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December 16th

KEEP YOUR SMOKE TO YOURSELF: State mulls immediate smoking ban next month

December 16, 2011

Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma said Thursday that lawmakers may seek passage of a statewide smoking ban before the nation’s attention turns to Indianapolis for the February Super Bowl.
Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said he may speed through a statewide smoking ban since Indianapolis’ City-County Council on Tuesday voted down a proposal to ban smoking in the city ahead of the Feb. 5 Super Bowl.

Jeanette Dawson, 83

December 16, 2011

Jeanette H. Dawson, 83, a resident of rural Huntertown, died at 1:20 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at the Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.
She was born Nov. 1, 1928 in Woodburn, a daughter of Herman and Emma (Riebersal) Woebbeking.
On Dec. 27, 1947, she married Max Dawson
He preceded her in death in 1982.

J. LeEtta Wagner, 91

December 16, 2011

J. LeEtta Wagner, 91, of Columbia City, IN passed away at 8:40 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 at Miller’s Merry Manor Inc., Columbia City.
Born April 4, 1920, in Jefferson Township, she was the daughter of Lester and Ethel (Hollenbaugh) Brock.
She grew up in Whitley County and Oregon. She attended Laud School and graduated from Jefferson Center High School with the Class of 1938.
After her marriage to Raymond LaVern Wagner on June 14, 1941, in Jefferson Township, they lived in Allen County for 14 years.

Ernest Remaklus, 75

December 16, 2011

CHURUBUSCO — Ernest J. Remaklus, 75, a resident of Churubusco, died at 1 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at Provena Sacred Heart, Avilla, after a brief illness.
He was born in Fort Wayne Oct. 16, 1936, a son of Paul and Alvira (Schmit) Remaklus.
He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
On Oct. 2, 1983, he was married in Fort Wayne to Glenda Boschet.

Terry Zolman, 64

December 16, 2011

Rev. Terry L. Zolman, 64, a resident of rural Albion and senior pastor of the Merriam Christian Chapel, passed away at 10:05 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.
He had suffered a serious fall on Friday, and had been hospitalized since that time.
Pastor Zolman was born in Fort Wayne on July 31, 1947, a son of Clyde D. and Beulah Ella (Shaffer) Zolman.
He spent his formative years in Smith Township, and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1965.

Lady ’Cats beat injury, illness, West Noble

December 16, 2011

SOUTH WHITLEY — The Lady Wildcat basketball team not only battled West Noble Thursday night, but fought sickness and injury to pull out a 49-35 win over the Lady Chargers.
Head Coach Brandon Bradley said several players were sick and senior Katee Reiff was out with a knee injury, posing more of a challenge than their opponents.
“To be able to play the way they did tonight and not use it as a crutch shows how tough they are,” Bradley said.
Bradley had to rely on strong play from the bench with Whitko’s main guartds, Cagney Craig and Micaela Sylvester, limited on playing time.

Columbia CIty wrestling wins in tie-breaking fashion

December 16, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Eagle wrestling got its first Northeast Hoosier Conference win Thursday, defeating the visiting Norwell by a score of 38-37.
At one point in the dual meet, Columbia City had a 21 point advantage, however when the final match ended, the teams were tied at 37.
The referee went to the rulebook to determine the victor.
According to National Federation of State High School Association rulebook on tie-breaker scoring, subsection H, the team having the greater number (total match points) of first-points scored shall be declared the winner.

December 15th

CAT WRANGLERS: Police officers sometimes round up stray animals from streets

December 15, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Police Department and the Whitley County Humane Society Animal Shelter work in tandem to help both animals and residents of the city, according to Columbia City’s top police officer.
Columbia City Police Chief Mike Petersen said the city is required by the state to have at minimum one animal control officer.
In Columbia City, one officer is not assigned to this duty; the entire department participates.
“Any of our officers can work a case,” said Petersen

BREAKING NEWS: Name of policeman shot in face – as well as suspect killed – released by authorities

December 15, 2011

WATERLOO, Ind. — Indiana State Police have released the name of a northeastern Indiana police officer who was shot in the face while responding to a distress call.
State Police Sgt. Ron Galaviz says 47-year-old Deputy Marshal Stephen Brady, of Pleasant Lake, remained in serious condition at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Brady is a 13-year veteran of the Waterloo Police Department, located in DeKalb County. He was shot while responding to a report that a man and woman had knocked on someone’s door about 3 a.m. Thursday saying they needed help because their car was stuck in a ditch.

BREAKING NEWS: State police arrested suspected child molester

December 15, 2011

The Criminal Investigation Division of the Indiana State Police arrested a Big Lake resident late Wednesday night on two counts of child molesting and one count of failing to register as a sex offender following a two week-long investigation.
Robert S. Gibson, 39, of rural Columbia City (Big Lake in Noble County) was arrested in connection to an allegation that he had sexual contact with a female victim under the age of 14 during the summer of 2010.
He was charged with two felony counts of child molesting and also for failing to register as a sex offender.

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