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  • 3 Indiana brothers plead guilty in biofuels fraud

    04/29/2015 7:36:52 PM PDT · by digger48 · 7 replies
    Associated Press on wishtv ^ | April 29, 2015 | Associated Press
    <p>INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Millions of tax payer dollars stolen and now the company responsible will have to pay for their actions. Investigators say three brothers who ran E-biofuels LLC, out of Muncie, are behind the scheme and it was one of the largest fraud busts in Indiana history.</p>
  • Governor Larry Hogan Signs Executive Order Declaring State Of Emergency, Activating National Guard

    04/27/2015 5:05:37 PM PDT · by digger48 · 62 replies ^ | April 27, 2015
    ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today, at the request of Baltimore City, has signed an Executive Order declaring a state of emergency and activating the National Guard to address the growing violence and unrest in Baltimore City. The governor, along with Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford and National Guard Adjutant General Linda Singh, will hold a press conference at the Maryland Emergency Management Agency this evening at 8:30 PM.
  • Muncie (IN) NAACP president arrested

    04/23/2015 7:16:46 PM PDT · by digger48 · 8 replies
    wishtv ^ | April 23, 2015 | Staff Reports
    MUNCIE, Ind. (WISH) — The president of the Muncie chapter of the NAACP sold cocaine to a confidential informant on several occasions, according to investigators. Timothy Miles, 49, was arrested Wednesday by the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office. A probable cause affidavit stated that he sold cocaine three times. On one occasion, he is accused of trying to solicit sex for drugs. Documents stated that Miles gave a full confession when he was arrested. Miles told investigators that he had just thrown away his career with the Muncie Indiana Transit System (MITS) after 23 years of service. On April 8, investigators...
  • State Rep. advocates arming domestic abuse victims (IN)

    04/17/2015 4:32:45 PM PDT · by digger48 · 8 replies
    wishtv ^ | April 17, 2015 | Jim Shella
    INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — State Rep. Jim Lucas is known for his defense of gun ownership and gun rights. Nevertheless, the Seymour Republican raised some eyebrows with comments made on the House floor Thursday. Every week this session, someone in the House presents a domestic violence fact in the effort to increase awareness regarding domestic abuse. Thursday, Lucas felt the need to react. Watch his statement in the video player above by clicking the play button. “There are options out there for women,” he said. “Applications for a license to carry a handgun are up significantly in the state of Indiana...
  • 4 charged in alleged food stamp, child care benefits scheme

    04/07/2015 7:28:19 PM PDT · by digger48 · 10 replies
    wishtv ^ | April 7, 2015, | Bennett Haeberle
    INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Four Indianapolis women are facing more than 60 felony counts related to an alleged fraud scheme prosecutors say helped them steal additional food stamps and child care services which they had not earned. The amount of money fraudulently obtained by the women totaled more than $100,000, according to the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office. Among those charged were: Leticia Falconer, Debera Anderson, Asia Malone and Laquisha Flowers. Prosecutors say the alleged scheme was initially detected by state workers with the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. Falconer, a food-stamp recipient and one-time employee with the Xerox, the state...
  • Senator Robert Menendez Indicted on Corruption Charges

    04/01/2015 2:42:39 PM PDT · by digger48 · 45 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 1, 2015 | MATT APUZZO
    WASHINGTON — Senator Robert Menendez was indicted on federal corruption charges on Wednesday, setting the stage for a bitter court fight and putting his political future in doubt. Mr. Menendez was charged with eight counts of bribery, which carry up to 15 years in prison on each charge. He was also charged with conspiracy, fraud, and making false statements on government documents, the Justice Department said. Mr. Menendez is the first senator to face federal bribery charges since another New Jersey Democrat, Harrison A. Williams Jr., was indicted in 1980 in the Abscam scandal. The charges had long been expected...
  • Retired Teacher Faces 10 Years for Flintlock Possession (Welcome to New Jersey)

