Indiana State News

Mike Ditka to speak at benefit for shuttered Indiana college

RENSSELAER, Ind. (AP) — Former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka is helping out a now-shuttered northwestern Indiana college that once hosted the Bears' preseason camps. Ditka will be the featured speaker at a June 9 fundraiser benefiting the renovation of a former St. Joseph's College campus ...

New Albany students use art to stand against school violence

By Erin Walden of The Jeffersonville & New Albany News and Tribune NEW ALBANY — On a day when the project is more relevant than ever, local students showed their collective strength through public art. Students from Community Montessori unveiled “Strong Together,” a six-foot ...

Insurer Anthem to remain headquartered in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Anthem says it will remain headquartered in Indianapolis, ending speculation about the health insurer's future in the city where it was founded nearly 75 years ago. President and CEO Gail K. Boudreaux announced Tuesday that Anthem will spend about $20 million to renovate ...

Illinois man held in probe of shooting that injured 2 cops

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — Indiana authorities are holding an Illinois man as they investigate a weekend shooting that wounded two off-duty police officers. The 25-year-old hasn't been charged in Saturday's shooting in Highland, Indiana, but he remained in custody Monday at the Lake County ...

County depleting accounts to pay for courthouse work

LAPEL – To cover the cost of asbestos removal and remodeling at the Madison County Government Center, the commissioners are depleting other accounts to provide the funds. It’s almost a robbing-Peter-to-pay-Paul scenario, but officials believe there will not be a future funding crunch. The ...

Indiana residents urged to comment on US Steel settlement

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — Environmental groups are urging northwest Indiana residents to comment on a proposed federal settlement over a U.S. Steel plant's discharging of a potentially carcinogenic chemical that entered a Lake Michigan tributary. The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports that the ...

Indiana school district adding cameras to buses’ stop arms

LEBANON, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana school district is installing cameras on its buses to catch motorists who race past buses with lowered stop arms. The Lebanon Community School Corp.'s school board recently approved spending $44,000 to buy 39 stop arm cameras. District transportation ...

Motorcyclist charged after gun pointed at Indiana deputy

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — A motorcyclist who authorities say crashed and pointed a gun at a sheriff's deputy who then fired several times at the man in northwestern Indiana is facing charges. The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports bond was set Thursday at $3,500 cash for 31-year-old Shawn ...

Indiana man gets 17 years for attacking ex, her grandmother

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for attacking his ex-girlfriend and her 76-year-old grandmother, whose injuries have left her largely confined to a wheelchair. Forty-year-old Randall Walter Lennis was also ordered Thursday to serve four ...

Indiana man gets work release for estranged wife’s abduction

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A western Indiana man has been sentenced to work release for abducting his estranged wife at gunpoint from her workplace. Twenty-two-year-old Kyle Mulkins had pleaded guilty in April to a felony charge of criminal confinement in the August 2017 abduction. A Vigo ...

NCAA opens door to title games for states with sports bets

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA is opening a door for states with legalized sports gambling to host NCAA championship events. The governing body for college sports on Thursday announced a "temporary" lifting of a ban that prevented events like college basketball's NCAA Tournament from being ...

Indiana governor heading on Europe economic development trip

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb is leaving Friday for an economic development trip to Europe. Holcomb's office says he plans to meet with government, business and academic leaders in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Switzerland, Austria, Germany and France. Holcomb plans his ...

Muncie nurse accused of sex assaults on hospital patient

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a nurse at a central Indiana hospital sexually assaulted a woman three times while she was a patient under his care. Twenty-eight-year-old Nathaniel Abraham Mosco of Hartford City was formally charged Monday with felony sexual battery. An initial hearing ...

70 officers welcome slain cop’s son on his return to school

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — About 70 law enforcement officers welcomed the five-year-old son of a slain police officer to a western Indiana school as he returned to class for the first time since his father was killed in a shootout. Dakota Pitts asked his mother if one of his father's friends ...

Woman imprisoned for 1 killing gets prison in husband death

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A woman already serving life in prison for killing a Michigan man has been sentenced to 65 years in prison in the strangulation death of her husband at their northwestern Indiana home. The Post-Tribune reports Kelly M. Cochran was given her punishment Wednesday in ...

Surveillance video led to arrest in fatal Indiana shooting

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — Police investigators who arrested a minor in the fatal shooting of an 11-year-old northwest Indiana boy used surveillance video to identify the alleged teenage gunman involved in a fight in a city park. The Post-Tribune reports that court records say surveillance ...

White nationalist jailed for violating Kentucky probation

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A white nationalist on probation for harassing a protester at a 2016 Donald Trump campaign rally in Kentucky is going to jail after a domestic abuse incident in Indiana. Matthew Heimbach was ordered to serve 38 days in jail for violating the terms of his two-year ...

Share Heavy rain blamed for Indiana crash that left 9 injured

CHESTERTON, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say heavy rain that covered part of an interstate in northwestern Indiana is blamed for a multi-vehicle crash that left nine people injured. Indiana State Police say the crash happened late Monday along eastbound Interstates 80/94 near Chesterton in ...

Police respond to string of overdoses due to synthetic drugs

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — At least nine people in Indianapolis have been treated after police say they overdosed by smoking or ingesting synthetic drugs called Spice. Police say officers began receiving calls about 1 p.m. Saturday within a 3-block radius in the city's downtown ...

Indiana woman arrested after 40-mile, high-speed chase

GARY, Ind. (AP) — A 37-year-old Michigan City, Indiana, woman has been arrested after leading police on a 40-mile chase through three counties. State police say Sunday that the woman was stopped late Saturday night in northwestern Indiana's Gary for a minor traffic offense, but refused to ...