The Daily Press The Pilot News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-09-30T14:15:05-04:00 released in Saturday's fatal accident near Etna Green.2014-09-30T14:15:05-04:002014-09-30T14:15:05-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsThe driver of the pickup truck hit by a semi-tractor trailer was identified as Jenann Patz, 57, of Crown Point. She was preliminarily identified on the evening of the vehicular crash, but positive visual identification was completed by family members on Monday, Sept. 29.Patz's passenger was unable to be identified at the scene, and was subsequently transported to the Northeast Indiana Forensic Center, Fort Wayne. Dr. Craig Nelson, Dentist and the Allen County Coroner’s Office confirmed the identity of the deceased passenger as Sherri L. Harden, 55, of Cedar Lake. Positive identification was completed during an autopsy conducted Monday that included dental comparison.The preliminary cause of death for both ladies is listed at blunt force trauma due to a traumatic event, and manner of death as an accident. Two individuals are dead after a fiery crash Saturday in Kosciusko County.Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department deputies and emergency personnel responded to a reported three-vehicle crash at the intersection of U.S. 30 and State Road 19 at 3:14 p.m. Officers from Bourbon Police Department were the first to arrive and discovered one of the vehicles was fully engulfed, with an individual ejected. Firefighters from Etna Green arrived and extinguished the fire, only to discover a seconded burned individual inside an unknown-make pickup truck.A preliminarily investigation by officers has determined that the accident was triggered by a semi-tractor/trailer driven by Adam J. King, 34, Lima, Ohio, was eastbound on U.S. 30 approaching the intersection of State Road 19. King, for an undetermined reason, struck the rear-end of the fatality vehicle which was stopped for a red traffic light in the same, eastbound driving lane. The semi-tractor trailer and pickup continued forward, striking a gray, GMC Sierra pickup truck that was being driven by Larry L. Nelson, 58, Dyer. Nelson and his wife were reportedly uninjured during the crash, as was King. Kosciusko County F.A.C.T. team members stated that the crash is still under investigation at the current time.Plymouth, INNo author availableIdenties released in Saturday's fatal accident near Etna Green.The Pilot fire Monday destroys home2014-09-30T09:15:28-04:002014-09-30T09:15:28-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsAccording to Plymouth Fire Chief Rod Miller, the cause of the fire will remain undetermined. It originated in the garage, spread up the wall of the One and a half story wooden older home and into the attic.“When I arrived on scene the garage was fully engulfed and the flames were shooting through the roof,” Miller said. A neighbor called in the fire at about 3:18 A.M. The tenants were at work.“The home is a most likely a total loss,” Miller said.Crews were on site until a little after 7 a.m. The fire proved to be a bit stubborn and required additional time to fully extinguish the flames, especially in the attic.Plymouth Fire Department responded to the fire with two engines and a rescue truck. They were also assisted by Argos.Plymouth, INNo author availableEarly fire Monday destroys homeThe Pilot Street bridge in need of repair2014-09-30T08:31:14-04:002014-09-30T08:31:14-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsPlymouth, INRachael Herbert-VarchettoJefferson Street bridge in need of repairThe Pilot't block the view: lakefront property owners request regulations2014-09-29T14:10:09-04:002014-09-29T14:10:09-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsThe situation has become such an issue that Pretty Lake resident Dale Gott and President of the Pretty Lake Property Owners Association Brad Serf decided to attend the commissioner’s meeting to discuss making a change countywide.“Until recently, we’re lived harmoniously, because people have been gracious enough to respect their neighbors,” Gott explained.The current laws for construction at Pretty Lake and other lakes maintain that property owners may build anywhere further than 45 feet from the high water elevation levels established by the US Geological Society. While this is a seemingly safe and conservative approach to lakefront construction and all of the homes fall very far behind this line, it has begun to cause problems, as property owners begin build onto their homes closer and closer to the lake, while still behind the line. Gott explained that a neighbor of his has built onto their home in such a manner, while still behind the enforced area, as to prevent him from having a full view of the lakefront outside his own home. Serf confirmed that he is not alone in the concern and that other home owners along Pretty Lake have experienced the same duress as neighbors continue to build closer and closer to the lakeshore.The duo proposed that rather than simply requiring structures be built 45 feet from the high water elevation level, an amendment be made to state that structures which are built adjacent to other structures must not block the view from their adjacent structures, meaning homes and building must not be built in a location closer to the lake which prevents neighbors from viewing the entire lake as they had previously.While a number of commissioners disagreed with Gott’s stance on the issue, stating that it was within the property owner’s rights to build where ever they choose on their own property, the majority of the council seemed interested in entertaining a public hearing in the future on amending the law as it stands, if not for the entire county, for Pretty Lake property owners. The Pretty Lake Property Owners Association, in fact, conducted a poll at their last meeting, where, according to Serf, residents were all in favor of creating an amendment such as this.With that, the council has chosen to further discuss their topic at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23, assuming a petition to make the amendment is filed by