Elkhart County

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State health officials have confirmed the presence of West Nile virus in mosquitoes in two counties, including Elkhart County, and are urging Hoosiers to take steps to protect themselves from the insects and the diseases they can carry.

 

As of July 1, mosquitoes in Elkhart and Clark counties have tested positive for West Nile virus. No human cases of West Nile virus disease have been detected so far in 2019; however, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) expects to see increased West Nile activity throughout the state as the season progresses.

 

Inmate Killed At Prison In Indiana Was From South Bend

Jun 12, 2019
https://www.in.gov/idoc/2410.htm

Indiana State police say 70-year-old Lannie Morgan of South Bend was killed at the Miami Correctional Facility earlier this week.

According to documents maintained by the Indiana Department of Corrections, Morgan was sentenced to 30 years on an incest case out of Elkhart County back in 2011. 

Here is the State Police news release: 

Bunker Hill – Yesterday, Indiana State Police Detective Wendell Beachy initiated an investigation, at the request of the Miami Correctional Facility, into the death of inmate Lannie Morgan, 70, South Bend, IN.

The League of Women Voters of Elkhart County and the American Democracy Project of Indiana University South Bend have announced several forums to allow voters to compare candidates side-by-side and become more informed.  

ELKHART COUNTY - Tonight (Feb. 28) the Elkhart County Clerk's Office will hold the first of four demonstrations of new voting equipment that will be used by the county's voters in the May primaries.  The new machines provide a paper trail for votes.  The county moved $1.8 million from the landfill fund to pay for the new machines. That money will be paid back with interest over the next five years. 

Here's when/where the demonstrations will be held:

Feb. 28 at 6pm - Goshen Public Library

Mar. 4 at 6:30pm - Elkhart Public Library

After last week’s subzero temperatures and a swing that starts this week near fifty above zero, some local emergency management officials are worried about flooding.

Fast thawing, potential rainfall and ice floes in rivers diverting water could cause some flooding in prone areas. Officials are not concerned that this will be as bad as flooding that happened last February.

 

The Elkhart County Vibrant Communities movement will be recognizing a vibrant person from the community every day in 2019.

Vibrant Elkhart County is an effort at ‘placemaking,’ or trying to show off the parts of the community that make it unique.

The Vibrant People initiative is new for 2019, but similar to an effort in 2018 to recognize outstanding members of the Community.

Bil Murray with Vibrant Elkhart County says it’s meant to recognize ordinary residents.

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Drivers in Elkhart County will now see police officers around active paving sites following several incidents last week.

Officials say they’ve seen more incidents this year of people driving around construction barricades as paving work is being done.

Last week a driver hit a milling machine, another driver rolled their car into a ditch while speeding on a recently resurfaced road, and a third driver clipped a worker with their side mirror.

Jennifer Weingart

 

The University of Notre Dame will soon be working with communities in Elkhart and St. Joseph counties to pair local problems with possible solutions.

The Center for Civic Innovation will reach out to communities to find out what problems might be solved by research or project going on at the University.

Director Jay Brockman said the center is meant to foster partnerships and reach solutions together.

Steve Burns

Several Indiana counties are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to repair major road damage. And, the source of some of those problems presents a unique challenge.

According the Indiana Business Research Center, Indiana has the third largest Amish population in the country. Amish families use horses and buggies to get around, and the steel horseshoes can be especially hard on pavement.

The state of Indiana has set up three assistance centers to help people with flood recovery.

 

The centers in Elkhart, Lake and Jasper Counties are meant to be a one stop shop for information and help with flooding recovery.

Spokesperson Amber Kent says the state is trying to make things easier for those impacted by the flooding.

“It’s so very frustrating to go from place to place to place, we tried to bring all of those resources together into one location.”

The state of Indiana has set up three assistance centers to help people with flood recovery.

 

The centers in Elkhart, Lake and Jasper Counties are meant to be a one stop shop for information and help with flooding recovery.

Spokesperson Amber Kent says the state is trying to make things easier for those impacted by the flooding.

“It’s so very frustrating to go from place to place to place, we tried to bring all of those resources together into one location.”

 

  Icy road conditions across the area this morning resulted in many crashes and part of US 20 being closed.

Yesterday’s rain froze to roadways and new freezing rain fell making roadways treacherous this morning.

US 20 was closed between State Road 19 and County Road 17 to clear accidents and lay down salt and sand to prevent new ones.

Elkhart Police Department

 

Indiana State Police responded to two different instances of improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, in Marshall County yesterday. The Elkhart County Sheriff's deputies responded to a third call yesterday in Goshen as well.

 

State Troopers were called to the scene of the first IED around 11 a.m. and then called to a second scene around 1 p.m. when a mail carrier opened a mailbox and found another IED. Both incidents occurred in Plymouth.
 

Elkhart Police Department

 

Indiana State Police responded to two different instances of improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, in Marshall County yesterday. The Elkhart County Sheriff's deputies responded to a third call yesterday in Goshen as well.

 

State Troopers were called to the scene of the first IED around 11 a.m. and then called to a second scene around 1 p.m. when a mail carrier opened a mailbox and found another IED. Both incidents occurred in Plymouth.
 

CoreCivic to Withdraw Detention Center Plans

Jan 22, 2018
Coalition Against the Elkhart Immigration Detention Center / Facebook

 
The private company CoreCivic today announced it will formally withdraw plans to build a multimillion dollar detention center just south of Elkhart.
 

Elkhart County Commissioner Mike Yoder said company representatives called to let him know about the change in plans late this morning.
 

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