UPDATE: Elkhart Police Locate Missing 10-Year-Old

Jun 6, 2020
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NEW: Elkhart Police early this afternoon announced that Junior Cerrato-Ulloa, age 10, has been located.


Elkhart Police are searching for a missing boy who was last seen on his bike Friday night.



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A new facility in Downtown Elkhart is now open for women escaping abusive homes. The project is collaboration between the Elkhart Leadership Academy and Crossroads Community Church New Start.

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Elkhart leaders broke ground Wednesday on the Benham Avenue construction project. The goal of this project is to make the area easier to use and safer for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists.

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Two priests at the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Elkhart tested positive for COVID-19 according to the church’s website.


The coronavirus pandemic has sparked financial hardship for many in Michiana, including cities. South Bend, Niles, and Elkhart are preparing for a large hit to their budgets.

Screenshot from YouTube video released by Elkhart Police of burglary

Elkhart Police released a video created from surveillance images of an April 28th early morning burglary at North End Cycle. In the video you can see mutliple individuals running in the store to load up bikes from the business into a U-Haul truck they parked outside the business.

City Of Elkhart Prepares To Reopen On Monday

May 6, 2020

The City of Elkhart held its second virtual town hall Wednesday night to give an update on the City’s COVID-19 response.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s expanded coronavirus testing program is set to start Wednesday at 20 sites around the state, although those tests still won’t be available to everybody. South Bend, LaPorte and Elkhart are among the 20 sites opening. The sites will be at Indiana National Guard Armory locations.

Elkhart Addresses Testing Concerns In Virutal COVID-19 Update

Apr 29, 2020

Elkhart provided it’s first virtual conference to give an update to it’s COVID-19 response Wednesday night. 

Elkhart officials spent a lot of time focusing on testing.

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The Elkhart City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Friday that appropriates $500,000 into an emergency fund for the COVID-19 crisis.

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Elkhart County is asking for volunteers to make face masks and gowns and for people to help operate its COVID-19 information phone bank.

Elkhart Eyes $500K For Suit Over Overturned Conviction

Mar 21, 2020

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana city is weighing spending another $500,000 to defend itself against a lawsuit filed by a man whose attempted murder conviction was thrown out because prosecutors didn't disclose that the state’s sole eyewitness underwent hypnosis to sharpen his memory.

The Elkhart City Council gave the $500,000 appropriation request its first reading on Monday. The funding would help pay Elkhart's legal fees in a lawsuit filed by Mack Sims.



Today Nick Simons posted to Facebook that the COVID-19 test results he and his wife had been waiting for finally came back.

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The City of Elkhart announced it’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic Friday. Mayor Rod Roberson signed an executive order this morning putting some changes in place.

Indiana's RV Industry Hopes For Minimal Impact From Virus

Mar 14, 2020
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ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — The RV industry in northern Indiana is watching what kind of impact the coronavirus may have on the market.

Many of the factories in China that temporarily closed in the wake of the outbreak of COVID-19 are starting production again.

But there are concerns about transportation and whether finished products will make it to their destination.

The CEO of Way Interglobal Network in Elkhart said there's been some disruptions due to the virus outbreak.

The Lerner Theatre Is Closing For The Month Of March

Mar 12, 2020

Today the Lerner Theatre announced it will close for the month of March. 

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The City of Elkhart is having several community meetings over the next few weeks. This is part of a strategy to encourage communication between residents and city officials.

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Elkhart Police indicate that Alexus Gilmore-Dunn has been located.  


Elkhart Police are looking for help from the public to find a missing 15-year-old.

Here is the information Elkhart Police released:

On March 3, 2020 the Elkhart Police Department took a runaway report for Alexus Gilmore-Dunn.

Alexus is a 15 year old black female, 5’4” with black hair and brown eyes.

It is unknown at this time what Alexus is wearing.

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The Elkhart City Council unanimously approved allocating $5 million to expand and revitalize the Tolson Community Center at a meeting Monday night. 

The city says the plan to revamp the Tolson Center is expected to cost $10 million.

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Elkhart residents gave their opinions about the Tolson Center expansion project at a public meeting with the finance committee of the common council Wednesday night. Most were in favor of funding the project.

Elkhart County Moves Forward with Courts Consolidation

Feb 25, 2020


Elkhart County is moving forward in the planning process to consolidate County Courts into one location.


The plan is to eliminate the Elkhart and Goshen courthouses and instead  have all the County’s courts in one space.

“Both buildings are old," County Commissioner Mike Yoder said. "And especially the building in Elkhart has become a maintenance dollar blackhole, it’s not a good work environment for our employees, and there’s no way to meet current Indiana Supreme Court guidelines for security.”

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Students from the first class at the RV Technical Institute in Elkhart completed their training Wednesday. The school opened in September to solve a shortage of certified RV mechanics. 

The Recreational Vehicle Industry Association invested $10 million into the school to reduce a weeks-long wait period for customers to get repairs. They say it’s because there aren’t enough technicians.

Although 26 students are in the first cohort, two retirees were the first to complete written and practical tests to earn a Level 2 Technician certification.

City Of Elkhart Unveils New Plan For Tolson Center

Feb 6, 2020
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The City of Elkhart unveiled a new plan for the Tolson Community Center at a public meeting Thursday night.

Elkhart residents got the chance to learn about the new plan for the Tolson Center and ask questions.


ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana woman who pleaded guilty for her role in a hit-and-run crash that killed three people has been returned to jail after violating probation.

Forty-three-year-old Penelope Grosswiler pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice for hiding evidence related to the August 2017 crash, in which a vehicle driven by her husband, Leonard Grosswiler, struck and killed a man and two children in Elkhart.

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South Bend organizations in workforce and education got a boost from the Office of Career Connection and Talent and the governor’s office on Friday. They were the fifth in Indiana to earn the title of “21st Century Talent Region.”

At the announcement, Career Connections and Talent Secretary Blair Milo credited the South Bend-Elkhart Regional Partnership with organizing programs that will create new workers and then connect them to jobs. 

Downtown Elkhart Could See New Affordable Housing

Jan 14, 2020

More affordable housing could soon become available near downtown Elkhart. The City’s redevelopment commission approved money Tuesday to help a local organization build more affordable homes.

Lacasa is planning on creating a total of eight units for families whose income is 60 percent below the median household income in Elkhart County.

A House bill seeks to challenge an Indiana Supreme Court decision that secured the public’s right to use Lake Michigan beaches that are in front of private property. 

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — As Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill awaits the outcome of a professional misconduct complaint involving his alleged drunken groping of four women, the embattled Republican also faces scrutiny over a string of financial decisions he’s made since taking office.

After he took office in 2017, Hill asked for a raise and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to renovate his Statehouse office.

But Hill doesn't spend much time at that Indianapolis office.

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UNDATED (AP) — The children of a woman who was fatally shot by a fellow resident of an Elkhart apartment complex are suing the apartment’s management company, alleging that it failed to protect their mother from the gunman despite knowing of his “peculiar and abhorrent behavior.”

Lawrence Faso shot and killed Gail Shields and her boyfriend Jon Malk on July 31 before killing himself at the Stratford Commons assisted living apartment complex in Elkhart.