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Posted on July 17, 2014 at 5:55 a.m.

Elkhart County law officials brace for impact of Indiana’s new criminal code

Local law enforcement officials are worried that changes to the state criminal code that went into effect at the beginning of the month could lead to overcrowding in county jails, lower funds and less accountability for offenders. The revised code sends more low-level felons and non-violent criminals to local corrections programs and jails instead of state prisons.

Advocacy group Nine Blocks will focus on Elkhart neighborhood needs

Local advocacy group Nine Blocks wants to help the Roosevelt neighborhood of Elkhart, but they have to know the community’s needs and fears first. So they’re planning to go door-to-door, asking residents about problems in their neighborhood and what they would be able to do to help. The group is made up a dozen or more well-respected members of the community.

Special panel nixes idea of Middlebury area bypass to Indiana Toll Road, at least for now

Don’t expect to see a bypass around Middlebury anytime soon. The group tasked with looking at state road issues removed the proposal from a list of projects deemed most important for the next 10 years. The road would have linked U.S. 20 west of the city to the Indiana Toll Road farther north.

Elkhart County gas prices will likely drop in the coming weeks

Drive up to your local gas station in the next two weeks and you may pay up to 25 cents less per gallon, according to a senior petroleum analyst at GasBuddy. Gas prices in Elkhart County are currently between $3.50 and $3.61 per gallon, which is pretty close to the national average of $3.59.

Indiana State Police warn of driveway sealing scam

Indiana State Police have asked the public for help finding two men accused of stealing thousands of dollars from an elderly couple in Noble County. Two white males in the Cromwell area approached the couple Wednesday, July 9, offering to spray blacktop sealer on their driveway for $200. They later asked for $2,000 after the job was done and, after getting paid, went into the couple’s home and allegedly stole more money.


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