Local News from WIKY

One of three arrested for attempted murder

State Police, Vanderburgh County officers and the U-S Marshal’s get together and serve a felony arrest warrant for attempted murder on 24-year old Lanico Payne. The Evansville man had been wanted for his alleged involvement in last Friday night's shooting of 33-year old Demetrius Fingers, in the 900 block of Blackford Avenue. EPD Detective Sergeant Larry Nelson says Payne is the first of the three suspects now behind bars. Officers found Payne at a gas station parking lot at Burkhardt and Virginia.

No changes for Glenwood

An Evansville school will still work with a non-profit to boost its achievement. The State Board of Education voted to have the Glenwood Leadership Academy continue its affiliation with Boston-based Mass Insight, after Glenwood received six consecutive "F" accountability grades. An EVSC spokeswoman says the school is already seeing results. The Board could have voted for a complete state takeover of Glenwood, but did not.

Court of Appeals turns down an Evansville man's request

The attorney for an Evansville man tells the Indiana Court of Appeals that police statements should not have been allowed at his client's murder trial. The court disagreed, and upheld the murder conviction of Robert Hicks, in the death of long-time girlfriend Anna Jochum almost two years ago. Hicks lawyer argued the judge should not have allowed two recorded interviews in which Hicks admitted to striking and then stabbing Jochum into evidence.

Witness reacts to hit and run that injured man

A witness to Tuesday morning's hit and run on Green River Road says she's still "shocked and bothered" by what she saw. Lea Goodwin of Evansville tells WIKY News she had turned off Lynch Road about 6:30, and saw an SUV in front of her bouncing off curbs and signs "like a pinball machine" before it struck a man waiting at a bus stop in front of Cheddar's Restaurant. Goodwin says the vehicle is a small pale blue SUV, perhaps a Nissan, with a plastic license plate cover that's dirty and faded.

Man stabbed in head, arrest made

An Evansville man is expected to survive after being stabbed in the head. 31-year old Christopher Compton was brought to Deaconess Hospital late Monday night. Police arrested 22 year old Jacob Cobb for felony battery. Compton told investigators he had been arguing with Cobb in the 200 block of West Michigan, and that's where Cobb was taken into custody.

Arrests for cocaine posession and resisting

Two Evansville men are arrested after they ran from an officer in the 1300 block of South Elliott Street. An officer attempted to talk to 22-year old Todd Covington and 18 year old Dugniqio Forest while trying to locate a person with a felony warrant. But both fled on foot Monday night. Officers were able to catch both men after a short chase. An officer says he found cocaine in Covington's pocket. He was arrested for resisting law enforcement and possession of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school. Forest was also arrested for resisting.

Less property tax revenue for now

The city of Evansville came up about two million dollars short in property tax collections during the second half of last year. Mayor Winnecke is asking department heads to look for ways to make cuts. For now the police department will handle the problem by not paying out comp time. read more

Ground broken for downtown hotel project

Spirits are high as earth is turned for the downtown convention hotel project. Mayor Winnecke told a big crowd that since the groundbreaking had been delayed from late January to Monday afternoon, he thought it would be appropriate to assume responsibility for the great weather for the event. The Hilton Doubletree Hotel, parking garage, and at least 78 apartments are expected to be ready by the Fall of 2015.

Suit asks that same sex couples be allowed to marry

Four same-sex couples sue in federal court for the right to marry in Indiana. The couples filed the lawsuit against Governor Pence in U.S. District Court at New Albany. Their lawyer, Dan Canon says the couples live in Floyd and Clark Counties - two were married in other states, and the other two would like to be married. read more

Pre-Kindergarten program may not be dead for now

The leader of the State Senate says it‘s still possible that a pilot pre-Kindergarten program could be approved by the Indiana General Assembly. Senator David Long says there might be room for it this fall. Long says the summer study committee review is needed, but he's not generally opposed to a pilot program. He's not sure how large it would be. Governor Pence supports it.