Kosciusko county

Kosciusko County Boat Making Plant Will Shut Down

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SYRACUSE, Ind. (AP) — A boat manufacturer is shutting down a northern Indiana plant, idling 120 workers.

Polaris Boats LLC said in a notice Monday to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development that it planned to immediately lay off 10% of its workforce while it prepares to close its Syracuse plant.

Additional layoffs will occur by mid-summer. The company expects to complete the shutdown between July 1 and July 14. Some affected employees will have job opportunities at Polaris Boat’s two Elkhart locations.

WARSAW, Ind. (AP) — An Illinois man has been sentenced to 55 years in prison in the 2017 stabbing death of his cousin in Indiana.

Court records show 36-year-old Derrick Lavelle Wandrick was sentenced in Kosciusko Circuit Court on Monday as part of a plea agreement. His cousin, David Lamont Strowder Jr., was stabbed 63 times and left in a ditch.

Wandrick has claimed he has no recollection of the incident. Wandrick’s attorney, Jay Rigdon, says his client is sorry. The victim's family declined comment.  


NAPPANEE, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say two Amish brothers were killed when they were run over by a tractor-trailer hauling corn on a farm in northern Indiana. Kosciusko County Coroner Tony Ciriello says 5-year-old Jaylin Hochstetler and 3-year-old Kenton Hochstetler died Tuesday afternoon on the farm near Nappanee. Ciriello says that the boys were apparently “intrigued with the combines and trucks,” crossed a fence and climbed beneath the trailer. The driver moved forward, unaware of the children.


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WINONA LAKE, Ind. (AP) — Police officers, including one who was off duty, rescued an 11-year-old boy who fell through thin ice on an Indiana pond.

Trooper Jacob Bill says he was off duty and driving his Indiana State Police car Friday when he saw Winona Lake police driving with lights and siren on. He followed them to a retention pond and ran into the water to save the boy.

Bill and the boy got tangled in broken ice. Winona Lake Officer Dave Swain then got into the water to help the pair. Another Lake Winona officer helped get all three to shore.


K21 Health Foundation of Kosciusko County has announced grants for an ice rink and for some smaller communities in the county.

K21 Health Foundation was created in 1999 with money from the sale of a public hospital to a corporation. 

The grants are a little unusual. They are not yet granted to anyone. The foundation announced that it will award a million dollars to construct an ice rink and pavilion somewhere in the county. The foundation doesn’t know the location or organizations that will build and run the facility.

Kosciusko Co. Sheriff's Dept. via Facebook

SILVER LAKE, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a 65-year-old northern Indiana woman is dead after apparently falling off a golf cart.

The Kosciusko County Sheriff's Office says Cynthia Owens of Silver Lake was found unresponsive Saturday afternoon in a ditch near a golf cart. Authorities were called to scene just before 4:30 p.m.

Authorities say it appears she was sole occupant of the golf cart.

The county coroner's office pronounced her dead at the scene. The cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy.

The crash remains under investigation.


Indiana State Police



The Kosciusko County Coroner has identified the deceased male found in the Tippecanoe River yesterday as 65-year old Thomas Schmeltz of Bourbon, IN. The preliminary cause of death has been determined to be drowning.


Kosciusko County- Detectives with the Indiana State Police are conducting a death investigation after a body was found earlier today.

Around 3:00 p.m. today, May 8, 2019, Indiana Conservation Officers located the body of a man in the Tippecanoe River in Kosciusko County near SR 10 and SR 19.

Kosciusko County Man Jailed On Child Porn Charges

Apr 12, 2019
Indiana State Police

(Kosciusko, IN) - The Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force arrested a 51-year-old man from Claypool Thursday morning on charges related to the possession of child pornography.

The investigation began in January of 2019 when a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) was received by the ICAC Task Force.