5 things to know for your Tuesday in Indiana

Jackson family voices frustration and anger two years after their 7-year-old daughter’s death, a member of Elkhart Community Roundtable resigns, and three other stories to start your day. 

Posted on Aug. 19, 2014 at 5:55 a.m.

Two years after 7-year-old Kristyana Jackson was killed, John and Kimi Jackson still seek justice and answers 

Just over two years ago on Aug. 17, 2012, Kristyana Jackson — who was 7 years old at the time — was shot in the head following an assault on her and her mother outside of their home. The family awaits answers and leads in the investigation and, meanwhile, grows more frustrated

Michiana Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information that would lead to an arrest of the shooting suspects. The family will remember Kristyana tonight at 6 p.m. with the release of balloons and lanterns outside of their home. 

Following a submission of proposals sent to Mayor Dick Moore from the Elkhart Community Roundtable, Adrian Riley steps down

Adrian Riley resigned from Elkhart Community Roundtable after information was made public that he did not support the list of policing proposals sent to Mayor Dick Moore. 

Riley did not endorse the entire list of proposals and thus stepped down. He was part of the action committee. 

Some of the suggestions listed in the proposal included: 

  • Diversity training 
  • Vest cams for police officers
  • Hiring more minority officers 

Dereck Dooley was arrested on charges of sexual misconduct with a minor and child molestation

The 23-year-old Elkhart man was arrested on Friday, Aug.15 on suspicion of molesting a female relative from the time she was 6 years old and 15 years old, according to the probable cause affidavit. 

Two formal charges were filed — sexual misconduct with a minor, a Class B felony, and child molesting, a Class C felony. 

Elkhart Mayor Dick Moore seeks additional funding from city council for road work 

During an Elkhart City Council meeting Monday night, Aug. 18, Moore submitted a request for $600,000 to be allocated for road work. 

Council could take votes on the requests next month. 

Indiana Department of Transportation gets ready to open up a stretch of US 31

The corridor of U.S. 31 between South Bend and Plymouth will open back up this week, according to a news release from InDOT

The new stretch will allow motorists to bypass congested areas such as La Paz and Lakeville. 


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