Libraries closing for holidays
ELWOOD — The Elwood Public Library, Frankton Community Library and the Ralph E. Hazelbaker Library will be closed on Dec. 24-25, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 for the holidays.
Gas leak prompts evacuation
MUNCIE — A natural gas leak from a damaged line caused about an hour-long evacuation of Ball State University's football stadium and football training complex.
The leak was reported Thursday morning after a construction crew apparently damaged a line near the stadium. No injuries were immediately reported.
Nearly 300 damage reports in Lafayette
LAFAYETTE — Authorities have compiled nearly 300 reports of damage from last month's tornado-packed storms in the Lafayette area as they work to boost Indiana's appeal for federal disaster aid.
Tippecanoe County emergency management agency staffers worked this week with state and federal representatives to check on areas with reported damage from the Nov. 17 storms that slammed the state with about two dozen tornadoes.
Deal requires removal of 'petcoke' piles
CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says an agreement with an Indiana company to remove petroleum coke from Chicago's Southeast Side will help protect residents from a serious health threat. Madigan and Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the deal Thursday.
The material called "petcoke" is a byproduct of oil refining that's been accumulating along Midwest shipping channels, sparking health and environmental concerns.
Teen charged in thefts eyed in burglaries
FORT WAYNE — An 18-year-old Leo-Cedarville man has been arrested and charged with two counts of theft, with Allen County Sheriff's Department detectives still investigating potential involvement with other thefts and burglaries from vehicles and homes in the Leo-Cedarville area.
Montana Warner was taken into custody Wednesday, according to a news release. The homeowners association from Pioneer Village recently distributed letters to homeowners warning them to be cautious.
Car spins, slams into trooper's car
MERRILLVILLE — State police say a car spun out of control on Interstate 65 and plowed into a trooper's parked cruiser. Police say Trooper Brandon Henderson stopped about 4:30 a.m. Thursday at the scene where a pickup truck had hit a slick spot and crashed into the highway's guardrail.
Henderson parked his cruiser behind the truck with its emergency lights on and was out talking with the driver when a car also lost control on the slick road. That car slammed into the trooper's car and pushed it into the wrecked truck.
City council at odds over TIF appointments
LOGANSPORT — A narrow Logansport City Council vote led to one council member's reappointment to the city's redevelopment commission, leaving the council members at odds over whether too many of them serve on the commission.
The Logansport Redevelopment Commission oversees all of the city's tax increment financing, or TIF, districts. The districts capture increments of the areas' total assessed values as they ideally increase over time from the date they are created until the date they expire.