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COLUMBIA CITY – After the safe transfer of an infant from its mother to the Columbia City Fire Department on Tuesday morning under the Safe Haven law, city officials are considering installing a Baby Box in the city. “We absolutely need to begin looking into this,” Columbia City Councilwoman…

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COLUMBIA CITY — A baby was surrendered to local officials Tuesday, Feb. 19, according to Safe Haven Baby Boxes.  A parent called the organization’s National Safe Haven Hotline early Tuesday morning, seeking a baby box near them, according to the organization’s Facebook page.  The infant was …

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COLUMBIA CITY — The following individuals were arrested and booked into the Whitley County Jail: Rolando Romero, 31, of South Bend, was arrested on Feb. 8 by the Columbia City Police Department, charged with operating while never licensed. Robert Martin, 25, of Gary, was arrested on Feb. 9 b…

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COLUMBIA CITY — Three people received sentences from the Whitley County Circuit Court on Monday, Feb. 4, for charges related to the dealing of illegal substances. Prior to Monday’s hearing, Zach Long had pleaded guilty to aiding in the dealing of cocaine, a level 4 felony. Per details of the…

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COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Community Corrections is exploring alternative options to incarceration through the development of a pretrial release and services program. Pretrial release is intended to restructure the bail bond process in a way that would involve a more case-by-case process…

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Columbia City Police Officer Hunter LaRue overcame an adverse final week at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy to graduate with honors last month. LaRue’s wife was in an automobile accident shortly before his graduation, but he managed to finish as one of 10 honor graduates. “He did a great…

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COLUMBIA CITY — The following individuals were arrested and booked into the Whitley County Jail: Alexander Turner, 26, of Fort Wayne, was arrested on Jan. 26 by the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, charged with resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, operating while never licensed, neg…

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SYRACUSE — The Indiana State Police have been requested by Kosciusko County Sheriff Kyle Dukes to investigate an officer-involved shooting that occurred while serving an arrest warrant Friday in Syracuse. At approximately 4:40 p.m. Friday, members of the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office SWA…

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COLUMBIA CITY — The following individuals were arrested and booked into the Whitley County Jail: Arie Duff, 28, was arrested on Dec. 28 by the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, charged with failure to comply. Rex Tharp, 27, of South Whitley, was arrested on Dec. 28 by the Whitley County S…

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Plea deals for charges relating to illegal drugs or substances are a common occurrence in the Whitley County Circuit Court. Whitley County Prosecutor D.J. Sigler advised that a large majority of plea deals that come through the court involve possession or dealing in controlled substances. Si…

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Judge Matthew Rentschler handed down sentences to two people and modified the sentence of a third person during proceedings of the Whitley County Circuit on Monday, Dec. 31. The first sentence Rentschler ruled on was that of Christopher Hart who had previously agreed to plead guilty to one c…

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  COLUMBIA CITY — A father and son are facing multiple felony charges after police arrested them with 12 pounds of marijuana, four points of hallucinogenic mushrooms, multiple firearms and more than $14,000 last week in Whitley County. In early March, officials intercepted what was thought t…

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  COLUMBIA CITY — A Whitley County man is facing two Level 1 felony charges after allegedly raping a teenage child in Whitley County. Steven Slater, 64, is accused of rape and sexual misconduct with a minor. Sexual misconduct with a minor is defined as performing or submitting to sexual cond…

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  CHURUBUSCO — A Churubusco man has been charged with five counts of animal cruelty after 14 dogs and puppies were rescued from squalid, cramped conditions on his property. The dogs – German Shepherds ranging in age from six months to 11 years — were found to be living in small cages and cat…

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COLUMBIA CITY — A 56-year-old man from Columbia City was arrested Feb. 22 on multiple battery charges following a three-month investigation by the Indiana State Police Criminal Investigation Division from the Fort Wayne Post. A 56-year-old woman reportedly scheduled a massage with the owner …

