5 things: Amish family files lawsuit, possible explosive at Concord High School and more

An Amish family files a lawsuit against truck driver involved in buggy crash that resulted in 7-month-old’s death, a possible explosive was found outside Concord High School and more.

Posted on Aug. 15, 2014 at 3:00 a.m.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Elkhart holds candlelight vigil for Ferguson, Mo.

The Rev. Amy DeBeck of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Elkhart held a vigil Thursday, Aug. 14, to reflect on the protests in Ferguson, Mo. Protesters took to the street of the St. Louis suburb after a police officer shot an unarmed black teenager on Saturday, Aug. 9.

The Rev. DeBeck allowed each congregant a chance to voice their thoughts on the tensions in Missouri before offering a prayer for the families, officers and citizens in Ferguson.

After baby dies in buggy crash, Amish family moves forward with rare lawsuit

Loren and Eva Schlabach lost their 7-month-old son after a semi-tractor truck struck their family’s horse-drawn buggy on July 9, 2012. Eva Schlabach and her two daughters were also on the buggy and had to be taken the hospital following the incident.

The family has now filed a lawsuit against the driver and his employer in the United States District Court for Northern Indiana, putting the Amish family at risk of losing their community.

Elkhart Community Roundtable suggests hiring more minority police officers, using vest cams, sensitivity training in wake of Garfield Avenue turmoil

The Elkhart Community Department sent a list of suggestions to Mayor Dick Moore late Thursday afternoon, Aug. 14, on how to mend the relationship between Elkhart police and a south central neighborhood. The list comes five weeks after allegations that police increased patrols in the neighborhood and harassed residents after an officer was attacked and beaten.

The suggestions included ethnic sensitivity and diversity training, the hiring of more minority officers and the use of on-officer cameras.

Possible explosive device found at Concord High School leads to police investigation

The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department has increased safety precautions at Concord High School after a possible explosive device was found outside on the first day of school.

A school employee called police to inform them of the suspicious bottle Wednesday, Aug. 13, which Capt. Jim Bradberry said appeared to be designed to cause the bottle to burst.

Elkhart County 4-H Fair will consider spending thousands to fix Wi-Fi issues

Internet connectivity at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair needs to be five times what it is now, said a member of the fair’s tech committee. Even with the fixes implemented last year, the 269,064 attendees at this year’s fairs were not able to stay connected for very long.

It’s not just about fairgoers using social media, as vendors need a steady Internet connection to accept credit card payments.

The tech committee is actively looking for a solution, but it may cost several thousand dollars.


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