Goshen News, Goshen, IN

December 29, 2013

2013 IN REVIEW PART 1 - January through April


Goshen News

---- — January

1 — Hudson Lee Cripe was the first baby of 2013 born at IU Health Goshen Hospital

2 — The No. 1-ranked University of Notre Dame football team arrives in South Florida to begin preparation for the BCS National Championship game against No. 2 Alabama.

7 — No. 2 Alabama dominates No. 1 Notre Dame, 42-14, in the BCS National Championship game to win its second consecutive NCAA title and third in four years.

7 — Goshen firefighters rescue a woman from her burning apartment building in the 100 block of South Seventh Street.

7 — Gary O’Dell is reappointed as president of the Middlebury Town Council.

8 — Vandals destroy several ice sculptures valued at $2,600 that were created during Downtown Goshen Inc.’s Fire & Ice First Friday’s Celebration.

10 — A LaGrange County boy abducted by his paternal grandparents in 1994 is found “living, married and well,” according to Indiana State Police.

11 — A third resident of Elkhart County dies from and outbreak of fungal meningitis.

11 — Former Indiana Superintendent of public instruction Tony Bennett confirms that he will serve as Florida’s education commissioner.

13 — Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter Emmylou Harris performs at Goshen College’s Sauder Concert Hall

15 — The Goshen City Council votes to send a proposed $35.6 million community center/school improvement project to a referendum in May.

16 — It is reported by Deadspin.com that a story about the death of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o’s girlfriend was a bizarre hoax and that the girlfriend never existed.

16 — Pasquale Chase Rulli of Middlebury pleads guilty in Elkhart Superior Court 6 to a hit-and-run crash that seriously injured a Middlebury teen in July 2012. He would later be sentenced to 18 months of home detention.

17 — Fire causes heavy damage to Gleason Industrial Products on Madison Street in Goshen.

17 — Daniel Snead, 43, of Goshen pleads guilty to two counts of causing death while driving while there was a controlled substance in his system. Under the terms of his plea deal he will serve 18 years in Department of Correction and six years with the Elkhart County Community Corrections program.

24 — A special prosecutor announces that Elkhart County Commissioner Terry Rodino will not face charges after an allegation of sexual assault.

29 — Nicholas A. Lynch, 20, pleads guilty to two Class B and two Class D felony arson counts. He admitted to setting fire to the Rogers Park pavilion.

30 — A federal judge denies a union request to stall Cequent Towing from moving its Goshen operations to Reynosa, Mexico.

31 — Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers appears on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 to provide the perspective of the Constitutional Sheriff organization regarding gun control in the U.S.

FEBRUARY

5 — NIPSCO officials hold their first public meeting in Topeka regarding a potential 100-mile electric transmission line from Reynolds, Ind. to Topeka.

8 — Residents and students line the streets of Goshen as 50 Marine reservists return home after a seven-month deployment in Afghanistan.

9 — Northridge senior Brittany Walters caps her high school swimming career by winning the state 500-yard freestyle championship. She was seeded eighth out of eight participants in the championship heat.

12 — The City of Goshen acquires the former Goshen Motor Inn and Conference Center site. The vacant motel is located at 1375 Lincolnway East and has become rife with vagrancy, criminal mischief and drug activity.

12 — Goshen High School Principal Barry Younghans announces that for the first time the GHS will require tickets for the spring commencement ceremony.

13 — Officials at the Indiana Department of Transportation confirm that they favor a “North Connector Route” for U.S. 33 through Goshen. The route would move the U.S. 33 route off of Madison and Main streets to a new elevated roadway that would parallel the Norfolk-Southern railroad through the city from Monroe Street (in front of the high school) to Pike Street (at the intersection of North Fifth Street).

24 — Goshen Mayor Allan Kauffman says he believes local governments are being short-changed by the state in the distribution of Local Option Income Tax revenue.

28 — Goshen’s Nadine Bolduan, 60, pleads guilty in Noble County Circuit Court to driving while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury. Her plea deal limits her incarceration to a maximum of one year.

MARCH

4 — Forty-eight-year-old Millicent Morros is shot and killed in broad daylight in the 100 block of north Fifth Street by her ex-boyfriend, 51-year-old Eric Haitsma, as she walked to work in downtown Goshen. Haitsma, a businessman and former Goshen Police officer, then shot and killed himself.

15 — Legendary folk music singer/songwriter Peter Yarrow of “Peter, Paul and Mary” fame, sings and speaks about his work with the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s during a convocation at Goshen College.

16 — Four Elkhart County winter guards won gold during the Indiana High School Color Guard Association Regional A Divisional Finals. They included Goshen, Northridge, NorthWood and Elkhart Central.

19 — An Elkhart man — Mark Allan Werbianskyj, 55 — is electrocuted in a work-related accident at Parker Hannifin Inc. in Ligonier.

21 — Goshen Mayor Allan Kauffman talks about continued growth for the city during the Goshen Chamber of Commerce annual Founder’s Day event.

22 — Tamara Deel, 43, the former top organizer of the Ligonier Marshmallow Festival pleads guilty to stealing about $15,000 from the festival committee.

24 — Goshen College opens its newly renovated Union Building.

24 — An Elkhart man is arrested on multiple driving-related charges following a police pursuit that originated in Ligonier and ended when vehicle the suspect was driving flipped and crashed into the Tequeria San Jose restaurant on U.S. 33 in Goshen.

28 — Marc Peterson, 63, of Goshen drives his 1996 Toyota Corolla into the millrace near the Douglas Street footbridge in Shanklin Park. He treated for cuts and bruises and arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated. The incident occurred at 10:57 a.m. on a Thursday.

28 — The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that Elkhart County led the nation in increased employment by percent among the nation’s largest counties.

30 — It is announced that Kate Bolduan, a Goshen High School graduate, will co-host CNN’s new morning show in New York

APRIL

4 — Daniel Pennington, 32, of Elkhart, pleads guilty in Elkhart County Superior Court to neglect of a dependent and obstruction of justice for his role in the 2011 death of 19-month-old Mariah Gibson of Goshen.

7 — The Notre Dame women’s basketball team is defeated by rival Connecticut, 83-65, in the NCAA national championship game in New Orleans.

8 — High winds in Goshen topple a large portion of the historic Goshen Churn and Ladder building located at 601 E. Lincoln Ave.

10 — The announcement that Drew Industries Inc. — the parent company of Lippert Components — would move its corporate headquarters from White Plains, N.Y. to Elkhart County means as many as 800 jobs coming to the area.

14 — Three people are treated and released following what police call a “gang-related” shooting Sunday night in the 300 block of Middlebury Street near Chamberlain Elementary School. Five teens were later arrested in connection with the shooting. Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill later declines to file formal charges until more police work is completed.

15 — A bomb explodes near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people. Middlebury’s Andy Williams, Goshen’s Keith Gladfelter, Shipshewana’s Lyle Lambright, Topeka’s Atlee Lambright and Goshen College graduate Merlin Miller of White Pigeon, Mich., all ran in the race. None of them were injured in the blast.

16 — A semi-truck is stuck by a northbound Norfolk Southern train at the railroad tracks on C.R. 29 just north of New Paris. No one was injured.

18 — Gov. Mike Pence visits Middlebury to help celebrate the recent expansion plans of RV manufacturer Grand Design RV LLC.

18 — Fairfield Community Schools Superintendent Steve Thalheimer said the corporation may have to cut teachers to help balance a $160,000-$175,000 budget shortfall.

20 — Fairfield wins its fifth straight Goshen Relays boys track and field Class B title.

28 — 261 students are awards bachelor’s degrees during Goshen College commencement ceremony.