Submitted by WIKY News on Tue, 02/04/2014 - 8:02pm
The trial of a former member of Evansville's Redevelopment Commission is postponed. That's because the lawyer for John “Jay” Carter withdrew from the case. Carter had decided he wanted a trial instead of negotiating a plea agreement on federal money laundering charges. Attorney John Brinson then said he was withdrawing. Carter faces seven money laundering counts, two of providing false statements, one of conspiracy to commit money laundering, and one of illegally structuring a currency transaction.
Submitted by WIKY News on Tue, 02/04/2014 - 8:01pm
There's a new star in the Evanville-Vanderburgh School Corporation, and it's a man known for hosting an annual star gazing trip to New Harmony State Park. Thompkins science teacher Bruce Wright is the latest Cause For Applause Award winner. Thompkins Principal Bryan Perry says Wright puts all his energy and efforts into helping students succeed. One way he does by annually taking students to fast food restaurants where they gauge the caloric intake and fat in the choices they make.
Submitted by WIKY News on Mon, 02/03/2014 - 4:12pm
Authorities have identified the man who died when his car slammed into a snow plow in Western Kentucky. State Police say 24-year old Jhovany Cortes of Beaver Dam died at Ohio County Hospital. Investigators say he lost control of the car on snow and ice covered Highway 231 near Cromwell, and it skidded into the snowplow's blade late Sunday afternoon. The driver of the snow plow was not hurt.
Submitted by WIKY News on Mon, 02/03/2014 - 4:09pm
All four men charged in the home invasion robbery of Evansville businessman Ira Beumer have now been sentenced. 22-year old Nalakeio Bennett eceived 40 years Monday. Bennett was the first to plead guilty, and did it during his trial, to charges that include burglary resulting in bodily injury, criminal confinement and theft, and sentence enhancements because he committed the crimes while a member of two gangs.
Dezmont Hogan and Jeton Hall were also sentenced to 40 years after pleading guilty to the same charges as Bennett.
Submitted by WIKY News on Mon, 02/03/2014 - 4:07pm
Southern Indiana Democracy for America is known for tackling issues that are both controversial and stimulating. And this Wednesday night, the group will host a public forum with the topic Science Versus the Bible. The discussion will take place in the Browning Room of the Central Library at 7 p.m. The organization's John Blair says the group looks forward to airing and giving people who attend a chance to express their beliefs and ideas in a civil discussion in which all in attendance are encouraged to speak out.
Submitted by WIKY News on Mon, 02/03/2014 - 4:05pm
A bill on its way to the Indiana Senate would - its author says - promote economic development in Warrick, and other Indiana counties. Representative Ron Bacon of Chandler guided the legislation to passage in the House, saying there are 300 towns with overlapping jurisdictions municipal utilities with a potential of 150 arguments over which can provide sewer hook-ups to developers. But Newburgh Assistant City Attorney Chris Wischer doesn't see it that way. He says there's been massive economic development in Warrick County, thanks to the Newburgh Sewer Utility.
Submitted by WIKY News on Mon, 02/03/2014 - 4:02pm
A woman is charged in Indianapolis after allegedly forging documents to take advantage of an Indianapolis couple seeking to adopt a baby. Michelle Greenberg is charged with three counts of Forgery, and one count of Obstruction of Justice. A prospective adoptive couple was charged $13,000 for an adoption that never happened. Prosecutors say Greenberg got $5,000 of the fee.
Submitted by WIKY News on Mon, 02/03/2014 - 3:58pm
A convicted murderer serving life behind bars in Michigan for four 1993 murders is at large after he escaped from prison and apparently abducted a woman and fled to Elkhart, Indiana. 40-year-old Michael Elliot was discovered missing Sunday night. The woman escaped when they stopped at a gas station.
Submitted by WIKY News on Mon, 02/03/2014 - 3:57pm
Indiana will use $75-million in federal funds to help local governments knock down abandoned homes. The money comes from the Hardest Hit Fund, the federal dollars used to help homeowners escape foreclosure. Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann says getting rid of blight is another route to the same goal. Ellspermann says the money should be enough to demolish about four-thousand blighted homes. Marion and Lake Counties will get the first $16-million.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 01/31/2014 - 7:06pm
Four proposed sites met Friday's deadline for the local expansion of the I-U Medical School. Mayor Winnecke says the city's proposed Downtown location is an almost six-block area, near Ford Center and the future convention hotel, bounded by Cherry, Locust, 4th, and 6th streets. USI did submit a proposal, for an on campus location earlier this week. It involves the same property in which the school is currently located, at the Nursing and Health Professional Building on the north end of campus.