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February 6th, 2013

TUESDAY FIRE: Destroys garage, vehicles

February 6, 2013

A garage was destroyed by fire Tuesday afternoon. Several fire departments were dispatched to 5845 E. Schrader Rd. at approximately 1:30 p.m. after a neighbor spotted the blaze while checking the mail. According to another neighbor, Eileen Nesbitt, firemen saved the nearby home and had the blaze put out quickly. Nesbitt said only the garage and contents inside such as a truck, ATV and boat were destroyed. The property is owned by Dave and Audra Moore.

SCHOOL SEWER: WCCS updates plan at high school

February 6, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of Trustees heard an update on the sewer plan at the high school.

According to Business Manager Tony Zickgraf, a bid date will be worked out in late March or early April. With projected costs under $350,000, a common construction wage scale will not have to be used, according to a new state law for bids after Dec. 31, 2012.

Zickgraf said this should benefit the district and encourage competition and more companies to bid.

NO MORE MAIL ON SATURDAY: Postal Service announces suspended Saturday service

February 6, 2013

The U.S. Postal Service will stop delivering mail on Saturdays in order to cut expenses.
However, packages will continue to be delivered six days a week under a plan aimed at saving about $2 billion, the financially struggling agency says.

In an announcement scheduled for later Wednesday, the service is expected to say the Saturday mail cutback would begin in August.

February 5th

UPDATE: Car pulled from Blue River

February 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A vehicle from a possible abduction case in Fort Wayne was found south of Columbia City Tuesday morning.

The car, a black Chrysler, was pulled from the Blue River at approximately 11 a.m. after employees at Heavy Truck Equipment and Repair, south of Columbia City on Ind. 9, discovered the vehicle in the river.

The car was taken to Fort Wayne for police to determine how it was linked to a crime that began at Pointe Iverness Apartments.

CIRCUIT COURT: Sargent receives sentence

February 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Churubusco man received his sentence in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday for sexual misconduct with a minor.

Christopher Sargent, 23, of Churubusco, pleaded guilty to the charge, which is a Class B felony. He had also violated his probation. Sargent had been on probation for charges dating back to 2011, when he was arrested for possession a bomb.

Circuit Court Judge James Heuer said he believed the plea was an appropriate resolution to the case.

BREAKING GROUND: Planning and building Commission gives annual report

February 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Board of Commissioners heard the 2012 annual report for the Planning and Building Department at Monday’s meeting.

Dave Sewell, executive director of the department, reported 2012 was a “bigger year in total compared to 2011.”

There were 122 more permits issued in 2012 than 2011, and the value of those permits were more than $40 million, which is $7 million more than the previous year.

However, there were some areas that saw decreases.

COURTHOUSE SECURITY: Commissioners approve security upgrade

February 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Courthouse could see a security upgrade in the near future. The Whitley County Board of Commissioners approved a proposal for a new security system. The proposal will be heard by the Whitley County Council on Tuesday.

Whitley County Sheriff Mark Hodges explained to the commissioners that the old security system of alarms and door security, which had been installed by Williams Electroncis, was too old to be replaced. After receiving bids, the decision was made to have Williams do the new system for $10,000.

SAVING LIVES: Fireman, police rescue two people

February 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Churubusco fireman and a pair of Columbia City Police officers saved two lives over the weekend. Ben Rinker, of Churubusco’s Fire Department, pulled a man from a burning house Friday night.
Officers Shad Hunter and Doug Eber saved a woman from an attempted suicide attempt at Park Terrace Sunday.

After a woman barricaded herself in an apartment and attempted to hang herself, Hunter and Eber entered the residence and saved her life.
“She was already passed out,” Eber said. “Had we not found her, she would’ve died.”

BREAKING NEWS: Passenger car discovered in Blue River

February 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY – Rescue crews were summoned at mid-morning Tuesday upon discovery of a passenger car that had found its way into the Blue River, just south of Columbia City on Ind. 9 and east of the Columbia City Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Initial reports indicated there were no occupants in the vehicle.

This developing news will be updated as more information becomes available.

FOG ALERT: Thick fog descends on Whitley County; driving beastly but hoar frost beautiful

February 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY – Morning commutes were being compromised Tuesday by a thick blanket of fog that descended on Whitley county, limiting visibility to one-tenth of a mile, and in many cases, just a few hundred yards.

The heavy fog was causing dangerous driving conditions due to limited visibility.

Despite the beastly driving, beauty was abounding as morning lightened the day. With mid-teen temperatures, the heavy fog was creating an abundance of hoar frost on trees, shrubs and other winter vegetation, providing dazzling, picturesque winter scenery.

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