Hamilton County man arrested for selling morphine

A Sheridan man accused of selling morphine pills he gets as a military veteran went to court yesterday.  62-year-old Ricky Leath had an initial hearing on felony charges of dealing in a narcotic drug.  He has been in the Hamilton County Jail since last Friday after he was arrested on a warrant for sales to an informant with the Hamilton County Drug Task Force.  Court documents indicate the informant identified Leath as a person who was a regular source for the narcotic painkiller.

$3.4 M grant will help K-12 student achievement

A 3.4 million dollar grant from Lilly Endowment will go towards the Indiana Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Resource Network, a group dedicated towards the improvement of K through 12 student achievement.  The funds will help support initiatives such as the Rose-Hulman Homework Hotline. The ultimate goal of the group is to position Indiana’s workforce for more than 40 thousand new jobs in the life sciences by 2012.

Irsay: It's time for Indy to host Super Bowl

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay says it’s time for the team to host a Super Bowl.  He’s hoping the league’s 31 other owners will agree later today when the select a location for the 2011 championship game.  The Irsay family will have owned the franchise for 40 years heading into the 2011 season.  Indianapolis is facing competition from Dallas and Phoenix as other possible sites for Super Bowl 45.

12-year-old arrested for making prank call to school

A 12-year-old student who confessed to making a prank call threatening the Sand Creek Intermediate school in Fishers has been arrested.  The boy was charged with Class D felony intimidation.  Sergeant Gerry Hepp of the Fishers Police Department believes the boy will be charged as a juvenile.  If he was tried as an adult, he could face a maximum sentence of 1.5 years in jail and a 10 thousand dollar fine.

State House bans guns; enforces use of metal detectors

Visitors to the Indiana State house will have to leave their guns at home and pass through metal detectors starting on June 7th. The new restrictions will be announced later today during a news conference at the Capitol Building.  The State House has been wide open with no metal detectors and numerous entrances.  The new policy will ban guns and visitors will have to pass through metal detectors and have their bags scanned by X-ray machines.

IPS Superintendent to parents: Behave or leave

Indianapolis Public School Superintendent Eugene White is telling families to be on their best behavior at their children’s graduation this year.  In a letter sent to families of this year’s graduates, White says a new policy will forbid cheering during the reading of names.  He says the goal is to restore decorum to the ceremonies to make sure every name can be heard.  If families are caught cheering too loudly, they will be escorted off the property by security.

Gannet plans to seel Marion Chronicle-Tribune

The Chronicle-Tribune will be sold to another company in approximately one month.  Gannett Company, Inc. owns the paper and made the announcement Monday.  President and Publisher Juli Metzger told members of the Chronicle-Tribune staff the newspaper was for sale.  As of Monday, the paper was donated to the Gannett Foundation, who will then sell the company.

Daniels refuses to suspend sales tax on gas

Governor Mitch Daniels says he will not suspend the state sales tax on gasoline, despite record prices at the pump.  Triple A Hoosier Motor Club says the average price for a regular gallon of gas in Indiana was $3.34.  Daniels says not is not the right time to suspend the tax, because he says he’s trying to restore the fiscal strength of state government.

IU raises in-state fees five percent

Indiana University trustees voted Monday to raise tuition and fees for in-state students by five percent in each of the next two years.  They also voted for a nine percent increase this year and an 11 percent raise next year for out-of-state students attending classes at the Bloomington Campus.  Indiana residents will pay a little more than 78 hundred dollars per semester and out-of-state residents will pay more than 22 thousand dollars this year.