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April 30th, 2012

ARBOR DAY: Mary Raber students celebrate trees

April 30, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — It only took a couple moments for the grown-ups to learn the second-grade students at Mary Raber Elementary School knew their facts about Arbor Day.
Mayor Ryan Daniel began the assembly Friday afternoon by proclaiming it Arbor Day not only in Columbia City but around the world.
“Arbor Day was started in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton after he took the suggestion to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture to celebrate tree planting and land preservation both here in America and the world,” said Daniel.

NABBED: Mobile meth lab arrests made

April 30, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Two arrests were made in connection to a vehicle explosion Friday afternoon on Old Trail Rd. near Ind. 5.
Jason Sizemore, 34, of Warsaw is being held at the Whitley County Jail and Trever R. Hanlon, 36, Claypool is booked in Kosciusko County after their car caught fire from an active methamphetamine lab.
According to Whitley County Sheriff’s Det. Bill Brice, the pair were driving from Kosciusko County to Huntington when their meth lab went bad.
Witnesses say the men got out of the vehicle and grabbed a bag and put it under a tree.

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.

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