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Traffic lights at the intersection of Middlebury Street and Goshen Avenue, photographed Thursday March 13, 2014 show snow packed around the lights. (J. TYLER KLASSEN / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)
5 things you should know for your Sunday in Indiana
Posted on March 16, 2014 at 10:54 a.m.

1. Snow-covered LED traffic lights were a problem during most recent snowstorm

Snow-clogged traffic lights became hazards for drivers during the most recent snowstorm in Elkhart County. Heavy, wet snow collected on the lenses of these traffic lights, especially the LED lights facing north and south.

While LED lights are brighter, more efficient and longer lasting, they do not give off as much heat as incandescent bulbs, according to Goshen street commissioner Denny Long. Some cities install small heaters to their LED traffic lights to melt the snow, but Long says that adds to the cost of operating the signals.

The fire department had to spray water on southbound traffic lights to get the snow off instead.

2. Driver blames snow-covered traffic lights for Elkhart fatal crash

The driver involved in a fatal two-vehicle crash on Nappanee Street and California Road on Wednesday blames snow-covered traffic lights at the intersection.

Kevin Yoder, 32, told police that he wasn't sure if he had a green or a red light as he approached the intersection where the collision happened. The other driver, 75-year-old Daryll Trowbridge, died as a result of the crash.

3. Coats weighing re-election bid

Republican Senator Dan Coats met with The Elkhart Truth reporter Dan Spalding for a quick interview on Friday before heading to the Matterhorn for the Elkhart County Republican's annual Lincoln Day Dinner.

The Indiana senator said that Congress has changed for the worse, and the outcome of the 2014 elections could greatly impact his decision to seek re-election in 2016.

4. Leprechaun Leap raises green for United Cancer Services of Elkhart County in new location

The ninth annual Leprechaun Leap saw around 300 people jump into an icy pond near the Goshen Moose Lodge on Saturday to raise money for charity.

The event has raised $125,000 in the last eight years for United Cancer Services of Elkhart County, a non-profit organization that provides financial help to local people during their first year of treatment. The event is traditionally held in the north side of Elkhart.

5. Geist goes off for 30 as Kingsmen eliminate Minutemen

The Kingsmen ended the Minutemen's boys basketball season with a 66-51 semifinal victory on Saturday in the Class 4A Michigan City Regional. Despite the loss, Concord coach Steve Austin is still 'extremely pleased' with the season as a whole.

The Kingsmen (23-1) advanced to the title game against Lake Central (20-3) later in the evening.