Conservation Officers Identify Hudson Lake Drowning Victim

New Carlisle Officer Josh Szuba in kayak) and members of the LaPorte County Sheriff's Dive Team search for drowning victim in Hudson Lake
New Carlisle Officer Josh Szuba in kayak) and members of the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Dive Team search for drowning victim in Hudson Lake

Indiana Conservation Officers have released the name of the man who drowned in Hudson Lake Sunday morning. Howard Fetterer, 71, of New Carlisle was recovered from eight feet of water about 100 feet from shore, after a one-hour search. Continue reading

Conservation Officers Investigating Hudson Lake Drowning

New Carlisle Officer Josh Szuba in kayak) and members of the LaPorte County Sheriff's Dive Team search for drowning victim in Hudson Lake
New Carlisle Officer Josh Szuba (in kayak) and members of the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Dive Team search for drowning victim in Hudson Lake (Photo provided by the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department)

Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a weekend drowning at Hudson Lake in LaPorte County. Emergency responders received reports shortly after 7:00 Sunday morning that someone had fallen out of a boat near the 8100 block of East Lakeshore Drive, according to the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department. Continue reading

DNR Officials Looking for Poacher in Marshall County

DNR law enforcementIndiana Conservation Officers are looking for a poacher in the Marshall County area.

An investigation is ongoing into the shooting of a fawn deer that happened in the 15000 block of Fir Road, just north of 15B Road on Saturday, Aug. 9. A passing motorist reportedly saw a man exit his small, yellow compact car and shoot into an adjacent field. According to the press release, the gun was believed to be a shotgun.

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Divers Recover Body from Lake Maxinkuckee


Indiana Conservation Officers and the Marshall County Coroner are investigating the death of a 28-year-old man whose body was recovered by divers in Culver’s Lake Maxinkuckee Friday night.

The man, Jose Cruz Lizcano-Fernandez, of Logansport, was last seen swimming at the Culver Public Beach and was reported missing four to five hours later, according to a news release from the DNR.  Divers from the Indiana Conservation Office assisted in the search while using “side scan sonar” to locate him.  His body was recovered within 30 minutes of the initial call and was located approximately 15 feet outside of the swim area at Culver Public Beach in about five feet of water.

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Body of Knox High School Graduate Found

DNR law enforcementThe body of a missing former Knox High School graduate has been recovered.

Late last night, a boater and a member of the United States Coast Guard located 29-year-old Ron Wood, Jr.’s body approximately one mile off the shore of Lake Michigan near the far west border of Central Beach in Porter County, according to Indiana Conservation Officers. Continue reading

Man Died of Accidental Drowning


The body of a man was found in the Yellow River Thursday evening.

An autopsy to find the cause of death was conducted Friday. The preliminary cause of death is accidental drowning.

Kayakers notified the Plymouth Police Department on Thursday evening that they found a body in the Yellow River by Oakhill Avenue in Plymouth. The deceased man was recovered by the effort of officers from the Plymouth Police Department, Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana Conservation officers, Plymouth Fire Department, and the Marshall County Coroner.

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Ron Wood, Jr. Remains Missing

Crews are searching for Ron Wood, Jr.
Crews are searching for Ron Wood, Jr.

Indiana Conservation officers are continuing in their search for 29-year-old Ron Wood, Jr.

Wood, a Knox High School graduate, went missing after jumping into Lake Michigan Saturday night to attempt to rescue struggling swimmers who drifted from their boat a mile off shore. All swimmers were rescued by the US Coast Guard and nearby boaters except for Wood who remains missing.

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Knox High School Graduate Missing


A 29-year-old Knox High School graduate is missing in the waters of Lake Michigan.

Ron Wood, Jr. of Chicago and several others were in a boat drifting off shore north of Mount Baldy on Saturday night. Two members of the group jumped into the lake and became separated from the boat. A few passengers jumped into the water to retrieve the swimmers. The remaining passenger in the boat could not start the boat’s engine and called 911.

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More Than 200 Tickets Issued By Conservation Officers Over Holiday Weekend

Indiana Conservation Officers who cover seven counties including Fulton, Kosciusko and Marshall Counties, issued over 220 tickets over the Memorial Day weekend.

Officers spent the majority of their time on boating patrol enforcement, with 159 boating tickets given as well as 11 boating while intoxicated custodial arrests. One person was arrested on a felony count of intimidation with a deadly weapon. Other charges include disorderly conduct, possession of marijuana, and resisting law enforcement, along with other infractions. Twenty-five fishing violations were also discovered.

Sixteen officers logged 461 hours of patrol which included patrols at Potato Creek State Park and Tri-County Fish and Wildlife Area.

Indiana Conservation Officers Had Hands Full Over Memorial Day Weekend

Indiana Conservation Officers have been out patrolling on waterways and State properties and the Memorial Day weekend proved to be a busy one for officers.

55 citations and 67 boating related warnings were issued to boaters during the course of the holiday weekend.  Three boaters were arrested on Lake Michigan and area lakes for Operating a Motorboat While Intoxicated.

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