ELKHART, Ind. (AP) - A fire chief says a blaze has heavily damaged a recreational vehicle plant in Elkhart. 

Lewis Black Coming To The Lerner Theatre

Mar 8, 2019

Grammy Award winning comedian Lewis Black is coming to The Lerner Theatre, March 29th at 8pm. 

Jennifer Weingart / WVPE Public Radio


  Four Goshen police officers face disciplinary action over a December 14th incident. A Goshen police officer pulled over a truck after he heard gunshots coming from it under and overpass on Elkhart Road. Driving the truck was Goshen Police Officer Brody Brown, who was intoxicated.

Brown pleaded guilty to the OWI and is facing criminal charges as laid out by a judge. In addition he was placed on unpaid administrative leave. He will be back at work on March 8.

No Charges Filed In Incident Involving Three Police Officers

Feb 22, 2019
Goshen Police Department


Elkhart County Prosecuting Attorney Vicki Becker will file no criminal charges due to insufficient police response following a December incident involving three off-duty police officers, drinking and driving and gunshots.

On December 14 a Goshen police officer on traffic patrol heard gunshots on the Elkhart Road and County Road 17 overpass in Goshen. He followed a truck that came out from under the overpass and pulled it over.

Jennifer Weingart / WVPE Public Radio


The city of Elkhart is moving forward with a plan to bring in an outside organization to do a review of the city’s police department. The review will be done by a former U.S. Assistant Attorney General and an organization called the Police Executive Research Forum or PERF.

The investigation will be headed by Deborah Daniels of the firm Krieg-DeVault and Chuck Wexler, executive director of PERF--a nonprofit involved in best practices in policing.

Jennifer Weingart / WVPE Public Radio

Indiana’s new Senator stopped in to the Greater Elkhart Chamber Tuesday. The trip was part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s ‘Freshman Forums’ events.

Braun also made stops in South Bend and Granger.

In Elkhart, when asked about the partial government shutdown, Braun spoke of the ‘No Budget, No Pay’ bill he introduced and lamented his new colleague’s inability to pass a budget before a shutdown.

A Conversation with Elkhart's New School Superindentent

Jan 22, 2019

Elkhart, Goshen Seek Artists For Storm Drains

Jan 3, 2019
City of Goshen


Elkhart and Goshen are asking for artists to paint their storm drains. The project is meant to draw attention to watershed issues.

Storm drains keep cities from flooding in storms. Runoff goes straight from the streets into local waterways.

Joe Foy is the Stormwater Manager in Elkhart.

“The whole point of our project is to do a community outreach through art to remind people of what goes on the street or down the drain doesn’t come to our treatment plant but goes to our rivers and streams.”

A Conversation With Elkhart Mayor Tim Neese

Dec 27, 2018
City of Elkhart


Elkhart Mayor Tim Neese Announced last week he would not be seeking re-election.

WVPE’s Jennifer Weingart spoke with Neese about the decision, his administration and the current controversies over the city’s police department.

Neese's term expires December 31, 2019.


Elkhart Police Department


An Elkhart Police Officer was arrested while driving under the influence yesterday.

Elkhart Police Corporal Scott Haigh was arrested following a traffic accident involving two vehicles at the corner of 3rd and Franklin Streets in Elkhart Tuesday afternoon at about 2:30. No one was injured in the crash.

Elkhart Police Officers responding to the accident observed that Haigh appeared to be impaired. They contacted the Elkhart County Sheriff to continue the investigation, in order to avoid a conflict of interest.

Neese Not Seeking Second Term In Elkhart

Dec 18, 2018
Jennifer Weingart / WVPE Public Radio


Elkhart Mayor Tim Neese says he will not run for a second term.

Neese was first elected in 2015. He had previously served as an Indiana State Representative and a member of the Elkhart City Council.

Neese’s administration is under increased scrutiny over disciplinary issues within the Elkhart Police Department. He also faces hiring a new police chief after asking Ed Windbigler, whom Neese appointed in 2016, to resign.

