BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) – The son of basketball great Larry Bird has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of criminal recklessness as part of a plea deal.
The Indianapolis Star reports (http://indy.st/Q9CcsD ) 22-year-old Connor Bird entered the plea Wednesday after prosecutors agreed to drop battery and marijuana charges from a February 2013 altercation with an ex-girlfriend.
The son of the Indianapolis Pacers president was arrested by Indiana University police after the woman reported he drove his car at her during an argument.
The deal calls for Bird’s sentencing to be deferred for 12 months if he commits no criminal offenses, continues to take part in a mentoring program and provides proof of completing counseling. The deal also calls on him not to use alcohol or controlled substances and not to possess firearms.
HANOVER, Ind. (AP) – The president of southern Indiana’s Hanover College is stepping down next year.
The college says President Sue DeWine has informed the schools trustees that she would retire in June 2015.
She’s served as the 15th president of Indiana’s oldest four-year college for seven years.
A fundraising campaign started during her tenure raised more than $26 million to pay for a new outdoor athletic complex, residence hall and student center. The Presbyterian-affiliated liberal arts school says DeWine has overseen total enrollment increasing 20 percent to about 1,200 students.
DeWine says the timing is right to retire with the capital campaign ending this fall and to bring in new leadership to implement ideas that are in development.
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) – A federal judge has ruled that the state must recognize a gay couple’s out-of-state marriage before one of the women, who has cancer, dies.
Lambda Legal attorney Paul Castillo, who represented the women, says U.S. District Court Judge Richard L. Young “ordered the state to recognize this particular couple’s out of state marriage.”
Niki Quasney and Amy Sandler wanted Indiana to recognize their 2013 marriage in Massachusetts, one of 17 states where gay marriage is legal.
Quasney has stage 4 ovarian cancer and the Munster, Ind., couple wanted Young to order the state to recognize their marriage in Quasney’s anticipated death certificate.
The decision doesn’t affect other lawsuits challenging Indiana’s gay marriage ban.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Indiana has been tapped as one of seven states to participate in a review of economic development incentives.
The Pew Charitable Trusts will conduct the 18-month review of which tax breaks and other incentives are effective in luring business to a state. Gov. Mike Pence said Wednesday the state’s inclusion in the review will help Indiana become more competitive.
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. includes penalties in its incentive packages if companies don’t produce the number of jobs they promise. The agency also has refused to release job creation numbers to the public.
The other six states included in the study are Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Virginia.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP)-Indiana students won’t be taking a test this May that was meant to help transition to new education standards.
The State Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday to cancel the upcoming test.
Department of Education officials say the CoreLink test could prepare students for a new exam that will come with new education standards, but some board members worry it could cause unnecessary stress.
Indiana this year became the first state to drop use of the national education standards known as Common Core. The state is set to adopt new standards April 28.
Education officials are grappling with how to assess those new standards. The board delayed a decision on whether to use the 20-question CoreLink test later this year.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Gov. Mike Pence is appealing the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s denial of Indiana’s request for a major disaster declaration due to the winter storm that dumped a foot or more of snow on parts of the state and plunged it into subzero temperatures.
State officials are seeking federal grants for government and certain nonprofit organizations in 49 counties to cover costs from the Jan. 5-9 storm.
If approved, the public assistance grants would pay 75 percent of expenses for damages to roads, bridges and utilities, debris removal, damage to buildings and emergency protective measures like traffic control and rescue operations. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security would work with FEMA and local agencies to document costs that could be covered.
BOONVILLE, Ind. (AP) – A former teacher at a southwestern Indiana middle school has pleaded guilty to charges that he secretly video recorded students and teachers in bathrooms and locker rooms.
Thirty-two-year-old Andrew Emmons entered the guilty plea during a Warrick County court hearing Monday to charges of attempted child exploitation and voyeurism.
Emmons was charged after a female faculty member at Boonville Middle School found a recording device in a staff bathroom in 2012. Police say investigators found video on his computer of female students changing clothes in a locker room.
Defense attorney Anthony Long tells the Evansville Courier & Press (http://bit.ly/PXPqZk ) that Emmons didn’t want the students to have to testify in a trial and that he’s been undergoing therapy for sexual addiction issues.
His sentencing is scheduled for May 22.