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Churubusco Police Report for January 8-14

Friday, January 8: 2400 School traffic. 1420 U11 Disabled vehicle at Valero. Gave driver and passenger a ride to Blue Ridge. He will pick up car late this afternoon. Valero advised. 1511 U11 In to ask if U2 had filed trespass charges against for the December 24 incident. I told her it did not sound to me like there was a charge to file. She is afraid of him and his family. I advised her to keep a log of any threats or unnecessary drive-bys and to call us if she needed to. 1850 U11 Subject in station whose daughter was involved in an accident in Marion with an uninsured driver. They are looking for restitution but do not want to file through their insurance company. I advised them to contact civil court. 2100 WC Possible 10-55. Driver northbound on SR 205. Almost struck a semi head on. 2105 U11 Stopped vehicle at SR 205 Just north of Duglay Road. 2110 U11 Arrested juvenile driver, 16 years of age for OWI and possession of paraphernalia Bac 0.14.
Saturday, January 9: 2216 CP had his lug nuts taken off his truck at the school. Was on the east side of the school. White 1990 Ford Ranger truck.
Sunday, January 10: 1345 U2 W/C assist com 10-90 at Paint It, Busco #1 10-23 Open door. No one around. 10-23 with U1, 92-13 and owner. Cleared building. Secure.
Monday, January 11: 1000 U3 I confirmed the 40 for. I called and advised him. 1200 U3 92-13 Called, advised was at the jail turning herself in on the 40. 1345 U2 Out at house. Let her know I did not file charges. 1400 U2 School check. 1355 U2 School check. 1520 School U2 Sig. 8 in reference to theft of cell phone. CAD: 141931. The school is going to so some checking and get back with me if they find out anything. 1945 U2 School check.
Tuesday, January 12: 1325 U3 C/P was in to advise her Mom on Anderson Road using her ID to get credit cards. Mother in Holiday Park. Is in touch with creditors trying to get more info, but she wanted us to be advised now. 2115  U11 Arranged for her two year old daughter to stay with the daughter’s father, which was not in accordance with the court-ordered visitation. She has now learned that is with — whom she does not want around her daughter. Wants me to check on welfare. 2130 U11 Out at W. Whitley. Daughter appears fine. Is sending someone over to pick her up. Is cooperative. 10-8.
Wednesday, January 13: 0730 WC U11 10-90 Eagle Do It Best. 0735 Worker on premises, false trip. 10-8. 0750 U11 School check. 0830 U11 Court. 0930 U11 Verbal warning following too closely, J. Roesler. 1510 U1 CP into pick up Whitley Krider’s cell phone. 1715 U1 WC Sig. 8 Back of Pit Stop Pizza in reference to large van backed into their parking sign. Nobody around. 1725 U1 Talked with owner of truck and he will pay for the sign. Big yellow van. Is owner of Co. but not the driver. Driver still unknown. 1830 U1 CP called and advised she has recovered the phone that was stolen. U2 Took report. At this time she does not want to do anything about it.
Thursday, January 14: 0840 U11 Verbal warning. Das J. Hartung.

Friday, January 8: 2400 School traffic. 1420 U11 Disabled vehicle at Valero. Gave driver and passenger a ride to Blue Ridge. He will pick up car late this afternoon. Valero advised. 1511 U11 In to ask if U2 had filed trespass charges against for the December 24 incident. I told her it did not sound to me like there was a charge to file. She is afraid of him and his family. I advised her to keep a log of any threats or unnecessary drive-bys and to call us if she needed to. 1850 U11 Subject in station whose daughter was involved in an accident in Marion with an uninsured driver. They are looking for restitution but do not want to file through their insurance company. I advised them to contact civil court. 2100 WC Possible 10-55. Driver northbound on SR 205. Almost struck a semi head on. 2105 U11 Stopped vehicle at SR 205 Just north of Duglay Road. 2110 U11 Arrested juvenile driver, 16 years of age for OWI and possession of paraphernalia Bac 0.14.

