Indiana State News

Landfill operator sues 2 Indiana counties over bond money

BORDEN, Ind. (AP) — The private operators of a southern Indiana landfill are suing two counties, seeking $5.2 million in bond proceeds they say they're owed. Clark-Floyd Landfill LLC sued Clark and Floyd counties on Jan. 5. The suit alleges that the landfill is owed the bond money and needs ...

AG announces expansion of Indiana’s Human Trafficking Unit

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Additional investigators and attorneys are being assigned to the Human Trafficking Investigations Unit in the Indiana attorney general's office. Attorney General Curtis Hill announced the expansion of the unit Monday as part of Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Hill's ...

Angler dies after falling through ice on Indiana pond

MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An angler has died after falling through the ice on a private pond in central Indiana. WRTV-TV reports that the person who owns the property in Martinsville called police Sunday afternoon after seeing tracks leading to a hole in the ice and fishing gear that was ...

Woman, son identified as victims of house fire near Goshen

GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) — Authorities have identified the two people who were found dead following a rural house fire in northern Indiana earlier this month. The Elkhart County Coroner's Office says the fire early on Jan. 7 near Goshen killed 61-year-old Donna Schneider and her son, 44-year-old ...

Judge orders IBM to post $25M bond in Indiana welfare case

By RICK CALLAHAN, Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — IBM Corp. must post a $25 million bond as it appeals a $78 million judgment in a long-running case that stems from the company's failed effort to automate much of Indiana's welfare services, a judge has ruled. Marion Superior Court ...

Authorities: Apartment occupants fatally shot 13-year-old

MISHAWAKA, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say the occupants of a northern Indiana apartment fired the shots that killed a 13-year-old boy during an attempted home invasion last week. The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office said Wednesday that investigators are still reviewing what happened when ...

Indiana GOP lawmakers won’t act on child services crisis

By BRIAN SLODYSKO, Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The two most powerful Republicans in the Indiana Legislature said they do not plan to take major action to address a growing crisis in the Department of Child Services during this year's session, which kicked off Wednesday. The move by ...

Noblesville teacher and blind 9-year-old grow together

By EMMA KATE FITTES, The Indianapolis Star NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — In the organized chaos that marked the end of the school day in Kayla Schnaus' third-grade class, Matthias Vescelus walked confidently to his cubby. He's blind, but instinctually avoided the open cabinet doors, a coat ...

Man accused in wounding of police officer pleads not guilty

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A man who authorities say shot and wounded an Indianapolis police officer during a December drug raid has pleaded not guilty. WXIN-TV reports 39-year-old Christopher Johnson, who was wounded in a shootout with police on Dec. 13, made his first court appearance Wednesday ...

130-year-old bridge reopens 2 years after partial collapse

PAOLI, Ind. (AP) — A 130-year-old iron bridge that partially collapsed when a semitrailer tried to cross it two years ago has reopened in southern Indiana. Elected officials and residents were on hand Wednesday as the Gospel Street Bridge reopened in Paoli (pay-OH'-lee), the Orange County ...

Indiana law for felony arrest DNA collection taking effect

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana authorities are being required under a new state law to collect a DNA sample from those who are arrested for a felony crime. The law taking effect Monday requires that police collect a DNA cheek swap, along with fingerprints and photographs during the booking ...

Preservation group’s exhibit focuses on Gary’s Union Station

GARY, Ind. (AP) — An urban preservation group that spruced up Gary's historic train station is hosting an exhibit to highlight the building's re-use potential. The Decay Devils cleaned up Gary's Union Station in early 2017 by hauling off junk, sealing off the crumbling structure and ...

Indiana lawmaker wants political maps drawn independently

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A northwestern Indiana lawmaker wants an independent commission to draw political-district maps instead of politicians. Sen. Mike Bohacek (boh-HAH'-chek) is a Republican from Michiana Shores. He tells The (Northwest Indiana) Times that public input would aid the ...

Wrongfully convicted man’s Notre Dame speech revives project

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A wrongfully convicted Indiana man whose case made national news during Vice President Mike Pence's campaign has helped revive a Notre Dame law school group. The (South Bend) Tribune reports that five students struggled to revive the Innocence Project until Keith ...

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial to end entrance fee

LINCOLN CITY, Ind. (AP) — A national memorial in southwestern Indiana that pays homage to Abraham Lincoln's Indiana childhood is ending its practice of charging an entrance fee. Adults currently pay $5 to enter Spencer County's Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial. But Superintendent Kendell ...

Indiana lawmaker to propose sports betting legislation

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A state lawmaker says he'll sponsor legislation that would make betting on sports legal in Indiana if the U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of New Jersey in a case that could open to door for states to legalize gambling on sporting events. More than 10 states have passed ...

Indiana boy left in running SUV crashes into store

BROWNSBURG (AP) — Central Indiana authorities say a 4-year-old boy crashed an SUV into a store after his mother left him inside the running vehicle while she was shopping. The Brownsburg Fire Department says the boy was in the SUV's back seat Friday night when he climbed into the driver's ...

Indiana lawmaker to propose sports betting legislation

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A state lawmaker says he'll sponsor legislation that would make betting on sports legal in Indiana if the U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of New Jersey in a case that could open to door for states to legalize gambling on sporting events. More than 10 states have ...

Below-zero wind chills greet Indiana on New Year’s holiday

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The National Weather Service has wind chill advisories in effect across Indiana on New Year's Eve. Weather service forecasters in Indianapolis said Sunday to expect wind chills from -25 to -15 Sunday through Tuesday night. Lows Sunday night were forecast at between -12 ...

Enduring cold snap creates headaches at home, on highways

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Already winter-weary parts of the Midwest and East Coast are dealing with a mounting number of weather-related headaches, from highway pileups to frozen pipes and a rash of car thefts. And there's more to come. Bitter temperatures and snow squalls have been blamed for a ...