Kentucky News – Death Investigation / McCreary County

PoliceCar(LONDON, KY.) – On Friday, January 09, 2015, at approximately 10:30 AM the Kentucky State Police Post 11, London was notified by McCreary County EMS about two deceased bodies located inside a residence on Evergreen Drive in the Stearns community of McCreary County.

Upon arrival KSP Detectives determined the two residents of the home, Maudie F. Eagleton, 71, of Stearns and Francis I. Hudson, 54, of Stearns were located deceased inside the residence by the McCrearyCounty EMS after a home health care worker discovered the two in the apartment.

The cause of death for either individual has not been determined and is pending the results from autopsies which have been scheduled for tomorrow in Frankfort.

Detective John Barnett is in charge of the investigation and was assisted at the scene by Capt Todd Dalton, Detective Billy Correll, Detective Tracy Haynes, Trooper Craig Reed, McCreary County EMS and the  McCreary County Coroner’s Office.

Women's Basketball – Rowe Transfers to Kentucky

2014 PAC-12 Freshman of the Year will be eligible after the fall semester of the 2015-16 season

Chrishae Rowe - Photo by - Oregon Eric Evans Photography
Chrishae Rowe – Photo by – Oregon Eric Evans Photography

LEXINGTON, Ky. –  Former University of Oregon women’s basketball standout Chrishae Rowe (pronounced CRI-shay) has transferred to play at Kentucky, Wildcats head coach Matthew Mitchell announced Friday.

Per NCAA transfer rules, the 5-foot-10 Rowe will be permitted to practice but will not be able to participate in games or travel with the team. She will be eligible for games following the fall semester of the 2015-16 season.

“We are very excited to welcome Chrishae to Kentucky,” Mitchell said. “This will be a great opportunity for her to become the best player she can be. We have high hopes for her and we look forward to her coming into our program and working hard to help us achieve our goals.”

The native of Corona, Calif., was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and earned All-Pac 12 honors after leading the Ducks in scoring last season with 21.6 points in 32 games. Rowe’s 690 total points were the most by a freshman in Oregon history and the 12th most in Pac-12 single-season history. She was just four points shy of breaking the Oregon single-season scoring record of 693, set by Alison Lang in 1982-83. She also set the Oregon record for most points in a single game when she poured in 41 vs. Seattle University on Dec. 4, 2013 with 41, totaling three 35+ point games. She also posted four double-doubles.

At Santiago High School, Rowe averaged a team-high 19.9 points per game to go along with 4.9 rebounds, 3.4 steals and 2.7 assists per game as a senior. She led Santiago to No. 7 national ranking and a 29-3 overall record, including a 10-0 mark in league play. Rowe was rated one of the top 10 players in California and one of the top-20 shooting guards coming out of high school.

She will have three years of eligibility remaining, beginning at the conclusion of the fall semester in December 2015.

Legislative Update from State Rep. Cluster Howard

As your newly elected state representative, I want to report on my first week serving in the Kentucky General Assembly.

My first four days in Frankfort have been exciting, rewarding, challenging and busy.  We began Tuesday by being sworn in by Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton at the speaker’s desk on the floor of the House of Representatives.  It was a very emotional and proud moment and I was delighted to have my family in attendance.

Cluster Howard swearing in - Photo submitted
Cluster Howard swearing in – Photo submitted

We then conducted leadership races.  Every two years leaders of both the majority and minority party are elected and this year the House Majority Caucus voted to keep three incumbents and elect two new leaders.  Speaker Greg Stumbo, Majority Leader Rocky Adkins and Caucus Chair Sannie Overly will continue in their positions; Rep. Jody Richards will serve as the new speaker pro tem and Rep. Johnny Bell is our new caucus whip.  I look forward to working with each of these fine individuals as they chart our legislative course.


The rest of the week was spent attending training, organizing my office, getting to know staff, meeting with my legislative colleagues and members of Governor Beshear’s administration, and concentrating on my legislative priorities and thinking about which bills to file and support.


We received our committee assignments on Friday. These are decided upon by House Leadership, and our experience, background and districts are taken into consideration.

I am proud that I have been appointed to these committees:  Economic Development, Education, Local Government, and Natural Resources & Environment.

Several major issues have emerged that we will address this session and we have much to contemplate in seeking legislative solutions.

