Submitted by WIKY News on Mon, 01/13/2014 - 5:40pm
Henderson authorities say "shock probation" led to the early release of a man who entered an Alford Plea to the shooting death of his wife. Just last summer, 37-year old Steven Cotter was sentenced to seven years in prison, after that plea to second-degree manslaughter. It had been amended from a charge of wanton murder, in the death of Michelle Cotter in the spring of 2012. An Alford plea means that the person charged is not admitting guilt, but believes the evidence strongly indicates guilt. Steven was freed last Friday.
Submitted by WIKY News on Mon, 01/13/2014 - 12:57pm
The request for water conservation is over, after Evansville Utility customers responded to encouragement to use less during the past few days. A news release from the utility says reservoir levels at the treatment plant have returned to normal, but water main breaks are likely to continue through the winter. The utility responded to a record number of breaks, 99 already this year and 79 since the conservation notice last Thursday. As of Monday morning there are 41 active breaks, and a number of boil advisories are in place.
Submitted by WIKY News on Mon, 01/13/2014 - 12:56pm
The drama in the Indiana House will continue longer than expected. The Indiana House Judiciary debated the proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage and then decided to delay taking a vote. During the discussion Monday morning, some lawmakers said that no matter how they vote, the matter will end up before the courts.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 01/10/2014 - 6:12pm
Berry Plastics is investing $31 million in its Indiana facilities. The move will result in 280 new jobs in Evansville which will pay $18.50 an hour. The announcement's part of an overall plan to relocate equipment and related production from out-of-state locations to four Indiana manufacturing operations. The company says a total of 336 new jobs will be created by the end of this year.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 01/10/2014 - 6:11pm
The challenges posed by Evansville's water system are easing. But, Utility Director Allen Mounts says residential and business customers should continue conserving water through the weekend, and possibly longer. A record number of water main breaks, about 60 have happened since last Sunday. Mounts says conservation is helping the reservoirs, which had been at historic lows, refill. And so far, a city-wide boil advisory has not been necessary.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 01/10/2014 - 6:10pm
A Hopkinsville man dies after the vehicle he was driving strikes a moving train. Police say 24-year-old Justin Johnson died after his SUV collided with the train's engine, overturned, and he was ejected. It happened about 1:30 Friday afternoon near Old Concord Lane in Christian County. Witnesses say Johnson didn't stop at the railroad crossing, which had working signals at the time. The train's conductor said it didn't appear Johnson made any attempt to slow down or stop before the crash. He was the only person in the SUV.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 01/10/2014 - 6:08pm
Investigators can't come up with a cause for Friday morning's Posey County house fire. It broke out about 5-am in the middle of the home off Ramsey Road, between Poseyville and Stewartsville. The house was destroyed. The owner was at work at the time. Five departments and six water tanker trucks spent time there. Part of their work involved keeping a 500 gallon propane tank near the home cooled down and away from the flames. No one was injured.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 01/10/2014 - 6:05pm
A Henderson man is arrested for the theft of a donation jar filled with money for a local cancer patient. Police say 19-year old Cody Kurtz turned himself in Thursday night and was charged with theft under $500. Last month, the owner of Henderson's Golden Glaze Bakery noticed the jar was missing from his business. He looked at surveillance video, found footage of the person committing the theft, and put it on YouTube. The charge against Kurtz is a misdemeanor.