News Minute: Here is the latest Indiana news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. EDT
HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) - An indicted northwestern Indiana mayor is maintaining that prosecutors used a confidential informant to improperly know they had more time to investigate the case. Attorneys for Republican Portage Mayor James Snyder argue in federal court filings that prosecutors found out Snyder's previous lawyer wouldn't be ready for a January 2017 trial on corruption charges. Snyder faces federal bribery charges of accepting money in exchange for city towing contracts.
CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) - An appeals court has upheld a 15-year prison term for a northwest Indiana man who led police on a pursuit that ended with a collision that killed a 13-year-old girl. The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled 33-year-old Donnell Howard Jr. got an appropriate sentence given his "extreme indifference to human life throughout the chase." The pursuit began after Howard's girlfriend stole a case of beer from an East Chicago supermarket and ended in Hammond.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - A 19-year-old Purdue University student has died after falling from the balcony of an apartment on the top floor of a 10-story complex near the school's West Lafayette campus. The Journal & Courier reports Sunday that the woman was found about 2 a.m. Saturday. Police Lt. Jon Eager tells the newspaper that the student and three other people were in the apartment when she fell. He said investigators were trying to determine what caused the woman to fall, but there is no indication of foul play.
WAYNETOWN, Ind. (AP) - The Montgomery County sheriff's office has asked the state police to investigate the shooting of a man at a Waynetown home by a deputy. Indiana State Police say in a release that the shooting occurred about 2 a.m. Sunday after the man allegedly pointed a weapon at bystanders and deputies who responded to a report of a drunk and disorderly person at the home. The man was being treated Sunday at a hospital in Indianapolis.
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