Daniels approves weather radio law

A law to require those who live in mobile homes to have weather radios was signed by Governor Mitch Daniels Monday.  The law will take effect after June 30th for those who install mobile homes in Indiana to have special radios to alert people of severe weather.  Kathryn martin of Evansville initiated the bill after her two-year-old son and two other family members died in a tornado that struck a mobile home park in November of 2005.

Arrests possible in animal dumping case

Authorities in Jay County say arrests could be made as early as next week in relation to the case of animal carcasses being dumped along a rural road.  More than 250 carcasses were found along a steep bank that leads down to a small creek on spooky hollow road.  The area in which the carcasses were found is less than three miles of the Indiana-Ohio border, where houses are far apart. Those involved in the possible arrests are likely to face charges of illegally disposing of animals.

Property tax restructuring faces more opposition

Resistance is growing against a final plan to reform the state’s property tax system in the Indiana General Assembly.  Republicans and Democrats are hoping to reach an agreement for a plan to provide homeowners relief from rising property taxes, as well as giving local governments more flexibility to balance budgets.  Education lobbyists say an overhaul of the tax law could disrupt local school districts budgets.  However, Senate Republicans say their plan will to shift school and other costs to the state from local tax rolls.

Police say convicted felon killed wife

New Castle Police say a convicted felon stabbed his wife to death inside their home on Sunday.  51-year-old Nancy Bise died from multiple stab wounds, and her husband, 52-year-old Charles Bise also suffered injuries during the incident.  Criminal records show Charles Bise had served time in prison for a DWI. New Castle Police Chief Jim Nicholson says this incident was not the first time police have been called to the Bise home. 

State Police officer takes own life

A 20-year veteran of the Indiana state police killed himself Sunday.  43-year-old First Sergeant Jeffery Etheridge of fishers was pronounced dead at the scene of his ex-girlfriend’s home.  The ex-girlfriend was not home at the time of the shooting, however family members called police when Etheridge began kicking a door.

Indiana cities vie for All-America City Award

Two Indiana cities are among 22 finalists nationwide for the All-America City Award.  Fort Wayne and LaPorte will compete this June in California for the honor given by the National Civic League.  Criteria for the award include active citizen involvement, a strong capacity for cooperation, as well as effective and efficient government.

Camry production begins in Lafayette

Production of the Toyota Camry is underway at the Subaru of Indiana Automotive plant in Lafayette.  The first car of the Toyota S-I-A partnership rolled off the assembly line Friday.  The plant will eventually produce 100-thousand Camrys each year.  Governor Mitch Daniels says the presence of Toyota is another strong development for the auto industry in Indiana’s economy and that Indiana is the only state to make three major automotive investments in the last year.

Taste of Muncie draws over 500

The 21st annual A Taste of Muncie was held yesterday at the Cornerstone Center for the Arts.  More than 500 people attended this year’s event to support programs and events that take place at the building.  Winners from this year’s event include Vera Mae’s, Scotty’s Brewhouse, MCL and Pete’s Duck Inn.

Developer to fund Muncie wetland preserve

A Hendricks County developer has agreed to fund 15 acres of a wetland preserve in Muncie.  Heritage hills LLC, of Plainfield will spend $170 thousand to renew a portion of the John Craddock wetland nature preserve. The company is funding the Muncie preserve in order to compensate for filling in two-and-a-half acres of state and federally regulated wetlands for a 245 acre housing addition near Avon.