A West Point cadet from Valparaiso is among the nine soldiers killed during a training accident near Fort Hood, Texas last week. 21-year-old Cadet Mitchell Alexander Winey was scheduled to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2018. The tactical vehicle crash that claimed his life last week remains under investigation. Back home Gov. Mike Pence has directed flags at state buildings be lowered to half-staff in Winey’s honor.
Written by Mary Perren
WKVI News Director Mary Perren is glad to be back home in northern Indiana and on the radio. She’s a North Judson native with more than 20 years of news experience. She’s worked in print and radio news in Indianapolis, Hopkinsville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn. and most recently in Winamac before taking over as news director for Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in February of 2013. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press, StateNets News Association, Curb Foundation, Hoosier State Press Association and IBA. When she’s not sitting in the anchor chair or chasing down news, Mary enjoys shopping for antiques, attending concerts and taking long walks and rides in her vintage Saab convertible, weather permitting. She’s also a hopelessly devoted Chicago Cubs fanatic who still cringes at the mention of Steve Garvey and Josh Beckett and maintains it wasn’t Steve Bartman’s fault.