McDonald's

Busco McDonald’s set for facelift; New owners, new look

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by Katie Wagner
Dick and Judy Littlefield are in the business of people—and that’s why they are so excited about being the new owners of the Churubusco McDonald’s.
“We are ecstatic about the people we have,” Dick said. “We want to be a people company.”
The Littlefields took ownership of the Churubusco McDonald’s on January 12, 2010, shortly after purchasing the Avilla McDonald’s in September 2009.
Working for the McDonald’s Corporation for 15 years, Dick has worked his way up the ranks, from restaurant manager to training department employee to field service manager to owner/operator. He has worked for the company in California, Tampa, Fla., New Orleans and Arkansas. Judy is currently enrolled in special training courses to be an official owner/operator alongside her husband. In addition, three of their four children have worked at McDonald’s restaurants as after-school jobs.
The Littlefields grew up in small towns in Maine and Michigan, so naturally they chose a small-town McDonald’s.
Noting the small-town appeal of the ‘Busco McD’s, Dick said he notices more customer loyalty in small towns. He also has a greater opportunity to get to know his customers and be involved in the community.
Although McDonald’s Corp. is known for its involvement in communities, Dick said as an owner/operator, he and Judy will have the liberty to put on special promotions, make changes to the building and donate money to the community at their election rather than someone’s discretion.
“It’s ours,” Dick said. “We are totally responsible for the operations.”
The couple plans to support local sports teams and local scholarship opportunities.
The Littlefields plan to make changes to the restaurant, inside and out, in the coming months. The exterior of the building will be completely re-landscaped, while the dividing wall between the front and back of the seating area will be removed. A large television will be placed on the back wall for customer enjoyment and entertainment. However, the wall that recounts the history of Oscar the turtle will remain.
Although the building will undergo major changes, the staff will stay the same.
All managers and crew stayed except the store manager—and that’s a good thing, according to Dick.
“The work ethic is high,” he said, “and we’re excited about the people we inherited.”
Brad Laker is serving as the temporary store manager, but the Littlefields plan to promote from within to fulfill the position. Laker will then act as supervisor of both the Avilla and Churubusco restaurants.
Dick said he wants the customers to know that he and Judy are available to hear both compliments and criticism.
“If anything’s wrong, we want to be the first to know,” he said. “We consider a complaint a gift. We want to fix it, so don’t be afraid to tell us.”
Dick and Judy are planning a Meet & Greet the week of March 1-6 so community members can get to know the new owners. Customers can enjoy daily specials—see restaurant fliers for details. In addition, Ronald McDonald will be at the restaurant on Saturday, March 6, from 12-1 p.m., and kids can get their faces painted from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. A raffle for a Nintendo Wii will be held at 2:30 p.m. and Wild 96.3 will be out front promoting the event.

by Katie Wagner

kwagner@busconews.com 

Dick and Judy Littlefield are in the business of people—and that’s why they are so excited about being the new owners of the Churubusco McDonald’s. “We are ecstatic about the people we have,” Dick said. “We want to be a people company.”

