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Five things for your Wednesday in Indiana

Sixty people were arrested for underage drinking at a former farmers market, meteorologists explain the difference between the twin tornadoes in Dunlap and Pilger, Neb., and three other stories to start your day.

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 3:00 a.m.

Call from concerned parent led to 60 underage drinking arrests at former farmers market

Officers from the Sheriff’s Teen Alcohol Reduction (STAR) team arrested 60 people for underage drinking, but more than 100 partiers escaped when police arrived Sunday morning, according to a teen who was at the party.

The partygoer said that a large number of underage partiers ran when officers arrived and still more slipped out of the building while officers were not looking.

Elkhart County Undersheriff Sean Holmes said this was one of the largest parties the STAR team has been called to in recent years.

Court documents allege driver in fatal traffic accident was drunk, high and fled scene

A 24-year-old woman was killed during a drunken driving accident in Osceola.

Police arrived at the scene and found Amanda Ezra, a mother of three, lying in the grass next to her minivan, and she was pronounced dead at the scene. Kyle Papa had driven the minivan between a utility pole and the guide wire supporting the pole. Ezra’s head struck the wire, then struck the side of the minivan. The report states the window on the van’s sliding door shattered when Ezra’s head hit it.

After investigation, police determined Papa was under the influence of both alcohol and marijuana, and they found a bag of marijuana in his pocket.

The difference between the twin tornadoes in Nebraska and Dunlap

The twin tornadoes that struck Dunlap in 1965 and the ones that touched down in Nebraska on Monday, June 16, are slightly different, according to a tweet from the National Weather Service of Omaha.

National Weather Service of Northern Indiana replied in a tweet that the tornado in Dunlap was a multiple vortex tornado, a tornado that has smaller tornadoes rotating within it. Meteorologist Barbara Mayes with the National Weather Service of Omaha said the twin tornadoes in Dunlap and Pilger were similar except that there were two tornadoes for a longer period a time in Pilger. One of the twin tornadoes in Dunlap was dying as another was forming. However, Mayes said that both tornadoes touched ground in Dunlap in 1965.

Goshen manufacturers blame economy after failing to meet job creation goals

A pair of companies that received tax incentives from the city of Goshen have created fewer jobs than projected, but some local leaders believe the unexpected failure to meet goals was out of the businesses’ hands.

The Goshen City Council was briefed Tuesday evening, June 17, on the efforts of Wieland Designs Inc. and Supreme Indiana Operations to add new full-time positions and make investments in real estate and equipment in exchange for property tax phase-ins. The two companies were found out of compliance with requirements set by their tax incentive agreements, but members of the city council decided that the circumstances were beyond each company’s control.

Going to the Elkhart Jazz Festival? Here’s what you should know

The Elkhart Municipal Band will kick off the Elkhart Jazz Festival with a free concert at the Lerner Theatre on Thursday, June 19, with guest saxophonist Mike Smith from Chicago. The festival continues Friday afternoon, June 20, until Sunday afternoon, June 22. The headliners at this year’s festival include the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Aaron Neville and Fourplay. Find out how much tickets to the event cost and other tips and tricks for surviving this year’s festival here.


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