January 29th, 2014
HUNTINGTON â€” Whitley County Deputy Prosecutor D.J. Sigler was appointed to take on a high-profile Huntington County case this week.
Tuesday, police arrested Joseph Rakoczy, Huntington Countyâ€™s chief environmental sanitarian, after he was accused of using his county credit card to purchase $25 in gas for her personal vehicle, according to the Indiana State police.
Sigler was chosen to take the case to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest with Huntington County Prosecutor Amy Richison.
CHICAGO â€” A woman accused of fatally stabbing a high school teacher in Chicago last week traveled through Whitley County on U.S. 30.
Alisha Walker, 20, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Alan Filan, 61, a teacher at Brother Rice High School in southwest Chicago.
After slaying Filan in Ohio, police say Walker traveled on U.S. 30 back toward her hometown, Akron, Ohio.
Walker was caught in Fort Wayne Saturday in a hotel room.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The arctic weather of January took a slight break to allow Leadership Whitley County Class 13 members to gather for their monthly session at Parkview Whitley Hospital.
Sponsored by J & K Communications, the session focused on public speaking, animal personality styles and an awareness portion of school board roles and responsibilities.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A stolen vehicle from Ohio turned up in Whitley County Tuesday.
Police across Northeast Indiana and Ohio were on the lookout for a stolen pickup truck from Hicksville, Ohio, and after a tip, police found the vehicle on Countryside Drive in Columbia City.
Columbia Cityâ€™s Police Department was tipped off that the stolen truck may be in the trailer park on Countryside Drive. When officers arrived and spotted a truck matching the stolen vehicleâ€™s description, the suspect fled.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Legislators heard from extension educators at a recent luncheon.
Angela Taulbee, of Farm Credit Mid America in Columbia City, and Doug Keenen, with Noble County Extenstion, were among 200 other PCARET members and Purdue Extension educators who gathered at the State House for the State PCARET Legislative Luncheon Monday Jan. 13.
Educators and PCARET members thanked legislators for their continued support and reinforced the importance of extension programing and research in Indiana.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Humane Shelter took in 310 stray dogs and cats from unincorporated areas in 2013, the first year of its agreement with the county.
In January of 2013, the Whitley County Council approved an agreement with the shelter where it would give $108 per stray animal, in an amount not to exceed $25,000.
After the first year of the agreement, Sandy Grube, director of the Whitley County Humane Shelter, said the financial support has been a great benefit.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Northeast Indiana has seen extreme cold again this week as temperatures dipped well below zero Tuesday.
Trying to keep the cold out of homes is a battle, but some programs assist in winterization and energy assistance for those who qualify.
Susan Loe, an elderly Columbia City resident, applied for winterization assistance, and was referred to CANI, Community Action of Northeast Indiana.
CANI works to provide free, energy-efficient improvements for homes of low-income families.
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David J. Mills, 22, of Columbia City, passed away Friday, Jan. 24, 2014.
Born May 2, 1991, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Bill R. Mills and Pamela G. (Becker) Mills.
He attended Roanoke Baptist School until 2008 and graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 2009.
David received his Bachelorâ€™s Degree from IPFW in business law in May of 2013.
Sherry L. Iholts, 59, of Columbia City, passed away at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, at her residence, after an extended illness.
Born Oct. 22, 1954, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Martha (Graves) Kessler.
She graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 1973 and on March 26, 1983, she married Richard Iholts in Churubusco. She was a lifetime resident of Columbia City.
She worked as a transportation dispatcher at North American Van Lines prior to becoming ill. She enjoyed shopping along with feeding and watching birds.