Elmer Stewart

Local artist Elmer Stewart is remembered

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by Chuck Jones
Elmer Stewart was born in Van Wert, Ohio and one family member said it was Oct. 17, 1886 but that does not add up as his obituary which says he was 86 when he died Dec. 6, 1962.  He would have been 76 per the date given by a family member. Elmer had a twin brother, Albert that preceded him in death.
Elmer grew up in Hartford City, Indiana.  After his schooling was finished he moved to Ft. Wayne and took up his work with Ed Kover, painting many religious subjects on contract.  He said he never had time to get married.
When he was 55 he moved to Blue Lake where he spent his days painting scenes and portraits copying old masters and receiving visitors into his studio. Many of his paintings at that time adorned business places, offices and meeting halls in Churubusco.
Despite his absorption in his work he always found time to lend a helping hand as attested to by his neighbors.
Visitors to his studio were always met with a cordial welcome and ushered into his quarters.  His paintings were varied as he did still life, landscapes, murals, and famous persons.  There were paintings of Will Rogers and Henry Ford, Carol Lombard, and Presidents Woodrow Wilson and Abe Lincoln.  At that time he was getting about $50 for an average sized painting. Elmer polished his talents almost entirely on his own.
Sandy Irons Gipe who lived down the road from Elmer remembers Elmer as a very kind man who always welcomed the local kids into his studio. She remembers this fairly large room lined with benches and his paintings hanging on the walls. She also remembers a player piano and a tube victrola. She remembers every day about 4 p.m. he would walk to the Blue Lake General Store for a pint of ice cream.   I can remember during my teen years along with friend Howard Lewellyn spending time in Elmer’s studio.
Elmer passed away on Dec. 6, 1962 and on July 17, 1963 after his death an auction was held at the Whitley County Fairgrounds.  Fifty-two paintings were sold for a total price of $650.
The Whitley County Museum was able to purchase one of Elmer’s paintings thanks to a donation to the Museum by his niece, Krista Stewart who now lives in Arlington, Virginia.  Elmer died when she was 13 and she can only remember one time ever being in his studio.
The Churubusco News would welcome hearing from anyone who has a painting that was done by Elmer Stewart.

by Chuck Jones

Elmer Stewart was born in Van Wert, Ohio and one family member said it was Oct. 17, 1886 but that does not add up as his obituary which says he was 86 when he died Dec. 6, 1962.  He would have been 76 per the date given by a family member. Elmer had a twin brother, Albert that preceded him in death.

Stand up and be counted

Now through Monday, April 19, a Questionnaire Assistance Center will be open to answer any questions you may have on Census 2010.
The Center will be located at the Churubusco Town Hall, 215 Home Avenue. The Center hours will be Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Ten ways we rely on the Census:
1. Understanding local and regional labor supplies.
2. Estimating the number of people displaced by natural disasters.
3. Assessing the potential for spread of communicable diseases.
4. Developing assistance programs for low-income families.
5. Determining the local impact of Base Realignment and Closure programs.
6. Creating maps to speed emergency services to households.
7. Making informed business decisions.
8. Delivering goods and services to local markets.
9. Understanding consumer needs.
10. Designing facilities for the elderly, children and people with disabilities.
For more information call 693-9350 or visit the Indiana 2010 Census Web page at www.census.indiana.edu.

Got questions on the Census?

Now through Monday, April 19, a Questionnaire Assistance Center will be open to answer any questions you may have on Census 2010. The Center will be located at the Churubusco Town Hall, 215 Home Avenue. The Center hours will be Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

