Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 11/15/2013 - 4:36pm
Another delay involving the future of Evansville Police Officer Steve Hicks, who has been on unpaid suspension as the Police Merit Commission considers his case. Today's planned commission meeting was reset for December 16th and Hicks will continue to be on paid leave at least until then. Police Chief Billy Bolin recommended Hicks be fired for what an internal police investigation says was Hick's inappropriate behavior with a woman at a bar. Internal affairs reviewed witness testimony and surveillance video from the bar. Hicks is appealing Bolin's dismissal recommendation.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 11/15/2013 - 3:45pm
Sunday marks the beginning of Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana. But Sunday's weather forecast suggests you may want to dedicate part of Saturday to get ready. There's 30 percent chance of severe weather on Sunday. A recent survey found that a large number of people don’t know what to put in a preparedness kit and many don’t even believe one is necessary. Here's a LINK to see what a good kit contains.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 11/14/2013 - 4:58pm
The Evansville City Council will be face-to-face Monday night, with a representative of an independent accounting firm, hired to review the spending for the construction of Ford Center. A report already being looked at by council members concludes there were unintended errors, but no proof of accounting irregularities. The firm suggests local government take steps to reduce the mistakes.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 11/14/2013 - 4:56pm
The TVA says it will cut shut down eight coal-fired power stations, including two of three units at the Paradise Plant in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. The company blames increasingly stringent environmental laws for the decision to mothball six coal-fired plants in Alabama and replace two coal powered units in Kentucky with a new natural gas plant.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 11/14/2013 - 4:54pm
Environmentalist John Blair is "under whelmed " by an announcement by the State of Indiana that the coal-fired powerplant at Rockport will be cleaning-up its act. The state has signed-off on $260-million in upgrades to the Rockport plant. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission says Indiana Michigan Power can move forward with the improvements that will help the plant meet federal environmental standards. Blair says it's a compromise deal that gives the company until 2028 to complete the upgrades.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 11/14/2013 - 4:52pm
Gallatin County Illinois emergency responders are able to rescue two girls from the Pounds Hollow area. They were hiking around Pounds Hollow Lake on Deer Run Trail and became lost. Saline County 911 used GPS tracking from a cell phone the girls had, and once those coordinates were given to the responders, both were located by Shawneetown firefighters in about 30-minutes Wednesday night. It's estimated that without the coordinates it would have taken about two hours to get the girls out. The girls were cold, but not hurt.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 11/14/2013 - 3:28pm
A young Evansville man faces an intimidation charge after police receive a tip that he threatened to "shoot up" Harrison High School. Police say they take all threats involving schools seriously, even though 19-year old Anthony Wolfe Jr. wasn't at the school today and is not enrolled at Harrison. Officers say he made verbal threats to some Harrison students and tweeted "I feel something bad about to happen," and then the words, "Harrison gone get shot up." Wolfe is jailed on the felony charge.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 11/14/2013 - 3:26pm
A judge rules the prosecution can't use a deposition given by an Evansville woman, who will be tried for murder beginning next Monday. Superior Court Judge Robert Pigman says he's troubled the court found that 23-year old Megan Mecum did not testify truthfully. But he says Indiana's evidence rules protect defendants from having statements made during plea negotiations being used against them. Mecum, Hubert Mayhugh and James Mayhugh were each charged with murder in Keith Vaughn’s death.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 11/14/2013 - 3:21pm
It's a tale of two powerplants. The state of Indiana has approved $260-million in upgrades to the Rockport Power Plant. It a compromise that gives Indiana Michigan Power until 2018 to finish the job. Meanwhile, the TVA has decided to shut-down two of three coal-fired power units at the Paradise Plant in Muhlenberg County. Valley Watches John Blair says the Rockport and Paradise plants are among the dirtiest in the country. The TVA says it will be less expensive to build and operate a natural gas plant at Paradise than to retrofit its existing coal powered units.