Lawsuits against ex-officer settled

ST. JOHN — A northwestern Indiana town has paid two women more than $200,000 to settle their lawsuits accusing a former police officer of sexually harassing them.

The Lake County town paid one woman $150,000 and another woman $52,000 to settle their civil lawsuits against 56-year-old Michael Fryzel, who retired as a commander from the St. John Police Department in March 2015, only days before the sexual harassment allegations became public.

Fryzel also faces sexual battery and other charges linked to the women's allegations.

Waves hinder search for missing teen

MICHIGAN CITY — Indiana conservation officers said choppy waters were hindering the search for a missing teenager in Lake Michigan.

Rahem Mason, 17, of South Bend has been missing since witnesses reported seeing him go underwater. The water had been closed throughout the day because of dangerous waves and currents. Divers from multiple agencies met Monday morning and determined 5-foot waves made it unsafe to conduct dive operations.

Extended stop arms OK'd for buses

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana's attorney general said the state's school districts are free to use extended stop arms to prevent other vehicles from passing school buses.

Curtis Hill says in an official opinion that no federal or state laws prohibit the use of extended stop arms on school buses. Such opinions don't have the force of law but are generally respected by courts.

Woman faces DWI after patrol car crash

LYNNVILLE — A southern Indiana woman is facing a drunken driving charge after she allegedly drove the wrong way on a highway and crashed into a trooper's patrol car.

Angela Ayer, 52, of Dale was arrested late Saturday on a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated. State police say Ayer's blood-alcohol level was .23%, or nearly three times Indiana's legal limit of 08%, after she struck the trooper's patrol car while driving west along eastbound Interstate 64.

The trooper wasn't injured.

Court: Legislature can divert civil money

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Supreme Court has ruled that the state's General Assembly is within its rights to divert civil forfeiture proceeds for law enforcement purposes from a fund for schools.

The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports the court's majority recently said a constitutional requirement that civil forfeitures in the state must be paid into a fund that helps school districts pay for technology upgrades, building new schools and other projects doesn't mean that every penny must go to the fund.

-- The Associated Press