Nine most-read stories of the week , July 6, 2014

Last week’s nine most-read stories featured a local, former teacher being charged with child seduction, power outages, a church that’s trying to open a drive-thru coffee shop and more.

Posted on July 6, 2014 at 9:05 a.m.

Former NorthWood teacher Brooke Wilson charged with child seduction 

Brooke Wilson, a former teacher at NorthWood High School, was charged with child seduction Tuesday, June 24, after she and a student engaged in “touching, fondling and kissing” when he was between 16 and 18 years old. Wilson, who is 27 years old, admitted to going on two dates with the boy.

The student reported the relationship to school officials in September 2013. Wilson was suspended from her position on Sept. 25 and fired on Oct. 14. Wilson was arrested at her home Tuesday, July 1.


Power outages leave thousands in the dark Tuesday morning

Thousands of Elkhart County residents were left without power Tuesday morning, July 1, after storms swept through the area and knocked down power lines around the area.

A total of 48,239 outages were reported by Indiana Michigan Power across the county. Goshen was the hardest hit area, with 8,462 customers left without power.

According to a press release from Indiana Michigan Power, 97 percent of customers’ power had been restored as of Saturday, July 5. 


Elkhart couple injured in Ohio motorcycle crash caught on dash cam

Nancy Schrock, of Elkhart, was sent to the hospital in critical condition following a motorcycle crash in Ohio Friday afternoon, June 27. She and her husband, Timothy Schrock, were traveling to North Carolina to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary.

Timothy Schrock sustained injuries, but not so much as his wife.

As of Saturday, July 5, Nancy Schrock was still in critical condition.


Elkhart church seeks to open coffee shop with drive-thru service

Plans are in the works for Granger Community Church, located on E. Bristol Street in Elkhart, to open a coffee shop that would be open to the general public. 

Church leaders said the lack of coffee shops in the area, as well as there being few public meeting spaces on the road, create a combination of factors that could raise a significant amount of money for church endeavors. 

The plan’s proposal would need to be approved by the city’s board of zoning appeals. The group will likely make its decision at its next meeting, which is slated for Thursday, July 10.


Ask the Truth: What became of G.L. Perry Variety Stores?

In this week’s edition of Ask the Truth, readers voted for our reporters to answer the question, “What became of G.L. Perry Variety Stores?” 

The store’s downfall, as small businesses now find is often the case, was due to the rise of super centers such as Wal-Mart and K-Mart. G.L. Perry’s, which the community regards with fond memories, simply couldn’t keep up with the centers’ prices.

If you’d like to submit your own question to Ask the Truth, tell us what it is in the blue box at the bottom of the story or email it to askthetruth@elkharttruth.com.


Notre Dame ushers in new era with Under Armour for athletic team apparel

Notre Dame celebrated its partnership with Under Armour at a midnight launch Tuesday, July 1, at the Joyce Center. The Irish sealed the deal with the athletic outfitter in January, which sources told ESPN is worth about $90 million in cash and merchandise. ND’s relationship with Adidas ended June 30 after 17 years. Several Notre Dame football players and personnel tweeted Tuesday morning with photographs of their new gear.


Incoming freshman Nile Sykes reportedly no longer playing for Notre Dame

One-time incoming Notre Dame linebacker has left the Irish to join the ranks of Indiana University, according to the Hoosiers’ athletic website. Blue and Gold News reported that Sykes had left the ND team Wednesday, July 2. He has not announced why he decided to leave the Irish. Sykes graduated from Montini Catholic High School in Lombard, Ill., and signed with ND in February.


Northridge's Nate Ritchie announced on Twitter that he will be a walk-on for Indiana University basketball

Northridge High School graduate Nate Ritchie announced Tuesday, July 1, that he will be a walk-on for Indiana University basketball. He is the first Elkhart County men’s basketball player to do so at IU since the mid-1990s. Ritchie would be the first-ever IU men’s basketball player from Northridge.


Shooting suspect sought after Saturday incident in Elkhart

The Elkhart Police Department is looking for several suspects in connection with a shooting that was reported Saturday night, June 28, in the 200 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Elkhart. A 23-year-old Elkhart man was taken to Elkhart General Hospital for a gunshot wound to the thigh. He said he was approached by five or six black men who shot him once in the leg.

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