WROI News Archives for 2021-01

State government complex to close to the public Tuesday, Wednesday

In consultation with security officials and the leadership of the General Assembly, Governor Eric J. Holcomb today announced out of an abundance of caution the state government complex will be closed to the public Tuesday and Wednesday in light of recent national events, threats to other state capitols and COVID-19 restrictions.

 

There have been no credible threats against the Statehouse.

 

Per the typical schedule, the Statehouse will be closed for the weekend and Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

 

Additionally, the Governor will virtually deliver his 2021 State of the State address on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. Details, including broadcast information and access to pool coverage, will be shared at a later date.

 

The Governor’s weekly COVID-19 briefing will be held Thursday, Jan. 21 at 2:30 p.m.

 

“The safety and security of our state employees and the Hoosiers who use our state services are always top of mind,” Gov. Holcomb said. “After an evaluation with public safety leaders, we have decided to err on the side of caution and close the state government complex to the public. Hoosiers will still be able to access essential state services online, on the phone, or in-person at branches around the state.”

 

Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray and House Speaker Todd Huston have canceled legislative activity for the week of Jan. 18. Bray and Huston said no committee or session meetings will be held next week, and staff will work remotely until instructed to return to the building.

 

“This decision was made out of caution and in the best interest of everyone involved in the legislative process,” Huston said. “Public gatherings are a critical component of our democracy, and I pray that any demonstrations are peaceful and respectful of the incredible privilege we all have as Americans to make our voices heard.”

 

“We have a lot of work to do this session on behalf of Hoosiers, but the safety of every person in the Statehouse is always our number one priority," Bray said. "We trust Superintendent Doug Carter and his team, and at his urging, made the decision to cancel our activities out of an abundance of caution.:

Eastern Pulaski Elementary fourth grade class quarantined

Eastern Pulaski Community School Coorporation Superintendent Dara Chezum announced Friday two new confirmed positive COVID-19 diagnoses at Eastern Pulaski Elementary School. 

 

Based on the situation, it was recommended that a majority of students in one of the fourth grade classrooms will need quaratined. Therefore, EPES has one fourth grade classroom that will be participating in virtual learning next week and will return to in person learning January 25. 

 

Parents of students who were considered close contact have been notified and advised to quarantine. 

No major injuries in Wednesday accident at Kewanna intersection

An accident involving two vehicles at the intersection of State Road 14 and 17 near Kewanna Wednesday, left two drivers without vehicles but also without any major injures.

 

The Fulton County Sheriff's Department reported that the accident happened a little before 7:00 pm.  The Sheriff's Department reported Jay Chamness, 77, failed to stop at intersection while traveling west on State Road 14, hitting the passenger side door of a vehicle driven by Troy Collins, 48, who was going south from the stop sign. 

 

Chamness's vehicle came to rest in a field northwest of the intersection.

 

Collins was transported to Woodlawn Hospital with a complaint of pain in his neck. Chamness was checked out by Lutheran EMS and released from the scene. 

 

A 011 Chevy Impala and 2018 Ford F150 were towed from the scene. 

Rochester's LED upgrades bring light and sound to the city

You're supposed to see the difference with Rochester's LED upgrades.  Soon, you'll be able to hear a difference, too.

 

Rochester Mayor Ted Denton says they’ve been busy installing a system that is already bringing savings to Rochester.

 

 

The mayor details the next step expected to start next month.

 

 

And, the added attraction, will be a sound system with the lights.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ISP Trooper Sgt. Mitchell "Mitch" A. Blocher passed away after battle with brain cancer

An Indiana State Police Sergeant who was born in Wabash has passed away following a battle with brain cancer.

 

The Indiana State Police is saddened to announce the passing of 25 year Indiana State Police Veteran Sergeant Mitchel "Mitch" Blocher. 

 

During his career with the Indiana State Police, Sgt. Blocher was a member of the SCUBA team, a SWAT sniper, an investigator and most recently a supervisor for the Electronic Surveillance Unit. More information about his ISP career can be found in the obituary below.

