Prosecutors say an Indianapolis man who pleaded guilty to fatally shooting a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 24-year-old Tony Cushingberry was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty last year to second-degree murder and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence. Prosecutors say Cushingberry watched 45-year-old postal carrier Angela Summers walk past his Indianapolis home and proceed to the next residence in April 2020. They say he “aggressively approached” Summers and demanded his mail several times before fatally shooting her. Court records indicate Cushingberry was upset because his postal deliveries had been suspended due to an aggressive dog at his home.
Former Vice President Mike Pence will officially launch his long-expected campaign for the Republican nomination for president in Iowa next week. That adds another candidate to the growing GOP field and puts Pence in direct competition with his former boss, Donald Trump. Pence will hold a kickoff event in Des Moines on June 7, the date of his 64th birthday, according to two people familiar with his plans who spoke on condition of anonymity to share details ahead of the official announcement. Pence’s team hopes his message will resonate with the evangelical Christian voters who make up a substantial portion of Iowa’s Republican electorate.
An Indianapolis 500 fan whose vehicle was damaged when a tire flew off a racecar and out of the track during the race will receive a new car. An Indianapolis Motor Speedway spokesperson tells The Indianapolis Star that Penske Entertainment will provide fan Robin Matthews with a new car. The wheel came off with less than 20 laps to go in Sunday’s race when Felix Rosenqvist and Kyle Kirkwood collided. Kirkwood’s left rear tire bounced off the track and over the fence in the second turn before landing in a parking lot. The wheel traveled about 350 yards before crashing into the front of Matthews’ parked Chevrolet.
A state lawmaker from southern Indiana was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after state police say he crashed his vehicle at an Interstate 65 interchange and left the scene. Republican Rep. Jim Lucas of Seymour was booked into the Jackson County Jail on preliminary charges that include driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a crash with property damage. A state police spokesman says police were called soon after midnight Wednesday about a vehicle crashing into a guardrail at the I-65 and Indiana 11 interchange just north of Seymour. That vehicle was found on the north side of Seymour with heavy damage and officers stopped Lucas as he was walking nearby.
FRANKLIN, Ind. (AP) — FRANKLIN, Ind. (AP) — IBC Advanced Alloys Corp. (IAALF) on Tuesday reported a loss of $511,000 in its fiscal third quarter.
Authorities say a southern Indiana police officer and a suspect shot each other, leaving injuries that were not life-threatening. The New Albany Police Department says on Facebook that Cpl. Andrew Byrne was taken to University of Louisville Hospital in nearby Kentucky and "is expected to recover.” It says 29-year-old suspect Barry Sowders of New Albany also was shot and wounded as Byrne returned fire. Sowder's been charged with three counts of attempted murder and resisting law enforcement. He was treated and released at a Louisville hospital and is awaiting extradition back to Indiana.
Authorities investigating the deaths of a man and two children in an Indiana home say firefighters detected high carbon monoxide levels inside the residence. The bodies of the 24-year-old man, a 3-year-old boy and a 21-month-old girl were found Sunday afternoon in a home in the city of Muncie. The Star Press reports that autopsies were conducted Monday on the three victims, but toxicology results are still pending. Muncie is located about 60 miles northeast of Indianapolis. A coroner on Monday announced the firefighters' finding. Carbon monoxide is a toxic, odorless gas.
The remains of an Indiana soldier who was killed in France during World War II have been identified by U.S. military scientists more than 75 years after his death. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Tuesday that U.S. Army Pfc. Leonard E. Adams' remains had been identified. The 25-year-old Adams died in January 1945 when he and other U.S. troops were surrounded by German forces and pounded by artillery and mortar fire near Reipertswiller, France. His remains were exhumed in 2021 from Ardennes American Cemetery and identified as those of Adams. The DPAA says Adams’ remains will be buried in Radcliff, Kentucky, although the date of that burial has not been determined.
