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COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man who was arrested on drug charges and accused of neglecting a dependent will serve 10 years behind bars.
Travis A. Wonderly, who along with Janel M. Creech was blamed for the death of Creechâ€™s 5-month-old daughter, pleaded guilty Nov. 16 to manufacturing methamphetamine and neglect of a dependent resulting in death.
On Monday, Wonderly was sentenced by Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer to 10 years in prison, to be fully served.
A Jan. 3 incident occurred resulting in the death of five-month old Taylor Creech.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Teachers at Churubusco Elementary School will combine talents with seven other schools for an evening of development to begin the new year in education.
CES Principal Shellie Miller announced the Indiana Department of Education will be in attendance on the Professional Resources learning event on Jan. 19 at CES.
â€śThis is a proactive way for all of us to gain more insight on our ever-changing educational programs,â€ť said Miller.
In other school news:
â€˘Churubusco Junior Senior High School had a jeans drive that raised $500 for a local family.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City will have a new police chief beginning in 2012.
Det. Tim Longenbaugh, a former Columbia City Common Council member and 15-year veteran of the cityâ€™s police force, was named by Mayor-elect Ryan Daniel to replace current Chief Mike Petersen.
Longenbaugh represents the cityâ€™s only new department head.
â€śAfter a fairly lengthy application and interview process, I have chosen eight individuals who have the skill set and proactive foresight to lead these departments,â€ť said Daniel.
Controlled deer hunts at state park properties are achieving the intended result of habitat recovery, but analysis of information collected this year indicates deer numbers remain above desired levels at many locations, according to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
Volunteer hunters harvested 1,546 deer during four days of controlled hunts at 21 state parks in November.
Thatâ€™s only the 10th highest total in 18 years of state park hunts, but resource biologists say harvest numbers alone have limited value in determining success.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Hours to visit Santa Claus in his cottage on the Whitley County Courthouse Square in downtown Columbia City have been established for coming days.
The Jolly Old Elfâ€™s cottage is located on the northwest corner of the Courthouse Square. Assistants will be on hand to snap photos and they will be available for purchase.
Hours this Friday are 6 to 8:30 p.m.; and Christmas Eve Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
SYRACUSE - Poly-Wood, Inc., a manufacturer of outdoor furniture, announced plans today to expand its operations here, creating up to 50 new jobs by 2015.
The company will invest $2.78 million to expand production operations and purchase a 25,000 square-foot facility and add a 35,000 square-foot addition on the company's current Kosciusko County campus. The new production operations, which include plastic lumber extrusions and furniture manufacturing, are slated to be operational later next year.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ The Whitley County Community Foundation awarded one of its largest grants ever Monday afternoon.
Passages, Inc. was awarded $100,000 to convert the former Lehmberg Medical Building on North Oak Street into a state-of-the-art Creative Learning Center designed to provide optimal services to Passagesâ€™ clients.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A former Richland Township fire captain will serve 25 years of a 30-year sentence for child molesting.
Ronald. A Rostochak, a former Richland Township fire captain, appeared in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday after a 12-member jury found him guilty of child molesting, a class A felony, on Nov. 17.
His fate was in the hands of Circuit Court Judge James Heuer, who sentenced him to 30 years in prison, with 25 years to serve.
Rostochak was originally charged with sexual misconduct with a minor and child molesting.
An American bald eagle flies above the treeline Monday around noon near a wooded area at the vicinity of CR 150 N. between Johson Road and CR 550 East.
Former Whitko basketball Coach Bill Patrick, right, was inducted to the school's Wall of Fame Friday night. The Hall of Fame coach was presented a memento of the induction by current Whitko Coach Rob Irwin.