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  • Senate passes resolution honoring slain aid worker Dec 11, 2014 6:11 AM
    The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed a resolution paying tribute to an Indiana aid worker beheaded by Islamic State militants in Syria last month. The resolution passed Wednesday night also expresses condolences to the family of Abdul-Rahman Kassig (AHB’-duhl RAHK’-muhn KAS’-ihg), condemns the actions of the Islamic State militants, and urges the U.S. and international community to work together to address the threat posed by them. The resolution introduced by Indiana Sens. Joe Donnelly and Dan Coats cites Kassig’s humanitarian work. The 26-year-old former Army Ranger from Indianapolis founded a relief organization to help war victims in Syria. He was captured on Oct. 1, 2013.

     
  • Former northeastern Indiana church worker faces theft charge Dec 11, 2014 6:12 AM
    A former worker at a northeastern Indiana church faces a theft charge for allegedly stealing at least $45,000 from the church’s payroll and its weekly collections from parishioners. The Journal Gazette reports that 54-year-old Laura Scheumann was charged Wednesday with one count of theft. A probable cause affidavit alleges the former business manager at Concordia Lutheran Church stole from church coffers by either tampering with the payroll or dipping into the Fort Wayne church’s bank deposits. Church officials also suspect Scheumann had stolen from donations the church collects from parishioners after services. Court documents say the allegations against Scheumann were made after a new business manager who started this year following Scheumann’s dismissal noticed that Scheumann had paid herself more than was stated in her salary contract.

     
  • 3 Indiana colleges to share crime information Dec 11, 2014 6:08 AM
    Three northern Indiana colleges in close proximity are working on a way to quickly alert each other when a student is a crime victim. Holy Cross College Dean of Students Kelly Jordan tells the South Bend Tribune he is working with the University of Notre Dame and St. Mary’s College to set up the system. He says when necessary, Holy Cross officials will notify their students via text message if there is an attempted robbery, break-in or other incident involving students from any of the schools. There has been heightened concern about crime in the area. Two Holy Cross students were shot in an apparent robbery attempt in October and on several Holy Cross students reported someone fired gunshots at their rental house in November.

     
  • Federal highway officials OK plans for Illiana Expressway Dec 11, 2014 4:40 PM
    The Federal Highway Administration has approved plans for a 47-mile expressway between Illinois and Indiana. The controversial expressway would give cars and trucks an east-west link between Interstate 65 in Indiana and Interstate 55 in Illinois.

     
  • Landfill gas power project fires up in northern Indiana Dec 11, 2014 6:05 AM
    A waste services company is now generating enough power from the gases belched up by a northern Indiana landfill to light more than 3,200 homes. Republic Services regional President Mark Watson said Wednesday the company’s new six-megawatt project at County Line Landfill has begun generating electricity at the project site about 30 miles south of South Bend. Like other landfills, the landfill near the Marshall County town of Argos produces methane and carbon dioxide as bacteria breaks down the waste that’s hauled there from municipalities. Those gases are captured by Republic Services and then burned in four engines to generate electricity that’s then fed into the region’s electrical grid. Republic Services now operates 73 landfill gas-to-energy projects nationwide that generate enough electricity to power or heat about 400,000 households.

     
  • Lawyer says no plea deal in Mellencamp son’s case Dec 9, 2014 1:31 PM
    A court hearing has been scheduled for the oldest son of rock star John Mellencamp to plead guilty to charges that he badly beat a man. Monroe County court records show that the defense attorney for 20-year-old Hud Mellencamp on Monday requested the change of plea hearing that’s been scheduled for Feb. 3.

     
  • Man with shotgun fatally shot by Indiana police Dec 9, 2014 1:34 PM
    A police spokesman says a man armed with a shotgun was fatally shot by three Lake Station police officers after he aimed the weapon at them in the parking lot of City Hall in the northwestern Indiana community. Lake County Major Crimes Task Force Bob Byrd tells The Times of Munster police were called to the City Hall about 10:30 a.m. CST Tuesday on a report of a man with a gun. Byrd says the man fired the shotgun when the officers arrived and then turned toward the officers. Byrd says the three officers then fired at the man, killing him. Byrd says about 20 detectives from departments around the region and Indiana State Police are investigating the shooting.

     
  • Court papers: Man said he saw demon before train stabbings Dec 8, 2014 4:52 PM
    A passenger accused of stabbing four people on an Amtrak train in southwest Michigan told police he began the attack after seeing another man turn into a demon, according to court documents released Monday. The train with 172 passengers was traveling from Chicago to Port Huron, which is 60 miles northeast of Detroit.

     
  • Wrong-way driver killed I-69 crash identified Dec 8, 2014 10:09 AM
    Authorities have identified a 23-year-old Fort Wayne man who was killed after police say he was driving the wrong way on Interstate 69 and crashed head-on with a semitrailer.

     
  • Ex-prosecutor helps Ball State avert future fraud Dec 7, 2014 8:46 AM
    A former federal prosecutor and a CPA firm are creating a plan to help Ball State University avoid a repeat of two investment scams that cost the university more than $13 million. Indianapolis attorney Deborah Daniels and Crowe Horwath are reviewing the university’s practices to develop a plan that identifies best practices for selecting brokerage firms and state-of-the-art software. The Star Press reports it also will establish a whistle-blower hotline operated by a third party and take steps to ensure that a single safe-keeping firm holds all securities. Other information gathered by Daniels and the CPA firm will be forwarded to the Delaware County prosecutor for review. Two men were convicted and sentenced to federal prison in the scheme. Ball State fired investment director Gale Prizevoits in 2011.