Josef Newgarden won his first Indianapolis 500 with an audacious pass of defending race winner Marcus Ericsson in a 2.5-mile sprint to the finish. Newgarden gave team owner Roger Penske his 19th win and first since buying Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The race had been red-flagged for the third time in the closing laps, setting up a one-lap race to the end. The two-time IndyCar champion slingshotted around Ericsson and held him off the rest of the way. They were followed by Santino Ferrucci, who gave 88-year-old A.J. Foyt his team’s best finish since Kenny Bräck won it in 1999.
2-time IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden wins his 1st Indianapolis 500 to extend Roger Penske’s record of 19 victories
2-time IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden wins his 1st Indianapolis 500 to extend Roger Penske’s record of 19 victories.
A man charged with fatally shooting an Indianapolis police officer when she responded to a domestic violence call in 2020 is seeking an insanity defense as he tries to avoid the death penalty. Attorneys for Elliahs Dorsey filed a motion with the court Wednesday saying a report prepared by a doctor states he was suffering from a mental illness when he fatally wounded Indianapolis Officer Breann Leath. Authorities have said Leath and three other officers were responding to a domestic violence call involving Dorsey when she was shot to death through the door of an Indianapolis apartment. Dorsey faces one count of murder and four counts of attempted murder. A judge ruled this month that prosecutors can seek the death penalty against Dorsey.
An Indiana man whose son is a member of the University of Cincinnati baseball team is the bettor at the center of separate college sports gambling investigations, according to two people familiar with the inquiries. One investigation led to the firing of Alabama coach Brad Bohannon earlier this month. The other resulted in two members of Cincinnati's baseball staff being dismissed this week. The people who identified Bert Neff of Mooresville, Indiana, as being connected to both the Alabama and Cincinnati cases spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither was authorized to speak about ongoing investigations.
The director of a southern Indiana funeral home where 31 decomposing bodies and 17 cremains were found has pleaded guilty to more than 40 counts of felony theft. A Clark County judge said Friday that Randy Lankford faces a proposed sentence of 12 years: four in prison and eight of home incarceration. Last July, investigators discovered the decomposing bodies at Lankford Funeral Home and Family Center in Jeffersonville. The funeral director was charged with theft for failing to complete the services he was paid for. He must also pay restitution to 53 families totaling $46,000. A formal sentencing hearing is planned for June 23.
A jury has convicted a Fort Wayne man of three counts of murder in what prosecutors said were the execution-style slayings of three other men nearly five years ago. Thirty-year-old Jacquail Belcher also was found guilty Friday in the shooting deaths of 26-year-old Dernail Brown, 25-year-old DeShaun Richards, and 28-year-old Breondon Pinkston on June 28, 2018. Allen County Deputy Prosecutor Tom Chaille says eyewitness accounts, DNA evidence suggesting Belcher was the shooter and conflicting accounts of his alibi showed he was the killer. However, Eric Gardner, Belcher’s attorney, told jurors that several witnesses could not positively identify his client from a photo array.
Presidential hopeful DeSantis inspires push to make book bans easier in Republican-controlled states
As he vies for the Republican presidential nomination, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is touting a series of measures he has pushed that have led to an upswing in banned or restricted books — not just in Florida schools but in an increasing number of other conservative states. Florida last year became the first in a wave of red states to enact laws making it easier for parents to challenge books in school libraries they deem to be pornographic, deal improperly with racial issues or in other ways be inappropriate. DeSantis insists books aren’t actually being “banned” in his state’s schools, preferring to call the forced removal of some books “curation choices."
Supporters of an Indianapolis doctor have voiced frustration with the Indiana medical board’s decision that she violated patient privacy laws when she talked with a newspaper reporter about providing an abortion last summer to a 10-year-old Ohio rape victim. The board’s vote late Thursday to issue a letter of reprimand against Dr. Caitlin Bernard won’t limit her ability to practice medicine. The hospital system where she works said it stood by its review that she followed privacy rules. Some of Bernard’s colleagues criticized the state attorney general’s pursuit of disciplinary action against her as trying to intimidate doctors. Her lawyers haven't said whether they will appeal the board's decision in the state court system.
