Governor Mike Pence announced his legislative agenda Monday for the upcoming session of the Indiana General Assembly which begins today. The Governor says he’s making jobs, roads, education and healthcare top priorities. No word from the Governor on LGBT issues that proved contentious last year.
The Indiana Fraternal Order of Police has endorsed Greg Zoeller in his run for U.S. Congress. They say it marks the first time the Indiana FOP has endorsed a candidate in a contested primary. Zoeller is running for Indiana’s 9th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Zoeller, currently Indiana’s attorney general, says he’s honored by the endorsement.
Five years after Indiana banned texting while driving; legislators may look at clamping down on other cell phone distractions. The law prohibits sending texts or emails while driving, but neglected to cover surfing the web. Phones have gotten more sophisticated; drivers now tweet, play games, or watch videos on their phones when they should be watching the road. A bill has been introduced to revisit the law and get ahead of any future apps by defining not what’s prohibited, but what’s allowed.
A father and son seriously hurt when their vehicle was hit by a Randolph County rescue truck are suing White River Township and its fire department. The victims, Andrew Bryner and son Larry were hit in December 2013 after Bryner stopped at the scene of a traffic accident and was rear ended by a responding rescue vehicle. The lawsuit claims severe and permanent injuries, medical bills and the loss of the vehicle, totalling more than $21,000.
Two men in Farmland were arrested in a recent heroin investigation. 23-year-old Dillon Horvath and 28-year-old Justin Wilson are facing possession of drugs and paraphernalia. They were taken to Randolph County jail on New Years Eve, each with $500 cash bonds. One of the men has a previous conviction of marijuana possession from 2014.
The first fatal crash of the new year claimed the life of a Marion woman on Saturday. Rebecca S. Scott died the day before her 63rd birthday after a crash on I-69 near the Grant-Delaware county line. Her vehicle hit the median wire retainer and spun back onto the interstate. She was able to drive herself to a rest step and called police. EMTs took her to a Muncie hospital for back pain. The coroner said Scott suffered a ruptured spleen.
A popular Yorktown restaurant caught fire early this morning in the 9000 block of West Smith St. Fire crews were called about 3 a.m. to the former El Rancho Poblano building where flames were visible through the roof. The owners had moved out last fall and moved into the former Brother Jimmy’s location two doors down. The cause of the fire is not yet known, and the state fire marshal will investigate.
A skydiving accident on New Year’s Day has claimed the life of a 54-year-old woman from Martinsville. Police in Johnson County say while her parachute DID open, they are unsure what caused Theresa Woods to impact the ground. She was found unresponsive in a field just to the south of her intended target.
A fire on New Year’s Day created a lot of havoc for fire crews in West Terre Haute. They were called to a cabin fire around 10 that morning. However, one of the roads needed to access the cabin had been flooded, and the fire fighters had to load their equipment onto a boat to get to the scene. While problematic, they were able to reach the burning cabin and put out the fire. No one was home at the time and no one was injured.
Delaware County has recorded its first traffic fatality of 2016, after a Marion woman was fatally injured in a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 69. Police say 62-year-old Rebecca Scott was driving in the southbound lanes near the Grant-Delaware county line when her vehicle left the roadway, struck the wire retainer in the median, and spun back onto the interstate. She then drove on to a nearby rest stop, where she notified authorities. She was taken by ambulance to the hospital after complaining of pain. The coroner says her injuries included a ruptured spleen.