Elkhart

Lawsuit against Elkhart police in shooting may be withdrawn

March 22, 2017
 Associated Press
The mother of a northern Indiana man fatally shot by police has asked to withdraw her federal lawsuit alleging excessive force in the confrontation.
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Teen’s felony murder conviction upheld

March 16, 2017
Olivia Covington
An man’s felony murder conviction in Elkhart County will stand after the Indiana Court of Appeals held Thursday there was sufficient evidence to support it and that the trial court did not err in instructing the jury.
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District court again rules against Concord Schools on ‘Christmas Spectacular’

March 8, 2017
Olivia Covington
A district court judge has once again entered judgment against a northern Indiana school district after finding it has not made “absolutely clear” that it will permanently nix overtly religious content from its annual Christmas program.
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Lawyer for pardoned Cooper credits Holcomb, blasts Pence

February 10, 2017
Dave Stafford
The Chicago lawyer whose client won a pardon from Gov. Eric Holcomb for a wrongful conviction in a violent 1996 Elkhart robbery singled out Vice President Mike Pence for failing to act on clear evidence of Keith Cooper’s innocence while Pence was governor.
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Indiana governor grants pardon that Pence didn't act upon

February 9, 2017
 Associated Press
Indiana's new governor has pardoned a Chicago man whose request languished under then-Gov. Mike Pence despite evidence the man was wrongly convicted of armed robbery.
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Woman exonerated in murder loses appeal over fingerprint errors

January 27, 2017
Olivia Covington
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals declined to allow a plaintiff to seek money damages against an Elkhart County detective who incorrectly identified latent fingerprints as those of a woman convicted of murder in 2002. The panel ruled that despite his training, the detective was still considered an expert on fingerprint identification.
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Elkhart suspends use of police body cameras over problems

January 10, 2017
 Associated Press

A northern Indiana city has temporarily suspended its use of police body cameras because about a quarter of them have malfunctioned and been returned to the manufacturer for service.

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Hearing set for Chicago man denied pardon by Pence

December 9, 2016
 Associated Press
A Chicago man denied a pardon by Gov. Mike Pence for a robbery he said he did not commit will get a hearing in March for his request for a new trial.
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School district in Elkhart promises to nix live Nativity

November 1, 2016
 Associated Press
A student and parents suing a school district in Elkhart over its annual holiday pageant are still seeking a court order preventing the school from reverting to old versions of the show that contain live Nativity scenes.
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7th Circuit allows Michigan man to sue Indiana body shop for fire that destroyed his vehicle

October 12, 2016
Olivia Covington
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned summary judgment in favor of a northern Indiana body shop Wednesday after finding that a Michigan man has legal ground to sue the body shop for a fire that destroyed his car.
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City of Elkhart, Martinsville police facing lawsuits after deleting Facebook posts

October 10, 2016
Olivia Covington
After preventing local residents from commenting on their official Facebook pages, the city of Elkhart and the Martinsville Police Department are being sued for alleged violations of citizens’ First Amendment rights.
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Indiana mother faces murder charges in death of son, daughter

September 27, 2016
 Associated Press
A mother has been arrested on two counts of murder after her son and daughter were found dead in a vehicle in northern Indiana, and early Tuesday police found the body of a man who they believe was an acquaintance of the woman.
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Judge: Elkhart school's Christmas program didn't violate law

September 16, 2016
 Associated Press
A U.S. District Court judge has ruled that an Elkhart high school's Christmas program last year didn't violate constitutional prohibitions against the endorsement of religion by public entities.
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Fired Elkhart city attorney files federal suit against mayor

September 7, 2016
Dave Stafford
A female Elkhart city attorney who claims the newly elected mayor fired her because he “wanted my own guy” has filed a federal lawsuit alleging her First Amendment rights were violated. She also claims age discrimination and violation of the Equal Pay Act.
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Elkhart teacher loses age-discrimination appeal

July 25, 2016
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday rejected an appeal of an Elkhart teacher who claimed the school system discriminated against her on the basis of her race and age in denying her 12 different promotions over a span of eight years.
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Bonds of Steele

April 6, 2016
Dave Stafford
Elkhart attorney Tim Shelly revives the Waveland boyhood home of his ancestor, master Hoosier artist T.C. Steele.
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Judge cuts sentence of 4th member of Elkhart 4 to 10 years

February 12, 2016
 Associated Press
A judge has reduced to 10 years the sentence of a northern Indiana man convicted of felony murder in a home break-in after the Indiana Supreme Court threw out the murder convictions of three co-defendants.
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2 more join federal suit challenging live Nativity scene

February 9, 2016
 Associated Press
Two more parents have joined a federal lawsuit challenging a northern Indiana school district using a live Nativity scene as part of its annual Christmas show.
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Indiana man set for release after conviction is overturned

January 27, 2016
 Associated Press
A northern Indiana man who faced 50 years in prison before the Indiana Supreme Court overturned murder convictions against him and two co-defendants is set for release this week from a state prison.
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Grocery store sued by estate of woman who was fatally shot

January 15, 2016
 Associated Press
The estate of a 44-year-old woman who was fatally shot while shopping in a northern Indiana grocery store two years ago has filed a lawsuit against the store's chain.
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Elkhart-area man gets life without parole in teen's slaying

January 8, 2016
 Associated Press
A man convicted of murder for stabbing a 17-year-old girl and mutilating her body has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.
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3 originally sentenced for murder face burglary sentences

January 7, 2016
 Associated Press
Three northern Indiana men sentenced to 50 or more years in prison before the Indiana Supreme Court overturned their murder convictions could be out of prison before the end of the year after being sentenced on felony burglary charges.
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South Bend attorney leaves behind strong legacy

December 21, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Attorney James Brotherson, who built a career counseling many of the largest manufacturers and suppliers in the recreational vehicle industry in northern Indiana, died Dec. 18. He was 63.
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Attorney questions if schools complied with Nativity ruling

December 15, 2015
 Associated Press
An attorney who filed a lawsuit that led to a federal judge banning a northern Indiana school district from including a live Nativity scene in its annual Christmas show says he believes the district's use of mannequins instead of student actors had many of the same constitutional flaws.
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Banned live Nativity goes on with mannequins

December 14, 2015
 Associated Press
School officials say a federal judge's injunction only applied to a live scene and that they complied with the order.
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