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COUNCILWOMAN RECORDING

Councilwoman won't be prosecuted over recording

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - The head of Indiana's State Board of Accounts says he will limit the participation of local officials in reviewing audits reports after a prosecutor's decision that an Evansville city councilwoman didn't break the law by secretly recording one such meeting.

A special prosecutor found that Democratic Councilwoman Stephanie Brinkerhoff-Riley didn't interfere with the state auditors by releasing her recording of a March conference between city officials and auditors reviewing city finances.

She was critical of Republican Mayor Lloyd Winnecke's financial administration even though the final audit report gave the city its top rating.

State Examiner Paul Joyce tells the Evansville Courier & Press that those conferences are supposed to be confidential. He says only local government clerks will now be meeting with auditors to review reports before they're completed.

BANK SHOOTOUT

Man sentenced for 2003 Indiana bank shootout

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A federal judge has ordered a 35-year prison sentence for a man convicted of shooting at a central Indiana police officer during a 2003 bank robbery.

The sentence against 46-year-old Pascal Sylla comes after a jury convicted him in April of attempted bank robbery and using a firearm during a violent crime for the attack at a Madison County Federal Credit Union office in Anderson.

Then-Anderson assistant police chief Ray Novak was in plain clothes as a customer in the bank when Sylla pulled out a handgun. Prosecutors say Novak and Sylla shot at each other, but Sylla was able to escape.

Authorities say blood from the scene was linked by DNA testing to Sylla in 2010. He was then in prison for a 2005 bank robbery in Rushville.

POLICE CHASE FATALITY

Driver dies from crash during Fort Wayne chase

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - Police in Fort Wayne say a driver has died after a crash that happened while he was trying to flee from officers.

The crash happened Wednesday evening on the Airport Expressway on the city's south side and closed some lanes for hours.

The Journal Gazette and WANE-TV report the chase started at a shopping plaza when officers spotted the man wanted on several arrest warrants. Police say the man drove off in a van and that two of its tires were later flattened by stop sticks placed on the roadway.

Police say the van continued driving until it suddenly crossed into oncoming traffic and sideswiped a construction vehicle. Emergency crews had to free the man from the wreckage and he died at a hospital. The other driver wasn't hurt.

FLIGHT ATTENDANT SLAIN

Teen charged in slaying of mom found dead in trunk

GARY, Ind. (AP) - A 17-year-old girl has been charged with murder in the death of her mother whose body was found in her car's trunk in a wooded area of Gary a few weeks ago.

The charges filed by Lake County prosecutors on Wednesday follow the July 11 arrest of the girl's 18-year-old boyfriend on a count of murder in the death of 54-year-old DeCarol Deloney-Cain of Crown Point.

Deloney-Cain was a United Airlines flight attendant. Her body was found July 7, and authorities say she died of stab wounds to the chest and head trauma.

Prosecutors say Deloney-Cain had been fighting with her daughter because the girl had become pregnant. The Times of Munster and the Post-Tribune report authorities say the girl withdrew money from her mother's bank account after her death.

SCHOOL PRINCIPAL FIRED

Judge upholds firing of elementary principal

PETERSBURG, Ind. (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed the lawsuit filed by a former southwestern Indiana elementary school principal who was fired on grounds that he falsified student attendance records and didn't complete teacher evaluations.

District Judge Richard Young on Wednesday sided with the Pike County School Board, ruling the decision to fire Rick Fears as Otwell Elementary School principal was lawful and supported by substantial evidence.

The Washington Times-Herald reports Fears was fired in September 2013 after district officials say he altered the records of absent students to improve the attendance rate for the school about 40 miles northeast of Evansville.

The lawsuit maintained Fears' rights were violated because of he wasn't allowed to challenge evidence during an administrative hearing and that hearsay evidence was used against him.

INDIANA TRANSPORTATION-ETHICS

State highway official leaving before review done

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A top Indiana transportation official who's faced an ethics investigation of land purchases that benefited his family is leaving the agency.

Indiana Department of Transportation chief of staff Troy Woodruff sent an email to agency employees on Wednesday saying that he would step down Thursday. The Indianapolis Star reports Woodruff wrote his only regret was not being able to stay for the completion of the investigation that started in 2012.

The state inspector general has been reviewing Woodruff's role in state land purchases along the Interstate 69 extension corridor that the Star reported involved his relatives.

Inspector General David Thomas says he plans to publish his findings Friday.

A highway department spokesman says Woodruff is starting his own business.

ALCOHOL COMMISSION CHAIRMAN

Head of Indiana alcohol agency taking Ivy Tech job

MARION, Ind. (AP) - The leader of the state agency that regulates alcohol sales in Indiana is leaving that position for an administrative job at an Ivy Tech Community College campus.

Ivy Tech announced Thursday that Alex Huskey will become the Marion campus president beginning Aug. 25.

Huskey has been chairman of the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission since his appointment in 2011 by then-Gov. Mitch Daniels. Huskey had previously been the Indiana Excise Police superintendent for seven years.

Ivy Tech says that as campus president Huskey will focus on community outreach and manage day-to-day operations at the site about 50 miles southwest of Fort Wayne. He will report to Ivy Tech's regional chancellor.

Huskey lives in Marion and is a former assistant police chief in the city.

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