July 23rd, 2013
Editorâ€™s note: The Post & Mail is featuring several public safety officials in a multi-part series.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Kris Bair and his wife, Missy, have both been involved in rescuing people for more than 20 years â€” both in their jobs and together.
Kris has been with Smith Townshipâ€™s Fire Department for 23 years. Missy has been a medic for 20 years and is also a registered nurse.
Kris vividly recalls the couple working together to save someoneâ€™s life.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Though Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel said there were no major complaints or problems by citizens after Fridayâ€™s chemical fire at C&R Plating, he said the city is assessing possible improvements to the management of emergencies.
â€śWe are trying to make sure next time something happens, God forbid, we are prepared to address the situation more efficiently and more effectively,â€ť Daniel said.
Daniel said city officials from the fire, police and communications departments met to go over Fridayâ€™s events.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A 73-year-old woman was booked Saturday for threatening employees at Superior Auto with a screwdriver.
According to a Columbia City Police case report, Jeanne Wiedman, of Columbia City, was upset after her vehicle was repossessed, and went to the car store to dispute the action.
Wiedman allegedly pulled out a screwdriver and told an employee she was going to stab him, holding the tool a few inches from his stomach, and saying, â€śIâ€™m going to hurt you if you donâ€™t give me my stuff now.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A stolen vehicle found its way into Whitley Countyâ€™s License Branch Monday night after a four-mile police pursuit at 11 p.m.
Danny Rose, 20, of Columbia City, was arrested on charges of vehicle theft, reckless driving and resisting law enforcement after he drove into the Whitley County Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) on Countryside Drive in Columbia City.
Officials say Rose allegedly stole the vehicle from an ex-girlfriend, and was suicidal, prompting police to attempt to locate him.
Thomas W. Hart, 75, of Kendallville, died Sunday, July 21, 2013, at 7:45 a.m. in his residence. He was a lifetime area resident.
Mr. Hart honorable served in the National Guard from 1956 to 1960.
He worked at Newnam Foundry, Kendallville Furniture, and retired as plant operator for the City of Kendallville Water Plant.
He was a member of Liberty Free Will Baptist Church in Wolcottville.
Tom enjoyed southern gospel music, carpentry work, mowing, gardening, and was an avid NASCAR fan. He dearly loved his grandchildren.
Mary Ellen Rudisel-Jordan, 61, of Warsaw, passed away Thursday, July 18, 2013, as the result of injuries received in an vehicle accident.
Mary Ellen was born July 23, 1951, in South Bend, to Raymond and Mary Ann (Summy) Gradeless.
She was salutatorian in the 1969 graduating class of LaVille High School. She attended Manchester College and in 1995 she earned her degree from Ball State Universityâ€™s Architectural School.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s 4-H Fair ended Thursday with its annual auction.
After final numbers were tallied, the total money brought in by the auction was $372,968.59.
Auction results for the Dairy Category included:
- Cheneeâ€™ Gaff â€” Supreme Champion, Best Udder of Show â€” $1,050
Buyers: Tresa Nichols, Dairy Queen
- Megan Brelage â€” Grand Champion JerseyÂ â€” $350
Buyers: Amply Holstein
- Carl Hartwell â€” Res. Grand Champion Jersey, Showman of Showmen â€” $465
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As part of the Whitley County 4-H Fair, rabbits were judged and critiqued July 13.
Results were as follows:
â€˘Best In Show - Lindzie Gibson with her Mini Rex
â€˘Best 6-Class Rabbit - Taylor Calloway with her Beveren
Runners competed in the Salute a Soldier 5K run in Columbia City Saturday morning.
Pictured, Angie Smith runs the last mile on North Columbia Parkway.
Lincolnway District of Anthony Wayne Area Council held its 37th Annual Cub Scout Day Camp with 244 campers registered for 2013.
The camp has seen over 200 campers each year for about 20 years.
Packs in Kosciusko County with 50 percent or more of their youth registered were: North Webster Pack 3726 â€“ 61 percent, Eisenhower School Pack 3731 â€“ 66 percent, Pierceton Pack 3761 - 50 percent, Harrison School 3772 â€“ 50 percent, LDS Church 3776 â€“ 88 percent, and Syracuse 3828- 51 percent.