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'Elkhart 4’ teens are featured on ABC’s Nightline Prime, 18 people were arrested at Indiana Motor Speedway on Saturday, and three other stories to start your day.

Posted on July 27, 2014 at 8:29 p.m.

‘Elkhart 4’ teens featured on ABC’s Nightline Prime

A group of four Elkhart teens charged with felony murder were interviewed by ABC’s “Nightline Prime” in an episode that aired on Saturday, July 26. Blake Layman, Jose Quiroz, Levi Sparks and Anthony Sharp are serving time for the felony murder of their friend Danzele Johnson during the group’s attempted burglary in 2012. The five individuals broke into Rodney Scott’s Elkhart home, and Johnson was killed after Scott used a gun to defend himself. Under Indiana law, the men were charged with murder because an individual died during the crime they committed. The mothers of the ‘Elkhart 4’ are currently fighting for appeals for their sons. 

Mishawaka woman killed in two-car crash

Rayna Dobrodt, 23, of Mishawaka, was killed Saturday evening in a car crash on the M-60 Highway in Cass County. Police were called to the scene after Austin Brouwer, 19, of Osceola, tried to pass on the right side of the highway and lost control of the car, crashing into a vehicle driven by Douglas Irving of Niles, Mich. Dobrodt was one of three passengers in Brouwer’s car. As of Sunday, July 27, Brouwer was in stable condition; front passenger Janet Menting of South Bend remained in critical condition at Memorial Hospital. The other driver was treated at Lakeland Community Hospital and released.

18 arrested at Indianapolis Speedway

Indiana State Excise Police officers arrested 18 people the evening of Saturday, July 26 during NASCAR Nationwide race events and the Brickfest Music Festival outside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Charges included illegal possession, illegal consumption of alcohol and one arrest for possession of heroin after a man was spotted snorting the drug in his truck. 

The childhood poverty rate in Elkhart County has fallen — but there’s still work to be done

This week’s editorial addresses economic ways in which Elkhart County can continue to improve the community’s falling childhood poverty rate. Though the county’s rate dropped from 21.2 percent in 2012 to 18 percent for 2014, there are still almost 12,000 area children who live in poverty.

See a round-up of favorite photos from the 4-H Fair

The latest Behind the Lens gallery showcases all the best moments captured by Elkhart Truth photographers of life at the 2014 Elkhart County 4-H Fair — from gleeful children to costumed geese. 


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