The Herald Bulletin

June 20, 2013

State Briefs: June 20

The Herald Bulletin

---- — W. Indiana man dies in grain bin

VEEDERSBURG — Hours of rescue attempts failed to save a western Indiana man from dying after he was sucked into a grain bin.

Vernon Babb, 59, of rural Veedersburg, was pronounced dead after being pulled from the bin about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, about five hours after he went into the bin.

Jury acquits former teacher of 11 counts

SHELBYVILLE — A jury has acquitted a former middle school teacher of four felony and seven misdemeanor counts alleging she had sex with a high school student and hosted parties in which other high school students smoked marijuana and drank alcohol.

A Shelby Superior Court jury found 29-year-old Bethany Appleton of Trafalgar not guilty on all counts Wednesday.

Ozone alert issued for southern areas

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Environmental Management warns high ozone levels in southern Indiana could cause breathing and heart problems for certain people today.

The agency is forecasting high ozone levels for the Columbus-Seymour area and the Indiana suburbs of Louisville, Ky.

Cleanup set to start at old industry site

TERRE HAUTE — A contractor is expected to start work next week on cleaning up a former industrial site in western Indiana that will include removing thousands of truckloads of contaminated soil.

Project managers and local officials met Tuesday night with residents living near where Terre Haute Coke and Carbon operated from 1926 until 1988. The estimated $5 million project is meant to clear soil tainted with benzene, arsenic, lead and other substances from 20 acres on the city’s south side.

Railroad, police team up for safety plan

MISHAWAKA — Mishawaka police are teaming up with the Norfolk Southern railroad’s police department to warn residents of the physical and legal dangers of trespassing on train tracks or in rail yards.

The South Bend Tribune reports 844 trespassers were injured on railway property nationwide in 2012.

Safety experts note that it often takes a train more than a mile to come to a complete stop.

Prosecutor: Police shooting justified

FORT WAYNE — A northeastern Indiana prosecutor says police snipers acted appropriately when they shot and killed a man holding a 3-year-old boy hostage.

Allen County Prosecutor Karen Richards on Wednesday declared the shooting of 45-year-old Kenneth Knight in Fort Wayne on March 20 was justified. The boy wasn’t injured.

Police say Knight pulled 49-year-old Jacqueline Hardy off a city bus and shot her in the face with a shotgun, killing her about four hours earlier.

Long probe expected of warehouse fire

INDIANAPOLIS — Investigators have started working at an Indianapolis recycling facility to determine what sparked the weekend fire that sent a huge tower of black smoke over the city and burned for days.

Indianapolis fire Capt. Rita Burris says local and federal investigators could need a week or more to search the three square blocks of damage.

on the city’s west side from the fire that started Saturday. Those crews will need to sift through the rubble of burnt tires, wooden pallets and other materials inside the collapsed warehouse.