A Sunday afternoon motorcycle crash in Ford County killed a Paxton man.
58-year-old Jeffrey Wilson suffered blunt force trauma when his southbound cycle ran off Route 45 at County Road 550 N., according to Sheriff's Police. Wilson was pronounced dead at Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City.
Wilson was not wearing a helmet. Toxicology tests are pending.
The Kentland Municipal Airport has a brand new runway, thanks to a $2-million grant.
The Newton County, IN airport was originally built with a 3,500-foot runway. Officials decided to extend it to 4,000 feet, which will accommodate larger private jets.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Friday afternoon to showcase the improvements.
Airport Manager Charles Classen said the improvements will allow better access to Newton County. Classen explained, "runway length was an insurance issue, keeping larger aircraft away. Now, we have the runway length to meet their criteria." Hopefully, he said, "we can begin to entice them back." The runway project had been in the works for seven years. Construction took about a month and a half.
A single-vehicle crash on River Road Saturday night killed 64-year-old Brian Osterhoff. He died of injuries after losing control of his Corvette. The crash happened at 5950 S. River Road. The car struck a tree.
Brian Osterhoff was the grandfather of seven-year-old Cale Osterhoff who died last winter when a snowmobile he was a passenger on overturned in a ditch. The boy's dad, Chad Osterhoff, was later arrested for DUI in that accident.