Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 11/20/2013 - 5:04pm
Senator Joe Donnelly is donating his take-home pay for the 16 days of the federal government shutdown, worth $5,000, to food banks across Indiana. Donnelly refused to take the salary he received while partisan gridlock had shut down the government. The Democrat says the shutdown hurt Hoosier families and businesses, as well as the entire country's economy. He says the shutdown irresponsible and shameful, and he thinks it was inappropriate to accept pay for the 16 days.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 11/20/2013 - 5:02pm
Democrat Joe Donnelly congratulates the man he replaced in the U.S. Senate, Republican Richard Lugar, for winning the nation's highest award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Donnelly issued a statement saying "Senator Lugar has devoted his life to serving the state of Indiana and our country, and his life's work is a model for how we can and should solve problems." Donnelly added, "We are a safer and stronger nation as a result of his leadership Hoosiers are proud to call him one of our own." Donnelly did not defeat Lugar.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 11/20/2013 - 5:01pm
The prosecution rested Wednesday afternoon in the Megan Mecum murder trial. She's charged in last year's death of her estranged husband, Keith Vaughn. During testimony Tuesday, a sheriff's deputy says that when Mecum was booked into the jail she said, "I killed my husband. What makes you think I won't kill myself."
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 11/20/2013 - 4:59pm
The defense is expected to begin presenting its case Thursday in the murder trial of 40-year old Anthony Goffinet. He's charged with stabbing his pregnant wife Kathleen, in the parking lot of a Green River Road restaurant last year. Jurors were told that Goffinet repeatedly called the Lone Star Restaurant the night she died. Kathleen worked there. The restaurant has since closed. If found guilty, Goffinet faces 45-to-65 years in prison.
Submitted by WIKY News on Tue, 11/19/2013 - 4:09pm
Evansville Police Detective Nathan Schroer's courageous fight is over. Schroer's third battle with Leukemia came to an end Tuesday. He was with The EPD for 11 years as a motor patrol officer, and as part of the Crime Prevention Unit. He had been assigned to Holly's House, where he investigated domestic and sexual violence crimes. Schroer was also an interim pastor for Northwoods Church, and he led a weekly bible study for Law Enforcement known as Code3 Ministries.
Submitted by WIKY News on Tue, 11/19/2013 - 2:54pm
Mayor Lloyd Winnecke joins members of the newly created Bicycle Friendly Community Task Force in saying they'll try to obtain the status of being a Bicycle Friendly Community." Winnecke and Drew Hays announced the plans during a news conference Tuesday afternoon. Hayes is the Executive Director of the Evansville area Trails Coalition. Hays said achieving the distinction could go a long way toward reducing the "brain drain" for our area, in that younger workers require their home to provide multiple opportunities for fitness and recreation.
Submitted by WIKY News on Tue, 11/19/2013 - 2:49pm
A southern Indiana-based company purchases Washington Lawndale Commons Shopping Center from a California-based company. Agan Development is a Floyd Knobs commercial real estate investment company. It says it is in lease negotiations with three unidentified retailers - two of which will be making entries into Evansville for the first time. And it plans to update the facade, parking and traffic at Lawndale, which has five tenants, including a post office facility.
Submitted by WIKY News on Tue, 11/19/2013 - 2:47pm
An employee of the Toys-R-Us near Eastland Mall is injured, while trying to stop two women from shoplifting. Police say 26 year old Tiffani Lowe and 25 year old Kayla Jackson stole over $700 worth of toys, and while leaving, struck the employee with their car. The employee fell onto the hood of the vehicle, and when Lowe made a quick turn to leave the lot, the employee fell to the ground and was injured. An off-duty Central Dispatch supervisor saw what happened, followed Lowe and Jackson, and notified officers.
Submitted by WIKY News on Tue, 11/19/2013 - 2:44pm
The president of the Evansville-Vanderburgh School Board is moving to Chicago. Sally Becker is resigning, effective at the end of this year. Becker says she wants to be closer to her family. The board will huddle with an attorney to determine how Becker should be replaced. She's been on the board since 2006.
Submitted by WIKY News on Tue, 11/19/2013 - 2:40pm
A former Crittenden County Deputy Jailer is charged with Bribery of a Public Servant. Kentucky State Police arrested 52-year old Bryan Hollis on the felony charge. KSP began an investigation after being contacted by Crittenden County Jailer Phil Parker about two months ago. Hollis is accused selling contraband in the jail. Hollis was arrested without incident at his residence in Marion and is now lodged in the jail he used to help operate.