MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Officials say more than 550 birds and 10 dogs allegedly being kept for use in animal fighting have been rescued from properties in two Indiana counties.
MARSHALL, Ill. (AP) — An Indiana man has pleaded not guilty to murder charges accusing him of killing a woman in Illinois more than four years ago.
Affidavit: Central Indiana police chief took an extra $1,530
MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Court documents say a central Indiana police chief charged with theft and official misconduct used his computer to bank more sick days than entitled to and cashed them...
Martinsville police chief charged with theft, misconduct
MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana State Police say a central Indiana police chief has been charged with theft and official misconduct.
Police say a special judge signed an arrest warrant...
Indiana man confesses to killing woman in Illinois in 2014
DANVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Police in central Indiana say a man has confessed to killing a woman in Illinois when he lived there more than four years ago.
Crews begin razing shuttered Indiana coal-fired power plant
CENTERTON, Ind. (AP) — Crews have begun demolishing an old coal-fired power plant that was shuttered three years ago in south-central Indiana.
Indianapolis Power & Light Co. had operated four coal-powered units at its Eagle Valley Generating Station until 2016.
IPL spokesman Fred Mills says crews began decommissioning those old units in early January at the site about five miles north of Martinsville.
Work on Indiana’s I-69 extension shifting north this year
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Work is expected to shift northward this year on the decade-long project to extend Interstate 69 through southwestern Indiana.
Senate leader assigns hate crime bills to panel he controls
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A top Statehouse Republican said Friday that he will use a parliamentary maneuver to bottle up hate crimes legislation, dealing a potential setback to Gov. Eric Holcomb and others who want to remove Indiana from the list of just five states that don't have such laws.
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Indiana Senate’s 1st new leader in 12 years showing caution
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Senate's first new leader in a dozen years doesn't seem set on rocking the boat inside the Statehouse.
Members of the Republican-dominated Senate elected Sen. Rodric Bray of Martinsville as its president pro tem during the Legislature's Organization Day session on Tuesday — the most visible change in what has been a major overhaul of the Senate's leadership over the past two years.
The Latest: Indiana Senate elects 1st new leader in 12 years
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the Indiana Legislature's Organization Day (all times local):
The Indiana Senate has a new leader for the first time in a dozen years.
Members of the Republican-dominated Senate elected Sen. Rodric Bray of Martinsville as its president pro tem during the Legislature's Organization Day session on Tuesday.
2 Indiana REMCs getting USDA loans to make upgrades
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two Indiana rural electric cooperatives are receiving federal loans to improve their systems.
INDOT: Latest segment of I-69 extension ready for 70 mph
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — State highway officials say the 21-mile section of Interstate 69 between Bloomington and Martinsville is finally ready for top highway speeds.
The Indiana Department of Transportation says motorists can expect 70 mph speed limits along much of the newest section of the I-69 extension beginning Monday.
Crews spent the weekend removing barrels and uncovering speed limit signs along the corridor.
Holcomb announces $1B infrastructure spending plan
MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Gov. Eric Holcomb announced plans Tuesday to pump an additional $1 billion into infrastructure projects across Indiana, money that will be raised through massive fee increases on heavy-duty commercial vehicles that use the Indiana Toll Road.
Former Illinois coach gets 60 years in prison for sex crimes
CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — A former Illinois basketball coach who pleaded guilty to sexual assault involving two players has been sentenced to 60 years in prison.
A judge sentenced 54-year-old Barry Wolfe of Martinsville to the maximum sentence after hearing from victims Friday. One victim said in a written statement that high school was a living hell because of Wolfe's actions.
I-69 construction crews prepare for student move-in
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Construction crews working on Interstate 69 are preparing for an influx of traffic as Indiana University students begin moving in.
The Indiana Department of Transportation is in the final stages of construction of a 21-mile (34-kilometer) section of the highway between Bloomington and Martinsville.
CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — A former central Illinois girls youth basketball coach has pleaded guilty to sexual assault charges involving two former players.
