Saturday, November 22, 2014

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 Elkhart Police Sgt. Chris Snyder addresses the media during a press conference Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, regarding the death of 3-year-old Jeremiah Ross Thursday night. Ross died after an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in his Morton Street home.

In a second press conference related to a 3-year-old boy’s accidental death by a gunshot wound, Sgt. Chris Snyder of the Elkhart Police Department shared details of the case and said it’s still under investigation. Watch the press conference here.

Danielle Waldron

Posted at 8:34 a.m.
 Matthew LeCount (middle) plays a tablet game before adoption proceedings Friday morning, Nov. 21, at the Elkhart County courthouse. His soon-to-be adoptive mother Gale LeCount (left), her attorney and case worker will later present Magistrate Deborah Domine with documents and testimony related to Matthew's welfare under her care. Family friend Connie (who did not want to disclose her last name) appeared for the proceedings to support them.

Families and media organizations were given the rare chance to document adoption proceedings Friday, Nov. 21, at the Elkhart County Courthouse.

J. C. Lee

Posted on Nov. 21, 2014 at 8:15 p.m.
 Jose Alvarez, a college student from Elkhart County who advocates for undocumented immigrants.

A foe of illegal immigration worries the changes could spur more immigrants to illegally come to the United States.

Tim Vandenack

Posted on Nov. 21, 2014 at 9:19 p.m.
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 Three U.S. lawmakers serving Elkhart County criticized President Obama for taking immigration reform steps unilaterally, without congressional involvement. They include U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, left; U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, middle; U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, right.
Posted on Nov. 21, 2014 at 1:28 p.m.

The officials — Sens. Coats and Donnelly, among others — didn’t offer comments or criticism on the specific details of Obama’s measures.

 The exterior of a home at 2133 Morton Street as seen Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, which was the scene of a shooting that injured a three-year-old child Thursday night.
Posted on Nov. 21, 2014 at 12:52 p.m.

Elkhart Police held a news conference at 3:30 p.m. at the Elkhart Police Department.

 A pair of ducks stand in a shallow area of Cobus Creek near Dave Gunn's house Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Plans for wastewater treatment plant that would have discharged treated water into the creek have been canceled.
Posted on Nov. 21, 2014 at 10:50 a.m.

The Cass County Board of Commissioners followed suit with an earlier decision of Ontwa Township officials to cancel plans for a wastewater treatment plant.

 Police were on scene where a 3-year-old was shot Thursday night, Nov. 20, at 2133 Morton Ave., in Elkhart.
Posted on Nov. 20, 2014 at 10:12 p.m.

The shooting occurred Thursday night, Nov. 21, at 2133 Morton Ave. in Elkhart and is under investigation.

 President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in Washington. One day after sweeping Republican election gains, President Obama and incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged to try and turn divided government into a force for good rather than gridlock on Wednesday, yet warned of veto showdowns as well. Trade legislation loomed as one possibility for quick compromise, and immigration as an early irritant.
Posted on Nov. 20, 2014 at 8:08 p.m.

The president announced a series of measures to reform the immigration system.

 Francisco Esparza-Hernandez, 42, was arrested in Elkhart on Nov. 16, 2014. He has been charged with child molesting and sexual misconduct with a minor, both felonies.
Posted on Nov. 20, 2014 at 6:24 p.m.

Francisco Esparza-Hernandez, formerly of Elkhart, faces charges of child molestation and sexual misconduct with a minor after a teenager reported multiple assaults spanning several years.

 Carol Rounds helps clean out the old offices of Family Services of Elkhart County on Feb. 26, 2014, as the organization consolidated its offices with the women's shelter in Elkhart. The organization announced Wednesday, Nov. 19, that it's ceasing operations and the future of the shelter is uncertain.
Posted on Nov. 20, 2014 at 4:10 p.m.

After Family Services of Elkhart County announced its closure Wednesday, Nov. 19, the YWCA North Central Indiana is scrambling to find enough money to maintain family services’ women’s shelter and transitional housing program.

 

 During a hearing in October, Marquise Curry pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery and agreed to a stipulated sentence of 16 years in prison, with five of those years suspended, in connection with a home invasion at 20 East Apartments.
Posted on Nov. 20, 2014 at 1:41 p.m.

Marquise Curry pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery during a hearing in October in connection with a home invasion at 20 East Apartments.

 The donations from the
Posted on Nov. 19, 2014 at 6:27 p.m.

Elkhart Community Schools and Boling Vision Center will continue to accept donations for the “Hunger Doesn’t Stop” campaign. Read on to find out how you can donate.

 Chris Parish stands in the doorway of his Elkhart home in late 2006, several months after his release from prison after spending eight years there for a crime he didn't commit. Several of the city's insurance companies are fighting in court over who should have to pay the $4.9 million settlement that Parish received earlier this year.
Posted on Nov. 19, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.

Chris Parish received $4.9 million in an out-of-court settlement after spending 10 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Now, several insurance companies are in a legal battle over which one is responsible for paying.



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