COESSE- A man and his
father-in-law are dead after a fire in eastern Whitley County overnight.
Authorities say the fire started at a home on Barr Street in Coesse just before
midnight with five people inside. 2 children and their grandparents escaped the
home, but the grandfather went back in to rescue the children’s father and
didn’t make it back out. The mother was not home of the time. None of those
involved have been identified.
ROCHESTER- A Fulton County man is lucky
to be alive today after his vehicle drove off a county road and into the
Tippecanoe River yesterday. Indiana Conservation officers say Joshua Sexton of
Rochester drove off County Road 350 North and his vehicle was completely
submerged in the river. He was able to get out of the SUV and stood on top of it
until he was rescued. Investigators say alcohol may have been a factor.
are inching toward declaring a moratorium on new nursing homes in Indiana. The
Senate has passed two bills pressing the pause button on nursing home
construction, and the House has passed one. But negotiators need to agree on the
details, including how long that pause should last. The Senate has proposed two
years, while the House trimmed that to one. The state reimburses nursing homes
for taking Medicaid patients, but at a lower rate than they receive from private
clients. With hundreds of empty beds statewide, supporters argue both the state
and nursing home operators are losing money. The Medicaid rate is lower than
homes receive from private patients.
UNDATED- An group of Indiana moms is
applauding a move by Facebook which says plans to block potentially illegal
firearms sales on Facebook and Instagram. The sites will delete reported posts
offering to buy or sell guns without background checks.
INDIANAPOLIS- This winter's frigid
weather could cause an unusual number of fish kills, particularly here in our
lakes in northern Indiana. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says
there's as much as 20 inches of ice on lakes and ponds under record or
near-record snowfall. That keeps light from creating oxygen in plants below the
surface. The agency's fisheries biologists anticipate numerous fish kill reports
after the spring thaw, especially in smaller, more shallow lakes.
WARSAW- An elderly man is
among five people arrested on drug charges in Kosciusko County. Yesterday,
members of a drug task and sheriff’s department took the suspects into custody
after they allegedly sold illegal drugs to undercover officers. Seventy-two year
old Russell Bailey is charged with dealing a controlled substance. Similar
charges are pending against Warsaw’s 53-year old Cindy Bolin, 24-year old Amber
Hobbs. Thirty-one year old Elaine Smith of Pierceton and 21-year old Skyler
Dutton were also arrested. Bond is set at $10,000 dollars, each.
INDIANAPOLIS- The Indiana
High School Athletic Association is investigating complaints of racially charged
behavior at a girls basketball game. Students from Bedford_North Lawrence
allegedly wore gorilla suits and safari gear to their game Saturday against
Lawrence North—a team whose roster is made up entirely of players who are black.
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