Death toll rises past 100 for April

THE U.S. DEATH TOLL IN IRAQ PASSED 100 FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL AFTER A SUICIDE BOMBER ATTACKED A CROWD OF FUNERAL MOURNERS MONDAY.  IT WAS ONE OF THE DEADLIEST MONTHS SO FAR IN THE WAR FOR U.S. FORCES.  THE 104 DEATHS AMONG AMERICAN TROOPS WAS EIGHT FEWER THAN THE 112 KILLED IN DECEMBER OF LAST YEAR.

Schools receive funding from state for full-day kindergarten

SCHOOLS ACROSS THE STATE ARE LIKELY TO MOVE FORWARD WITH FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN PROGRAMS, FOLLOWING THE LEGISLATURE’S DECSION TO PARTIALLY FUND THE INITIATIVE. MONEY WILL NOW COME IN THE FORM OF GRANTS. THE STATE WILL PROVIDE $90 MILLION TOWARDS FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN BY 2009, EVEN THOUGH IT IS $70 MILLION LESS THAN GOVERNOR DANIELS HAD ASKED FOR.

Daniels speaks on prison riot

GOVERNOR MITCH DANIELS SPOKE FOR THE FIRST TIME MONDAY SINCE LAST WEEK’S PRISON RIOT IN NEW CASTLE.  HE STANDS FIRM BY HIS STATE CORRECTIONS COMMISSIONER AND THE STATE OVERSIGHT OF THE FACILITY. DANIELS SAYS DISTURBANCES OCCUR BECAUSE OF THE TYPE OF PEOPLE INCARCERATED AND NOT THE PEOPLE WHO RUN THEM.

Popular TV show leads to arrest in Indy

A WOMAN PROFILED ON FOX’S “AMERICA’S MOST WANTED” WAS ARRESTED BY U.S. MARSHALS IN INDIANAPOLIS. LIZZETTE GARVIN WAS APPREHENDED ON THE CITY’S WEST SIDE SUNDAY EVENING. INVESTIGATORS SAY THE 20-YEAR CON ARTIST IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HUNDREDS OF BURGLARIES ACROSS THE NATION.

Woman apologizes for naming Tobias

A WOMAN HAS APOLOGIZED FOR NAMING A FORMER BUSH ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL AS A CLIENT OF HER ESCORT SERVICE. RANDALL TOBIAS RESIGNED LAST FRIDAY AS HEAD OF THE FOREIGN AID PROGRAM AMID ALLEGATIONS OF USING DEBORAH JANE PALFREY’S FIRM FOR PROSTITUTION. HOWEVER, TOBIAS MAINTAINS HE USED THE FIRM FOR LEGAL SERVICES ONLY.

Body found in trunk identified

THE BODY OF A MAN FOUND INSIDE THE TRUNK OF A PARKED CAR LAST WEEKEND HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED.  33-YEAR-OLD SHAWN QUICK WAS REPORTED MISSING MARCH FOURTH BY HIS GIRLFRIEND.  QUICK’S CASE HAS BEEN RULED A HOMICIDE AFTER AN AUTOPSY DETERMINED HE DIED FROM A GUNSHOT WOUND TO THE HEAD.

Noblesville man faces animal neglect charges

A NOBLESVILLE MAN IS FACING CHARGES OF ABANDONING AND NEGLECTING DOGS. 24-YEAR-OLD ADAM LEE MC-REE WILL APPEAR IN COURT JUNE 20TH ON NINE COUNTS OF ABANDONMENT AND NEGLECT OF AN ANIMAL. MC-REE WAS ARRESTED AFTER A FOUR MONTH LONG INVESTIGATION FOUND PIT-BULLS WERE LEFT BEHIND EAST OF U.S. 31 BETWEEN 209TH AND 221ST STREETS.

Secrecy law upheld by Court of Appeals

A STATE LOTTERY SECRECY LAW WAS UPHELD BY THE INDIANA COURT OF APPEALS.  A FORMER HOOSIER LOTTERY SECURITY OFFICIAL COULD FACE UP TO 50 YEARS IN PRISON FOR DISCLOSING CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION PERTAINING TO THE LOTTERY. WILLIAM C. FOREMAN AND HIS ATTORNEY ARGUE THE PENALTY VILOATES THE STATE CONSTITUTION BECAUSE IT IS DISPROPORTIONATE TO THE CRIME.

New rule bans cell phones from courthouse

CELL PHONES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IN THE GRANT COUNTY COURTHOUSE BUILDING.  OFFICIALS SAY THE RULE WAS MADE FOR SECURITY REASONS DESPITE SEVERAL COMPLAINTS. CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE MARK SPITZER SAYS THE MAIN CONCERN WAS OVER THE POSSIBILITY OF PICTURES BEING TAKEN WITH CAMERA PHONES.  MOST INDIANA COURTROOMS DO NOT ALLOW THE USE OF CAMERAS DURING TRIALS.