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  • Indiana voucher schools were overpaid nearly $4M Dec 18, 2014 11:53 AM
    A new study has found that 80 private Indiana schools involved in the state’s school voucher program were overpaid nearly $4 million and have returned that money to the state. The study released Wednesday by the Indiana Non-Public Education Association shows that 80 of the more than 300 private schools participating in Indiana’s voucher program were overpaid $3.9 million over three years after making unintentional errors in calculating voucher costs. INPEA Executive director John Elcesser tells The Indianapolis Star most of that overpaid money was returned by Catholic schools. Indiana Catholic Conference officials tell the Evansville Courier & Press most errors occurred when schools didn’t recognize multi-child and employee discounts before calculating voucher amounts. A spokesman for state schools chief Glenda Ritz says her office is reviewing the information.

     
  • Indiana man allegedly robbed elderly man 29 times Dec 18, 2014 11:53 AM
    An Indianapolis man faces robbery charges alleging that he robbed an 86-year-old man nearly 30 times in a single month. Police say 50-year-old Robert Amonette knew his alleged victim. The Indianapolis Star reports Amonette faces 28 robbery charges and one count of armed robbery. Court records say Amonette is accused of tailing the elderly man through his neighborhood and then driving the victim to the bank more than two dozen times in October and forcing him to withdraw money. He faces the armed robbery charge because he allegedly brought a handgun on one occasion. Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry say family, friends and neighbors need to talk to elderly residents about their safety because older people are often targeted “by criminals preying on their isolation.” ——— Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com

     
  • Report: Culvert repairs pose environmental risks Dec 18, 2014 11:55 AM
    A Purdue University engineering report recommends states require standardized testing to safeguard against environmental contamination caused by a widely used method for rehabilitating aging drainage culverts. Assistant engineering professor Andrew Whelton says the nation’s culvert infrastructure is decaying and states have no standardized product test method that screens out technologies or construction practices that can cause environmental damage. He says there’s evidence that a frequently-used technology called cured-in-place pipe have caused fish kills, harmed wastewater treatment plants and caused evacuations of day care centers, schools and government buildings. Whelton says a newly developed modified procedure can be used on freshly manufactured pipe rehabilitation materials to potentially screen out hazardous materials.

     
  • Indiana woman gets 60 years in murder-for-hire Dec 18, 2014 11:30 AM
    A southwestern Indiana woman who admitted plotting to have her daughter’s boyfriend kill her estranged husband has been sentenced to 60 years in prison. Forty-seven-year-old Brenda Dossett of Evansville could have faced life without parole if she had been convicted at trial of murder in the May killing of her estranged husband, Gilbert Dossett. But the Evansville Courier & Press reports Dossett instead agreed last month to plead guilty to murder and was sentenced Wednesday in Vanderburgh County. She’s agreed to testify against 19-year-old Mason James Hughes, who’s accused of fatally shooting Gilbert Dossett as he slept. Court documents say Brenda Dossett expected a $42,000 life insurance payout from her husband’s death and promised to buy Hughes a car costing no more than $10,000 to kill her husband. ——— Information from: Evansville Courier & Press, http://www.courierpress.com

     
  • Indiana creates county travel status mobile app Dec 18, 2014 11:55 AM
    Indiana has created a free mobile app the state says will provide users with county travel status updates and alerts directly to their mobile devices. The state Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday it collaborated on creating the free app with Indiana’s Office of Technology. The app’s features allow users to set alerts for any county or counties they choose, and when a travel status in a selected county is changed, users will receive an alert notification. The app will include weather conditions for each county and contact information for county emergency management agencies. The Indiana Travel Advisory app is available to download for iPhone in the App Store and Android in the Google Play Store.

     
  • Baby Jesus statue stolen and returned will get GPS Dec 18, 2014 11:30 AM
    The baby Jesus is getting a tracking device. A statue of the newborn Jesus recently stolen and then returned to a central Indiana retirement home will soon be equipped with a GPS monitor.

     
  • 27 Valparaiso U. athletes arrested on alcohol charges Dec 16, 2014 9:31 AM
    A weekend house party in northern Indiana has led to the arrests of more than two dozen Valparaiso University athletes.

     
  • Indiana lime kilns nominated for National Register of Historic Places Dec 16, 2014 9:48 AM
    Three 19th century lime kilns near an Ohio River community in southern Indiana have been nominated for the National Register of Historic Places. The three stone structures with arched chamber openings near the Clark County town of Utica were part of a lime industry boom as early as 1818 that was fueled by demand for lime used for mortar, fertilizer and other purposes. Historian Carl Kramer tells The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Kentucky, Clark County had about 30 cement mills by the 1880s, making it one of the nation’s largest producers at that time. The region’s limestone beds were formed some 400 million years ago. A new Ohio River bridge between Indiana and Kentucky was designed to go between the kilns. A federal preservation agreement protects the kilns from damage.

