Indiana State News

Cable safety barrier planned for 30 miles of Interstate 74

SHELBYVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Contractors will outfit a 30-mile section of Interstate 74 in central Indiana with cable barriers intended to prevent deadly crashes. The Indiana Department of Transportation says the $2 million project will begin as early as December and should be complete by next ...

Authorities: Man may be linked to 100 thefts, burglaries

LAPORTE, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a 26-year-old man charged in a northwestern Indiana burglary that was thwarted by a homeowner may be linked to roughly 100 thefts and burglaries in the area. The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports Charles Appleberry is charged with burglary and unlawful ...

South Bend police probe loaded department gun found in road

MISHAWAKA, Ind. (AP) — South Bend police are investigating how a loaded department-issued handgun ended up along a busy northern Indiana roadway. The South Bend Police Department began an internal investigation after a reporter for WNDU-TV found the gun Sept. 17 along Indiana 23 in ...

Chinese artifacts on permanent display at university

By JENNY McNEECE, Sun-Commercial VINCENNES, Ind. (AP) — Vincennes University's new Updike Hall now has an infusion of Chinese culture thanks to a donation of "priceless" ancient pottery from an alumnus. About 20 VU alumni from areas of China, primarily Hong Kong, returned to the university ...

Indiana man sentenced in attack on Michigan state trooper

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — An Indiana man accused in an attack on a Michigan State Police trooper has been sentenced to 15 to 50 years in prison. WSBT-TV reports that 19-year-old Travis Wise, of Middlebury, appeared Monday in a Berrien County court on a charge of assault with intent to ...

Crash leads to fight, stun gun, arrests on Indiana racetrack

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — Two racecar drivers have been arrested after getting into a fistfight following a crash on an Indiana racetrack that ended with a police officer using a stun gun on one of the drivers. A video posted online from Saturday's race at Anderson Speedway shows one vehicle ...

Coroner: Woman found dead in Indianapolis gym was stabbed

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Marion County coroner says a 23-year-old woman found slain at a gym in a downtown Indianapolis apartment complex died from a stab wound injury. Carina Rodriguez's death has been ruled a homicide. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police announced Saturday that 25-year-old ...

Pathologist toting human organs while drunk gets probation

MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana pathologist who was hauling human organ samples in his pickup truck when he was arrested on drunken driving charges has pleaded guilty. Seventy-five-year-old Elmo A. Griggs was sentenced last week to a year of probation in Morgan County after pleading ...

Chesterton woman loses son to fentanyl overdose

By GILES BRUCE, The (Northwest Indiana) Times CHESTERTON, Ind. (AP) — "I awoke on the morning of Oct. 20, 2016, with thoughts of my upcoming trip to New Jersey. In 10 days' time, Patrick and I would be in full hiking mode," Kate Garrity recited from a letter she often reads to grade school ...

South Bend pet owners warned about surge in sickly raccoons

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Animal control officials are urging South Bend residents to exercise caution with their pets amid a surge in suspected distemper cases in raccoons. South Bend Animal Care and Control says that as many as 65 sickly raccoons have been euthanized in just over three ...

Chesterton woman loses son to fentanyl overdose

By GILES BRUCE, The (Northwest Indiana) Times CHESTERTON, Ind. (AP) — "I awoke on the morning of Oct. 20, 2016, with thoughts of my upcoming trip to New Jersey. In 10 days' time, Patrick and I would be in full hiking mode," Kate Garrity recited from a letter she often reads to grade school ...

Fort Wayne to repave 150 miles of old, pothole-filled alleys

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A tax increase is paying for a campaign in Fort Wayne to repave 150 miles of alleys marked with potholes and buckled pavement. The first of the 25 alleys set for repaving over the next two years is a half-mile stretch resident that Jesse Allen says is littered with ...

Kids playing hide-and-seek find body in Indianapolis park

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis police say two children who were playing hide-and-seek in a neighborhood park discovered a man's body. Police said Sunday the children found the body of 30-year-old Christopher Bradley on Saturday evening in a wooded area of Olin Park on the city's near west ...

Illinois’ 200th birthday party gets late start, low budget

By JOHN O'CONNOR, AP Political Writer SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois is on the brink of its bicentennial bash , but political skirmishing that has battered the state could be blamed for late party planning, a comparatively low budget — and ultimately, its contribution to future ...

Tentative contract could bring Gary schools manager $3.9M

GARY, Ind. (AP) — A tentative contract could allow the emergency manager for the financially troubled Gary Community School Corp. to earn up to $3.9 million during the current academic year. Emergency manager Peggy Hinckley's contract still must be approved by the State Budget Agency, the ...

Grant to improve water quality for the Maumee River Basin

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A northeastern Indiana county is receiving a $367,000 federal grant to improve the water quality for the Maumee River Basin. The Northeastern Indiana Regional Coordinating Council says Allen County will use the funds for improvements in Fort Wayne to capture nearly ...

Liquidation sale under way at closed Indiana college

RENSSELAER, Ind. (AP) — A private Catholic college in northwestern Indiana is holding a liquidation sale after suspending operations earlier this year. St. Joseph's College leaders announced in February that the school would temporarily close at the end of the spring 2017 semester. Trustees ...

Indiana county facing bigger bill for asbestos removal work

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — The bill for removing asbestos from a central Indiana county's government office building is getting bigger. The cost for the work in the Madison County Government Center had been estimated at $2 million. But county administrator Dan Dykes says that projection is now ...

Former Gov. Mitch Daniels makes $769K as Purdue President

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue University President Mitch Daniels' salary recently topped $769,000 a year. The Lafayette Journal & Courier reports a portion of the former Indiana governor's pay was based on his yearly evaluation by school trustees. They lavished him with praise ...

NW Indiana group seeks $24M grant for planned 3-state trail

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — A northwestern Indiana group is hoping to close gaps in a long-planned regional trail if it lands a $24 million federal grant. The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission is expected to apply this month for the U.S. Department of Transportation grant. If it ...