    02/15/2015 11:08:01 AM PST · by digger48 · 114 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 2-15-2015 | Andrew Branca
    When a 72-year-old retired school teacher faces a 10 year felony sentence (a likely life sentence) for possession of an unloaded 18th century flintlock pistol, one knows immediately that we can only be talking about a handful of states in which such a travesty can happen. In this case, not surprisingly, it’s the “Garden State” of New Jersey. Gordon Van Gilder, who taught in the New Jersey school system for 34 years, is a collector of 18th century memorabilia. He acquired a genuine antique flintlock pistol from that era, and had it unloaded and wrapped in a cloth in his...
  • Obama seeks bigger wilderness designation in Alaska refuge

    01/25/2015 5:47:34 PM PST · by digger48 · 39 replies
    wthr ^ | 1/25/2015 | BECKY BOHRER and JIM KUHNHENN
    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - President Barack Obama is proposing to designate the vast majority of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich coastal plain, drawing an angry response from top state elected officials who see it as a land grab by the federal government. "They've decided that today was the day that they were going to declare war on Alaska. Well, we are ready to engage," said U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and chair of the Senate energy committee. The designation would set aside an additional nearly 12.3 million acres as wilderness, including the...
  • Notre Dame’s ‘white privilege’ seminar draws scrutiny

    01/24/2015 6:07:03 PM PST · by digger48 · 17 replies
    wishtv ^ | January 24, 2015 | Tom Coyne
    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — As the U.S. wrestles with how to respond to a series of volatile racial incidents, the University of Notre Dame is offering a class this semester on white privilege that it says aims to help students become more aware of injustices. The course description says the one-credit elective, offered in preparation for a conference, is designed to educate students about the definitions of white privilege and its causes and effects. Though the school offered a similar workshop last year that was not for credit, the class has drawn some objections this time around. Notre Dame’s...
  • Amnesty for all the cupcakes!

    01/24/2015 3:27:13 PM PST · by digger48 · 12 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | January 24, 2015 | Kemberlee Kaye
    Texas’ new Agricultural Commissioner, Sid Miller, granted amnesty to cupcakes as his first act of office. “I’m announcing that I am giving full amnesty to the cupcakes in Texas. I’m also granting full pardon to pies and cookies and brownies and cakes and homemade candies,” Miller said in his announcement. In Texas, the Department of Agriculture administers the school lunch program responsible for restrictive dietary guidelines. Guidelines were put in place to combat childhood obesity, but as Miller points out, the figures haven’t changed in the ten years stringent dietary restrictions have been in place. “We’re getting out of the...
  • IMPD: Pre-teen kid robs CVS near 38th Street

    01/21/2015 7:05:37 PM PST · by digger48 · 34 replies
    The Indy Channel ^ | Jan. 21, 2015 | Derrick Thomas
    INDIANAPOLIS - A kid, possibly as young as 10, threatened and robbed a west-side pharmacy Monday, Indianapolis Metro Police said. Just after 11 a.m., a boy approached the pharmacy counter at the CVS Pharmacy located at 5502 W. 38th St. (See our map below.) The pharmacist told investigators that the boy, estimated to be between 10 and 13 years old, handed a note to the employee that said this was a robbery, and included a list of drugs. The note, according to police, also implied he would kill everyone if the alarm button was pushed. After getting the drugs, he...
  • 13-year-old shot and killed on city's east side (Indy)

    01/19/2015 10:31:35 AM PST · by digger48 · 16 replies
    wthr ^ | 1:13 PM | Channel 13
    INDIANAPOLIS - IMPD officers confirmed that a 13-year-old boy was shot and killed around 2 a.m. Monday near 38th and Post on the city's east side. Officers responded to a shots fired call in the 3700 block of Decamp Drive. When they arrived, neighbors told them teens knocked on the door and told them someone had been shot. Police found a 13 year old with an apparent gunshot wound on the sidewalk. EMS personnel pronounced the victim dead at the scene. "It's pathetic," said neighbor Monte Powell. "My son's 13. It just makes no sense. No sense. It's's too...
  • Academy president responds to Oscar firestorm

    01/16/2015 7:59:48 PM PST · by digger48 · 26 replies
    AP/wthr ^ | Jan 26, 2015 | SANDY COHEN
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Responding for the first time to the firestorm that erupted over the lack of diversity in this year's Oscar nominations, film academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs says the all-white acting slate inspires her to accelerate the academy's push for more diversity. The first black president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences spoke out Friday night in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press about the Oscar nominations and the widespread criticism that followed. All 20 of this year's acting contenders are white and there are no women in the directing or writing categories....
  • Colts ask NFL to place McNary on exemption list, following rape charges

