Indiana State News

Indiana nonprofit wins national award for campfires program

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A nonprofit that supports arts and culture in Indiana has won a national award for its program that combines treks into nature with literature and campfire discussions. Indiana Humanities won the Federation of State Humanities Councils' Schwartz Prize for its Next Indiana ...

Indiana lawmakers return to Statehouse ahead of new session

By TOM DAVIES, Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers are returning to the Statehouse as they make preparations for the upcoming legislative session. The Indiana House and Senate are both scheduled to hold their annual Organization Day meetings Tuesday afternoon. The 2018 ...

Leading lawmakers leery of boosting Indiana smoking age

By TOM DAVIES, Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Legislative leaders are leery of a proposal backed by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce to raise the state's legal age for buying cigarettes from 18 to 21. The statewide business group announced a lobbying agenda Monday for the legislative ...

30-plus treated after opioid exposure at Fort Wayne jail

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say 30 guards and a nurse at a northeastern Indiana jail have gone to hospitals for medical evaluation after being exposed to an undetermined opioid substance. Allen County Sheriff's Department spokesman Capt. Steve Stone says all of the guards had entered ...

Chicago plans to sue US Steel over Indiana plant’s spills

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — The city of Chicago plans to sue U.S. Steel Corp. for alleged environmental violations stemming from spills of a potentially carcinogenic chemical from the steelmaker's Portage, Indiana, plant into a Lake Michigan tributary. Chicago's corporation counsel mailed a legal ...

Ex-Indiana sheriff’s deputy resentenced to 33-month term

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A former central Indiana sheriff's deputy convicted of federal civil rights violations has been resentenced to 33 months. The (Terre Haute) Tribune-Star reports former Putnam County deputy and former Greencastle City Councilman Terry Joe Smith received the sentence ...

Authorities: Man fatally shot in Indiana hunting accident

ELIZABETH, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a man has died after being shot in an accident while hunting deer in southern Indiana. Indiana Conservation Officers say 58-year-old Thomas Zimmerman of Borden was hunting on private property in Harrison County near Elizabeth when he was found ...

Man accused in Indianapolis drug ring faces new charges

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A man who authorities say headed a large and violent Indianapolis-based drug trafficking ring has been charged in new cases involving distribution of methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana. The indictments unsealed Monday detail new allegations against 28-year-old Richard ...

Pelath stepping down as Indiana House minority leader

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana House minority leader Scott Pelath says he's giving up that post and won't seek re-election next year. He said Sunday that his last day as House Democratic leader will be on Organization Day on Tuesday. He says he'll finish out the remainder of his term. Pelath, ...

Storms packing weak tornado, gusty winds rake Indiana

DAYTON, Ind. (AP) — A weak tornado touched down briefly near Lafayette when storms packing winds as strong as 85 mph lashed the state. The National Weather Service says the EF-0 tornado with peak estimated winds of 75 mph touched down for about a minute Saturday morning near the Tippecanoe ...

2 brothers, dog die in northeastern Indiana house fire

GAS CITY, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a weekend house fire in northeastern Indiana killed two brothers and a dog. Gas City Fire Chief David Linn says the home was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene Saturday morning, and they needed two hours to get the blaze ...

Indiana teacher restores history 1 plank of wood at a time

By RASMUS JORGENSEN, South Bend Tribune MISHAWAKA, Ind. (AP) — Sometimes, one person's trash really is another's treasure. That's certainly the case at Rudy's Barn Wood, a business a few miles south of Mishawaka that stores wood, windows, hinges and other materials recycled from area barns, ...

Private consultant finds body of man missing in Indiana lake

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a private consulting firm has found the body of a 20-year-old man whose canoe capsized last month in a northern Indiana lake. Indiana Conservation Officers say they were contacted Sunday by Crossman Consulting, which reported finding the body of Keegan ...

Authorities: Man fatally shot in Indiana hunting accident

ELIZABETH, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a man has died after being shot in an accident while hunting deer in southern Indiana. Indiana Conservation Officers say 58-year-old Thomas Zimmerman of Borden was hunting on private property in Harrison County near Elizabeth when he was found ...

Indiana candidate’s DC-area home complicates Senate campaign

By BRIAN SLODYSKO, Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A campaign stop for Rep. Luke Messer in his bid for Senate involves traveling from his family's home in suburban Washington back to Indiana, where aides say he typically stays overnight with his mom. Although living outside the state ...

Girls youth basketball coach faces sexual assault charges

CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois youth basketball coach has pleaded not guilty to charges he engaged in criminal sexual activity with two former players. Barry S. Wolfe of Martinsville was arrested last month on 13 felony counts alleging sexual activity with girls between 15 and ...

Messer calls on Donnelly to return Franken donations

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Republican Rep. Luke Messer says Sen. Joe Donnelly should call on fellow Democrat Al Franken to resign after he was accused of groping and forcibly kissing a Los Angeles radio host. Messer is a GOP Senate primary candidate and hopes to challenge Donnelly next ...

Indiana city latest to sue drug companies over opioid crisis

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A northwestern Indiana city has become the latest government entity to sue pharmaceutical companies and distributors for their alleged role in fueling the opioid abuse crisis. The city of Hammond's federal lawsuit, filed Thursday, accuses several opioid manufacturers and ...

Fort Wayne mayor scrapping plans for downtown arena

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Fort Wayne's mayor has scrapped plans for a new downtown arena and events center, saying Thursday that the project didn't have enough public support. City officials had been considering the arena project over the past couple years to help draw larger conventions and ...

Man arrested in 2014 Indianapolis garage stabbing death

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say they've made an arrest in the 2014 death of a man found stabbed dozens of times in a wheelchair in the garage of an Indianapolis home. The Marion County Prosecutor's Office last week filed a murder charge against 38-year-old Anthony King and he was ...