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  • Pence awards MacAllister state’s highest honor Jul 8, 2014 6:15 AM
    Gov. Mike Pence is awarding a veteran Indianapolis philanthropist and Republican donor the state’s highest honor. Pence announced Monday that P.E. MacAllister is the 2014 recipient of Indiana’s Sachem (SAY’-chem) award. Pence said that MacAllister “embodies the character, industriousness and generosity” of the award. MacAllister was first president and later board chairman of his family’s Caterpillar dealership in Indianapolis for decades. The governor credited him with developing the city’s cultural and arts areas as well. MacAllister previously ran the city’s powerful Capital Improvements Board, which is tasked with building and maintaining its sports stadiums. MacAllister is also a routine donor to the state’s Republicans. He’s given $16,000 to Pence and thousands more to others.

  • Police say they’re keeping eye on anarchist group Jul 8, 2014 6:15 AM
    A West Lafayette police detective says he’s watching an anarchist social networking group calling itself the “765 movement” started after a Pine Village man was arrested. West Lafayette police Detective Sgt. Matt Coddington tells the Journal & Courier that statements posted so far appear to fall within the bounds of constitutionally protected speech. The group with nearly 100 members was created less than a week after 22-year-old Samuel Bradbury of Pine Village was ordered held without bond on charges of willfully threatening the use of explosive materials and to extort and threaten interstate communication after saying he ran an anarchist group that commanded a couple to kill two Las Vegas police officers. He later said he had never heard of the pair before the shootings.

  • Environmental group opposes dam on White River Jul 8, 2014 6:15 AM
    The Hoosier Environmental Council has added its name to the list of environmental groups opposing a proposed seven-mile long reservoir along the White River in central Indiana, saying it would have harmful and long-lasting consequences. Madison County officials last year proposed the Mounds Lake Reservoir near Anderson, saying it would boost economic development, improve flood control, create prime real estate for waterfront housing and increase property values. Hoosier Environmental Council senior policy director Tim Maloney is calling for an alternative that doesn’t include damming the river. He says a free-flowing river and adjoining natural lands can provide a novel approach to sustainable economic development. Maloney says the council is against replacing a free-flowing river ecosystem with an artificial reservoir.

  • Crawfordsville to gain 300 book publishing jobs Jul 3, 2014 6:03 AM
    Book publisher Penguin Random House LLC has announced plans to consolidate a major portion of its U.S. distribution and fulfillment operations in the west central Indiana city of Crawfordsville, creating up to 313 new jobs by 2016. The New York-based company will expand its Crawfordsville operations by 350,000 square feet to 1 million square feet total. The expansion scheduled to be operational by October will allow the company to double annual book shipments. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says it offered Penguin Random House up to $700,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $100,000 in training grants based on the company’s job-creation plans. The city of Crawfordsville approved additional incentives at the request of Montgomery County Economic Development Inc. The company plans to begin hiring in August.

  • Northwestern Indiana officials hope images help ID victim Jul 3, 2014 6:03 AM
    Northwestern Indiana police are hoping newly-created renderings of the face of an unidentified young woman found dead in Gary seven years ago can lead them to her family. The homicide victim’s body was found in February 2007 in an abandoned garage. The black woman in her late teens to early 20s died from blunt force trauma to her face and upper torso and asphyxiation. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children created images of the victim’s face that Lake County Coroner Merrilee Frey released last week. Frey tells The Times of Munster she’s optimistic someone will recognize the woman from the facial reconstruction and she hopes the woman’s relatives come forward. Authorities have the woman’s DNA on file for a genetic comparison that could confirm her identity.

  • Lawrence police acquire armored military vehicle Jul 3, 2014 6:03 AM
    A central Indiana city has acquired an armored military vehicle for use in highly dangerous situations. The Lawrence Police Department in Marion County acquired the 48,000-pound, mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle through a federal military surplus program. Lawrence’s is the latest Indiana law enforcement agency to obtain one of the 12-foot-high vehicles, designed for use in combat zones. Other departments that have acquired the vehicles include sheriff’s departments in Johnson, Morgan and Jefferson counties, and the West Lafayette, Merrillville, Mishawaka and Terre Haute police departments. Lawrence police Capt. Gary Woodruff tells The Indianapolis Star the six-wheeler could be used by SWAT teams in cases of mass shootings or bomb threats. The vehicles cost more than $700,000 new, but the military refurbishes them and donates them to local police agencies.

