1. Elkhart police officers involved in Martin's shooting will return to work
The two Elkhart police officers who shot and killed gunman Shawn Bair at a Martin's Super Market in January will return to work on Wednesday, April 9. Following protocol, Cpl. Jason Tripp and Cpl. Cody Skipper were placed on paid administrative leave during the criminal investigation. The office of internal affairs then reviewed the investigation to make sure that no policy was violated. Lt. Mike Sigsbee, the head of the police department's internal affairs office, said in a statement that no policy or training was violated.
2. Violence from gangs and guns prompt Elkhart to request federal grant
Elkhart is seeking a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to help reduce gun- and gang-related violence in the city. The Elkhart Police Department will be part of a joint application led by Indiana University-Northwest.
If awarded, the grant will total $300,000 dollars and Elkhart will receive $60,000, according to a statement from Mayor Dick Moore's office. The money from the grant will be used to support local groups and individuals trying to develop strategies to reduce crimes associated with guns and gangs, the statement said.
3. Elkhart native wins trips to Mexico, Italy and China on ‘The Price is Right’
The friends and family of Jessica Hardy gathered at Concord Mall on Tuesday, April 8, to watch her compete in an episode of game show "The Price is Right". While she didn't have much luck at the beginning of the episode, Hardy went on to win a trip to Cancun, Mexico; Rome, Italy; and Beijing, China. The episode was originally taped in February.
Hardy is currently living and working as an actor in Los Angeles. She said she was comfortable in front of the cameras because of her experience as an actor. Hardy, who also runs the Chicago Comedy Film Festival, happened to be in town because she was judging the Comedy Criminals improv competition this past weekend at the Elkhart Civic Center.
4. Elkhart County foes of Ontwa Township, Mich., sewer plant plans contacting local leaders for support
Elkhart County opponents of the planned Ontwa Township, Mich., sewer plant are calling upon local leaders for support. They have contacted U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, Elkhart County Commissioner Mike Yoder, Elkhart Community Schools' leaders and many others. They are also visiting neighborhoods in and around Cobus Creek to bring the issues to the atttention of residents.
The Ontwa Township plans call for the construction of a sewage plant southeast of Edwardsburg, Mich., to treat sewage it collects and discharge it into the Garver Lake outlet. Garver Lake ultimately flows into Cobus Creek and Elkhart County. While an Ontwa Township rep maintains that the discharged sewage would be cleaner than the water in Cobus Creek, critics are worried about the amount of water in the creek, erosion of banks, the impact on trout and other species and whether Ontwa Township will be capable of running the plant.
5. Nathan Palmer returns to Elkhart for concert debut, EP release of 'R.I.P. 2 my Heart'
Denver Broncos wide receiver Nathan "Napalm" Palmer is coming home to Elkhart for a concert and record release party of his debut EP 'R.I.P. 2 my Heart' on Saturday, April 12. Palmer had been recording the six-track album over the last year in Los Angeles, Denver and Chicago, looking to Marvin Gaye, Usher and Chris Brown for the tone of his music. He said the songs on his new album are based on a recent relationship he was in.
The performance is part of the Michiana Music Conference which will be held at the Northern Indiana Event Center, 21565 Executive Parkway in Elkhart. The show is a fundraiser for the Napalm Football Camp, a summer program for kids that Palmer started in Elkhart in 2013.