     
  • Indiana man gets 65 years in cousin’s slaying Dec 16, 2014 10:18 AM
    A central Indiana man convicted last month in his cousin’s fatal shooting has been sentenced to 65 years in prison. Nineteen-year-old De’Auntaye White of Anderson received the maximum possible sentence Monday for his murder conviction in last year’s slaying of 21-year-old Quayshawn Jordan. Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings tells The Herald Bulletin he normally does not seek the maximum sentence for someone as young as White. But the prosecutor says “that was what needed to be done” in light of White’s previous involvement in two prior shootings. That includes a 2010 incident in which White three times at his older brother with a loaded revolver. A Madison County jury convicted White in Jordan’s killing last month. ——— Information from: The Herald Bulletin, http://www.theheraldbulletin.com

     
  • Police: Man arrested in Jacksonville killing Dec 16, 2014 10:18 AM
    Jacksonville authorities say they have arrested a man wanted in an October shooting death after he spent nearly eight weeks on the run. Police say the U.S. Marshals Service arrested the 19-year-old Monday. Jacksonville Lt. Adam Mefford said he was being held in or near St. Louis. The man is accused of shooting 24-year-old Marcus Jackson outside a home in Jacksonville. Police announced a wide search for the man four days later and noted his ties to the Jacksonville, Springfield and Decatur areas. No charges have been reported.

     
  • S. Indiana teacher charged with child seduction Dec 16, 2014 10:18 AM
    A southern Indiana teacher has been charged with child seduction for an alleged a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student. The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Kentucky, reports that court documents allege 28-year-old Kellen Hubert engaged in consensual sex acts with the girl in the concession stand area of Corydon Central Junior High School on multiple occasions in November. Harrison County Prosecutor Otto Schalk says Hubert’s position of authority as a teacher is an exception to Indiana’s statute that sets the age of consent at 16. Hubert teaches at the junior high and coaches at Corydon Central High School. He was charged Sunday. Court records show Hubert posted a $10,000 cash bond Monday and was released with the condition he make no contact with children under the age of 18. ——— Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

     
  • Indiana prison escapee captured at U of I Dec 16, 2014 3:57 PM
    Police say an inmate who escaped from a minimum-security federal prison in Indiana has been arrested on the University of Illinois’ campus. Campus police say an officer doing a routine walk-through of the school’s undergraduate library in Urbana found 61-year-old Michael Ward there.

     
  • Cop’s ‘Breathe easy’ shirt aims to shift perceptions Dec 16, 2014 9:33 AM
    Jason Barthel, a police officer and business owner, was growing frustrated with the use of “I can’t breathe” as a form of protest against perceived police brutality. Then, seeing the University of Notre Dame women’s basketball team don shirts displaying the phrase at a game Saturday, he told the South Bend Tribune, was a slap in the face for law enforcement. So he’s selling shirts of his own. “Breathe easy, don’t break the law.”

     
  • Memorial dedicated to firefighters killed in crash Dec 15, 2014 10:43 AM
    A new memorial has been dedicated to honor five northern Indiana firefighters who died in a crash while on their way to a house blaze more than 30 years ago. More than 100 people gathered for Sunday’s dedication ceremony at the black stone monument near the crash scene along Indiana 17, a few miles west of Plymouth. The monument replaces a memorial of five wooden crosses that was placed on a utility pole soon after the July 31, 1982, crash when the Plymouth fire engine rolled into a ditch at a curve in the road. Brandon Van Vactor — who was a year old when his father, Gary, died in the crash — said he’s grateful for the new monument, which has images of those killed, a description of what happened and a prayer. “All families probably feel the same, they are happy this has finally taken place and thankful for all the people who took the time and effort,” he told WSBT-TV. Others who knew the firefighters said they hoped the monument would keep memories of them alive for many years to come. “This monument, the more I got to thinking about it, will be here 100 years from now, or 200 years from now,” former Fire Chief Wayne Smith told WNDU-TV. “People will realize what happened back in 1982.” Organizers of the monument project said the firefighters’ deaths were a huge blow for the small city about 25 miles south of South Bend. “It has been a long time coming,” West Township Trustee Terry Borggren said. “While I was working on the project, a lot of people would stop and say that, ‘Hey, finally something is being done.”’

     
  • Robber wearing Santa beard reported in Indiana Dec 15, 2014 10:44 AM
    Police in Evansville say a man wearing a fake Santa Claus beard tried to rob a man over the weekend by attacking him with a crowbar. The man told police he was in his home on the city’s west side when a person tried to break in Saturday night. The Evansville Courier & Press and WFIE-TV report the man told police a tall, thin man wearing the fake beard hit him in the arm with the crowbar and demanded money. The man reported he was able to slam the door to keep the attacker outside. Police say they searched the area but didn’t make any immediate arrests.

     
  • Section 8 proposal angers Indianapolis landlords Dec 13, 2014 9:42 AM
    Advocates for low-income housing are clashing with Indianapolis landlords over a proposal that would make it illegal to reject tenants solely because they use government subsidies to pay their rent.

     
  • Indiana man shot by police had been told to demolish home Dec 12, 2014 7:17 AM
    An 84-year-old man fatally shot by officers after he fired a shotgun outside a northwestern Indiana city hall had been ordered earlier this month to demolish his home after previously being cited for not cutting the grass or cleaning up debris.

     
  • Indiana officers buy homeless man bus ticket home Dec 12, 2014 11:27 AM
    Three southern Indiana police officers who bought a homeless man a bus ticket home say “it was the right thing to do” after the man told them he was trying to get home. Warrick County Sheriff deputies Jim Altmeyer and Adam Silva and State Master Trooper John Puskas bought the bus ticket for 49-year-old Jeff Stanley after he told them he had no money but wanted to get home to Virginia.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
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