  • INDOT suspends high road work for holiday weekend Jul 3, 2014 6:03 AM
    The Indiana Department of Transportation has told highway crews to suspend road work during the Fourth of July weekend to try to improve the flow of traffic. INDOT officials say the road work moratorium begins at noon Thursday and will run through Monday morning. Contractors have been told to pull back barrels and barricades to the safest extent possible, although some closures and restrictions will remain in place on larger projects that cannot be safely opened to traffic. Transportation department officials are urging drivers to comply with speed limits, keep a safe distance from other vehicles and avoid driving aggressively.

  • Pence picks 8 for public university boards Jul 3, 2014 6:03 AM
    Gov. Mike Pence is filling the boards that oversee Indiana’s public universities. Pence appointed eight trustees to four university boards Wednesday. Gary Lehman and Bruce White were reappointed to the three-year terms on the Purdue University Board of Trustees. Amy MacDonell, John Dunn and W. Harold Calloway were all reappointed to four-year terms at the University of Southern Indiana. Pence’s new appointments include Andrew Mohr and Michael Mirro, who will serve three-year terms on the Indiana University board. Pence also picked Mark Michael to serve one year as the student trustee at Vincennes University. The trustees occasionally find themselves at the center of controversy. Critics at Purdue University protested when the trustees appointed by then-Gov. Mitch Daniels picked him to be the next college president.

  • INDOT: Most of US 30 reopened Jul 3, 2014 6:03 AM
    The Indiana Department of Transportation says it has reopened most of U.S. 30 sooner than expected after repairs to power lines damaged by recent severe weather were completed quickly. The department said in a statement issued around 12:30 a.m. Thursday that all of U.S. 30 was open to traffic except at the intersection of State Road 55. That area could remain closed through the early morning. Officials said earlier that a nine-mile stretch of the road between Interstate 65 and U.S. 41 was to be closed beginning at 10 p.m. for 12 hours. Many drivers use the road commuting to Merrillville and the Chicago area. The statement says NIPSCO’s repair of damaged power lines was completed “much earlier than expected.”

  • Indiana woman sentenced for throwing infant Jul 2, 2014 10:12 AM
    A northeastern Indiana woman has been sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to throwing her infant daughter against a wall because the child wouldn’t stop crying. An Allen County judge sentenced 28-year-old Ashley A. Strong to 10 years in prison on Tuesday, but ordered that four years be served on probation. Strong had pleaded guilty to felony battery and neglect of a dependent.

  • Federal grants to help homeless vets in Indiana Jul 1, 2014 1:01 AM
    Three Indiana groups are receiving more than $650,000 in grants to provide homeless veterans with job training. The grants are being awarded through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program. Nationwide, more than $36 million is being handed out to provide more than 12,000 veterans with training to help them succeed in civilian careers. In Indiana, more than $260,000 is going to the Crossroads Rehabilitation Center in Indianapolis. ECHO Housing Corporation, which provides homeless shelters in southwestern Indiana, will receive more than $130,000. HealthNet Inc., which operates health care clinics in Indianapolis, will receive about $250,000. The grants announced last week will also provide job placement, career counseling, life skills and money management training, along with help in finding housing.

  • Man gets probation for slashing Ball State tires Jul 1, 2014 1:01 AM
    A Muncie man who pleaded guilty to criminal mischief for slashing the tires on dozens of vehicles owned by Ball State University has been sentenced to two years of probation. A Delaware Circuit Court judge last week also ordered 38-year-old Brian R. Huckelby to pay Ball State more than $7,800 in restitution for slashing 67 tires on school-owned vehicles in May 2009. Huckelby was originally charged with institutional criminal mischief, a Class C felony, but his plea agreement reduced that charge to a Class D felony. The Star Press reports Buckley’s attorney, Lon Bryan, characterized his client’s actions as “an act of retaliation.” A police report suggested Huckelby was angry because school authorities placed a wheel clamp on his vehicle following an alleged parking violation.

