Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 01/31/2014 - 6:59pm
There was a prayer service Friday night for the nine members of the Watson family, who died after their Muhlenberg County home went up in flames. The bodies of 8 children, ages 4 to 15, and their mother were recovered Thursday. Greenville Police Chief and firefighter Darren Harvey tells WIKY and 14 News that the tragedy has taken a toll on all the emergency responders. Harvey says the father, Chad Watson and 11-year old daughter Kylie survived because they were across the street at a neighbor's house when the fire broke out.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 01/31/2014 - 6:56pm
There‘s a new scam that‘s targeting Indiana cellphone users. The Better Business Bureau is calling it the "One Ring Scam." BBB President Tim Maniscalo says it happens when your phone rings once or twice, you see the unrecognizable, usually long distance number or "unknown" on your caller ID, answer it and no one responds on the other end of the line. Maniscalo says it may also involve you returning the call and getting a "beep, beep, beep" noise on the other end. He says the "One Ring Scam" is part of a practice called "phone cramming," and it will cost you if you call back.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 01/30/2014 - 4:09pm
Kentucky State Police say nine bodies have been recovered from a Muhlenberg County house, destroyed by an early morning fire. Trooper Stu Recke says the father, 36-year old Chad Watson and an 11-year old daughter survived, and are being treated for severe burns at Vanderbilt Medical Center. Recke says 9 kids, ranging in age from 4 to 15 lived there. He described the region near Greenville as "a rural area where everybody knows everybody." The house is in a small neighborhood of single-family dwellings, trailers and farmland.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 01/30/2014 - 4:04pm
"Most members" of the Evansville street gang, known as the "300 Wag Block" were jailed Thursday on drugs and weapons charges. U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett says the apprehensions involve a gang that's had "a pattern of criminal behavior that stretched over four years." Hogsett and others in law enforcement say it's a major start to limiting illegal gang activity in Evansville.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 01/30/2014 - 3:59pm
Governor Pence declares an energy emergency, and announces new measures to help families and businesses cope with the propane shortage. He says many farmers use it, and almost 10 percent of Hoosiers use propane to heat their homes. Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann says state funds that would help pay heating bills are available from the "Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program" to those who meet income guidelines.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 01/30/2014 - 3:57pm
The race for 8th District congressman is getting more crowded. Jasper business Tom Spangler is the most recent to announce for the office. The owner of furniture marketing company L.U.I. Plus says it's his first try for public office. He says Congressman is broken and needs new thinking. Spangler says the shutdown of the federal government in October convinced him to run against incumbent Republican Larry Buschon of Newburgh.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 01/30/2014 - 3:56pm
Ther deadline is this Friday to present sites and arguments for them for the proposed IU Medical School in Evansville. Chamber of Commerce CEO Christy Gillenwater tells WIKY News that responses to IU's request for proposals are due by early in the afternoon. The winning developer will have to make the site ready for occupancy by the summer of 2017.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 01/29/2014 - 7:10pm
Governor Pence declares an energy emergency, and announces new measures to help families and businesses cope with the propane shortage. He says almost 10 percent of Hoosiers use propane for residential heating. In response, the state's Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program released an additional $5 million to local service providers. Pence has extended an emergency proclamation that waives transportation rules, and helps propane suppliers meet the needs of Hoosiers.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 01/29/2014 - 7:08pm
More fallout from the home invasion robbery involving an Evansville businesman. A judge sentenced 24-year-old Jeton Hall to a 40 year prison term, after he pleaded guilty to charges relating to the incidents at Ira Beumer's house almost two years ago. Hall was among four men arrested after Beumer was robbed. Beumer then chased the men in his truck after they fled in a car, leading to a crash that killed 22-year old Antuaan Jenkins.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 01/29/2014 - 7:06pm
He'll stay behind bars. The attempted murder conviction of a Posey County man has been upheld by the Indiana Court of Appeals. 27-year old Brandon McManomy was convicted of cutting a Posey sheriff deputy’s face before he cut his own throat, while at his parents’ house near St. Philip. He had argued that there was not enough evidence to prove he intended to kill the deputy. He also argued the judge was wrong to limit the testimony of an expert witness for the defense.