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5 things to know for your Thursday in Indiana

Three homes not compliant with city code, police identify the body of a woman from a Middlebury house fire and three other stories to start your day. 

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 6:02 a.m.

Three houses on South Second Street do not comply with building codes

Ten cases were brought before hearing officer Lee Berry on Wednesday, July 23 — each a different home in need of substantial repairs or, if necessary, demolition. Three of the 10 were within two blocks of one another on South Second Street.

Demolition was ordered for two of the properties, whereas the owner of the third property was ordered to sign a compliance agreement as he continues renovations to the home.

Police identify the body of a woman found in burning Middlebury home early Wednesday morning. 

The body of 69-year-old Lona J. Chutsch was found at 12:16 a.m. at 11494 C.R. 4 after Elkhart County Sheriff’s officers responded to a house fire. 

While the incident and cause of the fire is still under investigation by the sheriff’s department and the Indiana State Fire Marshal, Elkhart County Deputy Coroner James Elliot said the autopsy was performed Wednesday and nothing suspicious was found thus far, though toxicology report and tissue samples were still pending.

Trial date scheduled for South Bend father accused of killing his infant daughter

22-year-old Bryan Alexander Michel is scheduled to appear Nov. 12 with a charge of neglect of dependent resulting in death, the St. Joseph County Prosecutor said in a news release. 

On July 10, South Bend police and paramedics responded to the call that 4-year-old Halo Stutzman, his daughter, was not breathing. After a two-day stay at Memorial Hospital, Halo died from multiple injuries reported in court documents

High temperatures and large weekend turnout likely the culprit for low Tuesday attendance at fair 

While Saturday saw a crowd of more than 30,000 at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair, only 16,980 made it to the grounds on Tuesday. Mary Nisly, the fair’s director of ticket sales, points to the weekend’s large turnout, as well as the day’s higher temperatures. 

Though the fair is winding down, attendance might see an uptick with fair-friendly weather — temperatures are sitting comfortably in the 70s — and crowd favorite events such as the rodeo and the tractor pull. 

The animals aren’t the only creatures making mischief of one kind ... and another ... at the fair

Forget about what the fox says — the real question is what the frog, goat and rooster say. As Wednesday was Kids Day at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair, we asked the smaller fairgoers to make their best animal impressions

Enjoy. 

 


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