1. Five Elkhart area departments respond to fire at Green Stream Company recyclables plant
The Cleveland Townshp Fire Department station was only 200 yards away when a parking lot caught fire at Green Stream Company at 29414 Phillips Drive, around 11 p.m. Saturday, April 26.
The company employs 85 workers and deals in recyclable cardboard, plastics and wood pallets.
A Cleveland Township station located at the corner of Phillips Drive and C.R. 12 on Elkhart's west side was the first unit to respond. Green Stream is located a block south of C.R. 12. Crews from Baugo, Osolo, Penn, Clay and Osceola township fire departments also responded to the call and worked nearly two hours the get two separate blazes under control.
The fire was contained to two trailers, one which was heavily damaged, and one recyclable hopper. The lack of a hydrant in the block forced the firefighters to use tanker units to provide water.
2. 243 people receive their degrees from Goshen College on Sunday
The class of 2014 at Goshen College received their degrees on Sunday, April 27, with 225 earning undergraduate degrees and 18 receiving master's degrees.
Joyce Bontrager Lehman, the commencement speaker, told the graduates to go forward with passion, courage and, most of all, patience when making important life decisions.
3. New "dead red" stoplight law will allow motorcyclists to drive through a red light
The so-called "dead red" law will allow motorcyclists, moped riders and bicyclists to drive through a red light that they've failed to trigger it to turn green, as long as they've stopped for two minutes and then proceed cautiously, The Kokomo Perspective reported.
“Many traffic signals cannot detect motorcycles or bicycles, causing frustration and potential danger for the driver and for other motorists on the road,” said Indiana Rep. Mike Karickhoff, R-Kokomo, who wrote the bill.
4. 25 arrested for underage drinking at Middlebury house party
A total of 25 people were arrested on preliminary charges of underage drinking after police were called to a large house party in Middlebury Saturday night, April 26.
Police were called to 14339 C.R. 8 in Middlebury at 11 p.m. Saturday for a large party and found several people drinking alcohol, a press release from the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department said.
Of the 25 people who were arrested, 11 individuals who were 16 or 17 years old were released to their parents. The other 14 people were ages 18 to 20.
5. Check out what was found in Christiana Creek this weekend
A group of volunteers cleared debris and trash from Christiana Creek near High Dive Park on Saturday, April 26.
Volunteers arrived at High Dive Park, where they were given trash bags before heading out to the creek to collect trash. By the end of the day they had collected a full dump truck load of garbage, including TV sets, shopping carts, diapers and even a picnic table near Willowdale Park.