Tuesday, November 25, 2014



 Jeffrey P. Miller, 46, was sentenced Nov. 25, 2014, to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to interstate transportation of stolen goods and money laundering for stealing at least $1 million worth of copper wire from Elkhart-based Heartland RV and selling it to Sustainable Recycling Inc., a Dowagiac, Mich. scrap metal dealer.

Jeffery P. Miller asked the judge for leniency, saying he could repay the company faster and help raise his two children if he’s free.

Jeff Parrott

Posted at 5:07 p.m.
 Karen Viveros of La Casa Inc. of Goshen fields questions after an information session on changes in immigration law announced by President Obama last week. The session was held Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at College Mennonite Church on the Goshen College campus.

An informational session sponsored by immigrant advocates and held at College Mennonite Church drew about 150 participants.

Tim Vandenack

Posted at 4:04 p.m.
 Jesse Kharbanda, executive director of the Hoosier Environmental Council

The head of the Hoosier Environmental Council warns of a likely measure to keep regulators from implementing stricter standards than allowed by the feds.

Tim Vandenack

Posted at 5:29 p.m.
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Posted at 4:45 p.m.

Hearings for the Elkhart Police Department’s Detective Scott Weaver and Lt. Peggy Snider were originally scheduled for Dec. 3, but have been moved to Dec. 19 and Jan. 19, respectively. 

 Family Services of Elkhart County earlier this year consolidated its offices with the women's shelter on State Street in Elkhart. The organization announced last week that it was ceasing operations. YWCA North Central Indiana is currently trying to raise enough money to secure its continued operation.
Posted on Nov. 24, 2014 at 8:40 p.m.

The future of the domestic violence shelter depends on community donations, according to YWCA North Central Indiana. 

 Spending in the 2nd District U.S. House race topped the list among Indiana's nine congressional districts in 2014 and 2012. Spending here was second in 2010. Clockwise from top left: U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, Republican candidate and winner in 2014 and 2012 and losing candidate in 2010; now U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, a Democrat and the winning candidate in 2010; Brendan Mullen, unsuccessful Democratic contender in 2012; Joe Bock, unsuccessful Democratic contender in 2014.
Posted on Nov. 24, 2014 at 6:26 p.m.

Likewise, spending in the 2nd District race for 2014 is up compared to 2008 and down in every other House district in the state.

 At least one person is dead after a crash on U.S. 20 Monday afternoon, Nov. 24.
Posted on Nov. 24, 2014 at 4:20 p.m.

The man, a 46-year-old Elkhart man, died after the semi he was driving was sideswiped by another semi.

 The vegetable omelet at The Bacon Strip, Elkhart melded vegetables and cheese.
Posted on Nov. 24, 2014 at 4:00 a.m.

What’s happening in Michiana food news this week? There’s good and bad news, but at least there will be pie this week.

Posted on Nov. 23, 2014 at 2:49 p.m.

City of Elkhart plans to close stretches of C.R. 15 and East Bristol Street for repaving Nov. 24 and 25.

 Elkhart Police Sgt. Chris Snyder addresses the media during a press conference Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, regarding the death of 3-year-old Jeremiah Ross Thursday night. Ross died after an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in his Morton Street home.
Posted on Nov. 22, 2014 at 8:34 a.m.

In a second press conference related to a 3-year-old boy’s accidental death by a gunshot wound, Sgt. Chris Snyder of the Elkhart Police Department shared details of the case and said it’s still under investigation. Watch the press conference here.

 Jose Alvarez, a college student from Elkhart County who advocates for undocumented immigrants.
Posted on Nov. 21, 2014 at 9:19 p.m.

A foe of illegal immigration worries the changes could spur more immigrants to illegally come to the United States.

 Matthew LeCount (middle) plays a tablet game before adoption proceedings Friday morning, Nov. 21, at the Elkhart County courthouse. His soon-to-be adoptive mother Gale LeCount (left), her attorney and case worker will later present Magistrate Deborah Domine with documents and testimony related to Matthew's welfare under her care. Family friend Connie (who did not want to disclose her last name) appeared for the proceedings to support them.
Posted on Nov. 21, 2014 at 8:15 p.m.

Families and media organizations were given the rare chance to document adoption proceedings Friday, Nov. 21, at the Elkhart County Courthouse.

 Three U.S. lawmakers serving Elkhart County criticized President Obama for taking immigration reform steps unilaterally, without congressional involvement. They include U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, left; U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, middle; U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, right.
Posted on Nov. 21, 2014 at 1:28 p.m.

The officials — Sens. Coats and Donnelly, among others — didn’t offer comments or criticism on the specific details of Obama’s measures.

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