Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Military school honors donor who kept doors open ]]>

HOWE (AP) — Drumsticks — the ice-cream treats — were plentiful at Howe Military Academy campus Monday morning, served in honor of the man who man who made the school’s Class of 2015 possible. The board of trustees of the 135-year-old school had considered closing it last spring until a Class of 1939 graduate, Thomas Parker, stepped forward with a $2 million donation. Parker’s family made its fortune inventing and selling ice-cream novelties, including the Drumstick, which eventually was sold to Nestle. Parker died this summer at the age of 94, just a month after making his donation to the … ]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:32:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Security gates planned for governor’s residence ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Officials are planning to install a set of security gates at the Indiana Governor’s Residence in Indianapolis. Plans call for the construction of wrought-iron gates at the entrances to the six-acre property on the city’s north side. The Indianapolis Business Journal reports the Meridian Street Preservation Commission unanimously approved the plans this month. Commission Chairwoman Kathleen Blackham says several aides to Gov. Mike Pence including General Counsel Mark Ahearn testified in favor of the gates but didn’t provide many details about why they were needed or when they would be installed. A Pence spokeswoman did not immediately … ]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:08:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Horse chase prompts I-74 shutdown in Indianapolis ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Chasing down a runaway horse led police to temporarily shut down a section of Interstate 74 in Indianapolis. State police say a motorist spotted the horse about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday in I-74’s median on the city’s southeast side, a couple miles from I-465. The Indianapolis Star reports police closed all lanes of the highway so that the horse could be caught and led away. Police say the horse has been returned to its owner. It apparently had escaped through a fence recently damaged by vehicle that drove off the highway. … ]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:06:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ex-Indiana elections chief starts politics website ]]> Lead story image

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White has been stripped of office and he doesn’t have a job, so he’s turning to the Internet. White has started a political site called The Indy Sentinel, in which says he’ll write about politicians who he believes are fair and those who aren’t. White tells The Indianapolis Star the site will expose politicians of both parties who “serve the elites.” The Republican was removed as secretary of state and lost his law license in 2012 after being convicted of voter fraud and other charges. The case stemmed from his use … ]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:04:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ State health policy consultant also works for contractor ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A private consultant has been paid millions of dollars to help shape Indiana’s health care policy while also being allowed to work for one of its major Medicaid vendors because of what ethics experts say is a hole in state law. Carmel-based SVC Inc. has received more than $3.5 million in state contracts for work that includes design of the Healthy Indiana Plan under both Gov. Mike Pence and fellow Republican former Gov. Mitch Daniels, The Indianapolis Star reported. Hewlett-Packard has agreed to pay the company more than $1 million while landing more than $500 million in … ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:20:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Social media campaign publicizes lifeline law ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Students at 13 Indiana college campuses will receive social media messages about the state law that allows minors who have been drinking to report a medical emergency or a crime without getting in trouble. Students accessing the Internet through their college or university will receive information about the “lifeline” law on Facebook, YouTube and Pandora, state Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis and the author of the law, said Monday. The messaging will occur through triangulation among cell towers, creating digital domes over campuses, Merritt said. “Every 44 hours a college-age person dies from alcohol poisoning,” Merritt said. “Every … ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:06:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Damaged sculpture at Purdue taken down for repair ]]>

WEST LAFAYETTE (AP) — A bronze horse sculpture at Purdue University has been taken down after police say a drunken driver crashed into the eight-foot-tall structure. Purdue Galleries director Craig Martin said university officials have not estimated the cost to repair the sculpture that stood outside Yue-Kong Pao Hall on the West Lafayette campus until the crash early last Thursday. The 1,700-pound work by sculptor Deborah Butterfield cost about $330,000 when it was commissioned and installed in 2009. “It looked like it had just fallen over when I first took a look,” Martin told WLFI-TV. “There were some grill parts … ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:56:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ 1 killed, 2 wounded   in shootout near lake ]]> Lead story image

SYRACUSE — Three bounty hunters became embroiled in a fatal gun battle in northern Indiana as they tried to capture a man who failed to appear in court on felony charges, police said Tuesday. Kosciusko County sheriff’s Sgt. Chad Hill said the three men were trying to capture Gary W. Helman, 56, at his home near Lake Wawasee, when they spotted him on the back deck. That’s when a gun battle erupted, fatally injuring Helman. Police responding to a report of gunshots Monday found Helman dead in a rear bedroom of the home. Officers found Helman’s twin brother, Larry D. … ]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 02:09:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ Settlement reached in Nashville shocking case ]]>

