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August 6th, 2013

DOUBLE DUTY: Deputies’ insurance coverage debated

August 6, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Sheriff Deputies have the opportunity to bank extra hours serving for other municipalities such as South Whitley and Churubusco.

However, should that officer get injured while serving in these other areas, who is liable for the cost?

This question was posed by County Commissioners at a meeting Tuesday when Sheriff Mark Hodges approached the leaders with the scenario.

IN THE BUDGET?: SGCS considers resource officer

August 6, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Smith-Green Community Schools reviewed the importance of School Resource Officers (SRO) at Monday’s business meeting.

Last year was the first time the district had an SRO in the building.

Churubusco Police Officer Chad Fulkerson worked for the district in that capacity last year. While noting the importance of the SRO position, Superintendent Galen Mast said the district was in a tight place regarding funding.

The district has applied for a matching grant that will fund the SRO for the building, Mast explained.

PRESSLER SENTENCED TO 60 YEARS: ‘He should not have the chance to do this to another person’

August 6, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — “In summary, you are a despicable human being, and there is nothing good to say about you.”

Following these words, Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer sentenced Dean Pressler Monday to 60 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections for child molesting, sexual misconduct with a minor and child seduction.

INDUSTRIAL FATAL: SDI accident victim identified

August 6, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY – A Noble County man perished in a fatal industrial accident at Steel Dynamics Inc. late Monday evening.
According to the Whitley County Coroner’s Office of F. Randall Dellinger, the deceased victim was identified as Jeffery A. Flory, age 44, of Albion.
The accident happened Monday night at approximately 10:30 p.m. at Steel Dynamics Inc.'S Whitley County complex, located at 2800 S. 800 E, east of Columbia City.
The complete cause and manner of death is to be determined pending an autopsy, noted the office of the coroner.

August 5th

Raffle winner

August 5, 2013

Columbia City High School’s Choir Parent Organization sold raffle tickets during Old Settlers Days in June.

The winner of the raffle was Dan Behm (right). He is pictured with choir parent Joel Vorndran. Behm won $2,000, but donated $200 back to the show choir’s scholarship fund.

He purchased the winning ticket for $5 from Ace Hardware in Columbia CIty.

Friday flooding

August 5, 2013

Heavy rains flooded the streets of South Whitley Friday evening. Pictured, a truck drives through the intersection of State and Market Streets.

MUELLER TO PRISON FOR THEFT: Former Thorncreek Township man stole from parents’ fund

August 5, 2013

CLAYTON, Mo. — A former Thorncreek Township man was sentenced to five years in the Missouri Department of Corrections July 17 for failure to make restitution of stolen trust monies.

Larry Mueller, 63, was arrested last October for stealing approximately $100,000 from his parents’ trust fund.

His parents are Christian and Juanita Mueller, former Thorncreek Township residents. According to one of their children, Christian was a Thorncreek fire chief for 12 years.

Churubusco man dies in crash on Ind. 205

August 5, 2013

LAOTTO — A Churubusco man died in a car crash in LaOtto Saturday.

Thomas Schultis, 73, was traveling east on Ind. 205 when law enforcement officials say he crossed the center line and was struck by a west-bound truck.

Schultis died at the scene. The driver of the other vehicle was flown to a hospital for treatment for a leg injury.

No citations have been issued, but officers indicate the crash remains under investigation.

AUTOS, TRUCKS AND CYCLES: Car show revs up for J.A.

August 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s downtown was the scene for the 12th Annual Junior Achievement Auto, Truck, and Cycle Show Saturday.

Nearly 130 vintage vehicles made their stop around the Courthouse Square as onlookers enjoyed the variety of two- and four-wheeled displays.

Owners from Northern Indiana showed off their vehicles as they stood by answering questions and being photographed.

One veteran of the car show, Joe Kramer from Columbia City, has been attending the event for at least seven years.

WCCS BOARD OPENING: Derbeck running for school board

August 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City resident Leslee Derbeck submitted her name to Whitley County Consolidated Schools Superintendent Dr. Pat O’Connor for consideration for the open Board of Trustees seat.

Derbeck is married to Chad, and the couple has three children — Hannah (16), Zavier (7) and Hartleigh (2).

The Post & Mail had five questions for prospective board members. The following are Derbeck’s answers.

What do you think is the biggest need for WCCS?