Indy 'unlikely' to seek 2016 party conventions
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Don't count on Indianapolis hosting either the Democratic or Republican national conventions in 2016.
Mayor Greg Ballard's spokesman said Tuesday the city is "unlikely" to submit bids to host either of the conventions. Ballard spokesman Marc Lotter said both major parties reached out to the city, but the city's tourism officials have already booked other events through much of 2016.
Lotter also noted that the parties typically require host cities to raise millions of dollars as part of the hosting agreement.
Indianapolis Democratic Party Chairman Joel Miller called the Ballard administration's explanation "ludicrous" and noted the city has successfully hosted many other high-profile events.
Indianapolis hosted the Super Bowl in 2012 and has submitted a bid for the 2018 game. The National Rifle Association is meeting in Indianapolis this week.
HOUSE FIRE-THREE DEAD
Teen admits charge related to fatal S. Ind. fire
NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) - An 18-year-old southern Indiana woman has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in connection with a house fire that killed three young siblings.
Shelby Makowsky of Clarksville entered the plea Tuesday to a charge of conspiracy to commit arson in return for prosecutors reducing the charge from a more serious felony. She faces possible penalties of six to 20 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines when she's sentenced May 29.
Prosecutors say Makowsky was with 18-year-old Cody Cashion of New Albany when he allegedly fired a flare into a New Albany home Jan. 4 to avenge an alleged robbery. The young siblings were overnight guests there. Cashion has pleaded not guilty to murder and arson charges.
Makowsky's attorney says she's accepting responsibility for her role.
City, utility want rate hike for car-sharing plan
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indianapolis Power and Light and the city of Indianapolis are seeking a $16 million rate hike to pay for a proposed electric car sharing program.
The Indianapolis Star reports (http://indy.st/1lvE34Z ) IPL research analyst Kimberly Berry says in a filing with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission that the rate increase would start in January 2018 and amount to 44 cents a month for the typical customer.
The city has contracted with French conglomerate the Bollore Group to provide 500 plug-in electric cars that residents can rent to run errands.
Bollore, which runs a similar program in Paris, will invest $35 million in the system. But IPL says it will cost $16 million to build and power up to 1,000 charging stations and it needs to recover the cost from consumers.
Heisse named editor of The Times in Munster
MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) - A veteran editor and manager has been named editor of The Times Media Co. in Munster.
Bob Heisse has served as the top editor of The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Ill., since March 2012. He also has worked as regional editor of GateHouse Media in Illinois and as executive editor and vice president of the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa.
He succeeds longtime executive editor and open records champion Bill Nangle. The Times reports (http://bit.ly/1lBBKgT ) Nangle announced Monday that he would retire for health reasons effective May 31. He has worked at the newspaper for 44 years.
Heisse is the former president of the national Associated Press Media Editors and its Foundation, the Pennsylvania APME and the Pennsylvania Society of Newspaper Editors.
He will start May 12.
GUNSHOT-SCHOOL BUS CRASH
Car fleeing shooting hits Indianapolis school bus
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A car has struck a school bus in Indianapolis, injuring about a half-dozen children.
A 16-year-old girl told police that someone shot at her car Tuesday and as she fled her car spun out of control and she struck the side of the school bus.
The bus was carrying about a half-dozen children. Police say seven of the children were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
WRTV-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1lBqyRw ) that the car's driver said her leg hurt, but police don't believe she was shot. However, they do believe there is a bullet hole in her car.
Police say the girl won't say who she believes shot at her car.
Officers found shell casings at a nearby apartment complex.
It wasn't clear which school the children attended.
MONUMENT CIRCLE-STATUE ARREST
Police arrest man for climbing monument statue
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indianapolis police say they arrested a 26-year-old man who allegedly climbed onto a statue at downtown Indianapolis' Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument and refused to come down.
Osmer A. Meza was arrested Monday on preliminary charges of criminal trespass, resisting law enforcement and other charges. He was later released on his own recognizance.
