The Daily Press The Pilot News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-09-17T10:38:55-04:00 dies after hit and run accident2014-09-17T10:38:55-04:002014-09-17T10:38:55-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsChris Howard, 33, of Koontz Lake was walking eastbound in the area of 900 E. and U.S. 30, before S.R. 23, when he was struck and killed by a motorist.Howard was reported missing at 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. But no one had seen him since 2 a.m. Tuesday.Starke County Officer Rob Olejniczak said the area was blanketed with heavy fog at the time Howard was killed. Police believe the driver may be unaware that they hit a person.Anyone who may have additional information about this tragedy should contact the Starke County Sheriff's Department at 574-772-3771.Plymouth, INCheryl PatrickMan dies after hit and run accidentThe Pilot safety seat checks available2014-09-17T08:50:53-04:002014-09-17T08:50:53-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsCindy Casper, a certified specialist instructor, said that the center is a permanent fitting station all year round, but heavily promotes inspections during safety week to help Plymouth and Marshall County residents be aware of the need to have safety seats installed properly. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, 73 percent of car seats are not used or installed correctly. Families are concerned for the children’s safety, especially when it come to cars.“They want their child safe, and they’re just unsure,” said Casper of families who come to the center for help. “Sometimes manuals are complicated. If you’re not used to reading it, what’s this latch system they keep talking about?”Casper has seen many kinds of car seats and can look at them and usually know what needs to be fixed. Often there is something wrong with their installation, as they can be complicated. Not only the latch system, but the angle of the seat, its position, and other issues can affect the potential protection factor for the child. Seats should be positioned at a 35 to 45 degree angle. The state of Indiana requires that car seats be rear-facing for infants for one year, while the Automotive Safety Program states car seats should stay rear-facing for two years. Casper recommends against purchasing used car seats. “If [parents] don’t know the history, if its been in a car accident, then its been weakened. If you’ve been in a car accident and even though the child wasn’t in the seat, it still should be replaced,” advised Casper. “It’s just that impact on that small frame of a child, it’s going to be safer to have that little cradle impact, especially if there’s a head on collision.”Car seats cannot be recycled and they expire after six years. The plastic can weaken in the extreme heat and cold of being left in a car for several seasons and is no longer considered safe. “They might say, I’ve had this seat for my 10 year old, what’s wrong with using it for the newborn? Because it’s expired and weakened,” she explained.The center’s mission is to help families, parents, and grandparents, and open their doors to everyone. “It doesn’t cost anything to have your seat inspected. We do ask for donations to help get more seats,” she said. “Our doors are open to anyone. We’re open to anyone to help parents ad grandparents.”The station is open during normal business hours, Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.A new study released Tuesday from Safe Kids Worldwide finds a majority of parents moving their children to seat belts before they are big enough. Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide, says booster seats can reduce injuries by 45 percent over seat belt use alone."If there were a crash and they weren't in a booster seat, but just in a regular seat belt," says Carr, "they could suffer internal abdominal injuries or face or neck injuries caused by the belt tightening during the impact of the crash."The survey found one in five parents say they bend the rules when carpooling and allow children to ride without seat belts or an appropriate child safety seat. One in four report they don't buckle up their children every time they go for a drive. According to the Indiana State Police, over 3,000 children were injured or killed in 2013 in a motor vehicle accident.A child should be at least four feet and nine inches tall to ride with just a seat belt, and Carr suggests parents make a habit out of measuring their child as they grow."Know how tall your child is, and encourage them from an early age 'You'll move out of the booster seat when you hit four-foot-nine,'" she says. "When they're four-foot-nine make sure they're buckled up every ride, every time - and that includes parents too."Plymouth, INRachael Herbert-VarchettoChild safety seat checks availableThe Pilot to hold office hours in Fulton county2014-09-17T08:17:44-04:002014-09-17T08:17:44-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsPlymouth, INNo author availableSenator to hold office hours in Fulton countyThe Pilot Suspect caught in Kociusko County stabbing2014-09-17T08:35:13-04:002014-09-17T06:45:32-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsLozano was taken into custody on the Ohio Turnpike in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, near the city of Cleveland by the Ohio State Highway Patrol just before 11 p.m.Lozano was reportedly with his brother at the time of the arrest. are currently investigating a stabbing incident that occurred northeast of Warsaw.Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded Tuesday evening at approximately 5:47 p.m. to a reported stabbing that had occurred at the Green Acres Mobile Home Park on East County Road 200 North, Warsaw, according to a press release issued Tuesday night by the County Sheriff's office. Emergency personal and officers arrived and met with the victim, identified a 28-year-old woman who was suffering from multiple stab wounds. Officers were advised that the suspect was allegedly her husband, Avundio Lozano, 35. They were also told that he had fled the scene driving the couples white, Toyota 4-door, with Illinois license plates affixed to the vehicle. The suspect was purportedly last seen northbound on County Road 175 East. Officers from several agencies converged upon the area in an attempt to locate the suspect. K.C.S.D. deputies located the suspect vehicle in the town of Leesburg a short time later, but it was unoccupied.The victim was transported to Kosciusko Community Hospital in serious condition by Multi-Township E.M.S. She was found to have defensive lacerations on her arms, as well as a puncture wound to her cheek/facial area. Sheriff’s deputies stated that initial investigations into the incident have determined that the victim and Lozano had gotten into a verbal argument that escalated inside their mobile home. Lozano had obtained a kitchen-style knife shortly afterwards and began to stab at his wife.The victim is currently listed in serious, but stable condition at K.C.H. Plymouth, INNo author availableUPDATE: Suspect caught in Kociusko County stabbingThe Pilot limit reduction coming soon2014-09-16T11:04:42-04:002014-09-16T11:04:42-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsPlymouth, INNo author availableSpeed limit reduction coming soonThe Pilot High School improvement plans2014-09-16T10:57:11-04:002014-09-16T10:57:11-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsThe main goals for the school are:• Goal #1 is to improve English/Language Arts meeting standards (passing) of ECA and ISTEP+ to at least 90 percent.• Goal #2 is to implement “Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports”.• Goal #3 is to implement/develop Early College: A Pathway to Success.Plymouth, INNo author availableTriton High School improvement plansThe Pilot arrested in Argos on drug charges2014-09-16T10:52:39-04:002014-09-16T10:52:39-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsPlymouth, INNo author availableFour arrested in Argos on drug chargesThe Pilot Monday night matchup: Colts vs. Eagles2014-09-15T15:05:00-04:002014-09-15T15:05:00-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot News<script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script>Plymouth, INNo author availableVIDEO: Monday night matchup: Colts vs. EaglesThe Pilot Ham and Bean Dinner2014-09-12T15:03:51-04:002014-09-12T15:03:51-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsChili Ham Friday Sept: 12th5-7 pmBourbon Park Pavilion, E, Sunset St. $ 4.00 per person. Plymouth, INNo author availableChili Ham and Bean DinnerThe Pilot Webster bank robbery under investigation2014-09-12T13:11:59-04:002014-09-12T11:55:22-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsNORTH WEBSTER — The North Webster Police Department, along with the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department, are currently investigating a bank robbery that occurred this morning in North Webster.Officials investigating the Key Bank robbery located in North Webster this morning have stated that they are interested in locating a vehicle seen prior to the incident. Detectives are looking for a gold colored, SUV cross-over style vehicle, potentially a Pontiac Aztek. Officers believe that this vehicle may be connected to the robbery as it was viewed driving near the bank just minutes prior (Photo of similar vehicle attached).At approximately 9:17 a.m., officers were notified of a robbery at the Key Bank located at Lance's New Market grocery store, North Webster, according to a press release issued by Kosciusko County police. Officers from multiple agencies converged into the area, which included units from the Indiana State Police, Indiana Conservation Officers, North Webster, Winona Lake, and the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department.Bank officials have initially advised scene detectives that a male, Caucasian, approximately 6 feet tall, thin build, entered into the bank on foot, and demanded cash. He was also described as wearing a tan, full-length, cover-all, along with a dark colored, sweatshirt underneath with the hood pulled over his head. Officers also stated the suspect had on a dark colored ball cap, dark colored, sunglasses, along with a handkerchief covering his lower face. It also appeared that the suspect might have been wearing a potential mask of some type over his facial area.The suspect fled the bank on foot with an undisclosed amount of currency, and a K-9 unit has been brought to the scene. No bank employees were injured during the robbery.Police are asking if any one might have potential information regarding the robbery or suspect, to call the Kosciusko County 911 Center at 574-267-5667 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-342-STOP (South Bend office).Plymouth, INNo author availableNorth Webster bank robbery under investigationThe Pilot