Local News from WIKY

Asking for an investigation into Duke Energy

Environmental and citizens' groups are asking Indiana regulators to launch a formal probe into problems and delays that have sharply limited the power output of Duke Energy's coal-gasification plant. In a motion filed with the Utility Regulatory Commission, the four groups say the $3.5 billion Knox County plant has been plagued by failures and outages. The motion says the Edwardsport plant generated just 4 percent of its maximum capacity in January, and averaged 37 percent of its max during the second half of last year.

Woman burned by fire

McCutchanville and German Township...and later both Perry, and Scott Township firefighters are greeted by heavy smoke, and a female, burned by flames that came from a mobile home. The two-alarm fire, in the 6100 block of Rockford Drive, in the Westbrook Mobile Home Park was reported late Thursday afternoon. Everyone got out of the trailer before firefighters arrived. No other injuries were reported. Westbrook is off St. Joe Avenue and Mill Road.

Might have another El Nino

Relief may be on the way next winter, for those of us who don't want another day of cold and snow. The predicted warming of the central Pacific Ocean that's already brewing would likely change the weather worldwide. The warming, called an El Nino, is expected to lead to a milder winter for the nation's frigid northern tier. It's also expected to result in fewer Atlantic hurricanes and more rain next winter for drought-stricken California and southern states. Globally, it can mean an even hotter year coming up and billions of dollars in crop losses.

Kentucky sues cargo ship that wrecked bridge

Kentucky transportation officials are suing the crew of a cargo ship that struck and collapsed part of a bridge, causing millions in damage and diverting traffic for four months. The Transportation Cabinet says it spent at least $7 million to repair the Eggner's Ferry Bridge over the Tennessee River after the Delta Mariner struck it two years ago. The lawsuit says the ship's crew ignored warnings from the Coast Guard that the western Kentucky bridge's navigation lights were out. The wreck caused a 322-foot section of the span to collapse.

Madisonville woman accused of theft

Hundreds of dollars is missing, and the head of a Hopkins County youth basketball league is arrested. The County Attorney has charged ABA League President and Treasurer Mia Higens of Madisonville with theft by unlawful taking. If convicted, the 49-year old Higens could face up to a year in jail. State Police say they discovered that several improper expenditures were made from its checking account, including clothes, toys, gourmet food, and diet pills. The account was under Higens exclusive control. 

Scooter bill on its way to Governor Pence

It didn't pass by much. But the Indiana Senate did vote 26-22 for the so called "scooter bill," and it's on its way to Governor Pence's desk for his signature. It means owners of scooters in Evansville and across the state have to spend about $27 to buy license plates and be registered. EPD Sergeant Jason Cullum had told a Senate committee the measure would reduce accidents and protect scooter operators. Cullum says the number of scooter accidents in Evansville has increased, from just 9 in 2008 to 90 in 2012.

Suspect #4 in court for Warrick County murder

A fourth suspect is now charged in Warrick County with last month's murder of a Martinsville man. 31-year old Mathew McCallister of Indianapolis appeared in court Wednesday, and was also charged with conspiracy to commit murder. McCallister was arrested two days after the death of 35-year old Joe Nelson, and had been in the Marion County Jail since then, in connection with the homicide probe. Three others charged with murder and conspiracy were in court last week. read more

Court date postponed for Double Dukes "bouncer"

The court date for a Webster County man charged with murder is continued until next week. Until then, 38-year old Robert Brantley of Sebree is free on $50,000 full cash bond, pending his arraignment hearing, now set for 9-am Tuesday. Brantley is accused of killing 34-year old Adam Hogan of Uniontown, who was a customer at Henderson's Double Dukes Saloon. Brantley was working as a security guard at the bar. read more

Police need your help. Do you know these men?

   The Evansville Police Department is asking for your help identifying two men who held up the Marathon gas station at 715 N. Weinbach on February 28th. Police say the two men robbed the clerk while armed with a knife. Surveillance video captured the men.

Arrest made in death of man at Henderson bar

Police say a security guard at Henderson's Double Dukes Saloon has been arrested in the death of a customer. 38-year-old Robert Brantley of Sebree has been charged with the murder of 34-year-old Adam Hogan of Uniontown. Investigators say Brantley's statements made at the bar, and evidence found because of the autopsy led to the decision to arrest him. A witness told WIKY and 14 News the incident started with confusion between Hogan and a lady bartender over his drink. read more