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May 13th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Chris Loft, 28, is a body mechanic by day and a youth mentor by night.
He doesnâ€™t view himself as anything extraordinary, but to The Center for Whitley County Youth, Loft is an outstanding volunteer.
At the annual benefit cook-off for The Center, Loft was awarded one of the Volunteer of the Year Awards.
â€śI am at The Center almost every day,â€ť Loft said. â€śI have the luxury of working a job that allows me to be there shortly after school to volunteer. I donâ€™t see it as an obligation, but a privilege to invest in the lives of these students.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Farmers Market opened its season Saturday to brisk temperatures and overcast skies.
Last year, the market opened a week earlier and experienced colder-than-normal temperatures. Pushing the start of the market back a week, Market Master Chris Lilly hoped the weather would cooperate.
Lilly said that although the temperatures werenâ€™t ideal, the first Saturday of market season was a success.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” More information is coming forward about the man who was found dead in a wooded area Wednesday.
Dillon Warner, 22, was identified Friday as the body found by a property owner in eastern Whitley County.
Warner, a convicted drug felon, may still have been alive had his court hearing last month had a different outcome.
The Allen County judge spared Warner prison time â€” which may have been more of a death sentence.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” For some, carrying a handgun is a way of life, for others, its purely recreational.
Regardless of the reason for registering for a handgun permit, police warn citizens to plan and prepare before they carry.
In Indiana, people arenâ€™t required to complete handgun training before receiving their permits.
In fact, citizens donâ€™t have to take a test regarding the laws of concealed or open carry.
So when can â€” and canâ€™t â€” you carry?
Without a license, the options are limited.
Pierceton Elementary School celebrated mothers Friday morning before school started. The Parent-Teacher Organization sponsored the event, which hosted 435 students with their mothers and grandmothers. The breakfast was held in the commons and gym areas of the school. Fathers and grandfathers were celebrated in March with donuts. Pictured is Whitko Community School Corporationâ€™s Superintendent Steve Clason serving muffins to guests.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City High School Intern Program recently celebrated a milestone.
The program, ran by Coordinator Judy Moore, has been helping students decide their future plans for the past 15 years.
A banquet was held at Parkview Whitley Hospital to honor the businesses that participate in the ICE program as well as some of the businesses that have been with the Intern Program since its inception.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man accused of sexual misconduct with a minor will stand trial Tuesday and Wednesday.
Timothy J. Swihart, 19, of South Whitley was arrested in Jan. 11. He posted bond Jan. 15.
His defense counsel, Jeff Arnold of Columbia City, said some progress has been made between his side and the state, but not enough, so he wants to keep the trial date.
It was alleged, according to case reports, that Swihart had sex with a 14-year-old girl on more than one occasion.
The defense has said that the defendant was home each night the alleged events occurred.
Churubusco High School hosted Operation Prom, a mock accident, for its students Friday afternoon. The scenario depicted an after-prom gone bad, as several students were injured, and even killed, in a drunk driving crash. Pictured, Smith Township firemen cover up the â€śbodyâ€ť of Churubusco student Chelsea Bennett, who â€śdiedâ€ť in Fridayâ€™s crash.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” The body found in the woods in eastern Whitley County has been identified.
After an autopsy, Whitley County Coroner Randy Dellinger confirmed the body to be Dillon Travis Warner, 22, of Fort Wayne.
According to the Fort Wayne Police Department, Warner had been filed as a missing person since May 2.
Police in Allen County recently issued a warrant for Warnerâ€™s arrest after he failed to appear for a drug hearing on April 29.
Dellinger said in a press release Friday morning that information about the cause and manner of Warnerâ€™s death is still pending.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Third shift law enforcement officers see a dramatic change as the weather warms up.
From OWIs to vandalism, most officials donâ€™t hesitate to say there is an increase in crime in the summer months.
â€śThe kids are out of school and that means some of them are out doing things they arenâ€™t supposed to,â€ť Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department Sergeant Todd Cook. â€śThereâ€™s a definite difference between summer and winter on third shift.
â€śWhen its 10 degrees below zero and snowing, nobody wants to be outside. When it warms up, the call volume goes up quite a bit.â€ť