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May 9th, 2013

BODY FOUND IN WHITLEY COUNTY: Police seeking identity of man discovered in woods

May 9, 2013

WHITLEY COUNTY — The investigation continues after a body was found in a wooded area in Whitley County Wednesday night.

Authorities suspect foul play after a man was found dead on County Road 800 East (County Line Road) north of Old Trail Road.

Whitley County Coroner Randy Dellinger said the body had been there for a while, and was found face down in the woods.

The probe, headed by the Criminal Investigation Division of the Indiana State Police, assisted by the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, is ongoing at this time.

May 8th

DEATH UPDATE

May 9, 2013

WHITLEY COUNTY, IND —The Criminal Investigation Division of the Indiana State Police from the Fort Wayne Post is investigating the the death of a man who was found this past evening in a wooded area near the Whitley/Allen County line.

According to First Sergeant Mark Carunchia, an unidentified male was discovered just after 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday night by a property owner in a heavily wooded area in the 800 block of County Line Road in Whitley County. It is not known exactly how long the deceased man's body has been there.

DEATH INVESTIGATION

May 8, 2013

WHITLEY COUNTY — Police are currently investigating a death on County Line Road north of U.S. 30 in Whitley County.

No more information is available at this time.

Park play

May 8, 2013

Celena Crouse, 1, rides a turtle at Churubusco’s town park Tuesday. Warmer, dry weather has allowed for more outside play for children.

Rotary discusses reducing student loan debt

May 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Speaking this week at Columbia City’s Rotary Club was Questa representative Marc Levy.

Questa is a Northeast Indiana foundation set up to do principally two things: reduce the typical student’s loan debt after finishing college, and keep that individual in Northeast Indiana ,contributing to the educational job force in our part of the state.

“The average student in Indiana leaves college with a four-year degree and $27,000 in debt,” Levy said. “Often times, they will leave the area to find suitable work,” he added.

Construction continues

May 8, 2013

Smith-Green Community Schools is still under construction as remodeling continues both inside and out.

Pictured, the entrance to CJSHS remains closed as work progresses toward a new facade for the building.

Whitley Co. YMCA reaches Strong Kids goal

May 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Family YMCA announced recently that it reached its 2013 Strong Kids Campaign goal.

Dan Heise, of Warner Electric, led this year’s volunteers to reach a community campaign goal of $39,000.

The Strong Kids Campaign provides scholarships for programs and memberships to individuals and families in need.

Funds raised directly support the Y’s cause of strengthening communities by ensuring that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

’Round and ’round

May 8, 2013

Four siblings had took a spin on a circular swing at Morsches Park Tuesday evening. From left, Haley Miller, A.J. Tope, Elizabeth Miller and Ryan Tope.

County makes payment to Wood-Land-Lakes

May 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Wood-Land-Lakes, a nonprofit group working across several counties in the state, had a request for funds approved by the Whitley County Commissioners Monday.

The commissioners approved $400 for the group. Stanley Crum, a board member for Wood-Land-Lakes, was on hand, and told commissioners all his organization does, how they are trying to stay in budget, and reach out to stakeholders.

“Wood-Land-Lakes can’t disappear,” he said. “It is the holder of almost 10,000 acres of agriculture preservation land easements.”

The decision unanimously passed.

OPERATION GUARDIAN: Marshals nab local offender

May 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A federal sweep put a Whitley County man in jail for failing to register as a sex offender.

DeWayne Stewart was convicted in 2004 of sexual misconduct with a 15-year-old and child seduction and did not register, adding him to a list of targets, along with hundreds of other fugitives nationwide.

The U.S. Marshals Service arrested Stewart in Huntsville, Ala., officials said in a press release.

Another area man, Mark Lautzenheiser, a convicted rapist from DeKalb County, was also arrested for failing to register as a sex offender and violating his parole.

 

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