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A new, year-old YWCA program in Elkhart County helps Latina newcomers settle into the area, the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department investigates a report of a flasher at the 4-H fair and more.

(Jennifer Shephard/The Elkhart Truth)
Posted on July 29, 2014 at 6:03 a.m.

Language barriers, hostility — Elkhart County Latinas weather the bumps that come with life in a new country

Life can be hard in a new country, and the YWCA in Elkhart County wants to make the transition easier for Latina newcomers. The organization has a new, year-old program which is meant for those who are unfamiliar with the local culture. It’s a Spanish-language version of its Bridges Out of Poverty program, which covers self-esteem, financial literacy and what to do when looking for a job.

Elkhart County Sheriff's Department investigating report of flasher at Elkhart County 4-H Fair

A 15-year-old male told police that a man exposed himself to him Saturday, July 26, in a restroom at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair, according to a report from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department. Officers located and identified the 59-year-old suspect, but did not arrest him because officers did not witness the incident. Police said the suspect did not know the victim.

Former Osolo Township medic charged in fatal hit-and-run scheduled for court appearance

A former Osolo Township medic accused of killing a man in a hit-and-run crash in January was scheduled to appear for a pre-trial hearing Monday, July 28, in St. Jospeh County. He pleaded not guilty for a charge of failing to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in death, a Class Felony. His trial is set for Monday, Aug. 11. Police say Bontrager hit and killed Ronald Rodgers, 56, on S.R. 933 in Roseland on Jan. 10.

Union president at Indianapolis VA medical center said wait times misrepresented

A union president for employees of an Indianapolis VA medical center said that veterans’ requested appointment times were manipulated so wait times look better, according to a release from the federal agency. A representative with the Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Indianapolis said the person did not provide the center with any information that supports the allegations. The release did not name the union or the official.

RV shipments up nearly 10 percent through year's first half

The shipment of wholesale recreational vehicles for the first half of 2014 jumped 9.8 percent from last year at that time, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association. Shipments of all RVs were up 192,065 units through June. That puts the industry on track to ship more than 350,000 this year, when the figures are seasonally adjusted and annualized.


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