.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” After spearheading two large-scale park renovations, Katey Till announced she was stepping down from the South Whitley Park Board.
Till, a South Whitley resident, is a mother, wife and active volunteer.
With so much on her to-do list, she told South Whitley Town Council members at a meeting in November that she would be resigning her seat on the board.
â€śItâ€™s time,â€ť Till said. â€śIâ€™ve done what I wanted to do.â€ť
Official resignation of Tillâ€™s spot will be Friday. Her departure is in addition to another vacant seat needing to be filled.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City man died in a crash in Whitley County Friday night.
Zachariah â€śZachâ€ť Ballard, 28, was driving north on County Road 450 East, south of Cider Mill Road, when police believe his truck traveled left of center and ran off the roadway.
Investigation by the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department showed that Ballardâ€™s vehicle struck two trees, and when officials arrived, Ballard was partially ejected from the truck.
INDIANAPOLIS â€” The Post & Mail newspaper, Columbia City, brought home 10 awards from the Hoosier State Press Associationâ€™s yearly banquet Saturday.
Editors Christie Workman and Nicole Ott were awarded for feature and sports articles, as well as photography.
Ott earned Photo of the Year in The Post & Mailâ€™s division, with the front-page photo of Ethan Krider and Jade North for Valentineâ€™s Day.
The photo also won its category, Best Feature Photo, and was a contender for overall Photo of the Year, an award won by The Evansville Courier and Press.
Whitley Countyâ€™s Community Christmas Celebration began last night at 6 p.m. and will continue tonight from 6 to 8 p.m.
The event is free and features a live Nativity on the Courthouse lawn and music performed by various residents inside the Courthouse.
Pictured, the Community Choir serenades those visiting the Courthouse during the celebration. The choir is directed by Anita Harris.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Churubusco teenager pleaded guilty Monday and received a four-year sentence for several drug-related crimes.
Timothy L.K. Thalman, Jr.., 19, pleaded guilty to possession of two or more precursors with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.
Judge James Heuer gave him a two-year sentence for the first charge, and a one-year sentence for each of the last two, all consecutive.
Two of those four years will be served at the Whitley County Jail, and the other two will be suspended.