NFL suspends Irsay 6 games, fines him $500,000
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) - The NFL has suspended Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay for the first six games of the season and fined him $500,000 for violating its personal conduct policy, coming down hard after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor stemming from a March traffic stop.
Commissioner Roger Goodell says owners, management personnel and coaches must be held to a higher standard than players. The fine levied Tuesday is the maximum allowed under league rules.
Hours earlier, Irsay was in an Indiana courtroom, pleading guilty to a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated. The 55-year-old Irsay admitted to a judge that he was under the influence of the painkillers oxycodone and hydrocodone when he was arrested March 16 near his home in the Indianapolis suburb of Carmel.
He must submit to drug testing for a year and cannot drink or possess alcohol during that time. His driver's license also was suspended for one year.
INDIANA-RIGHT TO WORK
Federal court upholds Indiana right-to-work law
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld Indiana's right-to-work law banning mandatory union fees in a split decision.
Two judges on the three-member panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals determined that the state law doesn't wrongfully take property from unions and is constitutional. But Chief Judge Diane Wood dissented, writing that federal labor law "does not support such sweeping force for Indiana's right-to-work law."
The Indiana Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Thursday on a pair of cases challenging the law on state constitutional grounds. Indiana became the first Rust Belt state to approve a right-to-work law in 2012.
The legislative fight drew thousands of union protesters to the Statehouse in 2011 and 2012, in one of the state's most divisive and drawn-out debates.
BURNED BODY FOUND
Coroner: Indiana teen killed by asphyxiation
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Relatives of an Indianapolis teenager whose badly burned body was found in a yard say they believe she was abducted and killed by a stranger.
Marion County Chief Deputy Coroner Alfarena Ballew on Tuesday ruled the death of 15-year-old Dominique Allen a homicide as the result of asphyxiation.
Indianapolis police say a man walking his dog found Allen's body in his backyard on the city's near northwest side on Sunday. Police discovered the teen's purse and shoes Tuesday about a block from where her body was found.
Shenika Poindexter says her sister wasn't the type to talk to strangers or get in a car with someone she didn't know.
Wayne Township school officials brought in counselors at the Ben Davis Ninth Grade Center to help students cope with Allen's death.
INDIANAPOLIS BABY SEARCH
Police mum on search for missing Indianapolis baby
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Police aren't saying what investigators found when they searched the home of an Indianapolis couple whose 6-week-old son was reported abducted last week.
Police spokesman Christopher Wilburn says investigators obtained a search warrant to enter the home of Delano Wilson's parents Monday night.
Indianapolis television stations showed investigators taking some large bags from the house to a crime lab van. Wilburn says he cannot disclose what was removed from the home.
He says the couple remains free and the missing infant case remains "an open and active investigation." No arrests have been made.
Twenty-three-year-old Willie Wilson told police last Wednesday that his son was abducted by a man and woman who knocked him out in an alley near his home just west of downtown Indianapolis and took the child.
NOTRE DAME-ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT
Kelly: 5 Notre Dame players remain out for now
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says there is no change in the status of five players who were investigated by the university for possible cheating.
Kelly said Tuesday the status of those five players could change quickly if he receives word they are eligible to play. Kelly said last week that the investigation is complete and the cases were in the hands of the school's code of honor committee.
The university announced on Aug. 15 that it would bench starting cornerback KeiVarae Russell, leading returning receiver DaVaris Daniels, defensive end Ishaq Williams and backup linebacker Kendall Moore while it investigated whether they turned in academic work that wasn't their own. The school added reserve safety Eilar Hardy to the list last week.
The Irish (1-0) play Michigan (1-0) on Saturday.
Boaters become lost at night on Indiana river
MONGO, Ind. (AP) - State conservation officers found a group of boaters who were lost after midnight on a remote northeastern Indiana river.
Conservation Officer Jake Carlile says the search for the six people riding canoes or kayaks started early Monday after a 911 call reporting they were without light and near exhaustion on the Pigeon River near the Steuben (stoo-BEN')-LaGrange county line.
Carlile says he and Conservation Officer Kyle Buchanan found the boaters about 3 a.m. Monday in a heavily wooded area near the community of Mongo, some 40 miles north of Fort Wayne. He says the boaters were in the early stages of hypothermia from long exposure to the cold water and falling nighttime temperatures.
One woman was helped out on foot, while Carlile paddled with the boaters to an access point.
RANDOLPH COUNTY-WIND FARM
Work progressing on eastern Indiana wind farm
WINCHESTER, Ind. (AP) - Dozens of 320-foot-tall towers are going up in an eastern Indiana county for what will be another wind farm in the state.
The new towers are changing the skyline of what is now mostly corn and soybean fields in the area of Randolph County generally southwest of Winchester. The Star Press reports the Headwaters Wind Farm that will have 100 electricity-generating turbines when completed by year's end.
Texas-based EDP Renewables North America is leasing land from nearly 200 property owners for the towers, access roads and transmission corridors.
Many of the towers are near the town of Lynn, about 25 miles southeast of Muncie. Lynn clerk-treasurer Kaylene Straley says the turbine towers haven't drawn complaints like those about the area's large animal farming operations.
Upgrades at abolitionist's home could boost town
FOUNTAIN CITY, Ind. (AP) - Residents of an eastern Indiana town hope the community will get a boost from construction of a planned visitor center at the 19th century home that was a stop on the Underground Railroad for escaped slaves.
State officials have lined up about $1.9 million in federal grants toward a $3.2 million plan to upgrade the Levi Coffin House site in Fountain City. That plan centers on turning a neighboring house into a visitor center with exhibit space and an auditorium.
Coffin's family is credited with helping hundreds of escaped slaves during the 1840s.
Capital campaign chairman Robin Winston tells The Indianapolis Star he considers the house a symbol of freedom.
Town Council President Larry Stegall tells the Palladium-Item he believes the visitor center will bring more tourists to the community.
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