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Elkhart residents, ministers and police will meet next week to discuss the Garfield Avenue incident, Goshen’s Crane Composites denied firing a former HR manager for not hiring illegal immigrants and more.

Posted on July 12, 2014 at 6:18 a.m.

Elkhart residents, ministers and police to meet over Garfield incidents

Elkhart city police will sit down with residents and pastors of Garfield Avenue next week to try and ease flared tensions after a chaotic weekend in the south side neighborhood. Residents have voiced concerns that police have increased patrols and harassed people in the area in retaliation after a police officer was hospitalized following a fight with a man in the neighborhood. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, July 18, at Agape Missionary Baptist Church.

Amid tensions, Elkhart group will host public meeting Tuesday about violence

There will also be a community discussion about violence and other issues in the south side neighborhood at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, at the gymnasium of the Historic Roosevelt Center on Indiana Avenue. The panelists include Mitchell Grant, barbershop owner; Regina Roberson, high school guidance counselor and former probation officer; Jason Moreno, community organizer; Adrian Riley, an Elkhart County Corrections officer; Clara Hedley, middle and high school social worker and several concerned residents.

Goshen company denies discrimination complaint, counter-sues former HR manager

A former human resources manager filed an employment discrimination suit against Crane Composites in May for allegedly firing her for refusing to hire illegal immigrants. The company has denied the allegations and counter-sued, saying Taimi Fernandez-Guillot had quit after being reprimanded for her poor performance.

Middlebury native retires after 20 years in Air Force

Middlebury native Jason Kidd is retiring from Air Force Security Forces after 20 years. He has served the country all over the world, from the Middle East to the far East. He saved a friend’s life in Iraq, met world leaders at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland and won arm wrestling competitions in Japan. His favorite story from his years in service is of meeting former U.S. president George W. Bush, and how he remembered him years later as ‘The Hoosier’.

Elkhart County Sheriff's Department warns of phone scam targeting the elderly

The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department has alerted residents to a phone scam targeting older residents. The department received a report Tuesday, July 8, of an 86-year-old lady who was scammed of $4,500 from man pretending to be her grandson. The man told her that he was jailed in Massachusetts and needed bond money.

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