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January 10th, 2013
LAGRANGE COUNTY â€” A boy from LaGrange County who was abducted by his paternal grandparents back in 1994, has been located living, married and well, in Long Prairie, Minnesota.
According to Indiana State Police Detective Jeff Boyd, on July 29, 1994 Richard Wayne Landers, Jr. was abducted by his grandparents, Richard E. and Ruth A. Landers. The elder Landers were allegedly upset over pending court proceedings regarding the placement of their grandson. The Landers allegedly took the then five year old boy and left from their home in the Wolcottville area to an unknown destination.
PIERCETON â€” Pierceton Woods, a 52-acre facility built in 2008, has residents living near the center concerned for their own safety. After 17-year-old Dakota Kimbler allegedly escaped from the juvenile detention center Dec. 8, Rick and Debbie Wagner appeared before the Kosciusko County Commissioners to air their concerns, according to an area newspaper.
South Whitley has a grocery store once again. Whitley Mid Town Market, 101 W. First St., opened for business Wednesday at 10 a.m. The store is owned by Rick and Lisa Rogers of Fort Wayne and now employees 24 South Whitley residents. Pictured is John Gidley, of South Whitley, behind the new meat counter, one of the services offered at the store. Whitley Mid Town Market is now open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Influenza has claimed the lives of 10 people in Indiana. An additional three deaths were reported, up from seven last week.
A weekly health department report stated eight of those who died were older than 50 and two were under 18, according to Indiana State Health Department officials.
Although no deaths have occurred in Whitley County, symptoms such as high fever, fatigue, muscle aches and sore throats are on the rise.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€“ Talks of water flooded the South Whitley Town Council meeting Tuesday night. Representatives from Indiana American Water presented a proposal to purchase the water utility from South Whitley.
The suggested purchase would allow the town to shove off the burden of capital improvements and infrastructure enhancements. Council President Tony Starkey weighed the options that might be in the townâ€™s favor.
One of the benefits the town might see as a result of the purchase would be an improvement in water quality.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A businesswoman and life-long resident of South Whitley is now the new treasurer for Whitley County.
Laurell Hodges first had an interest in the treasurer position because of her passion for numbers. Her political background was also in place. Hodges has worked with her precinct for the Republican Party and is also vice-chairman of the party. This brought familiarity with what could come in the campaign process.
The fact of her election is something Hodges expects to keep her grounded.
Here are the headlines in Thursday's Post & Mail:
Pierceton Woods addresses Kimbler escape
Flu virus spreads across Indiana
South Whitley discusses utility sale
Former businesswoman set as new treasurer for County
South Whitley's new grub hub
Warmer temperatures will bring a 70% chance of rain Thursday and Friday and more rain possible over the weekend. There is a risk of high water in some areas due to the large amounts of rain coupled with the melting snow. Weather officials warn motorists to avoid driving through water that may appear to be to deep. For weather advisories, follow The Post & Mail on twitter at @ThePostandMail.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Dakota Kimbler appeared in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday for a pre-trial conference.
Kimbler, 17, is being charged as an adult after he hid inside a vehicle and shot a former Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Reserve Officer.
Kimbler was arrested Dec. 9 for attempted murder and attempted car-jacking. He allegedly escaped from Pierceton Woods Juvenile facility and hid in the back of a car owned by Johnny Couch, who had just finished working his shift at Paragon Medical.
PIERCETON â€” It was back to school Monday for Whitko Community School students and back to work for the school corporationâ€™s Board of Trustees.
An organizational meeting was held for the purpose of welcoming newly-elected and re-appointed board members. Georgia Tenney and Joe Begley were sworn in as the two new members.