the appropriate date.Plymouth, INDani MessickDon't block the view: lakefront property owners request regulationsThe Pilot for higher pay for some teaching positions2014-09-26T10:09:53-04:002014-09-26T10:09:53-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsStemming from the Union North Teacher’s Association contract,school board member Denis Graf opened the subject by inquiring on one aspect of the UNTA (Union North Teacher’s Association) teacher’s contract that was presented before the board for approval.The clause in question dealt with the pay scale negotiation for teachers with slightly less experience than the position required, especially in specialty areas. Specialty areas are considered for teachers in difficult to fill subjects, where there may be many elementary school teachers in a pool of candidates for a position compared to only a few for a highly specialized teaching set, such as mathematics, business, or science.“If we got a teacher that was in a specialty area… a teacher that is hard to find and place in your school, that basically has a lot more marketing power than another person,” explained Superintendent Mitchell Mawhorter. “They say, ‘I see here it says 10 years of experience, I have eight, but I was making $45,000 at my other school, I need x amount of dollars over what the chart has here.”The added piece of text is meant to clarify what the corporation had already been doing for the previous two years.“Every high school teacher, there’s a possibility that every high school position falls under this?” asked Graf, when informed by Mawhorter that high school teachers are more difficult to fill as less people are inclined to teach that level of school, according to current rates.Mawhorter would need to go to the union head in order to bypass and approve an increase for a new hire in a difficult to fill specialty position. Grenert was concerned about the board’s ability to approve and have input about the hiring process concerning a lack of set guidelines for hiring pay to an applicant in the sliding scale.After much back and forth and further clarification of the discussion, the board approved the contract.Plymouth, INRachael Herbert-VarchettoNegotiating for higher pay for some teaching positionsThe Pilot Green boil advisory lifted2014-09-25T13:50:02-04:002014-09-25T13:48:10-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsSince then the water distribution problem has been corrected.Bacteriological samples have been collected from representative sites of the affected area and tested. The test results were satisfactory and it is no longer necessary to boil the water.Plymouth, INNo author availableEtna Green boil advisory liftedThe Pilot Bend weather alert system operational after delay2014-09-25T07:58:53-04:002014-09-25T07:50:35-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsBut the loss of signal for six days presents the wider problem of what to do when communications come down, especially when the method used, weather radios, are the primary source for information in an area. This is the second time in September that the NOAA signal has become disconnected.“The NOAA weather radio is one of our primary means of getting information to the public,” said Warning Coordination Meteorologist Michael Lewis, out of the North Webster office of the National Weather During the storm that occurred on Saturday, Sept. 20, the NOAA in South Bend was unable to broadcast because of the cut on the phone company’s end. Marshall County residents were affected as South Bend is the nearest broadcast signal. The NOAA recommended to those who called in complaining of no signal to tune their radios to another local frequency, either WNG 689 in Hebron, KZZ36 in North Webster, or KJY62 in LaPorte. The problem with this solution is the distance.“Depending on where you live and what you can receive from those other transmitters, it may be beneficial to find an alternate source for other watches and warnings put into place by the National Weather Service,” said Clyde Avery, director of the Emergency Management Agency in Marshall County.Those too far away from any one of those locations would have had difficulty reaching a signal. While there are other means of getting alerts about inclement and severe weather, Lewis felt that part of the problem stemmed locally.Plymouth, INRachael Herbert-VarchettoSouth Bend weather alert system operational after delayThe Pilot Street at Beerenbrook closing tomorrow night2014-09-24T10:00:08-04:002014-09-24T10:00:08-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsThe road will reopen by morning. The crews have to dig under the roadway for the stormwater project underway in that area.Plymouth, INNo author availableJefferson Street at Beerenbrook closing tomorrow nightThe Pilot meth in a shed?2014-09-24T07:59:14-04:002014-09-24T07:59:14-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsAccording to the press release issued Monday, Adam Lolmaugh, who lives in the 1600 block of Michigan Street, was observed entering a shed behind his residence and placing a plastic bag in a cooler.The suspect engaged officers in conversation. When officers secured permission to search the shed, they allegedly discovered a meth lab. Lolmaugh was arrested and booked into Marshall County jail. He is charged with conspiracy to manufacture meth, according to the police issued release. No bond has been authorized in this case.Plymouth, INLois TomaszewskiMaking meth in a shed?The Pilot drowns in farm pond2014-09-24T07:48:41-04:002014-09-24T07:48:41-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsJerry Hoerdt, public information officer with the Department of Natural Resources Investigative Bureau confirmed the details of the incident. To respect the family’s wishes and religious beliefs, the child and family are not being identified and a formal police report is not being issued, Hoerdt said.The boy was found by a family member, who called for medical assistance. Emergency responders were unable to revive the child because he had been underwater for too long, Hoerdt said.Plymouth, INLois TomaszewskiChild drowns in farm pondThe Pilot