Friday, October 24, 2014

5 things to know for your Tuesday in Indiana

The morning's top stories include the city allocating more money to snow removal, the continuation of the Lami-Plast fire and an escaped murderer being caught in LaPorte County.

Posted on Feb. 3, 2014 at 10:52 p.m.

1. Michigan escaped murderer captured after chase through northern Indiana

The LaPorte County Sheriff's Department caught Michael Elliot, a quadruple murderer who escaped from a Michigan prison, late Monday night, Feb. 3

Elliot escaped from the prison Sunday night by dressing in a kitchen uniform and tearing a hole in one of the facility's fences. Before he was caught, he abducted a woman and stole multiple vehicles. 

Police were finally able to apprehend Elliot after he sped away from a deputy pulling him over for driving a stolen vehicle. After a short pursuit, police took him into custody.

2. Lami-Plast fire continues to burn throughout the day Monday

More than 43 hours after the fire at Lami-Plast began, firefighters were still battling the flames. According to officials, patches of fire buried beneath layers of the collapsed building are lengthening the extinguishing process.

Many community members have expressed concerns regarding the smoke that continues to roll off the demolished building, prompting our reporters to speak with environmental experts about the potential pollutive effects of the fire. Here's a video of a representative from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management discussing his work screening the site for environmental hazards.

3. Expert provides information about Seasonal Affective Disorder

An official with the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Elkhart County sent us a story about Seasonal Affective Disorder, a mood condition that affects some people in the winter.

Some of the symptoms are difficulty waking up, nausea, a tendency to oversleep and overeat, difficulty concentrating, withdrawal, decreased sex drive and depression.

If you've been experiencing any of these symptoms, here are a few ways to combat the disorder.

4. More money requested for snow removal 

As Elkhart County braces for the next big winter storm, the county highway department is asking for more money to plow snow that has blanketed the area.

The county commissioners approved $100,000 for snow removal requested by highway manager Jeff Taylor on Monday, Feb. 3. If approved by the county council, the funding will come from the county’s road and street account.

5. More snow for Tuesday and Wednesday, forecasters say

The northern half of Indiana will see another significant round of snow on Tuesday and Wednesday.

A winter storm watch has been announced by the National Weather Service for all of northern Indiana, and total snow accumulations could reach 5 to 7 inches in Elkhart County. The storm watch begins at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, and extends for 24 hours.

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