May 27th, 2015
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A more than three-hour long strain on public safety officials has left police frustrated and on the hunt for the man who called in a fake hostage situation Monday evening.
The man who identified himself as â€śMichaelâ€ť has cost taxpayers more than $3,000 in public funds for the incident, which called upon the Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team, local law enforcement and the Columbia City Fire Department for traffic and crowd control.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” A husband and wife were arrested Tuesday evening following a vehicle pursuit that ended in Whitley County.
Police say the two had taken the vehicle they were in at gunpoint from its owner in southern Noble County only minutes earlier.
According to Indiana State Police Trooper Justin Snyder, at approximately 6:45 p.m. a gray 2007 Subaru Forrester was taken at gunpoint from its owner in the 600 block of East CR 600 South in Noble County by Marty Robbins, 46, and his wife Dawn Robbins, 40.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” All three Whitley County girls track teams competed in IHSAA regional competition Tuesday evening.
At the Warsaw regional, Whitkoâ€™s Kaitlyn Reed was the countyâ€™s only automatic qualifier for the June 6 state finals meet. The Whitko sophomore cleared the state qualifying height of 5 feet, 4 inches in the high jump while placing fourth. Reed also competed in the 100-meter dash, but did not qualify for the finals in that event.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Members of the Northern Indiana Leatherneck Coffee Club, a group of former U.S. Marines, performed the ceremonial disposal of old and no-longer-servicable American flags Sunday evening on the Whitley County Courthouse lawn.
The club follows the procedures set forth by law in the U.S. Flag Code. Title 4, Chapter 1, Sec. 8(k), which states:
â€śThe flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.â€ť
Fine Arts review for Columbia City High School will be in the Wednesday, May 27 edition of The Post & Mail.
Don't forget to pick up your copy. Papers can be found at many location throughout Whitley County.
OSSIAN â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s softball team lost in the first round of sectional play Monday against the Mississinewa Indians, 8-2.
Gusting winds blew dirt across the infield and even pop-flies into foul territory at Norwell High School while the Lady Eagles tried to keep their regional hopes alive.
LAGRANGE â€” Whitko softball took the first step on the road to an IHSAA sectional softball title Monday afternoon with a 13-2 win over the host Lakeland Lady Lakers in the opening round of Sectional No. 21 play.
Whitko took a first-inning lead thanks in part to a Lakeland error. With one out, Anna Ousley singled and went all the way to third when the Lakeland right fielder misplayed the ball. Ousley scored when Whitney Marsh reached on a second Lady Laker error, giving the Wildcats a 1-0 lead after one-half inning of play.
FORT WAYNE â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s baseball team traveled to Fort Wayne Saturday for a doubleheader against Bishop Dwenger. The Eagles lost both games, 10-0 and 6-3.
Game one opened with seven runs in the first two innings for the Saints.
U.S. Army Veteran Clarence Hyndman takes a moment of solitude after the American Legionâ€™s annual Memorial Day ceremony at Greenhill Cemetery.
BRUSHY PRAIRIE â€” Whitkoâ€™s baseball team traveled to Prairie Heights on Saturday for a non-conference doubleheader. Whitko took both halves, winning game one 12-5 and taking the second contest 14-7.
â€śThese are two great wins,â€ť said Wildcat Head Coach Erik Hisner. â€śWe challenged our players after a tough loss at Tippecanoe Valley and they responded with lots of intensity and focus. I canâ€™t say enough about my guys today. They showed a lot of resiliency.â€ť