The Washington Times-Herald

July 23, 2013

State briefs


The Washington Times-Herald

---- — Sand dune boy ready for release

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — Doctors say a 6-year-old boy rescued from an Indiana sand dune is moving about the Chicago hospital where he’s recovering.

Dr. Diana Mitchell of Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago says Nathan Woessner can leave his room to visit the hospital playroom. She says he continues to improve and returned to a regular diet Monday. He’s listed in good condition.

The Sterling, Ill., boy was buried for more than three hours in the dune called Mount Baldy at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore near Michigan City, about 40 miles southeast of Michigan City.

Doctors have said Nathan is expected to make a full neurological recovery but may suffer lingering lung problems from inhaling sand.

His grandfather, Don Reul of Galva, Ill., tells The LaPorte County Herald-Argus that Nathan’s “not far from” leaving the hospital.

Human remains found in Brownsburg

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say human remains have been found in a metal container on a vacant property just west of Indianapolis.

The Hendricks County Sheriff’s Department authorities say a man who recently purchased the property was clearing part of it Monday when he found skeletal remains inside the cylinder. The county coroner’s office confirms the bones are human.

Authorities have called in forensics experts from the University of Indianapolis to help with the investigation.

The property where the remains were found is near the Marion-Hendricks County line.

Anniversary celebration at ND

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The University of Notre Dame is preparing to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

A special Mass is scheduled for 4 p.m. Aug. 16, followed by a reception. Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria, Ill., who studied theology at Notre Dame, is scheduled to preside.

The basilica serves as the oldest and principal church of the Congregation of Holy Cross in the United States and is the cornerstone of liturgical life at Notre Dame.

The basilica is open to the public year round from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. when school is in session and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during holiday breaks or when school is not in session.

Ultralight crash kills man

LAPORTE, Ind. (AP) — An ultralight aircraft crash in northern Indiana has killed a 36-year-old man.

WSBT-TV and WNDU-TV report the crash Sunday morning in a LaPorte County corn field killed Benjamin Hubbard of South Bend.

The LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department says Hubbard had arranged to meet a pilot friend in Plymouth, and when Hubbard didn’t show up, the other pilot went over the ultralight’s flight path and found the wreckage.

The cause of the crash was not immediately clear. The investigation has been turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.