5 things to know for your Wednesday in Indiana

Four local government offices received bomb threats but no explosives or suspicious items were found, the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department is looking for a police impersonator and three other stories to start your day.

Posted on March 26, 2014 at 1:56 a.m.

1. Four government offices in Elkhart, Goshen receive bomb threats

The Elkhart County Sheriff's Department is investigating a bomb threat called in Tuesday morning, March 25, that was directed at several local government offices. The threat was directed at the county courthouses in Elkhart and Goshen, the Elkhart County Prosecutor's Office and Elkhart City Hall.

The threats were "non-specific and general in nature." Capt. James L. Bradberry said in a press release. Emergency responders checked the buildings and found no bombs or other suspicious items.

Falsely reporting a bomb is a Class D felony which carries a sentence of up to three years in prison.

2. Fatal crash primarily caused by pedestrian, police say

The Elkhart Police Department said the fatal crash in the 2200 block of Cassopolis Street on Saturday afternoon, March 22, was caused by the driver's speed and the pedestrian walking in front of the vehicle.

Police noted that the pedestrian's actions were the primary cause of the crash. No citations were issued in connection to the crash.

3. Police impersonator sought by Elkhart County Sheriff's Department 

The Elkhart County Sheriff's Department are looking for a police impersonator after a person reported that she was pulled over by a suspicious person.

The victim told police there were blue and red flashing lights in the impersonator's car when she was pulled over on Monday night, March 24, on C.R. 17 at U.S. 20. She was then approached by a white man in blue jeans and a black hooded sweatshirt, according to a press release from the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department.

When the man was unable to present any police identification when asked, the victim drove away and called 911. The impersonator fled before officers arrived at the scene.

4. More than 30 crashes reported during morning commute in Elkhart County

Snow swept through Elkhart County on Tuesday morning, March 25, which caused several slide-off and numerous crashes. There were 10 crashes reported in Elkhart between 3 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, and 22 crashes and five slide-offs were reported in the county. 

Tuesday followed a busy Friday morning, March 21, when emergency units had to respond to 40 crashes throughout the county.

5. With Obamacare deadline looming, boosters redoubling call for public to sign up for coverage

The deadline to sign up for the Affordable Care Act is March 31, and a federal official travelled to Elkhart on Tuesday, March 25, to encourage the public to sign up for coverage on the healthcare marketplace.

Kathleen Falk, director of the regional U.S. Health and Human Services office that serves Indiana, spoke at a press conference at Elkhart City Hall. She said there are 910,000 people in Indiana who are without insurance and that it is their goal to reach out to as many of them within the next several days. Mayor Dick Moore was also present during the press conference to promote the effort.


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