Heroin continues to wreak havoc on Kentucky families and communities and lawmakers are committed to finding real solutions that stem the tide of addiction through public education, law enforcement, legislation and greater access to treatment.  At least seven bills have been filed regarding heroin and I expect this issue will dominate our discussions throughout the session.


A bill that has been named House Bill 1 would allow voters to decide if they want to pay for new community projects by giving them the right to vote on those projects and their costs.  LIFT, which stands for Local Investments for Transformation, would give communities the ability to add a temporary local sales tax – up to a penny in Kentucky’s proposal.  Funds are entirely dedicated to specific projects which could include parks, arenas, convention centers, firehouses or new infrastructure.  Once the project is complete the additional one penny in sales tax goes away.  This could be an exciting economic development tool for both urban and rural communities.


Other bills that will no doubt take turns on our legislative center stage this session include restoring voting rights of former felons, raising the minimum wage, establishing a statewide smoking ban, addressing the public pension systems, creating domestic violence protections for dating partners and approving medical marijuana.


One of the first votes I cast this week was in support of House Resolution 31 which honored C.D. Noland, Jr., who passed away in December.  C.D. was a former state representative, tireless community advocate and great friend to the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  I was proud to support the resolution honoring his extraordinary life.


With more than 140 bills filed already I will keep you informed of their progress and how they will affect Kentuckians and our district in particular.


Governor Beshear gave his last State of the Commonwealth address focusing on his administration’s accomplishments and outlining his legislative priorities.  It was gratifying to hear of the outstanding progress he has achieved in his two terms, during Kentucky’s worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.


We will return to Frankfort next month to begin Part II of the 2015 legislative session but in the interim I will concentrate on constituent concerns and study upcoming legislative issues.


My first week has been exhilarating and I am very much looking forward to the work that lies ahead.  Beginning in February, I will keep you informed with these weekly legislative updates so check back in a few weeks for my next column.


If you’d like to contact me please call the Legislative Research Commission 502-564-8100.  You can also plan to stay informed of legislative action by logging onto the Legislative Research Commission website at or by calling the LRC toll-free Bill Status Line at 866-840-2835. To find out when a committee meeting is scheduled, you can call the LRC toll-free Meeting Information Line at 800-633-9650.


Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your state representative.

Pro Baseball – Omar Ramirez named Legends manager for 2015; Hubbard returns as bench coach

Pitching coach Reyes, hitting coach Hollins also named to field staff; athletic trainer Keiser returns

(WHITAKER BANK BALLPARK, Lexington, Ky.)  Omar Ramirez has been named manager of the Lexington Legends for the 2015 season.  He will be joined by pitching coach Carlos Reyes, hitting coach Damon Hollins and bench coach Glenn Hubbard.  Hubbard is back for a second season with the Legends.  Mark Keiser will return to Lexington for a third season as athletic trainer.


Omar Ramirez
Omar Ramirez

The Legends’ parent club, the American League champion Kansas City Royals, announced field staff assignments today (Friday) for all their minor league affiliates.  The Legends, who play in the South Atlantic League, are going into their third season as the Royals’ class A affiliate.

“The Royals have assigned an outstanding staff to the Legends for the 2015 season,” said Legends’ President/COO Andy Shea.  “All of them have great experience in the Royals’ organization, and we’re really looking forward to working with them.  Getting the field staff in place is another good sign that baseball season is fast approaching.”

Ramirez has served as the manager of the Idaho Fall Chukars, the Royals affiliate in the rookie-level Pioneer League, for the last three seasons.  Idaho Falls was the league champion in 2013.  Ramirez was the hitting coach at Idaho Falls in 2011, and also served as the hitting coach for Royals affiliates in Burlington, North Carolina (Appalachian League) in 2009 and Burlington, Iowa (Midwest League) in 2010.

Ramirez was an outfielder for Hill Junior College in Texas before being selected in the 31st round of the 1990 draft by the Cleveland Indians.  He played eight seasons in the minor leagues with the Indians and Houston Astros, reaching the triple-A level in both organizations.  He also played for parts of six seasons in the Mexican League.

Reyes is in his eighth season with the Royals organization.  He has served as the minor league rehab coach and as a pitching coach for the Surprise Royals of the Arizona League. Reyes was a pitching coach in the New York Yankees organization from 2005-07.

