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Iconic Elkhart radio and television host Bill Darwin died, Jim Erb's house caught on fire hours after he lost in the county auditor race and three other stories to start your day.

Posted on May 8, 2014 at 12:19 a.m.

Longtime Elkhart radio host Bill Darwin dies at 80

Iconic Elkhart radio and television host Bill Darwin died Wednesday, May 7. He was 80. Darwin had been a standard in Elkhart County morning news as a radio host on WTRC and a television host on WSJV. He retired from radio in August 2009 after spending 42 years at WTRC. Readers took to social media and The Elkhart Truth’s website to share their memories of Darwin, some calling him a “pillar of our community” and “our voice”.

Jim Erb's house burns hours after losing county auditor election

Jim Erb’s house caught on fire hours after he lost the primary race for county auditor Tuesday, May 6. The New Paris and Benton Township fire departments were called to Erb’s home at 18981 First St. at 2:40 a.m. Wednesday, May 7. Erb said he believes the fire was intentionally set. He said the house is uninhabitable, and his family will be staying with relatives.

Goshen man wanted on child molestation charges

The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department is looking for 50-year-old Scott E. Culver, who has been charged in Elkhart Superior Court 3 with four counts of child molestation, one count of child solicitation and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. According to a probable cause affidavit filed in Elkhart Superior Court 3, Culver admitted to police that he had a sexual relationship with an 11-year-old Elkhart County girl but insisted that she told him she was 17. The department requested the public’s help in locating Culver on its Facebook page.

Elkhart fines Ontwa Township once again due to corrosive substance in sewer system

The Elkhart Board of Public Works levied a new $10,000 fine against Ontwa Township, Mich., on Wednesday, May 7, after excessive readings of a corrosive substance in the sewer system shared by the two areas. This is addition to an earlier $11,750 fine levied against Ontwa Township due to excessive readings of the same substance.

Praise and glitches: five takeaways from implementation of voting centers in Elkhart County

The primary election was the first election to introduce a new voting model, which includes updated technology, electronic sign-in and 25 voting centers across the county where any resident could vote. The Vote Center Study Committee will review how voting went Tuesday, which helped to craft guidelines for the voting centers here.

Turnout was scant Tuesday, 15.1 percent, even lower than 18.9 percent in 2012 and 18.4 percent in 2010. Still low turnout is typical in non-presidential primaries.


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