 

Captain Tony Delello, Indiana State Police Area Five Commander, and longtime friend to Sgt. Blocher said, "Mitch stood strong on his values, to include his family, his faith and his community. His passion for his career and public safety was apparent in every aspect of his life. He worked tirelessly for twenty-five years to ensure safety in his community and beyond. Mitch will be remembered as a loyal leader who was a mentor to many."

 

The funeral will be available to view  on a live stream Saturday January 16  at 12 p.m. on Nine Star Connect.  www.vimeo.com/ninestar

 

Obituary for Sgt. Mitchell "Mitch" A. Blocher, provided by Hinsey-Brown Funeral Home

Sgt. Mitchell “Mitch” Alan Blocher, 49, fought the good fight against brain cancer and victoriously finished the race to meet his Savior on January 2, 2021. Mitch was born on June 26, 1971 in Wabash, Indiana to Alan Leroy and Carol Ann (Barton) Blocher.

Immediately after graduating from Ball State University in 1994, Mitch was accepted by the Indiana State Police and attended the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. He graduated on December 22, 1995 and was sworn in as an Indiana State Trooper on December 24, 1995.

 

During his 25 years of active service with the Indiana State Police, Mitch served on the Emergency Response Team as a Sniper from 2004-2008 and the Underwater Search & Rescue Team from 1998-2004 and 2009-2013 where he was a Dive Master. In 2012, he was promoted to Sergeant and in 2013 was assigned to the Electronic Surveillance Team where he served as Sergeant until his passing.

 

For his heroic achievements during his career, Mitch also received many awards and recognitions, including numerous honors from the Mothers Against Drunk Driving organization, the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators Award in 2010, the Sherlock Award for Fraud Investigation, the US Secret Service Certificate of Appreciation, the US Attorney’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to a Prosecution, and the 2010 Indiana State Police Outstanding Investigator of the Year Award.

The brightest part of Mitch’s life began on December 5, 1998 when he married fellow BSU Cardinal, Angeline Sunier. Mitch and Angeline settled in Hancock County and began a family with the birth of their oldest son Samuel “Sam” Ray in 2002. Their youngest son, Joseph “Joey” Henry followed in 2004. Mitch enjoyed spending time camping with his family, having backyard bonfires, grilling out and was a favorite fan at his sons’ athletic & academic events.

 

An avid runner, Mitch completed the Indianapolis 500 Festival Mini-Marathon many times and in 2014 was awarded the prestigious 500 Club Award, finishing 267th place overall.

Mitch unreservedly loved people and gave special attention to Eastern Hancock Schools and Wilkinson Church of Christ. He was a founding member of the EH Education Foundation, was invited to the EH Leadership Team and received the Loyal Royal award in 2020 from the EH Athletic Boosters. At WCC, Mitch helped with any and every Men’s Ministry function and was an ever-present welcoming face to each person coming in the door, even during his cancer battle. In 2018, Mitch ran a full marathon with Team World Vision at the Indy Monumental Marathon, raising money for clean water around the globe.

Everything about Mitch, from his life, throughout his sickness, and to his death was ultimately to fulfill his greatest purpose on this earth - to point others to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. There is nothing that would bring more fulfillment to Mitch’s legacy than for people to meet Jesus through his story. He lived the words of Paul, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1 NIV)

Mitch is survived by his wife of 22 years, Angeline Blocher; sons, Sam and Joey; mother, Carol Blocher; father, Alan Blocher; sister, Tina (Eric) Menze; brother-in-law, Dane Dawson; and mother-in-law and father-in-law, Chip and Tina Sunier.

He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents, sister, Tamara Dawson and niece, Emma Menze.

A “File by” visitation will be held on Friday, January 15, 2021 from 4-8 p.m. at Wilkinson Church of Christ, 7293 IN-109, Wilkinson. Please be patient as the church is limited to 50 guests at a time.

Funeral services will be private and by invitation only. Those wishing to view the service via Live Webcast will be able to Saturday, January 16, at 12:00 p.m. that will be broadcast through NineStar (a link will be posted when available). To show love and support to the Blocher family, you may meet at Eastern Hancock Schools parking lot on Saturday at approximately 1:30 p.m. to see the family and funeral procession. (More information to follow.) In addition, there will be a Celebration of Life service at Wilkinson Church of Christ on Saturday, June 26, 2021.

