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DeAngelis: Aftermath of Tragedy Never Goes Away

The Bourbonnais Township Park District and Sorensen-Wilder and Associates held their Emergency Preparedness Leadership Conference yesterday.

Retired Columbine High School Principal Frank DeAngelis was the keynote speaker and said the aftermath of a tragedy never goes away.

DeAngelis says he is often asked when it all goes back to normal but he says it never does and they have to redefine what normal is. DeAngelis adds that is why he continues to speak on the importance of preparedness at events so he can warn people of the effects and that a tragedy can indeed happen to them.

DeAngelis was serving as principal when the mass shooting occurred at Columbine on April 20, 1999.

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Investigators Still Have Hope in Solving Delphi Murders

Six weeks into their case, investigators say there's still plenty of hope of catching the killer of two Delphi girls. Police said they've interviewed 300 suspects, but have yet to find the man who killed Libby German and Abby Williams.

Investigators say they are making progress in the case and they continue to work through the numerous tips they have received. Police have also reportedly started to scale back resources but that is due to the number of tips becoming more manageable and no longer needing the additional help.

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Update: Investigators Determine Cause of Morocco Fire

The Morocco Fire Department with the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office have completed a cause/origin investigation for the house fire at 304 East Grove Street, Morocco, IN on Tuesday.

Fire investigators determined the cause of Tuesday’s fire to be electrical in origin, stemming from a multi plug device plugged into an electrical wall outlet. The fire that started around 4:50 pm Tuesday began in a second story bedroom and extended into the attic and hallway before being extinguished by fire fighters.

A cat in the bedroom alerted the residents to the fire by scratching the bedroom door. Occupants were able to free the cat from the bedroom. Smoke detectors were present in the home, however were not in working condition. No one was injured as result of the fire.

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Indiana Man Killed in Police Action Shooting Following Chase

One man is dead after a police-action shooting early Tuesday in Indiana following a chase through multiple counties.

It started when Peter J. Doffin Jr, 36 of Lafayette, IN allegedly dragged his daughter from a Warren County home and took off around 4:30 a.m.

Police would then locate him in Tippecanoe County but the chase would continue before coming to an end near the White and Pulaski county lines when Doffin’s vehicle went into a ditch. Police report Doffin came out of the vehicle displaying a weapon and made threatening gestures towards the officers who then shot and killed him.

The daughter was uninjured. The investigation is ongoing.

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Fire Damages Home in Morocco, IN

At 4:50 PM on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 the Newton County Sheriff’s Department 911 center received a call advising of a fire in the second story of his home located at 304 East Grove Street Morocco.

Morocco Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched with automatic mutual aid from Brook-Iroquois Township Volunteer Fire Department. On the arrival of Morocco Fire Fighters, fire and smoke were visible coming from a second story window. The occupants of the home were alerted by a pet to the fire and escaped without injury.

The fire was found to have originated from a second floor bedroom and had spread to the attic. Fire fighters extinguished the fire at approximately 5:15PM.

The bedroom was heavily damaged by fire, a second bedroom was damaged by heat and smoke and other portions of the home sustained smoke and water damage. The fire has displaced the resident’s from their home. Fire Fighters remained on-scene until 8:00 pm assuring no further fire spread and assisting the residents of the home.

The investigation is ongoing.