    01/15/2015 9:00:24 AM PST · by digger48 · 21 replies
    wthr | Jan 15, 2015 | WTHR Channel 13
    The Indianapolis Colts asked NFL Commissioner Goodell to place Colts Linebacker Josh McNary on the commissioner's exemption list Thursday, after he was charged Wednesday with felony counts of rape and criminal confinement and a misdemeanor count of battery resulting in bodily injury. Police say he turned himself in and was processed at the Marion County Jail Wednesday evening. (snip) The woman told police she told him "no" several times. At first, the woman said he refused to allow her to leave. She left the apartment after he got up to go to the bathroom. As she left, she took his...
  • Homeless man accused in good Samaritan's stabbing death

    01/13/2015 9:38:10 PM PST · by digger48 · 29 replies
    The Indy Channel ^ | Jan 13, 2015 | Staff
    INDIANAPOLIS - A homeless man was accused in the stabbing death of a good Samaritan who took him into his home for the night. On Jan. 7, police were called to a home in the 3700 block of North Meridian Street on reports of a homicide. When police arrived they found the body of Gale Haltrom, 58, of Indianapolis, with multiple stab wounds. Detectives said Haltrom had invited a homeless couple from a nearby bus stop into his home. While the female was away, Haltrom got into an argument with the homeless man, who became violent, police said.
  • Seattle dog's rush hour ride: on the bus, by herself, weekly

    01/13/2015 3:46:03 PM PST · by digger48 · 17 replies
    KOMO News ^ | Jan 13, 2015 | Lindsay Cohen
    SEATTLE -- Commuters in Belltown report seeing a Black Labrador riding the bus alone in recent weeks. The 2-year old has been spotted roaming the aisles, hopping onto seats next to strangers, and even doing her part to clean the bus -- by licking her surroundings. "All the bus drivers know her. She sits here just like a person does," said commuter Tiona Rainwater, as she rode the bus through downtown Monday. "She makes everybody happy. How could you not love this thing?" When the dog got off the bus - without an owner - at a dog park last...
  • Bill would repeal law requiring license to carry handgun (IN)

    01/13/2015 9:16:21 AM PST · by digger48 · 22 replies
    The Indy Channel ^ | Jan 12, 2015 | Katie Heinz
    INDIANAPOLIS - A state representative wants to get rid of the existing law that requires a license to carry a handgun. State Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Seymour, said there is a large increase in the number of people who are applying for a license to carry a handgun – both in Indiana and across the nation. He said the application process is “burdensome” and something gun owners shouldn’t have to do. State law currently requires a person to have a license in order to carry a handgun in their car or on themselves. That would change under Lucas’ bill. As a...
  • Clerk fatally shoots suspect in Indianapolis armed robbery

    01/13/2015 8:33:36 AM PST · by digger48 · 32 replies
    wthr ^ | Jan 13, 2015 | Channel 13
    Police say a man robbed the "Hang Time" clothing store near 38th and Meridian streets around 8:45 p.m., wearing a mask and carrying a gun. After he robbed the store, the suspect saw a clerk was trying to call 911. The suspect re-engaged the clerk, trying to stop the phone call. While that happened, a second clerk approached the man from behind and shot him.
  • Police: Video shows 12-month-old playing with handgun

    01/10/2015 5:26:47 AM PST · by digger48 · 13 replies
    The Indy Channel ^ | Jan 9, 2015 | Staff report
    EVANSVILLE, Ind. - An Evansville couple was charged with child neglect on Friday after police discovered cellphone video that allegedly showed a 12-month-old putting a .40-caliber handgun in his mouth. Michael L. Barnes, 19, was initially arrested Thursday after police said he tried to sell an undercover officer a handgun through Facebook. Barnes did not have a permit for a handgun, officers wrote in Thursday’s arrest affidavit. He also had an active warrant for his arrest, Evansville Courier & Press reports. During the follow up investigation on Friday, detectives with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives/Evansville Police Department...
  • Chicago man's death ruled homicide decades after shooting

