Shenandoah H.S. teacher arrested for breaking into home

A high school teacher has been accused of breaking into a Henry County home.  Police say 44-year-old Matthew Ray Fox of New Castle allegedly broke into a home near Indiana 234 in December to steal hydrocodone.  He was employed at Shenandoah High School and was released from the Henry County Jail after posting a 30 thousand dollar bond.

10-year-old brings gun to Evansville school

Evansville Police say a 10-year-old boy who brought a loaded handgun to school and showed it to a student, likely didn’t intend to shoot the firearm.  The weapon was confiscated by a school bus driver without incident Wednesday afternoon.  The boy told police he found the gun as he was looking for bubble gum in his house and decided to bring it to school.  Police Chief Brad Hill says the boy was keen on “showing it off to different kids.”

Investigation of riot expected to be complete today

State officials are anticipating their investigation to be complete later today into what sparked a riot at the New Castle Correctional Facility.  State Prisons Chief J. David Donahue will review the findings and has the ability to make them public by next week.  Indiana Department of Corrections Spokesman Evan Hawkins says it is unclear if Donahue will suggest any changes to the prison policy.

INDOT: Ride your bike this month

INDOT is urging Hoosiers to pick up their bicycles and leave their cars behind.  May is National Bike Month and there are more places to ride your bike than ever in Indiana. There are currently over 600 miles of trails suitable for cycling, with about half for road bikes and the other half for mountain bikes.

Indianapolis K-9 shot and killed in the line of duty

An Indianapolis police department K-9 was shot and killed Thursday after a residential burglary led to a car chase.  Authorities say Officer Scott Johnson shot and wounded 21-year-old Clinton Hernandez after he opened fire on Johnson’s dog, Bo.  Hernandez tried to flee on foot after leading police on a car chase. Johnson then released Bo in pursuit of the suspect when Hernandez shot the dog with a 9-mm handgun.  Bo was eight years old.

Daniels signs cigarette tax hike into law

Approximately 300 people were in attendance as Governor Mitch Daniels signed a bill to increase cigarette taxes by 44 cents.  The measure will help provide health insurance to more Hoosiers and allow funding for other medical care initiatives.  The tax increase will take effect July 1st and is expected to bring in an additional $206 million per year.

Man wanted in shooting turns himself in

A Marion man wanted in connection to a shooting in April turned himself into Grant County Sheriff’s Deputies yesterday morning.  28-year-old Charlie James Cox II was arrested on warrants of criminal recklessness and battery with a firearm, pointing a firearm and carrying a handgun without a permit.  He is being held at the Grant County Jail on a 30 thousand dollar bond.

Blair to step down as Prime Minister in June

Tony Blair announced yesterday he will step down as England’s Prime Minister on June 27th. He had held the post for ten years and fought for peace in Northern Ireland and followed the United States to war in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Blair is leaving office amongst out of favor voters for sending British forces to join the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.

Police say man bragged about setting church fire

Police say the man accused of setting fire to a New Castle Church the day before Easter apparently bragged to another convicted felon he started the fire to cover up a break-in.  33-year-old William Abbot was arrested Thursday on five felony counts after fingerprints on a bottle of wine led police to him.  He was being held on a $340 thousand bond at the Henry County Jail.