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  • Algae advisory issued for Northern Indiana reservoir Jun 24, 2014 6:03 AM
    State officials are warning boaters and swimmers using a northern Indiana reservoir to take precautions when using the lake due to the presence of a toxic form of algae. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources issued a blue-green algae advisory Monday for Mississinewa (mis-ih-SIHN’-uh-wah) Lake about 70 miles north of Indianapolis. That means swimming and boating is still permitted but they should avoid direct contact with the algae, avoid drinking the water and take a shower after swimming because blue-green algae can cause rashes, skin and eye irritation and other ailments. The DNR also recommends keeping pets out of the water or preventing them from drinking the water. Pets should also be bathed after swimming. Livestock and pets can be poisoned by toxins produced by some algae blooms.

     
  • Hundreds ride to support swimming accident victims Jun 23, 2014 11:11 AM
    Some 300 motorcyclists drove from the central Indiana hometown of a teenager hospitalized in critical condition to the site of the swimming accident that killed two of her high school friends. The fundraising ride began Sunday in Franklin and paused for several minutes of silence on a bridge overlooking the Big Blue River at Edinburgh where 16-year-old Sarah McLevish was swept over a small dam on June 6 and friends from Franklin Community High School tried to rescue her. The rescue attempt killed 17-year-old Jason Moran, whose body was found by a diver two days later near the dam’s base, and 16-year-old Michael Chadbourne, who died the following week after being hospitalized in critical condition. McLevish’s mother, Bobbi Hubbard, took part in the motorcycle ride and told reporters her daughter remains on a ventilator and has had brain swelling. “She’s showing a little bit of improvement every day as far as automatic reflexes, opening eyes, coughing, gaging, yawning,” Hubbard said. Many of the riders wore ribbons with the 1,700-student high school’s blue-and-white colors and wristbands with the phrase “Franklin Strong.” Cheryl Cash, an organizer of the event, said many people wanted to do something to help the teenagers’ families. “Everyone has a time of need, and they’re in a time of need right now,” Cash said. “Heavy bills, medical bills, and so forth. It’s our way of giving back to the community.” Hubbard said the turnout for the ride was inspiring as she’s spent most of the past couple weeks at her daughter’s hospital room. “This is one of my first full days away and we’re going to get out here and ride and get some wind therapy,” she said. Organizers are planning another ride in October, specifically for McLevish’s medical expenses. Shelly Hartwell, one of Sunday’s ride participants, said the stop near the dam about 30 miles south of Indianapolis was poignant. “I have a son who fishes at the river and it has broken our whole community’s heart to see what the families went through,” she said.

     
  • Crews start reroofing of Indiana-owned mansion Jun 23, 2014 11:11 AM
    Crews are working to replace the roof of a state-owned mansion in southern Indiana for the first time since it was built in the 1860s. Contractors have put up scaffolding that surrounds the 60-foot high walls of the Culbertson Mansion in New Albany for the roof-replacement project. Culbertson Mansion State Historical Site manager Jessica Stavros tells the News and Tribune that the protected status of the house means the crews aren’t allowed to attach any equipment to it. Stavros says the work is expected to be finished by the end of summer and the mansion remains open to visitors. Businessman William Culbertson built the three-story house with 25 rooms. The state has owned it since 1976.

     
  • DNA tests needed on body found in Indiana river Jun 23, 2014 11:12 AM
    A coroner says DNA testing will be needed to confirm the identity of a man whose body was found in northern Indiana’s Yellow River. Plymouth police say preliminary autopsy results determined the man died from accidental drowning. Authorities say people canoeing on the river spotted the body Thursday in the city of Plymouth, about 20 miles south of South Bend. Marshall County Coroner Bill Cleavenger tells WSJV-TV that no signs of foul play were found but the level of decomposition prevented an immediate identification. Plymouth police say a 61-year-old man was reported missing the same day the body was found. The person who reported the missing man said he was last seen two days earlier.

     
  • Teen fatally stabbed at suburban Indianapolis home Jun 23, 2014 11:11 AM
    Police say an 18-year-old man was found fatally stabbed after officers were called to a fight at a suburban Indianapolis home. Fishers police say another 18-year-old man has been arrested on preliminary charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of Connor Shockley. Fishers police Sgt. Tom Weger says Shockley was pronounced dead soon after emergency workers arrived late Sunday at a home in a residential neighborhood of the town just northeast of Indianapolis. Both teens are from Fishers. He says officers went to the home after a 911 call about a fight and found Shockley on the ground outside. Weger says investigators have the weapon believed used in the attack but he didn’t provide details about the circumstances about the fight.

