5 things to know for your Friday in Indiana

Residents of a south side neighborhood say the Elkhart police have targeted them for a long time, the Elkhart County 4-H Fair starts Friday and other stories to start your day.

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 7:29 a.m.

West Garfield residents say they have reasons not to trust Elkhart police

Residents along West Garfield Avenue say they have been targeted by police for a long time.

They talk about how police have waited in alleyways to stop people the moment they pull out of their driveways or have given $125 jaywalking tickets to children crossing the street.

While residents of the neighborhood are not shy about voicing their opinions, police still have to patrol the area where people are openly distrustful and sometimes uncooperative.

Plans to restore police patrols in Elkhart complex gains approval

Members of the Elkhart Housing Authority have agreed to spend $15,000 for police patrols at the Washington Gardens, a government-subsidized housing complex west of Benham Avenue that has seen a number of gun incidents.

A previous agreement allowed the agency to tap into federal money to pay off-duty police officers to patrol the complex, but it lapsed at the end of 2013. The money will now come from the Washington Gardens’ budget, paying for officers on a contractual basis.

Elkhart County 4-H Fair has new parking plan and sunny skies for first day

The Elkhart County 4-H Fair begins at 8:30 a.m. Friday, July 18, at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds.

You can begin lining up for carnival rides at 12:30 p.m. or play around with an interactive children’s science exhibit beginning at 11 a.m. at the Jayco Family Fun Center.

There’s also a selection of new fair food, including fried peanut butter with bacon, banana or tomato, coffee funnel cake, pineapple inside-out funnel cake and more.

Want to find more stories on the Elkhart County 4-H Fair? We have a page just for that.

5 free things to do this weekend

Looking to make the most of your weekend, but your wallet’s feeling a little light?

If you’re willing to pay for a little gas money, there’s a Hungarian Parish Festival and Polka Mass on Saturday in South Bend. It will feature music, dancing, raffles and gastronomical treats such as Langalo and sausage sandwiches.

If Hungarian Goulash is not your thing, there’s a medieval archery performance group that will put on a demonstration the very same day at the Niles District Library in Niles, Mich. The Archers of Alithorn will show attendees medieval archery techniques, such as fletching and string making.

There are also art exhibitions and board game days happening in Michiana this weekend. You can find our full list of free events here.

Local charity golfing event to benefit Jesse's Warriors on July 26

Want to play golf and help deployed troops?

The Erick Duvall Memorial Golf Outing will be held Saturday, July 26, to benefit Jesse’s Warriors, a local nonprofit that raises funds for troops and their various needs. The organization was started in honor of Staff Sgt. Jesse Williams, an Elkhart native who died serving his country in Afghanistan.

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