Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Bishop objects to Notre Dame gay marriage policy ]]>

FORT WAYNE — A northern Indiana Catholic bishop said he believes University of Notre Dame leaders should have waited before deciding to extend benefits to same-sex spouses after court rulings legalized gay marriage in the state. Fort Wayne-South Bend Bishop Kevin Rhoades wrote in the diocese newspaper that he’s uncertain about the impact of gay marriage legalization in the state on religious institutions. “I would like to see further study of what the law requires as well as what religious liberty protections Notre Dame and our other Catholics institutions have so as not to be compelled to cooperate in the … ]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 02:06:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ Date set for 10-digit dialing in 812 area ]]>

EVANSVILLE — Ten-digit telephone dialing in southern Indiana’s 812 area code will become mandatory Feb. 7. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission approved the date Wednesday ahead of the introduction of the new 930 code for the same area. The change means callers in the region must use the area code for each call they make. Alan Matsumoto of the Indiana Telecommunications Association suggested the Feb. 7 date because it comes after the holidays and falls on a Saturday, when fewer calls are made. The Evansville Courier & Press reports the 930 area code will be implemented March 7. It was … ]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:32:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ Indiana scooter drivers facing new regulations ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS — State officials are warning motor scooter drivers that starting in January they’ll need license plates on those bikes. Legislators this year approved Indiana’s first license requirements for scooters following complaints from police and others about a growing number of unsafe scooter drivers. Under the new law, drivers of scooters with engines of 50 cubic centimeters or less will need to buy license plates and pass a Bureau of Motor Vehicles test involving road signals and signs. Operators of scooters with larger engines will be required to follow motorcycle requirements, including holding a valid driver’s license with a motorcycle … ]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:31:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ Zombie-like painting covered up in Lafayette ]]>

LAFAYETTE — An artist’s depiction of several zombie-like figures on the side of a downtown Lafayette building has been painted over after it drew complaints. Artist Sagan Newham completed the painting this summer of a crowd of corpse-like figures with bald heads and dark eye sockets as part of a city-sanctioned project to place graffiti-style art around the community. Newham said she found the mural that took a week for her to finish had been covered over with white paint when she took some out-of-town friends to the building last week to show it to them. “I was shocked. I’m … ]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:05:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Pence won’t reconsider bid for $80M pre-K grant ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence stood by his decision not to seek a federal preschool grant worth up to $80 million Tuesday despite calls for him to reconsider. School Superintendent Glenda Ritz and Indiana State Board of Education members Gordon Hendry of Indianapolis and Tony Walker of Gary issued statements urging Pence to reconsider after the U.S. Department of Education extended its deadline for the grant to Wednesday. It is worth $20 million a year for up to four years. “While I respect the views of those who support applying for federal (pre-K) funding, I stand by my decision,” Pence … ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:04:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ FBI aiding Hammond, Gary police in probe of serial killings ]]> Lead story image

HAMMOND — The FBI has been working with Hammond and Gary police on a series of killings that surfaced after the body of a 19-year-old woman was found Friday at the Motel 6 on 179th Street in Hammond. At a news conference Monday, Mayor Tom McDermott Jr. referred only to the two police departments as involved in the investigation into at least seven slayings allegedly committed by Darren Vann, who is charged with the murder of Afrika Hardy and led police to the bodies of six other women in abandoned houses in Gary. FBI Special Agent Bob Ramsey said there … ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:04:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Indiana panel not making ethics recommendations ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS — A state legislative panel isn’t making any recommendations on possible ethics rules changes that the General Assembly is expected to consider during its upcoming session. The chairman of the House Ethics Committee said legislative leaders will be sent a summary of testimony it received following ethics investigations, including one involving a top member of the Republican House leadership. Julia Vaughn, policy director for Common Cause Indiana, told the committee on Monday she believed the financial disclosure statements that lawmakers complete need updating and that ethics rules should prohibit lawmakers from using their positions for private gain for themselves, … ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:04:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Richton Park man indicted for running major heroin ring ]]> Lead story image

Nine people have been indicted in Northwest Indiana for running a major heroin ring, including a Richton Park man whom federal authorities identified as the leader of the ring that they said operated from Chicago to Michigan City. “It’s certainly one of the bigger indictments on heroin coming out of LaPorte County that we’ve had,” David Capp, the U.S. attorney for Northern Indiana, said during a news conference Monday in Michigan City. Antwon “Yellow” Willis, 44, was the leader of the heroin ring, which started around 2009 and continued through this year, according to the federal indictment. It says Willis … ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:06:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ Nine indicted for running major heroin ring ]]> Lead story image

