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Inmates moved after jail's heating system fails

Posted: 01/04/2008 - Fountain County Sheriff Bobby Bass said the temperature inside the jail in Covington, about 30 miles southwest of Lafayette, fell to 56 degrees early Thursday.

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March 1 requested for election to replace Carson

Posted: 01/04/2008 - State Democratic Party Chairman Dan Parker says he and state GOP Chairman Murray Clark had agreed on that date, which is a Saturday. Parker says he believes the weekend election might result in better voter turnout.

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Voters petition school construction plans

Posted: 01/03/2008 - The 19-million-dollar construction plans of the Union-North United School Corporation will not be carried out without a fight. Opponents of a project to build a new middle school and renovate the high school appear to have gathered enough signatures to force a remonstrance.

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Deaths on Indiana roads decrease

Posted: 01/03/2008 - Some encouraging news on Thursday from Indiana State Police as troopers report fewer deaths on state roads in 2007.

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City Councilman sworn in while on duty in Iraq

Posted: 01/03/2008 - Thirty-two-year-old Sgt. Louis Bain was sworn in to office Tuesday by his commanding officer at a military base in Iraq. Bain sent photographs of the ceremony to his wife, Virginia. Security restrictions prohibited him from videotaping the event.

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Customer with own gun foils armed holdup

Posted: 01/03/2008 - Fifty-one-year-old Charlie Merrell was standing in a checkout lane Monday when a masked man jumped over a counter and held a gun on a store employee.

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Judge asked to dismiss request for special election in Muncie

Posted: 01/03/2008 - Attorney David Brooks calls the petition a "flagrant and shameless attempt" to overturn the results of the recount. Last month's recount rejected 19 ballots and gave Republican Sharon McShurley a 13-vote win over Democrat James Mansfield.

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Ex-mayor refuses to leave office until judge rules on successor

Posted: 01/03/2008 - His request states that all of Madison County's judges believe they have a conflict of interest in the case involving Kris Ockomon, a Democrat who took office yesterday after defeating former Republican Mayor Kevin Smith in the November election.

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Homicides soar in Gary, down in South Bend, Indianapolis

Posted: 01/02/2008 - Indianapolis police are at a loss to explain the abrupt decline from 153 in 2006 to 124 homicides for last year. Gary officials also have no specific reason for the big jump from 51 to 71 violent deaths, saying they saw nothing like the gang battles the city had during the 1990s and earlier.

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Property taxes to dominate 2008 session

Posted: 01/02/2008 - Homeowners' bills are projected to rise an average 24 percent statewide this year, and some have already seen much higher bills, sparking protests among upset homeowners.

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Man accused of spitting on police officers during arrest

Posted: 01/02/2008 - Officers said 41-year-old James Robert Massie spit on two officers Friday as they were trying to restrain him at a Muncie hospital where he was taken after he appeared to lose consciousness during his arrest.

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Property taxes to dominate 2008 session

Posted: 01/01/2008 - Republican Governor Mitch Daniels and lawmakers from both parties have been talking for months about how to reduce reliance on property taxes. Daniels, who tax plan has received the most attention, says whatever steps lawmakers take, they must be "fair, far-reaching and final."

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State Sen. Weatherwax won't seek re-election

Posted: 12/31/2007 - Senate staffers say Weatherwax has served on and chaired more committees than any senator in recorded state history. He was elected to the Indiana House in 1984 and the Senate in 1988.

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Program to ease teacher shortage expands to charter schools

Posted: 12/31/2007 - The Indianapolis Teaching Fellows program will offer up to 70 positions for professionals who want to make the transition to the classroom. New teachers will work in seven charter schools, along with the Indianapolis Public Schools.

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