Katherine Legge remembers her days as a youngster driving go-karts and how at times she was ruthlessly bullied by the boys. Or the trouble she had growing up in racing and in securing sponsorship and support. There are many reasons why Legge is the only female driver starting in this year’s Indianapolis 500. The women’s movement that once promised to bring many more into racing appears to have stalled. There have still been just nine women to start the race in more than 100 years.
Three people have been convicted in the fatal shooting of a former Indiana University football player who was gunned down during unrest in Indianapolis following the death of George Floyd. Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears announced Friday that Marcus Anderson, Alijah Jones and Nakeyah Shields were found guilty of murder and multiple counts of armed robbery. Businessman Chris Beaty was shot and killed May 30, 2020 as he walked through an alley near his apartment building during violence that followed protests over Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. Beaty played for three state championship-winning teams at Indianapolis Cathedral High School before going on to play for Indiana University.
An Indiana board has decided to reprimand an Indianapolis doctor after finding that she violated patient privacy laws by talking publicly about providing an abortion to a 10-year-old rape victim from neighboring Ohio. The state Medical Licensing Board voted that Dr. Caitlin Bernard didn’t abide by privacy laws when she told a newspaper reporter about the girl’s treatment in a case that became a flashpoint in the national abortion debate days after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last summer. Board members chose to fine Bernard $3,000 for the violations, turning down a request from the attorney general’s office to suspend Bernard’s license.
Indiana board reprimands doctor for violating privacy laws by talking publicly about Ohio 10-year-old's abortion
Indiana board reprimands doctor for violating privacy laws by talking publicly about Ohio 10-year-old's abortion.
A judge has dismissed a lawsuit the city of Chicago filed against an Indiana store that it alleged sold hundreds of guns in straw purchases that ended up in the hands of felons or at crime scenes in the city. Chicago sued Westforth Sports Inc. of Gary in 2021, alleging the store repeatedly violated federal gun laws and that store owner Earl Westforth ignored federal warnings about suspicious purchases at the store. The Chicago Tribune reports that attorneys for Westforth Sports argued the lawsuit should be dismissed because the city’s allegations concerned transactions between Westforth and residents of Indiana. Straw gun sales refer to those that someone purportedly purchases for their own use but actually are bought for others.
Doug Boles grew up revering the colorful, flavor of race day at the Indianapolis 500. Back then, it wasn't easy finding a ticket to the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. Then came the 12-year split that threatened to ruin American open-wheel racing and ticket sales predictably crashed. Now, a decade after taking his dream job as Indianapolis Motor Speedway president, Boles has presided over the first two sellouts since racing resumed at the track after World War II. The demand hasn't waned.
Team Penske has struggled at the Indianapolis 500 the past few years, both in qualifying and the race, and the pressure has been building to produce some results. Will Power qualified 12th for Sunday's race, matching the best qualifying effort of any Penske driver since the 2019 race. That's when the team dominated both qualifying and race day, and Simon Pagenaud gave team owner Roger Penske his 18th Borg-Warner Trophy. Scott McLaughlin will start 14th and Josef Newgarden 17th for the 107th running of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Power was fastest in practice Monday, giving the team a jolt of confidence.
Police say four young people were hospitalized after being shot in a south central Indiana park, and two 18-year-old men were taken into custody. Columbus police say the shooting occurred Tuesday night at Lincoln Park. Officers arrived to find multiple people with gunshot wounds near a basketball court. Police say two young adults and two juveniles were taken to a local hospital for treatment. A spokesperson for Columbus Regional Health says three of the four subsequently were transferred to Indianapolis-area hospitals. The two men arrested are being held on preliminary charges of aggravated battery and criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon. It's not clear what prompted the shooting.
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Shoe Carnival Inc. (SCVL) on Wednesday reported net income of $16.5 million in its fiscal first quarter.
