Indiana sheriff charged in prostitution case
NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) - A southern Indiana sheriff has been arrested in a prostitution investigation just weeks after a suburban Indianapolis sheriff resigned over his own relationship with a prostitute.
Authorities declined to say at a Tuesday news conference whether the cases are linked. But a person with knowledge of the connection told The Associated Press they involve the same woman. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the connection hasn't been made public.
Authorities wouldn't say if the woman is cooperating with law enforcement.
An indictment alleges Clark County Sheriff Daniel Rodden gave the woman a uniform so she could get a government discount at a Kentucky hotel and paid her $300 for a sex act.
Rodden denies the allegations.
Boone County Sheriff Ken Campbell resigned in June amid a prostitution investigation.
Police investigating Lafayette toddler's homicide
LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Lafayette Police Department says it's investigating the homicide of a toddler.
Police issued a statement Tuesday saying they continue to investigate the death of 14-month-old Skylar Foster last week.
The Marion County Coroner's office reported Monday that the cause of Skylar Foster's death was blunt force trauma to the head.
The girl's grandfather, Michael Yocum of Monticello, tells the Journal & Courier that Skylar's parents are no longer together and the child had been living with her mother and her boyfriend when she suffered the fatal injury.
Emergency responders called to a home July 21 found the girl wasn't breathing. She was transported to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, where life support was removed the following day.
Court allows education board lawsuit to proceed
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A Marion County judge has cleared the way for a lawsuit to proceed against members of the State Board of Education that alleges public access violations.
Marion County Judge Cynthia Ayers denied the state's request that the case be dismissed on questions of whether the plaintiffs had standing. Democratic lawyer Bill Groth said Tuesday he hopes to continue with discovery in the case.
At question is whether board members violated Indiana's open meetings laws by circulating a letter seeking changes in who calculates the state's "A-F" school grades.
The suit mirrors a challenge state Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz filed last year against board members. A Marion County judge dismissed that challenge on the grounds that she could not file a challenge without the approval of the state attorney general's office.
RAILROAD BRIDGE-CLOSE CALL
2 women survive ordeal along Indiana rail bridge
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - A video camera captured the terrifying plight of two women who became trapped on an 80-foot-high railroad bridge by a freight train that surprised them as they walked along the tracks.
Eric Powell with Indiana Railroad says the train engine's video camera recorded the incident earlier this month on a bridge near Bloomington.
He tells WTHR-TV the engineer of the 100-car coal train activated its emergency braking when he saw the women. He says the women had few choices because jumping from the tracks would have meant serious injuries, perhaps even death.
Indiana Railroad says the women, who somehow survived their ordeal, have been identified.
Monroe County Prosecutor Chris Gaal says Indiana Railroad officials have turned over evidence to the county sheriff's department, which is still investigating the incident.
VANITY PLATE FALLOUT
Indiana BMV asks court to delay vanity plate sales
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles has asked the state Supreme Court for permission to continue its suspension on sales of vanity plates until a court case is settled.
The Indiana attorney general's office announced Monday it had filed a request for a stay order in the case involving a license plate reading "0INK."
A Marion County judge in May ordered the BMV to resume selling personalized license plates, which it hadn't done in nearly a year due to a lawsuit by a Greenfield police officer who maintained it unconstitutionally refused to renew his plate.
The judge agreed with Officer Rodney Vawter, and told the BMV it had to resume selling vanity plates under certain stipulations.
The BMV appealed to the Indiana Supreme Court, and requested a stay order Friday.
NCAA says concussion settlement good for athletes
CHICAGO (AP) - The NCAA is hailing a settlement in a class-action concussions suit that creates a $70 million fund to diagnose current and former college athletes for possible brain injuries.
The sides announced a deal Tuesday in a filing in federal court in Chicago. They'd been negotiating for nearly a year.
The NCAA's chief medical officer, Brian Hainline, calls the settlement provisions "proactive measures" that "will ensure student-athletes have access to high quality medical care."
The Indianapolis-based NCAA also agrees to implement a single, return-to-play policy spelling out how all teams must treat players who receive head blows.
The agreement stops short of setting aside a fixed amount of money to pay players who suffered brain trauma. But it leaves open the possibility that individual athletes can sue the NCAA for damages.
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