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5 things to know for your Wednesday in Indiana

The morning's top headlines include the death of a Goshen police officer, rising heat costs in Elkhart County and the dangers of roof collapse. 

Posted on Feb. 5, 2014 at 5:00 a.m.

1. Latest winter storm could bring five to eight inches of snow in Elkhart County

The National Weather Service of Northern Indiana issued a winter storm warning Tuesday, Feb. 4, in anticipation of a weather system bringing heavy snow and high winds into the area.

The warning will remain in effect until 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5. 

Total snowfall by the midday Wednesday could be between six to ten inches regionally, although Elkhart County is only expected to see five to eight inches of accumulation.

2. Elkhart area experts offer advice on avoiding roof collapse

Did you know the massive fire at Lami-Plast in Elkhart started after the building's roof collapsed under the weight of built-up snow?

According to experts, roof collapse can be both costly and dangerous. One man we spoke with said his business suffered about $100,000 worth of damage after its roof collapsed because of snow.

Check out this story for some tips that could prevent thousands of dollars worth of damage to your home or business.

3. Classes to teach family members how to help loved ones with mental illnesses

Starting later this month, the National Alliance on Mental Health will be holding classes to teach friends and family of people with mental illnesses the best ways to understand, aid and support their loved ones.

The classes will address a large range of mental illnesses, including depression, bipolar disorder, panic disorder and schizophrenia. 

To participate in the classes, you must register. Here's some information on how to do so

4. Goshen police officer loses battle with leukemia

Philip Rissot, a 15-year veteran of the Goshen Police Department, died of leukemia after a four month long battle with the disease

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend and brother," said Wade Branson, the Goshen Police Department's chief of police, in a statement released Tuesday. "His absence will be greatly felt, but his spirit and enthusiasm for life will continue to live on through his daughters, wife, family and friends."

5. Elkhart area home heating bills increase this winter

This winter's extreme cold has Elkhart County residents' heating bills on the rise – one man told us his January bill was about 45 percent higher than last year's.

With a colder-than-usual February in the forecast, the problem may not go away soon.

Our story on the topic includes a number of financial resources that can aid customers in need handle the rising costs.




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