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APRIL 23, 2014

WARSAW- The Kosciusko County woman police say led them on a high speed chase, while  driving with her daughter in her lap, will undergo a psychiatric evaluation. 34 year-old Aubrey Coy crossed over into the Michigan state line before officers finally put an end to the pursuit using stop sticks that burst her tires. She then tried to make a run for it with her 5 year-old girl in hand, but didn't get far. Coy faces drug charges, as well, as prosecutors say officers found cocaine in her car. Coy is accused of taking the girl during a supervised visit. Her next court hearing is set for July.

GOSHEN- Goshen is among a  growing number of Indiana cities and towns now allowing  residents to keep chickens at their homes. While opponents voice concerns over health matters, supporters say they're just as clean as any other, you can eat them. Karen Schulte-Coman, who helped get a similar ordinance passed in South Bend, says her family raises chickens because they are an easy, fresh food source and promote sustainability.

HUNTINGTON- PHD, Inc., a supplier of automation components for manufacturers worldwide, announced plans today to expand its operations in Huntington, creating up to 22 new jobs by 2017. The Fort Wayne-based company will invest $4.18 million to equip its 76,000 square-foot production facility in Huntington. With new equipment expected to be installed this month, the company plans to begin insourcing production of multi-axis CNC machined parts.

INDIANAPOLIS- It turns out prosecutors were preparing to file stalking charges against an Indianapolis police officer who authorities say fatally shot his ex-wife and then killed himself. The work -- being done to build a solid case against Sgt. Ryan Anders before filing any charges. Anders is said to have broken into the home of Kimberlee Carmack, who was also a police officer. The couple divorced last fall. She filed for a protection order, saying she was extremely afraid of Anders' violent actions.

WARSAW- Sixth-graders during next school school year at Warsaw Community Schools will be the first class to take part in 1:1 learning for the district. Tuesday evening, Chief Technology Officer Brad Hagg presented the school board with a three-year 1:1 technology plan for the corporation as well as discussion on the financial aspect of the plan. In 1:1 education, every student has their own portable computer device. WCS has chosen the iPad Mini for students’ use.

WINONA LAKE  --  A Winona Lake man is accused of sexually assaulting a teenager.  The Warsaw Police Department says Michael Elliot was arrested Tuesday and charged with rape and sexual battery after a 17-year-old girl arrived at Kosciusko Community Hospital on April 6th and said she was attacked.  She told investigators Elliot forced himself on her at her Warsaw home.  Elliot's bond was set at $50,000.

COLUMBIA CITY  --  Precision Plastics is expanding its operation in Columbia City, creating up to 15 new jobs by 2017.  The company will invest $265,000 to build a 12,000 square-foot warehouse adjacent to its current 75,000 square-foot plastics facility. It’s expected to be complete by June.  Precision Plastics currently employs approximately 120 people and plans to begin hiring for manufacturing positions in August. Interested applicants may apply at Peoplelink Staffing Solutions in Columbia City.

AKRON  --  Tippecanoe Valley School Corp. is losing one principal but gaining an assistant principal.  This week, the school board approved the resignation of Tippecanoe Valley High School Principal Kirk Doehrmann and the hiring of Cory Cooper as the assistant principal at the middle school.  Cooper’s official start date is July 1. Doehrmann’s last day is June 8, but will only be working three days a week in May. According to Valley Superintendent Brett Boggs, Doehrmann resigned to become the new director of business and operations for Whitley County Consolidated Schools. 

WINONA LAKE  --  National Day Of Prayer will be celebrated at Rodeheaver Auditorium in Winona Lake on May 1st.  Services begin at noon.  Dr. Erik Ohman from Warsaw Evangelical Presbyterian Church will be the keynote speaker. WinonA Lake Town Clerk Ellen Swaim will pray for government. Brian Koorey from World Missions at Warsaw Community Church will pray for ministry; Grace College President Dr. Bill Katip will pray for education; George Fish, the father of USF pilot Major Bret Fish, will pray for military; Grace College journalism professor Dr.?Terry White will pray for the media and Grace College assistant professor of behavioral science Dr. Joe Graham will pray for family.

ELKHART  --  An Elkhart soldier killed in Afghanistan is being remembered with a Purple Heart.  Staff Sgt. Jesse Williams was one of six soldiers on board a Black Hawk Helicopter that crashed in December.  Congresswoman Jackie Walorskie will present the Purple Heart to Williams' mother and daughter tomorrow morning at the Granger Community Church.  

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