May 13th, 2013
NOBLE COUNTY â€” An 8-month-old boy was killed and four other children were injured in a vehicle accident Saturday.
According to area media, the car crashed into a tree near the Noble-Elkhart County line Saturday when the driver swerved to miss an animal that ran out into the road.
The driver, Angelica Ibarra, 39, of Ligonier, was cited for not having a license and other violations.
Police said Ibarra drove straight through a curve, slid sideways and struck a tree on the rear passenger side of the vehicle.
Ibarra was not injured, but Gael Ibarra, 8 months, died from his injuries.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Saturday dawned cold and damp, and the Whitko softball team had trouble warming up against the visiting Heritage Lady Patriots.
After working out of a first inning jam, the Lady Wildcats gave up seven runs in the top of the third inning. Despite a late-game effort the Lady Wildcats fell in a non-conference matchup by an 11-2 score.
With two outs in the top of the first inning, the Lady Patriots strung together two singles and a walk to load the bases against the home standing Lady Wildcats.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s girls tennis team split two matches this weekend, beating Peru and falling to Mishawaka Marion.
The Lady Eagles took a strong 4-1 advantage over Peru, dropping their only loss in the No. 2 singles match.
Celine Rongos won the No. 1 singles match in straight sets. In No. 3 singles, Adriana Brown took a 6-1, 6-1 victory.
The No. 1 doubles pair of Macie Hinen and Sydney Ford took a 6-0, 6-2 win. Alaina Beckner and Breanna Hicks won the No. 2 doubles match by a 6-4, 6-2 score.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitkoâ€™s junior varsity baseball squad took both ends of a double-header Saturday, defeating John Adams 9-4 in game one and 10-0 in game two.
In the opener, pitcher Reed Brace earned the win with four innings of relief.
Brace didnâ€™t give up an earned run, while striking out three.
Riley Anderson went 2-for-4 from the plate with a double and an RBI, and Brady Weeks added a double and two RBIs.
The Wildcats posted strong third and fifth innings, scoring three runs apiece, to take a strong lead going into the final innings, when John Adams went on a run of its own.
LEO-CEDARVILLE Ââ€” After Saturdayâ€™s invitational, Columbia City freshman Tyler Green is the Eaglesâ€™ third linkster to join the medalist list at the Leo Invite.
Green joins Mike Schumaker (1997-99) and Tyler Gay (2003-04) by taking top honors in the 16-year-old event.
Greenâ€™s 73 was the top score at Cedar Creek â€” a par 71 course â€” and the Eagles came in fourth as a team.
GARRETT â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s baseball team outscored Garrett 18-7 combined in a double-header Saturday. Yet, the Eagles yet took a game and gave up the other to the Railroaders.
The morning game was the Ryan Kerschner show, both at the plate and on the mound. Columbia City won decisively 12-0 as Kerschner threw a two-hit shutout from the mound and hit his fourth home run of the season.
He struck out seven Railroaders and gave up one walk and one hit-by-pitch.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Chris Loft, 28, is a body mechanic by day and a youth mentor by night.
He doesnâ€™t view himself as anything extraordinary, but to The Center for Whitley County Youth, Loft is an outstanding volunteer.
At the annual benefit cook-off for The Center, Loft was awarded one of the Volunteer of the Year Awards.
â€śI am at The Center almost every day,â€ť Loft said. â€śI have the luxury of working a job that allows me to be there shortly after school to volunteer. I donâ€™t see it as an obligation, but a privilege to invest in the lives of these students.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Farmers Market opened its season Saturday to brisk temperatures and overcast skies.
Last year, the market opened a week earlier and experienced colder-than-normal temperatures. Pushing the start of the market back a week, Market Master Chris Lilly hoped the weather would cooperate.
Lilly said that although the temperatures werenâ€™t ideal, the first Saturday of market season was a success.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” More information is coming forward about the man who was found dead in a wooded area Wednesday.
Dillon Warner, 22, was identified Friday as the body found by a property owner in eastern Whitley County.
Warner, a convicted drug felon, may still have been alive had his court hearing last month had a different outcome.
The Allen County judge spared Warner prison time â€” which may have been more of a death sentence.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” For some, carrying a handgun is a way of life, for others, its purely recreational.
Regardless of the reason for registering for a handgun permit, police warn citizens to plan and prepare before they carry.
In Indiana, people arenâ€™t required to complete handgun training before receiving their permits.
In fact, citizens donâ€™t have to take a test regarding the laws of concealed or open carry.
So when can â€” and canâ€™t â€” you carry?
Without a license, the options are limited.