- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

PLYMOUTH, Ind. (AP) - The Latest on Kosciusko County Sheriff Aaron Rovenstine being indicted (all times local):

5:15 p.m.

A prosecutor says two other men are in custody in connection following the indictment of a northern Indiana sheriff on bribery charges and other counts.

Marshall County Prosecutor E. Nelson Chipman Jr. says a 56-year-old Kevin L. Bronson and 61-year-old Mark H. Soto of Warsaw bribed Kosciusko County Sheriff Aaron Rovenstine in exchange for favors such as unrecorded, unsupervised phone calls and visits.

Chipman said at a news conference Monday that Soto has been arrested and that Bronson remains in custody after being arrested 14 months ago for possession of cocaine with intent to deal and criminal gang activity.

Bronson and Soto are accused of intimidation and corrupt business influence for allegedly threatening people. It’s not clear whether they have attorneys.

Rovenstine was released from the Elkhart County Jail on bond.

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1:15 p.m.

A spokeswoman for the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department says the sheriff of Kosciusko (kaws-ee-AWS’-koh) County was released from jail less than an hour after being taken into custody after being indicted on 10 counts, including bribery.

The spokeswoman says Sheriff Aaron Rovenstine was released Monday afternoon from jail on a surety bond. He had been taken into custody at 11:38 a.m.

Court documents filed Monday morning in Kosciusko County allege Rovenstine took $40,000 in exchange for granting special privileges to an inmate at the Kosciusko County jail in Warsaw and a jail visitor. The charges Rovenstine faces are all felonies and include three counts of bribery.

Rovenstine did not immediately respond to messages requesting comment.

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This story has been corrected to show Rovenstine was taken into custody at 11:38 a.m., not 11:38 p.m.

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11:15 a.m.

The sheriff of Kosciusko (kaws-ee-AWS’-koh) County in north-central Indiana has been indicted on ten counts, including bribery, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Court documents filed Monday morning in Warsaw in Kosciusko County allege that Sheriff Aaron Rovenstine took $40,000 in exchange for granting special privileges to an inmate at the Kosciusko County jail and a visitor to the jail. The charges Rovenstine faces are all felonies. They include three counts of bribery, one count of intimidation, one count of assisting a criminal and five counts of official misconduct.

An indictment states that Rovenstine allowed unrecorded and unsupervised visitations and phone calls between the prisoner and the visitor.

Rovenstine did not immediately respond to an email and two phone messages requesting comment.

Warsaw is about 40 miles northwest of Fort Wayne.

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9:20 a.m.

Indiana State Police say a grand jury has indicted three people in Kosciusko County, including a public official.

Indiana State Police issued a news release Monday morning saying a Kosciusko County grand jury recently convened and handed down the indictments. The news release didn’t contain details about the charges or name individuals who are charged.

State Police said Marshall County prosecutor E. Nelson Chipman Jr. has been appointed as special prosecutor in the case. Indiana State Police say they did the investigation. A news conference is planned for 3 p.m. Monday in Plymouth in Marshall County.

Kosciusko County is northwest of Fort Wayne.

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