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Five things to know for your Thursday in Indiana

In case you missed them, here are the top local stories you need to know to start your day.

Posted on Feb. 26, 2014 at 10:08 p.m.

1. Hazardous winter weather heads toward Elkhart County

A few inches of snow, subzero temperatures and poor road conditions could plague the county tomorrow, the National Weather Service said. 

A winter weather advisory has been issued for Elkhart County from 1 a.m. until 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27. Wind chills are expected to drop to between -10 and -20 degrees – conditions that could cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes.

While only one or two inches of snow are expected late Wednesday and early Thursday, high winds will decrease visibility significantly. The weather service warns drivers to watch for slick spots on area roads.

2. Officers who responded to Martin's shooting honored at Indiana House

The Indiana House honored Krystal Dikes and Rachelle Godfread, the two women killed in the Martin's Super Market shooting Jan. 15, as well as the officers who responded to the scene Wednesday, Feb. 26. 

Cpl. Cody Skipper and Cpl. Jason Tripp received a standing ovation from the House during the presentation of HCR 27, a resolution that celebrates lives of the victims as well as the officers' work. The House passed it unanimously.

"I can't really process right now my thoughts, what I was thinking when I first showed up," Skipper told our news partner WNDU. "I just know that there was something needed to be done, and I'm going to do it, like I said, God was just watching over us, keeping us safe."

3. Indiana police to crack down on drunk driving

Beginning later this month, the Indiana State Police and more than 250 Indiana law enforcement agencies will start cracking down on drunk driving across the state.

The initiative, called Operation Pull Over, will run from Feb. 28 until March 23. Police plan to increase the number of sobriety patrols and check points across the state.

The increase in enforcement was prompted by a large number of alcohol and drug related crashes occurring during the same time period last year.

4. County's only boys basketball state title team reflects as reunion nears at Jimtown

Only one Elkhart County boys basketball team has ever captured the state title – the 2003-04 Jimtown Jimmies.

Now that team, 10 years after its historic win, will be saluted with a halftime celebration at Jimtown's home game Friday, Feb. 28

Check out our story for a recap of the game and stories about the Jimmies' lives after high school.

5. Bill legalizing alcohol sales at Indiana State Fair on Pence's desk

A longtime alcohol ban at the Indiana State Fair could be repealed as early as this week.

Senate Bill 339 passed the Indiana House and will now go to Gov. Mike Pence for his signature. The bill would allow Indiana wine and beer makers to serve their products within a confined area at the fair, such as a beer garden. 




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