Born in Miami, Reyes attended Florida Southern College before being signed by Atlanta in 1991.   He pitched professionally for 13 seasons.   Reyes reached the major leagues with Oakland in 1994 and was with the A’s through the 1997 season.  He also pitched for San Diego (1998, 1999, 2000), Boston (1998), Philadelphia (2000) and Tampa Bay (2003). Reyes compiled a 20-36 record with a 4.66 ERA in 293 major league appearances.

Reyes resides in Surprise, Arizona with his wife, Annalee, and their children, Quinn, Chelsea, Taylor, Cruz and Cutter.

Hollins enters his sixth season with the Royals.  He began his coaching career as the hitting coach at Burlington, North Carolina of the Appalachian League in 2010, then moved to class A Kane County of the Midwest League in 2011 and to advanced-A Wilmington of the Carolina League in 2012.  He has been the hitting coach at Idaho Falls for the past two seasons.

Hollins was selected by Atlanta in the fourth round of the 1992 draft.  He played in the major leagues for the Braves in 1998 and 2004, for the Dodgers in 1998 and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2005 and 2006. He spent the 2007 season in Japan with the Yomiuri Giants before playing for the

Omaha Royals, Kansas City’s triple-A club, in 2008.

Hollins resides in Litchfield Park, Arizona with his wife, Patrice. They have three children, Tahari, Ameerah and Averi.

Hubbard returns as the Legends’ bench coach.   Before joining the Royals organization in 2011, he spent 21 seasons as a coach in the Atlanta organization, including 12 years as the Braves’ first base coach under manager Bobby Cox.  Before joining the Braves’ major league staff in 1999, Hubbard coached at Bradenton (1990), Macon (1991-92, 1994 and 1998) and Richmond (1993, 1995-97).

A 20th-round draft pick of the Braves in 1975, Hubbard played in the majors for Atlanta from 1978 to 1987. He concluded his playing career with Oakland, playing on an American League pennant winner in 1988.  Hubbard was a National League All-Star in 1983.  He tied a major league record for second basemen with 12 assists in a game on April 14, 1985.

He resides in Stone Mountain, Georgia with his wife, Lynn. They have three sons: Jeremy, Matthew and Daniel.

Keiser is going into his fifth year in the Kansas City system.  He was the athletic trainer with Burlington (Appalachian League) in 2011 and Kane County in 2012 before moving to the Legends in 2013.  Before joining the Royals, Keiser was a graduate assistant athletic trainer at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, while earning his Master of Science degree in athletic training.  At ECU, Keiser was primarily responsible for the volleyball, cheerleading, and the men’s and women’s tennis teams. Keiser graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training from Ohio University in 2009.

The appointment of a strength and conditioning coach will be announced later.

Brian Buchanan, who managed the Legends for the past two seasons, was named manager of the Royals’ advanced-A affiliate, the Wilmington (Del.) Blue Rocks of the Carolina League.

The Legends open the season in Charleston, South Carolina April 9.  The home opener is set for Thursday, April 16 at 7:05 p.m., when the Legends take on the West Virginia Power, an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.

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Indiana News – Osceola, Indiana Man Killed in Three Semi Crash on I-80/94

Gary, Lake County-A three semi crash in the early morning hours of Friday, January 09, 2015, took the life of one of the drivers.

truck fatal 2Preliminary investigation by Trooper Erik Kocinski revealed at approximately 3:45 a.m., this Friday morning, a 2010 Kenworth tractor bobtail (no trailer), driven by Ismael Flores, 32 of Chicago, Illinois, was eastbound on I-80/94 at the 11.8 mile marker (this is just west of the I-65 northbound exit) in the middle left lane (4 lanes of traffic). The tractor, owned by EIC Transport Incorporated out of Chicago, Illinois, lost control, started to spin out, went into the left lane where it was hit by a 2014 Volvo semi pulling double trailers. The 2014 Volvo, is owned by UPS Freight, and driven by James Bauer, 58 of Pinconning, Michigan. The trailers were loaded with 23,000 pounds of general freight. There was no load loss and Bauer was not injured. truck fatal 1

The Kenworth after being hit in the driver’s side rear went across all lanes of eastbound traffic where it struck the concrete barrier wall on the outer shoulder. A 2006 International pulling double trailers, owned by UPS Package out of Elkhart, Indiana, driven by Marvin Reinholtz, 38 of Osceola, Indiana, was on the outer shoulder disabled with its emergency triangles out. The Kenworth after hitting the barrier wall continued east up the wall and slid between the wall and the rear trailer clipping it in the rear. It then hit the rear of the first trailer and the International tractor on the passenger side coming to rest up against the barrier wall the UPS tractor.

