Carbon monoxide poisoning caused the death of two young Amish brothers who were found in their home near Ligonier Monday night, according to the Noble County Sheriff's Department.
The 12 and 14 year olds, whose names were not released, were pronounced dead at the scene of the tragedy, in the 500 W block of CR 1000N. Their father arrived home to find them unconscious in the basement, and ran to a neighbor's house to get help at about 9:36 p.m.
Police believe the parents had gone to town to get groceries at around 5:45 p.m., and before leaving instructed the boys to fill a water tank for the family's horses. Apparently a faulty exhaust vent for the gasoline powered pump leaked carbon monoxide into the basement, overcoming the boys; they were found near the bottom of the basement stairs.
Rescuers were called out from the Ligonier Fire and Police Departments, Topeka Fire Department, Noble County EMS, Sheriff's Department and State Police, but it was too late. The Noble County Coroner's Office, assisted by police, is continuing an investigation.
Two men died after the snowmobiles they were on broke through thin ice on Sylvan Lake Sunday night, according to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Chance J. Speck, 23, and Rodney A. Owens, 40, were pronounced dead, apparently of hypothermia, after attempts to revive them failed.
The incident happened near Spring Beach Road, on the north side of the lake near SR 9, at about 7:49 p.m. Four snowmobilers were reportedly on the lake when at least two went through the ice, which officials say was less than an inch thick in that area. One snowmobiler was able to get out of the water, and was taken to shore by the fourth rider, but the other two men were not able to climb out and were left clinging to the edge of the ice.
Fire units from the Orange Township, Johnson Township, Kendallville, and Ligonier Fire Departments, bringing specialized ice rescue and diving equipment, hurried to the scene along with units of several other emergency services.
The ice was so thin that rescuers were unable to use it as a platform to work from. Some of them also ended up in the water, and were briefly unable to get out until more manpower and equipment arrived. They were able to get one victim out just before 9 p.m., and the second less than ten minutes later.
Because helicopters were unable to fly due to the weather, the men were transported by ambulance to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, where efforts went on to warm and resusitate them. The efforts were untlmately unsuccessful, and the two were pronounced dead at the hospital.
During the incident a Noble County Sheriff's deputy working crowd control was slightly injured by a disraught relative. The relative ended up handcuffed in a police car after a short struggle, but was released later without being charged.
The tragedy remains under investigation by DNR Conservation Officers. The Indiana State Police and Rome City Marshal's Office also assisted.
On an unrelated note, unless the cold made them crazy:
As if recent weather hasn't made roads dangerous enough, a crash near LaOtto Monday was allegedly done on purpose.
A Garrett woman landed in jail after allegedly ramming an SUV on SR 205, near CR 450S, according to the Noble County Sheriff's Department. Apparently a passenger in the SUV was the ex-boyfriend of 19 year old Stacey Fitzwater, who told police she was just trying to get him out of a 2001 Chevy Tracker, driven by Renee Duszynski of Waterloo.
Fitzwater reportedly pulled alongside the Tracker, but then turned her 2001 Chrylser Concord into the other vehicle, forcing it off the road at about 4:25 p.m. The SUV was totaled when it was forced into a guardrail. No one was hurt, and Fitzwater allegedly left the scene, then returned on foot.
the damaged Concord was found a short time later at the LaOtto Community Center, and Fitzwater was arrested. She was charged with Criminal Recklessness with a Vehicle, Reckless Driving, Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident, Driving While Suspended, and Operating Without Financial Responsibility.
The Churubusco and Avilla Police Departments assisted Sheriff's deputies with the investigation.