5 things to know for your Labor Day in Indiana

Elkhart’s Southside Family Fun Fest was a success, several businesses are closed for the holiday and three more stories to start off your Labor Day in Indiana. 

Posted on Sept. 1, 2014 at 7:08 a.m.

Elkhart police, south side residents got together for a fun festival

Free food, sunshine and the opportunity for kids to play and adults to try some local barbecue brought many to the South Side Fun Fest at Roosevelt Park Sunday, Aug. 31.

The event was organized as a fundraiser, with a barbecue contest intended to help raise $15,000 to establish a family movie night at Roosevelt Center.

Elkhart police and fire departments participated in the event. 

Darcey Davis, a member of community group My Hood Needz Me, commented while selling barbecue tickets that it’s nice to see residents of the neighborhood come together for a good cause, “in this area where so much negative happens.”

Libraries, the post office and other businesses closed today

Since Labor Day is a federal holiday, all non-essential government offices will be closed — including city, state and federal offices, courts and the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Police and fire departments will be in operation.

Transpo services and the Interurban Trolley will not provide services today and there will be no garbage collection in Goshen.

Granger woman accused of putting baby’s body in dumpster will go on trial in January 

Purvi Patel was charged with neglect of a dependent, a class A felony, and feticide in connection with a premature baby’s body found in a dumpster behind University Crossing Shopping Center in Mishawaka.

Her trial date was originally scheduled for Sept. 29, but it has been rescheduled to Jan. 22

Patel told medical staff she delivered a baby at home but believed it was stillborn. She said she put the body in a bag and placed it in the dumpster, but police detectives say they found text messages between Patel and a friend discussing discussing her pregnancy and admitting she took drugs to try to abort the baby.

18 arrested on underage drinking charges during Ball State football tailgates

For the third week in a row, Indiana State Excise Police arrested more than a dozen people for alcohol-related charges in Muncie, the home of Ball State University.

Eighteen people were arrested Saturday, Aug. 30, on preliminary charges of underage drinking while tailgating in the tailgating parking lots near Ball State’s Scheumann Stadium, according to a news release from the Indiana State Excise Police.

Goshen teenager arrested after leading police on chase

Brett Michael King was arrested just after midnight Sunday, Aug. 31, on preliminary felony charges of operating while intoxicated with a prior conviction and resisting arrest and preliminary misdemeanor charges of reckless driving at a high rate of speed, underage drinking and resisting arrest, according to a news release from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department.

Police say the 19-year-old led them on a chase both on his motorcycle and on foot. 

Chemical testing showed that King had a blood alcohol content of 0.113 percent.

Follow reporter Lydia Sheaks on Twitter at @LydiaSheaks

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