March 6th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A 2010 Columbia City High School graduate was killed in a snowmobile accident early Wednesday morning.
Justin Hinen, 21, of Columbia City, was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 1:30 a.m. after he allegedly drove his snowmobile into a fence.
Indiana conservation officer Darren Reed said Hinen left the roadway, crashing into a wire fence that enclosed a livestock pasture.
Hinen was traveling on County Road 200 North between County Roads 150 West and 250 West, when he intentionally left the road to head across a field.
FROM THE NEWSROOM (Wednesday): Schools in Whitley County are closed due to the weather. Reports are coming in that snow plows are out tackling main roads first and then county roads. Newsroom staff report their drive to work was manageable once in town and on main roads. However, county roads still were hazardous with drifting in some places. Be careful as you commute to work this morning!
COLUMBIA CITY - The City of Columbia City has announced that Republic Services/National Serv-All hauling division has agreed to stop all trash and recycling collections for Wednesday, March 6, due to severe weather and unsafe road conditions.
All collections for the rest of the week will be performed one day later than usual.
Wednesday work will be performed on Thursday. Thursday work on Friday and Friday work on Saturday.
The Macbeth Road Landfill will be open for all customers who bring their materials to the Macbeth Road site.
FORT WAYNE â€“ The National Weather Service has declared a Winter Storm Warning for much of northern and eastern Indiana, with the heaviest snowfall predicted in a line from Lake Michigan to East Central Indiana.
Where the storm is expected to lead off with snow and ice, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) crews have already been treating roadways in preparation for the storm. Trucks also have begun pre-treating bridges, ramps and roadways with salt brine, an anti-icing solution.
Projected snow accumulation, according to The National Weather Service is 5 to 7 inches.
However, warmer weather will arrive Thursday into the weekend. This will allow for snow to melt possibly creating flood conditions and hazards.
Whitko Middle Schoolâ€™s 8th grade girls basketball team finished its season with a 19-0 record Saturday after winning the NELMSC championship over Edgewood.
Above, from left, Emma Neeley, Lyndsey Sapp, Claire Reiff, Kennedy Krull, Aly Reiff, Brianna Cumberland, Haley Yohe, Hannah Yohe and Brooke Christofel; back, 8th grade coach Sean Cumberland.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Cassie Gareiss, of Columbia City, is a 21 year old facing several changes in a short period of time. She is engaged to Colton Streeter and the couple is planning a wedding later this summer.
The couple will also be relocating to Indianapolis.
These events will follow Gareissâ€™ graduation from Grace College where she has earned a degree in graphic design and a minor in photography.
â€śI know it is a lot of change in a short amount of time, but we are excited,â€ť Gareiss said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Work will progress soon on the Liberty Mills Road project, and the taxpayers of Whitley County will pocket savings.
Michael Barton, director of the County Highway Department, updated the Whitley County Commissioners at Mondayâ€™s meeting.
Barton has held discussions with officials in Allen County about the next step for the project. The price tag for Whitley County is approximately $101,000. Previously, over the next three years, the county was going to have to pay in equal installments.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City man was sentenced in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday for dealing in methamphetamine. Michael Reaser pleaded guilty and received a 10-year sentence to be served at the Whitley County jail. Four years of the sentence were suspended and six will be served.
Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer said having Reaser serve the sentence locally would be better since he could perhaps get on work release and help support his child.
FORT WAYNE â€” Dontay Martin "created his own war zone" in the early morning of Sept. 9, firing dozens of bullets into the night, striking an emergency vehicle.
According to an area newspaper, Martin appeared not to care about what the judge was saying or the lengthy prison sentence he was facing, as was the case during his entire trial last month.
Before Mondayâ€™s hearing began, and as it continued, Martin sat relaxed in the jury box â€“ looking everywhere but at the judge.