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Five things to know for your Saturday in Indiana

In case you missed them, here are the top stories you need to know to start your day.

Posted on March 15, 2014 at 5:20 a.m.

1. Elkhart man convicted after attempting to set wife on fire

An Elkhart man who tried to set his wife on fire could face over 100 years in prison after a jury convicted him on multiple charges Thursday, March 13

Larry Haines, Sr., 47, faced multiple felony charges after breaking into Jeanie Haines' trailer home on May 16, 2013. At trial Jeanie Haines, who had been separated from her husband at the time of the incident, said he kicked in her door, doused she and her home in lighter fluid, and tried to switch on a propane torch. 

Jeanie Haines was able to escape with non-life threatening injuries. 

Larry Haines is scheduled to be sentenced at 8:30 a.m. April 14. 

2. New apartments built in Goshen for homeless individuals

A group of local organizations, including LaCasa Inc. and Oaklawn Psychiatric Center, completed the third phase of a project recently when they began filling a newly built apartment dedicated to housing homeless people in Goshen.

Sixteen apartments were built on Westplains Drive. Half of them have been rented already.

With the end of this last phase, the groups have made 34 apartments available to homeless people in Elkhart County.

3. Sheriff's Department seeks sexual assault suspect

The Elkhart County Sheriff's Department is looking for a man suspected of sexually assaulting an Elkhart woman in October.

In the early morning hours of Oct. 2, a 50-year-old woman was getting ready to go to work when a man climbed into her apartment through a sliding door. She reported he sexually assaulted her, then stole a cell phone, keys and cash. 

A sketch of the suspect, as well as his description can be found in our full story.

4. Sheriff's Department arrests individual for homicide in St. Joseph, Michigan

The St. Joseph County Sheriff's Department in Michigan arrested a women in connection with the fatal shooting of a man Thursday night.

The suspect told police the shooting happened after a fight broke out between the two. The victim was found alongside a rural stretch of road in the Burr Oak Township after the suspect allegedly called 911.

The suspect is being charged with one count of open murder and one count of felony firearm.

5. Bomb threat found, reported at Goshen High School

On Thursday, March 13, graffiti found in the girls bathroom mentioned a bomb threat for Friday, March 14. Although the administration didn't consider the threat credible, the school district followed protocol and increased police presence at the school. 

Parents were notified of the threat and told they could keep their children home, but school was in session as usual. 

Goshen police are continuing to investigate the incident. 

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