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May 2nd, 2013

IN COURT: Rector, 18, pleads guilty to burglary

May 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City 18-year-old pleaded guilty to his role in a burglary last year.

Charles Rector admitted his guilt Monday in Whitley County Circuit Court.

Rector’s plea was “straight up,” without an agreement beforehand.

“I hope the state dismisses the theft charge on the guilty plea to burglary,” said Whitley County Public Defender Brad Voelz, who was representing Rector.

Whitley County Prosecutor Matt Rentschler confirmed that was his intent.

Burglary is a Class B felony and theft is a Class D felony.

PROM PRICETAG: Convenience costs, makes event ‘special’

May 2, 2013

Editor’s note: The following is the second installment in a three-part series on prom season.

COLUMBIA CITY — Prom is more than formal dresses and tuxes. The venue, music and decorations are all part of the fanfare centering around high school proms.

For school prom committees, the details surrounding the event are what makes the experience even more memorable.

Melanie Bechtold, a teacher, is the queen of all things prom at Columbia City High School. This is her seventh year overseeing the event and she describes the night as “a memory-maker for students.”

RISE TO POWER: Lickey to take electric dept. reins

May 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Few people would consider 13 as their lucky number.

But for Shawn Lickey, the number has a nice ring to it. He has been working with the Columbia City Electric Department for 13 years, and he will step into the superintendent’s position at the end of this month to take over for a retiring Larry Whetstone.

The story diverges though, with the use of the word luck. Lickey has worked hard to get where he is at and has taken advantage of many learning opportunities.

MODIFIED JUSTICE: New bill could affect court system

May 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Indiana House Bill 1006 would be expected to have an impact on the inmate population at state prisons and local jails.

It could also bring changes to the justice system inside the courtroom.

If the bill is passed, felonies will move from four different classes to a level system. Felony convicts will also be required to serve a greater percentage of time in the system. Provisions will be in place as well for greater sentencing on the local level.

While the exact impact is not known, some inside the courtroom believe reviews of the current code are necessary.

For 3, bomb suspect's friendship leads to charges

May 2, 2013

BOSTON (AP) — Just hours before one of the Boston Marathon suspects and his brother allegedly gunned down a campus police officer, authorities say he exchanged a series of text messages with a friend who'd become suspicious after seeing what looked like a familiar face being flashed on television.

Dias Kadyrbayev, a student at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, texted his college buddy Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, saying he looked like one of the bombing suspects.

May 1st

HEROIN BUST: Traffic stop leads to discovery of drugs and controlled substances

May 1, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY (May 1, 2013) — A traffic stop for a moving violation by an Indiana State Trooper led to the discovery of heroin, marijuana and other controlled substances which resulted in the arrest of two men from Ohio and one from Illinois yesterday afternoon.

SELF-REPRESENTED: Ward receives 10-year sentence

May 1, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A LaGrange man who was representing himself in his criminal proceedings received his sentence Monday.

Terrance Ward, 31, was arrested in July of 2012 and charged with five drug-related crimes. Monday, he was sentenced to 10 years, all to serve, at the Indiana Department of Corrections.

On April 2, Ward pleaded guilty to aiding in the manufacturing of meth. The other four counts were dismissed.

COL. CITY BASEBALL: Eagles still perfect in conference

May 1, 2013

WATERLOO — It might be too early to call it a hot streak, but going 3-0 in the Northeast Hoosier Conference is nothing less than a good start for the Columbia City Eagles baseball team.

Columbia City was at it again Tuesday night as the Eagles took on the DeKalb Barons in Waterloo.

Columbia City won a closely contested ballgame 7-4 to stay undefeated in the NHC.

The Eagles improved to 7-2 on the year, while the Barons’ record fell to 11-5 and were handed their first NHC loss of the season.

PROM PRICETAG: Area high school students trade moola for memories

May 1, 2013

Editor’s note: The following is the first of a three-part series on prom season.

COLUMBIA CITY — How much is too much to spend on one night out on the town? With a national average of $1,139 spent for a night of dinner and dancing, is prom becoming an escalating luxury for high schoolers?

This weekend, Columbia City High School will hold its prom at the Grand Wayne Center in Fort Wayne. As teens plan for the momentous occasion, purchases can start to rack up — making for a costly night.

LONGER SENTENCES: Justice overhaul may have local impact

May 1, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A proposed Indiana House bill could have major effects on local law enforcement.

House Bill 1006, which is set to take effect in the summer of 2014, includes many overhauls to the current criminal justice system.

This includes changing the felony system, which currently has four types of charges based on severity, from Class A to Class D, to a level system, where there will be six levels of felony charges.

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