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The Elkhart Labor Day Parade has been canceled, South Bend’s Memorial Hospital now has its own police force, an Elkhart teen agrees to a 65-year prison sentence for murder and two more stories to start your day.

Posted on Aug. 29, 2014 at 5:52 a.m.

Accused murderer agrees to 65-year prison sentence

An Elkhart teen pled guilty to murder Thursday, Aug. 28, in Elkhart Circuit Court.

Miguel Angel Martinez-Villasenor was arrested in May after turning himself in to police and admitting he had shot 26-year-old Anthony Botello Perez the evening of March 30.

On Thursday he agreed to a sentence of 65 years in prison, with five of those years suspended and on non-reporting probation.

Military equipment used sparsely by police in Elkhart County

Since 2006, police departments throughout Elkhart County received 98 rifles, 50 handguns and a four-wheel ATV through the Defense Logistics Agency’s 1033 Program.

In the same time period, some nearby counties have received tear gas grenade launchers, mine resistant vehicles and night vision equipment.

Notre Dame concludes academic investigations, fifth player held out of competition

The University of Notre Dame has concluded its investigations into academic violations, and a fifth player is now being held out of practice and competition.

A university official has confirmed the fifth player is safety Eilar Hardy. 

Memorial Hospital to form its own police department

Memorial Hospital is now the second hospital in the state to create its own police force.

The officers, sworn in Thursday, Aug. 28, will patrol the Memorial Hospital and Memorial Epworth Hospital campuses, grounds and parking garages as part of the hospital’s existing security team, the South Bend Tribune reports.

Elkhart Labor Day Parade canceled

The third annual Labor Day Parade planned for Elkhart has been canceled because of a lack of entries.

The decision to cancel it came after officials learned that only nine entries had been secured, said Karin Frey, superintendent of the Elkhart Parks and Recreation Department. 

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