    01/08/2015 12:03:03 PM PST · by digger48 · 6 replies
    wthr ^ | Jan.8, 2015 | DON BABWIN
    CHICAGO (AP) - Tom Buchanan never really said what happened back in the 1940s when he was shot, but whatever it was, it finally killed him. On Thursday, Cook County Medical Examiner's office spokesman Frank Shuftan said the weekend death of the 87-year-old retired steel worker has been ruled a homicide after an autopsy revealed that the "gunshot ultimately caused the complications to his abdomen that ultimately killed him." Shuftan said family members didn't have any details about the shooting. "We don't know anything about it," he said. Buchanan's 82-year-old cousin, Mattie Matthews, said he never served in the military,...
  • Ferguson grand juror sues to be allowed to talk about case

    01/05/2015 6:01:52 PM PST · by digger48 · 22 replies
    wthr ^ | Jan 05, 2015 | Jim Salter
    ST. LOUIS - A member of the grand jury that declined to indict a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown contends in a lawsuit filed Monday that the prosecutor in the case has wrongly implied that all 12 jurors believed there was no evidence to support charges. The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit on behalf of the unnamed juror, who wants to be allowed to talk publicly about the case but could face charges for doing so because of a lifetime gag order. The juror also says he or she came away with...
  • Curry disagrees with Mayor that murder rate is “cyclical”

    01/04/2015 10:34:50 PM PST · by digger48 · 7 replies
    FOX59 ^ | Jan. 4, 2014 | Rebecca Bennett
    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (January 4, 2015) — Mayor Greg Ballard told viewers last month that the city’s murder rate, which was on its way to an eight percent increase over 2013 and finished with 135 cases, was due to the ebb-and-flow of crime. “It’s cyclical. Frankly I didn’t get a lot of these questions when it was below 100 for four years in a row, right?” The man whose job it is to send convicted killers to prison told us that Mayor Ballard is wrong for several reasons. “There is a certain starting point of poverty, lack of education and then...
  • Mother lost two sons in a month, in separate shootings

    01/03/2015 5:21:14 PM PST · by digger48 · 46 replies ^ | Jan. 2, 2015 | Joseph S. Pete
    HAMMOND | A mother grieved as her second son was gunned down in less than a month, this time an engineering student at Vincennes University who was home on winter break. Hammond authorities are investigating the shooting death of 19-year-old Donnovan Williams, a Highland resident who had been the first in his family to go to college but ended up the first victim of homicide in Northwest Indiana this year. Early on New Year's Day, Williams was shot at 1235 Wilson Place in Hammond, and later died at Community Hospital in Munster. The recent graduate of Morton High School in...
  • Dog protects woman during Christmas Eve attack

    12/31/2014 2:47:24 PM PST · by digger48 · 103 replies
    wthr ^ | Dec. 31, 2014 | Jennie Runevitch
    Heather was out that night collecting Christmas ornaments for a tree to donate to a needy family. On Ritter, near Brookville Road, she stopped her car to let Orion out. "I let him off his leash," she said. "He walked up into the trees. Then a guy came around the corner. "From there, he pulled a gun out from the front of his shirt, with his right hand, and pointed it at me." That's when Orion, still hidden in the bushes took action. "He knew something was wrong," Frisbie said. "He knew this guy wasn't ok." Orion bit the thief...
  • St. Louis County police investigating officer involved shooting in Berkeley (Missouri)

    12/24/2014 9:42:44 AM PST · by digger48 · 43 replies
    fox2now ^ | 12-24-2014 | Chris Smith
    <p>BERKELEY, MO (KTVI) – The St. Louis County Police Department is investigating a fatal officer involved shooting in Berkeley, Missouri. The shooting occurred just after 11 p.m. Tuesday night at the Mobil gas station located in the 6800 block of North Hanley.</p>
  • Police: Teen shot at Dayton Mall tried to rob man for shoes

