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UPDATES: Irsay pleads guilty to misdemeanor in drug case

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated stemming from his arrest after a traffic stop in March.

Irsay appeared in a Hamilton County court in Noblesville on Tuesday for a change-of-plea hearing. The 55-year-old Irsay will be on probation for a year and will be required to submit to drug tests. His driver's license has been suspended for one year.

He was arrested March 16 near his home in the Indianapolis suburb of Carmel after police say he was spotted driving slowly, stopping in the roadway and failing to use a turn signal. Officers said he had trouble reciting the alphabet and failed field sobriety tests. Various prescription drugs were found in his vehicle.


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.


Mom arrested in death of child, injury to another

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - A South Bend woman arrested after the weekend death of her 11-month-old son is also being charged with causing injuries to a young daughter in February that have left her in a vegetative state.

Police arrested 21-year-old Nyesha Crockett after Monday's death of 11-month-old Micahyah Crockett. St. Joseph County homicide unit commander Tim Corbett says Crockett threw her son on the ground and kicked him after becoming angry that his father was out with friends Saturday night and not responding to text messages.

County Prosecutor Ken Cotter says investigators also reviewed injuries that then-14-month-old Alaiyah Crockett suffered Feb. 1 and determined Nyesha Crockett lied about a scarf becoming accidentally wrapped around Alaiyah's neck.

Crockett is jailed on murder, battery and other charges. It isn't clear whether she has an attorney.


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.


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.


Vincennes U. moves ahead with new student center

VINCENNES, Ind. (AP) - Vincennes University is pushing ahead with plans for a $4.35 million student center that will link three other buildings, creating a mall-like complex in the heart of the campus.

School President Dick Helton says construction is slated to last up to months on the southwestern Indiana campus, but the project start date hasn't been set.

The new student union will link the current Physical Education Complex, the Aquatic Center and the Donald G. Bell Student Recreation Center.

Helton tells the Vincennes Sun-Commercial that the complete project will "connect all of the area's most-popular activities" and give students a space where they can feel comfortable socializing, getting a bite to eat and enjoy recreational opportunities.

The school's trustees have approved four separate contracts for the new building.


Annual bat festival to be held on IUPUI campus

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An annual festival celebrating bats and the important role the flying mammals play in controlling insect pests is coming to Indianapolis.

The Eighth Annual Indiana Bat Festival will be held Sept. 13 on the Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis campus. It will be the first time the bat-centric event has been held outside of Terre Haute, where it's been hosted by Indiana State University.

Pamela Martin, who directs IUPUI's Center for Earth and Environmental Sciences, says the festival gives participants a fresh look at bats, the diverse ecosystems they occupy and their importance to environmental health. This year's festival will feature live bat demonstrations and hands-on activities for children.

The festival is being co-sponsored by IUPUI center, its School of Science and ISU's Center for Bat Research, Outreach and Conservation.

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