A 73-year-old man is facing federal charges after authorities say he rammed a car into a planned abortion clinic eastern Illinois and also was trying to set the building on fire. Federal prosecutors say police arrived at the site in Danville, Illinois, early Saturday to find Philip J. Buyno inside a car that had backed into building’s entrance. Authorities say he had several containers of gasoline with him. The clinic site has generated controvers. Earlier this month, the Danville City Council voted to ban the mailing or shipping of abortion pills even as state Democratic officials have warned that step violates Illinois law protecting abortion as a fundamental right.
Two-time Academy Award nominee Adam Driver will serve as the honorary starter for the 107th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday. Driver grew up in Mishawaka in northern Indiana. He is perhaps best known for playing Kylo Ren in the three most recent “Star Wars” films, and he was nominated for Academy Awards for his work in “BlacKkKlansman” and “Marriage story.” He is also a veteran of the Marines, which dovetails with the Indy 500's placement on Memorial Day weekend. Driver will soon star as Enzo Ferrari in a biopic of the automobile magnate.
Police say a hand grenade exploded in Indiana, killing a man and wounding his two teenage children as the family went through a grandfather's belongings over the weekend. The Lake County sheriff's department says the explosion killed 47-year-old Bryan Niedert at a home in Lakes of the Four Seasons, 30 miles southeast of Chicago. A 14-year-old boy and 18-year-old girl were taken to a hospital with shrapnel wounds. The family had been going through belongings when the grenade was found. Investigators were trying to determine what caused it to explode and why the family had the grenade.
Unfounded claims about Indiana University’s sex research institute, its founder and child sex abuse have been so persistent over the years that when the Legislature prohibited the institute from using state dollars, one lawmaker hailed the move as “long overdue.” Now, funding from the university remains unclear, but the largely symbolic move does not halt the Kinsey Institute’s work, which ranges from studies on sexual assault prevention to contraception use among women. Researchers tell The Associated Press the Republican-dominated Legislature’s February decision is based on an enduring, fundamental misunderstanding of their work. They say it's a false narrative they cannot shake despite efforts to correct such misinformation.
The Indiana Court of Appeals has upheld the murder convictions of a man in the killings of a woman and two teens who were bludgeoned to death in 1998 in a house in northwest Indiana. The appeals panel, in a 3-0 ruling Friday, rejected several arguments offered by 53-year-old James Higgason III of Whiting. Higgason was sentenced to 180 years in prison. Prosecutors alleged Higgason and another man beat 36-year-old Elva Tamez, 18-year-old Jerod Hodge of Chicago and 16-year-old Timothy Ross of Calumet City, Illinois, to death on Jan. 18, 1998, at the woman’s Hammond home. Prosecutors said the men were trying to get drugs and cash.
A Louisiana woman is seeking a venue change as she face charges in the death of a boy whose body was found last year inside a suitcase in rural southern Indiana. WTHR-TV reports Dawn Coleman’s attorney filed the venue change request on her behalf Monday, arguing that public outrage over the child’s death would prevent the Louisiana woman from getting a fair trial in Indiana’s Washington County. She faces charges that include aiding, inducing or causing murder in the death of 5-year-old Cairo Ammar Jordan. Cairo's mother, DeJaune Ludie Anderson of Atlanta is wanted on a felony murder arrest warrant. Authorities allege that Coleman helped Anderson dispose of Cairo’s body in April 2022.
Authorities say a Fort Wayne man has died in an industrial incident at a northeastern Indiana steel plant. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office says investigators believe Kevin Hartsock was working on machinery at the Heidtman Steel plant in Butler when he became pinned inside it. First responders say Hartsock was pronounced dead at the scene. The sheriff's officec says the incident occurred around 2 a.m. Friday. The cause of death hasn't been released. A receptionist at the plant says the Toledo, Ohio-based company has no immediate comment due to the pending investigation.
