Bourbon Man Dies in Farm Equipment Accident

Marshall County emergency responders were called to a serious farming incident on Friday evening.

According to the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, county deputies along with the fire department, EMS and officers from the Town of Bourbon were called to a farm in the 3500 block of 9B Road in Bourbon. When they arrived, they found that Lester G. Sellers died after apparent injuries sustain after a tractor slipped a gear and rolled over him as he was working on the tractor, according to the release.

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Driver Injured in Single Vehicle Crash

A Mishawaka woman was injured in a single vehicle crash in Marshall County late Thursday evening.

Marshall County police say Danielle Evanoff was driving north on U.S. 31 south of 5A Road when she left the roadway for unknown reasons. She attempted to correct the action, but lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle lost control, struck a cable barrier in the grass median and began rolling, according to the report. The vehicle came to rest on its top.

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Plymouth Man Dies in Accident

A three-vehicle accident at a busy intersection in Plymouth claimed the life of a Plymouth man.

According to information from the Plymouth Police Department, Samuel Bondranko, 54, of Vale, Virginia, was traveling east on U.S. 30 approaching Oak Drive when he turned his focus to a semi turning onto U.S. 30. The traffic signal had changed and Bondranko reportedly told police that he did not see that it had turned red in his lane of traffic. Police say Bondranko entered the intersection and collided with a car driven by Richard Kunkle, of Plymouth who was traveling south on Oak Dr. Bondranko also struck a vehicle driven by Timothy Evans, of Valparaiso, who was attempting to onto U.S. 30 from Oak Dr.

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Jail Fight Injures Officer

Zachary Cowger

Charges are expected to be filed against inmates who were reportedly in a fight in the Marshall County Jail Wednesday night.

Officers from the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department and the Plymouth Police Department and Plymouth EMS were called to the jail as a fight broke in a cell block. Police say before assistance arrived jail officers on duty successfully locked down all of the inmates in the cell block where it had occurred.

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53 Grams of Crystal Meth Reportedly Found at Plymouth Home, Following Search Warrant

Four people were arrested Monday, after police reportedly found 53 grams of crystal methamphetamine at a Plymouth home. Shortly after 7:00 p.m., officers with the Marshall County Drug Task Force, Indiana State Police, Plymouth Police Department, and Marshall County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant at a home in the 7700 block of Rose Road.

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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over this Labor Day Weekend

The Labor Day weekend is filled with a variety of different celebrations including the Marshall County Blueberry Festival and the Monterey Days Festival. These types of events may lead to alcohol consumption. If you drink, don’t drive.

Four law enforcement agencies in Marshall County are in the middle of the state’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign through the Labor Day holiday. The Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, Bremen Police Department, Plymouth Police Department and Bourbon Police Department have increased sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols and saturation patrols in an effort to take impaired drivers off the roads. Continue reading

Two Injured in Two-Vehicle Accident

Two people were injured in a two-vehicle accident in the area of U.S. 31 and 19th Road in Argos on Wednesday evening.

Marshall County police say William Reese, 60, of Argos, was traveling west on 19th Road approaching U.S. 31 when he pulled across the northbound lane into the median. He reportedly did not see the approaching vehicle traveling south on U.S. 31 and pulled into the path of the vehicle driven by Donn F. Whitenight, Jr., 47, of Rochester. Whitenight, Jr. reportedly told police that he could not avoid the collision with Reese.

Both drivers complained of pain as a result of the crash and they were transported to a South Bend hospital.

Pursuit Leads to Arrest

A Nappanee man was airlifted from the scene of a motorcycle crash after Marshall County police say the driver led a sheriff’s deputy on a pursuit.

A Marshall County Sheriff’s deputy attempted a traffic stop late Wednesday night in the area of Michigan Road and 1st Road when the motorcycle driver reportedly refused to stop. Police say the driver, Jesse Elliott, turned east on Tyler Road when a high speed pursuit began. Elliott later crashed on Tyler Road west of Lilac Road.

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Bremen Man Arrested after Scuffle with Police

Devon Zillmer

A Bremen man was arrested Tuesday evening after allegedly attempting to move a disabled car and disobeying police orders.

A Marshall County Sheriff’s deputy responded to a report of disabled vehicle on East Shore Drive at Dill Street in the Lake of the Woods area in Bremen. Police say Devon Zillmer arrived at the scene to drag away the vehicle as the deputy was on his way to that location.

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Bourbon Police Arrest Two Juveniles after Pursuit

Two juveniles are in custody after allegedly leading police on a pursuit through two counties early Sunday morning.

A Bourbon police officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on State Road 331 at 11B Road after the driver reportedly committed several traffic violations. Police say the driver drove the vehicle off to the side of the road, turned around and led police on a 14-mile pursuit into Kosciusko County. Speeds reached 110 mph, according to the report.

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Marshall County Prosecutor Files Drug, Prostitution Charges against Plymouth Man

Marshall County Prosecutor Nelson Chipman filed five charges against 68-year-old James A. Irwin, of Plymouth, who is suspected of drug dealing and solicitation of prostitution.

Irwin is facing felony charges of dealing in a schedule I, II, or III controlled substance, dealing a substance represented to be a controlled substance, and promoting prostitution. Two misdemeanor charges of patronizing a prostitute have also been filed. Additional charges are being considered by the prosecutor’s office.

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Seven Arrested on Drug Charges

Seven people were arrested on Wednesday night after officers executed a search warrant at a home in the 100 block of Green Street in Plymouth.

As a result of a search of the home, Marshall County Drug Task Force officers along with officers from the Plymouth Police Department and the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department filed charges of dealing marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, maintaining a common nuisance, and visiting a common nuisance.

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Nappanee Man Injured in Motorcycle Accident

Investigators with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department are looking into a motorcycle accident that occurred just before 2 a.m. Friday morning.

Police say Daniel Meyer was riding his 2003 Harley Davidson on U.S. 6 just west of Union Road when he lost control in the curve. He then crossed the westbound lanes and left the roadway on the north side of the highway, according to the report. Meyer was airlifted to Memorial Hospital with head trauma.

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Three Local Police Agencies Join Campaign to Arrest Drunk Drivers

Three local law enforcement agencies will be working to keep impaired drivers off the streets in the upcoming Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

The Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, Plymouth Police Department and Bourbon Police Department will increase sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols and saturation patrols beginning in mid-August through the Labor Day holiday.

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South Bend Man Arrested after Foot Pursuit

Joseph Cromey

A South Bend man is in custody in his alleged involvement in numerous theft incidents in Marshall County. Joseph Cromey, 46, also reportedly ran from police.

On Sunday morning, a Marshall County patrolman was searching for a vehicle driven by a suspect in numerous theft cases. The officer found the vehicle at a home near King Road and U.S. 6. The officer recognized Cromey who led the officer on a high speed pursuit north on King Road before crashing at Tyler Road, according to a press release.  Cromey reportedly led police on a foot pursuit. The officer was able to apprehend Cromey by using a taser.

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