    12/23/2014 4:25:27 PM PST · by digger48 · 178 replies ^ | Dec 22, 2014 | Nathan Vicar
    DAYTON, OH (FOX19) - The Middletown teen who was shot and killed at the Dayton Mall over the weekend was trying to steal shoes from a man with a concealed carry license, police say. Officials say the investigation shows that three male juveniles approached two men outside of the hhgregg store just after 10 a.m.. According to police, 16-year-old Jawaad Jabbar got out a gun and demanded merchandise from the men. One of the men, who police say had a valid concealed carry license, produced his gun and shot Jabbar. Jabbar died from injuries sustained from the gunshot. "This was...
  • Walmart greeters face-to-face with a gun

    11/27/2014 3:06:17 PM PST · by digger48 · 80 replies
    wthr ^ | Nov 26, 2014 | Jennie Runevitch
    INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis Metro Police are searching for a pair of thieves who pulled a gun on a greeter at a local Walmart store. Surveillance cameras got a good look at the people responsible and investigators hope that leads to a break in the case. Police say the two thieves stole from a Walmart and threatened employees with a gun. The store near 73rd and Keystone does have surveillance and cameras captured images of the suspects. "So that's the two that did it?" asked shopper Tajuanea Dobbins. "That's scary to hear, yeah. That is scary to hear something like that."...
  • Michael Brown's parents speak at UN

    11/12/2014 4:25:13 PM PST · by digger48 · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 12, 2014 | Rick Moran
    The parents of Michael Brown, the Ferguson Missouri man who was shot by Officer Darren Wilson following an altercation, spoke before a UN Committee yesterday, pleading for the world to note what was happening in Ferguson and around the country. Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr. spoke to the United Nations Committee Against Torture -- which also works against cruel or degrading treatment or punishment by government authorities. CNN: "We need the world to know what's going on in Ferguson and we need justice," McSpadden told CNN in Geneva, Switzerland. "We need answers and we need action. And we have...
  • Investigation reveals disturbing family crime network in Indianapolis

    11/05/2014 3:07:37 PM PST · by digger48 · 12 replies
    wthr ^ | Nov 05, 2014 | Rich Van Wyk
    INDIANAPOLIS - Local and federal investigators have uncovered what one source calls "an enormous cartel of characters all intertwined in crime" living in homes and apartments paid for with tax dollars. Court records obtained Wednesday by 13 Investigates reveal police seized personal financial records, check books, letters from prison inmates and other evidence. It is part of months-long investigation into public housing fraud tied to families bound by generations of crime The investigation assembled family photo albums of crime. Crimes already proven and new ones alleged. There are jail mug shots of mothers, sons and daughters, all under investigation. The...
  • FBI Announces Investigation of GOP Senate Candidate Days Before Election

    10/30/2014 5:55:30 PM PDT · by digger48 · 29 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | October 30, 2014 | Andrew Branca
    Hot on the heels of the Department of Justice’s suddenly-renewed interest in George Zimmerman’s civil rights liability in the self-defense killing of Trayvon Martin (see: FBI Convenes Grand Jury For Zimmerman Civil Rights Case) just days before next week’s election comes another DOJ action timed perfectly for electoral manipulation. National Review Online is reporting that the FBI (a wholly-owned subsidiary of the DOJ) has made the highly unusual decision to disclose their investigation into Mike Rounds (pictured above), a Republican Senate candidate in South Dakota, less than a week before next Tuesday’s vote. The alleged misconduct being investigated is somewhat...
  • DOJ Convenes Grand Jury For Zimmerman Civil Rights Case

    10/30/2014 5:51:54 PM PDT · by digger48 · 26 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | October 30, 2014 | Andrew Branca
    The Orlando Sentinel newspaper today reported that the Department of Justice has assembled a Federal Grand jury to meet next week to hear testimony about whether George Zimmerman violated Trayvon Martin’s civil rights on the night that Zimmerman ultimately killed Martin in self-defense. It was only last month that the Washington Post reported that unidentified Federal law enforcement officials thought it very unlikely that federal charges would be brought against Zimmerman, due to insufficient evidence. Indeed, despite having dozens of FBI agents interview scores of people regarding Zimmerman’s shooting of Martin, not even a smidgen of racism was uncovered in...
  • Deadly virus that kills cats sweeps through Indianapolis Animal Care and Control