In lieu of flowers, monetary contributions can be made in Mitch’s memory to the Eastern Hancock Education Foundation or Cops for Kids of Indiana, Inc. Edible arrangements will also be accepted.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service Knightstown Chapel. You may express condolences or share a memory of Mitch at www.hinsey-brown.com.


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FBI seeking tips on Hoosiers involved in Capitol riot

Several Hoosiers could have been involved in the riot that happened at the Capitol building in Washington, DC January 6.

 

So far, no one from Indiana has been charged, but that could change.

 

"Like FBI field offices across the country, FBI Indianapolis is receiving tips regarding Hoosiers who may have been at the Capitol building in Washington, DC Jan. 6. Any subjects that are arrested/indicted will be prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office in Washington, DC," said Christine Bavender, Public Affairs Officer at FBI Indianapolis.

 

The FBI has shared numerous photos of pictures taken from social media posts of people that breached security at the Capitol. On Tuesday afternoon, Steven D'Antuono, the acting director in charge of the Washington D.C. FBI field office, said they have already received more than 100,000 pieces of digital media.

 

“I want to stress that the FBI has a long memory and a broad reach, agents and our partners are on the streets investigating leads, not only here in the D.C. area but also across the country in FBI’s 56 field offices,” said D’Antuono. "We are scouring everyone for investigative and intelligence leads, and we continue to ask for more."

 

To report tips to the FBI, call 1-800-CALL-FBI or send tips to tips.fbi.gov.

 

 

Two arrests, including Rochester woman, following a Tuesday multi-county pursuit

Two people arrested including a Rochester woman wanted on a felony warrant after a multi-county pursuit.

 

Troopers from the Indiana State Bremen Post became involved in what would turn into an hour long vehicle pursuit, running across four different counties, and involving numerous assisting police agencies.  The incident began after ISP Bremen troopers attempted to stop a black Toyota Camry passenger vehicle occupied be a fugitive wanted out of Fulton County on a felony warrant, and another occupant being in possession of a handgun and assault rifle as a serious violent felon.

 

The suspect vehicle first fled from troopers in the area of SR 13 near Syracuse in Kosciusko County.  Initially running north towards Elkhart County, then traversing several county roads back down to the Lake Wawasee area, and then over into Noble County. Once in Noble, the suspects led police down US33 towards Churubusco at speeds of up to 100mph, throwing bags of items out the windows along the way, and also tossing out a handgun (which was recovered by one of the troopers). 

 

Turning east onto SR 205 the pursuit ran over into DeKalb County towards Auburn.  A deputy with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department was able to successfully deploy stop sticks on SR205 at CR60, deflating at least one tire, damage that would eventually end the chase. While in Auburn the suspect vehicle ran off road through a fence behind the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum property, then came back on road and headed southbound on CR 427 (Tonkel Road) into Allen County.  On Tonkel Road, just south of Hollopeter Road, after running off road and into the side ditch, the suspect lost control of his vehicle and overturned onto its side.

 

Pursuing officers quickly took the driver, Ricky Johnson, 40, of Warsaw, and a passenger, Angela Rogers, 37, of Rochester, into custody.  Officers realized there was third occupant still trapped in the overturned wreckage.  Officers gathered up, and together were able to flip the car back over onto its wheels, at which time the third occupant was also taken into custody. 

 

All three suspects were transported from the scene by ambulance to the Parkview Regional Medical Center for medical evaluation.  After further investigation, the male passenger was released from custody without charges. 

 

Both Johnson and Rogers, after release from the hospital, were transported back to Kosciusko County where they were incarcerated on numerous related charges.

 

There were no other persons injured nor vehicles damaged during this incident, and the only property damage noted was the fence at Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum.

 

Arrested:            Ricky A. Johnson, 40, Warsaw, IN

 

Charges:           1) Resisting Law Enforcement, Lev 6 Felony

                           2) Possession of Hypodermic Syringe, Lev 6 Felony

                           3) Possession of Handgun by Serious Violent Felon, Level 4 Felony

                           4) Reckless Driving, Misdemeanor

 

Arrested:            Angela C. Rogers, 37, Rochester, IN

 

Charges:             1) Possession of Hypodermic Syringe, Level 6 Felony

                             2) Warrant hold for Fulton County, Assault Charge, Felony

 

Troopers from the ISP Bremen Post are handling the arrest and charging of Johnson and Rogers, while troopers from ISP Fort Wayne Post are handling the crash investigation. 

