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June 24th, 2013

RESCUE TECHNOLOGY: New 911 recorder coming to county

June 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s 911 system will be receiving a new call-recording system.

Problems with the current system have led to the switch.

Whitley County Prosecutor Matt Rentschler said recordings that were necessary for certain cases fell through the cracks.

“I have had one or two calls that my office wanted to review, but they’re (recordings) gone,” said Rentschler.

Scott Jones, Whitley County 911 coordinator, was at Monday’s meeting of the Whitley County Commissioners.

He was requesting permission to use money from his budget for the new recorder.

2 COUNTY WRECKS: 5 injured in weekend crashes

June 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A pair of crashes in Whitley County sent 5 people to the hospital.

On Hartman Road, east of Columbia City, two men were hurt after their vehicle caught on fire from a crash at 4:51 a.m. Saturday.

Troy Adams, 29, of Columbia City, and Wesley Crowell, 33, also of Columbia City, were found lying on the side of Hartman Road with their vehicle, a recently purchased Dodge Challenger, fully engulfed in flames.

Live power lines were down and a utility pole was also on fire.

June 22nd

HOMETOWN HEROES: Mann, from heart attacks to handcuffs

June 22, 2013

Editor’s note: Throughout the month of June, The Post & Mail will be featuring several public safety officials in a multi-part series.

COLUMBIA CITY — After working 28 years in the medical field, Janis Mann has been a Columbia City Police dispatcher for five years.

Mann began her career at Whitley Hospital in 1979 at the registration desk. Not long after, she became an EMS dispatcher.

“I walked into the hospital one day and someone asked me if i wanted a job,” Mann said. “I wasn’t looking for one, but I decided to go for it.”

1-TO-1: Tech gives students ownership in education

June 22, 2013

PIERCETON — A plan to place technology into the hands of Whitko students is rolling out for the 2013-14 school year.

The district’s 1-1 (one-to-one) technology plan encompasses more than providing students with computer tablets.

The interactive teaching aids will allow students to have internet-based educational opportunities as well as programs that will engage academic learning at a personalized level.

Mizpah Shrine Horse Show continues

June 22, 2013

Jodi Steinhoff of Lone Pine Stable prepares with Lit, one of her horses, at the Mizpah Shrine Horse Show in Columbia City Friday.

The show will continue today and Sunday.

Today will feature the Open Show, Hunter Jumper, Wild West Review and Guild of Rock. Sunday will include Dressage, Open Show and Hunter Jumper.

IN COURT: Kimbler trial set for October

June 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Nearly 10 months after his initial arrest, an 18-year-old will stand trial for attempted murder.

Dakota Kimbler’s trial has been rescheduled for Oct. 1. It was originally set for June.

Kimbler was arrested Dec. 9 of last year. He was charged with attempted murder, receiving stolen property and carrying a hand gun without a permit.

Kimbler had allegedly escaped from the Pierceton Woods Juvenile Facility and hid in the back of a car owned by Johnny Couch, South Whitley, who was working his shift at Paragon Medical.

June 21st

A-OK: Turtle Days rides given the thumbs up by inspectors

June 21, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — After an electrical cable shorted out near midway carnival rides Thursday night, state inspectors were at Churubusco Town Park to investigate the scene at Turtle Days.

“The inspector said the cable that malfunctioned last night was not connected to any rides and was not in jeopardy of endangering any riders,” said Turtle Days Association President Greg Barkley. “The cable was for a light that shines on the rides.”

The midway will open as planned. Barkley said the issue was investigated by state inspectors and declared to meet with the standards set by the officials.

DAY IN THE LIFE: Submit your photos today

June 21, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The Post & Mail is seeking photos from your daily activities today!

Submit photos with caption information to community@thepostandmail.com for an opportunity for your "Day in the Life" to be published.

Deadline for photos is July 3.

IN COURT: Bocskey receives 12-years

June 21, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City man who participated in two drug deals this past winter will serve a 12-year sentence at the state level.

Shane Bocskey, 26, pleaded guilty last month to one count of dealing methamphetamine. Bocskey was arrested with Derek Kohut in February after a drug deal at the Walmart parking lot.

Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer gave Bocskey a 12-year sentence to be served in the Indiana Department of Corrections, with all 12 years to be served.

SHOCKING: News reporter jolted near carnival midway ride

June 21, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — A Post & Mail reporter received medical treatment for electric shock Thursday night after an incident at Turtle Days in Churubusco.

Nicole Ott, 22, was at the midway at Churubusco’s Town Park at approximately 8:15 p.m., taking photos of the festival, when a bundle of cables underneath a rubber mat allegedly shorted out, causing a spark and brief ignition.

“The doctor said I was lucky I was wearing tennis shoes and not sandals,” Ott said. “The sole of my shoes helped slow the conduction of electricity.”

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