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Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill Jr. held a conference revealing further information about the Martin's Super Market shooting in January, police have taken a man into custody who they believe is responsible for making bomb threats to four Elkhart and Goshen government buildings and three other stories to start your day.

Posted on March 28, 2014 at 2:07 a.m.

1. Gunman in Martin's killings shot himself in the head, had suicide note on him

Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill Jr. held a conference Thursday, March 27, revealing further details about the Martin's Super Market shooting in January.

Hill said that 22-year-old Shawn Bair was carrying a note with brief messages for family members and loved ones. The note also expressed a disdain for the general public but did not reveal Bair's motives for the shooting.

Hill said that investigators did not find any connection or previous relationship between Bair and his victims, 20-year-old Martin's employee Krystal Dikes and 44-year-old Rachelle Godfread.

Hill also revealed further information about how two Elkhart police officers responded to the shooting. Cpl. Cody Skipper and Cpl. Jason Tripp had ordered Bair to drop his gun. When Bair raised his weapon instead, they fired ten times at him. Hill said eight or nine of the shots hit Bair, with one piercing his heart. At the same time, Bair had raised the gun to his head and fired.

Hill said that after reviewing the state police report, he determined that Skipper and Tripp acted reasonably in using deadly force to subdue Bair and there is no need to convene a grand jury.

2. Bomb threat investigation results with one in custody

Following bomb threats to four government offices in Elkhart and Goshen on Tuesday, March 25, the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department has taken a man into custody.

Kenneth Childress, 25 was arrested on Thursday, March 27, on a preliminary charge of false reporting, according to a press release from the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department. False reporting is a class D felony.

The threat was aimed at the county courthouses in Elkhart and Goshen, Elkhart City Hall and the Elkhart County Prosecutor's Office, but emergency responders did not find any bombs or suspicious items.

3. Agreement details Elkhart County's $500,000 contribution to Ivy Tech's new training center

A new agreement between the Elkhart County Redevelopment Commission and Ivy Tech Community College will give the school $500,000 once construction of its World Class Lean Advanced Manufacturing Training Center is complete.

The center will offer training and certification for people who want to work in the automotive and recreational vehicle industries.

The county council approved the contribution in January, which will be taken from funds generated by the Northeast Corridor Tax Increment Financing District.

4. Two Michiana teachers are going off the grid in search of fresh material

Two Michiana teachers are going to visit the places Lewis and Clark saw on their expedition this summer as part of a $20,000 grant from Lilly Endowment, and they are going to make the trip without cell phones, internet and GPS.

Carly Martin teaches art at West Side Middle School in Elkhart, and Dave Martin teaches history at Penn High School in Mishawaka. They hope the six-week trip will refresh them and inspire plenty of new material to teach their kids.

5. Winona Lake man sentenced to 120 years in New Paris home invasion

Jeffrey Hill, 43, received a sentence of 120 years in prison after he pleaded guilty three weeks ago to a violent New Paris home invasion.

He and his son, Jeffery Hunt, were charged with robbery while armed with a deadly weapon and resulting bodily injury, burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, and criminal confinement.

A trial status conference for Hunt is scheduled for June 19.


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