Elkhart PD 94 Percent White In 66 Percent White Town

Dec 14, 2018


The Elkhart Police Department is 94 percent white in a town that was 66 percent white in the last census.

Demographic information obtained through an access to information act request shows out of 137 officers in the department 116 are white men and 14 are white women.

Elkhart Police Chief Resigns

Dec 11, 2018

Elkhart Mayor Tim Neese has announced the resignation of Police Chief Ed Windbigler. Neese's office says Windbigler announced his immediate resignation yesterday at the request of the mayor. Windbigler served as police chief for about three years after being appoinyted by Neese in Janurary 2016.

EPD Officer With DUI Officially Promoted To Detective

Dec 10, 2018
Jennifer Weingart / WVPE Public Radio


Elkhart’s Police Merit Commission officially promoted to detective a police officer who has a DUI conviction in Noblesville, Indiana from last spring.


About two weeks ago the South Bend Tribune published a series of investigative reports about issues within the justice system in Elkhart County.

Get To Know Your Down Ballot Candidates

Oct 24, 2018


There are less than two weeks left before election day and there are still a couple of chances for voters to get out and meet the people who are going to be on their ballot.

Elkhart voters will have a chance Thursday night at the IUSB center in Elkhart to meet their candidates for school board, and hear a debate between candidates for the 21st district in the Indiana House.

Remembrance For A Younger Generation On September 11

Sep 11, 2018
Jennifer Weingart / WVPE Public Radio


Seventeen years ago Tuesdsay, far from Michiana, four planes were used as weapons in the most deadly terror attacks in American history.

Those events touched many lives in the immediate aftermath and the years since. As they become more distant, the concern is raised on how September 11th will be remembered by a younger generation of Americans.

Most high school students in America today do not have a living memory of the September 11 attacks.

Hall Of Heroes Comic Con Comes To Elkhart For Second Year

Sep 7, 2018
Hall of Heroes Comic Con


This weekend Elkhart will host the second annual Hall of Heroes Comic Con. After a large turnout last year, the con has expanded.

Last year the Hall of Heroes Comic Con was just inside the Learner Theatre. This year it will also spread across four blocks of downtown Elkhart.

Allen Stewart is the founder of the Hall of Heroes Super Hero Museum, and the comic con. He said they learned a lot from last year.

Elkhart Plans Update to Central Plaza Area

Aug 30, 2018
National Register of Historic Places


Elkhart is beginning to make plans to remodel the central plaza area in the city’s downtown.

The central plaza area--which is the Civic Plaza with the clock and Central Park behind it-- has played host to an increasing number of events in recent years, officials say it went from five to more than 50.

Elkhart mayor Tim Neese said as more people spend time downtown with events, the city needs an update.

Wednesday Morning Storm Blows Roof Into Career Center Annex

Aug 29, 2018
Jennifer Weingart / WVPE Public Radio


A storm came through Elkhart last night causing some damage to a local business and the Elkhart Area Career Center’s Annex.

The worst of the storm blew through in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. Some time between 1 and 2 a.m. part of the roof of the Bonnell Aluminum plant on County Road 10 West peeled off and landed on the property, and on top of, the career center annex.

Local Students Head Back To School

Aug 14, 2018


Many schools in Northern Indiana start this week. Students will see some changes in a few local districts this year.

After Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb made handheld metal detectors available to schools, many students in the area will see those this year.

Students at South Bend Schools will see new start times, 8 a.m. for elementary and 9 a.m. for middle and high schoolers.

Araceli Gomez-Aldana / WBOI


Elkhart and St. Joseph County Planned Parenthood facilities may see an increase in patients from Northeast Indiana after the Fort Wayne office closed its doors yesterday, amid allegations of harassment from pro-life groups in the area.


