Rep. Reske's Bill Passes

The Indiana House unanimously passed House Bill 1122, legislation introduced by state Rep. Scott Reske that works to keep juvenile offenders away from adult jail, according to a release from Reske’s office. This legislation grants juvenile courts the authority the handle certain cases where a minor who is at least 16 years is charged with a misdemeanor instead of a felony.

Storms Hit East Central Indiana Area

Significant wind damage was reported on at least one house trailer in Elwood Tuesday, as a line of severe thunderstorms raked across central Indiana. A severe thunderstorm warning was in effect for several Indiana counties, including Madison, until 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Reports of two semi trailers flipped over by the high winds were also received from Elwood. The trailers were in the parking lot of the Kmart on Indiana 37. Madison County Emergency Management Agency tracked the severe weather event as it passed through Madison County. Reported were pea-size hail in Elwood and Alexandria; 55-65 mph winds measured in Alexandria area

Neal Property Will Not Be Seized by State

A Hamilton County judge ruled that John L. Neal engaged in racketeering and that dozens of “Cherry Master” gaming devices at the center of the illegal gambling investigation are indeed wagering machines, but stopped short of ordering millions of dollars in cash and property seized be forfeited to the state. Judge Steven Nation, who is serving as the special judge in the civil case, issued the order on Friday, granting several motions from the state. But Nation stopped well short of ordering the money and the property seized during the investigation be handed over to the state.

Man Pleads Guilty in Anderson Shooting

An Indianapolis man involved in the triple shooting at the Anderson Fraternal Order of Fire Fighters Lodge over the summer pleaded guilty Tuesday and could face eight years in prison. Jamaar E. Patton of Indianapolis was charged with two counts of criminal recklessness, one count of battery, and dangerous possession of a firearm. Patton opened fire with an SKS assault rifle, similar to an AK-47, into a crowd of people gathered outside the hall during the early morning hours of July 28. The lodge had been rented out for a private party.

Indiana Senate Passes Illegal Immigrant Bill

The state must crack down on companies hiring illegal immigrants because the federal government is not doing so, lawmakers said Tuesday as the Senate passed a contentious immigration bill. The GOP-led Senate voted 37-11 for the proposal, which would only affect workers hired after Sept. 30, 2009. The bill would set up a three-tier punishment system for employers who knowingly hire illegal workers after that date. With three violations in 10 years, a company could lose its business license.

Muncie Mayor Attends State of Union Speech

Muncie Mayor Sharon McShurley, who attended the State of the Union address as the guest of U.S. Rep Mike Pence, late Monday called the event “very impressive.” McShurley said her position in the U.S. House gallery gave her the opportunity to observe first-hand the reactions to the president’s comments from some of the leading contenders to succeed him. The mayor said she supported Bush’s remarks concerning support for U.S. troops and military veterans.

Expert: BSU Police Violated Universally Accepted Police Procedures

Ball State University police violated universally accepted police procedures before, during and after the fatal shooting of BSU senior Michael McKinney, an expert testified on Monday. Then rookie police officer Robert Duplain is facing a multi-million lawsuit in the matter. within seconds of seeing McKinney, Duplain did nothing to avoid shooting the student twice in the back at a distance, the criminal investigator and consultant said.

Man Wins $1.5 Million Lawsuit

A 42-year-old severely mentally disabled man was awarded $1.5 million in damages Monday for suffering first and second-degree burns to his lower body when he was placed in a bath of scalding hot water while living at an Anderson assisted-living facility in 2000. It took the six-person jury slightly more than two hours to rule in favor of Audrey McGhee’s estate against Connersville-based Residential CRF and the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. Residential CRF, a for-profit corporation, provides services to the developmentally disabled through an agreement with FSSA.

Passenger Involved in Car-Train Crash Dies

A passenger in a car that was struck by a train last week at a near-eastside crossing in Muncie died Sunday at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Bobby English,suffered massive head injuries in the accident, at the CSX crossing on Vine Street about 4:15 p.m. Thursday. English’s 24-year-old son, Bobby Griffin, was driving the car when it pulled in to the path of the oncoming locomotive. Griffin was also badly hurt and remained hospitalized at Methodist on Monday, although his condition had been upgraded to fair.

Taxpayers Tell Township Trustees to Streamline Government

Taxpayers looking to streamline government squared off with township trustees Monday at the Delaware County Commissioners meeting. Both sides debated the merits of a resolution creating a committee that would study consolidating township operations with county government. Citizens of Delaware County for Property Tax Repeal are behind the efforts to consolidate township government in Delaware County. Efforts are also under way in the Indiana Legislature to eliminate township property assessors.