February 24, 2010

One Year Ago
Downtown  Churubusco changed its look as Sheets & Childs Funeral Home demolished a house beside the business to construct a parking area for their patrons.
The Town Council proposed an official Farmer’s Market for the 2009 season. The Council did not vote on the new ordinance but probably would at the next meeting.
A request was made for funds to repair the kitchen area of the fire station. The cost was approximately $250. The Council agreed to spend the money for the repairs.
The Town sold a decommissioned 2000 Crown Victoria police car. The winning bid was $1,800.
June and Milly Hanson announced the birth of their daughter, Ciera Morgan.
Five Years Ago
Junior Kyle Haber was on his way to compete in the IHSAA Wrestling Championship. He completed an outstanding season 29-6 and was crowned NECC champion.
Katie Hursey was honored with the most prestigious academic award to Huntington College. Fifty-five individuals were awarded a Presidential Scholarship.
Due to snow, fog and freezing rain, school had been delayed or closed numerous days. Unless more weather days were needed, June 3 would be the last day of school.
Members of the Town Council reviewed the estimated expense of the new waste water treatment facility. Improvements to alleviate wastewater capacity problems would cause sewer rates to increase as much as 70 percent. The Council considered a gradual rate increase. Starting construction time was 2006.
Ten Years Ago
Meghan Linvill, Churubusco’s lone gymnast, claimed the all-round title in a meet that included undefeated Homestead and Concordia.
The spectacular wrestling season of sophomore Pat McClain came to an end one day sooner that he hoped. It ended in the first round in the IHSAA finals at Conseco Field House. McClain went 33 – 2 and was undefeated until he reached the Fort Wayne semi-state round.
The Council was considering a water rate hike. The town hired Financial Solutions Group to conduct a financial study of the Municipal Water Utility. A public hearing would be held before a rate increase.
Town Marshal John Hart reported that Garry Jones had been hired as the fourth officer to join the Busco force. Adam Swinehart was added as a reserve officer.
A letter from the Indiana Department of Transportation said the speed limit on Whitley Street where a crossing guard was killed would be reduced to 20 mph.
25 Years Ago
With the recent death of Orlo McCoy, Chairman of the Board of the Churubusco State Bank, the major stockholders promoted Everett Jones to succeed Mr. McCoy. In addition, three new directors were appointed, Dr. Roger Thornton, Connie Bair and Ron Felger.
Kroger Company announced that Kroger and Hook Drugs entered into an agreement of a merger. Kroger would acquire Hooks for cash and common stock.
Heavy snow and severe drifting hampered many activities including Nipsco’s meter readings. Customers would receive estimated bills until meters could be read.
Dana Corporation announced increased sales and earnings. Net profits were 70% over 1983.
Barney and Vicki Dice announced the birth of their twin daughters, Tara Renee and Heather Lynn.
Jeff and Marilyn Arnold announced the birth of their son, Jared Michael.
Mr. and Mrs. James Horne announced the birth of their daughter, Christina Lou.
50 Years Ago
The Churubusco Eagles defeated Auburn in the first round sectional game.
Continued expansion of the J.I. Case Plant was predicted by Arthur Hansen, General Manager.
Petitions were being circulated in Whitley County urging the County Commissioners to authorize a bond issue for an addition and renovation of Whitley County Hospital. The estimated cost was $335,000.
Green Center School was broken into and robbed. The vandals broke cabinets and drawers, escaping with between $30 and $40 in cash. The York and Perry Schools had also been broken into.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fulk announced the birth of their son, Steven Robert.
“Lil’ Abner” was showing at the Columbia Theater.

One Year Ago

Downtown  Churubusco changed its look as Sheets & Childs Funeral Home demolished a house beside the business to construct a parking area for their patrons.

The Town Council proposed an official Farmer’s Market for the 2009 season. The Council did not vote on the new ordinance but probably would at the next meeting.

A request was made for funds to repair the kitchen area of the fire station. The cost was approximately $250. The Council agreed to spend the money for the repairs.

The Town sold a decommissioned 2000 Crown Victoria police car. The winning bid was $1,800.

June and Milly Hanson announced the birth of their daughter, Ciera Morgan.

LeFever named Outstanding Intern of the Year

Achievements in internships and mentoring were recognized today by Indiana INTERNnet, the statewide resource for internships from the Indiana Chamber, with the announcement of the recipients of the 2009 IMPACT Awards.  The honorees:
Outstanding Employer of the Year: Midwest ISO.
Outstanding Employer of the Year (not-for-profit): College Mentors for Kids.
Career Services Professional of the Year: Cris Muir, Purdue University.
Outstanding Intern of the Year – College Student: Katie Qualkinbush, University of Missouri, who interned with ExactTarget.
Outstanding Intern of the Year – High School Student: Tiffany LeFever, Churubusco High School (now at Indiana Wesleyan University), who interned with Leadership Whitley County. The annual award luncheon took place at the Indiana Chamber Conference Center in downtown Indianapolis.
Outstanding Intern of the Year Tiffany LeFever was a student at Churubusco High School in northeastern Indiana when she began working with an organization called Leadership Whitley County to redesign its youth leadership initiative. Her responsibilities ranged from researching potential curriculum and securing financial support to attending board meetings and promoting the program to area high schools. LeFever currently attends Indiana Wesleyan University, where she is majoring in leadership.
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce has been the state’s largest broad-based business advocacy organization for over 85 years.  The nearly 5,000 member companies employ 800,000 Hoosier workers.