 

This was a cooperative multi-agency effort involving officers from both ISP Districts, assisted by numerous officers from county and local law enforcement agencies in Kosciusko, Noble, DeKalb, and Allen County(s).  Also, assisting at the crash site was the Fort Wayne Fire Department, Three Rivers Ambulance Authority, and the Avilla Motor Works tow service.

Stock+Field closing its doors

Stock+Field has announced the closing of its stores.

 

Information from the Chairman and CEO can be seen in the letter below.

 

Closing sales will begin in the coming weeks.

 

Stock+Field has locations in Rochester and Warsaw along with others in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin and Michigan.

 

For more information please visit this website: www.donlinrecano.com/sf

 

 

Governor Eric Holcomb directs flags to be flown at half-staff for US Capitol police officers

Governor Holcomb is directing flags in the State of Indiana to be flown at half-staff to honor United States Capitol Police Officers Brian Sicknick and Howard Liebengood, and all Capitol Police Officers and law enforcement.

 

Flags should be flown at half-staff immediately until sunset on January 13, 2021.

 

Gov. Holcomb also asks businesses and residents in Indiana to lower their flags to half-staff.

Names released of Marshall Co. officers involved in New Year's Eve suspect shooting

The Marshall County Sheriff's Department has released the names of the two officers that were involved in a shooting on New Year's Eve that killed a man.

 

Richard Prater and Blake Bennett are the names of the officers. Jeffery Marvin was the man who was shot and killed as he drove his pickup truck towards the officers after leading them on a chase.

 

Prater and Bennett were placed on administrative leave said WNDU, but are now back at work while Indiana State Police investigate. 

2014 Peru grad, US Air Force vet now probationary trooper assigned to the ISP Peru Post

Recently, 36 probationary troopers from the 80th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy graduated. One of those officers, Kegan Kern, was assigned to the Indiana State Police Peru Post and has started three months of field training with veteran officers.

 

Kern graduated from the 80th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy on December 19, 2021. During his 25 weeks of training, Kern received over 600 hours of classroom instruction as well as nearly 400 hours of hands-on practical scenario-based training. Some areas of training included criminal and traffic law, crash investigations, emergency vehicle operations, defensive tactics, firearms, and a host of other subjects related to modern policing. Kern is now assigned to train with veteran troopers for the next 13 weeks before being released on solo patrol.

 

Kern is a veteran of the United States Air Force. He served four years obtaining the rank of senior airman. He is a 2014 graduate of Peru High School and holds an associate degree in criminal justice.

 

Kern and his wife currently reside in Miami County.

Senate bill calls for appeal for businesses for violating pandemic restrictions

Businesses fined or closed for violating local pandemic restrictions would get a second avenue for appeal under a bill backed by Senate Republicans.

 

Charlestown Senator Chris Garten's bill would let businesses appeal a health department violation notice to the county commissioners. The penalty would be on hold until the appeal is resolved. 
President Pro Tem Rod Bray says the bill is one of Senate Republicans' top priorities. He says people affected by the decisions of an unelected health department should be able to turn to officials who are directly answerable to voters.

 

Garten's bill would give a business two weeks to file an appeal. The commissioners would then have a month to decide whether to hear it. If they don't grant a hearing in that time, the citation stands.

While the commissioners would handle appeals in most counties, there are three exceptions. Indy's UniGov structure would send appeals to the City-County Council. Fishers, Gary and East Chicago have their own health departments, so the city council would hear appeals there. And in the rest of Lake County besides Gary and East Chicago, appeals would go not to the commissioners but the county council.

 

Businesses can already challenge citations in court -- they could still do that if the council or commissioners rule against them. 

 

35 of the 39 Republican senators are co-authoring the bill, so it's already got the votes to pass the Senate. The House would consider it in March.

 

 

Pulaski County Coroner Jon Frain fights for equality in benefits

Despite the Pulaski County Council deciding the coroner position is still ineligible for health insurance and retirement benefits, Pulaski County Coroner Jon Frain's search for equality for him and future coroners is far from over.

