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November 20th, 2014
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WHILTLEY COUNTY â€” The death of a jail inmate has been ruled a suicide by Whitley County Coroner Randy Dellinger.
Kevin J. Minnix, 48, of Columbia City, was found dead in his cell at the Whitley County Jail Tuesday night.
Dellinger said Minnix was found with the string of his hooded sweatshirt wrapped around his neck and tied to a door hinge.
According to police reports, Minnix was detained Tuesday afternoon for operating while intoxicated, criminal mischief and operating as a habitual traffic offender.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Motorists are advised to avoid the area of Main and North streets while crews clean up from a property damage car accident that knocked down an electrical pole and put power lines on the street.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After an autopsy of a Columbia City man who died in jail Tuesday night, Whitley County Coroner Randy Dellinger said no foul play is suspected in the case.
Kevin J. Minnix, 48, was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon by the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department.
According to a press release by Whitley County Sheriff Mark Hodges, Minnix was arrested by WCSD Deputy Scott Schimtt at approximately 2 p.m. Tuesday for operating while intoxicated, criminal mischief and driving as a habitual traffic violator.
AFGHANISTAN â€” It was just another day of swearing in new legislators at the Indiana Statehouse Tuesday â€” except for one. Banks was sworn into office via Skype, an online video web chat, from halfway across the world â€” a first in Indianaâ€™s history.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A jail inmate was found dead in his cell Tuesday night.
Kevin J. Minnix, 48, of Columbia City, was detained in the Whitley County Jail at approximately 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon and placed in a holding cell.
Tuesday evening, deputies took Minnix to Parkview Whitley Hospital for a blood draw for alcohol, which he refused.
After a warrant was obtained, Whitley County Sheriff deputies, assisted by the Columbia City Police Department, executed the warrant and returned Minnix back to the jail.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” A body found in a Whitley County cornfield has been identified.
After autopsy at the Northeast Indiana Forensic Center Monday, officials say the body belongs to Scott H. Vogan, 33, of Fort Wayne.
The body was found near a car by a farmer while he was working in a cornfield in the area of County Road 850 West and Ind. 114 in Whitley County.
Whitley County Coroner Randy Dellinger said it appeared the body had been in the field since late August.
No foul play is suspected at this time, however it is still not known how Vogan ended up in the field.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A final warning has been issued for the demolition or repair of a Columbia City building after officials deemed the building unsafe.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Whitley County Sheriff's Deputies found a body Sunday morning in Southwest Whitley County.
Whitley County Coroner Randy Dellinger said information is limited at this time, but the body was found in a rural area and is believed to have been there since late August.
The person has not yet been identified, but Dellinger believes the body is male.
At this time, officials don't think foul play is involved.
Dellinger said more information is expected to be released this week.
Whitley County received its first accumulation of snow Sunday night and Monday morning, leaving some roads slick and hazardous. Sunday night, U.S. 30 was slick and snow-covered. By Monday morning (pictured) the highway was cleared for motorists. Whitley County Sheriff-elect Marcus Gatton said many motorists have handled the first snow well, with minimal crashes and slide-offs, and no major injuries reported.