    10/25/2014 6:58:44 PM PDT · by digger48 · 33 replies
    wthr ^ | Oct 24, 2014 | Emily Longnecker
    INDIANAPOLIS - An outbreak of a virus at Indianapolis Animal Care and Control has been a death sentence for dozens of cats at the city's shelter, and critics say it didn't have to get to this point. The virus has a big name: panleukopenia. Shelter employees say it's highly contagious - similar to the parvovirus in dogs - and almost always deadly. That's why the city shelter is closing its doors to any more cats for the next two weeks. "Everybody who's been exposed is a potential risk, and the only way we're going to get it controlled is if...
  • Ebola nurse Nina Pham's condition is downgraded from good to fair

    10/17/2014 4:35:04 PM PDT · by digger48 · 81 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Oct. 17, 2014 | Ashley Coleman, et al
    Ebola-stricken nurse Nina Pham's condition was downgraded to fair on Friday, according to doctors at the National Institutes of Health. The 26-year-old nurse, who contracted Ebola while caring for Thomas Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, was previously described as being in a good condition on Thursday. According to the American Hospital Association's scale used to describe a patient's health, a 'fair condition' is listed as worse than a 'good condition'. Dr Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said at a briefing outside the Maryland hospital on Friday that Miss Pham was in a...
  • Fishers company sees jump in orders amid Ebola concerns

    10/16/2014 7:16:32 PM PDT · by digger48 · 5 replies
    WTHR ^ | Oct 16, 2014 | Rich Van Wyk
    INDIANAPOLIS - Hospitals, emergency medical technicians, and other first responders across the country are upgrading their protective gear for the possibility of dealing with Ebola patients. A Fishers company that provides protective gear is seeing a huge spike in orders. New coveralls will provide emergency medical workers even more protection than existing ones. Open seams in the fabric will be sealed shut, reducing the possibility of first responders being infected by a patient's bodily fluids. .................... Baumgartner says orders are up a thousand percent from a few weeks ago. The Fishers company specializes in hazardous waste and infection control products....
  • Darren Wilson Supporters (Bash MSM in first public statement)

    08/23/2014 3:47:22 PM PDT · by digger48 · 16 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 8-23-2014 | Jim Hoft
    In first public statement the Darren Wilson supporters bashed the mainstream media for their biased reporting. Many of the Darren Wilson supporters say they have received death threats. “We are not speaking on behalf of Darren Wilson or his appointed representatives. We are speaking totally on behalf of the online campaign “Support Darren Wilson.” Our Mission is to formally declare that we share the united belief that Officer Wilson’s actions on the night of August 9th, were warranted and justified and he has our unwavering support….we want to thank the media for finally highlighting the OTHER side of this story....
  • Art exhibit opens conversations about gun violence

    08/08/2014 5:19:50 PM PDT · by digger48 · 17 replies
    wthr ^ | Aug 08, 2014 | Steve Jefferson,
    INDIANAPOLIS - An eye-opening art exhibit on gun violence is about to open at the Central Library downtown. Artist James Pate and exhibit organizers expect the art to spark some serious conversations because of what it shows. "It just makes you think a little bit and sparks your thought process," said Chaz Holder. Holder is one of a group of Crispus Attucks High School students who got a first look at the provocative exhibit. The students' visit was also training for grown-ups who will serve as exhibit tour guides. "The hope is to engage the youth in the community in...
  • Prosecutors rule shooting death a justified homicide (IN)

    06/11/2014 4:02:53 PM PDT · by digger48 · 18 replies
    Kokomo Tribune ^ | June 11, 2014 | Carson Gerber
    PERU – Miami County prosecutors won’t bring charges against a man who they say shot and killed an intruder who attacked him with a baseball bat. Andrew Baldwin used a handgun to shoot 30-year-old Donny Sturgill, Peru, on Saturday after he told deputies Sturgill smashed out a front door window and hit him with a baseball bat to collect money he owed him. Baldwin told deputies Sturgill texted him and his roommate, James Bellar, saying he wanted $200 owed him for a phone bill. Sturgill said if he didn’t receive the money, he would go to their house and beat...
  • Local DCS (Dept. of Child Services) faces federal lawsuit (IN)

