Two Elkhart County Jail officers charged with misconduct
The Elkhart County Prosecutor’s Office has filed charges against two Elkhart County corrections officers. Officer Adrian Long was accused of having sexual relations with an inmate. He was charged with sexual misconduct by service provider with detainee, a Class C felony. Officer Aaron Vandekeere was accused of smuggling cellphones and cigarettes to an inmate in exchange for $1,100. He was charged with trafficking with an inmate, a Class C felony, and trafficking with an inmate as a Class A misdemeanor.
Nappannee bus maker cutting jobs with Greyhound contract ending
Nappanee bus maker ABC Companies’ transition between contracts may cost some workers their jobs. The company has refurbished coach buses under a contract with Greyhound Lines for the past three years, but 160 jobs will be cut when the contract ends. The company will rehire 90 of those workers for a new contract later this year.
Elkhart County school officials discuss Indiana's potential loss of NCLB waiver
Indiana received a waiver from the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 in 2012, but that waiver could be in jeopardy. The U.S. Department of Education outlined concerns in a May 1 letter regarding how the state is handling low-performing schools, teacher evaluation systems, and Indiana’s decision to withdraw from the Common Core. Indiana’s waiver was placed in conditional status, and the state education department has until June 30 to respond.
A 911 text? Elkhart County emergency dispatchers are ready for typed calls for help
Elkhart County residents can now text emergencies to 911. The Elkhart County 911 Center is now one of several agencies that offer Text-to-911 services, but officials still encourage people to call 911 with emergencies. Text messaging will help those with hearing and speech impediments and those who are unable to speak due to a medical emergency. It also allows victims of crimes to be discreet if they feel their personal safety would be compromised if they made a call.
White Pigeon family fighting insurance company for refusing coverage
A White Pigeon, Mich., teenager is recovering from a kart crash at the Mottville Speedway, but his family now has to fight their insurance covering for refusing coverage. Sixteen-year-old Connor Watson was hurt on May 4 after he lost control of his kart and hit a wall. He is healing at a rapid pace, but the Watsons’ insurance company will not cover him because he was in a competition when he suffered his injuries. The family had previously signed a policy that covered them even when they engaged in “hazardous hobbies”.