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APRIL 16, 2014

WARSAW- Police are investigating a crash yesterday in Kosciusko County that injured two men-one of them critically. The sheriff’s department says officers were called to a single-vehicle crash on County Road 150 West, just south of County Road 400 North around 5pm. Officers found a yellow 2011 Camaro severely damaged after apparently hitting a wooden fence, several posts and a tree. The driver-- 29-year old Michael Thomas of Warsaw -- was pinned inside the wreckage.  He was airlifted to Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. 20-year old passenger Joseph Haupert was taken to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Witnesses told investigators the car was speeding then lost control.

FORT WAYNE- The Allen County Drug Task force along with several other departments seized approximately 582 pounds of marijuana Tuesday. The task force worked with Indiana State Police, ICE, the Fort Wayne Police Department, the DEA and New Haven Police. After surveillance of the delivery to a house on Auburn Road near N Clinton, the Allen County SWAT team went into the home and recovered not only the 550 pounds delivered, but an additional 32 pounds already pre-packaged for sale. The total street value is over 580 thousand dollars. Two men, 49-year-old Luis E. Perez, and 23-year-old Alvaro A. Rivera, both of Fort Wayne, and charged with dealing marijuana. The case is still under investigation. 

UNDATED- Indiana residents will be able to dispose of unused, expired or unwanted prescription drugs at state police posts and other locations on April 26. The federal Drug Enforcement Administration leads the "Prescription Drug Take Back" initiative that seeks to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft. The program is intended for medications in liquid and pill forms only. New or used needles will not be accepted. Last spring, Indiana residents turned in more than 1,875 pounds of unused prescription drugs.

INDIANAPOLIS- The revamped Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum is about to open to the public. Indiana State Fair Spokesman Andy Klotz says after the highly-touted $63 million renovation, the building is opening three months ahead of schedule. The building was closed to the public for major upgrades for about 18 months. 

STATEHOUSE- Secretary of State Connie Lawson is collecting donations of women's suits and business clothes. It's to help women in need of business wear as part of Dress for Success' Send One Suit Week. People are being asked to donate one suit, one blouse or money. The suits are given to Hoosier women who need professional clothes for job interviews or new careers. Contributions can be made next week. For more information, contact the Secretary of State's office.

SILVER LAKE  --  Lane restrictions are scheduled to begin today in Silver Lake.  INDOT says construction will affect SR 15 and SR 14 in various locations throughout the town.  Crews will be preparing the roadway for the upcoming asphalt resurface project.  During this time, sidewalk and ramp improvements will also be  made to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.

SOUTH BEND  --  A Germany-based company that makes industrial hoses for the pharmaceutical, food production and plastics industries is opening a North American facility in South Bend.  "Norres" plans to invest nearly $2 million to purchase, renovate and equip a 30,000 square-foot facility on Foundation Drive.  The company expects to launch its Indiana operations at the end of May.  The company plans to begin hiring engineering, production, sales and administrative positions in the coming months.

KOKOMO  --  The Indiana Department of Transportation is agreeing to plant nearly 300 trees along the new U.S. 31 bypass in Kokomo.  The trees will replace others that were removed during the construction.  Mayor Greg Goodnight says the state removed hundreds of mature trees, leaving an empty landscape along the road. He says the area "looked barren." The new bypass around Kokomo's east side opened in November.

WARSAW  --  A Meet The Candidates Night will be held tonight from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Champagne Jam.

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 text, email, and online. 

  
 


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