Legislation written in tribute to a fallen Mishawaka police officer and his K-9 partner is eligible for Gov. Mitch Daniels' signature.
The Indiana House of Representatives and Senate have both voted to approve the final version of Senate Bill 170, which raises penalties for people who cause the death of an officer while fleeing police and those who kill a law-enforcement animal while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
On January 9, 2010, Cpl. James Szuba and his K9 Partner Ricky were “killed in the line of duty.” Cpl. Szuba and K9 Ricky were responding to assist another officer whom had reported a dangerous driver that was fleeing at a high rate of speed. Cpl. Szuba’s patrol vehicle was struck by the vehicle, killing Cpl. Szuba and K9 Ricky. The City of Mishawaka suffered a great loss that night. Words cannot express our grief.
Mishawaka First Runner-Up in Indiana Businessweek's Annual Ranking of the Best Places to Raise Your Kids
Mayor Jeff Rea announced today that the City of Mishawaka was ranked second in the State of Indiana by Business Week Magazine in their annual ranking of the best places to raise your kids. Mishawaka was runner-up to Fishers, and just ahead of Carmel.
According to businessweek.com, the selections were limited to towns that had at least 45,000 residents and a median income between $40,000 and $125,000. Data used included school performance, number of schools, household expenditures, crime rates, air quality, job growth, family income, museums, parks, theaters, other amenities and diversity. Affordability, safety, and test scores were given the greatest weight.