Indiana State News

Northwestern Indiana town votes to secede from township

GRIFFITH (AP) — Voters in a northwestern Indiana town have overwhelmingly approved a referendum calling for the community to secede from a Lake County township and join another in a bid to lower the local tax rate, town officials said. Griffith officials said about 97 percent of the roughly ...

Overdose antidote training set for 4 Indianapolis libraries

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana University-led partnership is bringing training sessions to Indianapolis this week on how to administer a medication that can reverse potentially fatal overdoses from opioid painkillers and heroin. Friday's sessions will be held at four public libraries, some ...

Firefighters douse fire at Pendleton Correctional Facility

PENDLETON (AP) — A fire at central Indiana's Pendleton Correctional Facility has been extinguished after heavily damaging one of the prison complex's buildings. Indiana Department of Correction spokeswoman Ike Randolph says no inmates or staff were injured in Wednesday's fire at the men's ...

Indiana Supreme Court favors railroads in train fines ruling

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Supreme Court has struck down a more than 150-year-old state law that allowed local governments to fine railroads when a stopped train blocks a street for more than 10 minutes. The justices unanimously agreed in Monday's ruling that the 1865 Blocked Crossing ...

Indiana man dies in fall from cliff at Wisconsin state park

STURGEON BAY, Wis. (AP) — Sheriff's officials say a man has died in a fall from a cliff while hiking in state park in northeastern Wisconsin. Authorities say the 70-year-old Elkhart, Indiana man slipped and fell off a 100-foot drop while hiking with his wife Sunday in Peninsula State Park in ...

Purdue student dies after fall from apartment balcony

WEST LAFAYETTE — A 19-year-old Purdue University student has died after falling from the balcony of an apartment on the top floor of a 10-story complex near the school's West Lafayette campus. The Journal & Courier reports Sunday that the woman was found about 2 a.m. Saturday. Police ...

Great Lakes conference explores adapting to warmer climate

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A conference at the University of Michigan is bringing together experts to share ideas on dealing with a warming climate in the Great Lakes region. The biennial Great Lakes Adaptation Forum runs from Monday through Wednesday at the campus in Ann Arbor. Discussions ...

Judge lectures ex-Lake County official who lied to the FBI

CROWN POINT (AP) — A federal judge sternly lectured a former Lake County Sheriff's Department official for dishonesty before sentencing him to two years of probation for lying to the FBI. U.S. District Court Judge James Moody berated Dan Murchek on Wednesday and told him he'd "be remembered ...

Indiana police chief: Officer in fatal crash should be fired

SOUTH BEND (AP) — A South Bend police officer who was involved in a fatal car crash while on duty violated five department policies and should be fired, the police chief said. Chief Scott Ruszkowski sent a letter to the city's Board of Public Safety requesting officer Justin Gorny's ...

GOP frets about prospects for picking up Indiana Senate seat

INDIANAPOLIS — Mike Braun, the Republican candidate for a crucial Senate seat in Indiana, often refers to his rival, Sen. Joe Donnelly, as "Sleepin' Joe" and has vowed to wake the vulnerable Democrat from his "siesta" on Election Day. But as Donnelly barnstorms the state in a used RV, it is ...

Woman found dead along I-65; help sought identifying her

COLUMBUS(AP) — Authorities are seeking help from the public in identifying a woman found dead of blunt force trauma along an interstate in southern Indiana. The Bartholomew County Coroner's Office says motorists spotted the body along Interstate 65 near Columbus on Monday and authorities ...

Man charged after pedestrians run down outside Indiana bar

MUNCIE (AP) — A Muncie man who allegedly drove into a group of pedestrians outside a bar, injuring two people, has been formally charged with battery. Twenty-nine-year-old Keith Chavez Childress faces a Sept. 24 initial hearing on charges of battery with a deadly weapon, battery resulting in ...

GOP Indiana Senate candidate Mike Braun weighs in on Brett Kavanaugh claims

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican Indiana Senate candidate Mike Braun is weighing in on sexual misconduct allegations made against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who is President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee. Braun tweeted Tuesday that he supports Senate Judiciary committee Chairman Chuck ...

Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly among those calling for Brett Kavanaugh vote delay

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly says a planned vote should be postponed on President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, until Congress has time to review recent sexual misconduct allegations made against him. The Senate Judiciary committee was set for ...

Federal grants awarded to Indiana history, archaeology projects

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Federal grants totaling more than $476,000 have been awarded to 11 historic preservation and archaeology projects in Indiana communities. The National Park Service grants announced last week include three of more than $50,000 each to Ball State University for projects in ...

Indianapolis police chief says body cameras a top goal

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The chief of police in Indianapolis says getting body cameras for his officers is a top goal. Chief Bryan Roach tells TV station WRTV that there's a "trust issue" nationally with law enforcement and the cameras are seen as "one of those things to create transparency and a ...

Students plant, harvest sweet corn for Indiana food banks

TERRE HAUTE — With the bed of a pickup truck lined in sweet corn, Sydni Britton began filling a plastic bag. "How many ears in a bag?" she said. The answer was 12. Britton was among Ivy Tech agriculture and precision agriculture students who recently helped harvest and bag corn for ...

Inmate who confessed sentenced to 63 years in 2008 Indiana slaying

NEW CASTLE (AP) — A prison inmate who confessed in 2017 to a slaying years earlier in eastern Indiana has been sentenced to 63 years in prison. The (Muncie) Star Press reports 52-year-old Dana R. Zirkel was given his punishment Thursday after pleading guilty to murder in August. He was ...

Some Bob Evans sausage links recalled, may contain plastic

XENIA, Ohio (AP) — The Agriculture Department says Bob Evans Farms is recalling nearly 47,000 pounds (21,318 kilograms) of pork sausage links because it might contain pieces of plastic. The items have establishment number "EST 6785" and were sold in Indiana, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, ...

Media School at Indiana University gets $6M, plans investigative center

BLOOMINGTON (AP) — The Media School at Indiana University plans to launch an independent investigative journalism center in 2019 after getting a $6 million gift. The university announced Thursday that the Michael I. Arnolt Center for Investigative Journalism will focus on the production and ...