INDIANAPOLIS BABY SEARCH
Family continues searching for Indianapolis infant
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The family of a missing Indianapolis infant has renewed its search for him four days after his disappearance.
They searched for 6-week-old Delano Wilson on Sunday on Indianapolis' near west side.
The boy's aunt, Lethrice Hamilton, told WTHR-TV that family and friends were looking in bushes, in poison ivy patches and elsewhere trying to find the child. She says his disappearance has been "heartbreaking."
The family said they're thankful for the community's support and prayers.
Police canceled an Amber Alert for the baby on Friday but are still pursuing leads in the case.
The boy's father, Willie Wilson, has told police a man and woman knocked him out Wednesday in an alley near his home and abducted his son.
Indiana cases could define conflict of interest
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The question of what exactly it means to have a conflict of interest is at the heart of recent Indiana ethics scandals.
House Speaker Brian Bosma referenced the issue Friday when he announced that Rep. Eric Turner would no longer be a part of his leadership team. Bosma expressed concern that Turner's work to benefit his family's nursing home business posed an "irreconcilable conflict" with his public duties.
The Turner case had recently become fodder for Indiana Democrats looking to break a Republican hold on the Statehouse.
Democratic candidate for auditor Mike Claytor suggested that third-graders would be better equipped to identify conflicts of interest than some public officials.
Bosma says he cracked down on Turner specifically because the public trust needs to be protected.
Tax caps still impacting schools after 5 years
KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) - Many Indiana school districts say they're still struggling to make up for revenue lost when statewide property tax caps took full effect in 2010.
The Indiana Department of Local Government Finance says tax caps have cut some districts' funding by $47,000 and others' by nearly $8 million over the last five years.
That's left the districts scrambling to fund transportation, capital projects and pensions and pay debts.
Peru Community School Corp. director of finance and operations Stanley Hall tells the Kokomo Tribune his district has eliminated five of its 17 bus routes and reduced driver pay from $22 an hour to about $17 per hour to compensate for the cuts. It also has reduced staff.
JUVENILE BOOT CAMP
State closing NW Indiana paramilitary boot camp
LAPORTE, Ind. (AP) - The Indiana Department of Correction says it plans to close a paramilitary style boot camp in northwestern Indiana by Oct. 1 to save money and because juvenile offenders are spending less time in the prison system.
The department says the 72 youths currently housed at Camp Summit Boot Camp near LaPorte will be transferred to community-based programs or other state juvenile facilities.
Open since 1995 on 60 acres between LaPorte and Michigan City, Camp Summit blends military components with programming that addresses the needs of adolescents while creating an environment for change and growth.
Indiana House Minority Leader Scott Pelath of Michigan City criticized the closing. He told The News-Dispatch it will eliminate 70 local jobs and a service for Indiana youth.
POLICE SHOT-LAS VEGAS
Dad of suspect in Las Vegas rampage honors victims
LAS VEGAS (AP) - The father of a suspect involved in a June rampage in Las Vegas that left two police officers and a bystander dead paid tribute to the victims during a visit to the crime scene.
Todd Woodruff of Lafayette, Indiana, laid flowers Friday against the window of a pizza shop where his daughter, Amanda Miller, and her husband, Jerad Miller, fatally shot officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo in an ambush during their lunch break.
Woodruff also visited a nearby Wal-Mart where his 22-year-old daughter shot and killed shopper Joseph Wilcox.
Amanda Miller and her 31-year-old husband died in an exchange of gunfire with police inside the store.
Woodruff told KLAS-TV he realizes his daughter caused a lot of hurt, and he will never forget the three innocent victims.
Log jam traps 40 boats in northwestern Indiana
PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) - A northwestern Indiana port authority has hired two marinas to clear a log jam that's preventing about 40 boats from reaching Lake Michigan.
Portage Port Authority Chairman John Smolar tells the Munster Times that torrential rains August 21st caused debris to rush through the east branch of the Burns Waterway from the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and become lodged under a bridge.
Smolar says it's the largest log jam he's ever seen.
Kurt Miller of Miller's Westerman's Marina - one of the marinas hired for the work - told the Port Authority last week that it would likely take two days of work to open up the waterway and another three or four days to clear all of the debris.
Farm at Prophetstown suspends some operations
BATTLE GROUND, Ind. (AP) - An educational farm located within Prophetstown State Park is suspending some operations for the rest of the year because of a lack of funding.
Dawn Parks, vice president of the board of directors at the Farm at Prophetstown, says it's suspending agricultural and animal operations. She tells the Journal and Courier the board didn't foresee the declining membership and corporate sponsorships that have contributed to the financial problems at the site near Lafayette. Parks calls it "a temporary blip."
She says the farm's pigs, chickens, cows and horses already have been sent back to the organizations and farms from where they were rented.
The Farm at Prophetstown is a training farm for sustainable, low-input, horse-powered agriculture. The nonprofit operates on 125 acres leased from Prophetstown State Park.
PRESCRIPTION DROP BOXES
Marion County police agencies adding Rx drop boxes
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The growing number of law enforcement agencies collecting unwanted prescription drugs with drop boxes now includes the Speedway Police Department in Marion County.
Town Manager Ian Nicolini tells the Indianapolis Star the town council approved the drop-off site after collecting 300 pounds of pills on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in April.
In recent months, the Marion County Sheriff's Office and Lawrence and Zionsville police departments have put drop boxes at their stations. Fishers has had a drop box since 2011, and Hendricks County has four boxes.
Drug Free Marion County Executive Director Randy Miller says agencies in the county have been slow to put in collection sites compared with the rest of the state.
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