North Liberty Woman Dies in Accident


The Marshall County Sheriff’s Department is investigating an accident that resulted in a fatality Wednesday night.

According to police, Melissa Newcomb, 29 of North Liberty, was southbound on Tamarack Road and approached 4B Road when she entered the intersection without stopping. Her vehicle left the roadway and struck a concrete pillar.

The Polk Township Fire Department extricated her from the vehicle and was transported to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Plymouth where she later died.

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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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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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Motorcycle Crash Claims Bourbon Man’s Life



A July 3rd motorcycle versus deer crash on a Marshall County road claimed the life of a Bourbon man.  Michael A Disher, 45, was eastbound on 9B Road between Hickory and Grape Roads when a deer ran into the roadway. He couldn’t avoid striking the animal and was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:45 p.m. by officials from the Marshall County Coroner’s Office.

Former Indiana Governor Dies

Gov. Otis R. Bowen
Gov. Otis R. Bowen

The man credited with overhauling Indiana’s tax system before serving as a member of President Reagan’s cabinet died Saturday in Donaldson. Former Gov. Otis Bowen was 95. The physician from Bremen was elected Marshall County Coroner in 1952 and later served in the General Assembly before being elected governor by a landslide in 1972. Continue reading

Investigation into Marshall County unattended death continues

Investigators in Marshall County do not believe foul play was a contributing factor in last week’s unattended death of a 28-year-old pregnant woman. Trisha Hemminger’s husband called 911 last Thursday after finding his wife unresponsive and not breathing at their home on Michigan Road. Initial autopsy results show no evidence of trauma. Coroner Bill Cleavenger stresses that results of toxicology and other tests are necessary to determine her cause of death. Those results are pending. Cleavenger’s continuing investigation will also include an extensive review of Hemminger’s medical history. She was seven months pregnant at the time of her death.


Marshall County Authorities Investigate Unattended Death

  The Marshall County Sheriff’s Department and the Marshall County Coroner are investigating an unattended death that occurred Thursday in the 5000 block of Michigan Road in Plymouth.

The initial investigation showed that 28-year-old Trisha Hemminger was found dead in her home and was discovered by her husband. An autopsy has been scheduled, but police don’t believe foul play was involved.

Marshall County Coroner Says Alcohol Not Involved In Boating Death

The Marshall County Coroner’s Office announced Thursday that alcohol was not a factor in Sunday’s boating fatality on Lake Latonka in Plymouth. Sixty-one-year-old Roger R. Martin of Chicago was killed when he was run over by a ski boat driven by a family member. Martin had fallen from the boat and was struck by the propeller as it was making a sharp turn to recover skiers who had fallen from a water tube being towed behind the boat.

Coroner Bill Cleavenger said Thursday morning after discussing the incident with the Indiana conservation officers and the Marshall County Prosecutor’s Office that alcohol did not play a part in Martin’s death.

The incident remains under investigation by the conservation department and the coroner’s office, but Cleavenger emphasized that alcohol consumption by neither the victim nor boat operator played a part in Martin’s death.

Toxicology Results Negative for Alcohol and Drugs in Fatal Accident

The toxicology results have been released by the Marshall County Coroner’s Office and Coroner Bill Cleveanger said in the case of Richard Dennis III, alcohol and drugs were not a factor in accident that claimed his Dennis’ life on January 3rd.

On January 3rd, police say Richard Dennis III was traveling westbound on 9th Road, just east of Quince Road when he encountered a set of railroad tracks. He didn’t slow or stop at the tracks and went over the incline and over the tracks at a high rate of speed. The road conditions were slick at time and Dennis reportedly lost control of his vehicle and hit a tree. He was killed upon impact. State Police are investigating reports that Dennis may have been involved in a hit and run accident in Plymouth shortly before the fatal crash. The accident remains under investigation with the Marshall County Coroner’s Office and the Indiana State Police.

Marshall County Jail Inmate Dies

The Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police and the Marshall County Coronor’s Office are investigating the death of Marshall County Jail inmate, Georgia M. Onofre.

The 35-year-old woman was in a special observation area in the jail due to her past medical history and was under constant surveillance by jail staff. She became unresponsive around 4:00 a.m. ET yesterday morning and jail staff immediately started resuscitation efforts. Plymouth paramedics transported Onofre to the Emergency Department where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

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