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Goshen's Synergy RV Transport wants to hire more military veterans as drivers, three Concord Township Fire Department employees face suspension for improper handling of drugs and three other stories to start your day.

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 4:45 a.m.

1. Goshen's Synergy RV Transport seeks to hire military vets as drivers

Synergy RV Transport wants to hire more military veterans to solve its driver shortage. The company will hold a job fair on Saturday, April 26, at Disabled American Veterans Post 19 in Elkhart.

Synergy RV Transport recruiter Sharon Coleman said the company wants to hire more veterans because they are more disciplined and used to following rules. Veterans also have more experience with heavy equipment and vehicles.

RV transport firms gathered on Tuesday at the RV/MH Hall of Fame to address a driver shortage which has left 25,000 to 30,000 finished RVs in the Elkhart area awaiting shipment.

2. Three Concord Township Fire Dept. employees face suspension over improper drug handling

Three Concord Township Fire Department employees face suspension without pay for not following department protocol “regarding proper tag removal on narcotics boxes”, according to Concord Township Trustee Mark Grabill.

Deputy Chief Don Mansell faces an eight-week suspension. Bill Creedon and Jon Simmons, firefighters and emergency medical technicians, both face four-week suspensions.

3. Groundbreaking ceremony marks new beginning for Hawks building

LaCasa Inc. has partnered with DJ Construction to renovate the former Hawks Furniture building near downtown Goshen into a new live-work space for local artists and entrepreneurs. The three-story building at 125 W. Madison St. will include 35 apartments on its north side. The former industrial structure will become the Hawks Arts and Enterprise Center.

4. Concord elementary student has concussion after 'playground scuffle'

A 9-year-old Concord South Side Elementary had to be taken to IU Health Goshen on Tuesday afternoon, April 15, after he fought with other students. The school nurse had told his parents that some boys had beat their son in the head. The doctor diagnosed the boy with a concussion.

Superintendent Wayne Stubbs released a statement which said that three students became involved in a “playground scuffle” where several punches were thrown, but “adults immediately intervened”. The family has filed a report with the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department and plans to pursue legal action against the school and possibly the other students involved.

5. Indianapolis police officer kills ex-wife, self

Authorities said an Indianapolis officer shot and killed his ex-wife, also an officer, before turning the gun on himself. The two officers were identified as Sgt. Ryan Anders and Officer Kim Carmack. Indianapolis Police Chief Rick Hite said the shooting happened on Thursday, April 17, at Carmack’s home in the city’s far west side. He said that Carmack had a protective order against Anders and that Anders had been placed on administrative leave.

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