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Three of the ‘Elkhart 4’ appealed their convictions and sentences, an Elkhart business remained open while it was investigated by federal agents and three other stories to start your day.

Posted on June 13, 2014 at 5:48 a.m.

1. Three of the ‘Elkhart 4’ await court’s decision on appeals of convictions, sentences

Three of four Elkhart teenagers convicted of felony murder last year have appealed their convictions and sentences. Blake Layman, Anthony Sharp and Levi Sparks filed appeals with the Indiana Court of Appeals, asking their convictions be thrown out or their sentences reduced.

2. ThermoDyne conducted ‘business as usual’ after investigation

Federal agents did not shut down an Elkhart business they were investigating Tuesday, June 10. Agents for the Defense Criminal Investigative Service were seen going in and out of the building for several hours, according to a company spokesperson.

3. 14-year-old Elkhart boy remains in critical condition days after crash on U.S. 33

Fourteen-year-old Mark Rich remains in critical condition at a hospital in Kalamazoo, Mich., several days after a two-vehicle crash in Dunlap. He sustained a head injury and was unresponsive following a crash at U.S. 33 and Sunnyside Avenue Saturday, June 7. Rich had to be airlifted to Bronson Methodist Hospital.

4. Cornerstone Ministries of Elkhart looks to grow Mennonite-based youth program

A Mennonite church ministry that mentors and evangelizes to children in inner-city Elkhart neighborhoods is seeking a zoning variance to operate a youth center in a building at 1332 W. Indiana Ave. Cornerstone Ministries wants to purchase the property, which is currently zoned for residential use.

Goshen-based bus maker tries to recoup losses from faulty bus suit

Goshen-based bus maker Supreme Corp. is suing its former insurance company in hopes of regaining money lost in a multimillion dollar lawsuit last year, which claimed its buses were "defective." The company lost approximately $5 million in the suit.


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