Miles nominated

Natalie Miles, a Jay County High School senior, has been nominated to United States Military Academy, United States Naval Academy, United States Air Force Academy and United States Merchant Marine Academy.

U.S. Rep. Jim Banks, who represents Jay County, announced the nominations this week. A nomination does not guarantee admission to a service academy, but it is required to be considered.

“Congratulations to these eight patriotic young men and women,” Banks said in a press release. “They've already shown a remarkable commitment to their country, and I'm certain they will be excellent representatives for northeast Indiana. I wish each of them the best of luck in the final stage of the admissions process.”



Highway slide offs

Two southbound drivers on U.S. 27 near county road 900 North drove into patches of ice Thursday morning.

Ryan J. Muhlenkamp, 39, Berne, was driving about 6:45 a.m. Thursday when he lost control of his 2008 Ford F150. His vehicle hit the guardrail on the west side of the road and went into the west side ditch. Damage is estimated between $5,000 and $10,000. Muhlenkamp’s vehicle was towed.

Alexander D. Pfeifer, 24, Bryant, was driving about 8:51 a.m. Thursday when his 2009 Ford F250 slid off the highway’s west side and into the guardrail. Damage is estimated between $1,000 and $2,500.



Icy roads

Two drivers slid through icy patches on county roads causing accidents Wednesday morning.

Scott M. Andrew, 18, Farmland, was driving east on county road 300 North when he lost control of his vehicle. The 2007 Dodge Caliber rolled off the road and landed on its drivers side. Damage to his vehicle is estimated between $5,000 and $10,000.

Sara A. Stults, 73, Portland, was driving south on county road 250 East when she drove across a sheet of ice. Her 2005 Honda Odyssey slid into a ditch and hit several trees. Damage to her vehicle is estimated between $2,500 and $5,000.

Both Andrew’s car and Stults’ minivan were towed.



Portland slide off

A Union City woman had minor injuries after she lost control of her vehicle on icy roads and drove into a pole off the west side of Franklin Street in Portland at 7:22 a.m. Thursday.

Nichole R. Linebaugh, 34, was reported to a have bruise on her leg but did not seek immediate medical attention, according to a Portland Police Department accident report.

The accident started as she was westbound on Lincoln Street in her 2011 Dodge Journey and approaching the stop sign at its intersection with Franklin Street. She was unable to stop because of the ice and the vehicle slid into the pole head-on.

Damage was estimated between $2,500 and $5,000.



JCHS collision

A Jay County High School student turning her vehicle into the eastbound lane at the high school parking lot collided with another vehicle about 3:40 p.m. Thursday.

Katelyn J. Bihn, 17, Portland, was driving away from the parking lot near Indiana 26 and did not see the vehicle already in the eastbound exit lane. She drove her 1995 Buick Le Sabre into a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Kinsey R. Shannon, 18, Redkey.

Damage is estimated between $1,000 and $2,500.