Top stories in Elkhart County of the week of March 21-28

More details were released about the Martin's Super Market Shooting, plus stories about a math teacher's new kind of textbook and the close of a popular barbecue restaurant in Elkhart County. 

Posted on March 29, 2014 at 7:06 p.m.

Thursday, March 27: Gunman in Martins killings shot himself in the head, had suicide note on him
Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill was able to explain with more detail what happened during a Jan. 15 shooting at Martin's Super Market at 3900 E. Bristol St. 

Among the information released about the shooter, 22-year-old Shawn Bair, was the fact that the gunman shot himself in the head at nearly simultaneously to when two Elkhart Police officers fired 10 shots at him. It's impossible to tell which of the shots was fatal, according to the Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill Jr.

Wednesday, March 26: New salvage grocery store opens near Elkhart
Bargain hunters have a new haven to explore. 20 East Discount Groceries, a salvage grocery store that opened at 23810 Old U.S. 20 E. offers foods and household goods at lower costs because it's filled with items that mainstream grocery stores send back to reclaim centers because they are either near or past their "best buy" dates, or their packaging has become dented.

Tuesday, March 25: Driver involved in fatal crash on Cassopolis Street identified
A vehicle fatally hit a 72-year-old man on Cassopolis Street on Saturday, March 22. An investigation led to the conclusion that the 35-year-old Edwardsburg woman controlling the vehicle was driving too fast, but that the man stepping in front the vehicle was the primary cause of death. 

The crash led to a debate among The Elkhart Truth readers about whether there should be more sidewalks in Elkhart County. 

Monday, March 24: Sauk Trail on 17 closes down
Elkhart County is down a barbecue restaurant after Sauk Trail on 17 announced its closure the weekend of March 22. 

Local reaction was bittersweet. Some said the place was a favorite spot and others said the closure was on the horizon for some time. 

Sunday, March 23: Cub Scouts leader steals $5,000 from pack
Cub Scout Pack 762 sold more than $5,000 worth of popcorn last year, but a cubmaster stole the money and spent it on fast food instead. After the story was published in The Elkhart Truth, the community has since donated $1,775 and Santa's Pantry also stepped in to hold a chili dinner to raise money.

Saturday, March 22: In Notre Dames quarterback battle, Malik Zaire wont settle for second fiddle
Malik Zaire expects to be the man under center by this year's home opener. Although Everett Golson has an 10-1 record as a starter and national championship game experience under his belt, Zaire has watched and learned from the sidelines in 2013 while Golson was suspended. 

Friday, March 21: Superheroes come to math students' rescue in one Elkhart classroom
A Pierre Moran Middle School math teacher 20 years teaching summer school in order to pay for and develop a new kind of teaching tool -- a comic book that serves as a math textbook. 

Jim McClain was one of just 100 Indiana teachers to receive a $10,000 Teacher Creativity Fellowship this year. That money is allowing him to take the summer off and create an interactive web comic.


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