2 dead after police chase

INDIANAPOLIS — Two people have died and a third was critically injured after a car that was pursued by police crashed about 1 a.m. Friday.

An unmarked police vehicle was passed by a car that was going about 80 mph on a roadway on the city's west side, according to police. At least two other cars were struck and damaged by the fleeing vehicle, police said. Names of those involved weren't immediately released.

Man gets 20 years for slaying

GARY — A 75-year-old self-described retired drag queen has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for fatally stabbing a man in northwestern Indiana who allegedly used a gay slur during a dispute. Edward Miller of Gary apologized Thursday, telling the court "I regret it."

Police responded March 26 to a senior apartment building in Gary and found 64-year-old Carlos Johnson, who had multiple stab wounds. Officers followed a trail of blood from a hallway and found Miller.

INDOT closing portion of I-465

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Transportation closed a portion of Interstate 465 on the southeast side of Indianapolis starting at 9 p.m. Friday.

INDOT officials said all lanes of I-465 will be closed from I-65 on the south side to I-70 on the east side for 15 days and will reopen Aug. 24. The closure includes the intersection of I-74 taking traffic to and from southeastern Indiana and Cincinnati, Ohio. As part of the closure, INDOT said, Old U.S. 421 and the Shadeland Avenue collector lanes also will be closed.

State gets $8.4M to fight opioids

INDIANAPOLIS — A federal agency has awarded Indiana $8.4 million to help fight the opioid epidemic by boosting access to substance abuse treatment and mental health services. The funding was announced Thursday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The agency says the funding will enable academic institutions and community health centers funded by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration to expand access to both treatment and mental health services.

Sugar Creek gets historical marker

THORNTOWN -- Through the efforts of an Eagle Scout, the Indiana Historical Bureau will dedicate Boone County’s eighth state historical marker, remembering one of Indiana's earliest black communities, Sugar Creek, at the site of the "colored cemetery" at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Around the Civil War, newly-freed African American slaves began seeking a new place to live. According to research written by author Shannon Hudson, two Boone County communities attracted many emancipated slaves because of a large Quaker presence. Members of the Friends Church opposed slavery and had a reputation for helping slaves escape before and during the war.

-- CNHI News Indiana and The Associated Press

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