MIDDLETOWN, Ind. (AP) – A body found in central Indiana wooded area has been identified as that of a 21-year-old man who was reported missing in August.
The Henry County Sheriff’s Department says a hunter spotted the body on Sunday in a wooded area in the northwestern part of the county. The Courier-Times reports (http://bit.ly/IC19J8 ) authorities used dental records to confirm the body as Jordan Bragg of Middletown.
Henry County Coroner Stephen Hacker says Bragg’s death appears to be a suicide and no signs of foul play were found in the area about 15 miles southwest of Muncie.
Bragg was last seen Aug. 11 after having an argument with his girlfriend. Bragg’s body was found about a mile from his home.
Another local county impacted by last month’s tornado outbreak has discussed the storm damage and the response to it.
At their regular meeting last week, the Martin County Commissioners heard a request from county emergency management director Monty Wolf concerning the assessment of storm damage.
Wolf requested that the commissioners begin to consider a county wide committee that would be able to help assess storm damage following an outbreak of severe weather. The committee would also be able to help with the assessment of damage caused by flooding, but that would require separate training because the criteria is different. Judge Ellis commended crews that handled the storm cleanup for an excellent and quick response.
In other business, the commissioners approved a recommendation to name county surveyor Nathan Hoffman be named as the county’s Flood Plain Administrator. The position was previously held by county auditor January Roush, who recommended that Hoffman be named to the position following a discussion of the previous ordinance.
NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana man acquitted of killing his wife and two children after 13 years in prison will work with a national nonprofit that provides criminal-defense investigations for inmates it believes have been wrongfully accused.
The Louisville Courier-Journal reported Sunday that David Camm will work as a case coordinator for the group called Investigating Innocence.
Camm’s first case will be working with Texas death row inmate Darlie Routier, a suburban Dallas woman convicted of fatally stabbing a 5-year-old son in 1997. Routier has denied the crime.
A jury acquitted the 49-year-old Camm on October 24th in his third murder trial in connection with the September 2000 shooting deaths of his wife and two children at their Georgetown, Indiana home. Two previous convictions had been overturned on appeal.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Republican leaders of the General Assembly want Indiana to scrap the Common Core education standards and have the state adopt its own guidelines to prepare students for college and careers.
House Speaker Brian Bosma of Indianapolis tells The Munster Times the phrase “Common Core” has become a distraction and draws opposition around the state that approaches that of the federal health care overhaul.
The Republican-appointed State Board of Education adopted Common Core in 2010 on the recommendation of former schools Superintendent Tony Bennett and former Governor Mitch Daniels, both Republicans. All but five states have adopted Common Core, but several more are looking at dropping them.
Indiana “paused” its implementation of Common Core this year. A legislative panel that looked at them didn’t agree on a recommendation.
DUGGER, Ind. (AP) – Supporters of a small high school in southwestern Indiana say many students will leave the district if it is closed, while others argue budget troubles leave the district no other options.
The Northeast Sullivan School Board could vote Monday night on whether to shut down the 172-student Union Junior-Senior High School in the town of Dugger.
Greg Ellis of the group Save UHS tells the Tribune-Star (http://bit.ly/1goFP5Y ) a survey shows almost none of its students would go about 20 miles away to Northeast Sullivan’s other high school, the 500-student North Central Junior-Senior High near Farmersburg.
District officials say some 20 teaching jobs have been cut in recent years as enrollment has declined.
Leslie Hawker of the group Save NESC says the closing is the most fiscally responsible decision.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson is advising shoppers to be careful not to fall into debt during holiday shopping and to beware of scams.
Lawson says it’s easy to fall into debt during the holiday season and advises people to be fiscally responsible. She says shoppers shouldn’t assume the best deals will be found on Black Friday or Cyber Monday. She says some items drop in price much closer to Christmas.
She also warns shoppers to beware of restocking fees, saying shoppers may have to pay for a returned item to be repackaged and replaced. She says some retailers charge up to 25 percent or more.
She also recommends people pay with cash or use a debit card so that when they run out of money, they’re done shopping.
PRINCETON, Ind. (AP) – Fire has destroyed much of an Elks Lodge building in southwestern Indiana.
Fire crews were called early Thursday to the lodge in downtown Princeton, arriving to spot flames shooting 20 feet into the air.
Princeton Fire Chief Mike Pflug tells WFIE-TV (http://bit.ly/1iVJTgk ) that low temperatures caused trouble for firefighters as water was freezing beneath their feet. A salt truck was called in to spread salt and melt the ice.
Officials say the lodge’s banquet hall and kitchen were destroyed, along with heavy smoke and water damage to rest of the building in the city about 25 miles north of Evansville.
Officials say a firefighter suffered a minor injury when part of the roof collapsed, but he wasn’t taken to a hospital.