The Indianapolis Star reports (http://indy.st/QCA6Sk ) police say Meza climbed onto the statue that's more than a century old and refused officers' repeated demands to come down. Police say Meza did not leave the statue at the base of the monument until an officer began climbing it to force him down.
Officers have alerted the Indiana War Memorial Commission about the incident so that officials can assess whether the statue may have been damaged by Meza.
Central Indiana man gets 10 years on gun charges
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a central Indiana man accused of manufacturing machine guns and other firearms has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
They say 49-year-old Jackie Richardson of Coatesville was sentenced Tuesday after being convicted of one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of unlawfully possessing a machine gun.
Prosecutors say Hendricks County sheriff's deputies responding to a domestic violence report at Richardson's home about 30 miles west of Indianapolis in December 2011 found evidence of an illegal gun manufacturing operation. Deputies and federal agents recovered about 175 firearms including 35 fully automatic machine guns, various firearms parts and over 59,000 rounds of ammunition.
A message seeking comment was left for Richardson's attorney.
BOONE COUNTY DOUBLE FATALITY
2 die in Boone County crash after SUV blows tire
ZIONSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Police say a tire blew on an SUV, causing the vehicle to crash and kill two occupants near Indianapolis.
Boone County police say the crash occurred Tuesday afternoon near the intersection of 96th Street and Zionsville Road on Indianapolis' northwest side.
Police say the right rear tire blowout sent the SUV crashing into another vehicle before overturning.
Roads in the area were expected to be closed for several hours.
The names of the victims were not immediately released.
MISSING INDIANA STUDENT
Men: Requests by missing girl's parents too broad
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Two men who were with a 20-year-old Indiana University student before she vanished in 2011 say her parents' efforts to obtain evidence against them is a "fishing expedition."
Jason Rosenbaum and Corey Rossman say in court documents Lauren Spierer's parents have subpoenaed private cellphone and academic records that have nothing to do with the Greenburgh, N.Y., native's disappearance.
Court documents say the Spierers want cellphone records spanning 134 days before and after the night their daughter disappeared following a night partying with friends in Bloomington. They say her parents are also seeking both men's academic records.
The Spierers' lawsuit filed last year claims Rossman and Rosenbaum gave Spierer alcohol and failed to make sure she returned safely to her Bloomington apartment. Their attorney says the men's claims hold no merit.
FEMA OKs aid for 19 Indiana counties hit by storm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved disaster aid for 19 Indiana counties hit by a January storm that brought paralyzing snow and frigid readings.
FEMA officials had initially rejected Indiana's request for federal aid for local governments and some nonprofit groups in 49 counties following the Jan. 5-9 snowstorm.
Gov. Mike Pence had appealed the agency's decision.
Pence said Tuesday that FEMA had approved major disaster declarations and aid for 19 counties and Indiana can now request assistance for additional counties.
Approved counties can get federal grants to cover 75 percent of their expenses for the storm's damage to roads and other infrastructure.
The 19 approved counties are: Boone, Clay, Hendricks, Huntington, Jasper, Kosciusko, Madison, Morgan, Newton, Noble, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Tipton, Vigo, Wabash, White and Whitley.
Democrats eye 15 cities for 2016 convention
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Democratic National Committee has asked Chicago, New York and 13 others to make a pitch to host the presidential nominating convention in 2016.
The DNC on Tuesday said the party will accept proposals through June 6 and will pick a host city either late this year or early in 2015.
In addition to Chicago and New York, the cities under consideration include: Atlanta; Cleveland; Columbus, Ohio; Detroit; Indianapolis; Las Vegas; Miami; Nashville; Orlando; Philadelphia; Phoenix; Pittsburgh and Salt Lake City.
Some cities seem more likely than others. For instance, President Barack Obama, who will be leaving the White House in 2017, calls Chicago home and his potential successor Hillary Rodham Clinton is from Illinois. Clinton also represented New York in the Senate.
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