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December 15th

BREAKING NEWS: Name of policeman shot in face – as well as suspect killed – released by authorities

December 15, 2011

WATERLOO, Ind. — Indiana State Police have released the name of a northeastern Indiana police officer who was shot in the face while responding to a distress call.
State Police Sgt. Ron Galaviz says 47-year-old Deputy Marshal Stephen Brady, of Pleasant Lake, remained in serious condition at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Brady is a 13-year veteran of the Waterloo Police Department, located in DeKalb County. He was shot while responding to a report that a man and woman had knocked on someone’s door about 3 a.m. Thursday saying they needed help because their car was stuck in a ditch.

BREAKING NEWS: State police arrested suspected child molester

December 15, 2011

The Criminal Investigation Division of the Indiana State Police arrested a Big Lake resident late Wednesday night on two counts of child molesting and one count of failing to register as a sex offender following a two week-long investigation.
Robert S. Gibson, 39, of rural Columbia City (Big Lake in Noble County) was arrested in connection to an allegation that he had sexual contact with a female victim under the age of 14 during the summer of 2010.
He was charged with two felony counts of child molesting and also for failing to register as a sex offender.

December 14th

BREAKING NEWS - Police responding to reported burning school bus

December 14, 2011

Area police and firemen have been dispatched to U.S. 30 for a reported school bus on fire.
According to scanner traffic, the bus is believed to be empty.

UPDATE: Upon arrival by first responders, the bus is empty and according to police scanner traffic, the bus is having mechanical issues. No injuries have been reported.

BUGGY DEATH: Cruising through intersection, Amish man killed, two injured when struck by Ligonier SUV driver

December 14, 2011

A 59-year-old Amish man from northern Indiana was killed when the horse-drawn buggy he was driving across an intersection was struck by a sport utility vehicle.

The Elkhart County Sheriff's Department says Marion Yoder of Goshen was killed in the collision about 2.5 miles southeast of Goshen about 5:45 p.m. Tuesday. Yoder, his 53-year-old wife and 8-year-old grandson were thrown from the buggy. The sheriff's department says Yoder went under the SUV.

Edith Yoder and Caleb Yoder were listed in fair condition Wednesday at Memorial Hospital in South Bend.

NOT A DONE DEAL: Mayor's raise still debated at Tuesday night's city council meeting

December 14, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The 2012 salary for elected officials – specifically a raise in the mayor’s pay – dominated Tuesday night's regular meeting of the Columbia City Common Council.
conversation.
Mayor James Fleck advocated a change to the salary at the previous meeting, which he hopes will put the position of mayor on the same pay-grade as that of department heads.
The original alteration called for over $7,228 to be added to the mayor’s salary, raising the annual salary from $54,132 currently to $61,360.

ELECTRIFYING: Accelerator installed at Iotron

December 14, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Iotron Industries USA recently installed its 2.5 ton electron-beam linear accelerator at the company’s new $15 million facility in Columbia City, according to Tino Pereira, president and CEO of Iotron. The Canadian company decided to locate its new 54,000-square-foot e-beam sterilization and materials modification operation in Northeast Indiana in 2010 following an extensive 16-month search, according to company officials.

CENTURY OF SERVICE: State Police recognize five for 20 years in law enforcement

December 14, 2011

FORT WAYNE – Five Indiana State Troopers recently observed a milestone in their respective careers as a result of achievement, service and dedication to the Indiana State Police Department and to the citizens of the State of Indiana.
According to Lieutenant Tony Casto, Fort Wayne District commander, the following Troopers have completed 20 years of service to the Indiana State Police.

December 13th

GHOULISH AREA CRIME: Kimmel man sentenced for digging up grave in Sparta Cemetery last summer

December 13, 2011

ALBION – A Kimmel man who admitted digging up a grave on a dare has been sentenced to one year in jail.

Nineteen-year-old Andrew Todd Huntsman, of Kimmell, was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to cemetery mischief. His attorney had asked a Noble County judge to sentence Huntsman to probation and counseling.

Huntsman told the court that overnight on July 31-Aug. 1 he and 19-year-old Roberto Steven Avila, of Ligonier, dug up a grave at Sparta Cemetery containing the casket of a young man who had been dead about 18 months.

Local dispatchers shine at county’s nerve center

December 13, 2011

Dispatcher: “911, what’s your emergency?”
Caller: “(Screams) My 3-year-old child just stopped breathing.”
Dispatcher one: “What is your location? ....can you feel a pulse?“
(Phone rings)
Dispatcher two: “911, what’s your emergency?”
Caller two: “I just saw a car flip across U.S. 30, there are people lying on the ground. They’re not moving.”
Dispatcher two: “What is your location? How many people...”
(Phone rings)
Dispatcher two: “911 what’s your emergency?”
Caller three: “My house. It’s burning down and my kids are trapped inside.”

December 9th

Chamber building for sale

December 9, 2011

A “For Sale” sign is expected to be placed soon in front of the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce in Columbia City on Line Street. At its most recent board meeting, the board of directors unanimously agreed to sell the large historic building that houses the chamber offices. If the building sells, the chamber announced it would take advantage of one of several opportunities for smaller office space.

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