     
  • Businesses, Kokomo reach compromise on billboards Jun 22, 2014 9:40 AM
    Some of the 15 billboards that were destroyed by a tornado in November will be allowed to go back up under settlements between the city of Kokomo and the sign owners. Plan Commission Director Greg Sheline told the Kokomo Tribune the city has reached settlements with JR Promotions and Perma Advertising allowing three billboards to be either repaired or replaced. Talks are continuing with a third company that lost 11 billboards in the Nov. 17 storm. “We want to get the signs down, but we understand that’s their business, as well,” Sheline said. The billboard owners had protested a new ordinance that requires the damaged signs to be removed, saying they would lose revenue. The ordinance prohibited off-premises signs and didn’t allow for their repair. The settlements allow JR Promotions to restore the base and frame of its old billboard on Indiana 931 in exchange for leaving another damaged one down. The company also will be allowed to upgrade another sign on Indiana 931 by Texas Roadhouse that was damaged by the tornado. Perma Advertising, which owned two billboards that were destroyed, will be able to repair one of its displays on an auto dealership’s lot but must leave the other down. Sheline said the initial intent of ordering the billboards down in November was to reduce clutter along 931, but the city has been willing to work with business owners to come up with a compromise. The ordinance passed in May included language that requires damaged advertising signs be removed. It gave sole discretion to the plan director to determine if the signs were up to code. “Sometimes you’ve got to get people’s attention,” Sheline said. “Our intent was to work with them to get the ones that were eyesores down. In most cases, the business owners have been very understanding.”

     
  • Insurer’s cuts cloud future for autism therapists Jun 22, 2014 9:40 AM
    Indiana autism therapists are reducing staff and services following steep cuts by the state’s largest health insurer. The Indianapolis Business Journal reports Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield began implementing the changes two years ago by directing that children age 7 and older receive a portion of their autism therapy from public schools. In January 2013, the insurer cut its reimbursements for applied behavior analysis therapy by 40 percent. The changes are a sharp departure in Indiana. The state in 2001 became the first to require health insurers to cover autism therapy in a meaningful way. Providers say additional cuts could force them out of business. The Indiana Department of Education says one in 77 Indiana children has a form of autism or pervasive developmental disorders.

     
  • 13 Indiana students win savings for college Jun 19, 2014 6:35 AM
    A program from the state’s Higher Education Commission is awarding a small group of students money to attend college. Learn More Indiana announced Wednesday that one student in each grade from K-12 was given $529 to help pay for college. The money was awarded through the “Cash for College” contest held earlier this spring. The higher education commission and state treasurer’s office frequently promote the state’s CollegeChoice 529 Savings Plan to help families save money for college.

     
  • ACLU of Indiana has new lawyer to help with cases Jun 19, 2014 6:35 AM
    The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana is adding a third lawyer to its staff to help with its caseload. Kelly Eskew joined the ACLU’s office in Indianapolis this week. Eskew has 13 years of experience in trial and appellate work and teaches ethics and law at Butler University and the Indiana University McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. The ACLU of Indiana has a docket of more than 40 active cases, generally involving constitutional rights. Among recent successes are a case that led to changes in the treatment of mentally ill state prison inmates and a Marion County court ruling regarding vanity license plates and freedom of speech. Eskew will be the ACLU of Indiana’s third acting lawyer, along with legal director Ken Falk and attorney Gavin Rose.

     
  • Sports memorabilia forfeited to repay Ball State Jun 19, 2014 6:35 AM
    A New York City man who pleaded guilty to wire fraud for his role in an investment fraud scheme that cost Ball State University $3.8 million has agreed to forfeit a baseball jersey autographed by Mickey Mantle and boxing gloves autographed by Mike Tyson to pay restitution. The Star Press reports 46-year-old George Montolio consented to the forfeiture during criminal proceedings. He also agreed to forfeit four row house-style apartment buildings in the Bronx, New York, and a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro. Ball State also was defrauded of about $8 million in another investment-fraud scheme by 37-year-old Seth Beoku Betts of Florida, who has forfeited a $1 million waterfront home in Palm Beach County that he bought with university money.

     
  • Scattered outages remain from Indiana storms Jun 19, 2014 6:35 AM
    Most power outages have been restored around northern and central Indiana after thunderstorms moved across the state with winds topping 60 mph in some places. Scattered damage was reported from Wednesday’s storms, such as trees falling on houses in the DeKalb County town of Butler and in the Randolph County town of Lynn. A woman also was hurt when a tree fell on a vehicle she was driving in Osceola, about 10 miles east of South Bend. Major utility companies reported fewer than 2,000 homes and businesses remained without electricity Thursday morning. Those were scattered between the South Bend area and Indianapolis.

