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February 18th, 2014
COLUMBIA CITY â A man accused of stealing credit cards and other possessions pleaded guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court.
Cruz T. Johannsen, 22, of Fort Wayne, pleaded guilty to theft, a Class D felony.
As part of a plea agreement, other charges against Johannsen, which include burglary and two counts of fraud on a financial institution, were dismissed. Johannsen will be sentenced in court today. He is represented by Brad Baber.
COLUMBIA CITY â A Florida woman who participated in a forgery scheme with her boyfriend pleaded guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court.
Rebecka L. Scoggins, 38, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was arrested in October on charges of forgery and theft.
She pleaded guilty to two charges of forgery. As part of a plea agreement, the charges of theft will be dismissed.Scoggins gave up her right to appeal her sentence as long as the court complies with her plea agreement. Scoggins will be sentenced March 24 at 9 a.m. Her attorney is Scott Lennox.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County Commissioner Chairman George Schrumpf has a heart for Whitley County, but feels rural areas might be losing a state voice.
âThere have been so many state mandates that have caused our county to lose revenue,â said Schrumpf. âState leaders believe they can do what we do on a local level better, but it usually costs more money and in end the county misses out on revenue.â
Mrs. Gawthropâs third-grade class from Northern Heights Elementary School is enjoying swimming this winter at the Whitley County YMCA. Third graders from around the county participate in swimming lessons each year, provided by the Whitley County YMCA Swimming Lessons Endowment Fund. In addition to learning how to swim, students also receive instruction on proper swimming techniques, water safety and life skills. Pictured, students of Mrs. Gawthropâs class also enjoy a little fun âfree timeâ in the water. From left: Xitlally Rodrigquez and Allyson Dear.
FORT WAYNE â Emergency crews have confirmed that a portion of the roof at Glenbrook Mall has collapsed, according to area media.
Mall security notified emergency dispatchers of the incident around 2 a.m., and Fort Wayne firefighters arrived on the scene to assess the situation.
Management from Glenbrook Mall has not returned commented on the collapse.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) â The Indiana Senate voted Monday to amend the state constitution by banning gay marriage, but it will be 2016 at the earliest before the measure appears on a statewide ballot because of a late change that limits the scope of the ban.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) â A proposal to give counties the option to cut the state's business equipment tax is set for review among a panel of Indiana lawmakers.
The Senate tax committee is scheduled hear testimony on the bill Tuesday.
The bill is a response to Gov. Mike Pence's proposal to phase out the business tax.
Pence and supporters say abolishing the tax could make Indiana more competitive and draw business to the state. However, an Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute report shows little evidence that the tax has a strong influence on where businesses settle.
WHITLEY COUNTY (Feb. 18, 2014) -- The area received at least three inches of snow overnight. Although the snow fall has ended, high winds continue to drift rural roads shut, closing Whitley County Consolidated Schools, Whitko Community School Corporation and Smith-Green Community Schools today.
The windy conditions will continue to impact roads and travel through tonight.
Winds of up to 25 mph will blow and drift snow across freshly plowed roads making them almost impassable at times. The winds will continue to gust through tonight and will begin to decrease late Wednesday.
COLUMBIA CITY â âI guess you could call it a ânail biter,ââ said Pam Thompson, one of Whitley Countyâs coordinators for the Distinguished Young Woman (DYW) program.
Hannah Schaefer, a senior from Columbia City High School, represented Whitley County in the state DYW program Saturday. When the field of 23 young women was cut down to the top 10, Schaeferâs name and number wasnât called until last.
Placing the top 10 meant Schaefer had a chance to vie for the Distinguished Young Woman of Indiana.
COLUMBIA CITY â A financial set back has only rallied the members of the Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE) at Lodge #1906, Columbia City.
In less than a year, the group who had no funds to pay for its building insurance and to maintain the lodgeâs operations, has sold the old property, reorganized its leadership and remodeled a former vehicle repair shop for its new location.
âItâs great what they have done. The turnaround is remarkable,â said Mike Cummings, an Aerie agent with the state Grand Aerie organization.