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November 18th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A local man was convicted of a Class A felony, child molesting, Thursday night after a four-day jury trial.
Ronald A. Rostochak was accused of the crimes in 2009 and has since delayed his fate.
Check out Friday's edition of The Post and Mail for an in-depth story on the details of the trial.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City police officer and area firemanâ€™s house caught fire Thursday night.
Kenny Smith, master patrolman for the CCPD and a long-time fireman for Thorncreek Township, was on police duty when his home caught fire just around 11 p.m.
The officerâ€™s wife, Julie Smith, was on-duty as a Whitley County dispatcher and took the 911 call from her son.
Smith said he rushed home at 185 W CR 200 N and was able to save two of three cats. He then changed from his CCPD uniform to his fire gear to assist in extinguishing the fire.
COLUMBIA CITY - The mother of a 17-month-old infant who died was sentenced Monday.
Brittany N. McConnehey, 24, was charged with reckless homicide, a class C felony, in the death of her daughter June 13.
McConnehey was sentenced to five years, with three years serving time and two years of probation.
McConnehey and the child's father, Jesse E. McIntosh, 25, were both charged.
McIntosh was sentenced to in October to four years in jail with two years to serve and two years probation.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ One thing was crystal clear at the Whitley County Plan Commission meeting held Wednesday: The â€śpro-windâ€ť and â€śanti-windâ€ť groups are still miles apart.
Specifically, 5,000 feet apart.
The steering committee formed to fact-find submitted its report to the commission; both sides of the issue are represented and were given the opportunity to speak on its respective group's behalf.
One thing agreed upon was that an ordinance â€“ one way or another in regards to wind farming â€“ is a necessary thing.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Though he wonâ€™t be taking office until 2012, mayor-elect Ryan Daniel has been and will continue to be a busy man heading into office.
Daniel will be participating in workshops for newly elected officials, set up by the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns.
The workshops are available to prepare both new and incumbent mayors for their upcoming four-year term, according to Daniel.
The workshops cover everything from municipal law, leadership qualities and as Daniel put it, â€śreally just everything under the sun that will help a new mayor.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The second suspect involved in a methamphetamine case that was connected to the death of a baby girl has pleaded guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court.
Travis A. Wonderly appeared in Whitley County Circuit Court Wednesday and entered a plea of guilty, according to Whitley County Prosecutor Matt Rentschler.
Wonderly had been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of chemicals with the intent to manufacture, maintaining a common nuisance and neglect of a dependent resulting in death.
ALBION, Ind. (AP) â€” A northeastern Indiana hunter has died after struggling with a buck he had just shot.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says 62-year-old Paul Smith of Fort Wayne died Monday during a deer reduction hunt at Chain Oâ€™Lakes State Park about 20 miles northwest of the city. It says the Noble County coroner says the death was due to a lacerated liver, possibly suffered during the struggle.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The 2012-2013 school calendar was proposed this week at a very brief work session for the Whitley County Consolidated School Board of Trustees.
Pending approval of the schedule at the boardâ€™s next meeting, the first day of school will be Aug. 21, 2012 and the school year will end on June 5, 2012 â€“ barring the need for any makeup days due to weather.
In other WCCS business:
The first snow of the season fell in Whitley County Thursday afternoon. There has been minimal accumulation and light snow showers are expected throughout the night.
Post & Mail photo / Nicole Ott
Break out the snowmobiles, sleds and snow shovels, the season's first snow blew into Whitley County at 2:09 p.m. today, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011.
With temperatures barely reaching 40 degrees today, a few snowflakes at 2 p.m. turned into brief but semi-heavy snow squalls throughout the afternoon. Snow was confirmed in Columbia City and South Whitley, and from radar reports undoubtedly was present throughout Whitley County.
No accumulation was reported or expected.