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December 1st

Retrial opens with testimony from victim

December 1, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY —The jury in the second trial of a Pennsylvania man accused of sexual crimes against a minor heard opening statements, and the first testimony, before the trial’s opening day came to a close early Tuesday evening.
Dustin W. Shenberger, 36, of Mercersburg, Pa. is accused of child molestation and sexual misconduct with a minor in connection with incidents that allegedly happened between him and a local woman, now 19.
The alleged victim was 13 and 14 years old when the alleged incidents occurred.

November 29th

Officer enters not guilty plea for alleged theft

November 29, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — The Fort Wayne man and State Excise officer accused of staging the break-in of an Indiana State Excise Police evidence room in Columbia City had a preliminary plea of not guilty entered in Whitley County Superior Court Monday.
Aaron M. Bishop, 34, charged with theft and official misconduct, appeared in court for his preliminary hearing.
Judge Michael Rush entered the not guilty plea when Bishop said he wished to retain a lawyer to defend him on the charges.
A pre-trial conference was scheduled by Rush for 10:50 a.m. Dec. 28 at the Whitley County Prosecutor’s Office.

Two face their accusers in court

November 29, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — An officer with the Indiana Excise Police was to appear this afternoon before Judge Michael Rush in Whitley Superior Court for an initial hearing on theft and official misconduct charges while the Whitley County Circuit Court prepared for the second go-round of a child abuse and sexual misconduct with a minor trial that ended in a hung jury in August.
Aaron M. Bishop, 34, was arrested last week in connection with an Aug. 4 break-in of the Indiana Excise Police evidence room in Columbia City.

Crash claims life of city man

November 29, 2010

ALBION — A Columbia City man was killed and a Churubusco woman was injured in a single-car crash in Noble County Saturday morning.
Logan Templeton, 21, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash that occurred at 3:30 a.m. Saturday on County Road 500 South, east of County Road 100 East in Noble County, according to the Noble County Sheriff’s Department.
The passenger in the car, 38-year-old Amber R. Talbot of Churubusco, was flown to Parkview with back injuries.

November 26th

St. Nick arrives

November 26, 2010

Skyler Tucker of Columbia City considers carefully what he would like for Christmas after assuring Santa that he has been good. Santa arrived Friday to his little house on the courthouse square in grand style — a carriage pulled by horse-like “reindeer” — to nearly a block-long line of excited children anxious to tell him their Christmas wishes. He will be back today and Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 19 from noon to 3 p.m. and Fridays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. On Christmas Eve, Santa will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Number of pay periods discussed by city council

November 26, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — Members of the Columbia City Common Council discussed their own salaries Tuesday night and the second reading of the ordinance establishing their 2011 pay did not pass by without discussion.
Council member Roger Seymoure took issue with the way the pay is set up, which is an annual salary, but which is divided into bi-weekly pay periods.
A fluke that happens only once in a great while caused the council members, as well as the mayor and the clerk-treasurer, to receive an extra paycheck in 2010.

S. Whitley council updated on exposed building

November 26, 2010

SOUTH WHITLEY — Randy and Linda Striggle were in attendance at the town council meeting Tuesday evening to provide an update on repairs to the Green Parrot’s exposed wall since demolition of the Hicks and Deaton building in June. The Striggles were granted an extension of Nov. 29 to make repairs to their exposed south wall building.

A merry heart in Churubusco

November 26, 2010

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. — Proverbs 17:22

If you could bottle Harold Norman’s laugh, every patient would get a prescription for it from their doctor. Life has thrown him some curves which could break a man’s spirit, but one wouldn’t know it from his continuous and infectious laughter.
“I always look forward to a phone call from my friend, Harold Norman!” says Rosalie Geller-Byrne. “His laughter is like a vitamin pill.”

City eyes marathon for 2011

November 26, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — Mayor Jim Fleck told the Columbia City Common Council Tuesday that the recent Veteran’s Marathon, in its second year, should grow even more next year.
“The third year (2011) is the break out year,” said Fleck.
“An evaluation is being done to evaluate the prospect of another race. It was a valuable event. It is new, it is exciting.”

Excise officer accused of theft

November 26, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — A Fort Wayne man and state excise officer is free on bond after being arrested early Wednesday morning, accused of staging the break-in of an Indiana State Excise Police evidence room in Columbia City.
Aaron M. Bishop, 34, was arrested at 2:04 a.m. Wednesday, charged with theft and official misconduct.
He was booked at the Whitley County Jail on $8,000 bond and is scheduled for an initial hearing in Whitley Circuit Court Monday.

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