More meal vouchers available in April
ANDERSON — The Touchpoint A’la Carte, Senior Meal Vouchers that are distributed at the Community Hospital Anderson Education Center on the first Wednesday of each month, have all been distributed for the month of March.
The next distribution date is Wednesday, April 3, at 10 a.m. at the Community Anderson Education Center, 1923 N. Madison Ave.
Winds whip ditch burn into grass fire
CHURUBUSCO — A northeastern Indiana family trying to clear a ditch by burning off grass had to call firefighters when winds whipped the flames into a fire that scorched more than an acre of land.
Firefighters were called to the Allen County property early Saturday afternoon to douse flames that had spread out of control.
Firefighters prevented the flames from spreading to a nearby collapsed barn.
Special prosecutor gets case vs. marshal
COLUMBUS — A special prosecutor has been appointed to hear allegations of excessive force and harassment against a south-central Indiana town marshal.
Jennings County Prosecutor Alan Marshall has been appointed to hear the case against Elizabethtown Town Marshal Tom Nienaber. Issac McGuire, 19, alleges that Nienaber committed two instances of wrongful behavior during two separate medical emergencies at his family’s home. Nienaber says his actions toward McGuire were warranted.
Man incompetent for trial in wife’s killing
TERRE HAUTE — A western Indiana judge has found a Terre Haute man incompetent to stand trial in his wife’s fatal stabbing.
Vigo County Superior Court Judge David Bolk on Thursday ordered Robert E. Spitler II sent to a state mental health facility for treatment.
Spitler was arrested in September after he called 911 to report that he had stabbed and killed his wife.
Woman sentenced for bilking employer
INDIANAPOLIS — An Indianapolis woman has been sentenced to 29 months in federal prison for allegedly bilking her former employer out of more than $400,000.
Brenda K. Helpling was sentenced Thursday by a federal judge who also ordered her to pay more than $410,000 in restitution. The 52-year-old had pleaded guilty in November to mail fraud.
Court documents show Helpling had been the controller of Frakes Engineering.
76-year-old found dead at casino
GARY — Northwestern Indiana police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 76-year-old woman whose body was found in a parking garage at Gary’s Majestic Star Casino.
Lt. Matt Argadine of Griffith police said Mary Austgen of St. John was reported missing Thursday by relatives she works with at a Griffith business. Her body was found about 4 a.m. Friday in the parking garage at Buffington Harbor. The Lake County coroner’s office lists her cause of death as a single gunshot wound to the lower left torso.
Feds seek shorter bribery sentence
EVANSVILLE — Federal prosecutors are seeking a reduced sentenced for an Indiana man who pleaded guilty to conspiring to bribe contracting officials at a U.S. Army base in Kuwait.
Wajdi Birjas pleaded guilty to bribery and money laundering conspiracy charges in 2010, but his sentencing has been delayed four times. The Evansville man could face more than seven years in prison when he’s sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Evansville.
More meal vouchers available in April
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Nursing home plan would limit new construction
Fewer Indiana nursing homes could be built in the next two years if a proposal to ensure Medicaid patients receive proper care gets final approval in the final days of the legislative session.
State not liable for contractor in stage collapse
The state can't be held responsible for work performed by the contractor that built the stage rigging that gave way during the 2011 Indiana State Fair stage collapse, a judge ruled.
Indiana House leader: Tax, preschool deals near
Republican leaders working on a series of last-minute compromises on top-tier issues of tax cuts, preschool and road funding announced Tuesday they were close to final agreements.
Jury selection begins in death of 2-year-old
Jury selection is underway in the trial of an Alabama man charged with fatally stabbing his 2-year-old son in Noblesville.
Gay married couples could pay more for tax filings
Conflicting state and federal policies will likely cost Indiana same-sex couples more when they file their tax returns this year, experts say.
- Tire fire leads to cleanup of eastern Indiana site An eastern Indiana auto salvage yard is being cleaned up under an agreement reached after a tire fire first brought it to the attention of regulators.
- Feds arrest Indiana deputy on charges of violence A federal indictment unsealed Monday alleges a sheriff's deputy from a rural Indiana county engaged in repeated acts of violence against people being taken into custody, in one case shoving a woman's face down into rocks at a truck stop.
- Light rail big issue in transit bill Sen. Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, said the biggest issue facing the conference committee on the mass transit bill is the matter of light rail.
- Couples want equal rights in same-sex suit Erin Brock says she’s prepared to fight to have her love legally recognized by the state of Indiana.
- Changed wording delays debate on right to hunt, fish A much-debated ban on same-sex marriage wasn’t the only proposed constitutional amendment to get knocked off this November’s ballot. Gone, too, is the less contentious proposal to protect Hoosiers’ right to hunt and fish.
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