News Minute: Here is the latest Indiana news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EDT
FERDINAND, Ind. (AP) - Police say two Georgia residents escaped life-threatening injuries after the small plane they were flying in crashed in a southern Indiana parking lot. The crash happened Monday night outside a MasterBrand cabinet manufacturing facility in Ferdinand. Indiana State Police say the 52-year-old pilot Gregory Solsrud and 18-year-old passenger Winston Solsrud were taken by ambulance to a hospital for treatment. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) - A western Indiana woman charged with neglect in the 2016 death of her disabled 5-year-old daughter has reached a plea agreement. Tiffany Daugherty faces a sentence of 21 years, with a minimum of 10 years to be served in prison or community corrections. Sentencing is July 19 on charges including neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury and reckless homicide. Authorities say Daugherty and the child's father failed to provide adequate nutrition and follow-up medical care.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - An Ohio man who was captured by police while aboard a bus in Indiana has been convicted of murder in the July 2017 stabbing death of a woman at a Michigan motel. The Lansing State Journal reports 26-year-old Curtis Jamaar Echols of Paulding is scheduled to be sentenced to life in prison without parole on July 25. A jury convicted him Monday of first-degree murder. Investigators found a pizza box in the room, contacted the restaurant and tracked down Echols using his cellphone.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Gov. Eric Holcomb pledged action after a review of the state's child welfare service found that dysfunction and a "culture of fear" contributed to widespread problems at the embattled agency. Many of the problems detailed in a report were already well documented. Holcomb said five different reviews of the Department of Child Services conducted in recent years found similar issues, though the documents were shelved with limited action taken. Holcomb said he won't let that happen this time.
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