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.
Jasper authorities were kept busy early yesterday afternoon when a car went off of the roadway and hit a tree on the city’s southwest side.
Police chief Mike Bennett says 66-year-old Susanne Harlen of Holland was going eastbound along Division Road at the intersection with Kluemper Road when she fell asleep at the wheel. Bennett says Harlen’s vehicle then went off of the north side of the roadway and knocked over a mailbox at a residence in the 1500 block of Division Road. Harlen then continued on, hit a nearby tree and became wedged between it and a 2nd tree.
Bennett says Harlen suffered lacerations and other minor injuries. She also complained of head and back pain. Harlen was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital. The vehicle suffered 10 thousand dollars in front end damage while the mailbox damage was estimated at 100 dollars.
Jasper First Responders also assisted.
Mentors 4 Youth is partnering with Young Life to co-host an upcoming event.
The “Thirsty for More” information night is for folks who are considering volunteering for either organization or anyone who wants to learn more about what volunteering would require. The event runs from 6 to 8 pm next Wednesday October 8th at the Mill House in Jasper.
The night will begin with a home brewing demonstration by the Dubois County Suds Club. It concludes with a tour of Basket Case Brewing Company.
Now light appetizers will be served as part of the event. Current program volunteers will be there to answer any questions in a more relaxed environment. Folks will not be required to make any sort of a volunteer commitment. The night is simply designed for interested folks to learn about what it means to be a mentor and a leader.
The time commitment for Mentors for Youth is 2 hours every other week with someone age 6 to 18 for 1 year. Folks age 16 and older with a valid driver’s license, insurance, and reliable transportation can be a mentor once the background check and application process is completed.
Meanwhile, Young Life is looking for adults concerned enough about high school students to go to them and build real friendships with them. Leaders of that group commit to logging many hours with the kids where they are and as they are to share in their lives.
For more information, you can contact Courtney Knies with Mentors for Youth at 482-2227 or Jace Rasche with Young Life at 661-2098.
The state’s Bicentennial Nature Trust (BNT) is faring very well and 2 local land projects have been completed as part of that effort.
In an open article sent to numerous media outlets statewide, state bicentennial commission co-chairs Becky Skillman and Lee Hamilton say the idea has seen millions of dollars invested in the idea. A $20 million commitment from the state got the program started back in 2012 and the Lilly Endowment contributed $10 million to the effort. The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust granted funds for the program’s administrative costs and 86 other organizations (including local community foundations) have contributed matching funds to individual land trust projects.
Skillman and Hamilton say 91 land acquisition projects have been approved thus far. Those projects span 48 of the state’s 92 counties. Half of the projects are completed to this point, resulting in more than 8 square miles of land being set aside for conservation and recreation purposes.
Now 2 local land areas are part of the BNT and are completed projects as mentioned. Spencer County’s Lincoln State Park expanded south and westward with the purchase of 179 acres of upland forest area. This purchase made the park larger by 10 percent while protecting the Sarah Lincoln Nature Preserve located within the park.
Meanwhile, Sycamore Land Trust, the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge, and Ducks Unlimited partnered with the BNT to get public access to the reclaimed Columbia Mine spanning Pike and Gibson counties. That 1 thousand plus acre site includes forested wetlands, upland tree and prairie plantings, and several lakes.
Now folks can still take advantage of the BNT and the opportunities it has to offer. For more information you can go online to in.gov forward slash naturetrust.
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.
Huntingburg Police are searching for the suspect or suspects responsible for a Tuesday afternoon vehicle theft.
The department says just before 4:20 this afternoon, someone stole a white 2011 4 door Honda Accord from the Huntingburg Event Center’s parking lot. Police say the suspect went southbound with the vehicle before it disappeared.
Police say the vehicle has a Kentucky license plate that reads ‘137NBP.’ Anyone who sees the vehicle is asked to call 9-1-1 immediately. Other information can also be reported to Huntingburg Police by calling 482-9111.
An Orange County teenager was killed yesterday when the ATV she was riding rolled over on top of her.
Indiana Conservation Officers say 16-year-old Bailey Carty of Paoli had been riding her grandmother’s ATV in a remote wooded area in the 2700 block of East County Road 100 North for about an hour and she didn’t come home. Shortly before 5 o’clock yesterday, the grandmother found Carty unconscious underneath the overturned ATV.
Emergency crews that were called to the scene tried to revive Carty, but were unsuccessful. She was then pronounced dead at the scene by the Orange County Coroner’s Office.
Conservation officers say Carty was not wearing a helmet or any sort of safety equipment at the time. Conservation officers are strongly encouraging folks to wear helmets and safety gear whenever they are on an ATV.
An autopsy is set for today in Bedford. The crash remains under investigation.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department, the Paoli Fire Department, IU Health Ambulance Service, and the Orange County Coroner’s Office all assisted conservation officers.