Fifty-four-year-old Barry S. Wolfe of Martinsville, Illinois, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Coles County to four counts of criminal sexual assault. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss several other criminal sexual abuse charges he'd faced.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The outgoing Republican leader of the Indiana Senate is taking a new job at a high-power law firm.
Senate President Pro Tem David Long of Fort Wayne joined Ice Miller as a partner on Friday. He is joining the firm's public affairs wing.
The firm says he will focus on growing Ice Miller's presence beyond its anchor offices in Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and Washington D.C.
MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A man is accusing the Indiana Department of Child Services of being complicit in the death of his 5-year-old son, who died in the care of his mother and her boyfriend.
MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana man had been convicted of neglect and conspiracy to commit murder in the death of his girlfriend's 5-year-old son who had special needs.
A jury in Morgan County returned the verdict early Wednesday in the case against Steven Ingalls Jr., who authorities say suffocated Brayson Price in November 2016 and intentionally caused the child to overdose on medication. Sentencing is June 26.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Senate Republicans selected a new leader Monday to replace outgoing President Pro Tem David Long.
Sen. Rodric Bray of Martinsville was chosen during a closed-door meeting of the Senate GOP caucus — a vote that had been inevitable since Long announced in February that he was retiring from the Legislature.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Continued construction on a long-delayed section of the Interstate 69 extension is causing headaches for those attending Indiana University's commencement ceremonies this weekend.
The project will convert about 20 miles (32 kilometers) of Indiana 37 into the new I-69 extension between Bloomington and Martinsville.
I-69 final environmental impact statement can be reviewed
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Department of Transportation says the final Tier 2 environmental impact statement leg for the last leg of the Interstate 69 extension in central Indiana can be viewed online and at certain libraries in the region.
Angler dies after falling through ice on Indiana pond
MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An angler has died after falling through the ice on a private pond in central Indiana.
WRTV-TV reports that the person who owns the property in Martinsville called police Sunday afternoon after seeing tracks leading to a hole in the ice and fishing gear that was unattended.
Republicans pick 2 for top Indiana Senate positions
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republicans who control the Indiana Senate have elevated two lawmakers to top leadership posts that were recently vacated by retiring Sen. Brandt Hershman.
Sen. Rodric Bray of Martinsville was named Thursday as the majority floor leader, which is the No. 2 position in Senate leadership. Bray was first elected to the Senate in 2012 and is chairman of the Judiciary Committee.
Girls youth basketball coach faces sexual assault charges
CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois youth basketball coach has pleaded not guilty to charges he engaged in criminal sexual activity with two former players.
2 Indiana cities honoring victim of 1968 racial killing
RUSHVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Two small central Indiana cities are honoring a woman whose killing nearly 50 years ago left a community branded as racist over her long-unsolved death.
An event Wednesday will put Carol Jenkins-Davis' name on a city park in her hometown of Rushville. A Thursday ceremony is planned to dedicate a memory stone outside City Hall in Martinsville, where the 21-year-old black woman was killed while selling encyclopedias in 1968.
Pathologist toting human organs while drunk gets probation
MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana pathologist who was hauling human organ samples in his pickup truck when he was arrested on drunken driving charges has pleaded guilty.
Seventy-five-year-old Elmo A. Griggs was sentenced last week to a year of probation in Morgan County after pleading guilty to one count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. A second count was dismissed.
State official says work picking up on delayed I-69 section
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A state official says construction work has accelerated on a long-delayed section of Indiana's Interstate 69 extension since a private developer was kicked off the project.
The Indiana Department of Transportation took control of the I-69 section between Bloomington and Martinsville in August from the developer that then-Gov. Mike Pence's administration picked in 2014 to design and build the 21-mile stretch.
Public meetings set on I-69 extension in central Indiana
MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Three public meetings are planned for state officials to provide updates on the planned route for the final leg of Indiana's Interstate 69 extension that's been under construction since 2008.