Achievements in internships and mentoring were recognized today by Indiana INTERNnet, the statewide resource for internships from the Indiana Chamber, with the announcement of the recipients of the 2009 IMPACT Awards.  The honorees:

Churubusco Police Report for January 1-7

Friday, January 1: U2 10-16 North Thresher Run.  Female took children and went to sisters. CAD 022010141899; 1130 WC U2. Hit skip accident on Windsor Drive. He did not want accident but does have damage to his left passenger door. CAD 141900. Most likely someone was turning around on Weston and backed into his vehicle parked in front of Windsor Drive. 1996 Chevy Impala SS.
Sunday, January 3: U1 Silver Ford Taurus parked in the shrubs off Line Street by National City Bank. No driver. Plates return on 900E. Made contacts with owners. They said son was driving it. They have no idea where he is at. Mom and dad are on the way to get vehicle. 1130 U1 CP on station. She lives at State Road 205. She advised her ex-husband lives in Columbia City. Has been stalking her and was inside her residence on New Year’s Eve and rearranged her clothes and shoes. She cannot prove it but knows it was him. She thinks he will get worse so she is going to seek a protective order and will call us if she hears or sees anything else. I gave information to the county. 1650 U3 Whitley County Signal 8. Wheatfield Court. Advised her sister in Fort Wayne. Called her residence and she threatened the lives of herself and her family. I called and advised her not to call anymore and that if she came to the house, she would be arrested for criminal trespass. Her response was, whatever. I contacted caller and advised her I made contact. I also advised her to contact the clerk’s office tomorrow in reference to a protective order.
Monday, January 4: 0745 U1 School crossing detail. 830 U1 Slide off 33 and Blue Lake Road. 0840 U1 Hit pole. No damage to pole but Ranger is totaled. No report. PLPD only. Rohrer’s towed. 0850 U1 another accident. PD same spot. Car into tree. 92-13 worked. Rohrers towed. 0950 U1 From 33 several slide offs. No injuries. 1030 U1 School check. 1500 U3 U1 Crossing guard detail. 1615 U3 Whitley County accident. Hit skip at South and West Whitley Streets. Suspect left towards Columbia City in an older red GM pickup. I did find out that a subject dropped a friend off in the area and left in a truck matching the description. Can’t find him tonight but will tomorrow at school. Will try to interview him then.
Tuesday, January 5: 0600 U3 Two hour delay. 1445 U2 school. 1700 U2 Gun permit application.
Wednesday, January 6: 0600 U3 Smith-Green two hour delay. 0530 U3 and U4 Meet at residence on Millstone Run. Fort Wayne city advised they found car. It had been involved in a crash and had a lot of blood in the car. #4 advised he was at the residence. Found blood on the door and porch area but was not able to get anyone to come to the door. While #4 was speaking with W11, I was able to get mom to come to the door. We found on the floor of his room bleeding heavily. His bed was blood soaked. I advised dispatch I was in the residence and needed medics asap! 0630 U3 Subject was transported to Parkview Main with facial laceration from the nose to the ear. 0800 U3 Smith- Green schools closed. 1100 U3 Completed traffic accident report. Hit skip report for 141911. 2143 U2 fuel. 2213 U 2 IGA detail.
Thursday, January 7: 0043 WC U2 CP heard noise on front porch. I found a large cat there. All ok. 0744 U2 School traffic. 0913 U2 School check. 1211 CP U2 Three slide-offs at 300 North U.S. 33. 1830 U1 CP In to advise his mother was dating and they broke up and while she was at work, had a U-Haul and loaded everything up and took it to his daughter’s residence in Thresher Ridge. I told them it was a civil matter and we would not get involved.

Friday, January 1: U2 10-16 North Thresher Run.  Female took children and went to sisters. CAD 022010141899; 1130 WC U2. Hit skip accident on Windsor Drive. He did not want accident but does have damage to his left passenger door. CAD 141900. Most likely someone was turning around on Weston and backed into his vehicle parked in front of Windsor Drive. 1996 Chevy Impala SS.