     
  • Homeless advocate quits board over camping ban Jun 18, 2014 6:14 AM
    An advocate for the homeless has resigned from a homelessness task force in a southern Indiana city after its City Council approved a camping ban on public and private properties. Jesus Cares at Exit 0 Director Paul Stensrud tells The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Kentucky, he believes Jeffersonville leaders are unfairly targeting homeless people. He says city leaders should have followed the advice of the Jeffersonville Homelessness Task Force, which recommended it incorporate the city’s 48-hour written notice policy into the camping ordinance. City Attorney Les Merkley says he’s disappointed homeless advocates aren’t supportive of the camping ordinance, which he said was drafted from similar ordinances in bigger cities. He says police officers can’t issue citations or make arrests without first warning the campers.

     
  • Woman shot, toddler bound in Richmond attack Jun 18, 2014 6:15 AM
    Police say a woman was shot in the face and a toddler was bound with duct tape during an apparent home invasion at an eastern Indiana apartment complex. Richmond police say the shooting was reported Tuesday night at the Robert F. Smith Apartments on the city’s north side. Police tell the Palladium-Item that complex resident 22-year-old Christina Hampton was taken by helicopter to an Indianapolis hospital for treatment. Information about Hampton’s relationship with the child and any injuries to the toddler wasn’t immediately available. Capt. James Branum says neighbors reported seeing two men leave the apartment after the sound of several gunshots. No arrests were reported and officers and a police dog searched the area around the apartment.

     
  • Driver leads chase from state park into Fort Wayne Jun 18, 2014 6:15 AM
    A driver has been arrested after police say he led officers on a chase topping 100 mph from a northeastern Indiana state park into Fort Wayne. The Noble County Sheriff’s Department says the chase started about 1 a.m. Wednesday after a call about a possibly intoxicated man causing a disturbance while driving around Chain O’ Lakes State Park. WANE-TV reports the man fled from deputies, with the chase taking U.S. 33 into Churubusco (chehr-uh-BUHS’-koh) where he drove over police stop sticks that deflated a front tire. Police say the man continued driving and eventually reached a neighborhood near downtown Fort Wayne. Officers used a stun gun on the man as they arrested him. Police say no one else was in the car and no injuries were reported.

     
  • Teacher starts fund to pay for funeral for 2 boys Jun 18, 2014 6:15 AM
    A teacher of an 8-year-old Gary boy who drowned with his 9-year-old brother in a water-filled pit has started a fund to help their family pay for their funerals. Elizabeth Renta tells The Times of Munster she decided to start the fund at Chase Bank in Gary after learning the family of 8-year-old Terrion Smith and 9-year-old Donel Smith could not afford a service for the boys until next month. Renta says Terrion had been in her first grade class and was always willing to help. The boys drowned in a water-filled pit in Hobart on Saturday. The pit was drained and filled on Monday. Donations may be made to the Smith Children of Gary, Indiana, at any Chase Bank branch.

     
  • Indiana county treasurer says judge also mishandled funds Jun 18, 2014 6:15 AM
    A treasurer for an eastern Indiana county accused of mishandling public funds wants the judge handling his case to step aside, arguing she did the same thing. Delaware County Treasurer John Dorer was charged in April with 47 counts, 44 of which involve failing to deposit public funds within 24 hours of receipt as required by state law. The Star Press reports the 50-year-old politician’s lawyers filed a motion Monday asking Delaware Circuit Judge Marianne Vorhees to recuse herself. The motion says state audits from 2005-2010 indicate that departments overseen by the central Indiana county’s five judges also deposited funds late. The prosecutor’s office says it’s reviewing the motion. It also is seeking to have Dorer removed from office.

     
  • 42 arrested in Indianapolis on immigration charges Jun 18, 2014 6:15 AM
    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say 42 people have been arrested in the Indianapolis area on charges they were in the country illegally. A news release says the arrests were part of a month-long operation conducted by officers in six Midwestern states and led to the arrests of 287 men and 10 women from 29 countries. In the Indianapolis area, 24 of those arrested were convicted criminals, 18 were immigration fugitives and seven were previously deported from the United States and re-entered illegally. Thirty-eight of those arrested in Indianapolis were men and four were women.

     
  • Indiana mom says teen son recovering after tree fall Jun 17, 2014 9:13 AM
    A mother says her teenage son is recovering after being knocked unconscious when he fell from a tree in a northern Indiana town park.

     
  • Indiana museum displays rare stainless steel Ford Jun 17, 2014 9:14 AM
    A northeastern Indiana auto museum is displaying a rare stainless steel Ford dating to the 1930s that’s so shiny it’s considered a “mirror on wheels.”

     
  • Indiana woman fatally injured vomiting out minivan window Jun 16, 2014 10:31 AM
    Police in northern Indiana say a woman was killed when she struck her head on something while vomiting out the passenger window of a moving minivan.

     
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