Elkhart sewer upgrades to cost around $20 million, less than earlier anticipated
Upcoming sewer upgrades in Elkhart will cost less than earlier estimated. The Elkhart Board of Public Works accepted bids on Tuesday, May 27, and the total price will be roughly $19.45 million to $20.45 million. An earlier estimate of the work, to be paid with with low-interest bonds through the state, totaled $23.26 million. These upgrades, including the installation of a million-gallon underground tank in downtown Elkhart, are part of a $155 million overhaul of the city’s sewer network to be in line with tighter federal guidelines.
Elkhart County not approved for FEMA assistance after January storm
Gov. Mike Pence announced Tuesday, May 27, that nine additional counties will receive FEMA assistance after January’s winter storm. However, Elkhart County is not one of the 28 counties in Indiana that will receive aid. Elkhart County received around 13 inches of snow during the storm, and Elkhart County, Goshen and Elkhart city governments spent a combined total of $378,159 in overtime hours for road crew employees.
Elkhart protesters seek more arrests in fatal apartment shooting
Family and friends of a fatal shooting victim at Deer Creeke Apartments in March rallied on Tuesday, May 27, outside of the Elkhart County Prosecutor’s Office. Anthony Perez, 26, was shot to death on March 30 in his apartment east of Elkhart. Miguel Martinez, 19, was arrested in Chicago on May 13 and is accused of shooting Perez. However, Perez’s family and friends believed there were more people involved who need to be held accountable.
Firefighters respond to reported structure fire opposite Baugo Fire Department
Several area fire departments responded to a structure fire Tuesday night, May 27, at 57955 C.R. 3, opposite the Baugo Township Fire Department. Several signs in front of the building indicated that it houses Forrest Automotive Design. There were flames rising from the room at 6:45 p.m. The fire was reduced to a light gray smoke half an hour later and the back section of the roof caved in. The fire was extinguished at 11:07 p.m.
Syracuse man arrested after sinking his own boat on Memorial Day
Johnathan Heckaman, 33, was arrested on a preliminary charge of boating while intoxicated. Indiana Conservation officers called Syracuse police to investigate a sunken boat on Monday, May 26, at Lake Syracuse. They found that Heckaman had attempted to put his boat on the trailer while intoxicated.