A notice on the main entrance of the Fort Wayne Planned Parenthood office, set to be vacant on July 31st, directs visitors to Elkhart and Mishawaka facilities.


Madras Maiden Visits Elkhart For The Weekend

Jul 3, 2018
Barbara Anguiano / WVPE

It’s a stuffy summer’s day at the Elkhart Municipal Airport. The only shade available is under the wing of a massive Boeing B-17 that’s just landed on the tarmac. John Shuttleworth is a volunteer pilot with the Liberty Foundation in Oklahoma, which flies the plane around the country, giving access to hundreds of aircraft aficionados, or anyone interested in any way with the Second World War. The multi-engine B-17 is part of the  Foundation’s 2018 Salute to Veterans Tour.  

Tolson Center Advocates Seek Park Board Resignations

Jun 13, 2018
Barb Anguiano / WVPE

Elkhart residents asked Park Board members yesterday to resign during the board’s monthly meeting. The board came under scrutiny by Tolson Community and Youth Center advocates after the City Council’s decision to defund the Center last week.

Residents who spoke against the Park Board accused them of collusion with the Elkhart City Council regarding Tolson funding. Tolson is managed by the Parks Department, and residents at the meeting said they felt the board didn’t advocate enough for the Center.

Disaster Recovery Centers to Close Permanently

Jun 6, 2018
Jennifer Weingart / WVPE Public Radio

 The three disaster recovery centers set up in Indiana after record late winter flooding will close permanently this Saturday.

The centers in South Bend, Elkhart and Utica were created to help people impacted by the flooding fill out applications for assistance through FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the state.

Applications and assistance will still be available online and by phone. The centers will be open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. then will close.


City Council Votes Against Three Tolson Ordinances

Jun 6, 2018
Barbara Anguiano / WVPE


The Elkhart City Council voted Monday not to continue funding the Tolson Community and Youth Center, after nearly a year of discussing the topic with residents.


Tensions ran high as residents spoke before city council members, asking them not to defund the Tolson Center, which primarily serves youth in south-central Elkhart. Many residents were frustrated at what they felt was a runaround from the City Council.  

New Bus Line Proposed Between Mishawaka and Elkhart

Jun 4, 2018


A new bus line is being proposed that would offer better service between Mishawaka and Elkhart.

The Yellow Line would run from the Downtown Elkhart Transfer Center to the Mishawaka Transfer Center every half-hour on weekdays.

Currently the bus runs every hour and transfers at Twin Branch Park. The new line would also make transfer times to other routes in the Transpo and Interurban Trolley systems less than 15 minutes.

Barbara Anguiano / WVPE

Residents met at Prairie Street Mennonite Church in Elkhart over the weekend to voice concerns regarding the Tolson Youth and Community Center ahead of Monday’s finance committee meeting, where Tolson is expected be on the agenda.

The Tolson center, which primarily serves youth in south-central Elkhart, has been in limbo since late last year, when the city council slashed funding for the center to nearly half. Since then, an advisory committee has been set up by Mayor Tim Neese to help identify Tolson’s needs.

Three Months After the Floods, Michiana Still Cleaning Up

Jun 1, 2018
Jennifer Weingart


Three months after February’s record breaking floods, Michiana is still cleaning up the mess left behind. Disaster centers in the region are working to help residents with recovery efforts.

The FEMA disaster recovery centers in Elkhart and South Bend have only been open for about a month. So far $2.3 million dollars in aid has been handed out to nearly 1,900 registrants.

FEMA Center Still Handing Out Flood Aid, Holcomb Visits

May 30, 2018
Jennifer Weingart


While Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb was in Northern Indiana on Wednesday he visited the FEMA disaster assistance center in Elkhart.

The center in Elkhart is one of three in Northern Indiana providing help for those impacted by record flooding in late February.

Residents can apply for FEMA assistance, or for loans and help from the U.S. Small Business Association.

Holcomb greeted all the workers in the center, as well as a few people getting assistance.