HOUSE FIRE-THREE DEAD
3rd teen pleads guilty in fatal New Albany fire
NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) - A 19-year-old New Albany woman has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit arson in connection with a house fire in which three young siblings died.
Kylie Jenks formally entered the plea Monday in Floyd Circuit Court. Under a plea deal, she faces six to 20 years in prison. She's due to be sentenced Sept. 9.
Investigators say she drove 18-year-old Cody Cashion to a New Albany home where he fired a flare inside Jan. 4, igniting a fire that killed 2-year-old Trinity Hughes, 4-year-old Tyrese Hughes and 6-year-old Tai'zah Hughes.
Cashion pleaded guilty to three counts of murder and arson on Friday under a plea deal. A third teen, 18-year-old Shelby Makowsky of Clarksville, also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit arson and was sentenced in May to 20 years.
CARMEL DETOUR WOES
Carmel ordinance targets detouring semitrailers
CARMEL, Ind. (AP) - The city of Carmel has banned semitrailers from some of its streets after the big rigs began using them to get around a closed section of U.S. 31 north of Indianapolis.
A new ordinance adds weight restrictions to some of its major thoroughfares.
Councilman Rick Sharp tells WISH-TV he recently saw one truck run a red light, another attempting a three-point turn in too tight of an area, and a third that became stuck on a decorative fountain.
Sharp says some truckers have ignored posted detour signs and end up stuck in areas too small for them to maneuver.
WTHR-TV reports the semitrailers also are creating congestion on Carmel roundabouts and tearing them up.
Part of U.S. 31 is closed in Carmel for construction.
WILLOW SLOUGH SEARCH
Search for man continues at NW Indiana lake
MOROCCO, Ind. (AP) - Recovery crews are searching for the body of a Hammond man believed to have drowned at Willow Slough Fish and Wildlife Area.
Indiana conservation officers say 24-year-old Saul Lopez disappeared Saturday evening after jumping off a rubber raft at J.C. Murphey Lake at Willow Slough.
Conservation Officer Terri Arlandson tells The (Munster) Times (http://bit.ly/1kMLgg2 ) the search continued Monday at the Newton County lake about 45 miles south of Gary.
Officers say the raft had begun losing air and that Lopez and another person aboard it tried to row back to shore before Lopez jumped into the water to try to push it. Witnesses said Lopez swam for a short while before disappearing under the water and didn't resurface. He wasn't wearing a life jacket.
DOMESTIC DISPUTE CRASH
Police: Fort Wayne man chasing wife dies in crash
NEW HAVEN, Ind. (AP) - Police say a Fort Wayne man died when he crashed a van while his wife and stepdaughter were fleeing from him in another vehicle.
Allen County sheriff's Cpl. Jeremy Tinkel says 54-year old George Collins was pronounced dead soon after the crash Sunday night at an intersection near Interstate 469 just outside New Haven.
The Allen County coroner's office says Collins wasn't wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the van after it rolled on its side.
Tinkel says a domestic dispute escalated into the chase during which the woman called police. Dispatchers were talking with her daughter in an attempt to get them to slow down or to head to a police station.
Tinkel says the woman isn't expected to face charges.
Indy to use computer game to teach kids about law
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indianapolis police are trying out an interactive computer game based on television's "Jeopardy!" to try to prevent teenagers from falling into lives of crime.
Police spokesman Lt. Chris Bailey says teens attending Tuesday's presentation of the Juvenile Justice Jeopardy game will be treated to free pizza at a YMCA branch.
The game developed by Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Strategies for Youth teaches youngsters about the law, the consequences of their actions and how to interact with police.
The nonprofit group's executive director, Lisa Thurau, says the game takes 90 minutes to play and youngsters are asked 26 questions to test their knowledge.
Two businessmen paid the $15,000 cost of the game and its licenses so it can be used by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and the Indy Public Safety Foundation.
Indianapolis airport materials at History Center
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Photographs and news clippings detailing the history of the Indianapolis International Airport have been archived at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center and are available for viewing upon request.
The material highlights the history of the airport, which opened in 1931 as Indianapolis Municipal Airport and was known for years as Weir Cook Municipal Airport in honor of World War I pilot Harvey Weir Cook. The current airport's terminal is named after the pilot.
The airport terminal has grown from 21,000 square feet to 1.2 million square feet.
The collection includes historical flight schedules and financial reports, brochures and vintage photos.
Selections from the collection can also be viewed online at http://images.indianahistory.org/cdm/search/collection/p16797coll5.
GREENE COUNTY SLAYING
2 caught after SW Indiana man found slain in home
SOLSBERRY, Ind. (AP) - Indiana State Police say two men considered persons of interest have been taken into custody after a Greene County man was found slain in his rural home.
Sgt. Curt Durnil says Indianapolis police took 35-year-old Jason Lee Caldwell of Solsberry into custody before 4 a.m. Monday. He says 41-year-old Kevin Vern Caldwell was captured Sunday evening. It's not clear whether the two men are related.
Troopers found the body of 54-year-old David Lamm in his home about 15 miles west of Bloomington on Saturday afternoon after the Greene County Sheriff's Department received a 911 call. How Lamm died hasn't been released.
Durnil says both Caldwells were wanted on Greene County warrants on unrelated charges.
New alcohol charge against John Mellencamp's son
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - The 20-year-old son of rock star John Mellencamp faces an underage drinking charge while awaiting resolution of charges that he and his brother seriously injured a man in a fight.
Monroe County court records show Hud Mellencamp of Bloomington was charged July 10 with a misdemeanor count of illegal alcohol consumption. Details about the case weren't immediately available.
Defense attorney Jennifer Lukemeyer did not immediately return a message from The Associated Press seeking comment Monday on the new charge and the request from prosecutors that Mellencamp's bond be revoked from his 2013 arrest.
In that case, Hud Mellencamp and his younger brother, Speck, face felony battery charges that they punched and kicked a 19-year-old man who they believed had hit Speck Mellencamp earlier that night.
John Mellencamp lives near Bloomington.
HIGHWAY DAMAGE LAWSUIT
Indiana's bills for highway damage faces challenge
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A trucking company is asking the state appeals court to limit the Indiana Department of Transportation's authority to sue over damage done to state highways.
The challenge is in court as the highway agency is trying to collect more from those blamed for property damage, increasing its billing more than 50 percent in the past year to about $7 million.
Tennessee-based Averitt Express Inc. is appealing a Putnam County judge's ruling that it owes $60,000 for guardrail and pavement damage from a 2011 crash on Interstate 70. The Indianapolis Business Journal (http://bit.ly/1ntGQjY ) reports Averitt maintains such highway repair work is already paid for by tax money.
The Indiana attorney general's office argues the state can seek payment for damage caused by negligence regardless of whether a company pays taxes.
DUMP TRUCK FATALITY
Dump truck crash kills 1, closes Indiana highway
FRENCH LICK, Ind. (AP) - State police say a crash that killed a dump truck driver closed a southern Indiana highway for several hours as crews worked to remove the vehicle from the roadway.
Police say 28-year-old Gared Blake Allen of West Baden was driving a Sterling dump truck partially loaded with soil when he drove off the edge of State Road 56 about 7:30 a.m. Monday for an unknown reason. Allen's truck slid down into a ditch, overturned and struck a tree near French Lick.
Police say Allen, who wasn't wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sgt. Philip Hensley says the highway remained closed at 11:30 a.m. but was expected to reopen by early Monday afternoon after crews used a trailer to remove the truck.
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