5 things: Elkhart school corporation sued, ND athletes investigated and more

A woman said Elkhart Community Schools fired her because her husband decline a principal’s sexual advances, four Notre Dame players are being investigated for academic dishonesty and three more stories to start your day.

Posted on Aug. 16, 2014 at 3:00 a.m.

Woman says Elkhart school fired her because husband declined principal's sexual advances

Deann Schuler, of Elkhart, is suing Elkhart Community Schools for allegedly firing her because her husband refused sexual advances from a school principal.

Schuler filed the suit this week in U.S. District Court, which claims her husband, Brett Schuler, left his teaching job at Cleveland Elementary School in July 2013 because he wanted to “extricate” himself from the principal’s advances.

The suit seeks damages, including loss of wages and fringe benefits, emotional distress, humiliation and pain and suffering. The school corporation denied the allegations and demanded a jury trial, according to court records.

Notre Dame sits four players during academic fraud investigations

Four Notre Dame football players will be kept out of football activities until academic dishonesty investigations are complete.

Athletic director Jack Swarbrick confirmed during a press conference Friday evening, Aug. 15, that the players are cornerback KeiVarae Russell, wide receiver DaVaris Daniels, defensive end Ishaq Williams and linebacker Kendall Moore.

Evidence that the students had submitted papers and homework written for them by others was initially detected at the end of the summer session, according to University president the Rev. John Jenkins.

The university has informed the NCAA. If the student-athletes are found to be guilty of academic dishonesty, Notre Dame will voluntarily vacate any victories in which they participated.

Elkhart Mayor Dick Moore questions support for Roundtable proposals

Mayor Dick Moore has questioned the level of support for the Elkhart Community Roundtable’s list of suggestions to improve police relations in the city’s south central neighborhood.

Moore received the list late Thursday afternoon, Aug. 15, which lists several proposals, including the hiring of more minority officers and the adoption ethnic sensitivity and diversity training. The mayor said he did not expect the list, stating he met with one of the Roundtable’s members earlier in the week who did not mention the letter.

That member, Adrian Riley, is a member of the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department. He expressed surprise at the release of the proposals, which led Moore to question whether there was a group consensus. The Roundtable has since responded, stating the letter was sent by the “overwhelming democratic majority decision of our Action Committee, which has five members.”

Ferguson, Mo., shooting, Elkhart's Garfield Avenue incident share distrust between police, community

While the violent July 3 confrontation between an Elkhart police officer and a man on Garfield Avenue did not end with riots or demonstrations, some advocates for the south central neighborhood see parallels between the incident and the death of Michael Brown at the hands of a Ferguson, Mo., police officer.

Leighton Johnson, a member of the Elkhart Community Roundtable, said there is a lack of minority officers on both Elkhart and Ferguson’s police forces. He said the disparity makes the African-American community in the neighborhood suspicious. He adds there needs to be deeper connections between the local police department and residents to prevent similar incidents.

Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership to conduct DUI enforcement zone this weekend

The Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership will conduct a high visibility enforcement zone to catch intoxicated drivers from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. this weekend on the east side of Elkhart, according to a press release from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department.

The event is being conducted in conjunction with Operation Pull Over, which aims to reduce the number of impaired drivers.

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