Reinholtz was found outside partially pinned under the front right tire of his own tractor and the rear left tire of Flores Kenworth. Reinholtz was pronounced dead at the scene by a deputy with the Lake County Coroner’s Office. FAMILY HAS BEEN NOTIFIED.

Flores was not injured and was cited for Unsafe Lane Movement at this time.

The right and right middle lane are closed at this time for reconstruction of the crash, removal of the deceased, towing of the vehicles, and clean-up of the road.

Assisting: Indiana State Police Senior Trooper Lawrence McFarrin reconstructionist, ISP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division Master Trooper Taylor Bryant, Indiana Department of transportation Hoosier Helpers, Lake Station Fire and EMS, Prompt Ambulance and Midnight Blue Towing

All criminal defendants are to be presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Women's Basketball – UK Hoops drops Auburn

UK Hoops 2014-15 Postgame Quotes
No. 10/11 Kentucky 78, Auburn 57

Memorial Coliseum – Lexington, Ky. – Jan. 8, 2015

UK Head Coach Matthew Mitchell

Opening statement …

UK hoops drops Auburn- Photo by Michael Huang
UK hoops drops Auburn- Photo by Michael Huang

“Well, it was a fantastic win. Really proud of the players for getting after it on defense tonight. It was a good start to the game for us defensively. We had some energy tonight and a great turnover margin. I thought when we were the aggressor and when we out hustled Auburn, it was easy to see that we’re a much better than when we had a couple of lapses when they were playing harder than us. It’s very important that we learn from this game, that we gain some consistency from the team and that is what we were able to see tonight.”


On minutes being spread out more amongst the team…

“I thought that we played a little bit better tonight at times. They worked real hard since our game Sunday. We put a lot of time into it. We still have a lot of improvement that we need to make but we’re working like crazy to try to get up to speed and so I thought that we were a little bit better tonight. Tra’Cee Tanner had a big night, really good player, but we just need to continue to improve. I’m glad that the minutes were a little more even tonight and we need to make sure that if we can get everyone up to speed, then we can use our depth as an advantage and maybe try to ware some teams down and be stronger at the end. Still a lot of improvement we need to make in our post game but hopefully tonight was a positive move in the right direction.”


On getting off to a fast start …

“I thought we were really aggressive. I thought Makayla (Epps) was very aggressive at the start of the game. I thought that Janee (Thompson) was very aggressive at the start of the game. Auburn has a very good full-court press that they like to run. They used it almost the whole game. You just mentally have to fight to figure out where the opening is. I thought we got off to a very good start. I will again tell you that the kids worked really hard this week on their games and on their minds. We just tried to improve so hopefully all of the hard work paid off with a good start.”


On only 12 turnovers against the full-court press the entire game…

“I’m just really so happy that we have been able to show some maturity in that area. I really thought that the team throughout the year showed our lack of maturity. It shows that they have taken it seriously because we have gone from there to here. That’s the third game in a row that there is less than 15 turnovers and that’s right where we would like to be and we would love for the turnover margin to be plus 10. It’s the second out of three games where it was plus 13. We did a really good job and it’s also hard to prepare for the press because we don’t run that press and we don’t have our practice guys here. We’re a little bit thin and players said that they didn’t get a really great look at it in practice so I’m really proud of them how they handled it in the game. We’re trying to be a tough team that doesn’t turn the ball over. We need that to be the best that we can be.”


On starting Alexis Jennings starting over Kyvin (Goodin-Rogers)

“I was really trying to get Kyvin going. I had it more with her in mind. She was a lot better tonight. She still made mistakes. I thought she had more energy tonight and we must get her going in order to get to our best. She is not showing you what she can be. She can be very disruptive defensively, fly around, block some shots, take some charges and she can do some things. Offensively she is also talented. She started the game trying not to make a mistake. I wanted to get her going more than Alexis (Jennings), but she came out strong. We had one of our better offensive options on the floor. Very good start for her as she made some very nice plays. She made progress tonight with the exception of giving up too many boards. Hopefully those two players will continue to gain confidence to get better. When they are playing in an efficient and productive manner, it changes our team in a dramatic fashion. They are both working really hard. All our players are working real hard. I can’t tell you how hard the players and the coaches have worked this week. We are just fighting to see if we can become a good team.”


