Four Arrested in Compliance Sweep

Four La Porte County residents were arrested early Saturday morning following a special “Operation Santa Sweep” by the La Porte County Sheriff’s Department Midnight Patrol Shift deputies.

Four separate investigations were conducted into suspects determined to be non-compliant on the Sex and Violent Offender Registry. As a result, warrants were issued for 74-year-old Arthur Newkirk, Sr. of Rolling Prairie, 42-year-old Matthew A. Wunder of La Porte, 35-year-old Robert D. Raymond of Michigan City and 50-year-old Harry Wilson of Michigan City, for the Level 6 Felony charge of failure to register as a sex offender.

Wunder and Newkirk have since bonded out of the La Porte County Jail, while Raymond and Wilson remain incarcerated with a $755 cash-only bond

Suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

LaPorte Resident Dies in Rollover Crash on State Road 39

A single-vehicle rollover crash has claimed the life of a LaPorte resident. LaPorte County Police say it happened around 8:15 Saturday night on State Road 39 near the ramps to the Indiana Toll Road. Deputies believe a 2005 Ford SUV was heading north on State Road 39, when it left the east side of the roadway, rolled several times, became upright, and traveled back onto 39, before eventually coming to a stop.

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UPDATE: House Explosion under Investigation

A house explosion occurred at a Kewanna home today.

The Pulaski County Coroner’s Office confirmed that one death occurred at 5806 E. 250 S. in Kewanna. The identity of the decedent, along with the manner and cause of death, are pending. The incident remains under investigation. More information will be released as it becomes available.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday, but it may take several weeks before any information is revealed. 

Indiana Department of Homeland Security responded to the scene, along with the Indiana State Police, Indiana State Fire Marshal, Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, Pulaski County Coroner’s Office, Kewanna Police Department, Winamac Police Department, Kewanna Fire Department, Winamac Fire Department, Star City Fire Department, Pulaski County EMS, Parkview Samaritan, and Lutheran EMS.