INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – A federal judge has thrown out the lawsuit filed by the parents of an Indiana University student last seen more than three years ago against two men who were with her the night she vanished.
Judge Tanya Walton Pratt says in her ruling issued Tuesday that Lauren Spierer’s parents didn’t present evidence showing the men had anything to do with her disappearance.
The 20-year-old Greenburgh, New York, native disappeared in June 2011 after a night of partying with friends in Bloomington. The lawsuit claimed fellow students Jason Rosenbaum and Corey Rossman gave her alcohol and didn’t make sure she returned safely to her apartment, leading to her presumed death.
Spierer family attorney Jason Barclay says ruling will be appealed as Spierer’s parents try to find out what happened to her.
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) – President Barack Obama’s visit to southwestern Indiana will include a stop at a minority-owned steel processor for Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana.
Obama will visit Millennium Steel Service LLC to mark Manufacturing Day on Friday. It says there’s no time listed in a notification sent by the White House Office of Legislative Affairs. Millennium Steel is located adjacent to the Toyota plant south of Princeton.
Millennium Steel was founded in 2001 as a joint venture between Henry Jackson and Toyota. The company’s website says revenue grew from $37 million in 2001 to $250 million in 2011. Black Enterprise Magazine rates the company one of the 100 Top Black Owned Businesses.
The company started with 10 employees. Gibson County officials say it now has 58.
Now this story also has a bit of a local connection. Marine One landed at the Huntingburg Airport yesterday afternoon ahead of the president’s visit.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – An education expert says Indiana data on student discipline could make the state a target for federal review because of disproportionate numbers of males, minorities and students with disabilities being punished.
Russell Skiba of the Equity Project at Indiana University says Indiana is one of five states with male suspension rates higher than the nation for every racial and ethnic group. It also saw African Americans account for nearly a third of students who lost classroom time to suspensions and expulsions in 2012-2013.
The Evansville Courier & Press reports (http://bit.ly/ZHcEIo ) the number of Indiana schoolchildren facing suspension or expulsion from school has steadily declined in recent years. But students still lost nearly 590,000 days out of the classroom in the 2012-2013 school year.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) – A Purdue University report shows 18 farm-related fatalities were documented in Indiana last year, reflecting a trend of fewer deadly accidents on farms.
The 2013 total is eight fewer deaths than the previous year.
The report says Indiana has had fewer than 30 documented deaths from farm-related accidents each year since 1996. Before then, many more deaths than that each year were common going back to at least 1970, with two years having at least 50.
Indiana also has seen a continued decline in the number of farm fatalities involving children and others younger than 21. Only one documented victim in 2013 was under the age of 21: a 15-year-old boy who died when a tractor overturned on him in Elkhart County.
BOONVILLE, Ind.(AP)- Police say the SUV belonging to a southwestern Indiana woman missing for a month has been pulled from a lake with a body presumed to be hers inside.
The Warrick County Sheriff’s Department says the SUV owned by 27-year-old Kristy Kelley of Boonville was detected Tuesday by a private sonar search group in a small lake a couple miles south of Boonville.
Sheriff Brett Kruse says clothing on the body matches what Kelley was wearing when she was last seen although a positive identification hasn’t yet been made. Kruse say investigators found no immediate signs of foul play.
Hundreds of volunteers had joined searches in the area just east of Evansville since the mother of two was last seen leaving a Boonville veterans lodge about 1:30 a.m. Aug. 15.
PRINCETON, Ind. (AP) – Deputies with a southwestern Indiana sheriff’s department will soon be equipped with body cameras designed to collect potentially crucial evidence during police interactions with suspects.
The Gibson County Council last week unanimously approved allocating $20,000 in riverboat revenue funds to pay for 20 cameras and computer accessories for the county’s deputies.
Sheriff George Ballard told council members it was his job to bring the potential value of body cameras to the council’s attention in the wake of a Ferguson, Missouri police officer’s fatal shooting of a teenager that sparked days of rioting in that community.
Councilman George Ankenbrand says the $20,000 for the cameras is money well spent if it can prevent a big lawsuit. Ankenbrand is a former county prosecutor.
MADISON (AP)-The governors of Indiana and Kentucky are scheduled to attend a dedication ceremony for the new $103 million Madison-Milton Bridge next month.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear will attend the Oct. 1 event.
The bridge was moved from temporary piers to its permanent spot in April. It took about 16 hours to slide the 30-million-pound steel truss. Highway officials say the truss, nearly a half-mile long, is the longest in North America to be slid laterally into place.
The bridge reopened to traffic on April 17. Work is continuing on a pedestrian sidewalk.