May 23rd, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â A man already sentenced to jail time in Kosciusko County received his sentence in Whitley County Monday.
Jeremiah Smith, 26, pleaded guilty to burglary and being a habitual felony offender, which allows for sentencing enhancements. He was sentenced to eight years for burglary, with a four-year enhancement for the habitual offender.
He received a 10-year sentence in Kosciusko for crimes in that county.
COLUMBIA CITY â With less than two weeks until the annual Relay for Life event, teams filtered into Chase Bank, Columbia City, to turn in money and pick up last-minute information for the 24-hour walk.
Bank Night happens each year shortly before the relay kicks off, gives committee chairmen and coordinators a chance to see how much has been raised for the American Cancer Society, prior to the actual event.
âWe are about 70 percent to our goal,â said Melissa Stephens, ACS community representative. âI have no doubt that weâll reach our goal of $24,000 when the relay is all done.â
Roger A. Cooper, 65, Huntington, passed away at 9:36 a.m. Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at Parkview Huntington Hospital, Huntington.
Mr. Cooper was born July 2, 1947, in Wolf Lake, to Robert and Elizabeth Mae Orcutt Cooper. His parents preceded him in death.
Roger graduated from Columbia City Joint High School in 1966. He joined the U.S Navy after high school. He was currently retired from Wal-Mart as an assembler.
COLUMBIA CITY â Drowning has been ruled the preliminary cause of death for a toddler who was found floating face-down in a Whitley County swimming pool this week.
A three-year-old boy drowned Tuesday morning at a residence southeast of Columbia City.
The relative told police that before finding the boy in the pool, they realized he was not in the house, and the back door leading to the pool was open, according to conservation officers.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Whitkoâs boys baseball team took out its frustration from dropping a double header to Norwell Saturday by pounding Bethany Christian Monday night.
The Wildcats handed their opponents a 12-2 loss.
Bethany Christian took a 2-0 advantage in the first two innings, but Whitko fired back in the second, third and fourth frames to combine for 12 runs, ending the game in the fifth inning.
Whitko began its tear when Trey Weber batted in Hunter Sroufe.
Weber hit 2-for-3, with three RBIs, two runs and two stolen bases.
SYRACUSE â Columbia Cityâs boys golf match came down to a tiebreaker Tuesday at South Shore Golf Course.
The Eagles traveled to Syracuse to take on Wawasee in a close match, as the score ended with a 157-tie.
With the tiebreaker coming down to the fifth varsity linksters, Wawaseeâs No. 5, Mason Ginonprez, outshot Columbia Cityâs Matt Benedict, 42-47, giving the Warriors the win.
Columbia City freshman Tyler Green was the match medalist, scoring par with a 36.
CULVER â Columbia Cityâs standout netter Celine Rongos won in the first round of regional action Tuesday night at Culver Academies.
Rongos beat Jordan Fraser of North Judson by a 6-1, 6-1 score in singles action.
She will be in action again Thursday night, taking on the winner of Wawaseeâs and Bremenâs No. 1 singles players.
Macie Hinen and Sydney Ford, No. 1 doubles from Columbia City, will be in action tonight against Northfield, also at Culver Academies.
SYRACUSE â Those in attendance at the baseball game between Columbia City and Wawasee Tuesday night were treated to a high-scoring affair.
The Eagles managed to come out on top of the Warriors 13-12.
The contest was back-and-forth, as there were eight lead changes.
The deciding run wasnât scored until the top of the seventh inning, when Eagle first baseman Zac Steinke hit an RBI single that drove in senior Derek Hinen from second. That run broke a 12-12 tie.
Pitcher Ryan Kerschner retook the mound for the bottom of the seventh to finish out the game.
Laura Lefever organized a team of Whitley County residents to participate in the 11th Annual Lapper & Survivors Day event, a walk to benefit Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana.
More than 700 people attended the walk Saturday and helped raise more than $55,000 for the organization.
Cancer Services provides emotional support, practical resources and information to patients and their families dealing with cancer. The organization also serves Whitley County.
Lefever serves on the Board of Directors for the organization.
Heath Fearnow, one of Columbia Cityâs Police Departmentâs newest reserve officers, went through an unpleasant training exercise Saturday night.
Fearnow, along with fellow reserve Tony Kumfer and CCPDâs newest hire, Jon Stoffel (pictured left), underwent taser training at City Hall.
Pictured, from left: Stoffel, Fearnow, taser instructor and CCPD Officer Thor Hodges, and Sergeant Trey Insley.