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5 things to know for your Friday in Indiana

Staff Sgt. Jesse Williams' regiment wants to place his name on a war memorial in Germany, the Indiana General Assembly finalizes a sewer bill which offers protection to customers outside of cities, and three other stories to start your day.

Posted on March 14, 2014 at 6:47 a.m.

1. Group will add Jesse Williams' name to war memorial

Staff Sgt. Jesse Williams' regiment wants to have his name placed on a war memorial in Vilseck, Germany, where he was stationed. Williams is an Elkhart soldier who was killed in Afghanistan in December 2013. The Second Cavalry Association is looking to raise $15,000 for the engraving work.

Williams, along with another soldier from his regiment, will join 76 other names on the war memorial which represents four tours of duty for the Second Cavalry regiment.

2. Zakas' state sewer bill finalized

The Indiana General Assembly has finalized legislation that prohibits municipalities from cutting off sewer services for a two-year-period to customers outside the city who have failed to sign new agreements. The proposal now heads to the governor.

Senate Bill 53 comes a year after Elkhart Mayor Dick Moore and the city council struggled to develop a new plan after business owners outside the city demanded changes to the city's compact fee policy.

3. Crane Composites hiring new workers in Goshen to meet rising demand

A Goshen recreational vehicle supplier is looking to hire more workers for their production crew in order to meet growing demand for its product.

Crane Composites Inc., which is based in Channahon, Illinois, currently employs 205 people at their Goshen plant which makes fiberglass sidewall finishes for RVs.

4. I&M to start raising St. Joseph River level upstream of Elkhart dam

Indiana Michigan Power will raise the river level of the St. Joseph River upstream of the dam on Johnson Street in Elkhart on Monday, March 17.

The level was lowered two feet last December to prevent ice buildup at Six Span Bridge, the C.R. 17 that crosses over the river.

5. Man shot on south side of Elkhart on Thursday night

A man was taken to the hospital after he was shot on Thursday evening in the south side of Elkhart. The man was taken to Memorial Hospital in South Bend to be treated for a gunshot wound to the hip.

The man was shot at a Marathon Gas Station on the corner of Benham and Hively avenues, according to police. He then drove himself to the 100 block of West Cleveland Avenue to look for help.

Police are still looking for the other person involved in the shooting.




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