November 18th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A local man was convicted of a Class A felony, child molesting, Thursday night after a four-day jury trial.
Ronald A. Rostochak was accused of the crimes in 2009 and has since delayed his fate.
Check out Friday's edition of The Post and Mail for an in-depth story on the details of the trial.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City police officer and area firemanâ€™s house caught fire Thursday night.
Kenny Smith, master patrolman for the CCPD and a long-time fireman for Thorncreek Township, was on police duty when his home caught fire just around 11 p.m.
The officerâ€™s wife, Julie Smith, was on-duty as a Whitley County dispatcher and took the 911 call from her son.
Smith said he rushed home at 185 W CR 200 N and was able to save two of three cats. He then changed from his CCPD uniform to his fire gear to assist in extinguishing the fire.
Rose McClain, 88
Dec. 3, 1922 â€” Nov. 15, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Rose E. â€śRosieâ€ť McClain, 88, of Columbia City, died at 9:13 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011 at her home.
She was born Dec. 3, 1922 in Terre Haute, a daughter of Floyd and Pearl (Stultz) King.
She graduated from Otter Creek High School in North Terre Haute and completed her education at Ravenscroft Beauty College.
On June 5, 1941 she married William Woodruff Collyear.
They made their home in Indianapolis before moving to Columbia City in 1942. In 1943, they moved to a farm in Columbia Township.
Mr. Collyear died July 19, 1957.
COLUMBIA CITY - The mother of a 17-month-old infant who died was sentenced Monday.
Brittany N. McConnehey, 24, was charged with reckless homicide, a class C felony, in the death of her daughter June 13.
McConnehey was sentenced to five years, with three years serving time and two years of probation.
McConnehey and the child's father, Jesse E. McIntosh, 25, were both charged.
McIntosh was sentenced to in October to four years in jail with two years to serve and two years probation.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ One thing was crystal clear at the Whitley County Plan Commission meeting held Wednesday: The â€śpro-windâ€ť and â€śanti-windâ€ť groups are still miles apart.
Specifically, 5,000 feet apart.
The steering committee formed to fact-find submitted its report to the commission; both sides of the issue are represented and were given the opportunity to speak on its respective group's behalf.
One thing agreed upon was that an ordinance â€“ one way or another in regards to wind farming â€“ is a necessary thing.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Many fathers enjoy going out to the backyard and tossing around a baseball or going to the gym to shoot hoops.
But for Whitko Head Coach Rob Irwin and Columbia City Head Coach Chris Benedict, its drastically different.
Both Benedict and Irwin are coaching stand-out players â€” who also happen to be their sons.
While many players face the typical suggestions from their fathers, Drew Benedict and Logan Irwin get quite a bit more.
Pick up a copy of Thursday's paper for an in-depth article with more photos.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Though he wonâ€™t be taking office until 2012, mayor-elect Ryan Daniel has been and will continue to be a busy man heading into office.
Daniel will be participating in workshops for newly elected officials, set up by the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns.
The workshops are available to prepare both new and incumbent mayors for their upcoming four-year term, according to Daniel.
The workshops cover everything from municipal law, leadership qualities and as Daniel put it, â€śreally just everything under the sun that will help a new mayor.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The second suspect involved in a methamphetamine case that was connected to the death of a baby girl has pleaded guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court.
Travis A. Wonderly appeared in Whitley County Circuit Court Wednesday and entered a plea of guilty, according to Whitley County Prosecutor Matt Rentschler.
Wonderly had been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of chemicals with the intent to manufacture, maintaining a common nuisance and neglect of a dependent resulting in death.
ALBION, Ind. (AP) â€” A northeastern Indiana hunter has died after struggling with a buck he had just shot.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says 62-year-old Paul Smith of Fort Wayne died Monday during a deer reduction hunt at Chain Oâ€™Lakes State Park about 20 miles northwest of the city. It says the Noble County coroner says the death was due to a lacerated liver, possibly suffered during the struggle.
Eileen Andrews, 94
March 15, 1917 â€” Oct. 18, 2011
Eileen A. Andrews, 94 a resident of Decatur, Ind. and a former 30-year resident of Columbia City, died at 6:05 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011 at the Woodcrest Nursing Center, in Decatur.
She was born March 15, 1917, in Decatur to Lottie and Verda (Bigham) Jackson who are both deceased.
Eileen was united in marriage to John Andrews on Nov. 27, 1938, in Decatur he passed away in 1996.