October 27th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Haunted houses and ghost stories are a common place this time of year. Halloween can evoke spooky tales, but some stories hit close to home. There are a few urban legends that originate in Whitley County. Some are told in whispers and shared around campfires.
The circumstances surrounding these tales are not confirmed to be factual. That doesnâ€™t mean the encounters themselves are not true. Those who have faced fear down and stood toe-to-toe with Whitley Countyâ€™s paranormal would agree â€” truth lies within perception.
Rachel Lila-Jane Sheets, 28, of Churubusco, passed away at 1:18 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
She was born on Feb. 25, 1984 in Columbia City, the daughter of Rodney Clayton Sheets and Jane Ellen (Fry) Goldwood.
She spent her entire lifetime in Whitley County. She graduated from Columbia City High School with the class of 2002.
She was baptized and attended Oak Grove Church of God, Columbia City. She received her associates degree in cosmetology from Ravenscroft Beauty College, Fort Wayne.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Construction work is moving forward at Smith-Green Community Schools (SGCS). Fetters Construction Inc. has torn down a canopy that once covered the sidewalk in front of the building. The canopy has been a part of the schoolâ€™s facade for decades. Now, only a small portion remains near the main entrance.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City man, who was arrested back in April for allegedly leaving the scene of his girlfriendâ€™s moped accident, is back in the Whitley County Jail on charges of domestic battery and resisting law enforcement.
According to a Columbia City Police Department report, Lyle Orr, 47, was arrested Oct. 18 after police responded to a domestic fight at 517 N. Oak St.
According to police, Orr was currently out of jail on a $38,000 bond.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The City of Columbia City will be sending out an income survey to a portion of the cityâ€™s population as it takes steps to try to secure a grant which would help pay for a Comprehensive Community Development Plan.
According to Mayor Ryan Daniel, the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) grant would pay for approximately 90 percent of the study.
â€śOur comprehensive plan is a bit outdated,â€ť said Mayor Daniel. â€śFur-thermore, I think having a plan of action and goals for the future â€” and steps to get toward that future is very important.â€ť
KNAPP LAKE â€” An Elwood man was incarcerated after neighbors caught him breaking and entering a home, approximately 15 miles away from Churubusco.
In light of tonightâ€™s sectional football game between â€™Busco and Elwood, Indiana State Police Public Information Officer Ron Galaviz said there is no indication that the alleged crime is related to the game.
According to the Indiana State Police, neighbors saw what they believed to be a breaking an entering in progress â€” a call which resulted in the arrest of a 50-year-old man from Elwood.
FORT WAYNE â€” A pedestrian was struck by a Three Rivers Ambulance Authority (TRAA) Supervisor vehicle early Friday morning in Fort Wayne.
According to a press release by the Fort Wayne Police Department, police were called to the scene of an unknown problem.
When officers arrived, they found that a pedestrian had been struck, and the driver, a paramedic, was rendering medical aid to the victim.
Though he was conscious, the victim was transported to the hospital in serious condition, which was later changed to critical condition.
FORT WAYNE â€”Â Police are looking for suspects in an armed robbery that occurred Thursday morning in Fort Wayne.
According to a press release by the Fort Wayne Police Department, at approximately 8:40 a.m. Thursday, two males in dark hooded sweatshirts approached two employees from Midwest America Federal Credit Union on Swinney Avenue, forcing the employees to take them inside.
Both suspects, who were armed with handguns, demanded cash before leaving.
Local football teams are prepping for the second round of sectional play this week. Columbia City is looking to break the cycle against Bishop Dwenger, which has beaten the Eagles in sectionals for the last six years in a row. Whitko faces the No. 1 team in Class 3A in the state, Jimtown, and Churubusco travels to 8-2 Elwood.