Thursday, October 23, 2014


In 2011, Bill Persic and Dick Hinton work out in the weight room of the Elkhart YMCA, which is the Elkhart Youth and Community Center. While questions remain about the split with YMCA of the USA, the group’s leader is upbeat about the future. (Truth Photo By Larry Tebo, File) (AP)
5 things to know for your Friday in Indiana
Posted on March 6, 2014 at 11:39 p.m.

1. Elkhart plant's buckles used in recalled child car seats

An Elkhart factory is at the center of a federal investigation after the buckles it made for a child car seat manufacturer turned out to be faulty.

AmSafe Commercial Products' buckles, which were too difficult to unlatch, caused 3.7 million Graco car seats to be recalled. One mother said she spent 45 minutes trying to get her child out of one of the seats.

"My toddler became increasingly upset as it was getting scary," she said. "It's extremely unnerving to have this happen to your child, and even more, the worst case scenarios are already playing in my mind: What if we had a car fire or a car accident?"

2. Former Y better off financially as Elkhart Youth and Community Center, leader says

Following its split from the YMCA, the Elkhart Youth and Community Center (EYCC) is actually doing better financially, its executive director said.

While it was affiliated with the YMCA, the EYCC had to pay the organization $4,000 a month. Now, that money can go to other expenses.

The group is holding a fundraiser on March 15 – an indoor swim party called the "Banish the Blues Beach Party." For more information on the event and how to attend, see our full story.

3. Martin's, Beacon Health to launch new wellness initiative

Martin's Super Markets and Beacon Health Systems have started a new program aimed at helping the store's customers lead healthier lifestyles.

A registered dietitian and nutritionist from Elkhart General Hospital will provide one-on-one consultations with Martin's customers to teach them about eating healthy and exercising. These meetings will last half an hour and will cost $30 – however, participants will receive a $30 Martin's gift card afterwards.

4. Man pleads guilty to New Paris home invasion, faces 120 years

One of two men accused of invading a New Paris home last year could spend as many as 120 years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple charges Thursday morning, March 6.

Police said two men broke into Donald and Beverly Neer's home on Nov. 4, 2013. The men stole firearms, electronics and cash. Donald Neer said one of the men beat him with a tire iron. 

Jeffrey Hill, 43, is scheduled to be sentenced March 27.

5. Parent says Blazer players frustrated over coaching situation

On Thursday, March 6, the eve of Elkhart Central's sectional opener, players and parents were still in the dark regarding whether or not head coach Troy Noble would be at the game.

Noble, who has been absent from games and practices since late February, has been out due to "personnel issues," the school's athletic director said. The coach remains a teacher in the district and has not been suspended.

Noble has not returned several messages left on his cell phone by the Truth for over a week.