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5 things to know for your Thursday in Indiana

The morning's top stories include a fundraiser for an injured New Paris man, a massive expansion to Notre Dame's football stadium and some incentive to shovel your sidewalk.

Posted on Jan. 30, 2014 at 6:45 a.m. | Updated on Jan. 30, 2014 at 6:53 a.m.

1. Elkhart officials will start looking to ticket snow shoveling violators on Friday

If you haven't gotten around to shoveling your sidewalk yet, now is the time to do it – starting on Friday, Jan. 31, the city will resume handing out citations for unkempt sidewalks.

The usual policy was set aside for more than a week because of the slew of winter weather the area received. However, exceptions are made for the elderly or disabled.

2. Elkhart man arrested for shooting charged with burglary resulting in bodily injury

Nineteen-year-old Thomas Harper was charged with two counts of burglary resulting in bodily injury on Wednesday, Jan. 29, in connection with a double shooting that occurred just west of downtown Elkhart last week.

The two shooting victims, Gurcharn Sigh and Harsimratpal Sigh, were treated for gunshot wounds and released from Elkhart General Hospital.

Harper's combined charges could result in a sentence of up to 100 years in prison.

3. New Paris man injured after tree limb fell on him recovering from injuries

Just over a week ago, a man from New Paris suffered serious injuries when a tree limb fell on him while he was gathering firewood with a friend. Now, Rich Borkholder, 54, is in therapy after having gone through major surgery.

"It's a miracle that he's even alive," his son said.

Now, the family is trying to help raise money to help cover Borkholder's extensive medical expenses. Click here to find out how to help.


4. Notre Dame announces $400 million stadium expansion

The University of Notre Dame announced Wednesday, Jan. 29, its 84-year-old football stadium would be undergoing a $400 million expansion. Thousands of seats and new buildings will be added to the stadium.

However, the expansion isn't limited to sports facilities – some of the new buildings will also house a student center, the anthropology department, the psychology department and a digital media center and the school's music and sacred music departments.

5. Propane shortage hits Ind. sellers, customers hard

The national propane shortage is hitting Indiana hard, as an estimated 500,000 residents use propane gas to heat their homes. Businesses selling the gas are scrambling to find supplies to provide their customers with, and those who rely on propane tanks to heat their homes are resorting to kerosene heaters and electric space heaters.

"We went to several places and all we found were empty shelves because everybody is in this predicament, not just us," propane user Becky Watson told the Associated Press. "We are not alone. 

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