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February 4th, 2014

DRUG BUST: Traffic stop nets cocaine

February 4, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A truck driver was arrested Saturday night by the Indiana State Police after officials found 38 kilograms (84 pounds) of cocaine in his trailer.

Guadalupe Quintanilla, 69, of Fort Wayne, was stopped on U.S. 30 at approximately 7:05 p.m., after police observed the semi committing a traffic violation, in the eastbound lane east of Ind. 9, as well as having an equipment violation.

SNOW COMING: Winter weather on the way for Whitley County

February 4, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — As if January’s record snowfall of 39.9 inches wasn’t enough, Mother Nature is brewing up another snow storm that is expected to come into the area tonight.

Amidst rumors of a 20- to 30-inch snow storm this week, forecasters are predicting a slightly more manageable 6 to 10 inches of snow in the next two days.

The storm is expected to start this afternoon and carry through Wednesday afternoon.

CHILD NEGLECT: Woman receives sentence

February 4, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A woman who pleaded guilty to abandoning her child into the care of a child molester received a five-year sentence Monday.

Joy D. Hughes, 38, of Kendallville, pleaded guilty last month to neglect of a child causing bodily injury, a Class C felony.

For that crime, she was sentenced to the Indiana Department of Correction for five years, with all of that time to serve.

CHILD NEGLECT: Woman receives sentence

February 4, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A woman who pleaded guilty to abandoning her child into the care of a child molester received a five-year sentence Monday.

Joy D. Hughes, 38, of Kendallville, pleaded guilty last month to neglect of a child causing bodily injury, a Class C felony.

For that crime, she was sentenced to the Indiana Department of Correction for five years, with all of that time to serve.

NABBED: Escaped murderer caught in LaPorte County; guards, electric fences didn't stop prison break

February 4, 2014

IONIA, Mich. (AP) — A convicted killer who authorities say managed to evade guards and peel through two electrically charged fences to escape a Michigan prison was tripped up by transportation issues once on the outside.

After losing the woman he abducted and ditching her Jeep in an Indiana town, authorities say Michael David Elliot made his way to another Indiana community, where he stole another vehicle. But a sheriff's deputy quickly spotted the stolen Chevrolet Monte Carlo on Monday evening and chased after it, leading to Elliot's capture.

WINTER STORM WARNING: Snow coming this afternoon and through night; north winds and drifting

February 4, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY – From Whitley County Emergency Management at 8:05 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4:

Winter Storm Warning in Effect from 1pm Today -- 4pm Wed Feb 5th

TOTAL SNOWFALL AMOUNTS BY MIDDAY WEDNESDAY ARE ANTICIPATED TO BE
GENERALLY IN THE 6 TO 10 INCH RANGE WITH THE HIGHEST AMOUNTS
ALONG AND SOUTH OF THE HIGHWAY 24 CORRIDOR. SNOWFALL RATES OF 1
TO 1.5 INCHES PER HOUR ARE POSSIBLE WITH GREATLY REDUCED
VISIBILITIES THIS EVENING INTO TONIGHT. FARTHER NORTHWEST
SNOWFALL AMOUNTS SHOULD GRADUALLY TAPER TO 3 TO 6 INCHES ACROSS
FAR NORTHWEST INDIANA INTO EXTREME SOUTHWEST LOWER MICHIGAN.

February 3rd

BUST: Traffic Stop in Whitley County Yields 38 Kilos of Cocaine

February 3, 2014

(Whitley County, IN)-A Fort Wayne truck driver was arrested this past Saturday night by the Indiana State Police on charges related to the possession of cocaine following a traffic stop on US 30 near Columbia City.

At approximately 7:05 p.m., a semi tractor trailer was observed traveling eastbound on US 30, east of State Road 9 when it was said to have purportedly committed a traffic violation as well as had an equipment violation that needed to be addressed.

February 2nd

Snow keeps county EMA busy

February 2, 2014

Whitley County’s Emergency Management Agency has had a busy start to the year, with several snow storms — and more to come — according to forecasters. Pictured above, Emergency Management Director Cathy Broxon-Ball sorts through paperwork from the year’s first storm, Winter Storm Ion. Broxon-Ball is tasked with collecting all financial data from the storms and report them to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Friday night brought an inch of snow to the area, with another five inches expected today, and the potential for another large snow event next week.

Auditor McGuire seeks re-election

February 2, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Jennifer “Jen” McGuire has announced her bid for re-election for the Whitley County Auditor’s position under the Republican ticket.

She is the current auditor and has been working for county government for the past 19 years — 17 years in the Noble, Allen and Whitley County Auditor’s offices and two years as the elected clerk-treasurer for the town of Albion. Prior to county government she worked in payroll, accounting and customer service for Group Dekko for 10 years.

NO SURPRISE: On Super Bowl Sunday, Punxsy Phil makes his call: Six more weeks of winter

February 2, 2014

By Zak Lantz
The Punxsutawney Spirit

(Editor's Note: The following piece is a first-hand account written by the editor of The Punxsutawney Spirit, Zak Lantz. Zak was born and raised in Punxsutawney, and this account reflects more of a personal attachment to the holiday.)

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. — This morning, I looked down and noticed something — I was wearing a press pass. Now, I know that it's part of my job to wear one, but it's not all that often — at least not in these parts — that I actually need one.

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