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April 30th, 2012

BOOKED: Man arrested for leaving the scene of his girlfriend's accident, driving while suspended

April 30, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City man was arrested Sunday after leaving the scene of his girlfriend’s accident and operating during a lifetime suspension, two felonies.

According to a witness, Lyle Orr, 46, of 517 N. Oak St. in Columbia City, allegedly drug his unconscious girlfriend off the road after she crashed her moped in the area of CR 300 E and Old Trail Rd.

“He stated he witnessed a man drag a female by one arm off the roadway and into the ditch,” Indiana State Police Trooper Joel Lemmon’s case report said.

FATAL: Three-year-old dies in car crash

April 30, 2012

ROANOKE — A three-year old boy was killed and three other children were severely injured in a Sunday night crash on the edge of Whitley County.

At approximately 8 p.m., a Honda van containing two adults and four children was rear-ended by another Honda van at the intersection of U.S. 24 and Ind. 114, injuring four and taking the life of a three-year-old boy.

The vehicle that hit the van with the children was driven by Mya Tha Tun, 52, of Fort Wayne. Tun was arrested for operating while intoxicated causing death, after rear-ending the other van.

April 27th

POLICE VS. FIRE: City officials battle at senior center

April 27, 2012

The Columbia City Police and Fire Departments competed in a game of “Family Feud” at the Woodlands Senior Center Thursday afternoon.

The Police Department won, bringing its recent record to 3-0 at the senior center against their public servant counterparts.

CCPD Capt. Tony Hively and fireman Nathan Wilz await the question from Parkview Oak’s clinical liaison and emcee Kristi Maloney.

DREAM COME TRUE: Proving it's never too late for college

April 27, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Sitxty-two-year-old Helen Carter, an Ivy Tech Community College-Northwest student from Churubusco, will walk at her graduation ceremony this spring, fulfilling a dream.
“Follow your dreams, and you can always do it,” said Helen.
“I really didn’t think when I started out that I would be able to do it, but I found out that I can. It’s probably been harder for me than a lot of people, but I stuck to it, and I’m proud that I’ve done it.”

JOB WELL DONE: Food bank director to step down

April 27, 2012

SOUTH WHITLEY — Driving 3,138 miles and dedicating 920 hours just in 2011 alone, the South Whitley Area Emergency Food Bank Director Susan Butcher is stepping down from her position effective May 1.
Butcher announced her retirement at the food bank's committee meeting in January.
After 24 years of fighting hunger in the community of South Whitley, Butcher recalls her past struggles and raising a family, plus trying to make ends meet. Years ago Butcher was a single mother and would hitch hike every day to her employment in Fort Wayne.

MOBILE METH BLAZE: Rolling meth lab catches fire

April 27, 2012

LARWILL ­— Whitley County police are on the lookout for possibly two suspects who fled a burning car near Larwill Friday afternoon in what investigators say was a mobile meth lab fire.
A call came in to Whitley County Sheriff’s Department dispatchers at 2:07 p.m. Friday reporting a car fire.
Police arriving on the scene found remnants of a “one-pot” methamphetamine lab along Ind. 5 just a few yards from Old Trail Road west of Larwill.

DROP IN BUGGY PLATE SALES: Auditor sees decline in buggy plate sales

April 27, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Auditor’s Office is experiencing a drop in license plate purchases for horse-drawn vehicles following a change in procedures set forth by the county commissioners last year.

“This year we only have about 30 of the 100 plates we normally sell completed,” said Auditor Jen McGuire this week.

Proceeds from buggy plate sales go into the coffers of the county’s highway department.

CROSSROAD SUICIDE: Wabash Co. man drives up to intersection, shoots self

April 27, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — A Wabash County man committed suicide Wednesday afternoon in his car at a Whitley County road intersection.

Police said the unidentified man, 26, died from a self-inflicted gun shot wound.

Police were called to the intersection of Ind. 114 and CR 350 W. at approximately 12:30 p.m. Wednesday after a man pulled up to the south side of the intersection and shot himself in the head.

The 26-year-old man was alive at the scene and was flown by helicopter to a Fort Wayne hospital, where he later died.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Unique events slated in upcoming days

April 27, 2012

Drive one 4 UR School at Whitko Saturday
City Ford will conduct a Drive one 4 UR School event at Whitko High School, South Whitley, Saturday, April 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
An array of new Ford vehicles will be at the Whitko parking lot, ready for test drives.
For each test drive, City Ford will donate $20 to Whitko to be directed to the school’s National Honor Society and Student Roundtable.
City Ford and school officials encourage Whitko patrons to participate in this unique fund-raising opportunity.

Beef & noodle dinner slated Saturday

April 26th

PRIMARY ELECTION PREVIEW: Several county races hotly contested

April 26, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — With the 2012 primary election less than two weeks away and the Republican nod for president all but a formality, local eyes are on a few contest for U.S. Congress and races for Whitley County Council and county treasurer.
County Treasurer
Three Republican hopefuls are vying for the treasurer slot being vacated by Lisa Richmond.
With no Democrat candidate, the winner of the position in the November general election will be either Cindy (Greer) Doolittle, Laurell E. Hodges or Tami R. Plew.
Board of Commissioners

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