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January 15th, 2013

SEX CRIMES: Man accused of 7 felonies

January 15, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Whitley County jail inmate tipped off police to a man arrested on methamphetamine and multiple sex crime charges.

Dean R. Pressler, 39, of Larwill, was arrested on charges including child molestation, possession of child pornography, child seduction and manufacturing meth — and pleaded not guilty in court Monday.

According to a case report by the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, Pressler allegedly fathered two children with a minor, who was 14 years old when she had the first child.

RAISING AWARENESS: Dazzlers dance for Down Syndrome

January 15, 2013

The Whitley County Dazzlers performed at Columbia CIty’s girls basketball game Saturday. The Lady Eagles hosted Down Syndrome awareness night to raise money through a silent auction and donations. Above, Sydney Pequignot dances during the halftime show.

GUNS: Campus necessity or college accessory?

January 15, 2013

BLOOMINGTON — If the clothes make the man, what would make the college student? A gun? Perhaps.

Students are asking the Indiana Statehouse for the right to carry guns to college.

“We all have our own reasons to carry a gun. Regardless, we don’t want the university telling us if we can or can’t carry,” said Crayle Vanest, a college student.

Vanest is also the Indiana State Director for Concealed Carry, a group working with Indiana Sen. Jim Banks to propose legislation allowing guns on state college campuses.

NOT AVERAGE DESK JOB: Bruce Stach has experience in high-tech government services

January 15, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Many people who’ve lived through the last several decades can say they have witnessed events that have shaped the world. However, Bruce Stach, of Columbia City, can say he’s not only seen those events, but he is partially responsible for some.

Stach’s career began as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force in 1963. He is both a mathematician and a physicist, and in 1964, he was one of the 128 USAF officers commissioned to work for NASA at what is now known as the Johnson Spacecraft Center in Houston.

January 14th

James Simmons, 75

January 14, 2013

James A. Simmons, 75, of rural Columbia City, died at 12:40 p.m. Monday, January 14, 2013, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Columbia City, where he had been a resident since Nov. 8, 2012.
He was born Jan. 31, 1937, in Huntington, a son of the late Benjamin and Elsie (Shoaf) Simmons. His formative years were spent in Columbia City. He attended Columbia City High School.
On Aug. 30, 1968, he was united in marriage to Doris E. Brown. They have always made their home in Whitley County.

FLOOD FATALITY: Kokomo man dies when vehicle overturns in ditch filled with high water

January 14, 2013

KOKOMO (HSPA) — One man died in Grant County late Sunday night when his vehicle overturned in high water. Grant County Sheriff's Sgt. Mike Moore said an unknown passerby called at 11:13 p.m. to report a vehicle upside in the water at 4200 E. Ind. 26.

Deputies arrived to find a vehicle upside down in a ditch off the roadway. The ditch had been flooded by a nearby creek, though the road wasn't closed at the time.

Eagles look to bounce back from NHC loss

January 14, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s boys basketball team is looking to rebound from its heart-breaking loss to Homestead Friday by hosting Huntington North Tuesday.

The Eagles fell to the Spartans by one point after a last-second 3-pointer at the buzzer for their first Northeast Hoosier Conference loss, and second defeat of the season.

The Vikings have a deceiving 7-6 record, as they play a particularly strong schedule.

Col. City, Whitko, grapple at Goshen Inv.

January 14, 2013

GOSHEN — Both Columbia City’s and Whitko’s wrestling teams traveled to the Goshen Invitational looking to build momentum heading into the final week of the regular season. Columbia City placed fourth and Whitko sixth — but both coaches found positives in Saturday’s competition.

Homestead beats Col. City girls, 65-37

January 14, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — After a three-game win streak, Columbia City’s girls basketball team fell to Homestead Saturday night, 65-37.

The Lady Spartans only have two losses on the season, while Columbia City has been working to find its niche this year.

While the Lady Eagles suffered their 13th loss of the season, Shearer said the team has been improving.

Homestead opened the game by taking a 16-5 lead. Columbia City’s lone points came from Emily Whiteleather (3) and Macie Hinen (2).

PLEADS NOT GUILTY: Woman allegedly uses, buys drugs with child

January 14, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City woman pleaded not guilty to two felony charges and a misdemeanor charge in Whitley County Superior Court.

Vanessa J. Cramar was arrested Jan. 5 by the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department for neglect of a dependent and maintaining a common nuisance, both Class D felonies; and possession of a synthetic drug, a Class A misdemeanor.

According to the case report, Cramar allegedly was smoking a synthetic drug while in the presence of her daughter. She was arrested and her daughter was given over to Child Protective Services.

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