4th Suspect Pleads Guilty in Warrick County Murder Case

BOONVILLE, Ind. (AP) – A southwestern Indiana man has pleaded guilty to assisting a criminal in the slaying of a man at a power plant.

The Evansville Courier & Press reports (http://bit.ly/1ET1tsA ) 31-year-old David Lackey accepted a plea agreement Tuesday in which charges of murder and conspiracy were dropped.

Lackey is the fourth of five people arrested in connection to the shooting death of 35-year-old Joseph Nelson of Martinsville, whose body was found Feb. 17, 2014, at Alcoa Warrick Operations. The fifth suspect, Mat McCallister, is set to go on trial Sept. 28 in Warrick Circuit Court.

Attorneys say Lackey will serve less than two years after sentencing credits, and likely will be placed on home detention.

Investigators say the suspects met Nelson at an Evansville hotel and drove to the power plant.

New ‘Bacon Scent’ Ticket Debuts for Hoosier Lottery

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The Hoosier Lottery has debuted a new bacon-scented lottery game that offers players the possibility of winning a 20-year supply of the savory meat.

The new scratch-off lottery game, called Bringin’ Home the Bacon, is infused with the aroma of bacon. It debuted Tuesday at 4,400 Hoosier Lottery retailers.

Players who buy the tickets costing $2 each can win cash prizes of up to $10,000, while five players will win a 20-year supply of bacon paid in installments and valued at $5,000, or $250 annually.

The new lottery game is a partnership with Indiana Pork, a nonprofit group that represents 3,000 Indiana hog farmers. That partnership will include bacon tastings in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne and Evansville in June and July and giveaways of bacon-themed prizes.

Santa Claus Woman to Appear on PBS ‘Antiques Roadshow’

SANTA CLAUS, Ind. (AP) – A Spencer County woman is bringing a collection of English novels and a diamond ring on the PBS television show “Antiques Roadshow” to see what they’re worth.

Brenda Winkler of Santa Claus says she’s been trying to get on the program for four years.

Each of the items already has a story and sentimental value. When her father Chester died, he left Winkler an inheritance which she used to buy a diamond ring from Olinger Diamond Center in Jasper. The diamonds weigh three karats and are set in a 14K gold right.

She purchased the books for $25 years ago in the town of Arthur, 40 miles northeast of Evansville, during an antiquing trip with her father. She believes they are first edition books.

Pence Among Those Honoring Abraham Lincoln

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Gov. Mike Pence and others are set to mark the 150th anniversary of the day that President Abraham Lincoln’s body lay at the Indiana Statehouse following his assassination.

Pence and leaders of the General Assembly and the state courts will lay wreaths and flowers in remembrance at the Statehouse on Thursday.

The Lincoln funeral train arrived in Indianapolis at Union Station on April 30, 1865. The coffin was brought by carriage to the former State House to lie in state. From early morning to late that night thousands of Hoosiers filed through the building and past the coffin to pay their respects. The train then went to Michigan City, Chicago and finally to Springfield, Illinois, where he was buried.

Lincoln spent much of his boyhood in southwestern Indiana’s Spencer County.

BMV Allegedly Knew About Overcharging for Years

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – A newspaper is reporting that top officials at the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles knew for years that they were overcharging residents for driver’s licenses and other fees.

The Indianapolis Star reports (http://indy.st/1BGLzjk ) that officials did nothing to return the extra money until someone filed a class-action lawsuit in 2013.

The newspaper says the state overbilled residents more than $60 million between 2007 and 2013.

Among those who’d been informed of the overcharges were former BMV Commissioner R. Scott Waddell and his chief of staff, according to emails obtained by The Star.

Waddell received a spreadsheet from a deputy BMV director identifying 17 overcharges two years before giving sworn testimony claiming he’d known nothing about the problem.

State officials have characterized the overcharges as an innocent mistake.

Boonville Woman Enters Guilty Plea in Alcoa Murder Case

BOONVILLE (AP)-A Boonville woman has pleaded guilty to charges filed in connection with the death of a man whose body was found at the Alcoa plant in Warrick County.

Jade Stigall appeared in Warrick Court Superior Court on Monday and pleaded guilty to assisting a criminal. In exchange for the guilty plea, murder, conspiracy to commit murder and a firearm charge were dismissed. Stigall will be sentenced on April 9th.

The 24-year-old Stigall was charged in the death of 35-year-old Joseph Nelson of Martinsville. Warrick County authorities say Stigall and 3 other men (David Lackey Jr, Mathew McCallister, and Shawn Grigsby) met Nelson at the Fairfield Inn in Evansville during the overnight hours of February 20th, 2014. The group then led Nelson to an area along a railroad track on Boonville-New Harmony Road. Nelson was shot once in the head after being told to kneel with his hands behind his back. Authorities say Nelson’s body was loaded into a coal car after the shooting and his body was found at the Alcoa plant at around 8:15 am on February 20th.

Grigsby pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder charges last July and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Lackey Jr and McCalister are still awaiting trial on murder charges.

Rockport Coal-Gasification Plant Nixed

ROCKPORT, Ind. (AP) – State regulators have revoked an air permit for a proposed $2.8 billion coal-gasification plant in Spencer County at the request of the plant’s developer.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management informed Indiana Gasification LLC on Thursday that its air permit had been revoked for the plant. The plant would have turned coal into synthetic natural gas at a site near Rockport.

IDEM’s letter says New York-based developer Leucadia National Corp. asked the state to rescind the permit because construction of the coal-gasification plant had never begun.

A state contract signed during former Gov. Mitch Daniels’ administration committed Indiana to buying the plant’s synthetic gas for 30 years and reselling it to consumers.

The Indiana Supreme Court upheld the company’s state contract with the Indiana Finance Authority in December 2013.