March 2nd, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer told a man suspected of child molesting he would have to quit dragging his feet and face trial.
â€śThis case will be tried on the courtâ€™s schedule, not on yours,â€ť said Heuer to Ronald A. Rostochak in court Feb. 22.
Rostochak has been awaiting trial for child molesting, a Class A felony and sexual misconduct with a minor, a Class B felony, since late 2009.
Since then, the court has granted Rostochak several continuances for pre-trial conferences and trials and Rostochak himself has been represented by five different attorneys.
SYRACUSE — What a difference four days and a healthy team makes.
After downing the NorthWood Panthers by a 51-44 margin Friday night, the Whitko Wildcats squared off against the same Panthers in Tuesday night’s opening contest of the class 3A Wawasee sectional.
With the team at full strength, the Wildcats used a smothering defense and hit 22-of-25 free throws to advance with a dominating 61-45 win.
GARRETT — Heading into the third quarter Tuesday’s class 2A Garrett sectional opener, Churubusco center Tyler Arrowsmith hadn’t posted a single point.
Arrowsmith called his own number scoring all of his team-high 14 points in the second half to jump past Fremont 59-49.
Donald Eugene Boner, 72, a lifelong Etna Troy Township, Whitley County farmer, died at 10:42 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011 in the emergency room of Parkview Whitley Hospital where he was transported after becoming suddenly ill at home.
He was born April 29, 1938 in Warsaw, a son of Carold W. and Lois L. (Kitson) Boner. He graduated from Larwill High School in 1956 and received a degree in animal science from Purdue University.
On Sept. 26, 1961 he enlisted in the United States Army. He was honorably discharged Aug. 31, 1967.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” In terms of geography and population, Whitley County ranks as the smallest county in the 10-county Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, but as the 2010 Business Dynamics report released Monday shows, the county holds its own within the region.
â€śOverall Whitley County has fared very well within northeast Indiana,â€ť said Alan Tio, president of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation.
Like the rest of the 10-county region, Whitley County showed growth in 2010, seeing three new businesses and 11 expansions within its borders and bringing in more than 350 jobs.
Robert Joseph â€śBobâ€ť LeClair, 68, of Goodlettsville, Tenn., died Friday, Feb. 25, 2011.
He is survived by his daughter, Renee (Michael) Stairhime, and grandchildren, Adriane, Haley, and Blake Stairhime, all of Hicksville, Ohio; special friends, Louise Caskey, and her mother, Estelle Caskey; sister, Charlotte Wyman; nieces, Mary (Dick) King, of Columbia City and Jean Miller.
A memorial service will be held at Cole & Garrett Funeral Home, Goodlettsville, Tenn., at 3 p.m. Wednesday with visitation from 1 p.m. until service time.
Suzanne â€śSusieâ€ť Heingartner, 77, passed away Friday, Feb. 25, 2011 at Parkview Memorial Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in South Whitley, she was a bookkeeper with Columbia Liquor and Sears retiring in 1996. She was a member of St. Paulâ€™s Lutheran Church and was an avid IU fan.
Family requests all public attending to wear IU or red and white apparel to the funeral service.
Edwina L. Feighner, 80, a former resident of Thorncreek Township and more recently of Fort Wayne, passed away at 11:50 a.m. Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, at Renaissance Village. She had been a patient there for the past two years.
Mrs. Feighner was born near New Haven Sept. 8, 1930, a daughter of Howard E. and Emma Lucille (Ladig) Dawkins. She spent her formative years near New Haven and later in Spencerville and Fort Wayne.
Lucy L. â€śSisâ€ť Ickes, 93, a resident of Churubusco and widow of Churubusco businessman Eugene V. Ickes, passed away at 12:55 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 at her home. Although she had been in declining health, her death was unexpected.
Mrs. Ickes was born Aug. 26, 1917 in LaOtto, a daughter of Peter Charles and Bessie Ann (Rosenogle) Bryie. She graduated from LaOtto High School, and was honored as the Onion Queen as a young lady.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The suspect charged with drug crimes has dismissed his public defender and hired independent counsel.
Travis A. Wonderly, 21, was in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday for a pre-trial conference after being arrested by the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department in January and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of chemicals with the intent to manufacture, maintaining a common nuisance and neglect of a dependent resulting in death.
In court last month, Wonderly was assigned Public Defender Brad Baber by Circuit Court Judge James Heuer.