Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 11/22/2013 - 4:30pm
Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden officials say it was the humane thing to do. They euthanized Daphne, a 19 year old lioness. Zoo Director Amos Morris says the big cat had to be humanely euthanized. Morris says it was a difficult decision, but watching Daphne's failing health, severe arthritis and recent loss of appetite let zoo workers know that it was her time. He said they decided they would not let her suffer unnecessarily. Morris says no decision has been made to replace Daphne.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 11/22/2013 - 4:28pm
A former Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Deputy has been arrested for theft and forgery. Sheriff Eric Williams says his office did a routine audit and found grant money awarded to the office by the state was missing, and the theft was traced back to Stuart Mosby. He turned himself in Wednesday, bonded out and has pleaded guilty to forgery and official misconduct.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 11/22/2013 - 4:23pm
Butler University is the latest Indiana college to join others in opposing HJR-6, the proposed amendment banning same-sex marriage. Butler University‘s Faculty Senate had previously unanimously passed a resolution opposing the amendment. Butler joins IU, Ball State, and other schools in opposition. The Purdue Faculty Senate also opposes the same-sex marriage ban.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 11/22/2013 - 4:20pm
An Hoosier economist says Indiana universities are dealing with numerous issues threatening them. Ball State University‘s Dr. Mike Hicks is speaking out on a new Moody‘s Investors Service survey of nearly 300 colleges across America. Hicks confirms the survey‘s findings that show colleges are seeing shrinking enrollments, falling family incomes and shaky job prospects for graduates. They're all putting colleges at risk.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 11/22/2013 - 4:18pm
Free speech only goes so far. Courts have ruled shouting "Fire" inside a theater is not "protected speech." In a similar vein, Ball State officials say police have not yet found who sparked last week‘s partial lockdown after shouting "gun" repeatedly inside a building. The "Star Press" reports investigators are still reviewing surveillance video from the building and continue to interview witnesses. Part of the Muncie campus was locked down for three hours on Friday, Nov.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 11/22/2013 - 2:53am
Angelcare Monitors is voluntarily recalling 600,000 baby monitors following the death of two infants due to strangulation. A cord attached to the sensor pad poses a strangulation risk if the child pulls the cord into the crib.
Two infants have died from cord strangulation deaths, and two more have reportedly been entangled.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 11/21/2013 - 5:08pm
Courtrooms are often a place of emotions, but in Indiana we rarely get to "feel" them. There was an exception to the rule for two hours Thursday. Juvenile Court Judge Brett Neimeier courtroom was one of several ordered opened to cameras and microphones by the Indiana Supreme Court, to promote adoption on this National Adoption Day. Tools of the electronic media are almost always banned from local courtrooms.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 11/21/2013 - 5:01pm
A federal study of the 2011 Joplin, Missouri tornado suggests stronger building codes, more storm shelters and improved emergency communications could have significantly reduced the death toll. It cited "confusion about or distrust" of emergency storm warnings and a "lack of awareness" of the tornado's approach. The tornado killed 161 people and destroyed thousands of buildings.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 11/21/2013 - 4:58pm
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is warning storm victims of illegitimate contractors who may knock at your door and try to pressure you into a bad deal. He says fly-by-night contractors often travel to weather-related disaster areas to offer home repair, clean-up, debris removal and tree-trimming services. And Hoosiers should know their rights and fully research the company before signing a contract.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 11/21/2013 - 4:53pm
A jury finds an Evansville woman guilty of the murder of her estranged husband. It didn't take long for the panel to reach a decision Thursday afternoon, on the fate of 23-year old Megan Mecum in last year's death of Keith Vaughn. Mecum was also found guilty of armed robbery, burglary, and theft. Two others involved in the death have also been through the courts. Hubert Mayhugh was sentenced to 60 years in prison. His cousin James pleaded guilty, and is scheduled to be sentenced December 30.