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  • Columbia City Police Department Columbia City say they found this stash of drugs and a gun in a disabled vehicle. First they assisted the driver, then they arrested him.

Saturday, July 29, 2017 1:00 am


Drugs in vehicle; driver arrested

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An Illinois man was arrested after Columbia City police said they found drugs and a loaded gun in his disabled vehicle, police said.

Officers were initially trying to assist the driver and passengers in the vehicle that was stopped on U.S. 30 in Columbia City about 6:15 p.m. Wednesday.

The officers suspected the driver, Danny Lakes Jr., 32, of Riverdale, Illinois, was drunk, and a police dog detected a scent. A search revealed cocaine, marijuana, a controlled substance and a loaded handgun, police said.

Lakes was booked into the Whitley County Jail on charges of operating a vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance, maintaining a common nuisance, carrying a handgun without a permit, marijuana possession, dealing cocaine, possession of a narcotic drug and possession of a controlled substance. His bail was set at $90,000.

Mishawaka doctor slain over opioids

A prosecutor says a northern Indiana man fatally shot a doctor because he would not prescribe opioid painkillers to the man's wife.

St. Joseph County Prosecutor Ken Cotter identified the gunman Thursday as 48-year-old Michael Jarvis of Mishawaka.

Police say Jarvis fatally shot 56-year-old Dr. Todd Graham on Wednesday in a parking lot outside the St. Joseph Rehabilitation Institute in Mishawaka.

Cotter says Graham declined to prescribe highly addictive opioids to Jarvis' wife during an appointment Wednesday morning. He said Jarvis returned to the medical center about two hours later and shot Graham. Cotter says Jarvis then drove to a friend's home about 3 miles away and fatally shot himself.

Cotter says Jarvis' wife wasn't aware of her husband's actions.