  • State police remind residents of fireworks laws Jul 1, 2014 1:01 AM
    Indiana State Police are urging state residents to be careful with fireworks during July Fourth celebrations and reminding people to obey the law. State police say only people 18 and older can buy fireworks and someone 18 or older must be present when anyone younger than 18 is using or possessing fireworks. They also say fireworks can only be used on the user’s property, the property of someone who granted permission for fireworks to be discharged, or a place designated by the Indiana State Fire Marshal. They also remind people that fireworks can only be discharged between the hours of 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. any day except on Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, and New Year’s Eve, when the times are 9 a.m. to midnight.

  • DNR lowers deer bag limits in 19 Indiana counties Jul 1, 2014 1:01 AM
    State wildlife officials have lowered the number of deer that hunters in 19 Indiana counties can take in response to waning deer populations in those counties. The state Department of Natural Resources announced last week that the number of anterless deer hunters can bag this season had been lowered in 19 counties and increased in four counties in southern Indiana. Counties with a quota of three or less per hunter cannot participate in the state’s late antlerless hunting season, which this year runs from Dec. 26 to Jan. 4. Wildlife biologist Chad Stewart tells the Kokomo Tribune that robust deer hunts over the past couple of years means “this pressure is no longer needed in some counties to get the deer harvest where we want it to be.”

  • Butler warns students, staff, alums of data breach Jul 1, 2014 1:01 AM
    Butler University officials are warning more than 160,000 students, faculty, staff and alumni that hackers may have accessed their personal information. The Indianapolis school learned about the data breach when California officials contacted them last month to say they’d arrested an identity theft suspect who had a flash drive with Butler employees’ personal information on it. Butler spokesman Michael Kaltenmark tells WTHR-TV the suspect who was arrested has no affiliation with the school. He says school officials have found the exposed information includes birthdates, social security numbers and bank account information of about 163,000 students, faculty, staff and alumni. School officials have offered those affected a year of free credit monitoring and urged them to keep an eye on their bank accounts and credit scores.

  • Motion filed to protect Indiana’s 1st gay marriage Jun 30, 2014 4:48 PM
    A national gay rights group filed an emergency request Monday to protect the first same-sex marriage recognized in Indiana now that a federal appeals court has halted a judge’s ruling that overturned the state’s gay marriage ban.

  • Indiana clerks confused about gay marriage ruling Jun 27, 2014 5:25 PM
    Some county clerks across Indiana weren’t issuing marriage licenses to gay couples Friday, two days after a federal judge struck down the state’s prohibition on same-sex unions. Some were holding off, mostly because of the wording of the state’s online application, which is printed out and used by most clerks. The form posted at the state courts website uses the words “male” and “female” and “bride” and “groom,” and some clerks were wary of altering that wording.

  • Court grants stay of Indiana gay marriage ruling Jun 27, 2014 6:12 PM
    A federal appeals court has put on hold a judge’s order striking down Indiana’s gay marriage ban. The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago issued the stay order Friday.

  • Grissom runway project on track to meet deadline Jun 27, 2014 5:59 AM
    The 434th Air Refueling Wing at Grissom Air Reserve Base says the reconstruction of the runway there is on track to meet its July 15 deadline to reopen the airfield. Wing Commander Col. Doug Schwartz said Thursday that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has reported the project at the northern Indiana base has progressed well. The $3.2 million project began June 1 with a projected 45-day timeline, although Corps engineers have said poor weather could delay the project. Part of the project is adding expansion joints in the runway so pavement does not heave up during the hot summer. Nearly all of Grissom’s 16 KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft are currently operating out of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, during the runway reconstruction.

  • Fire strikes central Indiana wood-treatment plant Jun 27, 2014 5:59 AM
    Fire crews are battling a large industrial fire at a central Indiana wood-treatment plant. WISH-TV reports the fire at Culpeper Wood Preservers in Shelbyville was reported about 4:20 a.m. Friday in the city 25 miles southeast of Indianapolis. The first crews on the scene reported that flames were shooting through the business’ roof. All off-duty Shelbyville firefighters have been called in to help douse the flames. No injuries were reported. Culpeper Wood Preservers’ website says the company has other operations in Virginia, South Carolina and Maryland and is one of the nation’s largest producers of pressure treated lumber. The company makes treated wood products for residential, commercial, industrial and marine markets.

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