Indiana State News

Indiana gets $521K grant for statewide smoke detector push

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana has received more than a half-million dollars in federal funding to kick off a campaign to install 10,000 smoke detectors in homes around the state. The State Fire Marshal's office will use the $521,000 to install smoke detectors in the homes of high-risk ...

IndyCar promotes Jay Frye to president in reorganization

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jay Frye, IndyCar's head of competition and operations for the past three years, has been promoted to president of the open-wheel racing series. The move was announced Monday by Mark Miles, president and CEO of Hulman & Co., which owns IndyCar and Indianapolis Motor ...

15-month prison term for cop who stole from police group

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — The former treasurer of an Indiana police organization has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for stealing nearly $190,000. Lawrence LaFlower told a federal judge Monday that "everything revolved around gambling." He called himself a "liar, a thief and a ...

Police probe Hamilton County treasurer’s office allegations

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana State Police are investigating an allegation that clerks in the Hamilton County treasurer's office accepted past-due property payments from family members and county workers without charging late fees. The allegation was made by former employee Susan Byer in ...

Indiana State University group to honor Jamal Khashoggi

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A journalism group at Indiana State University is taking steps to honor alumnus and slain Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi. The Tribune-Star reports that the university's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists hopes to dedicate a meeting space to ...

IDEM cites U.S. Steel for polluting waterway

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana Department of Environmental Management has cited U.S. Steel for causing a foamy discharge into a northwestern Indiana waterway that flows into Lake Michigan. The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports the department says the discharge into the Burns Waterway is a ...

NW Indiana scrap dealer convicted of razing historic bridge

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A federal jury has convicted a northwestern Indiana scrap-metal dealer of interstate transportation of stolen goods, for allegedly demolishing a historic railroad bridge and selling the metal. Kenneth R. Morrison, 68 of Whiting, was convicted Thursday following a ...

Holcomb, lawmakers to offer session preview at conference

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Eric Holcomb and key Indiana lawmakers are set to discuss major issues destined to emerge during the coming legislative session. Republicans and Democrats will participate in policy discussions during an annual legislative preview conference that will be held ...

Judge rejects special prosecutor in NW Indiana shooting case

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A northwestern Indiana judge has rejected a special prosecutor in a September shooting that wounded a man and his 9-year-old son outside a store. Alex C. Hughes faces attempted murder and criminal gang activity charges for allegedly shooting the 25-year-old man and ...

Indiana child welfare agency seeks $268M more per year

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Department of Child Services is requesting an additional $286 million per year in funding to help the struggling agency keep up with its rising caseloads and address lingering issues within the child welfare system. The department's budget request would ...

Elkhart police chief resigns amid discipline controversies

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — An Elkhart police chief who downplayed the beating of a handcuffed suspect by two officers and faced other controversies over discipline has resigned, saying in a letter that he's "not perfect." Elkhart Police Chief Ed Windbigler said Monday in his letter that Mayor Tim ...

Indianapolis man dies trying to rescue dog from icy pond

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis man is dead after trying to rescue his dog from an icy pond at the apartment complex on the city's northeast side where he lived. The Indianapolis Star reports that on Monday afternoon a resident of the same apartment complex was driving nearby when he saw ...

Man fatally shot after apparently interrupting store robbery

CUMBERLAND, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a customer was fatally shot after apparently interrupting a robbery of a store in suburban Indianapolis. Police say four young people ages 14 to 18 were taken into custody following the Monday night robbery at a Dollar General in Cumberland and the ...

Apparent Grinch drives through family’s Christmas display

GREENWOOD, Ind. (AP) — An apparent Grinch was spotted on surveillance video plowing through a Christmas display outside a suburban Indianapolis home. Tips are being sought to find the man. WRTV broadcast the video recorded Sunday night by a neighbor's camera in Greenwood. The video starts ...

Boy, 16, arrested in death of 17-year-old schoolmate

MISHAWAKA, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a 16-year-old boy is suspected in the death of a 17-year-old pregnant schoolmate whose body was found near her northern Indiana home in a restaurant's dumpster. Lt. Alex Arendt of the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit says the boy, a member of the ...

Purdue board boosts possible bonus pay for Daniels

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue University President Mitch Daniels will be eligible for nearly $280,000 in bonus pay and a $250,000 retention payment for this school year. Purdue's Board of Trustees has set new performance goals for Daniels to meet for the bonus that's been part of his ...

Woman revived after being found with no pulse, pinned at toll booth

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A Michigan woman was resuscitated after she was found pinned between her SUV and an Indiana toll booth and a defibrillator registered no pulse. Witnesses told Indiana State Police the 40-year-old woman, whose name was not released, had stepped from the SUV Saturday night ...

Columbus plans pollinator park, memorial to 2008 floods

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana city is moving ahead with plans to turn an area hit by severe flash flooding in 2008 into a pollinator park. The proposed 2.5-acre (1-hectare) park was approved in September by Columbus officials, although state and federal agencies must approve the ...

Indiana veterans affairs head resigns after grants scrutiny

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The leader of Indiana's veterans' affairs agency has resigned following reports that he awarded department employees who are veterans grant money intended for struggling veterans. Gov. Eric Holcomb accepted James Brown's resignation Friday as director of the Indiana ...

Investigation looks at how documents ended up in home’s yard

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Authorities are working to determine how employer wage reports involving Indiana workers ended up in the backyard of an Indianapolis home. The South Bend Tribune reports Sue Burnett was among more than 500 St. Joseph County employees who received letters in October ...