October 11th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Thirty-one-year-old Matthew S. Shepherd, of Mentone, appeared in Whitley County Circuit Court Tuesday for an initial hearing on a charge of check deception, following his arrest from the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department Saturday.
According to a press release from the Kosciusko County Sheriffâ€™s Department, Sergeant Chad Hill said Shepherd was arrested by Warsaw police on 15 active warrants for check deception. These warrants date back to 2001, from bad checks totaling $3,805.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Board of Works viewed a study on South Side Storm Water improvements Tuesday, giving GAI Consultants the go ahead to move forward with final design, as it considers funding options.
â€śObviously, we have to do our homework,â€ť said Board of Works member Walt Crowder. â€śWe would need to prepare ourselves for financial options.â€ť
More than 40 colleges, universities and trade programs were represented at a college fair held at Columbia City High School Monday night. Whtiley County students and parents were encouraged to attend in order to learn more about post-high school opportunities as well as financial aid assistance. Larry Gonzalez, with Indiana University discusses college options with Earl Tison and his son Ben, a junior at CCHS.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A South Whitley man, 37-year-old Phillip Kessie, was sentenced to 12 years with six years to serve and six years suspended in Whitley County Circuit Court Tuesday for a gun incident that occurred in May.
According to a South Whitley Police report, Kessie was arrested May 6 after police were notified that he had been calling his wife at her sister-in-lawâ€™s residence, threatening to kill himself.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Thirty-year-old Michael Frankhart was sentenced to 10 years with eight years serve and two years suspended in Whitley County Circuit Court Tuesday on charges related to a Larwill gun incident in May.
Frankhart pleaded guilty Sept. 10 to possession of a firearm, a Class B felony, possession of a handgun without a permit, a Class A misdemeanor, possession of paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor an driving while suspended, a Class A misdemeanor.
PIERCETON â€” Local sheriffâ€™s deputies worked in concert with deputies from Kosciusko County as well as troopers from the Indiana State Police to arrest a Pierceton man wanted for theft and burglary.
According to Chad Hill, public information officer for the Kosciusko County Sheriffâ€™s Department, police in that county were contacted by Whitley County deputies Monday evening to help assist in the execution of an active arrest warrant for Jeremiah Smith, 26, of Pierceton.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With absentee voting officially open as of Tuesday, citizens are encouraged to vote early at the courthouse during the available scheduled hours.
Citizens may also vote early by mail with forms from the clerkâ€™s office or by traveling board. Election Day is Nov. 6.
According to Debbie Beers, Clerk of Circuit Court, the 2012 General Election Candidates include the following:
Republican Laurell Hodges
Republican Frederick Dellinger
Republican Ron McNeal
County Commissioner District #1
Republican Tom Rethlake
FORT WAYNE â€” A 5K obstacle course is taking shape on the campus of IPFW Nov. 10.
But this fundraising event is not the normal 5K run. Zombies will be invading the obstacle course to motivate runners into a frenzy.
Just Cause International, a Columbia City missions group, is hosting the run to benefit its efforts in Haiti.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” In the past three months, an Autism support group has taken shape, established regular meetings, seen growth in meeting participants and after Sunday, can add a benefit walk to its list of accomplishments.
Kelly Pence is an ally for the Autism Society of Indiana. She said that the society saw the need to have local support throughout the state and instituted area allies. Pence works with counties in Northeast Indiana.
Megan Renee Lee, 33, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 4:10 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at her home. Born June 5, 1979, in Columbia City, she was the daughter of Michael Kent and Linda Lou (McClure) Coulter.
A lifetime resident of Columbia City and Fort Wayne, she graduated with the class of 1997 from Columbia City High School.
She completed her education graduating from Indiana University and Indiana Purdue University earning a Masterâ€™s degree in social work.