Submitted by WIKY News on Mon, 02/03/2014 - 3:09pm
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 - 3:07pm
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 - 3:05pm
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 - 3:02pm
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 - 2:58pm
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 - 2:57pm
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 - 6:06pm
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.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 01/31/2014 - 5:59pm
There was a prayer service Friday night for the nine members of the Watson family, who died after their Muhlenberg County home went up in flames. The bodies of 8 children, ages 4 to 15, and their mother were recovered Thursday. Greenville Police Chief and firefighter Darren Harvey tells WIKY and 14 News that the tragedy has taken a toll on all the emergency responders. Harvey says the father, Chad Watson and 11-year old daughter Kylie survived because they were across the street at a neighbor's house when the fire broke out.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 01/31/2014 - 5:56pm
There‘s a new scam that‘s targeting Indiana cellphone users. The Better Business Bureau is calling it the "One Ring Scam." BBB President Tim Maniscalo says it happens when your phone rings once or twice, you see the unrecognizable, usually long distance number or "unknown" on your caller ID, answer it and no one responds on the other end of the line. Maniscalo says it may also involve you returning the call and getting a "beep, beep, beep" noise on the other end. He says the "One Ring Scam" is part of a practice called "phone cramming," and it will cost you if you call back.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 01/30/2014 - 3:09pm
Kentucky State Police say nine bodies have been recovered from a Muhlenberg County house, destroyed by an early morning fire. Trooper Stu Recke says the father, 36-year old Chad Watson and an 11-year old daughter survived, and are being treated for severe burns at Vanderbilt Medical Center. Recke says 9 kids, ranging in age from 4 to 15 lived there. He described the region near Greenville as "a rural area where everybody knows everybody." The house is in a small neighborhood of single-family dwellings, trailers and farmland.