June 18th, 2012
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) â An Indiana man who admitted to fatally bludgeoning and dismembering a 9-year-old girl he was baby-sitting just days before Christmas was sentenced Monday to life in prison.
Michael Plumadore last month pleaded guilty to murder, abuse of a corpse and removing a dead body from the scene in the Dec. 22 death of Aliahna Maroney-Lemmon. Prosecutors had considered the death penalty but agreed to life in prison without the possibility of parole in exchange for the guilty plea.
Oneita J. Young, 68, a resident of rural Churubusco and wife of David L. Young, died at 2:15 a.m. on Monday, June 18, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
Mrs. Young was born in Wolf Lake on Dec. 1, 1943, a daughter of Archie A. and Arrena (Leitch) Weidman.
Survivors include her husband David, her mother, one daughter, one brother, one sister, one stepbrother and one stepsister and four grandchildren.
Stephen J. Abshire, 65, a resident of Columbia City and formerly of Churubusco, passed away at 3:14 p.m. on Monday, May 22, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. He had been seriously ill since last August.
Mr. Abshire was born March 28, 1947, in Bloomington, a son of Roy E. and Dorthea L. (Stagg) Abshire and spent part of his formative years in Brown County. He moved to Tipton as a teenager and graduated from Tipton High School in 1966.
Editorâs note: The following is the fourth of a four-part series in honor of Fatherâs Day.
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh carries a new badge and sits in a new office.
After 10 years in the role of detective, Longenbaugh took the position of chief earlier this year.
Being the Columbia City police chief is a tall order for any person, but Longenbaughâs greatest challenge is being a father to three, soon-to-be, teenagers while not allowing his job to consume every hour of his day.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia City High Schoolâs band, The Marching Eagles, sponsored a car and motorcycle show Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. The event was held at the Columbia City Eagles lodge No. 1906, located at 306 W. Van Buren St., Columbia City.
All proceeds made from the event will benefit the band program at Columbia City High School. The Columbia City Marching Eagles also had a hog roast Saturday at 4 p.m. At 8 p.m., live music was provided by âWalking Papers.â
COLUMBIA CITY â According to a new state law, all developmental entities must adopt rules against nepotism by July 1 of this year.
âThe legislature has passed a new state statute dealing with nepotism which involves employees and contracts,â said City Attorney Marcia McNagny at the Common Council of Columbia Cityâs meeting last week. âJuly 1 is our time to get this done so I wanted to make sure the resolution was in your hands.â
Columbia Cityâs youth baseball league got a fresh set of competition Saturday, hosting Garrettâs teams at Morsches Park.
Marshall A. âSmittyâ Smith, 85, of Columbia City, passed away at 11:10 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at Peabody Retirement Center, North Manchester.
Born March 20, 1927, in Whitley County, he was the son of Lewis and Maude Martha (Kneller) Smith.
He attended the public school system and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
In 1954, he married Barbara L. (Hire) Smith. A lifetime Whitley County resident and part-time farmer, he owned Smittyâs Auto Parts since 1985 and also worked for General Electric for 20 years. Smitty, a âtinkerer,â loved to create things with wood and metal.
Editorâs note: The following is the third of a four-part series in honor of Fatherâs Day.
COLUMBIA CITY â David Salyer is a father to two sons, but a source of guidance to many.
As the pastor of Victory Christian Fellowship, Salyer, with the support of his wife Michelle, has been leading his congregation for 14 years.
Salyer has had to re-invent himself three times. With his military service record, an engineering background and finally as a clergyman, Salyer has evolved into a father who basis his decisions on faith and family.
The winning team of the 2012 Whitley Weighâs in competition, sponsored by the YMCA, Parkview Whitley Hospital and The Post & Mail, finished last week.
The winning team, the Rollie Pollies, showed an 11.4 percent weight loss.
On the team was Peggy Johnson, Matt Strickler, Steve Smith and Chris Thompson.
The winning team received a $1,000 check.
Smith was the top male, losing 28 percent. Nick Schrader was second (23 percent), Chad Whetston was third (12 percent), Johnny Couch was fourth (11 percent) and Randy Bufkin was fifth (nine percent).