of baby Jesus stolen
MIDDLEBURY -- Somebody stole Jesus.
Middlebury Police are seeking information on who took a plastic baby Jesus and wooden manger from Das Dutchman Essenhaus, 240 U.S. 20, prior to Christmas.
The items were taken between 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday morning, according to police. The baby was about a foot in length and the manger was about a foot tall, according to Deputy Aaron Smartt. The nativity display was along U.S. 20 on the west side of the restaurant. The items were replaced in the nativity before Christmas, he said.
Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call Deputy Aaron Smartt at the Middlebury Police Department, 825-9111.
Elkhart: Taverns cited
for illegal gambling
ELKHART -- Two taverns were cited for illegal gambling on Friday by the Elkhart County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.
The office had received complaints about cards used to wager on professional football at Lakeshore Grill, 51330 S.R. 19, Elkhart, and Malcom's Pub, W. Beardsley Ave., Elkhart.
Evidence of the illegal activity was found at both locations, according to the prosecutor. Indiana Excise officers issued citations.
Lakeshore was cited for illegal gambling, expired or non-existent employee permits and improper storage of alcohol. Approximately $1,200 was seized. Co-owner Cam Snyder did not come to the establishment during the visit by law enforcement.
Malcom's Pub was cited for illegal gambling. Approximately $4,000 was seized. An employee was arrested for possession of marijuana. The owner, Roger Malcom, met with officers during their visit.
Prosecutor Curtis Hill will review information to determine if criminal charges will be filed. The investigation is ongoing.
South Bend: Police
SOUTH BEND -- For the second time in a week, a South Bend Police Department investigator was arrested for an alleged alcohol-related traffic offense.
On Saturday afternoon, Ronald C. Nowicki Jr., 37, a 12-year veteran of the department, was stopped by an Indiana State Police trooper at S.R. 2 and Timothy Road in St. Joseph County. He was off-duty and in his own vehicle. He was stopped for exceeding the posted speed limit, according to police. He refused a breath test, according to WNDU-TV, The Truth's media partner.
Two days earlier, Eugene Kyle, chief of the investigative division, was arrested in LaPorte County on S.R. 2.
Neither officer has been formally charged.
Elkhart: Blaze causes damage to apartments
ELKHART -- A pet iguana died in an a Christmas night fire on Jefferson Street.
Elkhart firefighters were called to 607 Jefferson St. at 11:12 p.m. James Potter, the sole occupant of any of the building's three apartments, was not home at the time of the fire, according to firefighters. The building is owned by Gene Miller and GM Investments.
Firefighters sounded a second alarm to battle the fire and were at the scene until 2:23 a.m. Damage in one of the apartments was extensive and moderate in another. The third had smoke damage.
No people were injurhe fire is under investigation, according to a report from Kent Stouder, investigator.