    06/08/2014 4:10:23 PM PDT · by digger48 · 2 replies
    Kokomo Perspective ^ | 6/4/2014 | Pat Munsey
    Suit argues that caseworkers denied Cara Pettit’s civil rights, committed official misconduct, perjury, negligence In July 2013, Cara Pettit received some shocking news. She was being investigated by the Howard County Department of Child Services (DCS) for possible abuse of her four children. What she didn’t know was that the caseworker had a relationship with her ex-husband, and that the system was about to work against her. According to attorney Mark King, who represents Pettit and her husband, Ryan, a pattern of malfeasance emerged during the DCS investigation with the goal of keeping them from the children. Now the Pettits...
  • Possible break-in results in fatal shooting (IN)

    06/08/2014 1:33:20 PM PDT · by digger48 · 25 replies
    Kokomo Tribune ^ | June 8, 2014 | Carson Gerber
    PERU – A 30-year-old Peru man was shot and killed Saturday night by a rural Miami County homeowner, who told deputies the man was shot in self-defense. Donny L. Sturgill was found dead in a residence on the 6400 block of North 400 West, near Denver, at around 10 p.m. Saturday after deputies received a call Sturgill had been shot at the house. Miami County Sheriff Tim Miller said a preliminary investigation revealed there were signs of forced entry into the residence. He said two people were in the home at the time of the incident. They told deputies one...
  • Police arrest Indianapolis man for fatal shooting at Coke Lot

    05/25/2014 9:36:11 AM PDT · by digger48 · 11 replies
    wthr ^ | May 24, 2014 | Emily Longnecker
    SPEEDWAY, Ind. - A man was shot and killed where hundreds of fans are camping for the race. Police told Eyewitness News they would be out in full force overnight Saturday and during Sunday's race to make sure fans stayed safe. No added patrols were planned, though, in light of that deadly shooting near the Speedway. That incident started as an argument but escalated into gunfire that left a young father dead, according to police, and a teenager under arrest for his murder. It happened in the Coke Lot near the track around 2:00 Saturday morning in front of a...
  • Pence promotes health care proposal in DC

    05/19/2014 5:10:56 PM PDT · by digger48 · 7 replies
    wthr ^ | May 19, 2014 | Ken Thomas
    WASHINGTON - Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says President Barack Obama's health care law must be repealed but says fellow conservatives need to offer alternatives to the president's policies. The Republican governor introduced his state proposal that he says would act as an alternative to Medicaid.
  • Indiana man gets life for molesting infant girl

    05/16/2014 6:33:04 PM PDT · by digger48 · 51 replies
    The Indy Channel ^ | May 16, 2014 | AP
    HAMMOND, Ind. - A northwestern Indiana man who admitted repeatedly sexually molesting an infant girl has been sentenced to life in prison plus 85 years in a crime a federal judge called "horrific." U.S. District Court Judge Rudy Lozano on Thursday rejected a request by Christopher Bour for the mandatory minimum of 30 years in prison, citing the nature of the Gary man's crime, which began when the infant was 4 months old. .................. He admitted paying a woman $500 to have sex with a 4-month-old infant girl. Prosecutors said that arrangement lasted until the child was 18 months old,...
  • Imprisoned Gary city councilman to keep position

    05/14/2014 4:28:00 PM PDT · by digger48 · 2 replies
    The Indy Channel ^ | May 14, 2014 | AP
    GARY, Ind. - The Gary City Council has decided to allow a councilman to keep his position while he spends three months in federal prison for failing to file federal income taxes. Council members declined Tuesday to force Ronier Scott out of office but did vote 8-0 to withhold his pay while he's in prison.
  • Official: Conyers lacks signatures for ballot

    05/13/2014 5:36:55 PM PDT · by digger48 · 42 replies
    wthr ^ | May 13, 2014 | AP
    DETROIT (AP) - Longtime Congressman John Conyers of Michigan doesn't have enough signatures to appear on the Aug. 5 primary ballot, an elections official announced Tuesday. Conyers' nominating petitions were insufficient, Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett said in a statement. It follows her report last week finding Conyers more than 400 signatures short of 1,000 needed. Garrett said Tuesday that he had 592 valid signatures after challenges. The 84-year-old Detroit Democrat was at risk because officials believe several people who circulated his petitions do not appear to have been registered voters or had registered too late. ....................... Federal court actions,...
  • Judge strikes down Idaho's same-sex marriage ban

