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August 1st, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” An Illinois man first stopped in Columbia City for speeding appeared in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday on charges relating to a controlled substance.
Batbayer Tsagaan, 54, of Cicero Ill., said he was traveling from Illinois to Ohio.
According to a Whitley County Sheriff Department case report July 25, Det. Gary Archbold was asked to make the scene of a traffic stop being conducted by Officer Scott Leatherman.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Two men were arrested on methamphetamine charges Tuesday afternoon after a routine traffic stop.
According to Detective Gary Archbold, officer Jeff Chapman conducted a routine traffic stop at approximately 3 p.m., which resulted in the arrest of Jonathan Wells, 39, of Fort Wayne, and Aaron Shepherd, 19, of Columbia City.
â€śWhen Officer Chapman pulled over the vehicle, he saw a meth precursor in plain sight,â€ť Archbold said. â€śHe got permission to search the vehicle and found more precursors.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A methamphetamine tip turned into a bomb investigation Tuesday afternoon at Ace Hardware.
The Whitley County Drug Task Force was tipped off that Lori Sample, 46, of Albion, possessed ingredients used to make meth.
â€śThe original tip was for meth precursors,â€ť Columbia City Police Capt. Tony Hively said.
While investigating the vehicle, at approximately 3:53 p.m., police found items more dangerous than meth-making materials.
â€śThere were bomb-making materials found inside the vehicle,â€ť Hively said.
COLUMBIA CITY - According to Columbia City Police Captain Tony Hively, Fort Wayne's bomb squad has possession of the bomb found at Ace Hardware in Columbia City, and will dispose of it properly.
The bomb was found after a tip from a citizen about a customer buying precursors for meth.
Upon investigation, shrapnel and gun powder were found in the vehicle, along with two BB guns.
Area businesses were evacuated. Captain Hively said he cleared a 300-yard radius as a safety precaution. Columbia City was never declared in a state of emergency.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Police Department is urging Whitley County residents to avoid the area of Teghtmeyer Ace Hardware, 200 Diplomat Drive as police report locating a bomb at or near the store Tuesday afternoon.
At press time, members of a bomb squad from Fort Wayne are enroute to Columbia City to investigate as area businesses near the scene are being evacuated. More information will be provided here as it develops and a complete story will appear in the Wednesday edition of The Post & Mail
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The 2012 Whitley County 4-H Fair offered something for all ages, including adults, who were eligible to enter the Open Adult Show.
Winners of the 2012 show were:
Adabelle Lang, division winner
Renee Galloway, participant.
Joyce Berry, class winner; Sharon Geiger and Stephanie Zumbrun, honorable mention
Adabelle Lang, class winner; Ema Lou Rose, Marilyn Hull, Bonnie Platz, honorable mention; Elizabeth Binkley, Sue Collier, Judy Kreider, participants.
COLUMBIA CITY Â â€” As health officials around the state and other parts of the Midwest caution residents to be wary of mosquito-borne diseases such as the West Nile Virus, it was announced Monday afternoon such a threat is no longer just a possibility.
â€śI was contacted today (Monday) by the state that Whitley County has the West Nile mosquito,â€ť said Scott Wagner of the Whitley County Health Department.
â€śThey just called me today. They found pools of these mosquitoes growing at the (Columbia City) Wastewater Treatment Plant.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY Â â€” Monday marked a new beginning for the Whitley County YMCA. The Early Learning Center opened its doors to serve as Whitley Countyâ€™s newest childcare program.
The YMCA opened its new childcare program in response to the recent surprise closing of Stepping Stones day care.
According to YMCA Executive Director Erica Miller, offering the program was a natural fit for the YMCA.
â€śItâ€™s the YMCAâ€™s mission to meet the needs of the community and we saw the need to have a childcare program.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Twenty-nine years after William J. Spranger was convicted of shooting Avilla Town Marshal William â€śBillâ€ť Miner Jr., Spranger was released from the Plainfield Correctional Facility Sunday.
John Barrett, who currently sits on the Whitley County Council and works security at the Whitley County Courthouse, was an investigator for the Indiana State Police at the time of the shooting.
Barrett worked the case with Noble County Prosecutor David Laur, and he interviewed Spranger, who was 18-years-old when he shot Miner.