Winamac Council Approves Police Car Purchase


The Winamac Police Department plans to add another Dodge Charger to its fleet.

Chief Mike Buchanan told the town council the car will replace a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. He adds the Charger offers the best value for the money. He has $25,000 in his budget to purchase a new car. The Winamac Police Department qualifies for the state’s negotiated law enforcement fleet price but will still be able to take delivery of the car through Braun Chrysler in Winamac.

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Winamac Woman Suffered Heart Attack Before Accident

Autopsy results have revealed that a Winamac woman died of a heart attack before hitting a tree and garage at a home in the downtown area.

Winamac Police Chief Mike Buchanan said Jamie Sheets, 39, was traveling eastbound on Pearl Street on Monday, Feb. 25, at an excessive speed and hit a parked car. She continued eastbound where she struck a tree at a home at 202 N. Riverside Drive and then stopped after the vehicle hit a garage on that property.

Buchanan noted emergency personnel could not get a pulse at the scene and she was taken to Pulaski Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Buchanan spoke to Coroner Steve VanDerAa who reported the autopsy revealed that she suffered a heart attack prior to the accident. She had no visible injuries.