5 things to know for your Friday in Indiana

Former NorthWood teacher is given a trial date, the 'Elkhart 4' will be the subject of Saturday’s 'Nightline Prime’ episode and three other stories to start your Friday. 

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 6:04 a.m.

Former NorthWood High School teacher Brooke Wilson appeared for an initial hearing before Elkhart Superior Court 3 

After being charged with child seduction — a class D felony — in June, Brooke Wilson, 27, appeared for her initial hearing on Thursday, July 24. At the hearing, Judge George Biddlecome read the charge to Wilson, whose attorney was also present. Her pretrial conference was scheduled for Sept. 4 and the trial date is set for Jan. 12, 2015. 

According to a probable cause affidavit, Wilson and a student between the ages of 16 and 18 went on two dates last year and engaged in “touching, fondling and kissing.” 

ABC’s 'Nightline Prime’ examines 'Elkhart 4’ case in episode to air Saturday, July 26

Four local teens, otherwise known as the “Elkhart 4”, will have their story told on ABC’s “Nightline Prime” at 10 p.m. Saturday, July 26. The men were charged with felony murder after an attempted burglary on Frances Avenue resulted in the death of Danzele Johnson in 2012.

This is not the first time the story has been told on national television. Dr. Phil interviewed three of the four men via satellite in January, and the mothers were also interviewed in person. 

Tractors roar all Thursday long at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair tractor pull 

For families like the Lewallens, tractor pull day is a lifelong tradition. The event kicked off at 8 a.m. and continued throughout the day as folks young and old filled the stands to see tractors of all varieties pull thousands of pounds of weight. 

Staff, participants and spectators observed a moment of silence later that afternoon to remember the late Denny Fisher, who was part of the Elkhart County 4-H Fair tractor pull family. He helped ready the track and organize the event for 35 years. 

Pierre Moran pool gets new, ADA compliant equipment 

Johnny Riblet made a splash at Pierre Moran pool Thursday, July 24, as the facility tried its new staircase and lift chair for the first time. Riblet was the first person to try out the lift chair, which helps swimmers enter the water. The pool also unveiled an aquatic mobile chair, new flotation devices, a wider staircase that enters the water and changing room accommodations that make the pool compliant with standards set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act

Three previously suspended Concord Township Fire Department employees return to their jobs

After being suspended without pay since April for violating the department’s drug-handling policy, Don Mansell, Bill Creedon and Jon Simmons have returned to work.  

Concord Township Trustee Mark Grabill said the investigation halted as it had “gone cold.” The policy stated drugs carried on the fire department’s ambulances are sealed with a sticker that shall only be removed for patient care, replacing or rotating stock. In this case, a sticker had been removed for none of those reasons.


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