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A Valparaiso man has been identified as the victim of a fatal traffic accident Monday on the Indiana Toll Road in St. Joseph County.
Richard McNamara III, 48 of Valparaiso, was driving a 2009 Chevrolet van involved in the crash.
Police said the two-vehicle crash occurred around 9:17 a.m. Monday in the eastbound lanes near the 71 mile marker.
Preliminary investigation by police showed McNamara’s white 2009 Chevrolet van collided with the rear of a teal and white 2005 Peterbilt semitrailer being driven by Jose Navar, 42, of Berkely, Illinois. Police said the investigation and witness accounts show Navar had been stopped on the right berm with his hazard lights flashing when he began to speed up to merge back into the right lane of eastbound traffic. Police said for an unknown reason McNamara’s Chevrolet did not change lanes or slow before crashing into the back of the semi-trailer.
Eastbound traffic was stopped about 25 minutes for reconstruction and cleanup from this crash. McNamara was pronounced deceased at the scene by the St. Joseph County coroner’s office.
The Indiana State Police were assisted by the South Bend Fire Department, Warren Township Fire Department and the St. Joseph County coroner’s office.
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An upstate New York police department fed up with lingering cold weather has placed winter under arrest.
The Post-Standard reports the Depew Police Department wrote Friday in a humorous Facebook post that it had arrested the season. Police said any more snow winter produces would be held against it in court.
The department also called for groundhog Punxsutawney Phil to turn himself in for predicting six more weeks of winter. Police joke that they’re willing to look past winter’s “most recent transgressions” if it works with the department.
New York has experienced wintry weather this month and high winds that caused power outages.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The state of Mississippi has “abandoned its responsibility to provide basic needs” to inmates at a privately run prison that is excessively violent and fails to provide proper medical care, an attorney for the prisoners said Monday.
The American Civil Liberties Union and Southern Poverty Law Center sued the state over conditions at East Mississippi Correctional Facility, which is home to 1,200 inmates, the majority of whom have been diagnosed with a mental health problem.
The Mississippi Department of Corrections “receives report after report and does nothing. That is the definition of deliberate indifference,” plaintiffs’ attorney Erin Monju said in closing arguments.
Warden Frank Shaw testified during the five-week trial that the prison follows protocol and the facility is no worse than any other. Attorneys for the government defended the facility, including its use of solitary confinement.
“Coloring books and timeout isn’t going to work for criminals,” defense attorney William Siler said.
The prison is operated under a contract with the Utah-based Management and Training Corporation. Attorneys for the government said the groups suing Mississippi had an agenda and wanted to litigate private prisons out of business.
“We need to get out of their (MTC’s) way and let them run their prison,” Siler said.
Privately run prisons can be a political hot potato. Lawmakers often tout their lowered costs and better performance than state-run facilities but opponents point to understaffing, health care cuts and a lack of transparency.
Valparaiso University students participated in dance marathon to benefit Children’s Miracle Network
Valparaiso is One of nine campuses nationwide to raise $1 million annually from this event. VU drew 639 students to this year’s dance marathon, an increase from the 586 participants in 2017. “I’m encouraged by the turnout,” said VU sophomore Miranda Dunn, director of public relations for the dance marathon. “We’ve increased our numbers, and that’s all you can ask.”
As Dunn, of Plymouth, explained, VU also holds a FT5K run-walk to benefit children’s hospitals. The campus also collaborates with local eateries on “Miracle Mondays,” during which a percentage of sales supports the dance marathon.
Carol Goss, who is director of VU’s Language Resource Center, praised students for “doing it with such as sense of giving. They’re learning what it means to serve and learning about kids.”
The marathon ran from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., during which “morale team” members taught participants sections of a group dance. The event raised $70,075.06 in total.
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