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January 12th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A routine probation search has netted yet another methamphetamine lab in Columbia City.
Just a little more than a week after a 911 call for a an unconscious infant led police to a suspected clandestine meth lab, county police entered the home of Kyle Lloyd Barker at 108 E. Hanna Street Tuesday night and discovered a meth manufacturing operation in his downstairs bedroom.
Barker, 24, was arrested at 3:50 p.m. and booked in Whitley County Jail on seven drug-related charges.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” State lawmakers representing Whitley County responded to Gov. Mitch Danielsâ€™ State of the State Address, referring to his vision for Indianaâ€™s immediate future as optimistic and ambitious.
According to Columbia City resident and State Sen. Jim Banks, Indiana Senate Republicans say their caucus stands ready to work with Gov. Mitch Daniels and other lawmakers to balance the stateâ€™s two-year state budget and to consider reforms outlined in the governorâ€™s Tuesday speech.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” One of the suspects in a case involving an alleged methamphetamine lab on Camden Drive in Columbia City is in custody.
Janel M. Creech, 36 was arrested by the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday and booked in the Whitley County Jail on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of paraphernalia and violating probation.
On Friday, the prosecutorâ€™s office filed charges against Creech and Travis A. Wonderly, 21.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” When the Peabody Public Libraryâ€™s new building was constructed in 1999, it was with an eye to the future as well as the needs of the moment.
With large unfinished areas on the lower level, we knew that we had the option to respond to the changing world of library service.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” There is one organization that has the potential to help many. But how many are actually helped, depends on how the final push of its fundraising campaign turns out.
â€śThis year, the needs of people have greatly surpassed the resources that are available from the agencies, programs and services that are sponsored by the United Way of Whitley County,â€ť said John Black, executive director of the United Way of Whitley County.
Some 7th grade students at ISMS have taken an engineering role and mentality and run with it.
Recently, students have been participating in the National Future City competition.
This competition incorporates STEM standards and curriculum â€” science, technology, engineering and mathâ€”, project-based learning and cooperation.
According to the Future City website, students first create on the computer, and then in large, three-dimensional models, their visions of the city of tomorrow.
All of these 21st Century skills are regarded as highly valuable by current employers.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The suspected killer of a 14-year-old Whitley County girl will likely not be tried Jan. 25 as scheduled.
In a pre-trial conference Monday morning, Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer heard motions from Public Defender Brad Voelz, who said he didnâ€™t believe his client, Joshua M. Wright, could get a fair trial in Whitley County.
Voelz requested a change of venue, although he admitted he didnâ€™t think moving the trial to a neighboring county would help, given the high-profile nature of the case.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The growing epidemic of methamphetamine use can be measured in dollar amounts by law enforcement and drug awareness organizations.
But sometimes, the cost has no price tag.
Two deaths in as many months in Whitley County, both suspected to be related to the illegal drug, have police working feverishly to curtail manufacturing operations.
â€śIt is frustrating because we are more reactive rather than proactive,â€ť said Whitley County Sheriff Mark Hodges.
â€śBut thatâ€™s due to the nature of the crime.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City man charged with several drug-related crimes was in court Monday morning and announced he was hiring his own attorney.
Wayne Lynn Weaver, 40, who faces counts of dealing in and manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, paraphernalia and controlled substances as well as failure to comply, is giving up his public defender, Brad Voelz.
Weaver is also accused of possession of two or more precursors with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine.