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LIKE LOSING A KID: Pittenger, CCPD excited to find K9 Stryker safe

January 31, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — “That was probably the sickest feeling I’ve had in law enforcement,” K9 handler Tim Pittenger said.

Pittenger’s police dog, Stryker, went missing Tuesday afternoon, but was found Wednesday morning in Allen County, at least eight miles from home. One of the Columbia City Police Department’s investments was stranded in Tuesday night’s thunderstorm, and ended up in a goat pen on Hathaway Road.

“My husband and I were getting ready to leave and I saw him in the pasture,” Arani Wentland said. “The goats were all lying around him.”

COUPLED PRODUCTS: Ownership douses picket-line rumors

January 31, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — With the announcement of new ownership for Coupled Products LLC, Columbia City, questions have been raised as to the changes President Jonathan Drew and Director of Operations Tina Johnson might implement.

More than five years after a split from the then-bankrupt Dana Corporation, Coupled Products LLC was sold to Michigan-based TJD Industries. The manufacturing company makes fluid routing products for the automotive industry.

ATTENDENCE POLICY: WCCS clarifies

January 31, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Attendance is important, and a presentation made at the Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of School Trustees meeting Monday emphasized that.

WCCS superintendent Dr. Pat O’Connor said the board is an agency of the state and is required to enforce attendance.

Currently, there is a policy in the school district for attendance enforcement. If students have difficulty maintaining their attendance, there are steps the district takes to help with the problem.

HOMETOWN SEARS: New location, same products

January 31, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Sears Hometown store is moving this week.

The retail outlet is relocating from its previous location on Connexion Way to Plaza Drive, in the former Fashion Bug space in Town & Country Shopping Center.

Though the move is taking place this week, Sears will not be closed, as customers are able to visit the new store anytime.

The transition comes after the previous owner, Dave Meineke, left the business, Winter said. Winter said Sears is currently looking for an owner, and is in the beginning stages of finding one.

IN THE HEADLINES

January 31, 2013

These are the headlines in Thursday's issue:

Stryker and Pittenger reunited

Coupled products responds to strikes

Sears moves to new location

January 30th

HOUSE FIRE: Residents escape

January 30, 2013

Columbia City and Columbia Township firemen responded to a house fire at 1090 S. CR 50 E. late Tuesday night. The blaze was spotted at approximately 10:30 p.m., and was under control in less than an hour. The four occupants, including home-owner Jameson Barnes, of the house escaped uninjured, but three pets were killed. Above, Columbia Township firemen look for fire in the ceiling of the home’s front porch. Columbia Township Fire Chief Jim Bohnstedt said the cause has not been determined. Bohnstedt said the house sustained at least $30,000 damage, and is most likely not a total loss.

PAPA'S PLACE: Pizza cooks up memories in ’Busco

January 30, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Creating new memories is what inspired Tim Holmes, of Churubusco, to reopen Papa’s Place restaurant.

“Someone told me they would love their kids to be able to experience Papa’s Place,” said Tim. “Those kids who are now parents remember coming to Papa’s after school, having bread sticks and hanging out. That generation was really the last to get to do that. I am glad to offer that experience to today’s teens.”

MILD TO COLD: Warm weather record-setting, but temporary

January 30, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Carnival roller coasters rarely provide such sudden changes.

Weather in northeast Indiana has known many extremes in the month of January. Below-zero wind chill greeted the area a week-and-a-half ago, and Tuesday greeted citizens with record-warm temperatures.

Fort Wayne had a low temperature of 44 degrees Tuesday. This is the new record for warmest low temperature of the day. The previous mark was 43, set back in 2006.

COL. CITY K9 FOUND: Allen Co. deputy finds Stryker

January 30, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s missing police dog was found Wednesday morning.

An Allen County Sheriff’s Deputy spotted Stryker, who had been in hiatus since Tuesday afternoon.

The police dog was found on Hathaway Road in Allen County at approximately 10 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The canine got out of his kennel Tuesday, and was spotted by a passing motorist at approximately 3 p.m. — sparking a search that lasted until dark.

Stryker had last been seen in the area of Ind. 205 and County Road 200 East, and was found a few miles into Allen County on Hathaway Road.

STRYKER FOUND: Missing K9 found in Allen County

January 30, 2013

Stryker, a Columbia City police K9, has been found. The dog went missing Tuesday and was located Wednesday morning at approximately 10 a.m.
According to Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh, the dog was found to be in good health. Longenbaugh said he was "very thrilled" to have the dog back. Stryker's handler, Tim Pittenger, will be taking Stryker to the vet for a complete examination. See more coverage in Thursday's Post & Mail.

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