Friday, November 21, 2014

 Carol Rounds helps clean out the old offices of Family Services of Elkhart County on Feb. 26, 2014, as the organization consolidated its offices with the women's shelter in Elkhart. The organization announced Wednesday, Nov. 19, that it's ceasing operations and the future of the shelter is uncertain.

After Family Services of Elkhart County announced its closure Wednesday, Nov. 19, the YWCA North Central Indiana is scrambling to find enough money to maintain family services’ women’s shelter and transitional housing program.


Sarah Duis

Posted at 4:10 p.m.
 During a hearing in October, Marquise Curry pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery and agreed to a stipulated sentence of 16 years in prison, with five of those years suspended, in connection with a home invasion at 20 East Apartments.

Marquise Curry pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery during a hearing in October in connection with a home invasion at 20 East Apartments.

Sharon Hernandez

Posted on Nov. 20, 2014 at 1:41 p.m.
 President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in Washington. One day after sweeping Republican election gains, President Obama and incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged to try and turn divided government into a force for good rather than gridlock on Wednesday, yet warned of veto showdowns as well. Trade legislation loomed as one possibility for quick compromise, and immigration as an early irritant.

The president announced a series of measures to reform the immigration system.

Tim Vandenack

Posted at 8:08 p.m.
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 Francisco Esparza-Hernandez, 42, was arrested in Elkhart on Nov. 16, 2014. He has been charged with child molesting and sexual misconduct with a minor, both felonies.
Posted at 6:24 p.m.

Francisco Esparza-Hernandez, formerly of Elkhart, faces charges of child molestation and sexual misconduct with a minor after a teenager reported multiple assaults spanning several years.

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Posted on Nov. 19, 2014 at 6:27 p.m.

Elkhart Community Schools and Boling Vision Center will continue to accept donations for the “Hunger Doesn’t Stop” campaign. Read on to find out how you can donate.

 Chris Parish stands in the doorway of his Elkhart home in late 2006, several months after his release from prison after spending eight years there for a crime he didn't commit. Several of the city's insurance companies are fighting in court over who should have to pay the $4.9 million settlement that Parish received earlier this year.
Posted on Nov. 19, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.

Chris Parish received $4.9 million in an out-of-court settlement after spending 10 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Now, several insurance companies are in a legal battle over which one is responsible for paying.

 Tyrone Winkleman pleaded guilty Monday, Nov. 17, to armed robbery — a class B felony — for the 2013 knife point robbery of Studio 327 Hair Design in Elkhart.
Posted on Nov. 19, 2014 at 4:59 p.m.

In 2013, Tyrone Winkleman wielded a knife to rob a salon in downtown Elkhart and then kidnap a man at a local motel.

 Joseph Adam Lee, 32, of Goshen, was killed by officers with the Elkhart Police Department after he pointed a gun at them, police said.
Posted on Nov. 19, 2014 at 4:11 p.m.

Joseph Adam Lee was killed in September by officers with the Elkhart Police Department after he pointed a gun at them, police said. The case is being reviewed by the Elkhart County Prosecutor’s Office.

 A southeast view of South Main Street as road work is seen from the top of the steeple at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Elkhart. Construction crews need four more days for additional paving and other work before the road can be re-opened, an Elkhart official said, however it is dependent on the weather. Paving requires temperatures to be at or above about 45 degrees.
Posted on Nov. 19, 2014 at 2:26 p.m.

Construction crews need about four days of warm weather to finish paving and reopen the road.

 John Bossler, newly elected Ontwa Township, Mich., superintendent, left, addresses the Elkart Board of Public works on Nov. 18, 2014.
Posted on Nov. 19, 2014 at 11:31 a.m.

Elkhart officials expressed a measure of leniency on the simmering issue in light of the election of four new officials to the Ontwa Township Board.

 Diane Hiss (left), event planner for Feed My Starving Children, high fives Gabriel White as White leaves the food packing event at Nappanee Missionary Church Tuesday Nov. 4, 2014.  White was one of 399 volunteers, many of them from Jimtown Intermediate School, who packed food for Feed My Starving Children at the church.
Posted on Nov. 19, 2014 at 7:26 a.m.

Organizations around Elkhart County and across northern Indiana need volunteers to help with daily tasks and special programs. Whether you’re looking to volunteer regularly or just once, there’s an opportunity for you.

 Members of the public listened to a lengthy debate on Monday, Nov. 17, on expanding the downtown TIF district. The discussion included a few verbal volleys.
Posted on Nov. 18, 2014 at 6:39 p.m.

Side issues prompted some comments that probably rubbed a few people wrong at the Elkhart City Council meeting.

 Indiana State Highway trucks clear the snow from C.R. 17 on Feb. 1, 2014.
Posted on Nov. 18, 2014 at 4:56 p.m.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch that goes into effect Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 19. 

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