ROYAL CENTER, Ind. (WISH) – Two teenagers died and six other people were hurt in a Friday night crash of a semitractor-trailer and two cars in Cass County, the sheriff said.
The sheriff said he did not know when the crash occurred, but the Logansport Pharos Tribune sent a tweet about 6:30 p.m. to avoid the area of U.S. 35 at North County Road 350 West. That’s about 5 miles northwest of Logansport.
Sheriff Randy Pryor said a car was traveling in the northbound lane of U.S. 35 when an animal, perhaps a dog, ran into the road. The semi behind that car struck it and then swerved into the southbound lane and hit a southbound car nearly head-on.
The two teenagers were ejected from the back seat of the southbound car when it crashed in a field. The sheriff said he did not know the genders of the teens, and said he is not releasing information Friday night about whether they are local residents.
The sheriff said the southbound car had a total of five people in it; the other three were taken to Logansport Memorial Hospital to be treated for injuries. The northbound car had three people inside it, and they were also taken to the same hospital for treatment of their injuries.
The driver of the semi was not injured.
The crash is about 40 miles northwest of Indianapolis.
ROYAL CENTER, Ind. (WLFI) — Some property owners are asking Cass County authorities for a chance to speak out on a proposed wind farm.
Some people worried about things like noise pollution and sun flicker. They’re also said they’re concerned about how close the turbines will be to their homes. They’re calling on county commissioners to give them a chance to have their questions and concerns answered.
County Attorney Jeff Stanton said there is an open meeting scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday. He said the commissioners will provide information to the public as they are able to do so.
“There’s just too many unanswered questions on this,” said Cass County property owner Brenda Rusk.
She is one of several people worried about the impact of a proposed wind farm.
“Just possibilities of things that could go wrong,” Rusk said.
Rusk said she’s been contacted multiple times about contracting her property. She said British-based company RES is working to put turbines between 600 and 840 feet tall near Royal Center.
To give some perspective, White County turbines are only about 300 feet tall.
“I don’t feel like signing a contract with this kind of a close proximity to us,” Rusk said. “I just think it’s too much for that much height.”
Rusk said setbacks for the turbines are 1,000 feet from property lines or roads. She said people in the area would like the setback to be at least three times the height of the turbines.
“If they would have just set the setbacks to 2,640 feet, which would be four times their height, it would just give us a safety bracket,” Rusk said.
She and several other property owners said they voiced their concerns to county commissioners at a morning meeting on Dec. 4, but they have not been given a public forum to have their concerns addressed.
“They said they were not having a public evening meeting,” Rusk said. “They were not taking their time out for one issue. I feel like an issue as important as this needs to be addressed.”
Larry Kemper lives near the proposed site. He said the idea of a wind farm doesn’t bother him, but he thinks everyone deserves to have their questions answered.
“Everybody should have a say with something like that,” Kemper said. “Especially something big like that. It affects the whole community.”
WLFI reached out to all three county commissioners, but they did not respond.
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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Lucas Oil Stadium will be rocking this weekend with the Indiana High School Athletic Association Football Championships.
The best teams in Indiana will be fighting for a state title on Friday and Saturday.
All the action will begin with the Class A Final between Pioneer and Eastern Greene. The Panthers head to Indy with a perfect 14-0 record on the season and looking for their first state title since 1997. The Thunderbirds are coming off a hard fought win against Lutheran in the semi-state. Eastern Greene will be going for it’s first ever state title.
The Class 3A game also will be Friday. Brebeuf is back in the state finals for the first time since 2013. The Braves will match up against Evansville Memorial. The Braves head to Lucas Oil Stadium after a shout-out win against Mishawaka Marion in the semistate. As for the Tigers of Memorial out of Evansville, they will be going for their first-ever football state championship.
Wrapping up Friday night will be the Class 5A game, Kokomo vs. Columbus East. The Wildkats come in trying to win their first state football title. Kokomo hopes to keep its momentum going after its impressive 21-14 win over Michigan City. The Olympians are back in the state finals for the second year in a row. Columbus East dominated the Irish of Cathedral in semistate to earn a trip to Lucas Oil.
Saturday will start with Woodlan vs. Southridge. The Warriors hung on to beat Eastbrook 15-14 to advance to Indianapolis. Woodlan will be going for its first state football championship. As for the Raiders, they beat Scecina 24-7 to advance to state. A win on Saturday would also give them their first ever state title.
In the Class 4A game, Lowell will face East Central. The Red Devils took down a tough Bishop Dwenger team in the semistate to advance to state for the first time since 2009. The Trojans of East Central knocked off Greenwood to get an opportunity to play in the state finals. East Central played for a state title back in 2015.
Finally, in the Class 6A game on Saturday, it’s powerhouse Ben Davis against Penn. The Giants will bring a perfect 13-0 record to Lucas Oil as they go for an incredible 15th state title. As for the Kingsmen, they dominated the defending state champs Carmel last week to advance to state. The last time Penn won a state title was 17 years ago.
Tickets are $15 per day. All seats are general admission. Age 5 and younger are admitted at no charge. Single-day tickets may also be purchased at the Lucas Oil Stadium Ticket Office on the southeast side of the venue at street level near Capitol Avenue.