Indiana State News

Indiana Senate panel votes against expanded cold beer sales

By BRIAN SLODYSKO, Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana will likely remain the only state that restricts who can sell cold beer after a Senate panel voted Wednesday to uphold a law that protects the interests of liquor stores. A measure that would allow a broader swath of retailers ...

Wife of ex-Indiana GOP congressman seeking legislative seat

GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) — The wife of a former northern Indiana congressman who came under ethics investigation for spending campaign contributions on personal expenses is becoming a state legislative candidate. Christy Stutzman has announced she'll run for an Indiana House seat representing parts ...

Coalition denounces proposed ICE detention center in Indiana

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — Opponents are stepping up efforts to stop a proposed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in northern Indiana ahead of a county rezoning decision. The proposed detention center would have up to 1,200 beds for ICE detainees about 10 miles (16 kilometers) east ...

Indiana health network pays about $55,000 ransom to hackers

GREENFIELD, Ind. (AP) — A suburban Indianapolis health network said it paid a $55,000 ransom to hackers to regain access to hospital computer systems, making it the latest health system around the globe targeted by money-seeking hackers. Hancock Health said an "unidentified criminal group" ...

Illinois woman gets 15 years for crash that killed teen

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A judge has sentenced an Illinois woman to 15 years in prison on charges stemming from a high-speed police chase that ended with a crash killing a 13-year-old northwestern Indiana girl. The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports 28-year-old Jessica S. Pichon, 28, of ...

Ex-Indiana child services director hired by attorney general

By BRIAN SLODYSKO, Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill announced Wednesday that he is hiring the state's former child welfare chief, who resigned from her post last month in a blistering letter that accused Gov. Eric Holcomb of making changes and cuts at ...

Pain medication missing at eastern Indiana prison

NEW CASTLE, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana Department of Correction says more than 8,000 doses of a frequently abused pain medication are missing from an eastern Indiana prison. Department spokesman Isaac Randolph says officials discovered in mid-December that doses of gabapentin went missing over ...

Woman dies 2½ weeks after car sinks in Indianapolis pond

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say a woman has died 2½ weeks after divers rescued her from a car that crashed through ice on an Indianapolis pond and sank into its freezing waters. The Indianapolis Fire Department says 49-year-old Carol D. Perkins died Tuesday night at an Indianapolis ...

Small plane makes emergency landing near Indianapolis

FISHERS, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a small airplane made an emergency landing at a suburban Indianapolis airport after reporting a landing gear problem. No injuries were reported in the landing Tuesday night of the twin-engine Cessna at Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport in Fishers, which ...

Rose-Hulman looks to boost diversity work with $1M donation

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in western Indiana is planning to work on improving the diversity of its faculty and staff with a $1.1 million donation. The Terre Haute school says that graduate Richard L. Conn gave the money to the Department of Computer Science ...

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 ...