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March 23rd, 2012

WILD, WACKY & WEIRD NEWS: Cat falls nearly 20 stories, survives

March 23, 2012

Cat survives 19-story plunge from Boston high rise

BOSTON (AP) — A veterinarian says acting like a flying squirrel may have saved a cat from serious injury in a 19-story plunge from a Boston high rise.

Sugar the cat had no broken bones or cuts, just some bruising on her lungs after the fall from a window owner Brittany Kirk had opened to enjoy the recent unseasonably warm weather.

The Animal Rescue League estimates Sugar fell between 150 and 200 feet.

Kirk tells WBZ-TV (http://cbsloc.al/GLkYuk) she thinks Sugar used up “one or two or maybe eight” of her nine lives.

DEFYING THE ODDS: Crash victim doing well despite being hit while on moped

March 23, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — A 25-year-old man is doing well after he and his moped were struck by a van Monday evening.

Brandon Morris of Columbia City was stopped at the intersection of U.S. 30 and W. Lincolnway when he fell victim to a collision in the middle of the crossroads.

The red van, driven by Darlene Menzie, 59, of Pierceton, was turning north onto Lincolnway from the eastbound lane of U.S. 30, when she was t-boned by a Buick Lesabre from the westbound lane of the highway.

The Lesabre was driven by Terence White, 69, of Winona Lake.

March 22nd

SYNTHETIC DRUG AMNESTY: ISP taking drop-offs

March 22, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Authorities say anyone in possession of synthetic drugs outlawed when Gov. Mitch Daniels signed a new law into effect last week can dispose of them in at any Indiana State Police post through Sunday.
While Whitley County has had a ban on synthetic drugs since last year, Gov. Mitch Daniels recently signed a new law outlawing the drugs from the state of Indiana.
In lieu of the ban, the Indiana State Police is allowing people to dispose of synthetic drugs at any police post through Sunday.

SETTING A RECORD AT SETTING RECORDS: Warm days in a row nearly most in history

March 22, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — As the temperature continues to climb, making people wonder if summer has arrived early, the highs are breaking records for the month of March.
Michael Sabones, meterologist in charge at the National Weather Service in North Webster, said in the month of March, Fort Wayne recorded breaking over a week of record temperatures.
“Our normal temperatures for March are 49 for the high and 30 for the low,” said Sabones. “Even our low temperatures are well above what our normal high should be.”

WINDING DOWN UNTIL SUMMER BREAK: Whitko eyes end of school year

March 22, 2012

PIERCETON — With less than three months until another school year comes to a close for summer vacation, Whitko Community School Corporation facilities continue with various activities from talents shows to an annual Tin Caps game.
Pierceton Elementary School Principal Eric Speicher reported on Indiana Reading Enrichment and Development (IREAD) for third-grade students and Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress (ISTEP) testing.

GREEN EGGS & HAM: PES students honor Dr. Seuss

March 22, 2012

First grade and fourth grade students at Pierceton Elementary School enjoyed eating green eggs and ham Friday, March 16. This was in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday and St. Patrick’s day. First grade teacher, Mrs. Crydeman, and fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Clutter, planned the menu as well as great literacy and math stations for the students. Shown in the photo are Kennedy Slone (first grade) and Angel Sexton (fourth grade).

CHOOSING TO WORK: Passages clients make a difference

March 22, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — The clients of Passages don’t have to work outside the walls of Towerview Industries, but 14 of them chose to do so.
“I like to work here at The Clugston,” said Ryan Jackson, who prefers to be called “Mr. Jackson.”
He cleans both The Clugston and Whitley Meadows on a part-time basis.
Dean Kincaid, supported living coordinator at Passages, said the organization’s clients strive for independence.
Even though each client gets some form of disability payment from the federal government, each one is allowed to work part-time.

WIND ISSUE TABLED: Plan commission to take time to evaluate all input

March 22, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Government officials in charge of drafting up the rule book for windmills in Whitley County decided early this morning to take time to sift through all the input given during Wednesday night’s meeting of the Whitley County Plan Commission.
Following the lengthy public hearing to discuss changes to a zoning ordinance, specifically related to wind turbines, the Whitley County Plan Commission decided in favor of tabling its vote on a recommendation. The commission ruled it had taken in too much information and needed time to process what it had heard.

WILD, WACKY & WEIRD NEWS: Honolulu judge puts man in chokehold for ruckus

March 22, 2012

HONOLULU (AP) — It got personal for a judge in Honolulu when he put a man in a chokehold for jumping onto his bench and breaking a flagpole bearing the state flag, authorities said.
District Judge Lono Lee knocked down Steven Michael Hauge and restrained him Monday after the man caused a ruckus in Lee's courtroom, Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Toni Schwartz told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Hauge had been going from courtroom to courtroom in the Honolulu District Court building screaming, State Sheriff Shawn Tsuha said. "He was quite upset about something," Tsuha said.

Amnesty program in place for synthetic drugs

March 22, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Authorities say anyone in possession of synthetic drugs outlawed when Gov. Mitch Daniels signed a new law into effect last week can dispose of them in at any Indiana State Police post through Sunday.

While Whitley County has had a ban on synthetic drugs since last year, Gov. Mitch Daniels recently signed a new law outlawing the drugs from the state of Indiana.

In lieu of the ban, the Indiana State Police is allowing people to dispose of synthetic drugs at any police post through Sunday.

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