J. LeEtta Wagner, 91, of Columbia City, IN passed away at 8:40 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 at Miller‚Äôs Merry Manor Inc., Columbia City.
Born April 4, 1920, in Jefferson Township, she was the daughter of Lester and Ethel (Hollenbaugh) Brock.
She grew up in Whitley County and Oregon. She attended Laud School and graduated from Jefferson Center High School with the Class of 1938.
After her marriage to Raymond LaVern Wagner on June 14, 1941, in Jefferson Township, they lived in Allen County for 14 years.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Ernest J. Remaklus, 75, a resident of Churubusco, died at 1 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at Provena Sacred Heart, Avilla, after a brief illness.
He was born in Fort Wayne Oct. 16, 1936, a son of Paul and Alvira (Schmit) Remaklus.
He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
On Oct. 2, 1983, he was married in Fort Wayne to Glenda Boschet.
Rev. Terry L. Zolman, 64, a resident of rural Albion and senior pastor of the Merriam Christian Chapel, passed away at 10:05 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.
He had suffered a serious fall on Friday, and had been hospitalized since that time.
Pastor Zolman was born in Fort Wayne on July 31, 1947, a son of Clyde D. and Beulah Ella (Shaffer) Zolman.
He spent his formative years in Smith Township, and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1965.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ The Lady Wildcat basketball team not only battled West Noble Thursday night, but fought sickness and injury to pull out a 49-35 win over the Lady Chargers.
Head Coach Brandon Bradley said several players were sick and senior Katee Reiff was out with a knee injury, posing more of a challenge than their opponents.
‚ÄúTo be able to play the way they did tonight and not use it as a crutch shows how tough they are,‚ÄĚ Bradley said.
Bradley had to rely on strong play from the bench with Whitko‚Äôs main guartds, Cagney Craig and Micaela Sylvester, limited on playing time.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Eagle wrestling got its first Northeast Hoosier Conference win Thursday, defeating the visiting Norwell by a score of 38-37.
At one point in the dual meet, Columbia City had a 21 point advantage, however when the final match ended, the teams were tied at 37.
The referee went to the rulebook to determine the victor.
According to National Federation of State High School Association rulebook on tie-breaker scoring, subsection H, the team having the greater number (total match points) of first-points scored shall be declared the winner.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The Columbia City Police Department and the Whitley County Humane Society Animal Shelter work in tandem to help both animals and residents of the city, according to Columbia City‚Äôs top police officer.
Columbia City Police Chief Mike Petersen said the city is required by the state to have at minimum one animal control officer.
In Columbia City, one officer is not assigned to this duty; the entire department participates.
‚ÄúAny of our officers can work a case,‚ÄĚ said Petersen
WATERLOO, Ind. ‚ÄĒ Indiana State Police have released the name of a northeastern Indiana police officer who was shot in the face while responding to a distress call.
State Police Sgt. Ron Galaviz says 47-year-old Deputy Marshal Stephen Brady, of Pleasant Lake, remained in serious condition at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Brady is a 13-year veteran of the Waterloo Police Department, located in DeKalb County. He was shot while responding to a report that a man and woman had knocked on someone‚Äôs door about 3 a.m. Thursday saying they needed help because their car was stuck in a ditch.
The Criminal Investigation Division of the Indiana State Police arrested a Big Lake resident late Wednesday night on two counts of child molesting and one count of failing to register as a sex offender following a two week-long investigation.
Robert S. Gibson, 39, of rural Columbia City (Big Lake in Noble County) was arrested in connection to an allegation that he had sexual contact with a female victim under the age of 14 during the summer of 2010.
He was charged with two felony counts of child molesting and also for failing to register as a sex offender.
Area police and firemen have been dispatched to U.S. 30 for a reported school bus on fire.
According to scanner traffic, the bus is believed to be empty.
UPDATE: Upon arrival by first responders, the bus is empty and according to police scanner traffic, the bus is having mechanical issues. No injuries have been reported.
A 59-year-old Amish man from northern Indiana was killed when the horse-drawn buggy he was driving across an intersection was struck by a sport utility vehicle.
The Elkhart County Sheriff's Department says Marion Yoder of Goshen was killed in the collision about 2.5 miles southeast of Goshen about 5:45 p.m. Tuesday. Yoder, his 53-year-old wife and 8-year-old grandson were thrown from the buggy. The sheriff's department says Yoder went under the SUV.
Edith Yoder and Caleb Yoder were listed in fair condition Wednesday at Memorial Hospital in South Bend.