    05/13/2014 5:33:33 PM PDT · by digger48 · 64 replies
    wthr ^ | May 13, 2014 | AP
    BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A federal magistrate judge has ruled that Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale wrote in the ruling Tuesday evening that Idaho's laws banning same-sex marriage unconstitutionally deny gay and lesbian citizens of their fundamental right to marry.
  • Police: Nevada school shooter said he was teased

    05/13/2014 5:30:41 PM PDT · by digger48 · 17 replies
    wthr ^ | May 13, 2014 | AP
    SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - A 12-year-old Nevada boy who went on a deadly shooting rampage at his school nearly seven months ago had been teased by his classmates and was taking a prescription antidepressant, police said Tuesday. Seventh-grader Jose Reyes opened fire Oct. 21 at Sparks Middle School, killing a teacher and wounding two classmates before committing suicide. Sparks Police Chief Brian Allen said at a news conference Tuesday that Reyes had told a psychotherapist that other students made fun of him and called him names. Allen said an investigation into the shootings found signs that classmates did mistreat Reyes,...
  • FBI: New Castle man threatened to kill Boehner

    05/09/2014 7:31:31 PM PDT · by digger48 · 38 replies
    The Indy Channel ^ | May 9, 2014 | Jordan Fischer
    NEW CASTLE, Ind. - A New Castle man faces charges in federal court for allegedly threatening to kill a United States congressman over his vote on an unemployment extension. According to a criminal complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney's office on Friday, Brandon J. Thompson, 32, of New Castle, is accused of making several threats via e-mail and phone between the period of March 1 and May 6. On March 31, FBI agents allege that Thompson sent a message to the office of Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) stating: WELL YOU DRUNK JOHN BIN LADEN ITS TIME TO TAKE YOU OUT...
  • Teen sentenced to 50 years in attack (rape) of 93-year-old woman

    05/05/2014 6:18:40 PM PDT · by digger48 · 23 replies
    Herald Bulletin ^ | MAY 5. 2014 | Ken de la Bastide
    Madison Circuit Court Division 3 Judge Thomas Newman Jr. said during the sentencing of Iquise Taylor, 17, that the assault ended the 93-year-old Rudolf’s dream of continuing to live in the Anderson home built by her husband. “The age of the victim is an aggravating circumstance,” Newman said. “It affected her lifestyle.” Taylor was handed a 50-year sentence on charges of burglary, criminal deviant conduct, criminal confinement and strangulation. The sentences were ordered to be served concurrently. Taylor entered pleas of guilty but mentally ill last month. “We’re pleased he got the maximum,” Rudolf’s daughter, Tresa Hale, said following the...
  • NRA convention starts Friday in Indianapolis

    04/24/2014 4:41:27 AM PDT · by digger48 · 6 replies
    wthr ^ | Apr 24, 2014 | Mary Milz
    The NRA convention, which officially kicks off Friday morning, will be one of the biggest in city history. It's expected to draw 70,000 people downtown, pumping $55 million into the local economy. SNIP Mortensen said a big draw "is how centrally located Indianapolis is." She said you can "drive four hours from Indianapolis and reach one million of our five million members." As Visit Indy's Chris Gahl noted, the three-day event will "monopolize nearly every square inch of the Convention Center" and Lucas Oil Stadium. SNIP But for the gun rights group, it's more than a convention. It's a call...
  • Indiana man gets 42-year molestation sentence

    04/22/2014 6:07:22 PM PDT · by digger48 · 8 replies
    wthr ^ | Apr 20, 2014 | Associated Press
    LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A Lafayette man who pleaded guilty to repeatedly sexually assaulting a teenage girl has been sentenced to a full 42 years in prison under his plea agreement in the case. (snip) Stansberry's child molesting sentence won't be eligible for one day of credit for each day served. Harrington says that means he'll serve a total time on that charge of 42 years.