Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 01/23/2014 - 7:13pm
An appointed committee agrees with Mayor Winnecke when it comes to reducing the amount of red tape it takes to put up a sign. Winnecke says changes proposed by the "Temporary Sign Advisory Committee" would make the process of permitting signs much easier for businesses, because the revised ordinance would establish some exemptions and eliminate temporary permits. The proposed city and county ordinance will first be considered by the Area Plan Commission on February 13.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 01/23/2014 - 3:55pm
Senator Dan Coats says government agencies have documented a more than 200 billion dollar waste of tax dollars. And during a visit to Evansville Thursday, Coats says eliminating some of that waste would be enough to finance an extension of unemployment benefits to 1.3 million Americans who lost them with the start of the new year. Coats wondered out loud why one agency couldn't call the other and work together to reduce the waste.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 01/23/2014 - 3:52pm
Big Rivers says it will shut down a western Kentucky power plant on February 1, and a second power plant will cease operating by June 1. The decisions come after the two biggest customers left the utility, after there was no agreement on electric rates. The loss of aluminum smelters in Hawesville and Sebree has also led to higher electric rates for the other 112,000 customers in 22 counties. A Big Rivers spokesman says almost 200 jobs will be eliminated when the plants go off-line.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 01/23/2014 - 3:50pm
Firefighters from two departments are battling a third alarm blaze on Evansville's West Side. It's in the 4500 block of Jennings Lane south of Diamond Avenue. A caller told Central Dispatch the one story brick house was on fire -- and that everybody got out. Firefighters from German and Scott Townships are dealing deal with sub-zero wind-chill readings as well as smoke and flames. Just a short time ago, a firefighter said he thought they had it under control, but were still working to put out fire between walls.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 01/22/2014 - 8:08pm
A suspect in a Warrick County bank robbery is quickly apprehended. The branch of Chandler National Bank, near Highway-62 and State Street in Chandler was held up, shortly after 4:30 Wednesday afternoon. Investigators say 31-year-old Darick Quick of Henderson was at the wheel of a Jeep at the drive through, when he handed the teller a note demanding money.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 01/22/2014 - 8:06pm
Kentucky State Police are investigating a fatal shooting, involving an off-duty Hancock County Sheriff's deputy and another man. It began with a report that Harold Powers of Lewisport was traveling to Deputy Kenneth Eubanks house, on Highway-2181 near Hawesville Wednesday afternoon. Troopers say Powers was on Eubanks front porch when he fired at the deputy and missed. They say the 50-year old Eubanks returned fire, and hit Powers in the chest. The 43-year old Powers was taken to Perry County Memorial Hospital in Tell City, where he later died.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 01/22/2014 - 8:05pm
A southern Illinois woman is convicted of lying to police investigating the deaths of a young man and his girlfriend. 31-year old Candice Brown of Centerville was found guilty (Wednesday afternoon, of two counts of obstruction of justice, in the deaths of 22-year old Jacob Wheeler of Centerville and 17-year old Jessi Evans of Norris City. The prosecution said Brown told investigators her fiancee at the time, Danny Coston was at home with her when Wheeler and Evans died. Coston was convicted of their murders last summer and is serving a 53-year prison sentence.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 01/22/2014 - 8:02pm
The City Council will be voting on a resolution next Monday, that's meant to help keep the LST in Evansville. The resolution urges Mayor Winnecke to make renewing the City's contract with the big ship a top priority. It also states that LST-325 plays an important role in generating tourist dollars for the local economy, since it welcomes about 10,000 visitors per year.
Submitted by WIKY News on Tue, 01/21/2014 - 6:54pm
Purdue University suspends classes through Wednesday, after a gunman shot and killed a man in a basement classroom, then turned himself in. A suspect identified as 23-year old Cody Cousins is being held without bond. Purdue Police Chief John Cox says the suspect appeared to have targeted the victim in the classroom of the Electrical Engineering Building and didn't attack anyone else. The school newspaper reported that the victim was a teaching assistant, but his name hasn't been released.
Submitted by WIKY News on Tue, 01/21/2014 - 6:53pm
Lawyers for two of the men who were with I-U coed Lauren Spierer before she went missing file responses in court to allegations they played a role in her 2011 disappearance. Jason Rosenbaum and Corey Rossman point blame at Kilroy’s Sports Bar, where Spierer was seen drinking hours before she disappeared. In the wrongful death lawsuit, her parents allege both men gave her alcohol, knowing she was intoxicated.