Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 01/16/2014 - 6:11pm
There's a decision in the case of an Owensboro priest, who had been accused of inappropriate conduct with a minor. Police say Father John Meredith will not be charged in the case. Investigators say the allegations are non-criminal in nature, and may be a violation of church policy, but not a violation of the law. Police say the minor is now an adult, and declined investigators' requests to be interviewed. No word from the church on what, if anything will happen to Meredith. He's been at Blessed Mother Church in Owensboro since 2008, and is on temporary suspension.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 01/15/2014 - 6:09pm
The Eastland Mall store is staying open, but J.C. Penney will be eliminating 2,000 jobs and closing 33 stores across the U-S as it tries to get back on the path to profitability. The news raises concerns that Penney's holiday season sales were not what the company hoped for, and that the chain needs to do even more to recover from a turnaround plan that has had disastrous results. The cuts should save more than $65 million annually. All the job cuts are related to the store closings, and represent about 3 percent of it's stores and 2 percent of its workforce.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 01/15/2014 - 6:07pm
Evansville-Vanderburgh schools move up one letter grade in the once a year assessment from the Department of Education. The system's ranking of "C" moved up from the "D" it received the year before. Superintendent David Smith says in comparing Evansville with other large Indiana systems, the EVSC leads the field. In nearby counties, Warrick, South Gibson, and North Posey received an "A", while Mount Vernon, East Gibson and North Gibson got a "B".
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 01/15/2014 - 6:04pm
Two environmental groups are challenging Indiana’s extension of a construction permit for that proposed coal-gasification plant in Spencer County. The Sierra Club and Valley Watch want a judge to strike down the Department of Environmental Management’s December decision to extend Indiana Gasification’s permit until late June. Their appeal contends the permit is invalid because the public didn’t have a chance to comment on the request.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 01/15/2014 - 9:54am
The Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation moved up one letter grade in the annual assessments of school districts approved this morning by the Indiana Department of Education. The school system's ranking of "C" moved up from the "D" it received for 2012. Among the surrounding counties, Warrick County, South Gibson, and North Posey all received grades of "A, Mt. Vernon, East Gibson and North Gibson systems got "B"s.
Four corporations received F’s — East Chicago, Gary, Indianapolis, and Medora.
Submitted by WIKY News on Tue, 01/14/2014 - 3:02pm
Next Monday marks UE's 25th re-enactment of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior's 1963 Civil Rights March. It begins with a 1:30 rally. The march is a half-hour later, and the route goes through the middle of campus, to Walnut Street, then Alvord Boulevard, to Lincoln Avenue and back to the lobby at Ridgway Center, where Mayor Winnecke will read a King Day proclamation. That night author Daryl Davis will talk about his book "Klan-Destine Relationships: A Black Man’s Odyssey in the Ku Klux Klan," at Eyekamp Hall.
Submitted by WIKY News on Tue, 01/14/2014 - 3:00pm
Evansville Police release more information about their probe into what they say was a gang-related double shooting in the 100 block of West Oregon Street. Investigators are trying to determine who shot Angie Mueller and her uncle Mark Baughn eary Monday. They say Mueller, who is pregnant, initially mentioned two possible suspects, but later said she didn't actually see who shot her. Investigators have interviewed several people and collected evidence from the scene, but don't yet have enough information to charge anyone in the case.
Submitted by WIKY News on Tue, 01/14/2014 - 2:56pm
An Evansville man is arrested in Henderson after police say he ran from from officers and then fought with them. It happened during a weekend traffic stop at Mill and Powell Streets. 32-year-old Brandon Embry, who was in the back seat, took off on foot, was caught, began to fight, got away, and took off running again before he was found and taken into custody. Embry is jailed, facing nine charges. The driver of the car, 22-year-old Jailynna Snyder of Henderson, was arrested on multiple misdemeanor charges.
Submitted by WIKY News on Mon, 01/13/2014 - 5:42pm
The African-American Museum will be closed until an insurance adjuster can inspect damage caused when a car hit the building near Evansville's downtown and caught fire Saturday morning. Museum Executive Director Lu Porter says she hopes the doors will be back open soon. Police had responded to a call in the 1500 block of Judson, and were trying to stop the driver speeding away from the area. After the crash the car caught fire, and three officers pulled 21-year old Sean Whitlock from it.