ELKHART — The Labor Day holiday weekend was a busy one in Elkhart County. Here’s what you need to know about what happened:
Elkhart City Police shot and killed 27-year-old Jamie I. Benavidez, of Elkhart, after Benavidez pointed a gun at officers Sunday, Sept. 1. Police were called to a burglary Sunday around 2 p.m. on West Hubbard Avenue. They chased Benavidez and a 14-year-old boy, both suspected to be involved in the burglary, south from Hubbard Ave. The 14-year-old was arrested without incident, but Benavidez was shot by police near 328 Lusher Ave. He was later pronounced dead at Elkhart General Hospital.
Lightning caused some issues for Elkhart County high school football games Friday night, Aug. 30. Two games involving local teams were suspended until Saturday, three games were delayed and eventually finished after 11 p.m., and four games were played as usual.
Notre Dame started the season with a win over Temple on Saturday, Aug. 31. Elkhart Truth sports writer Bill Beck writes that the Temple Owls put up a good fight, but just couldn’t make it past the Fighting Irish.
An Elkhart Marine surprised his girlfriend with “the question” during a Labor Day parade in downtown Elkhart Monday, Sept. 2. He said he had been planning a beach proposal but decided the parade would be a great opportunity. Also during the parade, the Elkhart Fire Department showed financial support for the family of Sarah Crane, a local girl who has been diagnosed with cancer.
The family of Blake Layman, 17, announced Monday, Sept. 2 that they would fight for a change in Indiana law and a lighter sentence for Layman and the two other teens who were recently convicted of felony murder after they were involved in a burglary that resulted in a person’s death in 2012. The family thinks the teens should be punished, but not for murder. The three teens could each receive a 45- to 65-year prison sentence at their sentencing Sept. 12.