New budget includes $550 million in tax relief

A NEW $26 BILLION TWO-YEAR BUDGET WAS APPROVED YESTERDAY BY HOUSE DEMOCRATS, DESPITE THREATS FROM REPUBLICANS WHO DID NOT VOTE ON THE MEASURE.  THEY SAY THE BILL DID NOT OFFER ENOUGH PROPERTY TAX RELIEF TO HOMEOWNERS THIS YEAR.  HOWEVER, THE BILL DID PASS IN THE REPUBLICAN CONTROLLED SENATE AND WILL INCLUDE $550 MILLION IN PROPERTY TAX RELIEF.

Police find body in trunk of parked car

A BODY WAS DISCOVERED IN THE TRUNK OF A PARKED CAR IN INDIANAPOLIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON.  POLICE RESPONDED TO A COMPLAINT OF A BAD ODOR COMING FROM A VEHICLE AT AN APARTMENT COMPLEX ON THE CITY’S NORTHSIDE. AN AUTOPSY HAS BEEN PLANNED LATER IN THE WEEK TO DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF DEATH.

Grant money to help Indy fight gang violence

A FEDERAL GRANT OF $2.5 MILLION HAS BEEN GIVEN TO THE CITY OF INDIANAPOLIS TO HELP FIGHT GANG VIOLENCE.  A DETECTIVE WITH THE METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT IS HOPEFUL THE MONEY WILL HELP AUTHORITIES FIGHT GANGS IN THE INDIANAPOLIS AREA.  THE CITY WAS ONE OF FOUR ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO RECEIVE FEDERAL FUNDS.

Deadline approaching to file tax appeals

FRIDAY IS THE LAST DAY FOR DELAWARE COUNTY PROPERTY OWNERS TO FILE APPEALS ON THEIR TAX ASSESSMENTS.  OWNERS CAN FILL OUT A FORM 130 WITH A TOWNSHIP ASSESSOR OR FILE A LETTER TO MAKE THEIR APPEAL. THE LOCAL PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENT BOARD OF APPEALS WILL HAVE THE FINAL SAY ON ANY CHANGES.

Second investigation underway at New Castle

AN INVESTIGATION INTO A SECOND INCIDENT AT THE NEW CASTLE CORRECTIONAL FACILITY IS UNDER WAY.  CHANNEL SIX NEWS REPORTS A CHEMICAL AGENT WAS USED ON SOME OF THE INMATES, AFTER A REBELLION FOLLOWING LUNCH ON FRIDAY.  THE FACILITY WAS THE SITE OF A FULL SCALE RIOT THAT LEFT TWO STAFF MEMBERS INJURED LAST TUESDAY.

New law requires all passengers to wear seat belts

A LAW TO REQUIRE EVERY PASSENGER IN A VEHICLE TO WEAR A SEAT BELT PASSED THE SENATE SUNDAY, INCLUDING TRUCKS AND BACK SEAT RIDERS. IF THE BILL PASSES THE HOUSE, IT WOULD THEN BE UP TO GOVERNOR DANIELS TO SIGN THE BILL INTO LAW.  THE LAW WOULD LET POLICE TO TICKET PEOPLE FOR NOT WEARING SEATBELTS, HOWEVER ENFORCMENT ZONES WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED.

Landfill to be used as bio-diesel plant

A FORMER LANDFILL NORTH OF LAFAYETTE WILL BE TURNED INTO A BIO-DIESEL PLANT. G-E-I FUELS LLC WILL INVEST $6.5 MILLION TO BUILD A PLANT TO PROCESS SOYBEAN OIL INTO FUEL FROM WASTED GASES AT THE LIBERTY LANDFILL. THE PLANT WOULD EMPLOY ABOUT 15 PEOPLE AND PRODUCE APPROXIMATELY FIVE MILLION GALLONS GAS PER YEAR.

Police: Mayor stole money from city

AN INDIANA MAYOR IS ACCUSED OF STEALING MONEY FROM THE CITY.  INVESTIGATORS IN MONTICELLO SAY 71-YEAR-OLD ROBERT FOX SUBMITTED FALSE MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT CLAIMS OVER A THREE-YEAR-PERIOD, ADDING UP TO TWENTY-FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS.  FOX IS FACING NEARLY 40 COUNTS OF THEFT.