October 30th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â A routine probation check turned into the arrest of 13 people Saturday southwest of Tri-Lakes.
The probation check, led by Whitley County Sheriffâs Deputy Cory Patrick and Indiana State Police Trooper Andrew Mills, was at the residence of John Whitehead, 3985 E. Burd Road.
Police didnât find Whitehead at the residence, but found several people, who they believed to be drinking underage.
Patrick, Mills and several other deputies converged on the group, which was located in the woods on the property.
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Whitley County saw its first sign of winter precipitation today with blowing sleet and snow in the early morning hours. The National Weather Service reported the first signs of snow at 3:54 a.m. Weather reports show sleet changing over to rain by 8 a.m. with strong winds continuing.
William H. Schnepp, 82, of Columbia City, passed away at 1:45 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at his home. Born March 6, 1930, in Monroeville, he was the son of Henry and Evah (Rich) Schnepp.
He graduated from Roanoke High School with the class of 1948. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army where he served with the Military Police in Korea.
On June 9, 1953, he married Elizabeth R. Battershell in Roanoke. A farmer in Allen and Huntington counties, he was employed by International Harvester as an assembly worker for 31 years.
Marilyn Jane Messmann, 66, of Columbia City, passed away suddenly Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born September 20, 1946, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Virgil W. and Marie Eva (Smith) Jones.
She graduated from New Haven High School with the class of 1964 and Ravenscroft Beauty College, Fort Wayne.
On Nov. 21, 1973, she married Dennis L. Messmann in Fort Wayne.
A former Fort Wayne resident, she resided in Columbia City since November of 1981.
Norman Lee Campbell, 85, of La Porte passed away Saturday Oct. 27, 2012, at his home.
He was born on July 16, 1927, in Jay County, to Irvin and Lilly (Hiestand) Campbell.
He married Eloise E. Keirn, his bride of 63 years on June 29, 1949, in Fort Wayne; she survives.
Norman graduated from Bryant High School in Bryant, and served his country honorably in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He was a golden-glove boxer in the Navy.
Norman was a self-employed general contractor for more than 60 years.
COLUMBIA CITY â Despite the outbreak of fungal meningitis affecting clinics in Indiana, Whitley County remains in the clear. Cases of illnesses and deaths are soon expected to take a drastic downward spiral.
According to Whitley County Health Officer Dr. Lisa Hatcher, three lots of contaminated methylprednisolone acetate, a steroid prepared by the New England Compounding Center (NECC), of Framingham, Mass. was the cause of several cases affecting a total of 18 states.
COLUMBIA CITY â Area high school students morphed into zombies Saturday to converge on Paigeâs Crossing for Columbia City High Schoolâs zombie prom, sponsored by CCHS show choirs.
The dancing dead ate zombie-themed foods such as blood punch, flayed-skin cheeseball and bandaged big toes.
Candace Lemke, a show choir parent, coordinated the food. She said, âThe food is zombie inspired. Itâs all in good fun. It may sound gross, but it tastes good.â
The event was a fundraiser for the choir program and was open to all CCHS and Eagle Tech Academy students and their guests.
COLUMBIA CITY â As TROY Center continues to strive for student excellence, the staff has embraced the motto âto do whatever it takesâ to ensure those students reach their goals.
According to TROY Center Administrator Nicole Trier, TROY, which was recently accredited in August, provides mentoring, social skills education, wellness activities, basic skills education, fine arts, substance abuse education, physical training and tutoring.
âOur goal is to catch the students who will otherwise fall through the cracks because theyâve been expelled or something like that,â said Trier.
BUTLER â A professional motocross rider from Churubusco was hurt after he crashed his dirt bike Saturday.
Bradley Sordelet, 24, was practicing near Butler Saturday afternoon when he was trying to negotiate a jump and crashed.
According to the Department of Natural Resources, Sordelet fractured his lower leg.
Sordelet was transported to Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne and is listed in fair condition.
DNR probing off-road vehicle accident in Whitley County
TERRE HAUTE â After a long and trying season for Columbia City stand-out runner Samantha Roush, the harrier made Indianaâs All-State team, placing 24th at Saturdayâs state finals in Terre Haute.
A junior this year, this season was Roushâs third year at the state meet.
Last year, Roush came in seventh and she placed 16th as a freshman.
While she may not have placed as well as before, Roush spent much of the 2012 season sidelined due to an injury.
âIt was the season that almost wasnât,â Columbia City Head Coach Bob Fahl said. âTwice.â