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October 10th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â A South Whitley man, 37-year-old Phillip Kessie, was sentenced to 12 years with six years to serve and six years suspended in Whitley County Circuit Court Tuesday for a gun incident that occurred in May.
According to a South Whitley Police report, Kessie was arrested May 6 after police were notified that he had been calling his wife at her sister-in-lawâs residence, threatening to kill himself.
COLUMBIA CITY â Thirty-year-old Michael Frankhart was sentenced to 10 years with eight years serve and two years suspended in Whitley County Circuit Court Tuesday on charges related to a Larwill gun incident in May.
Frankhart pleaded guilty Sept. 10 to possession of a firearm, a Class B felony, possession of a handgun without a permit, a Class A misdemeanor, possession of paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor an driving while suspended, a Class A misdemeanor.
PIERCETON â Local sheriffâs deputies worked in concert with deputies from Kosciusko County as well as troopers from the Indiana State Police to arrest a Pierceton man wanted for theft and burglary.
According to Chad Hill, public information officer for the Kosciusko County Sheriffâs Department, police in that county were contacted by Whitley County deputies Monday evening to help assist in the execution of an active arrest warrant for Jeremiah Smith, 26, of Pierceton.
COLUMBIA CITY â With absentee voting officially open as of Tuesday, citizens are encouraged to vote early at the courthouse during the available scheduled hours.
Citizens may also vote early by mail with forms from the clerkâs office or by traveling board. Election Day is Nov. 6.
According to Debbie Beers, Clerk of Circuit Court, the 2012 General Election Candidates include the following:
Republican Laurell Hodges
Republican Frederick Dellinger
Republican Ron McNeal
County Commissioner District #1
Republican Tom Rethlake
FORT WAYNE â A 5K obstacle course is taking shape on the campus of IPFW Nov. 10.
But this fundraising event is not the normal 5K run. Zombies will be invading the obstacle course to motivate runners into a frenzy.
Just Cause International, a Columbia City missions group, is hosting the run to benefit its efforts in Haiti.
COLUMBIA CITY â In the past three months, an Autism support group has taken shape, established regular meetings, seen growth in meeting participants and after Sunday, can add a benefit walk to its list of accomplishments.
Kelly Pence is an ally for the Autism Society of Indiana. She said that the society saw the need to have local support throughout the state and instituted area allies. Pence works with counties in Northeast Indiana.
COLUMBIA CITY â Police are saying that a Mentone manâs propensity for writing bogus checks over more than 10 years has finally caught up to him.
Matthew S. Shepherd, 31, was arrested at 3:30 a.m. by Warsaw police. According to a press release by the Kosciusko County Sheriffâs Department, Shepherd was wanted in that county on 15 active warrants for check deception dating back to 2001.
KCSD spokeman Sgt. Chad Hill said Shepherd is also wanted on active warrants in at least three other counties, including Whitley.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Blue River Trail extension project is rolling along as Niblock Excavating and Hamilton Hunter anticipate good progress in the coming months.
âBoth parties hope to make significant progress and potentially finish the project yet this calendar year,â said Columbia City Community Development Director Jeff Walker last week.
âThe bridge will be erected on-site. However, if the trail doesnât get finished before next spring, the bridge will remain closed to pedestrian traffic.â