The meetings are scheduled for Sept. 12 at Martinsville High School, followed by Sept. 13 at Perry Meridian High School in Indianapolis and Sept. 14 at Center Grove High School near Greenwood. The hour-long meetings begin at 6:30 p.m.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — There has been a rise in car accidents on an Indiana highway since construction began more than two years ago.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The state of Indiana has reached agreements to take control of a long-delayed section of the Interstate 69 extension three years after hiring a private developer to complete the work, the Indiana Department of Transportation said Friday. The Indiana Finance Authority, privately run I-69 Development Partners and the company's bond holders reached settlement agreements in principle for INDOT to assume control of the halfway-completed Section 5 between Bloomington and Martinsville by July 31, INDOT said. The deal is subject to approval by the Finance Authority's board.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana officials have again pushed back the projected date to complete construction of the Interstate 69 extension segment between Bloomington and Martinsville.
The Indianapolis Star reported Monday (http://indy.st/2qQmZ2N ) the Indiana Finance Authority said in a notice to bond holders it estimates work on Section 5 will be substantially completed by Aug. 31, 2018, three months later than previously estimated.
MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A state agency is starting to do surveying work along the route planned for the final leg of the Interstate 69 extension in central Indiana.
The Indiana Department of Transportation is having the work done along the current Indiana 37 corridor between Martinsville and Interstate 465 in Indianapolis.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Financial concerns about a private company building the Interstate 69 segment from Bloomington to Martinsville have prompted a credit ratings agency to once again downgrade bonds issued for the project.
The Indiana Finance Authority sold $244 million worth of tax-exempt private activity bonds in 2014 on behalf of I-69 Development Partners, the 21-mile section's private developer.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana transportation officials are hosting two public hearings on plans for the final leg of the Interstate 69 extension that's been under construction since 2008.
The first hearing will be held Thursday evening at Perry Meridian High School on Indianapolis' south side, followed Monday evening by another at Martinsville High School.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Department of Transportation has released plans detailing the location of interchanges along the final leg of a highway that's been under construction since 2008.
The information is expected to spark investment along the 30-mile corridor of Interstate 69 between Indianapolis and Martinsville, The Indianapolis Business Journal reported (http://bit.ly/2nfQXeE ).
South Strabane Township police filed theft-related charges this week against several people accused of stealing from township businesses.Nicholas A. Hall, 32, of Pittsburgh, is charged with retail theft and possession of paraphernalia after he allegedly stole electronic items valued at $580 from Kohl's, Strabane Square, on Jan. 28. He had a needle when he was taken into custody, police said.Kevin M. Daft, 32, of Morgantown, W.Va., and Calvin Sharpe, 46, of Darby, Delaware County, are charged...
Delayed I-69 project completion pushed back until 2018
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana officials have pushed back by another seven months the deadline for finishing construction on the Interstate 69 extension segment between Bloomington and Martinsville.
The Indiana Finance Authority announced Monday the new completion deadline of May 31, 2018, after saying last month the 21-mile segment was still set to be finished by Oct. 31. The section been plagued by delays since work started in 2014 and was originally scheduled for an October 2016 completion.
Bloomington Mayor: I-69 stretch may not open until late 2018
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Bloomington's mayor says the lead contractor for the Interstate 69 extension segment that will link his city and Martinsville has told local officials that section might not open until late 2018.
I-69 officials still evaluate completion schedule
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — While progress is being made on Interstate 69, noncommittal answers about the project's completion have local government officials frustrated.
Progress on the 22-mile section of I-69 between Bloomington and Martinsville is evident, but local government officials have not yet received an updated schedule, the Herald Times (http://bit.ly/2jVuLb0 ) reported.
Permit issues behind delay in Bloomington area I-69 project
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A 21-mile section of an Interstate 69 project is nearly a year behind schedule.
The (Bloomington) Herald-Times reports (http://bit.ly/2i5Cssk) that there was supposed to be stoplight-free drive from Blooming to Martinsville by now. Instead, contract disputes and permit issues means there'll be a construction zone into next year.
Worker dies in 2nd fatality at central Indiana power plant
MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — The Morgan County coroner is investigating the second worker death this year at an Indianapolis Power & Light power plant near Martinsville.
Coroner Annette Rohlman says the death Monday afternoon at the Eagle Valley Generating Station is being investigated as an accident.
The Morgan County Sheriff's Department tells WRTV-TV the worker was struck in the head after a rigging device failed.