1. Granger man charged in connection with international child pornography ring
A Granger man was charged and taken into federal custody along with 13 other men for his connection with a child pornography website, a news release from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said.
Andrew Korpal, 29, was charged with receipt of child pornography in what is being called the largest online child exploitation investigation conducted by ICE. According to the release, the men operated an underground website which victimized 251 minors across the United States and in several foreign countries.
2. Winter storm interrupts search for missing Indiana doctor in Colorado
The Eagle County Sheriff's Department had to suspend the search for James McGrogan of Chesterton, Ind., because of a winter storm in Vail, Colo., on Tuesday afternoon.
McGrogan went missing during a hiking trip in the Colorado backcountry on Friday, March 14. More than 50 rescuers and two helicopters searched the 18 mile area for any sign of McGrogan, but none were found by the time the search was suspended. It is unclear when the search will resume.
McGrogan works in the emergency department of the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka, east of South Bend. He is a husband and father of two children.
3. Recital will aid home of violinist
Goshen College music professor and violinist Solomia Soroka will use her musical talent to support her former homeland, Ukraine.
Soroka and her husband, pianist Arthur Greene, will perform a recital on Saturday, March 22, at the Goshen College Music Center. The performance will feature exclusive Ukrainian music. The free-will offerings from the performance will be sent to a foundation created by the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church to assist victims of Ukraine's recent revolution.
4. Freezing weather taking its toll on water pipes in Elkhart homes, causing unwanted indoor waterfalls
Elkhart officials received 22 reports of burst pipes this year, which is six more than last year. The cold weather froze many homeowners' pipes and caused them to burst.
Yet the Elkhart Board of Public Works approved several requests for credit from property owners on their sewer bill on Tuesday. Since the water is not draining into the sewer network, it is not processed by the city's treatment plant and the city does not incur any expense in handling it.
5. 72-year-old man found dead of natural causes along road just north of U.S. 6
A 72-year-old man was found dead alongside a roadway east of Nappanee on Tuesday afternoon after he died of natural causes, according to Elkhart County Coroner John White.
The man had left his home for a walk shortly before he was found by Elkhart County Highway workers on C.R. 9, just north of U.S. 6, according to the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department.