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APRIL 24, 2014

WARSAW- Two of America’s major orthopedic companies are joining forces. As we first reported this afternoon, Zimmer purchased Biomet Thursday morning in a cash and stock deal worth more that $13 billion. Zimmer shareholders will control 84% of the new company which will remain in Warsaw.

WARSAW- Warsaw Police responded to Lassus Handy Dandy at 1900 Plaza Drive for an armed robbery at 4 this morning. According to a press release from the Warsw Police Department, the  clerk gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash from the register and the suspect left the store walking south. The clerk did not know if the suspect had a vehicle. The Times Union reports The suspect was described as a Hispanic male in his 30’s, wearing a white zip up hoodie with a dark design on the right side of the hood and a dark design on the chest. The suspect was described as approximately 5’3” to 5’4” in height and weighing approximately 170 pounds. The suspect may have short black hair and a goatee. The clerk advised that the suspect wore a red bandana around his neck and face and another red bandana in his hand was used to cover his face. 

IONIA, MI- The convicted murderer who broke out of a Michigan prison in February has been arraigned on escape, carjacking and kidnapping charges. A not-guilty plea was entered in Ionia District Court, Wednesday, on Michael Elliot's behalf. He was captured in LaPorte County, one day after escaping the Ionia Correctional Facility...and car jacking a woman. She was able to escape ata  gas station in Middlebury when Elliot went inside to talk to the store clerk. 

GOSHEN- The Goshen Police Department is one of several law enforcement agencies asking for your help in identifying suspects wanted for questioning in several thefts from stores throughout the state.

LAFAYETTE- A judge has turned down a request from the man charged with killing a fellow Purdue University student that he be allowed to fire his defense attorney and represent himself in court.

UNDATED- Both good news and bad news to report from the latest Indiana Real Estate Report. The bad news: It shows the number of closed home sales decreased more than 10 percent. The good news: The median and average sale prices of the homes selling are up as much as 5 percent.

UNDATED- Several Hoosier museums will soon offer you a very unique opportunity to touch an actual moon rock. It’s part of free NASA exhibits that are going to be in Indianapolis and Muncie. First it will be at Ball State University on Friday before being moved to the White River State Park on Saturday. The exhibit will include one of only 8 touchable moon rocks. They are nearly 4 billion years old and where brought back during the last lunar mission in 1972. 

UNDATED- Leaders with the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles have announced that the BMV license branches will be extending their hours of operations on Monday, May 5th and Tuesday, May 6th. They’re extending the hours to ensure voters have immediate access to credentials for use at polling locations. Branches will be open on Monday, May 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Tuesday, May 6, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

WARSAW  --  Pre-registration for all Warsaw Community Schools is underway.  You have until May 30th to pre-register your child for the 2014-2015 school year.  This can be done using the WCS PowerSchool system.  Your login information was sent to you prior to Spring Break.  If you didn't get it or lost it, you need to contact your child's school.  Final registration dates are July 30, 31, and August 1.

KOSCIUSKO COUNTY  --  This Saturday the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and numerous other law enforcement agencies for the eighth drug take back event in three years.  Last April, Americans turned in prescription drugs at over 5,800 sites across the United Stats.  From 10 am - 2 pm on Saturday, you can dispose of any expired or unwanted drugs by simply taking those drugs to the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department parking lot and put them in a designated receptacle.  The drug take back is for pills, capsules, and liquids only. No sharps/needles will be accepted.

WARSAW  --  A job fair is being held today for the new Rally's restaurant coming to Warsaw.  It'll be located inside the Good To Go store on S.R. 15.  Applications for managers, assistant managers, crew leaders and team members will be accepted from 10am - 2pm today and tomorrow from 1pm - 5pm.  Rally's will employ about 40 people when it opens in May.

WARSAW  --  Tower Bank is making the change to Old National Bank. The conversion will happen this weekend.  Tomorrow, Tower Bank ATMs will close at 8 am.  The banking centers, drive-thrus and online services will close at 4 pm.  Then on Saturday, the ATMs will reopen as Old National ATMs.  All other banking services will reopen on Monday.  

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 Once registered, users can customize the types of alerts they wish to receive via text, email, and online. 

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