1. Officers who responded to Martin's shooting to be honored in Indiana House
The two Elkhart police officers who were first on the scene of last month's shooting at Martin's Super Market will be honored next week by the Indiana House of Representatives.
Rep. Tim Neese, R-Elkhart, has authored a house concurrent resolution honoring Cpl. Cody Skipper and Cpl. Jason Tripp for their quick response to the shooting on the evening of Jan. 15, according to a press release from Neese's office.
Members of the community are encouraged to attend.
2. Local leaders urge lawmakers to be cautious about business personal property tax
Area business leaders drove down to Indianapolis on Wednesday and urged the General Assembly not to act this session on a top Republican initiative — eliminating the business personal property tax.
"We'd like to see the elimination of this but we can't cripple the government," Kyle Hannon, president/CEO of the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce, said. "Everyone agrees with that, so the discussion is about how to replace that revenue. The sensible thing to happen would be to say, let's have a summer study committee and work through this. Will the sensible thing be done? I don't know."
Making the Indianapolis trip were 25 representatives from seven area chambers: Elkhart, Goshen, St. Joseph County, LaPorte, Warsaw-Kosciusko, Syracuse-Wawasee and North Webster.
3. An underground tank coming to Elkhart this summer will hold a million gallons
A huge pit is coming to downtown Elkhart this summer, large enough to hold a million gallons of water.
It'll accommodate a huge underground holding tank, an initiative of the Elkhart Public Works and Utilities Department mandated by the federal government. The aim is noble enough, to keep raw sewage — the stuff you flush down your toilets and wash down your kitchen sink — from entering the rivers here untreated.
Even so, the looming project, to start in July and last two years, is causing jitters among some in the downtown area. A city-owned parking lot off Waterfall Drive between Jackson Boulevard and Lexington Avenue will be dug up to make way for the tank, and some worry the loss of parking spots there will create mayhem in downtown Elkhart.
4. Could another BMV refund be in the future for Hoosier motorists?
Hoosiers could see another round of refunds from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles soon.
The Indianapolis Star reports that a second class-action lawsuit is asking the BMV to refund millions of dollars for overcharges on fees and services.
The BMV agreed to refund $30 million to drivers in August 2013 after the first class-action contended the bureau overcharged for operator's licenses. About 4.5 million drivers saw refunds between $3 and $15 dollars.
5. South Bend mother arraigned on neglect charges
A South Bend woman was arraigned Friday on two charges stemming from a weekend incident in which she allegedly took her infant daughter with her when buying heroin.
Heather Gipperich, 31, was arraigned before a St. Joseph County Superior Court magistrate on charges of neglect of a dependent and taking a child to a nuisance Friday, Feb. 21.
A hearing has been scheduled for March 6 to set trial and record dates.
Formal charges were filed against Gipperich Thursday.