Fiesta planned for today

ANDERSON — The Hispanic Heritage Fiesta will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Madison County Community Health Center, 1547 Ohio Ave.

The event is free and open to the public.

Fall Frenzy parade marches today

DALEVILLE — The Fall Frenzy parade will begin this morning at 10 a.m. along Sixth Street to Walnut Street and ending at Town Hall Park. Walnut Street will be closed from 9:45 - 11 a.m., with a traffic detour at Wayne to Mason streets to Daleville Road.

For those participating in the parade, meet at the intersection Walnut and Indiana 67 at 9:30 a.m. for lineup. Emergency vehicles will be in the gravel on the east side on Walnut. All others will line up on Davis Drive in front of First Merchant Bank.

Ex-cop pleads guilty to stealing from lodge

VALPARAISO — Prosecutors say a gambling habit apparently led to the theft of nearly $190,000 from an Indiana lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police.

Lawrence LaFlower of Valparaiso pleaded guilty to fraud Thursday in federal court. He was treasurer of FOP Lodge 165 in Valparaiso and a lieutenant with the Porter County sheriff's office. He quit his law enforcement job in May.

Senate confirms attorney as federal judge

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indianapolis attorney is set to become the newest judge for a federal court district that's been in a judicial emergency for years.

The U.S. Senate confirmed J.P. Hanlon as a federal judge Thursday for the Southern District of Indiana. He's currently a partner in the Indianapolis office of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

Color to start popping foliage

NASHVILLE — State forestry officials say this week's cold snap should finally spark vivid fall colors in Indiana's forests and woodlands.

The state Department of Natural Resources says recent unseasonably warm weather had delayed the arrival of fall foliage.

But Carrie Tauscher with the DNR's Division of Forestry says this week's colder weather should help spur the development of the pigments that create a spectrum of leaf colors.