The Herald Bulletin

July 17, 2013

Local Briefs: July 18

The Herald Bulletin

---- — Marcia Coats gets nod for RNC committeewoman

INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence is recommending Marsha Coats to complete Becky Skillman's term as Indiana's Republican National Committeewoman.

Pence on Wednesday recommended Indiana Republican State Executive Committee select the wife of Sen. Dan Coats for the coveted post. Members of the Executive Committee are expected to confirm Marcia Coats' selection to the coveted post when it meets Monday. An advocate of volunteer and service organizations, she and her husband formed The Foundation for American Renewal to support faith-based initiatives. She also is a founding member of Project Nehemiah, a Christian nonprofit that assists children whose parents were the victims of terrorists.

Judge clears remaining challenge to bridges plant

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A federal judge in Louisville has dismissed a lawsuit that was the remaining challenge to the $2.6 billion Ohio River bridges plan.

River Fields and the National Trust for Historic Preservation agreed to dismiss their portions of the suit earlier this year, but the Coalition for the Advancement of Regional Transportation, or CART, was still a plaintiff. U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II ruled Wednesday that Kentucky, Indiana and the Federal Highway Administration used reasonable discretion in their decisions about scope, design and financing.

IDEM investigates sheen at Lake Michigan beach

PORTER — Indiana environmental workers are investigating a metallic sheen at a Lake Michigan beach that was similar to another substance that closed the beach last month.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Ranger Bruce Rowe tells The Times of Munster the Porter Fire Department was dispatched to Porter Beach about 1 p.m. CDT Wednesday. He says it's too soon to say whether the substance is the same as the one that closed the beach on June 17.

$1 million possible in duck race

NOBLESVILLE — Noblesville Main Street is gearing up the fifth-annual rubber duck race on White River, set for Aug. 3 with the theme, "The Million Dollar Duck Race: The Richest Duck Race in the World."

Tickets are $5 each for adopting a duck with a possible $1 million payoff to the winning entry. Ducks will be available beginning July 20 at the weekly farmers market and at the Noblesville Main Street offices, 839 Conner St. For more information, visit

Panel throws out Indy redistricting plan

INDIANAPOLIS — A judicial panel split along partisan lines sided with Democrats and threw out an Indianapolis City-County Council redistricting plan that was passed by the council's former Republican majority and signed into law by Republican Mayor Greg Ballard.

A Marion Superior Court panel of three Democratic judges and two Republicans ruled 3-2 Wednesday that the redistricting plan was improper under Indiana law because the council drew the districts in late 2011 before a Democratic-majority council took office in 2012.

N. Ind. woman formally charged in infant's death

SOUTH BEND — A northern Indiana woman has been charged with neglect of a dependent after authorities found the body of a premature baby in a trash bin outside a strip mall in Mishawaka.

The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office announced the charges Wednesday against 32-year-old Purvi Patel of Granger. She was released from jail on $10,000 bond. According to a probable cause affidavit, a forensic pathologist said the baby was born Saturday about 12 weeks premature. Dr. Joseph Prahlow says baby had been had been born alive and took a breath. More tests results are pending.