Police say a southwestern Indiana man allegedly set a fire that gutted a building more than 100 years old that was listed decades ago on the National Register of Historic Places. Evansville police say 25-year-old Charles James Perrin was arrested Thursday on charges of arson and criminal mischief causing at least $50,000 in damages. The Evansville man is accused of setting a Wednesday fire that gutted the former Pearl Cleaners building, which was once known as “Pearl Steam Laundry.” The Evansville Courier & Press reports that the building on downtown Evansville’s north side was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.
The man who killed five co-workers at a Kentucky bank had made plans for the shooting, according to police. Some recently released search warrants in the case also say he had placed his phone in a front shirt pocket to livestream the killings. The search warrants say the shooter, 25-year-old Connor Sturgeon, had also attempted suicide around the same time last year. The warrants were sent to Google, AT&T, Apple and Snap Inc. seeking access to information on his phone. They were recently unsealed by a judge. They say police also found a “manifesto or note” inside his Louisville residence.
A suburban Indianapolis Army veteran has been convicted in the road rage shooting death of a Muslim man, after witnesses said he hurled ethnic and religious insults at the victim, including yelling, “Go back to your country,” before opening fire. A Marion County jury convicted 37-year-old Dustin E. Passarelli of murder on Wednesday in the February 2019 killing of 32-year-old Mustafa Ayoubi. Passarelli could get up to 65 years in prison when he’s sentenced June 21. Prosecutors say the encounter started on a highway before Passarelli followed Ayoubi to a housing complex. Witnesses said the two shouted inflammatory remarks at each other in front of a townhome and that Passarelli yelled religious and ethnic insults at the unarmed Ayoubi.
Award-winning actress Stephanie Beatriz will serve as the grand marshal for the 107th running of the Indianapolis 500 later this month. Beatriz is perhaps best known for starring for nearly a decade as Detective Rosa Diaz on the TV show “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” She also voiced Madrigal on the Academy Award-winning film “Encanto." She follows country music star Blake Shelton, who was the grand marshal last year. Others have included Army General Norman Schwarzkopf and Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin.
The attorney for a man charged with murder for allegedly driving his car over an Indiana state trooper in northeastern Indiana has filed for a change of venue in the case. Attorney Kevin Likes, who represents Terry Sands II of Marion, said he sought the change of venue in DeKalb Superior Court on Wednesday because of pretrial publicity and because the dead officer, 50-year-old Master Trooper James Bailey of Auburn, was well-known in the community. Bailey was assisting other troopers on Interstate 69 with a traffic backup as a result of weather-related vehicle crashes south of Auburn on March 3 when he deployed stop sticks to stop Sands. Police say videos show Sands driving into the median and striking Bailey.
The Indiana Supreme Court has upheld the life sentence without parole for a man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend and eating parts of her body. Joseph Oberhansley was convicted in September 2020 of murder and burglary in the slaying of Tammy Jo Blanton in Jeffersonville in September 2014. Oberhansley’s attorney, Victoria Casanova, argued before the court last month that her client’s mental health wasn’t considered and that the jury didn’t return a proper verdict form in weighing aggravating and mitigating circumstances. The opinion issued Wednesday and written by Justice Christopher Goff says the jury made "the necessary weighing determination.”
Federal officials say a BP subsidiary will pay a $40 million penalty and install technology to control the release of benzene and other contaminants at its Whiting oil refinery in northern Indiana. The actions announced Wednesday will settle a civil case against BP Products North America Inc. It was filed by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency. They describe the penalty as the largest ever under the Clean Air Act for pollution from a structure. Additionally, the company will invest around $197 million in improvements. Officials said the refinery on Lake Michigan near Chicago violated pollution limits.
Pat McAfee’s show is moving to ESPN as part of a new multiyear deal. McAfee first joined ESPN as a college football analyst for its Thursday night games in 2019. He returned to the network last year and became part of the “College GameDay” crew as well as hosting some alternate presentations of ESPN games, including the CFP National Championship. That will continue, but it is McAfee’s show that has created the most buzz. ESPN also announced a documentary series on Serena Williams and four major matchups for the upcoming college football season.
