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January 8th, 2013

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT: Former bomb convict goes back to jail:

January 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Churubusco man who was previously convicted of bomb charges has pleaded guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court to sexual misconduct charges.

Christopher Sargent, 23, accepted a plea agreement for the Class B felony in exchange for a sentence of 7.5 years, with an added 2.5 years for probation violation.

Sargent’s first run-in with the police was in July 2011, when the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department was investigating a possible illegal drug case and stumbled upon a bomb at Sargent’s home he rented.

Arthur Keister, 88

January 8, 2013

Arthur L. Keister, 88, of Burr Oak, died at 5:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at his home. He was born April 21, 1924 in Noble County, a son of Thurlo and Venis (Winebrenner) Keister. He graduated from Wolf Lake High School in 1942 and was a member of the ’42 basketball team.
After graduation, he served in the U.S. Army for three years during World War II with tours in Alaska and India. A farmer, he worked for International Harvestor in Fort Wayne, retiring in 1978. He loved farming and his wonderful family.

Verlin Bentz, 96

January 8, 2013

Verlin Bentz, 96, formerly of rural Columbia City, died at 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, at University Park Nursing and Rehabilitation, Fort Wayne where he had been a resident since 2010.
He was born May 15, 1916, in South Whitley, a son of the late Oliver P. and Winnie (Walgamuth) Bentz. His formative years were spent in South Whitley.
On Oct. 24, 1942, he was united in marriage to Wathina Ilene Coy. They made their home in Allen County later moving to the lake areas in Whitley County.

James Bennett, 64

January 8, 2013

James E. Bennett, 64, of Watson Drive, died Thursday evening at the William W. Backus Hospital with his family at his side.
On June 30, 1948, he was born in Columbia City, the son of Charles E. Bennett and the late Dorothy (Rock) Bennett.
James grew up in Indiana, graduated from Columbia City Joint High School and attended Purdue University for two years before enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1968, serving as a machinist’s mate aboard the USS Archerfish.

January 7th

NEW OFFICER: City to hire additional policeman

January 7, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Police Department will be hiring a new officer this year — marking a milestone for the force. CCPD Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh said this will be the first new officer the department has hired in 10 years. The new hire will be the 18th full-time officer for the force.

The process is currently underway, and the department has already had applicants perform the written exam and the physical agility test. Interviews are scheduled for Jan. 12 with the hope that the new officer will begin in February. The chief added that the list of applicants is strong.

SMITH-GREEN VACANCIES: Board hopefuls vie for open seats

January 7, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Eight people turned out to interview for the two open school board seats for Smith-Green Community Schools Wednesday.

Gary Smith, who was originally elected to serve on the school board, resigned his position leaving two seats to be filled. President Kathy Petrie read Gary Smith’s letter of resignation to the assembly.

“Due to unforeseen circumstances, I will be unable to perform my duties as a school board member,” Smith wrote. “I want you all to know I really was excited to serve and be a part of Smith-Green’s success.”

NO MURDER: Whitley County without homicide in 2012

January 7, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — There were no homicides in Whitley County for the year 2012. There were also no homicides in the county in 2011. However, there were three in a 13-month period between 2009 and 2010.

“We averaged one per year, and that is out of the ordinary for Whitley County” Whitley County Sheriff Chief Deputy Marc Gatton said. “Normally we don’t have any.”

Col. City competes in NHC swim meet

January 7, 2013

FORT WAYNE — As has been the case since its inception, Saturday’s Northeast Hoosier Conference Swimming and Diving Meet was dominated by perennial powers Homestead and Carroll, but the Columbia City boys’ team worked its way into a tie for fourth in the team standings and the Lady Eagles took sixth at the Homestead pool.

Lady Wildcats lose close game to Rochester, 53-51

January 7, 2013

ROCHESTER — Whitko girls basketball team played a hard-fought game in Rochester Saturday night that came down to the final seconds to decide. It was a battle of two evenly matched teams, as neither squad led by more than seven points at any point in the game.

From opening tip off to the final buzzer, the Lady Wildcats had to contend with a ferocious defensive effort by Rochester, falling 53-51 to their Three Rivers Conference foes. The staunch defense disrupted Whitko’s timing and caused numerous turnovers — particularly in the first half.

Lady Eagles win second in a row

January 7, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s girls basketball team picked up its second win in a row and first Northeast Hoosier Conference game of the season Saturday night.

The Lady Eagles hosted and defeated Bellmont’s Lady Squaws to get their fourth win of the season.Columbia City’s staunch defense held the Lady Squaws to one field goal in the first quarter en route to a 45-34 win.

Guards Macie Hinen and Aubrey Wright combined for seven steals and six assists. Emily Whiteleather and Hinen led the boards with seven rebounds apiece.

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