1. Indiana Senate Rules and Legislative Procedure Committee passes HJR-3
Following three hours of emotional testimony both for and against House Joint Resolution 3, the Indiana Senate Rules and Legislative Procedure committee passed the controversial same-sex marriage ban with a vote of 8-4.
The proposal will now move to the Senate floor, which could happen as early as this week.
All eight Republicans on the committee voted in favor of HJR-3; all four Democrats on the committee voted against it.
2. Nappanee issues citywide freeze warning
City officials in Nappanee issued a freeze warning on Monday, Feb. 10, in response to reports of residential properties experiencing frozen water services.
According to a press release the city issued on Monday afternoon, Feb. 10, home and business owners should leave cold water running from a faucet inside of their buildings until the city withdraws the freeze warning. The stream from the faucet should be about the width of the lead inside of a pencil, the release said.
3. South Bend police seek help identifying man rescued from the St. Joseph River
Police have asked for the public's help identifying a man who fell into the St. Joseph River Monday night, Feb. 10.
Emergency crews were called to a part of the river near Darden Road around 6:20 p.m. Firefighters rescued the man, and he was transported to the hospital in critical condition.
Our full story includes a description of the man. Anyone with information on his identity has been asked to contact the Indiana Conservation Officers' tip line or the St. Joseph County Sheriff's Department.
4. Family, police officers gather to honor life of Goshen Police Department Officer Phil Rissot
Through tears and salutes, family, friends and police officers gathered to remember Officer Phil Rissot on Monday, Feb. 10.
The 15-year veteran of the Goshen Police Department lost his battle to leukemia on Feb. 4.
"He was a good officer, and his sense of humor, spirit, enthusiasm for life, will always be remembered at the Goshen Police Department," Goshen Police Chief Wade Branson said of Rissot.
5. Elkhart's Monaco RV shuts down suddenly
In a move that surprised local officials, Monaco RV shut down its Elkhart location on Monday, Feb. 10. The plant produced R-Vision and Holiday Rambler towable recreational vehicle models.
Our source could not comment on the number of jobs the Elkhart closure eliminated.