Associated Press

BLOOMFIELD, Ind. (AP) – A man has pleaded guilty to charges he fatally shot a man outside a rural southwestern Indiana home and then raping a woman inside the house.

Jason Lee Caldwell of Solsberry has been jailed since he was arrested at an Indianapolis motel in July, two days after authorities say he waited in the driveway of 54-year-old David Lamm’s Greene County home and shot him when he arrived.

Officials say a woman who was found naked and bound with rope and duct tape told police Caldwell raped her at gunpoint after the shooting about 15 miles west of Bloomington.

The Greene County Daily World and The Herald-Times report Caldwell pleaded guilty last week to murder and rape charges. His sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 16.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Indiana wildlife officials say bobcat sightings are increasing and the state could someday allow a limited fur-trapping season for the wildcats.

Bobcats were classified as endangered from 1969 until 2005, when they were removed from Indiana’s endangered species list.

WRTV reports (http://bit.ly/11tVG0l ) the state Department of Natural Resources has been tracking an increase in bobcat sightings around Indiana. The agency this week posted on its Facebook page a photograph of a young bobcat struck and killed by a car in central Indiana’s Tipton County.

The DNR says Indiana’s bobcat population is expected to continue growing in areas with good habitat.

The agency says it’s possible there may be a limited trapping season for bobcats in the future, especially in their strongholds in southern and northeastern Indiana.

LEBANON (AP)- A Wisconsin-based retailer plans to shut down its central Indiana distribution center and eliminate nearly 100 jobs.

Shopko Stores Operating Co. has told state officials it will permanently close its Lebanon distribution center next year. The company says its first layoffs will start in mid-January, with the shutdown expected to be completed by the end of September.

The Green Bay, Wisconsin-based company says it has more than 300 stores in 21 states, but none are in central Indiana.

Shopko previously had stores in Loogootee, Petersburg, and Bloomfield here in southwestern Indiana. Those stores were closed this past summer.

OAKLAND CITY, Ind. (AP) – A southwestern Indiana city councilman has resigned his seat after pleading guilty to obstruction of justice.

Oakland City Councilman Darrell Corn entered the plea Wednesday in Gibson Superior Court. He admitted he tried to bribe a policeman $500 in August to drop minor consumption charges against his grandson. Indiana State Police say the officer refused and reported the incident to his chief.

City Attorney Jason Spindler says the 74-year-old Corn resigned his city council seat.

It wasn’t clear when Corn will be sentenced or the penalties he might face. Obstruction of justice is a Level 6 felony, the lowest classification of felony in Indiana.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP)-5 local counties are among 17 across Southern Indiana that will be sharing 330 thousand dollars in funding from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

The funds come from the Division of Forestry’s sale of timber from trees that were cut down in state forests. The DNR says half of the money that each county receives will go to rural and volunteer fire departments that maintain a cooperative agreement with the DNR’s fire control headquarters.

More than 135 departments will benefit from the program. Fire departments are encouraged to use the funds to improve their wild land firefighting capability.

Monroe County is getting the largest share of the money at nearly $108,000, followed by Brown County at $55,000. Here locally, Dubois County will be getting just over $8,000. Crawford County is getting just over $9,900; Martin County will get just over $39.500; Perry County just over $4,400; and Pike County will get just over $5,600 in all.

The DNR’S Division of Forestry allocates 15 percent of timber sale revenue from state forests to counties where the harvests occur.

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) – State correction officials say an Indiana man who fatally stabbed and shot a fellow Purdue University student earlier this year has been found dead in his prison cell.

The Indiana Department of Correction released a statement Wednesday saying 24-year-old Cody Cousins was pronounced dead from an apparent suicide about 30 minutes after he was found unresponsive Tuesday night at the Indiana State Prison.

The department says Cousins suffered self-inflicted lacerations to his neck and arms.

Investigators say Cousins entered a classroom filled with students on the West Lafayette campus on Jan. 21 and attacked 21-year-old Andrew Boldt. Boldt was from West Bend, Wisconsin.

Cousins was sentenced last month to 65 years in prison after pleading guilty to murder.

SULLIVAN, Ind. (AP) – Workers spent hours unloading hundreds of pumpkins from a semitrailer that slid down an embankment along a southwestern Indiana highway.

Charles Hancock of Hancock Trucking says a crew of 15 people worked four hours Tuesday on moving the pumpkins from the wrecked trailer along U.S. 41 in southern Sullivan County.

Sheriff’s Sgt. William Snead tells the Tribune-Star (http://bit.ly/1r97Npe ) the truck crashed Monday night during a storm with heavy rain and strong winds. The driver was hospitalized with cuts to his head.

Many of the 1,800 pumpkins spilled from the tarp-covered trailer into a farm field. Snead says the towing company wanted the rest removed before moving the truck.

Hancock says he expected being able to salvage about 80 percent of the pumpkins that were bound for St. Louis.