After Garfield Avenue fight between police and man, cellphone video offers more details
A cellphone video shot by a bystander captures a tense scene Thursday, July 3, on West Garfield Avenue when Elkhart police arrested Reese Tommy Haithcox. Haithcox had fought with a police officer before the arrest, which a police report said left the law enforcer hospitalized. Police officers, Haithcox and bystanders can be heard using vulgar language, with one officer threatening to shoot the person who was recording the video with a stun gun.
Indiana won't recognize same-sex marriages
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s office issued a memo to executive branch agencies Wednesday, July 9, to not recognize same-sex marriages performed before a federal court halted a lower court’s decision to strike down the state’s gay marriage ban. This only applies to state agencies that report to the governor’s office and affects state services controlled by those agencies, such as the ability to file jointly for state taxes.
Goshen to hold meeting with Orchard Subdivision residents to discuss annexation
The city of Goshen will meet with residents at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 9, to discuss economic improvements to the Orchard Subdivision, which may include water and sewer annexation. The meeting will be at Waterford Mennonite Church, 65975 S.R. 15 in Goshen. Area residents had petitioned the city to extend water and sewer services outside of the city limits into their homes. However, the city will not do so without annexation.
Teen pregnancy, birth rates continues to fall in Indiana, study shows
Teen pregnancy rates in Indiana continue to drop but not as quickly as the rest of the country, according to a new study by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. In 2013, the national teen birth rate was 27 births per 1,000 girls between the ages of 15 and 19. Indiana’s numbers are only as recent as 2012, and there were 33 births per 1,000 girls that year. The national teen birth rate has fallen by 57 percent since 1991, and Indiana’s rate has declined by 45 percent.
West Nile virus found in mosquitoes in Marshall, Pike counties
Mosquitoes in Marshall and Pike counties have tested positive for West Nile virus, according to the Indiana State Department of Health. So far, there have been no reports of people infected with West Nile virus. Most people infected with the virus do not develop any symptoms. Those who get sick will likely develop a milder form of the illness, which includes fever, headaches, body aches, swollen lymph glands or a rash. A small number of people may develop a more severe form of the disease with encephalitis, meningitis, flaccid muscle paralysis and other neurological syndromes.