The President is coming back to Indiana. The White House confirms President Obama will visit a Gibson County steel mill on Friday. Obama’s last visit came in May 2008 on the day of the Indiana primary election, when he was in a battle with Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination.
Authorities say three of four children rescued from deplorable conditions in a Henry County home – appeared to be dangerously underweight and malnourished; to the degree they had “poor linear and brain growth.” That’s according to physicians at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. Prosecutors have filed four counts of neglect of a dependent against the children’s mother, Sheena Zanghi and her husband, Vincent Zanghi. Henry County authorities’ say the home in which they were living had no running water, electricity, heat, working bathroom, stove or refrigerator.
Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson reminds Hoosiers that Monday, October 6 is the deadline to register to vote in the November 4 General Election. She is also making a special plea to the families of military and overseas voters to connect their loved ones with an absentee ballot request. Hoosiers can begin voting by in-person absentee ballot otherwise known as early voting on October 7.
Confirmation comes for family and friends seeking Brianna DiBattiste. The Jay County prosecutor says DNA tests confirm that the body found in southwestern Jay County on Sept. 1 is that of DiBattiste. The 25-year-old Dunkirk woman had been missing since June 16. Indiana State Police submitted that initial report and now authorities may have to wait several more weeks before tests can reveal the cause of her death.
A Muncie man is accused of holding a gun to a woman’s head and threatening her life.
The female victim tells authorities that 25-year-old Michale Lee Douglas Hyre placed a handgun to her head and said “I’m going to kill you,” while another man cut her husband’s face. Hyre is charged with intimidation and pointing a firearm. He also had a warrant from Muncie City Court for his arrest. A second suspect in the case has not been arrested.
An Alexandria man is being held after he allegedly tried to hit an ex-girlfriend with his vehicle. 23-year-old Stephen Kenneth Bruner allegedly tried to run her off the road and even pulled a gun and pointed it at her. Bruner is charged with intimidation, criminal recklessness and other charges. He was booked at the Delaware County jail under $10,000 bond.
A Pendleton lawyer has been placed on indefinite suspension by the Indiana Supreme Court. Amanda A. Johnson had been placed on suspension in February for non cooperation with the disciplinary process. A grievance had been filed against her but she did not respond to the disciplinary commission.
Indiana college students can now take advantage of the text-to-911 service. The Indiana Statewide 911 Board is now providing access to text-to-911 services on local university campuses. The technology was introduced earlier this year and allows people to text their emergency instead of calling. However, authorities remind students that in the event of an emergency, calling 911 is still the best option.
After serving the community for 54 years, the Daleville Lions Club has decided to call it quits. A spokesperson for the club says the decision to dissolve was made in September due, in large part, to low membership. The club currently has about 15 to 20 members who pay their dues, but the number of active members is actually lower than that. The club has already voted to donate its building, located at Sixth and Edwards streets, to the town of Daleville. The club will meet for the final time this month.
Hoosiers should find plenty of pumpkins this fall. Purdue Extension plant pathologist Dan Egel says mild weather in the spring allowed this year‘s Indiana pumpkin crop to flourish. Egel says August also brought an amount of rain suitable for pumpkin flowers to develop into healthy pumpkins.