March 5th, 2013
FORT WAYNE â€” Dontay Martin "created his own war zone" in the early morning of Sept. 9, firing dozens of bullets into the night, striking an emergency vehicle.
According to an area newspaper, Martin appeared not to care about what the judge was saying or the lengthy prison sentence he was facing, as was the case during his entire trial last month.
Before Mondayâ€™s hearing began, and as it continued, Martin sat relaxed in the jury box â€“ looking everywhere but at the judge.
Darwin D. Trautman, 85, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Parkview Regional Hospital.
Born in Allen County, April 19, 1927, he was the son of the late Lafayette Trautman and Mitilda (Burkamp) Trautman. He retired in 1987 from Philips Dodge as a wire enameler after 46 years.
He has served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the American Legion Post #98, Columbia City.
WARSAW â€” A Warsaw man has been preliminarily charged with murder after allegedly strangling his roommate.
Kosciusko County Sheriffâ€™s Deputies responded to the Hide-Away-Hills Mobile Home Park, 2441 W. CR 250 South, lot #34, at approximately 12:47 p.m. Sunday in regards to conducting a welfare check. Officers arrived and located a deceased male and immediately contacted the K.C.S.D. crime scene investigator, detectives, and the Kosciusko County Coronerâ€™s Office. The victim, identified as Lionel Dale King, 51, appeared to have been strangled by a cord according to investigators.
Florence Leora Fetters, 93, of Kimmell, passed away at 12:45 a.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born February 12, 1920, in Aldridge, Ala., she was the daughter of James C. and Florence L. (Jones) Key.
She was born and raised in Alabama and in 1962 moved to Indiana. On Aug. 29, 1962, she married Robert S. Fetters. She and her late husband lived on a 94 acre farm in Washington Township, Noble County.
Karen Sue Grover, 60, of Leesburg, passed away Saturday, March 2, 2013, at 3:15 p.m. at her residence.
She was a resident of Kosciusko County for the past 33 years. She had worked for Zimmer, Inc. of Warsaw since 1979. At the time of her passing she was working as a Polymer Molder in the Knee Division.
Karen was born June 21, 1952, in Dayton, Ohio to Paul Edward Johnson and Ella Pearl Carnahan.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Republicans from Whitley County held a caucus for party reorganization Saturday.
Voting for party leaders only happens once every four years, so for Chairman Matt Boyd, this was a first.
After the votes were tallied, all positions remained the same. Laurell Hodges is vice-chairwoman, Neil Hanni is treasurer, Paul Zilz is secretary and Matt Boyd continues as the chairman.
â€śThank you for all your support,â€ť Boyd said. â€śThis has been more work than I thought, but itâ€™s been rewarding.â€ť
Boyd applauded the efforts of those re-elected to their positions.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Corinne Kauffman, Whitley Countyâ€™s Distinguished Young Woman for 2013, joined high school seniors from across Indiana for DYWâ€™s state program.
The event was held Thursday and Friday night with a myriad of talent presentations, questions, interviews and other behind the scene opportunities for the contestants.
Kauffman was received by family and friends at a reception in her honor Sunday.
Held at the Whitley County Community Foundation, Kauffman shared her weekâ€™s experiences with her supporters.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated School Districtâ€™s Board of Trustees heard about regional benefits in its own backyard recently.
Joshua Wenning, executive director of Region 8 of the Education Service Center, explained to the board how this regional group supports local education.
WCCS is one of 45 member school districts from 14 counties in Region 8. The office is located in Decatur.
Wenning shared the benefits for instructors, such as development workshops. He also discussed advantages for districts, such as a pooling of substitute teachers.
Mildred L. Judd, 93, a resident of South Whitley, died Saturday morning, March 2, 2013, at her home.
She was born April 8, 1919, in Huntington County, a daughter of the late Avery and Florence (Keiser) George.
As a small child, the family moved to Whitley County where she spent her formative years. She graduated from the Jefferson Center High School and then attended Grace College, Winona Lake.
On March 25, 1939, she was united in marriage to Lester A. Judd. They made their first home in Thorncreek Township. In early 1952, they moved to Cleveland Township.
Michael E. Rucker, 64, formerly of Columbia City, died at 7:45 a.m. Friday, March 1, 2013, at his home in Noble County.
He was born September 10, 1948, in Wabash, a son of Cyrus E. and Margaret J. (Lynch) Rucker. He graduated from Wabash High School and Upper Wabash Vocational School.
On Nov. 24, 1982, he married Judy A. (Bunch) Farner. They made their home in Lagro a short time before moving to Columbia City. In 1999, they moved to Sevierville, Tenn. until February 2012.