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    COLUMBIA CITY — An incident at the Whitley County Jail sent 24 inmates and sheriff’s department staff to the hospital Monday. Sheriff Marc Gatton was one of those sent to the hospital after a “substance” contaminated the intake processing area of the jail. At about 12:30 p.m., sheriff’s …

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WHITLEY COUNTY — Sheriff Marc Gatton is ready to kick up the campaign trail for his second term as Whitley County Sheriff. Gatton will officially file for candidacy this month, he said in a statement. Gatton has served with the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department since December 1994, at whic…

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  COLUMBIA CITY — “A lot of the folks in county jails in Indiana have no business being in a jail cell.” Prosecutor D.J. Sigler didn’t make that statement in regards to jail inmates being innocent, rather, in need of mental health treatment that county jails cannot provide. When the state cl…

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COLUMBIA CITY —Whitley County government officials are facing a dire situation as they consider their next course of action for the Whitley County Jail, which has been deemed as “non-compliant” by the state. If the county does not become compliant, the jail could be shut down and inmates sen…

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COLUMBIA CITY — A Warsaw man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly causing the death of a 17-year-old boy near Larwill on Easter morning. Chaise Belcher, 25, was arrested by the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department and booked into the Whitley County Jail, charged with OWI causing death and OWI…

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CHURUBUSCO — A man who recently moved to Churubusco was arrested last week after falsely reporting a child abduction. Nicholas W. Smith, 21, has been charged with two counts of false reporting after telling police a girl between the age of 5-7 was abducted by three black males in a white van…

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  COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s criminal justice system has zero tolerance for crimes against children — especially child molestation. In recent years, the county saw an uptick in child molesting cases in its courts. Many of those cases have ended in jury trials with guilty convictions, o…

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LARWILL — A South Whitley man who was missing for nine months was found Saturday evening, submerged with his vehicle in Larwill Lake. Family and friends of Marcus Wolfe have been searching for the young adult for months. A group from Ohio agreed to come to Whitley County this weekend to cond…

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ELKHART — Kosciusko County Sheriff Aaron Rovenstine accepted a plea agreement Wednesday, admitting to intimidation. His nine other charges, including bribery, were dropped as part of the deal. Rovenstine will be sentenced May 23 in Elkhart County. The case was moved out of Kosciusko County d…

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  COLUMBIA CITY — Jury trials were scheduled for two men in Whitley County Circuit Court. Shane Flick, 30, of Churubusco, was arrested on July 16, 2016 and charged with three counts of child molesting, Level 1 felonies. Flick is accused of molesting a child under 14 years of age. The crime w…

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The following people were issued criminal charges by the Whitley County Prosecutor’s Office March 20-24 Joshua Julian, 27, of Columbia City, was arrested by the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department on March 24. He has been charged with battery resulting in bodily injury. Jason Porter, 40, of …

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COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City woman died Sunday night after her vehicle went into Shriner Lake. Emergency personnel were called to the scene at about 9:30 p.m., and the Thorncreek Township Dive Team was deployed. According to a report by the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, the vehicle…

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COLUMBIA CITY — A Fort Wayne man who was convicted of reckless homicide in 2011 is going back to prison. Judge James Heuer revoked probation for Joshua Angus, 31, after he failed to report his address to his probation officer, who was unable to make contact with him for several months. Two y…

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COLUMBIA CITY — Mental health of Whitley County Jail inmates was a topic of discussion at last week’s Whitley County Commissioners meeting. Commissioner George Schrumpf received a report from Recovery Works, an agency that works closely with the state’s Department of Mental Health and Addict…

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KPC News Service CHURUBUSCO — On U.S. 33, there’s little room to make mistakes when you’re behind the wheel. With hills that go up and down, curves both gentle and sharp, high embankments that often drop off sharply and limited shoulders in many areas, it’s not uncommon for drivers to get in…

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The Columbia City Police Department is welcoming a new member to the force. K9 Officer Cas is a 16-month-old Belbium Malinois/German Shepher crossbreed. She will be longtime officer Gary Archbold’s new partner, and the only K9 officer between the city police department, Whitley County Sherif…