     
  • Humane Society pleads for help amid closing fears Dec 6, 2014 8:46 AM
    A central Indiana group that provides animal adoptions and helps low-income pet owners says it could be forced to close in the spring because of shortages of money and volunteers. The Daily Journal reports several board members have retired recently from the Humane Society of Johnson County, and the list of volunteers and foster homes for dogs has dwindled. Human Society president Janet Gorrell says lagging donations and rising costs for pet food, cleaning supplies and utilities are compounding the situation. The Humane Society operates on about $150,000 a year from grants and donations. It uses the money to provide a low-cost spay-neuter program, a pet food pantry and assistance with veterinary bills. It also operates a feral cat control program and offers some adoptions.

     
  • Out-of-state students on the rise at Purdue, IU Dec 6, 2014 8:46 AM
    The number of Indiana students attending Purdue and Indiana universities is falling. The Indianapolis Business Journal reports nearly half of this year’s freshman class at Purdue University came from outside Indiana. IU saw a record 43.5 percent of the freshmen on its Bloomington campus come from other states. Out-of-state students can help schools make up for cuts in state funding. At Purdue, out-of-state and international students pay nearly $29,000 in tuition and fees per year, compared with nearly $10,000 for Indiana residents. Purdue would have received $14 million less this year in tuition and fees if its out-of-state numbers hadn’t increased. Republican Sen. Luke Kenley says lawmakers will scrutinize the situation to ensure the schools remain true to their mission of serving Indiana residents.

     
  • Police: Man fatally shot on I-80/94 in NW Indiana Dec 5, 2014 8:03 AM
    State police say a 25-year-old man was fatally shot while driving on Interstate 80-94 in northwestern Indiana. Sgt. Kim Riley says Dominique Wright of Hammond was driving westbound on the highway in Gary when he was shot Thursday night.

     
  • Indiana abortion clinic law ruled unconstitutional Dec 4, 2014 8:13 AM
    A federal judge has ruled against an Indiana law that changed the state’s classification of abortion clinics to include sites that only perform drug-induced abortions.

     
  • Indiana State watching Cosby case ahead of show Dec 3, 2014 7:22 AM
    An Indiana State University official says it is monitoring developments regarding sexual-assault allegations against comedian Bill Cosby ahead of his scheduled March performance at the school.

     
  • Coyote improving after jumping from Indiana garage Dec 3, 2014 12:10 PM
    A young coyote is healing from a broken leg it suffered when it jumped from the fourth floor of a northwestern Indiana parking garage while trying to escape capture. Yolanda Thigpen said she saw the coyote staring at her when she got out of her car Tuesday morning in a downtown Gary garage that’s being prepared for demolition.

     
  • Funeral costs fund opened for Jasper fire victims Dec 2, 2014 6:06 AM
    The family of three people who died in a southern Indiana apartment fire have established a fund to help with their funeral expenses. The predawn fire in Jasper last Wednesday killed 3-year-old Robert Parsley; his mother, 20-year-old Linsey Parsley; and her boyfriend, 20-year-old Alex Snedeker. A spokeswoman for Old National Bank tells The Herald that Janet Eckert, an aunt of Alex Snedeker, established the fund Saturday. The spokeswoman says contributions to the fund may be made at any Old National Bank location. Jasper Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang says the victims were found near a window in the upstairs unit. He says batteries were removed from a downstairs smoke detector and it appeared upstairs smoke detectors were not operational.

     
  • South Bend makes progress on vacant home goal Dec 2, 2014 6:10 AM
    South Bend is more than two-thirds of the way toward addressing 1,000 vacant and abandoned houses in 1,000 days with nearly a year left to go The northern Indiana city’s Board of Public Works agreed last week to pay four separate contractors a combined $1.68 million for the demolition of 90 houses. The South Bend Tribune reports a total of 717 vacant and abandoned houses have now been repaired, demolished or contracted for demolition since Mayor Pete Buttigieg (BOO’-tah-juhj) announced the program in February 2013.

     
  • Indiana Fairgrounds Coliseum getting a new name Dec 2, 2014 6:16 AM
    The Indiana State Fairground Coliseum is getting a new name. The Indiana State Fair Commission and the Indy Fuel minor league hockey team have scheduled a Tuesday news conference with executives of an undisclosed Indiana company regarding naming rights for the refurbished arena. It reopened in April after $63 million in improvements that kept it closed for 18 months. The 75-year-old arena was known as Pepsi Coliseum from 1991 until the soft-drink company’s contract ended in 2012. Fairgrounds officials said in July they expected the new naming-rights deal to be more lucrative than the $170,000 a year that Pepsi paid. Besides hosting the Fuel, the coliseum also is the home for IUPUI’s basketball teams.

     
  • Central Indiana hospital cutting nearly 70 jobs Dec 2, 2014 6:22 AM
    A central Indiana hospital says it plans cutting nearly 70 jobs by outsourcing its surgical services operations. Officials of Marion General Hospital say in a state filing that the layoffs will take place in February and are expected to be permanent. The filing from the hospital doesn’t say whether the new contractor will be hiring any of those workers. Hospital officials said the outsourcing was part of continuing strategic initiatives for the facility in the Grant County city about midway between Indianapolis and Fort Wayne.

     
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