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Popular stories this week featured Mekayla Diehl, raids for synthetic pot at St. Joseph and Elkhart convenience stories, several traffic accidents and more.

Posted on June 14, 2014 at 6:54 p.m.

14-year-old in serious condition after crash on U.S. 33 Saturday afternoon

Four people were injured in a crash near Concord Mall Saturday afternoon, June 7, including a young boy who was hospitalized in Michigan.

Miss Indiana USA Mekayla Diehl praised for 'normal' body

Miss Indiana USA Mekayla Diehl may not have taken the crown at Sunday’s Miss USA 2014 competition, but the Elkhart County native won over viewers who applauded her “normal” appearance.

20 arrested in Michiana synthetic marijuana raids

Raids on several Elkhart and St. Joseph county convenience stores suspected of selling synthetic marijuana were the start of a larger crackdown on the drug, said Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill at a press conference. 

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

Diehl said she plans to harness the buzz about her ’normal’ body to advocate for healthy lifestyles and positive body image.

Brett Bontrager of Middlebury collapses, dies on mission trip in Thailand

Brett Bontrager of Middlebury died Friday, June 6, while serving on a mission trip in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Bontrager, 21, was at the beginning of a seven-month venture when he collapsed from heat stroke while running.

Woman taken to hospital with head injuries following crash north of Elkhart

Mandi Purvis, 27, was driving southeast on C.R. 10 when she drove off on to the left lane, crashing into a vehicle going northwest on C.R. 10. Purvis’ vehicle kept going, driving off the road and crashing into a sign and a tree.

After car crashes into her S.R. 120 home, Elkhart area woman asks motorists to ease off the gas

On Wednesday, June 11, a car left S.R. 120 and hit one of the Maria Lang’s parked cars, shoving the auto into the front door of the home. Now, she’s at her wit’s end.

"It’s been scary and nerve-wracking,“ Lang said.

Three taken to hospital after cage falls at Goshen College

Jodi Beyeler, spokesperson for Goshen College, said the school is investigating what happened but called the incident a “freak accident.”

Three of the 'Elkhart 4' awaiting court's decision on appeals of convictions, sentences

Attorneys for Blake Layman, Levi Sparks and Anthony Sharp argue the teens’ ages and the nature of the incident should have altered how their cases were handled. The fourth person in the “Elkhart 4” is prohibited from appealing. 

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