On how Makayla Epps responded tonight…

“I thought she bounced back late and did some good things. I got very upset with her during the game. I think she loses focus and I want her to look more energetic. She looks like she is coasting. We don’t have time for any of that. We need to be a team with some energy and I thought she responded really well once she got back out there. She showed some maturity. She could have gotten down, because I wasn’t very pleasant in one of the timeouts. She bounced back and came back. We are just fighting to get better and fighting to improve and see if we can become a really good team before the season’s end.”


On the difference late in the game…

“I thought we started hustling. We really tried to make hustle a premium tonight. Auburn scraps and plays hard. We started to let free throws and layups deflate us. Auburn had some great athletes and blocked some shots and we let that really deflate us. At 7:19 or whenever that media timeout was, we just talked about being the aggressor and be the team that hustled more. We started to coming up with loose balls.  Jennifer O’Neill ran the ball down in the press and back tipped it. The last seven minutes we outhustled Auburn and that is why you saw the margin increase.”


The Wildcats (14-2, 3-0 SEC) travel to Columbia, S.C. to take on top-ranked South Carolina (15-0, 3-0 SEC) Sunday, Jan. 11 at 1 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 with Pam Ward and Carolyn Peck calling the action.

Quick Notes:

  • Sunday will mark the 53rd meeting in the all-time series vs. South Carolina. UK leads the all-time series 31-21 but trails 15-9 when playing in Columbia.
  • Seven of the last nine games have been decided by 10 points or less. The Cats went 4-3 in those games.
  • UK has dropped two straight games in Columbia. UK’s last win in Columbia was Jan. 15, 2012 (66-58). UK dropped last year’s road game, 68-59.
  • Coach Mitchell is 9-6 all-time vs. the Gamecocks, 3-4 in Columbia.
  • For 20 straight seasons, UK and USC have played twice as South Carolina is UK’s permanent SEC home-and-home opponent.
  • South Carolina is UK’s fourth ranked opponent this season. UK is 2-1 vs. the ranked this season, 2-0 vs. the top 10 with wins over No. 8/9 Baylor and No. 7/7 Louisville.
  • UK is 1-16 vs. the AP’s top-ranked team. The lone win came over No. 1 Tennessee in Rupp Arena on Jan. 26, 2006.

Indiana News – Trooper Injured in Crash on Toll Road

St. Joseph County – The Indiana State Police are investigating a crash that happened today on the Indiana Toll Road that involved a trooper from the Toll Road Post and the driver of an east bound SUV.  The accident happened at 11:42 a.m. near the 76 mile marker in South Bend.

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The trooper involved in the crash,

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(Photo Submitted)

Andrew Kocsis, 32, was covering a single vehicle personal injury accident that happened minutes earlier in the east bound lanes of the Indiana Toll Road.  Apparently Kocsis had just returned to his police car after attending to the crash he was covering when his car was rear-ended by an east bound Ford Expedition SUV.  The force of the collision then pushed his police car into the rear of the car from the original crash he was covering.  The Expedition was being driven by Shane T. McAdams, 42, of Cedarburg, Wisconsin.  Reportedly McAdams lost control of his vehicle when he drove over the ice covered bridge just west of the South Bend East exit.

Kocsis was transported to Memorial Hospital in South Bend with non life threatening injuries.  Annette M. Ruth, 26, of Saint John, Indiana was also taken to Memorial Hospital for minor injuries she sustained from her single vehicle crash earlier.  McAdams and their passenger were not injured in the crash.

Toll Road Post troopers had answered nearly a dozen calls for service since this morning on the five mile stretch of road between the 72 and 77 mile markers.  Blowing snow, ice and the cold temperatures made this portion of the Toll Road treacherous today, commented Sergeant Trent Smith.  We are asking the public to slow down and use caution.  Unsafe speeds open stretches of road and icy bridge decks continue to create havoc causing several slide offs and accidents in the area.

Men's Basketball – Cardinals Struggle, but Beat Clemson 58 – 52

I promised the guy sitting next to me at tonight’s game between No. 5 Louisville and visiting Clemson at the KFC Yum Center I would not use any weather related references to the cold shooting displayed by both teams in the first half.  Not that either team was as “Cold as Ice” as Foreigner sang in the 70’s.  Or that they both needed a “Heat Wave” as Martha and the Vandellas sang in the 60’s.

