Indiana State News

Sheriff wants new armored vehicle to deal with ‘threats’

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A sheriff in northwestern Indiana wants to buy a $360,000 armored vehicle. Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez Jr. says the Bearcat would protect people during mass shootings, terrorist attacks and natural disasters. He says the sheriff's department and county ...

Indiana court orders review of state exam for lawyers

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Supreme Court has ordered a state commission to study the state's exam for lawyers to determine if it needs any changes. The court unanimously created a 14-member panel that will review the bar exam, which determines whether someone can practice law in ...

Body ID’s as woman who left hospital against medical advice

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — A coroner says a body found in northwestern Indiana is that of a 42-year-old woman who had left a nearby hospital months earlier against medical advice. Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris says there's no indication of a crime in Tammy R. Brewer's death and it's ...

Indiana midterm election turnout hit 51 percent

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Voter participation in Indiana's fall election was 51 percent, the first time since 1994 that the state topped 50 percent in a midterm election. Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced the results Thursday, along with a report on each county. Henry County had the ...

State officials reflect on Bush’s legacy

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — Republicans and Democrats from Madison County have joined the nation in examining the legacy of the late President George H. W. Bush, who died late Friday evening. Madison County Republican Chairman Russ Willis never met Bush, but said the 41st president led by ...

Columbus council to convert mall into recreational complex

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana city council is spending more than $4 million for a shopping mall that it plans to convert into a community recreational and sports tourism complex. The Columbus City Council last week voted to approve the funding for the purchase of the Fair Oaks ...

Indiana family seeks resolution in 30-year-old homicide

BRAZIL, Ind. (AP) — The father of a teenage girl who was fatally shot in a 1988 double-homicide in Indiana said he decided to give his first interviews about the killing in the hopes the three-decade-old case will finally be solved. Norval Pickett believes Brazil police botched the ...

Notre Dame won’t sign pact to do own food safety inspections

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The University of Notre Dame has opted not to sign an agreement that would have allowed it to do its own food safety inspections. The St. Joseph County Health Department had signed off on an agreement with Notre Dame in August that would have allowed for the ...

Indiana Senate’s first new leader in 12 years showing caution

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Senate's first new leader in a dozen years doesn't seem set on rocking the boat inside the Statehouse. Members of the Republican-dominated Senate elected Sen. Rodric Bray of Martinsville as its president pro tem during the Legislature's Organization Day ...

Library working to digitize trove of Civil War materials

KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) — "I am in the shade, under a tree, on the side of a mountain, above a rippling brook, overlooking the town, in sight of three thousand troops, writing on the head of a drum. My health is good, so are the boys — we are all in fine spirits." Civil War Gen. Thomas J. ...

Charter school reviving 1930s naval armory in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When it was decommissioned in 2015, the near northwest side wasn't sure what would become of the Heslar Naval Armory. The large white building perched on the edge of the White River at 30th Street could have become a blight on the area - another abandoned building. ...

Purdue report: Climate change will impact Indiana tourism

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A new report says Indiana's tourism and recreation industry will have to adjust as climate change makes the state warmer and wetter in the coming decades. Monday's report by Purdue University's Climate Change Resource Center is the center's latest analysis of how ...

1850s church gets upgrade after windstorm tore off its roof

GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) — A more than 160-year-old northern Indiana church has gotten a face-lift four years after a windstorm tore off its roof, leaving it in danger of demolition. St. John's Lutheran Church was built in the early 1850s just west of Goshen with separate entrances for men and ...

No sign of missing Lake County man after a week

WINFIELD, Ind. (AP) — A police dog has failed to lead investigators to a northwestern Indiana man who has been missing for nearly a week. Terry Fodemski is from Winfield in Lake County. Town Marshal Daniel Ball says the 64-year-old is probably on foot. He was last seen Tuesday near a ...

Student’s cancer fight boosts research endowment

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A fundraising campaign honoring Purdue University student Tyler Trent's battle with cancer has picked up enough support to top the $100,000 mark. The Tyler Trent Cancer Research Endowment was set up to support cancer research at Purdue. Trent, who has a rare ...

Blast hits NW Indiana steel mill complex, injuring worker

BURNS HARBOR, Ind. (AP) — An explosion at a northwestern Indiana steel mill injured a worker and sparked a fire that sent smoke billowing from the industrial complex along Lake Michigan. East Chicago Fire Chief Anthony Serna says the worker suffered burns in Monday afternoon's blast at ...

Evansville soldier killed in training accident

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Officials say a soldier died Sunday in a training area of Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state. The News Tribune reports 23-year-old Spc. Drew Watters of Evansville, Indiana, was killed during a training accident, according to the 7th Infantry Division. The ...

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. ...