February 5th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A vehicle from a possible abduction case in Fort Wayne was found south of Columbia City Tuesday morning.
The car, a black Chrysler, was pulled from the Blue River at approximately 11 a.m. after employees at Heavy Truck Equipment and Repair, south of Columbia City on Ind. 9, discovered the vehicle in the river.
The car was taken to Fort Wayne for police to determine how it was linked to a crime that began at Pointe Iverness Apartments.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City's boys basketball program hasn't had a player pass 1,000 career points since 1976, when Brent Johnson graduated with 1,074.
The 2013 Eagles' team had its second player pass the milestone, as Derek Hinen scored 12 points against Norwell to set his all-time scoring at 1,005.
His teammate, Drew Benedict, passed the mark earlier this season, in the team's third game of the season against Northfield.
"I'm sure there's not a whole lot of teams that have two players with more than 1,000 points," Hinen said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Churubusco man received his sentence in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday for sexual misconduct with a minor.
Christopher Sargent, 23, of Churubusco, pleaded guilty to the charge, which is a Class B felony. He had also violated his probation. Sargent had been on probation for charges dating back to 2011, when he was arrested for possession a bomb.
Circuit Court Judge James Heuer said he believed the plea was an appropriate resolution to the case.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Board of Commissioners heard the 2012 annual report for the Planning and Building Department at Mondayâ€™s meeting.
Dave Sewell, executive director of the department, reported 2012 was a â€śbigger year in total compared to 2011.â€ť
There were 122 more permits issued in 2012 than 2011, and the value of those permits were more than $40 million, which is $7 million more than the previous year.
However, there were some areas that saw decreases.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Courthouse could see a security upgrade in the near future. The Whitley County Board of Commissioners approved a proposal for a new security system. The proposal will be heard by the Whitley County Council on Tuesday.
Whitley County Sheriff Mark Hodges explained to the commissioners that the old security system of alarms and door security, which had been installed by Williams Electroncis, was too old to be replaced. After receiving bids, the decision was made to have Williams do the new system for $10,000.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Churubusco fireman and a pair of Columbia City Police officers saved two lives over the weekend. Ben Rinker, of Churubuscoâ€™s Fire Department, pulled a man from a burning house Friday night.
Officers Shad Hunter and Doug Eber saved a woman from an attempted suicide attempt at Park Terrace Sunday.
After a woman barricaded herself in an apartment and attempted to hang herself, Hunter and Eber entered the residence and saved her life.
â€śShe was already passed out,â€ť Eber said. â€śHad we not found her, she wouldâ€™ve died.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Rescue crews were summoned at mid-morning Tuesday upon discovery of a passenger car that had found its way into the Blue River, just south of Columbia City on Ind. 9 and east of the Columbia City Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Initial reports indicated there were no occupants in the vehicle.
This developing news will be updated as more information becomes available.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Morning commutes were being compromised Tuesday by a thick blanket of fog that descended on Whitley county, limiting visibility to one-tenth of a mile, and in many cases, just a few hundred yards.
The heavy fog was causing dangerous driving conditions due to limited visibility.
Despite the beastly driving, beauty was abounding as morning lightened the day. With mid-teen temperatures, the heavy fog was creating an abundance of hoar frost on trees, shrubs and other winter vegetation, providing dazzling, picturesque winter scenery.
MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) â€” Officers stormed an underground bunker in Alabama where a 5-year-old boy had been held hostage for nearly a week, rescuing the child and leaving the boy's abductor dead, officials said Monday.
Steve Richardson with the FBI's office in Mobile said at a news conference Monday afternoon that negotiations had deteriorated with 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes, a man neighbors described as an isolated loner. Dykes had been seen with a gun, and officers believed the boy was in imminent danger, Richardson said.
Stephen A. Garard, 61, of Big Lake, Columbia City, passed away at 12:30 a.m., Jan. 31, 2013, at his residence.
Born on Sept. 20, 1951, in Wabash County, he was the son of Frank and Madelyn (Barnett) Garard.
Stephen was a 1970 graduate of Snider High School in Fort Wayne. He was employed as an oil field land surveyor and in recent years was self employed as a construction contractor. On Aug. 3, 1997, in Fort Wayne, Stephen married Denise Dickmeyer.