5 things to know for your Saturday in Indiana

An underground fire forces utility workers to cut power to downtown South Bend, Elkhart’s jobless rate drops and three other stories to start your day.

Posted on May 16, 2014 at 11:32 p.m.

Underground fire causes power outage in South Bend

Indiana Michigan Power cut power to downtown South Bend Thursday night, May 15, after an underground fire seriously damaged power circuits. Utility workers expect to have power restored to downtown South Bend by 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 18. The power outage disrupted the printing of newspapers, and the South Bend Police Department had to monitor traffic in the downtown area.

Elkhart jobless rate falls again

The unemployment rate in Elkhart County in April dropped to 5 percent from 5.8 percent in March, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. State figures released Friday, May 16, report that there were more people working in April than the past 13 years. There were 90,544 employed in the county in April, up from 8 percent a year before. However, employment has a way to go before it surpasses employment records set in 2006 when it surpassed 100,000.

Elkhart woman arrested in Oklahoma City, faces child two child molest charges

Gina Byrd, 34, is being extradited to Elkhart County on charges of child molesting. Byrd allegedly touched two children inappropriately in 2009 and 2010, according to court files. She was arrested in Oklahoma on a warrant Wednesday, May 14, after a two-month search, according to a Facebook post from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department. Byrd is charged with two counts of child molesting, which are Class C felonies punishable by eight years in prison.

The Window expands kitchen to feed more people in need

Goshen nonprofit organization The Window is remodeling its dining room and expanding its kitchen so that its workers will be better able to serve low-income individuals and families. The renovations will also allow The Window to cook meals for its Meals on Wheels program, which feeds people who are unable to leave their homes. The Window also has a clothing closet, a food pantry, a washer, a dryer and a handicap-accessible shower. The organization is accepting donations for its kitchen and dining room renovations, which will cost around $110,000.

Moose Rugby Grounds hosting national high school championship May 15-17

The Penn rugby club is hosting the Boys High School Rugby National Championship, which started Thursday, May 15, at the Moose Rugby Fields in Elkhart. Penn will be competing against teams around the nation, from Washington, D.C., to New York to California. The championship, third, fifth, and seventh place games will take place Saturday, May 17.


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