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Inmate escapes after clogging toilet to distract officers

Posted: 12/06/2007 - Twenty-four-year-old Wayne Mitchell was last seen near Charleston. Mitchell was in the Clark County Jail for a probation-violation warrant, but was working yesterday with a crew clearing roadside trash.

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Woman, 82, struck and killed by Hammond bus

Posted: 12/06/2007 - Marie A. Slacian of Hammond had just exited the bus near a Wal-Mart Wednesday afternoon. Police say she apparently slipped while crossing in front of the bus and the driver did not see her.

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Park dedicated to trooper killed in traffic stop

Posted: 12/06/2007 - About 150 people, including state troopers, local police and family members attended the dedication ceremony Wednesday for Master Trooper David Rich Memorial Park.

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Police: Bell ringer sang carol while shoplifting

Posted: 12/06/2007 - Thirty-three-year-old Sean Sayers was arrested on a misdemeanor charge. He's being held in Madison County Jail without bond for allegedly violating terms of probation on a previous case.

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Mourners pack funeral for 3-year-old beating victim

Posted: 12/06/2007 - TaJanay Bailey died November 27th of blunt force trauma to her head, neck and abdomen. Authorities say she was repeatedly beaten for wetting her pants and soiling herself.

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Salvation Army kettle sees glint of gold

Posted: 12/06/2007 - Gerald Cunningham is the bell coordinator with the county's Salvation Army. He found the South African Krugerrand worth about $800 along with damp bills and coins he was drying out on his living room floor.

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Ash Borer now found in Toronto

Posted: 12/05/2007 - Destructive beetle that's wreaked havoc on Michiana ash trees now found in Canada's most populous city.

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Indiana to start local government investment pool

Posted: 12/05/2007 - Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock says the state-run pool will be structured differently than Florida's local government investment fund, which was temporarily shut down recently after a run on funds caused by concerns about subprime mortgages.

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Two Greyhound buses involved in separate crashes on I-65

Posted: 12/05/2007 - In the first accident, a bus spun out of control near Lafayette while headed from Chicago to Indianapolis about 3:18 a.m. Nineteen people were injured, but none of the injuries appeared to be serious.

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Two volunteer firefighters charged with arson

Posted: 12/05/2007 - Twenty-one-year-old Adam Sampson of Tipton is charged with arson, burglary and conspiracy to commit arson, all felonies. Twenty-three-year-old Dustin Ables of Sharpsville is charged with arson and conspiracy. Both of them were released from the Hamilton County Jail on bond yesterday.

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Valpo professor recommends remaining Vick dogs for placement with rescue groups

Posted: 12/05/2007 - Rebecca Huss is an animal law expert and a professor at the Valparaiso University school of law. She submitted a summary report to the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia today, the latest step in the process of overseeing the dogs from Vick's Bad Newz Kennels operation.

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Top lawmaker questions local impact of Indiana assessment caps

Posted: 12/05/2007 - Under current law, bills on owner-occupied homes would be capped at 2 percent of their assessments beginning next year. Bills on other property, such as commercial and industrial parcels, would be capped at 3 percent of assessments beginning in 2010.

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Victoria's Secret covers up mannequins after complaints

Posted: 12/04/2007 - A spokeswoman for the company that owns Victoria's Secret says she doesn't know if the changes at the Clay Terrace store were directly related to the complaints, but says the company's marketing team was aware of residents' concerns.

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Hearings on property tax reform plans continue

Posted: 12/04/2007 - The House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing yesterday on Governor Daniels' tax plan. The hearing stretched into the evening as taxpayers and interest groups testified.

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Retired judge wins lawsuit over back pay

Posted: 12/04/2007 - Retired Grant Circuit Judge Thomas Hunt sued the county council, commissioners and auditor in November 2005, arguing that they had illegally cut his salary. The state constitution says officials can't reduce a judge's pay while he's in office.

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Officer charged in theft of car

Posted: 12/04/2007 - Thirty-three-year-old Michael Flynn was released on $10,000 bond from Hamilton County Jail last night following his arrest on charges of auto theft, forgery, official misconduct and obstruction of justice.

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Undelivered tax refunds await 1,600 Indiana residents

Posted: 12/03/2007 - The federal agency is trying to send checks totaling nearly $110 million to more than 115,000 people nationwide. The refunds are normally returned to the IRS because taxpayers have moved and not updated their address.

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