 

Frain explains what inspired the changes. 

 

 

He says the entire experience wasn't all negative and some changes did get approved. 

 

 

Pulaski County Councilman Brian Young made a notion to pay the coroner full benefits and says he's hoping to bring it up again soon. Frain remains hopeful for the future.

 

 

Scammer pretends to be Indiana State Police

A scammer that has called at least one person in southern Indiana, is going through some trouble to seem like a state police detective, to try and get peoples personal info.

 

The victim told police they got a phone call from someone claiming to be from the Social Security Administration. The caller said they were alerting them that their Social Security was being suspended due to fraudulent activity in Texas and that they would soon get a phone call from the Indiana State Police. 

 

The would-be scammer also provided the number that would call, with the proper 765 area code.  When that phone call came it actually showed up as Indiana State Police.

 

The state police say neither the Social Security Administration, the IRS, nor the Indiana State Police will ever call requesting personal information over the phone, text, or email. If you get a call from someone claiming to be from Social Security, or any federal or state agency who asks for personal or financial information, hang-up. 

 

The Social Security Administration advises reporting suspected fraudulent calls to the Office of the Inspector General at OIG.SSA.GOV. 

 

State Police say never provide information over the phone about your personal identity, social security number, bank account(s), or credit card number(s) to an unknown caller.

Legislative Breakfast Series goes virtual starting January 16

The Fulton County Chamber of Commerce and Fulton County Farm Bureau present the 2021 Virtual Legislative Breakfast Series in a virtual format this month. The public is invited to virtually attend this rare opportunity to communicate one-on-one with Indiana State legislators on Saturday, January 16 at 8:00 AM.

 

 

Grab a cup of coffee and tune in to facebook.com/FultonCountyChamberOfCommerce or WROI 92.1 to listen to our State Legislators’ preview of the 2021 Session.

 

There will be a Q&A period following the legislative preview. Constituents may submit questions prior to the event by calling 574.224.2666 emailing chamber@rtcol.com. Otherwise, questions may be submitted during the event by posting on the Facebook Live video or by calling WROI at 574.223.6059.

 

Other breakfasts are scheduled for Saturday, February 13 and Saturday, March 20.

 

Questions may be directed to Jillian Smith at the Chamber office at 574.224.2666 or chamber@rtcol.com.

Walorski statement on Electoral College certification

U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) released the following statement after Congress certified the Electoral College vote:

 

“Yesterday was a dark day in our nation’s history, but we are not ruled by violent mobs, and America is strong enough to endure attacks aimed at the heart of our democracy. Every American has the right to exercise their First Amendment rights, but violence and destruction are never the answer. Those who invaded the Capitol and assaulted law enforcement officers must be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.

 

“I believe the integrity of our elections – and the faith the American people have that their votes are fully and fairly counted – is a cornerstone of our democracy. I share the concerns of many Hoosiers about irregularities in how some states conducted the 2020 presidential election. That is why I have strongly supported the creation of an Electoral Commission to conduct a thorough and transparent emergency audit to help restore the American people’s confidence in our electoral system. Because Congress was unable to reach a bipartisan agreement to take such a commonsense step, I voted to formally object to certain electors from contested states in order to shine a light on these concerns.

 

“Another cornerstone of our democracy is the peaceful transfer of power. Like the more than 1.7 million of my fellow Hoosiers who voted for President Trump in November, I am disappointed in the outcome of the election. But Congress has formally certified the Electoral College vote, and we as Americans must follow the Constitution and support a peaceful, orderly transition to the next administration.

 

“I have always stood with President Trump in fighting to keep America safe and secure and to keep the American Dream alive for hardworking Hoosiers. I remain committed to fighting for workers, families, farmers, and small businesses and building on President Trump’s incredible achievements, which have made America stronger, safer, and more prosperous. I urge President-elect Biden to choose the path of bipartisan cooperation over the radical agenda of the far-left wing of his party.”

 

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Ranking Member of the House Ethics Committee.

Hoosiers age 80 and older can register for Covid-19 vaccine

Gov. Eric J. Holcomb and the Indiana Department of Health today announced that Hoosiers age 80 and older will be eligible to register for a free COVID-19 vaccine beginning Friday, Jan. 8.