I couldn’t resist the references.  With the temperature hovering near zero outside, both teams put on shooting performances that were below freezing.  The two teams combined to make only 14 of 53 shots in the first half.  Clemson was just slightly better than Louisville by shooting 30.8 percent compared to the Cardinals’ abysmal 22.2 percent.  Clemson led 22 – 18 at the half.

Montrezl Harrell played only five minutes in the first half after picking up his second foul.  At times in the first half Louisville was playing both Mangok Mathiang and Chinanu Onuaku.  This made it difficult for the offense as neither player had even scored a point in the last three games.  Pitino said, “To be perfectly honest, I am not sure how much we want to throw the ball inside to Mangok (Mathiang) and Chinanu (Onuaku) against the zone.”

UL vs Clemson 1-7-15 Photo by Jason Sheehan
UL vs Clemson 1-7-15 Photo by Jason Sheehan

Louisville coach Rick Pitino was not completely disappointed in the first half saying, “The defense was fine, the offense was killing us. The offense was killing us. Defense was fine.”

The second half started off much better for Louisville.  A 17 – 0 run gave Louisville a 35 – 22 lead.  Wayne Blackshear struggled with his shooting the entire game making only 3 of his 13 shots, however he made a huge three-pointer to begin the second half.

Terry Rozier, Chris Jones, and Harrell helped push Louisville’s lead.  Rozier finished with 15 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals.  He scored six points during the run.

Harrell finally got involved by scoring five points during Louisville’s run.  The final two points of the run sent the 21,676 fans into a frenzy.  Rozier threw a beautiful lob to Harrell for a vicious dunk.

It has been a long season for senior guard Chris Jones, but he has come out of his season-long slump the past two games.  For the second straight game Jones score more the 20 points.  He finished with 22 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 steals.

Clemson used a zone for the entire game to slow down the Louisville offense.  Pitino commented on how this affected his team saying, “So we need to get better at our zone offense because teams are going to play zone and Bob Valvano asked me, `Were you surprised (that they played zone against you)?’ I said, “Hell I would play zone 40 minutes, why would you play Louisville man?”

Louisville will travel Saturday to Chapel Hill to take on the North Carolina Tar Heels at 2:00.  This should be a faster pace game as the Tar Heels love to get up and down the court.  The No. 18 Tar Heels are 11 – 4 and averaging 80.1 points per game good for 16th in the NCAA and are number two in rebounding at 45.1 points per game.

Kentucky News – Fatal Traffic Crash / Whitley County

KSP CruiserOn Tuesday, January 06, 2015 at approximately 10:33 PM, the Kentucky State Police Post 11, London received a report of a single-vehicle fatal traffic crash on Tacket Creek Road in WhitleyCounty.

Upon arrival Trooper Les Moses determined that a 1996 Toyota Tacoma operated by Cody A. Satterfield, 18, of Williamsburg was traveling northbound on Tacket Creek Road when his vehicle dropped off the left shoulder of the roadway, overturned and struck a tree.

Satterfield who was not wearing a seatbelt was pronounced dead at the scene by the Whitley County Coroner’s Office.

Trooper Moses is in charge of the investigation and was assisted at the scene by Whitley County Sheriff’s Office and  Emlyn Fire Department

Indiana News – Stranded in Cold Weather

With the frigid cold temperatures and high winds we’re experiencing, a disabled or stranded vehicle could make for a life or death situation for the driver and passengers. Following the few tips listed below could save your life:

WinterAdvisory• Let someone know your route of travel.

• Always keep your gas tank full when driving in cold weather.

• Carry a winter survival kit in your car which is to include: blankets, extra warm clothes, flashlight, extra batteries, brightly colored cloth, sand or a bag of cat litter, shovel, candles and matches, non perishable high calorie foods, (nuts, raisins, and protein or energy bars), newspapers (for insulation), a first aid kit and jumper cables.

• Do not leave your car if stranded, it is your best protection. Do not panic, an idling car only uses an average of one gallon of gas per hour. • Roll down a window a very small amount for fresh air.

• Make sure the car’s exhaust pipe is not blocked to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

• At night, leave your dome light on.

• Always have your cell phone and a charger so you can call and let us know where you’re located.

Following these simple tips could save you or a family member’s life. Motorists are also reminded that with the frigid temperatures, gusting winds and blowing snow also comes the possibility of intersections, bridge decks and overpasses icing over. Please keep this in mind and drive with caution.

For Indiana road conditions call 1-800-261-7623 or visit the INDOT web site at

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