Elkhart County, IN

Special election for Rep. Jackie Walorski's seat to be held November 8

The special election to fill US Rep. Jackie Walorski's seat has been scheduled for November 8, according to Gov. Eric Holcomb. Rep. Walorski represented the Second Congressional District in Indiana. She died in a crash on August 3. The special election will be held in Elkhart, Fulton, Kosciusko, La Porte,...
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Special election to fill Walorski’s Houseseat set

INDIANAPOLIS (WANE) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has called a special election to fill the U.S. House seat of the late Rep. Jackie Walorski, who was killed in a traffic crash last week. Holcomb signed an Executive Order on Tuesday that calls for the special election to name a...

County moves toward $300K appropriation for 3 nonprofits

GOSHEN — County officials are preparing to give $300,000 to three organizations in a move that faced some pushback last year. The Elkhart County Board of Commissioners on Monday voted to appropriate $300,000 to split among three not-for-profit organizations. For the past few years, the county has given around $100,000 each to Horizon Education Alliance, the Center for Community Justice and the Council on Aging.

INDOT investing $250 million into road projects in Elkhart County

ELKHART COUNTY, Ind. (WNDU) - Could a bypass be in Bristol’s future?. Preliminary discussions are underway according to INDOT’s Brad McNair. “Originally, we were looking at doing a pavement replacement project on State Road 120, and State Road 15,” McNair said. “The town of Bristol, Elkhart County, and MACOG have engaged us in looking at alternatives to re-route State Road 15 to avoid that heavy truck traffic downtown.”

Elkhart resident giving free back-to-school K-12 haircuts

ELKHART, Ind. -- One Elkhart resident is using his talents and generosity to give back to the community he grew up in. Elkhart is known as the RV capital of the world with about thirty-two thousand Elkhart residents working in the industry, according to the RV Industry Association. Thor Industries, one of the largest RV employers, announced the closure of two of its Keystone RV factories last month.
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Goshen woman gets probation for deadly Elkhart County crash

A Goshen woman pleaded guilty to causing the death of her friend in a crash. The one-vehicle crash happened on County Road 108, east of County Road 131 in July. Officials say that the vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. 19-year-old Ruby Barcenas Medina was driving. The passenger,...

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski killed in car crash

US Representative Jackie Walorski, a Republican from Indiana’s 2nd district, has been killed in an automobile accident.According to multiple local news outlets Ms Walorski died following a crash in Elkhart County at 12.32 pm local time on Wednesday.Ms Walorski’s communications director, Emma Thompson, was named among the deceased, as was a local Republican Party official. According to an initial police report, Ms Walorski’s vehicle was struck head-on by a driver who crossed over into oncoming traffic; the driver of that vehicle died as well. Witness statements later indicated that it was the car carrying the congresswoman that crossed the...

Police change account of crash that killed Rep. Jackie Walorski

Investigators on Thursday changed their account of the car crash that killed Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) and three others a day earlier, The South Bend Tribune reports. The Elkhart County Sheriff's Department said new information indicates it was the Toyota Rav-4 carrying Walorski and two aides — 27-year-old Zach Potts and 28-year-old Emma Thomson — that crossed the center line, leading to the collision. The initial report incorrectly said it was the oncoming Buick LeSabre driven by Edith Schmucker, 56, that had veered out of its lane.

Police change account of crash killing Indiana Rep. Walorski

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Police have changed their description of the crash that killed Indiana Republican U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, saying Thursday that it was the SUV in which she was a passenger that crossed a state highway’s centerline and caused the head-on collision. Walorski and two members of her congressional staff died in the Wednesday afternoon crash in northern Indiana, along with the woman driving the other vehicle, the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office said. The department’s initial account was that the car driven by Edith Schmucker, 56, Nappanee, Indiana, crossed into the SUV’s path, but the office released a statement Thursday saying investigators had talked with witnesses and viewed video evidence that their preliminary determination of which direction the vehicles were traveling was incorrect. Investigators determined that the SUV driven by Zachery Potts, 27, of Mishawaka, Indiana, crossed the centerline for unknown reasons in a rural area near the town of Wakarusa. Potts was Walorski’s district director and the Republican chairman for northern Indiana’s St. Joseph County. Also killed was Emma Thomson, 28, of Washington, D.C., who was Walorski’s communications director.

Funeral for Rep. Jackie Walorski set for Thursday

Officials have announced arrangements for the funeral of Indiana Republican Rep. Jackie Walorski, who was killed in a car accident this week. Walorski's funeral will be held Aug. 11 at 11 a.m. ET at Granger Community Church in Granger, Indiana, and is being arranged by Palmer Funeral Home. Visitation will...

Suspect in machete attack had just been released from prison

ELKHART COUNTY, Ind. -- Charges have been filed against the man who allegedly attacked a Walmart employee with a machete on Tuesday. The report says the suspect had just been released from prison less than a week before the incident. On August 2 at 8:33 a.m., an Elkhart Police officer...

Funeral arrangements set for Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

(FOX59) — Funeral arrangements have been set for Congresswoman Jackie Walorski. Walorski and three others were killed in a crash in Elkhart County on Wednesday. Rep. Walorski’s funeral and visitation will be at Granger Community Church in Granger, Indiana. The visitation will be Wednesday, August 10 starting at noon. The visitation will go until 7 […]

Indiana State trooper returns from military deployment

ELKHART COUNTY, Ind. - An Indiana State trooper recently returned home from a 13-month military deployment with the United States Army Reserve. Trooper Korinne Reinke will return to road patrol duties in Elkhart County soon. Trooper Reinke has been a member of the Army Reserve for eight years and holds...