MARCH 20, 2014
COESSE- A man and his son-in-law killed
in a fire in eastern Whitley County late Wedneday night have been identified.
58-year old Robert McKinzie Sr. died while trying to rescue Rick Niemann from
the burning home in Coesse. McKinzie had originally escaped from the home with
his wife and grandson, but then went back in and could not make it out.
Visitation is at the Titus Funeral Home in Warsaw today from 5-7pm.
ROCHESTER- A weekend fire destroyed much
of a Fulton County church that dated back nearly 140 years. The fire burned
through the roof of the sanctuary at the Bethlehem Baptist Church near
Rochester. No one was injured, and no cause has been determined.
NEW ALBANY- Four same-sex couples have
sued in federal court for the right to be married in Indiana. The couples filed
the lawsuit against Governor Mike Pence in U.S. District Court in New Albany.
Attorney Dan Cannon says he filed a lawsuit on behalf of the couples who either
want to be married in Indiana or who have been married in other jurisdictions
and want their relationship recognized here. Attorney General Greg Zoeller says
he will defend the state‘s ban on same sex marriage.
STATEHOUSE- At the Statehouse today,
lawmakers are debating a bill that would put day care providers under closer
regulation. The current proposal would require all child care operations that
receive taxpayer money to create nutritional and safety standards. The bill also
would set limits on the number of children each caretaker could oversee at one
UNDATED- Average retail gasoline prices
in Indiana have risen almost 4-cents per gallon in the past week, averaging
$3.63/g yesterday according to GasBuddy's daily survey of over 3,000 gas outlets
in Indiana. That compares with the national average that has increased to
$3.47/g according to www.GasBuddy.com.
AKRON- A Tippecanoe Valley School
Corporation employee is accused of providing alcohol to a 15 year old student.
The Indiana State Police say 49 year old David G. Swanson furnished the student
with “beer and hard liquor” for two years. Detectives say that on two separate
occasions this year Swanson gave the student moonshine he’d made at his
residence in Bourbon and intended for the student to sell it for $25.
ELKHART -- Two people are in critical
condition after a head-on crash involving 4 vehicles in Elkhart County. Police
say Sunday afternoon 21-year-old Devin Jewel of Elkhart was driving on U.S. 20
east of County Road 21 and crossed the center line, crashing into another
vehicle head-on, which was then hit from behind by a third vehicle which was
also rear-ended. Jewel was airlifted to to Memorial Hospital with
life-threatening injuries. 25 year-old K.C. McClain of Mishawaka was also
hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. His two passengers, 25 year-old
Kayla McClain and 5 year-old Aiden McClain, were also hospitalized.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana officials are
defending the state’s new tourism slogan from critics who say it’s too folksy
and could hurt efforts to market Indianapolis as a vibrant destination. The
Indiana Office of Tourism Development unveiled the slogan “Honest to Goodness
Indiana” in February. Executive Director Mark Newman says the slogan won
because the other two finalists “felt more like campaigns than sustainable
brands.” But critics contend the slogan doesn’t have anything to do with travel
or tourism and reinforces stereotypes of Indiana residents as unsophisticated
bumpkins. Newman says the “Honest to Goodness” platform is an attempt to
“represent all areas of the state.” The campaign rolls out this month and will
ramp up from May to September.
WARSAW -- The annual Warsaw Kiwanis
rose sale has scheduled its delivery date for March 27th. Roses are $18 per
dozen with three colors available -- red, pink and yellow. Orders need to be
placed no later than March 20th. Delivery will be free in Kosciusko County.
Roses can also be picked up at the Kosciusko County Fairgrounds.
Kosciusko County residents can sign up to receive free, real-time
safety information from the sheriff's department by texting their zip code to
888777 or by visiting www.nixle.com. Once
registered, users can customize the types of alerts they wish to receive via
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