The Herald Bulletin

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State News

April 2, 2014

Local & State briefs: April 2

Kindergarten ‘blast-off’ set for this month

PENDLETON — Blast-Off to Kindergarten — with the opportunity to meet teachers and ride a school bus — will be this month after kindergarten roundups at South Madison Community Schools.

Registration will begin at 5:45 p.m., with Blast-Off 6-7:30 p.m. on the following dates: East Elementary, April 15; Pendleton Elementary, April 16; Maple Ridge Elementary, April 17.

Fresh produce giveaway is today

ANDERSON — The Anderson Impact Center, in collaboration with Second Harvest Food Bank, will have a fresh produce giveaway today at 2 p.m. (while supplies last) at The Anderson Impact Center, 630 Nichol Ave.

Man gets 187 years for sex crimes

AUBURN — A northeastern Indiana man was sentenced to 187 years in prison for allegedly luring underage girls into sex acts with him by throwing alcohol- and drug-fueled parties and giving some of them tattoos.

Jason Schwartz, 31, of Butler, was convicted in early March of 10 felony charges, including child molesting and sexual misconduct with a minor. Authorities say the six girls were 13 to 15 years old when the crimes happened in 2012.

Duke Energy’s troubled plant lags

INDIANAPOLIS — Duke Energy’s latest filing with regulators shows the company’s troubled southwestern Indiana coal-gasification plant generated less than 1 percent of its power capacity during February.

Duke blames February’s low power output on “equipment challenges” and a decision to move up the Edwardsport plant’s spring maintenance.

Residents warned of plastics plant fire

FRANKFORT — Authorities warned residents near a Tuesday fire at a central Indiana plastics plant to stay indoors to avoid dense clouds of black smoke.

Clinton County central dispatch director Renee Crick said gusty winds hampered efforts by five fire departments to douse the blaze about 20 miles north of Lebanon.

Federal judge Barker to scale back duties

INDIANAPOLIS — Judge Sarah Evans Barker has notified President Barack Obama she plans to shift to senior status effective June 30, the U.S. District Court for Southern Indiana announced Monday.

Barker, 70, was the first woman to serve as a federal judge in Indiana, and one of the first in the country. Serving since 1984, Barker is known for her plain-spoken, humorous courtroom style and constitutional rulings that have irked both conservatives and liberals.

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