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Federal agents converge on an Elkhart business, Monday’s synthetic marijuana raids in Michiana results in 20 arrests and three other stories to start your day.

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 12:08 a.m.

Federal agents converge on Elkhart's ThermoDyne, but there's little word on what they're investigating

Agents from the Department of Defense’s Office of the Inspector General converged on an Elkhart business Tuesday, June 10. No charges were filed against ThermoDyne as of Tuesday. An agent with the department and a spokesperson with the U.S. attorney for Northern Indiana declined to comment. ThermoDyne creates insulation for large corporations, the U.S. Army and Navy for use in jet engines, fuel cells on submarines, solar collectors and flight data recorders.

20 arrested in Michiana synthetic marijuana raids

At least a dozen locations were raided for selling synthetic drugs Monday, June 9, in Elkhart and St. Joseph counties, and 20 people were arrested. Eleven people in Elkhart County were arrested on suspicion of buying and selling synthetic drugs. Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill said in a press conference Tuesday, June 10, that the raids are part of a larger crackdown on the drug.

Miss Indiana USA 2014 Mekayla Diehl answers 7 questions about Miss USA experience

Miss Indiana USA Mekayla Diehl spoke with The Elkhart Truth about competing in the Miss USA pageant and her plans now that she will no longer compete. She plans to use the media’s focus on her physical appearance to advocate for healthy lifestyles and positive body image. Diehl also plans to help girls who have been abused or want to pursue a career in pageantry.

Police investigate apparent murder-suicide in Osceola

The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide is investigating an apparent murder-suicide in Osceola. Police were called to a home in the area Tuesday, June 10, where they found a couple dead of apparent gunshot wounds.

Developer proposes new hotel, brew pub for historic Hawks building in Goshen

A developer wants to invest $3.8 million to construct a new boutique hotel and brewpub in the Hawks building in Goshen. If approved, Hawks 1886 LLC will build the 25-room Artifax Hotel and Hydraulic Ale Works in the north section of the Hawks building. LaCasa Inc. owns the building and will transform the south section of the building into live-work loft apartments artists and entrepreneurs.

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