A body dragged from the Euphrates River by Iraqi police on Wednesday is said to be one of three American soldiers abducted in an ambush that al-Qaida say they were responsible. The U.S. military has yet to identify the victim and continued with their search south of Baghdad. A military official also says a second body was found in an area near the first body.
A twin-engine prop plane made a hard landing in Kokomo Tuesday morning. A Cessna 421 was damaged, however the five people on board the plane were not injured. Airport officials say the plane was leaving the Kokomo Municipal Airport when the pilot reported engine trouble and turned the aircraft around. Airport manager Frank Cade says as the plane was landing, the landing gear was torn off and the aircraft skidded about 950 feet before coming to a stop near the end of the runway.
An open letter was sent to students, parents and employees in the Indianapolis Public School district by Superintendent Eugene White. Hes apologizing for the accidental disclosure of confidential student and staff records over the internet. Thousands of files were left unprotected on two servers, including teachers grade books, class rosters and student writings.
Former Ivy Tech vice president Carol DAmico received a lump sum payment of 191 thousand dollars in exchange for promising not to sue the institution. DAmico resigned as vice president after she was passed over by the board of trustees in their search for a new president. As part of the agreement, the school will also pay for her health care coverage premium for one year. However DAmico agreed that she would not seek employment with the college for four years.
Oak Hill Schools have named a new superintendent. Oak Hill High School Principal Joel Martin will take over the position after Jim Smith announced his retirement will be effective December 31st. Martin has been the principal at the high school for the last three years.
Muncie police are hoping a video surveillance tape and blood drippings will lead to a suspected burglar. Authorities say dried blood was found at the scene at the Rooster Tail Saloon on Broadway Avenue. Police were there investigating a burglary. The surveillance video shows a slender white male approach the bar 25 minutes after employees left work Tuesday night around 2:30 a.m.
A small barge that sank into roughly 15 feet of water off the shore of Lake Freeman in Monticello will try to be removed by workers. They hope to get the 30-by-40-foot barge out before the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. Conservation officer Dave Shwanke says the location of the boat is okay for now, because it is close to the shore.
A Bloomington man who lost his wallet 37 years ago got it back with everything still inside. John Mitchell had his billfold returned to him by workers who were renovating the Musical Arts building on the campus of Indiana University. A physical plant employee recognized Mitchell from some pictures and contacted his son. Mitchell says he was a welder during the construction of the building and believes the wallet must have slipped from his pocket while he was working on some steel beams.
Shoppers at several Meijer stores got an unexpected discount on their purchases. Store officials say a mistake briefly knocked 50 percent off of nearly every item sold. 179 stores in the Meijer chain even gave the discount to customers who bought fuel inside gas stations. A half-off discount only intended for a style of oriental rug accidentally applied to almost everything sold by the retailer.
An investigation of the April 24th riot at the New Castle Correctcional Facility is complete. Indiana State Police Sergeant Rod Russel said in a press release yesterday that Detective Chris Yeend and Indiana Department of Corrections investigator Todd Tappy had finished their work and turned the case over to the Henry County Prosecutor.