MICHIGAN CITY — Nine people, including three previously arrested as a result of an investigation by the Porter County Drug Task Force, have been indicted in federal court for their roles in a major heroin ring that operated from Chicago to Michigan City. “It’s certainly one of the bigger indictments on heroin coming out of LaPorte County that we’ve had,” U.S. Attorney David Capp said during a news conference Monday at city hall. Capp, Porter County Prosecutor Brian Gensel and officials from Michigan City, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Marshal’s Office announced the indictments in the “Operation … ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:00:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Murder and robbery charges filed against suspect in NW Indiana slayings ]]> Lead story image

HAMMOND, Ind. — Police believe a suspect in seven murders in Northwest Indiana used an online prostitution service to lure some of those women to several locations in Hammond and Gary — typically abandoned buildings — before they were killed. Murder and robbery charges were filed Monday afternoon against Darren Deon Vann, 43, in the death of 19-year-old Afrika Hardy, who was found strangled to death on Friday night at a Motel 6 at 3840 179th St. in Hammond. Detectives from Hammond and Gary are still gathering evidence to charge him in six other killings. Vann was convicted of sexual … ]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:49:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Cal Bellamy: Ethics commission achieving positive results ]]> Lead story image

As president of the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission (SEAC), I feel compelled to respond to David Rutter’s Oct. 12 column. He criticizes our awkward-sounding name. He seems to fault us for not being able to make saints out of sinners or hardened criminals into model citizens. We admit to these “shortcomings.” Now, let’s get down to the facts. Established in 2005, SEAC’s function is to train frontline public employees on ethical decision making. We believe most public employees want to do the right thing, but sometimes culture or inattention leads them to do things not in the best interests of … ]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:08:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Conservatives claim victory in Pence’s pre-K move ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS — When tea party activist Heather Crossin discovered Indiana might be close to taking as much as $80 million in federal money for prekindergarten funding, she quickly activated a network of religious conservative groups to urge Gov. Mike Pence to turn it down. Pence did just that a few days later, shocking many people who had previously supported him on the issue. But groups including Crossin’s Hoosiers Against Common Core, the Indiana Association of Home Educators, and the American Family Association of Indiana celebrated a victory. “In a matter of days, people from all across the state called and … ]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 02:06:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Statue put atop Indianapolis Mormon temple under construction ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A 900-pound, 8.5-foot-high gold-plated statue of the Mormon angel Moroni has been placed atop what will become Indiana’s first Mormon church temple. The temple in Carmel, north of Indianapolis, is scheduled to open next year. Temples are considered sacred to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and are the only sites where some rituals can be carried out. Indianapolis North Stake President David Kinard tells The Indianapolis Star the placing of the statue symbolizes that the temple is close to being completed. Mormon Church History Library Director Keith Ereksen says the temple is … ]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:28:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Motorcycle gang fugitive from Gary, sought since ’97, arrested ]]>

MILWAUKEE — The U.S. Marshals Service says a member of the Outlaws motorcycle gang has been captured after 17 years on the run. Fifty-eight-year-old Randy Mark Yager was apprehended Wednesday near Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico. Yager was president of the Outlaws’ Chicago region when he and 16 other members of the Detroit-based gang were indicted by a Wisconsin federal grand jury in 1997. The government’s racketeering indictment accused Yager of robbery and twice conspiring to commit murder. U.S. Marshals got a lead on Yager’s location and passed it onto Mexican authorities, who took Yager into custody. He is now being … ]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 02:04:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ Indiana DNR says fall colors mostly on schedule ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A state forester says the fall color display for trees is on schedule across most of Indiana, but recent rainy and windy weather is likely to slow the color change and knock leaves down. Carrie Tauscher of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources say the weather could result in a shorter viewing season. She says the best fall color formation happens when there are bright, warm days, cool nights and moist soils. Tauscher says yellows and orange colors have emerged from the trees across Indiana. She also says tulip poplar sycamore, sweetgum, cottonwood and some of the … ]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:42:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ BMV lawyers defend embattled state agency ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS — Lawyers for the embattled Bureau of Motor Vehicles are speaking out this week in the ongoing legal battles over overcharges by the state agency. Attorneys from Indianapolis firm Bingham Greenebaum Doll, retained by the state in February, say BMV officials are doing everything they can to identify problems with drivers’ fees and fix them. But Wayne Turner and Carl Hayes, the pair working on the BMV suit, said Tuesday in an interview that their efforts are being stifled by plaintiffs trying to lock them up in court battles. The public comments mark a new tactic for the state, … ]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 22:23:38 -0500