1. Elkhart's Quality Paints building destroyed by overnight fires
After a fire at Quality Paint and Prestained Finishes Inc. west of Elkhart was extinguished on Wednesday night, firefighters responded to a second fire at the building on Thursday morning, April 10. The cause of the fire has not been determined.
The Baugo Township Fire Department was initially called around 8:33 p.m. on Wednesday to a report of a fire along Old U.S. Highway 33. Baugo Township Assistant Chief Brian Gonzales said that fire was of a smaller size and the building sustained moderate damage. They had the fire under control by 10:44 p.m.
However, fire units were called back to the building at 2:45 a.m. on Thursday, according to a dispatcher from the Elkhart County 911 Center. Other fire departments, including Cleveland Township, Concord Township and Wakarusa, were called for mutual aid. Firefighters fought the flames for several hours, but the building was destroyed.
2. U.S. Supreme Court will hear CTS Corp. v. Waldburger April 23
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case later this month involving residents of Asheville, N.C., who are suing Elkhart-based CTS Corp after the residents were diagnosed with health issues which they claim may have been related to toxic chemicals used at the company's former plant in South Asheville, N.C.
Twenty-five families initially filed a claim against CTS Corp in 2010 which said that the contamination hurt residents' health and property values. The lawsuit asked that the company immediately clean up the site and compensate the families affected by the contamination.
3. 1.5 years after dead body found inside barrel, murder suspect asks for trial
Todd Stewart, who faces a murder charge for his alleged connection to the death of his business partner Mark Miller, told the court that he plans to go to trial. Miller's body was found inside a barrel floating down the St. Joseph River Sept. 20, 2012. The Elkhart County coroner ruled that the cause of death was from a single gunshot wound.
The Elkhart County Prosecutor's Office filed a murder charge against Stewart after a six-month investigation by the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department. A trial was initially scheduled for Sept. 9 but has been rescheduled twice. Stewart's trial is now scheduled for April 28.
4. Family of man shot by Elkhart Police asking for grand jury partial transcript
The family of Christopher Ryckeart, who was shot by three Elkhart Police officers after a car chase in November 2013, is asking the court to release a partial transcript from a grand jury meeting that took place on Jan. 27. Their attorney appeared in court on Thursday, April 10, with a motion for a transcript that is limited to police officers' and eyewitness' testimonies at the time of the shooting.
Ryckeart led officers on a car chase on November 2013 which took them to Michigan and back to Elkhart. Indiana State Police said the officers were trying to stop the pickup truck that Ryckeart was driving for a violation. The truck was also reported stolen. The chase ended in the area of Marion and Fourth streets. According to the investigation, Ryckeart was backing his truck into the path of an officer as they attempted to arrest him. The three officers then fired shots in the direction of Ryckeart.
5. Gift of $50,000 to Fairfield schools made to honor wife of more than 60 years
Ninety-year-old Ernie Sailor of Elkhart made a $50,000 donation to Fairfield High School in honor of his wife of 60 years, Maxine Sailor. His wife died in 2011. Sailor made the donation to Fairfield schools because his wife graduated from Millersburg High School in 1942 before the school merged with New Paris High School to become Fairfield.
The donation will make it possible for one Fairfield senior to receive a $2,000 scholarship each year. Sailor wants the scholarships to not only benefit students who attend four-year schools, but also those attending vocational and trade schools.