A northern Indiana school district will distribute and require clear backpacks for all students at all grade levels for the upcoming school year to enhance security and safety. The South Bend Community School Corp. announced at Monday evening’s board meeting that starting in the 2023-24 school year, it will allow only clear backpacks on all campuses. Eric Crittendon, the district’s security and emergency preparedness director, says “transparent bags will not solve every school’s safety issues, but it certainly serves as a deterrent for harmful and prohibited items.” The district says it will provide one clear backpack free of charge for each student.
A Gerber infant formula was recalled earlier this year over potential contamination of Cronobacter sakazakii, a bacteria that could cause life-threatening infections in infants. However, the recalled product was distributed to retail stores across eight states beyond the start of the recall, cooperative food wholesaler Associated Wholesale Grocers said in an announcement published by the U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration this week. The recall, which was initiated by the Perrigo Company in March, impacted Gerber Good Start formula manufactured between Jan. 2 and Jan. 18 at Perrigo's Eau Claire, Wisconsin, facility.
Two Republicans and an Independent in the Oregon Senate are now disqualified from reelection as a walkout has stalled hundreds of bills and triggered a constitutional amendment aimed at stopping the boycotts. Republicans and an independent senator in the Democrat-controlled Oregon Senate stretched the walkout to 10 days. The three affected senators had each accumulated 10 unexcused absences, making them ineligible to serving in their legislature for their districts’ next terms under a ballot measure passed overwhelming by voters last year. It is now written into the state Constitution.
Cook Medical says it will cut 500 jobs worldwide under a plan to refocus efforts on product innovation. The Indiana-based maker of medical devices said Monday that the cuts affecting about 4% of its global workforce will include about 223 workers in the U.S. That includes about 123 in Indiana. Cook Medical said the layoffs will affect sales representatives and other workers dealing with customers. It says no hourly workers in manufacturing or distribution will be laid off. The Indianapolis Business Journal reports that employees who are laid off will receive severance packages ranging from 10 weeks to nine months, depending on their positions and length of service.
An Indianapolis police officer accused of kicking a handcuffed man in the face during a 2021 arrest pleaded guilty Monday to a federal charge. Sgt. Eric Huxley pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of deprivation of rights under color of law. The Indianapolis Star reports the charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release after prison. Huxley was indicted by a federal grand jury in October 2022 for alleged use of excessive force during his arrest of Jermaine Vaughn. Body camera footage of Vaughn’s arrest shows shows Huxley thrusting his foot down onto Vaughn’s face as he was in handcuffs.
Police in central Indiana are investigating a shooting that left six people wounded. Police said in a statement that the shooting happened around 2:30 a.m. Sunday in Anderson, a city of about 29,000 people about 40 miles (65 kiolometers) northwest of Indianapolis. According to the statement, a large crowd had gathered when a fight broke out. Several gunshots were heard. Police officers pushed their way through the crowd and discovered someone had been shot in the leg. That person was transported to an Indianapolis hospital and was in stable condition. Five more people checked themselves into local Anderson hospitals with gunshot wounds later Sunday. No arrests have been made.
Investigators say three men associated with a gang have been arrested in connection with deadly Los Angeles shootings in a case in which all suspects and victims were from the Chicago area. Los Angeles police announced the arrests Friday but would not discuss the motive for the ambush-style shootings that killed three women and wounded four other people in January and a man in December. The arrests follow a nation-spanning investigation involving numerous law enforcement agencies including FBI violent crime task forces. The suspects were arrested in the Chicago area, Manhattan and Gary, Indiana.
Officials say State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box, who oversaw Indiana’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, will retire at month’s end after more than five years in the post. Gov. Eric Holcomb’s office said Friday that Box had notified the governor that she was will retire May 31. Holcomb has appointed Dr. Lindsay Weaver, chief medical officer of the Indiana Department of Health, as the state’s next health commissioner, starting June 1. Holcomb says he’s grateful Box agreed to stay on as health commissioner until now. The governor had appointed Box to the post in October 2017.
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