NAACP hosting town hall meeting
ANDERSON — The Anderson-Madison County branch of the NAACP will be hosting a town hall meeting on Saturdayn at Ivy Tech Community College.
Branch President James Burgess said the purpose of the meeting is to discuss voter registration and how the NAACP plans on tracking registration during elections this year. The organization will also talk about how new laws will effect primary voting in May.
The meeting will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Prosecutors file formal fire charges
EVANSVILLE — An Evansville man who admitted setting an apartment building fire that killed three people now faces three charges of murder and 10 counts of arson.
The Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office filed formal charges Thursday against 31-year-old Christopher Compton. Prosecutor Nicholas Hermann says his office has initially filed to seek life without parole for Compton but the death penalty remains an option.
The fire killed 3-year-old Jazmine Jones; her mother, 28-year-old Keri Jones; and 76-year-old Donald Lankford. All died of smoke inhalation in the same apartment.
IU WR breathing after near drowning
SARASOTA, Fla. — Doctors expect Indiana wide receiver Isaac Griffith to make a full recovery from a near downing along Florida’s Gulf Coast, a hospital spokeswoman said Thursday.
Griffith was brought out of heavy sedation and was awake, breathing on his own and responding well to others on Thursday, Sarasota Memorial Hospital spokeswoman Kim Savage said. His condition has been upgraded to serious. A friend rescued the 19-year-old Griffith after he was caught in a rip current Monday at Siesta Beach in Sarasota.
Condemned man pleads guilty
NEW ALBANY — A southern Indiana man already facing the death penalty for killing a 75-year-old family friend pleaded guilty Thursday to the 2002 slaying of a Florida woman in return for a 65-year sentence.