5 things to know for Thursday in Indiana

An Elkhart man was formally charged with murder Wednesday for stabbing a 17-year-old to death, a soft pretzel business started by three Michiana residents will open its twelfth store this month, and three other stories you should know for Wednesday in Indiana.
Posted on Nov. 6, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Nov. 6, 2013 at 6:51 p.m.

1. Elkhart man formally charged in murder of 17-year-old

Police charged 26-year-old Michael Shoun man Wednesday in connection with the murder of 17-year-old Tiana Alter.

Alter's body was found Saturday, Nov. 2 in a Granger home on C.R. 1. Authorities say she died from multiple stabbings.

Shoun was arrested the same day that Alter's body was discovered for three outstanding warrants: failure to return to lawful detention, operating a vehicle as a habitual traffic violator, resisting law enforcement and possession of marijuana.

2. Ben's Soft Pretzels to open two more locations

Locally-created Ben's Soft Pretzels company is expanding its franchise to Ft. Wayne and Valparaiso, according to a new release from the company. The Dutch-Amish-style pretzel company was founded in 2008 and, including the new locations, has six bakeries in Michiana.

3. Fees to increase for Elkhart's railroad museum

In order to keep up with inflation and make more money, visitors to the New York Central Railroad Museum will go up starting Jan. 1.

A $1 increase was approved Tuesday by the Elkhart Board of Public Works. Admission for adults will cost $6, and seniors 61 and older, and children ages 4 to 12 will cost $5. Children 3 and younger will still get in free. It will also cost .50 cents to ride the Nibco Express train instead of the ride being free.

4. Elkhart man's conviction for child molestation reversed by court of appeals

An Elkhart man's child molestation conviction has been reversed by the Indiana Court of Appeals.

Timothy Lee Hyser, 55, was convicted in 2012 of child molesting as a Class A felony and child molesting as a Class C felony. He was sentenced in December 2012 to a total of 30 years in prison.

Hyser argued in his appeal that he was denied the opportunity to present key evidence in favor of his innocence.In its written opinion, published Oct. 17, the court agreed that “the exclusion of the evidence Hyser wished to present deprived him of a meaningful opportunity to present a complete defense.

5. Peru, Ind., works to repeal outdated laws

Peru lawmakers have recently decided to comb through their ordinances and get rid of the ones that no longer make sense, according to kokomotribune.com

Currently, if you spit on the street in Peru, Ind., you could be fined $10. You're also not allowed to give away or sell any of your clothes if you've recently had the flu.

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