Todd Fleetwood

SGCS hires new business manager — again

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(Todd Fleetwood)


by Katie Wagner
kwagner@busconews.com
Three days after approving the employment of Mary Jane Bartrom as SGCS Business Manager, Superintendent Steve Darnell received a letter of withdrawal from Bartrom. The letter stated that after much reconsideration, it was in her family’s best interest that she stay with her current job at the State Board of Accounts. However, Darnell said he had a large pool of qualified applicants to pull from.
At Monday night’s meeting, Darnell recommended that the Board hire Todd Fleetwood as the SGCS Business Manager, effective March 1, 2010. The Board unanimously approved Darnell’s recommendation.
“It is exciting to hire someone from the community,” said Board president Tanya Young.
Fleetwood is a ’97 CHS graduate who still lives in the Churubusco area with his wife (and CHS art teacher), Shanna, and two kids, Jackson, 5, and Aaliyah, 1. Fleetwood is currently the Branch Manager and Assistant Vice President of National City Bank in downtown Fort Wayne. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Indiana Tech.
“I feel this is a blessing that I have been led here,” Fleetwood said. “I have a passion for the school and the kids here.”
In other Board news:
• CMS eighth grader Noah McCoy was named the Spotlight on Success. He was recognized because of his service to the middle school. McCoy, along with his teacher Mrs. Kitt, takes care of classroom recycling for the middle school. He is the son of Jennifer Pettyjohn.
• The Board hired Daniel Burkhart as a CES substitute teacher to fill the vacancy during Dawn O’Connor’s maternity leave. In addition, the Board approved the reclassification of Erica Allen from Title I Interventionist to Grades 4 and 5 Interventionist for the remainder of the school year.
• Boardmember Cathy Petrie gave a report regarding progress on Eagle Garden, the memorial which is in the works to be constructed at the corner of Mulberry and Tulley Streets. The Board also received word from Nancy Becker that Northeastern REMC donated $500 in support of the memorial. Funds will be used to help construct the walkway and garden area.
• Superintendent Steve Darnell recommended that the Board approve the posting of positions for the 2010-11 school year, including Elementary Assistant Principal whose duties would include K-12 high ability programming, Vocation Business Education and K-5 Elementary Education.
Darnell said the Elementary Assistant Principal position will be posted internally initially, as he feels the District has the potential for a great pool of candidates.
The Vocational Business Education position will help fulfill the new Personal Finance and Career Planning and Success Skills courses which are required and will bring in additional dollars to the Corporation.
The K-5 Elementary Education position will help to accomodate the current kindergarten students who are moving into first grade next year. Darnell said he wants to keep K-2 classes to a maximum of 20 students for optimum student-teacher interaction for these lower grades when children learn to read.
The next regular scheduled Board meeting will be Monday, March 1 at 7 p.m.

by Katie Wagner 

kwagner@busconews.com

Three days after approving the employment of Mary Jane Bartrom as SGCS Business Manager, Superintendent Steve Darnell received a letter of withdrawal from Bartrom. The letter stated that after much reconsideration, it was in her family’s best interest that she stay with her current job at the State Board of Accounts. However, Darnell said he had a large pool of qualified applicants to pull from.

Churubusco Rotary plans Auction

Churubusco Rotarians are preparing for their seventeenth Community and Scholarship Auction on Tuesday, March 16 at the Churubusco High School cafeteria.  The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a free will donation buffet supper and the auction will immediately follow.
Last year’s auction netted over $18,500 to provide $16,000 for scholarships and the rest for community projects to the school, library, fire department, Whitley County 4-H, Camp Whitley, United Way, and other organizations and projects.
Please plan to attend.  Anyone with items or services to donate to this worthy cause should send a list to Churubusco Rotary, P.O. Box 32, Churubusco, IN   46723 or call Richard Zollinger at (260) 693-2177 or (260) 248-2851 or you may take your items to Star Financial Insurance, 111 N. Main Street, Churubusco.

Churubusco Rotarians are preparing for their seventeenth Community and Scholarship Auction on Tuesday, March 16 at the Churubusco High School cafeteria.  The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a free will donation buffet supper and the auction will immediately follow.