5 things to know for your Friday in Indiana

Elkhart Central High School was on a temporary lockdown Thursday afternoon, the Elkhart County Board of Zoning Appeals voted unanimously in favor of an appeal made by feral cat caretakers and three other stories to start your Friday. 

Posted on Aug. 22, 2014 at 6:03 a.m.

Feral cat caretakers will not have to apply for a special permit after a vote by the Elkhart County Board of Zoning Appeals

Following a two-hour hearing from the public, the Elkhart County Board of Zoning Appeals unanimously voted in favor of an appeal made in 2013. This decision means feral cat caretakers in unincorporated Elkhart County will not have to apply for special permits to continue caring for the cats.

Advocates and caretakers say this will help keep feral cat colonies under control.

Elkhart Central High School was placed on a lockdown yesterday afternoon as police responded to an emergency situation

While Elkhart police responded to a suicidal subject nearby, Elkhart Central High School students were held at school until around 3:15 p.m., when a lockdown was lifted. This was about 35 minutes after normal dismissal time, according to a tweet from the school corporation. 

Traffic was blocked by police near the school at Richmond Street and Waterfall Drive as the scene was managed and police responded to the situation and handled the subject. 

The cause of a fire that killed a New Carlisle volunteer firefighter has been ruled “undetermined” by officials 

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security has officially ruled the cause of a business fire that killed Jamie Middlebrook, assistant chief for the New Carlisle Fire Department, as “undetermined.” 

Middlebrook was fighting a fire on Aug. 5 a K-Fex — a septic business — in LaPorte County. His cause of death was from blunt force trauma from a falling roof. 

State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson said in a press release that while foul play is not suspected as the cause of the blaze at this time, there was not sufficient evidence to rule the fire as an accident. 

Goshen Birth Center is set to deliver a record 100 babies this year 

There is an uptick in the trend of mothers who are seeking alternative birthing methods such as birth centers like the Goshen Birth Center. Since it opened in 2007, the center has focused on making the childbirth process as natural as possible

Couples like Jameson and Suzanne Lingl chose Goshen Birth Center as the place to have their first daughter, seeking a more natural, “minimalist” experience. 

James LeDonne will remain in jail on fraud charges until his trial next year

A U.S. magistrate judge seconded a prosecutor’s motion to keep James LeDonne behind bars until his court appearance, as he poses too much of a flight risk, according to Donald Schmid, assistant U.S. attorney . 

LeDonne is behind bars on charges of bank, wire and bankruptcy fraud.

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