 

Individuals age 80 and older account for less than 4 percent of the state’s population but represent more than 19 percent of the hospitalizations and more than half of the COVID-19 deaths in the state, according to the Indiana Department of Health.

 

State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG, said vaccine supplies are still limited. Indiana has received just over 350,000 doses of vaccine to date and is scheduled to receive about 78,000 vaccines per week at this time.

 

“By opening vaccine to those who are 80 or older, then adding people in their 70s and 60s when vaccine supplies allow us to expand, we can best protect the populations that account for 93 percent of our COVID-19 deaths,” Box said.

 

Hoosiers age 80 and older can register beginning at 9 a.m. Friday by going to ourshot.in.gov, searching for a nearby vaccine clinic and selecting an appointment time. Appointments may also be made by calling 211. A caregiver or loved one may make an appointment on behalf of an eligible senior.

 

At least one vaccine clinic will be located in each Indiana county.

 

Appointments for the second dose will be made at the clinic when the first dose is administered.

 

Additional groups, such as those based on underlying health conditions, will be added as vaccine becomes available. Updates will be posted at ourshot.in.gov.

Up to 200 workers needed at Warsaw fiber optics plant

A Minnesota-based telecommunications company is growing in Kosciusko County and needs to fill hundreds of positions.

 

KGPCo is expanding its fiber optics plant in Warsaw and needs to hire up to 200 workers right away.

 

The company needs people to assemble and test fiber optics cable. No experience is needed.

"KGPCo is a family-oriented and safe environment to work in. This is an exciting employment opportunity for residents of Warsaw and surrounding areas that offers a viable career opportunity in the field of fiber optics," Dave Russell, Director of Fiber Optics Manufacturing at KGPCo, tells Inside Indiana Business.

 

KGPCo employees work 10-hour days, four days a week.

Fulton County Commissioners discuss courthouse upkeep

The Fulton County Courthouse has seen recent improvements.  Now maintaining while planning for future fixes, repairs and upgrades is also on the schedule.


County commissioners talked about the courthouse during their meeting Monday.  Windows and trees on the property are being targeted now.


 


Bond placement and use remains a point of conversation related to continued upgrades.


 


Commissioners say they’re pleased the community cares about the centerpiece to the Rochester community.


 

 

Family Video closing its doors

It's the end of an era.

 

Over the last half-decade, Family Video has held on as the last big brick and mortar movie and video game rental store throughout the United States, outlasting stores like Blockbuster and Hollywood Video.

 

On Tuesday, the dreadful news was sent to all remaining 200 stores that they would have to sell off their inventory and close for good by late February.

 

Family Video business went down 50-to-75-percent since reopening from pandemic shutdowns over the summer. Company leaders have come to the conclusion that there was just no financial way forward.

 

Another reason for Family Video's planned closure was the fact that Hollywood was, and in some cases still is, on lockdown. With the movie industry at a crawl or standstill, there are not many new movies for the company to push out there in order to draw in customers.

 

Now, when you walk into one of the 20 remaining Family Video stores in Indiana, nothing will be available for rent, but everything will be up for sale. The plan is to close all stores by Feb. 28, but some stores may close sooner if they can sell off all their movies and games before then.

Peru man found dead at scene of truck accident

A man from Peru was reported missing Monday. HIs body was found Tuesday, still at the wheel of a pickup truck--at the bottom of a steep ravine near a county road intersection. 


Anthony Benedict, 26, was pronounced dead at the scene Tuesday morning.  Investigators from the Howard County Sheriff's office believe he drove through a curve, with the truck striking a tree as it left the roadway and coming to rest out of view from the road. 


An autopsy will be conducted Wednesday at Community Howard Regional Health in Kokomo under the direction of the coroner's office.

Big money in state's lottery games this week

Feeling lucky? This week's lottery jackpots have big prizes.

 

Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot is worth an estimated $432 million dollars.  Wednesday's Powerball jackpot is worth $384 million.

 

Drawings are held at 11 p.m. Eastern time. Players have one hour until then to purchase a ticket.

