News Minute: Here is the latest Indiana news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EDT
CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) - A judge says the father of two Indiana boys who drowned in a river can get mental health and drug treatment while in custody rather than be released in part to participate in a drug treatment program. Lake County Judge Samuel Cappas denied a request Wednesday on behalf of 34-year-old Eric Patillo, of Thayer, for lower bond as he awaits trial on charges of neglect of a dependent resulting in death. Authorities say Patillo admitted to using heroin the morning of the drownings.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Former USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny has been arrested after a Texas grand jury indicted him, alleging he tampered with evidence in the sexual assault investigation of now-imprisoned gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. In a statement issued late Wednesday night, the Walker County district attorney's office in Huntsville, Texas, said Penny was arrested by a fugitive task force Wednesday in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and awaits extradition to Texas.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - A South Bend police officer is accused of switching price tags on several items before he purchased them at a store. Thirty-three-year-old Brandon Jones is charged with misdemeanor theft and felony delivery of a false sales document. He's being held without bond. Authorities say the officer was stopped Sept. 25 by an employee at a Walmart store in South Bend who allegedly saw him move price tags from pumpkins to several more expensive items before checking out on a self-scan register.
BREEZEWOOD, Pa. (AP) - An Indiana woman who allegedly robbed a store and fled in a stolen police vehicle was stymied by a traffic jam on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Police say the woman robbed a Sheetz convenience store in Breezewood on Wednesday and was able to slip out of handcuffs and steal a state police vehicle. She fled westbound at speeds of up to 100 mph but encountered a traffic backlog from a fiery crash that killed a truck driver. The woman was arrested and charged with robbery and other offenses.
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