Snowfall prompts northern Indiana travel warnings
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - About a dozen northern Indiana counties have asked people to stay off the roads for non-essential travel because of the area's heavy snowfall.
The National Weather Service says the Fort Wayne area had about 6 inches of snow by late morning Wednesday, with similar snowfall totals in LaPorte. The Indianapolis area is seeing less snowfall as temperatures stayed above freezing until midmorning.
The weather service issued a winter storm warning for roughly the northern third of Indiana, with up to 10 inches of snow possible in some spots.
Police have reported many crashes and slide-offs on snow-covered roads but no serious injuries. Major utilities have some 30,000 power outages across the state's northern tier. Many school districts also called off classes for Wednesday.
WINTER WEATHER-INDIANA OUTAGES
Storm causes scattered outages in northern Indiana
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - The heavy snowfall in northern Indiana has caused numerous power outages scattered across in the area.
Major utilities report about 30,000 homes and businesses were without electricity late Wednesday morning throughout the state's northern tier from the Gary area across to Fort Wayne.
Indiana Michigan Power says it has about 8,000 outages in Allen County, which includes Fort Wayne. Northern Indiana Public Service Co. has several thousand outages in northwestern Indiana's Lake and Porter counties, along with many in largely rural areas southeast of South Bend.
The National Weather Service office says up to 6 inches of snow fell by late morning in some parts of northern Indiana.
HAMILTON COUNTY BUS CRASH
School bus crashes in rural central Indiana
ARCADIA, Ind. (AP) - Officials say a school bus has collided with another vehicle in a rural area north of Indianapolis.
A Hamilton County police dispatcher says there were only minor injuries from the crash that happened about 8 a.m. Wednesday at an intersection of Indiana 19 near the Hamilton County town of Arcadia.
Indiana 19 was shut down because of the crash but other details weren't immediately available.
Teen pleads guilty to Evansville school threat
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - A 19-year-old man who police said made threats on Twitter to "shoot up" an Evansville high school has pleaded guilty to felony charges.
Anthony Wolfe Jr. of Evansville made the plea in a Vanderburgh County court to charges of intimidation and criminal gang activity.
The Evansville Courier & Press reports Wolfe was arrested last year after making verbal threats and then posting on Twitter that something bad was going to happen at Harrison High School.
Wolfe faces the possibility of six months to three years in prison on each charge when he's sentenced in April.
Anderson School Board extends Wigwam gym deadline
ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) - The Anderson School Board is holding off demolition plans for the district's Wigwam gymnasium and giving more time to leaders of an effort trying to save it.
The board voted 6-0 Tuesday evening to approve an agreement with the city, the Wigwam Sports and Entertainment group and others under which they will cover about $23,000 in expenses for the gym for April, May and June.
Michael Frischkorn of the city Economic Development Department tells The Herald Bulletin that gives the Wigwam group additional time to find investors for converting the 9,000-seat gym into a sports and entertainment complex.
If the gym's ownership isn't transferred by July 1, the school board could move ahead with demolition.
The school district closed the gym in 2011 as a cost-cutting move.
Police say SE Indiana teen fatally shot at home
GREENSBURG, Ind. (AP) - Police in southeastern Indiana say a 13-year-old boy has died after he was shot inside his family's home.
Greensburg detective Bill Meyerrose says the shooting happened Tuesday evening and involved a gun that belonged to someone in the home.
The Decatur County coroner tells the Greensburg Daily News that Craig Roberts died from a gunshot wound. The teen was a student at Greensburg Junior High School in the city about 40 miles southeast of Indianapolis.
Meyerrose says the shooting appears to be accidental but that the investigation is continuing.
FORT WAYNE FLIGHTS
Incentives planned to boost Fort Wayne flights
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - The city of Fort Wayne is going to kick in up to $600,000 in incentives over two years for an airline to offer daily flights to an East Coast travel hub.
Negotiations are underway with United and American airlines for twice-daily flights from Fort Wayne International Airport to either Newark, N.J., or Philadelphia.
Airport Authority director Scott Hinderman says that the incentive payments will be reduced if the flights are full.
The Journal Gazette and The News-Sentinel report City Council members approved Tuesday night the city's contribution toward a $2.5 million incentive package. Others directing money to the package include Greater Fort Wayne Inc., the Airport Authority and the Indiana Economic Development Corp.
The Fort Wayne airport now offers nonstop daily flights to Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, Atlanta and Dallas.
Woman leaves $4.6M to Elkhart County foundation
ELKHART, Ind. (AP) - A woman who was a benefactor for two small colleges has given $4.6 million to a northern Indiana charitable foundation.
Mary Elizabeth Walker established the gift with the Elkhart County Community Foundation. She died in December 2011. The Elkhart Truth reports that $230,000 will be granted this year.
Walker set guidelines for who will receive grants. Her alma mater, DePauw University in Greencastle; her church, Trinity United Methodist Church in Elkhart, and any youth-serving organization could be possible recipients. Walker's children will advise the fund.
She also funded and planned DePauw's Walker Arboretum and also was instrumental in the building of the Goshen College Music Center.
Walker's late husband owned the former Walker Automatic Heating.
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