City officials in Fort Wayne are proposing a budget for 2017 that would include money to hire 28 new police officers. Mayor Tom Henry said Thursday that the proposed $158 million budget is a sign that the city is moving in the right direction. The department now has more than 440 officers and aims to have more than 460 by mid-2017.
Noblesville High School will be closed today due to water issues. School officials say the homecoming parade and game will continue as scheduled. Students from Noblesville High School and East Middle School were dismissed early Thursday because of a water main break. All other Noblesville schools will in session today.
A former Indiana University football player was arrested on Thursday on two counts of child molestation. The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office received word that 19-year-old Kiante Enis, may have engaged in sexual misconduct with “a child 13 years or younger.” Investigators say Enis admitted to being in a consensual but illegal relationship with the teenage girl. IU officials released a statement late Thursday afternoon, stating Enis had been released from the team.
It’s a creepy case of theft: An area mortician, whom police say stole a ring off a dead man’s finger, was handed 20 days in the Randolph County jail. 65 year old Gregory Thayer of East Franklin Street pleaded guilty. He’s also ordered to serve 40 days of home confinement. Police say the crime happened after mourners left a graveside service at Winchester’s Fountain Park Cemetery in July of last year.
We now know the name of a Muncie man killed early Wednesday as he tried to break in to an apartment. Police say 26 year old Scott Gilliam was shot at a home on the 15-hundred block of East Washington Street. He died from a gunshot fired by the apartment’s occupant, 27 year old Cornell Strong. Police say Strong was able to see two men breaking in with the help of a video surveillance system in his home. Strong fired through his back door to try to scare the intruders away.
A man was arrested early Thursday after he allegedly robbed a convenience store near the Ball State University campus. The Star Press reports that the bandit entered the Marathon station on West Bethel Ave., walked around the counter, threatened a clerk with a handgun and demanded cash. 25-year-old Cameron Fouche-Holmes of South Bend allegedly admitted to the holdup, telling the arresting officer he needed rent money to avoid being evicted.
A Muncie man said his Samsung Galaxy Note 7 burst into flames hours before he was supposed to exchange it for a replacement. Phillip Curtis knew about the recall and said he’d gone to the store to get a replacement, but they weren’t available at the time. Curtis says he thinks there should’ve been a harder push to get the phones out of people’s hands sooner.
After receiving several complaints from residents, Madison County commissioners have changed speed limits on some county roads. The biggest change is on County Road 600 West, which will now be posted at 45 mph from Old Indiana 132 between Lapel and Pendleton to north of Cross Street. The new speed limit will take effect in 30 days.
Madison County’s unemployment jumped two-tenths of a percent, which mirrors the rise in the state rate from July to August. The unemployment rate for the county rose to 4.9 percent in August over July’s rate of 4.7, according to data released by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. But those job losses were nearly offset by growth in service; transportation, warehousing and utilities.
U.S. Senate candidates Democrat Evan Bayh and Republican Todd Young are set for an hour-long televised debate on Oct. 18. The nonprofit Indiana Debate Commission announced the plans Thursday. It will include Libertarian candidate Lucy Brenton and will be broadcast from public television station WFYI in Indianapolis starting at 7 p.m.