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Officers escort Todd Stewart to a sheriff's department squad car after his first day of jury trial Monday, April 28, 2014. Stewart is charged with murder in connection with the death of his business partner, Mark Miller. (Sharon Hernandez/ The Elkhart Truth)
5 things to know for Tuesday in Indiana
Posted on April 28, 2014 at 11:08 p.m.

1. Mark Miller murder trial began Monday

Jury selection and the prosecution's opening statements were given Monday, April 28, in the trial for Todd Stewart who is accused of killing his former business partner Mark Miller in September of 2012. 

The prosecution says evidence against Miller includes a witness who claims he heard a slap-like noise one day at the tattoo shop that Miller and Stewart ran together. According to prosecuting attorney Don Pitzer, a witness will testify that he went to see what the noise was and saw Stewart holding a gun and standing over the body of Miller. 

2. Oil Slick found on Elkhart River Monday morning

The phrase "oil leak" often causes alarm, but a petroleum found on the Elkhart River Monday, April 28, is nothing to be alarmed about.

"The area has had past releases in the stretch from no longer existing historical industrial sources," according to a source from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

3. Goshen board votes to demolish another Ronald Davidhizar property

A Goshen board voted Monday, April 28, to tear down a home at 1105 1/2 S. 11th St. after visiting the property during the meeting. 

The somewhat unusual field trip was prompted by Mayor Allan Kauffman, who said he wanted to see for himself whether property owner Ronald Davidhizar had made any repairs after repeated warnings and deadlines came and went.

4. Frontier customers without phone services for more than a week

After an unidentified construction crew severed two cable lines last week, more than 700 people in Elkhart have had to live without landline phone services. 

Crews will have to repair about 6,600 damaged wires, all of which need to be individually spliced by hand.

5. Elkhart Central High School students raise $3,740.20 for charity

More than 100 students had a dance marathon last weekend to raise money for Riley Hospital for Children.

It was the fourth year that the school hosted the event.