NASHVILLE (AP) — The southern Indiana tourist town of Nashville has reached a settlement with a Michigan man who accused a deputy marshal of shocking him with a Taser gun while he was having a seizure. The Herald-Times reports the terms of the out-of-court settlement between Nashville’s insurance company and Robert Newell’s attorney were not disclosed. The 51-year-old Three Rivers, Michigan, man had threatened to sue Nashville for civil rights violations, unlawful use of force and inadequate police training. Newell’s attorney, Betsy Greene, says in a statement her client suffered a seizure at a Nashville restaurant in August 2012, and … ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:52:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Amish family files rare suit in baby’s crash death ]]>

SHIPSHEWANA (AP) — Loren and Eva Schlabach lost their only son in a traffic accident on a clear summer day more than two years ago. Today, their pain remains so unbearable that they might be willing to risk losing their community to find justice. At 12:17 p.m. on July 9, 2012, while Loren was at work, Eva, then 25, was driving the family’s horse-drawn buggy east on S.R. 120, about three miles north of Shipshewana, with their two daughters and son. They were moving through an S-shaped curve in the road, marked with “NO PASSING” signs, when a semi-tractor trailer … ]]> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 13:36:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ 2 more charter schools in Indianapolis to close ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two Indianapolis charter schools have announced plans to close at the end of the 2014-2015 school year. WRTV reports ADI Schools Inc. on Friday announced plans to relinquish charters awarded to Andrew Academy and Padua Academy charter schools in 2010. Both schools were sponsored Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard. The announcement comes a day after Flanner House Elementary, another charter school sponsored by Ballard, announced it was closing next month after an investigation uncovered widespread cheating on its students’ state standardized tests. Department of Education data showed students at Andrew Academy and Padua Academy fell far below statewide … ]]> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 23:51:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ IU to close facility where cancer is treated ]]>

BLOMINGTON (AP) — A facility at Indiana University where cancer patients receive treatment will close by the end of the year. The Bloomington Herald-Times reports the Indiana University Health Proton Therapy Center and IU Cyclotron are closing. That will leave 65 employees at the cyclotron and more than 50 at the proton therapy center out of work. IU spokesman Mark Land says the financial condition of the center and cyclotron has been a concern for a while. They had a $3.5 million deficit for fiscal year 2013, and the university incurred a $20 million loss for construction and about a … ]]> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 11:32:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Purdue balks at use of its brand in film ]]>

WEST LAFAYETTE (AP) — Purdue University lawyers are looking into a new movie that makes frequent references to the school even though the university refused to grant permission to use official trademarks and logos. “Let’s Be Cops” follows the exploits of a former Purdue quarterback and his best friend as they pick up women, chase naked intruders and take on Russian crime lords. The Journal & Courier reports 20th Century Fox asked the school for permission to use its official trademarks and logos in May 2013. Purdue officials reviewed the script and denied the request. “Let’s Be Cops” uses off-brand … ]]> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 11:24:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ How a Gary surgeon helps the world’s poorest patients ]]> Lead story image

A plastic and reconstructive surgeon from Gary has just completed not his second or third medical mission trip — but his 40th. Earlier this month, Dr. Nicholas Retson and his medical team traveled to Nicaragua for the second time this year, spending over 75 hours providing 44 procedures to patients. Most of the surgeries Retson’s team conducted remedied burn scars, deformities from past injuries, and, most commonly, cleft palate and lip conditions. Retson began volunteering on surgical missions in 1990, traveling to Bolivia, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Ecuador and India to offer free surgeries to adults and children in need. He … ]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:33:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ Postal Service has 600 rural Indiana spots open ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service has openings for 600 part-time rural postal carriers across Indiana. The Postal Service announced the job openings Thursday in several ZIP Codes in the Greater Indiana District. It says interested applicants can find the openings by going online to and clicking on “Indiana.” Rural carriers earn $16.25 per hour and receive equipment maintenance allowances. They may be required to use their personal vehicles, but are compensated for it. Applicants must have valid state driver’s licenses, safe driving records, and at least two years of documented driving experience. They must live within a … ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:26:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Central, northeast Indiana swamped by storms ]]> Lead story image

Residents in central and northern Indiana battled fire and water after torrential rains overnight caused widespread flooding Friday. Firefighters in northeastern Indiana were cut off from a blaze at an auto repair shop by three to five feet of water. Blackford County deputy emergency management director Gene Henderson said the rural property north of Hartford City is surrounded by a creek or ditch, forcing several departments to fight the blaze from the road. Emergency management director Aaron Henderson said the county just north of Muncie saw at least 8 inches of rain. Its school district canceled classes for the day, … ]]> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 02:02:12 -0500