Steffy's parents hire law firm

THE PARENTS OF PURDUE FRESHMAN WADE STEFFY ARE ANTICIPATING LEGAL ACTION BEING TAKEN AGAINST THE UNIVERSITY IN THE DEATH OF THEIR SON.  DALE STEFFY AND DAWN ADAMS SAY THEY HAVE HIRED AN INDIANAPOLIS BASED PERSONAL-INJURY LAW FIRM AS THEIR REPRESENTATIVES.  HOWEVER, ONE OF THE ATTORNEY’S WITH THE LAW FIRM SAYS IT IS TO EARLY TO DISCUSS IF THE FAMILY WILL TAKE LEGAL ACTION.

Test results indicate student was not drunk at time of crash

A TOXICOLOGY REPORT SHOWS A BALL STATE STUDENT WAS DRINKING BUT NOT LEGALLY INTOXICATED WHEN HE CRASHED HIS CAR, KILLING HIS FRONT SEAT PASSENGER.  POLICE SAY 21-YEAR-OLD TODD LAMKIN LOST CONTROL OF HIS CAR IN JANUARY AND COLLIDED WITH AN S-U-V.  THE CRASH KILLED 19-YEAR-OLD TRAVIS SMITH.   LAMKIN COULD STILL FACE PROSECUTION FOR RECKLESS HOMICIDE OR INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER.

Animal caracasses found near creek in Jay Co.

MORE THAN 250 ANIMAL CARACASSES WERE FOUND SCATTERED ALONG A STEEP BANK LEADING DOWN TO A SMALL CREEK IN JAY COUNTY.  AUTHORITIES SAY SOME OF THE CARCASSES APPEARED TO BE IN GARBAGE BAGS, WHILE OTHERS WERE SCATTERED.  THE CARCASSES WERE FOUND LAST WEEK BY TWO WOMEN WHO WERE WALKING IN THE AREA.  THE INVESTIGATION OF THE CASE HAS LED TO MERCER COUNTY, OHIO, WHERE SEVERAL ANIMALS HAVE BEEN REPORTED MISSING.

Marriage ban proposal draws large rally

THE BIGGEST RALLY OF THE YEAR AT THE STATEHOUSE TOOK PLACE ON TUESDAY AFTER APPROXIMATELY ONE THOUSAND PEOPLE TURNED OUT TO DEMAND VOTES FROM LEGISLATORS ON THE GAY MARRIAGE BAN.  AUTHOR OF THE MARRIAGE AMENDMENT SENATOR BRANDT HERSHMAN SAYS HIS GOAL IS TO PROTECT MARRIAGE FROM THE ACTIONS OF ACTIVIST JUDGES BY MAKING SAME SEX MARRIAGES ILLEGAL.  THE AMENDMENT IS NOW AWAITING AN UNSCHEDULED VOTE BY AN INDIANA HOUSE COMMITTEE.

Two children hit while riding bicycle in Indianapolis

TWO CHILDREN RIDING A BICYCLE NEAR 46TH STREET AND CENTRAL AVENUE WERE STRUCK BY A CAR TUESDAY AFTERNOON, KILLING ONE AND CRITICALLY INJURING THE OTHER.  AUTHORITIES SAY 42-YEAR-OLD MARGARET GRAVES FELL ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL ACCIDENTALLY AND DRIFTED OVER THE CENTERLINE, STRIKING THE TWO CHILDREN.  14-YEAR-OLD SHUKRI MOHAMED IBRAHIM DIED ON THE SCENE AND HER NINE-YEAR-OLD BROTHER HASSAN MOHAMED IBRAHIM WAS TAKEN TO METHODIST HOSPITAL IN CRITICAL, BUT STABLE CONDITION.  THE CHILDREN’S FAMILY ARE SOMALIAN REFUGEES WHO HAD JUST MOVED TO THE AREA SIX DAYS AGO.

Hoosier Park officials await decision on slot machines

HOOSIER PARK OFFICIALS ARE ANXIOUSLY AWAITING A DECISION FROM THE INDIANA SENATE ON A BILL THAT WOULD ALLOW SLOT MACHINE GAMING AT INDIANAS TWO HORSE TRACKS.  TWO MORE AMENDMENTS WERE ADDED TO THE BILL, INCLUDING ONE THAT SENDS THE COMBINED $800 MILLION LIECENSING FEES TO THE STATE GENERAL FUND, INSTEAD OF THE INDIANA LIFE SCIENCES FUND OR A PROPERTY TAX-RELIEF FUND.  THE SENATE WILL CONVENE ON THURSDAY TO MAKE A FINAL VOTE ON THE BILL.

Marion nursing home faces probation

A MARION NURSING HOME MAY BE PLACED ON PROBATION IN RELATION TO THE ACCIDENTAL DEATH LAST MONTH OF A RESIDENT WITH ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE.  THE INDIANA STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ALSO WANTS THE BRANDER VILLAGE HEALTH CARE CENTER TO HIRE A REGISTERED NURSE CONSULTANT, AS WELL AS A LICENSED ADMINISTRATOR CONSTULTNAT FOR FULL TIME WORK.  THE BODY OF 76-YEAR-OLD CLARENCE ELLIOT WAS FOUND AT ABOUT 3 A.M. ON FEBRUARY 15 OUTSIDE A LOCKED DOOR ON A NIGHT WHEN TEMPERATURES FELL BELOW ZERO.  AN AUTOPSY REPORTED ELLIOT DIED OF HYPOTHERMIA.

Muncie man indicted by gand jury

A MUNCIE MAN WITH A LONG RECORD WAS INDICTED BY A GRAND JURY IN RANDOLPH CIRCUIT COURT ON A WEAPONS-RELATED CHARGE.  35-YEAR-OLD JEREMY HALE LEE WAS INDICTED ON A CHARGE OF POSSESSION OF A FIREARM BY A SERIOUS VIOLENT FELON.  LEE ALLEGEDLY OWNED A .45-CALIBER HANDGUN THAT WAS USED IN THE SHOOTING DEATH OF HIS FORMER GIRLFRIEND ANGELA HUSER IN JULY OF 2006.  IF CONVICTED, LEE COULD FACE UP TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON.

Local officials "shaken" in Japan

LOCAL OFFICIALS ON AN ECONOMIC TRADE MISSION IN JAPAN SAY THEY FELT THE IMPACT OF LAST WEEKEND’S EARTHQUAKE.  MUNCIE MAYOR DAN CANAN AND COUNTY AND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OFFICERS WERE AT THEIR HOTEL WHEN THE QUAKE STRUCK ON SUNDAY.  THE GROUP IS IN JAPAN TO MEET WITH THE PRESIDENT OF KEIHIN.  CANAN SAYS THE GROUP IS ALSO PLANNING OTHER MEETINGS WITH HONDA PARTS MANUFACTURERS.