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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.

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Brave Warriors Foundation’s Paint Your Path April 15th

The Brave Warriors Foundation’s Paint Your Path 5K Run/Walk is coming up on April 15th at the Watseka Community High School.

The Brave Warriors Foundation was established to help provide the necessities needed for students to participate in athletics, help students with testing costs, and provide yearly scholarships and the basic necessities of life for low-income students in the Unit 9 school district.

Early registration ends March 31st and costs are $25 for adults and $20 for youth. For more information, visit the Foundation’s Facebook page.

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Iroquois County 50+ Golden Anniversary Celebration Has New Location

The Iroquois County Historical Society’s 50+ Golden Wedding Anniversary celebration is coming up on Sunday, April 23 at 1pm. The event will be held at First Christian/Living Hope Church on 546 N. Sixth Street, Watseka.

This free event is for any couple in Iroquois County – or those who spent the majority of their married lives in the county – who are celebrating 50 or more years of marriage during 2017.

For more information, call the Old Courthouse Museum 815-432- 2215.

The Historical Society is also still taking submissions of stories and recipes as part of their 50th Anniversary Celebration. If you have a story or recipe to share, they can be mailed to or dropped off at Old Courthouse Museum, 103 W. Cherry in Watseka as soon as possible. For more information, call the museum at 815-432-2215.