Fulton Co. Commissioners continue wellness program, want earlier notices of availability

Fulton County Commissioners approved a wellness agreement with Logansport Memorial with a rate increase.

 

The wellness program does have an impact on the county’s insurance plans.  The number of employees taking part has, however, decreased.

 

 

Conversation during Monday’s commissioners meeting revealed that participation may be down, in part, due to late notices about the program’s availability. 

 

 

The increase will be from $12 to $14 per month for county employees.

Sportmix dog and cat food recall due to potentially fatal level of a toxin called aflatoxin

Your cat or dog food may be part of a new recall.

 

Midwestern Pet Foods is recalling certain varieties of Sportmix dog and cat food because it may contain a potentially fatal level of a toxin called aflatoxin.

 

The FDA says Sportmix High Energy Dog Food is linked to at least 28 dog deaths and 8 illnesses.

Aflatoxin is a toxin produced by the mold Aspergillus flavus, which can grow on grains like corn used as ingredients in pet food. At high levels, it can cause illness and death in animals.

 

Symptoms of aflatoxin poisoning include sluggishness, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice, and/or diarrhea.

 

The list of recalled dry pet food products announced by Midwestern Pet Food, Inc. on December 30, 2020 is:

 

Sportmix Energy Plus, 50 lb. bag
 - Exp 03/02/22/05/L2
 - Exp 03/02/22/05/L3
 - Exp 03/03/22/05/L2

 

Sportmix Energy Plus, 44 lb. bag
 - Exp 03/02/22/05/L3

 

Sportmix Premium High Energy, 50 lb. bag
 - Exp 03/03/22/05/L3

 

Sportmix Premium High Energy, 44 lb. bag
 - Exp 03/03/22/05/L3

 

Sportmix Original Cat, 31 lb. bag 
 - Exp 03/03/22/05/L3

 

Sportmix Original Cat, 15 lb. bag
 - Exp 03/03/22/05/L2
 - Exp 03/03/22/05/L3

 

Pet owners should throw the recalled products out immediately.

Kosciusko County Sheriff's Office asks for community's assistance in theft from the Clunette area. 

The Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office would like the community’s assistance in locating individuals responsible for the theft from the Clunette area.  

     

On December 31, 2020, the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a theft that had occurred in the Clunette area at about 10:15am.  Security video captured a white minivan that was used in the theft.  Footage captured both sides of the van.  The van appears to be a Chrysler/Dodge product with black trim.  The Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office would like the community’s assistance in locating the van and/or it’s owner.  

 

If you have any information concerning this crime call Crime Stoppers toll free at  1-800-342-STOP. Crime Stoppers will pay if your information leads to an arrest or indictment. Crime Stoppers also pays cash rewards on other felony crimes and the capture of fugitives.

 

 

When you call, you will be assigned a code number and we will not ask your name. Get involved, Crime Stoppers it works.

New Year's Eve pursuit with law enforcement ends with suspect shot, dead

The Indiana State Police have been requested to investigate an officer-involved shooting involving deputies with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department.

 

Just before midnight on December 31, a deputy with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department saw a red Chevrolet pickup truck commit a moving violation on US 30 at Pioneer Road. When the deputy attempted to stop the Chevrolet, the driver fled from the deputy, who was in his fully marked police vehicle.

 

Two officers with the Plymouth Police Department assisted with the pursuit as it went through Plymouth. The driver of the Chevrolet is alleged to have swerved at several police vehicles during the pursuit.

 

The driver of the Chevrolet led pursuing officers into Starke County ultimately hitting a tire deflation device (stop sticks) at the intersection of East CR 750 North and East South Avenue. The driver of the Chevrolet continued down a dead-end section of East South Avenue and turned around, driving towards the pursuing officers, and colliding with two Plymouth Police Department vehicles and a Marshall County Sheriff’s Department vehicle. As the officers exited their vehicles the driver of the Chevrolet is alleged to have driven towards the officers who were now outside of their vehicles. Two deputies then fired at the driver of the Chevrolet hitting him at least once.

 

The driver of the Chevrolet was taken to Memorial Hospital in South Bend, where he was later pronounced deceased.

 

The identity of the involved deputies will be made at a later date. At the conclusion of this investigation, all information will be turned over to the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

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