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Indiana: All set for 60th Covered Bridge Festival

It’s one of Illiana’s largest tourist attractions. The Covered Bridge Festival – in Parke County, Indiana. And it’s getting underway today (Friday).

The kick-off of the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival finds organizers promoting the 60th annual event.

If you plan on visiting the Covered Bridge Festival, there are a couple of ways you can enjoy seeing the 31 historic bridges. Self-guided routes with directions will guide you to the various covered bridges. And there are bus tours that happen daily during the Festival that take you from Rockville and take you to some of the smaller towns that you wouldn’t necessarily go to when you’re traveling by car.

There are two information booths on the square in Rockville, plus a Visitor’s Center is located three blocks east of the square. For more information visit the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival at www.coveredbridges.com.

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I-65 crash kills Indiana man, dog uninjured

26-year-old Nicholas Vega of Medaryville, IN was killed in a a crash (Wednesday) near DeMotte, IN. Vega was a passenger in a car that ran out of control while entering a rest area along I-65.
State Police said a 25-year-old Crown Point (IN) man was driving when he lost control. The vehicle slammed a highway sign and ran down an embankment.

Police said Vega was ejected in the crash. He was pronounced dead at the scene. State Police also reported Vega’s German Shepherd was in the car. The dog was not hurt but stood watch over Vega until emergency personnel arrived.

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Jasper County drug-related arrests

Two Jasper County Sheriff’s deputies had to be treated at a hospital after inhaling heroin during a traffic stop. The deputies were decontaminated at the hospital, according to the sheriff’s office.

The deputies pulled over 38-year-old Kenneth Baker and 46-year-old Earl Amos, both from Chicago. The traffic stop was on I- 65 Wednesday.

Officers said Baker tried to hide or get rid of a baggie and a powder inside the bag became airborne. It was later identified as heroin.

Baker and Amos were both arrested for conspiracy to deal heroin. Other charges were expected.

Baker is being held without bond at the Tippecanoe County Jail. Amos was released after processing due to an existing medical condition that requires treatment in the Chicago area.

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Demotte man arrested after narcotics mail delivery

The Jasper County, Indiana Sheriff’s Department reports the arrest of a Demotte man for possession of cocaine. The arrest comes after an investigation of 53-year-old Ted Poxon receiving narcotics in the mail.

A report of a suspicious package addressed to Poxon alerted authorities. Police said a narcotics K-9 flagged the package.

Poxon was arrested when he arrived to pick up the delivery.

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Brook, Indiana man sentenced for bank fraud

A former Newton County banker has been sentenced to more than six years in prison.

46-year-old Mark Warne of Brook devised a scheme to defraud Community State Bank. Court records show he was serving as bank president.

Prosecutors said the case involved the bank issuing more than $6 million in fraudulent loans.

Warne was sentenced (Thursday) to 78 months in prison and then two-years supervised release. The court order also calls for payment of more than $3.4 million in restitution. The prison term begins in December.

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