Indiana State News

Indiana man convicted as teen to enter home detention next

WARSAW, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana judge is allowing a man, who was 15 when he was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the fatal shooting of his stepfather, to enter home detention earlier than expected. Kosciusko County Judge David Cates in October heard 23-year-old Colt Lundy's request ...

Voters OK more funds for security after school shooting

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Voters have agreed to fund improved security at a suburban Indianapolis school district where a 13-year-old girl and a teacher were shot in May. Unofficial results show about 58 percent backed the measure Tuesday to collect an additional $50 million over eight years ...

Indiana BMV extends hours for polling place identification

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's license branches are extending their hours on Monday and Tuesday to issue ID cards and driver's licenses for identification at polling places during the general election. The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles says its branches will be open Monday from 8:30 a.m. ...

Software company to boost Indiana presence, invest $1.2M

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A business-to-business software company is planning to boost its Indiana presence in the coming years, and invest $1.2 million in its Indianapolis headquarters. The state announced Friday that Socio , which has 15 full-time associates in Indiana, as well as additional ...

New survey shows Indiana still plagued by teacher shortage

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A vast majority of Indiana's school districts are still struggling to find qualified teachers amid the state's lingering teacher shortage. Indiana State University's annual survey of Hoosier school superintendents shows 91 percent say their districts had a teacher ...

Man wrestles stun gun from officer, shocks his face

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Police say a southwestern Indiana man allegedly grabbed an officer's stun gun during a struggle and shocked the officer in the face. Twenty-two-year-old Logan Stidham was arrested Wednesday after the officer suffered facial injuries in the attack. The Evansville man ...

DNR water funding includes grants to remove 2 lowhead dams

CORYDON, Ind. (AP) — State officials have awarded $1.2 million for improvements along Indiana's lakes and rivers, including funding to remove two lowhead dams. The funding for 27 lake and river enhancement projects announced Monday by Indiana's Department of Natural Resources will mostly go ...

3 Indiana children struck, killed by truck at bus stop

ROCHESTER, Ind. (AP) — State Police say three children were struck and killed by a pickup truck in northern Indiana as they were about to board a school bus. Sgt. Tony Slocum says four children were preparing to board a Tippecanoe Valley School Corp. bus about 7 a.m. Tuesday when they were ...

High court won’t hear suit alleging coerced confessions

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A lawsuit involving three teenagers who accuse Evansville police of violating their constitutional rights, is headed to trial after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case. The high court refused Monday to review a January ruling by the 7th U.S. Circuit ...

Bloomington considering $10 million trails-and-trees project

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — City officials in Bloomington are considering a $10 million project that includes 1,400 street-side trees and 7 miles of recreational trails. The plan calls for borrowing the money for the work, which would also add six city entryways welcoming visitors. The ...

AP FACT CHECK: Indiana candidates make misleading claims

The Associated Press fact checked the first Indiana U.S. Senate debate Monday evening among Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly and his challengers Republican Mike Braun and Libertarian Lucy Brenton. Donnelly, a moderate Democrat who has been in Congress since 2006, is considered one of the ...

Indiana US Senate candidates to face off in 1st debate

WESTVILLE (AP) — Indiana's three U.S. Senate candidates will face off in the first debate of the general election campaign . Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly, Republican former state Rep. Mike Braun and Libertarian Lucy Brenton will take the stage Monday night at the Purdue University Northwest ...

Cable across trail in Indianapolis may have been trap

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Officials say a metal cable found strung about neck-height across a trail in Indianapolis may have been put there as a booby trap. TV station WRTV reports word of the cable was posted this week on an internet site and the station contacted the city's parks department, ...

Pews removed from Gary council chambers after bed bugs found

GARY (AP) — A man who showed up at a Gary City Council meeting infested with bed bugs prompted officials to remove two rows of seating from the building. Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson tells The (Northwest Indiana) Times the parasitic insects were discovered in the council's chambers during ...

Indiana BMV offices closed Saturday, Monday for Columbus Day

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles says all of its license branches will be closed Saturday through Monday in observance of the Columbus Day holiday. It says license branches will resume regularly scheduled business hours on Tuesday. It says Indiana residents can visit ...

Man’s body found at southern Indiana water treatment plant

JEFFERSONVILLE (AP) — Police say the body of a man had been found in an oxidation ditch at a southern Indiana wastewater treatment plant. Jeffersonville police Sgt. Isaac Parker says employees at the city treatment plant found the body Wednesday morning. Jeffersonville city officials say ...

More than 40 headstones damaged at northern Indiana cemetery

CUTLER (AP) — Authorities say more than 40 headstones have been vandalized at a northern Indiana cemetery. Headstones at the rural Carroll County cemetery near Cutler were streaked with paint, knocked over or both. At least one headstone was broken. The Burlington Police Department says the ...

SW Indiana man charged in killings of ex-girlfriend’s 2 dogs

HAZELTON (AP) — A southwestern Indiana man faces animal cruelty and other charges for allegedly killing his ex-girlfriend's two dogs and setting them on fire. Twenty-eight-year-old Jordan Hunt of Hazelton was arrested Wednesday on charges of intimidation, domestic violence-animal cruelty and ...

Indiana Uber drivers to receive $100 each from settlement

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Attorney General Curtis Hill says Indiana will receive nearly $1.5 million of the $148 million Uber has agreed to pay to states after the ride-hailing company failed for a year to notify drivers that hackers had stolen their personal information. Hill said Wednesday that ...