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Fatal hit & run in White County leads to arrest

Police have made an arrest in a hit-and-run crash that killed a White County woman and a 13-year-old girl in October.

The White County, IN Sheriff's Office is reporting the arrest of 22-year-old Austin Warren of Logansport. His arrest (Monday) on a warrant is for two counts of failure to remain at the scene of an accident resulting in death. That's a Class 5 felony.

The case involves a hit-and-run accident in October that killed a White County woman and a 13-year-old girl.
Authorities said the October 11th accident happened just before 8 pm on County Road 800 North. Investigators said a car traveling on County Road 800 North collided with a truck on State Road 16.

48-year-old Deborah Barkas was pronounced dead at an area hospital. The female child were extricated from the vehicle and taken to IU Health White Memorial Hospital. Hannah Ohrt was then air-lifted to Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis. She died there two weeks later.

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Jasper County mishap kills Rensselaer man

A Rensselaer man died after he lost control of his vehicle and hit a utility pole Friday. Jasper County Sheriff's Police said 26-year-old Javier Herrera was found lying on the roadway after he was thrown from his vehicle.

A 911 call alerted police about 8:40 pm to the crash on County Road 400 North, just west of U.S. 231. That's about eight miles north of Rensselaer, Indiana.

Herrerra was pronounced dead at Christ Hospital in Chicago two hours later.

Investigators said that Herrera was speeding and lost control when cresting a small hill. They said his truck left gouge marks on the road, presumably from the vehicle's undercarriage. The vehicle hit a utility pole. They believe Herrera was ejected from the truck during the impact because he wasn't wearing a seat belt.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Toys for Tots delivers in Iroquois County

Estimates of $30,000 to $40,000 worth of toys were handed out to families in need in Iroquois County Saturday. The Toys for Tots event was staged at the Watseka Depot. Several volunteers made it happen, an event that's brought smiles to many people since 1947.

Toys for Tots Coordinator Bill Nutter said the need is there; "it's a great program, what a thrill to see the smiles on faces of people visiting. Bags of toys were filled and delivered from 9 am 'til 3 pm.

Monetary and toy donations from businesses and individuals throughout the year make the Toys for Tots a success. Seven hundred children benefitted this year. There were 300 families that signed-up.

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Shorefront license fees going up at Lakes Freeman, Shafer

The Shafer and Freeman Lakes Environmental Conservation Corporation Board voted to approve new shorefront license fees next year.

Beginning March 1, 2016, annual individual license fees for property owners on Lakes Freeman and Shafer will increase from $60 to $100. Access to lakes through an easement will increase from $50 to $85 per year.

Commercial shorefront owners will pay a $425 base fee per year which includes the first ten slips. Additional slips will cost $45 annually.

One official said in the organization's 21-year history, fees have only gone up one time.

The board realized that in seven years, it would no longer be able to continue dredging operations at present levels.

In a press release, the Corporation reports it has spent more than $187,000 including legal and consulting fees to protest the mandate issued by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the lowering of Lake Freeman during dry months. Concerned property owners and "supportive local and state organizations and agencies" have contributed $72,000 to the effort, which it said left them with a $115,000 shortfall.

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Indiana traffic accident: victims air-lifted

Nine people were injured when a truck and a jeep collided Saturday night near Reynolds, Indiana. White County Sheriff's Police investigated on US 421 and county road W 375 N.

Deputies said two vehicles were involved in the crash. One vehicle was a white Chevrolet pickup truck, driven by 61-year-old Junior Siezmore of Wolcott was stopped while southbound on US 421. Police reported he was waiting to turn left onto eastbound CR 375 N.

A Jeep, driven by 51-year-old James Wenrick of Lafayette was southbound. He hit the pickup in the rear. The impact caused the Jeep to roll upside down with multiple passengers inside.

Several of the injured people were later transferred by helicopter or ambulance.

Several emergency response teams were at the scene, including White County Sheriff's deputies, Monon Police, Monon Fire Department, Monticello, Reynolds, and Chalmers Fire Departments.

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