FORT WAYNE – East Allen County Schools and a local branch of the NAACP both want to enlist the U.S. Justice Department to relieve racial tensions at a rural school, leaders say.\nRev. Michael Latham, president of Fort Wayne-Allen County NAACP, said he plans to meet soon with a member of the department’s Community Relations Service in Chicago to discuss complaints of racism at Heritage Junior-Senior High School.\nEast Allen County Schools has also been working to set up an appointment with the department, said Julie Labie, an aide to Superintendent Kay Novotny.\nTwo students in mid-November reported finding identical notes containing racial slurs and threatening language in their lockers at Heritage Junior-Senior High School, located in a rural area southeast of Fort Wayne.\nThe reports prompted an investigation by the school district and meetings involving the NAACP, the school board and district officials. Some parents complained of other racist incidents at the high school.\nThe school district announced Wednesday that it had concluded its investigation and determined only one note existed, and it was found in a classroom lab table, not in a student’s locker. An unidentified number of students have changed their stories, school officials said in a statement.\nBut one of the students who made the initial reports told The Journal Gazette newspaper and Latham that a school administrator had intimidated him into changing his story, and he stands by his original statement that he had received a note in his locker.\nJesse Taylor, regional director of the Community Relations Service in Chicago, said Friday his staff was assessing whether to offer a mediator to help bring closure to the Heritage case.\n“We haven’t made any determination yet,” Taylor said. “We’re still looking at what we’ve learned.”\nThe agency doesn’t have any coercive or punitive power but offers mediation and training in conflict resolution.\nLatham said he would welcome the opportunity for someone outside of the situation to provide a fresh perspective, without the focus on personalities that happens sometimes when local leaders are involved.\n“I think it’d be very helpful,” he said.
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue will play Central Michigan in the Motor City Bowl in Detroit on Dec. 26.\nPurdue (7-5) and Central Michigan (8-5) met earlier in the season, when the Boilermakers pulled off a 45-22 victory at home.\nThe Motor City Bowl, which will be played at Ford Field, will be televised by ESPN.\nPurdue coach Joe Tiller will be taking his 10th Purdue team to postseason play in 11 seasons. Tiller says the team hopes to make the bowl game its best game this year.
INDIANAPOLIS – Five Indianapolis Colts fans won Super Bowl rings at halftime of Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.\nRaffle tickets for the “Quest for the Ring” cost $5 each and were sold through Nov. 20. Twenty-five finalists were chosen, a number that was knocked down to ten on Saturday. The remaining contenders gathered on the RCA Dome’s field at halftime.\nFive of 10 treasure chests contained a Super Bowl XLI ring. Ten cheerleaders lined up on the field with the boxes, and each contestant chose one in hopes of receiving a $23,000 piece of jewelry.\nWinners were Chris Carr of Indianapolis, Ed Ressler of Avon, Ind., Jeff Haggard of Indianapolis, Jay Williamson of Franklin, Ind., and Bryan Snyder of Indianapolis.\nThose finalists who didn’t win a ring received tickets for the opening game at Lucas Oil Stadium next year, part of what the Colts called a “VIP Experience.”\nTeam owner Jim Irsay first announced the promotion at a pep rally on Oct. 30, during the week leading up to the game against the New England Patriots.
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Clippers chose to leave Jamaal Tinsley alone on the perimeter because Jermaine O’Neal was enough trouble in the low post.\nThey made the wrong choice.\nTinsley capitalized on the open looks, scoring 10 of his 29 points in the final 4:09 and leading the Indiana Pacers to a 101-95 victory on Sunday.\n“I’m always confident when the ball is in my hands. I don’t care if I miss eight or nine shots, I feel like the next one is going to go in,” Tinsley said. “I’ve got to credit my coaching staff for leaving me out there when I miss a lot of shots so that I get an opportunity to take another one. They were doubling down on Jermaine, the guys made the extra pass, and they just went in today.”\nO’Neal had 20 points and 15 rebounds despite a sore right shoulder. The six-time All-Star was forced to sit out the final 2:19 of Friday night’s 95-93 loss at Seattle after hurting himself setting a screen.\n“Yesterday morning he wasn’t able to get his arm above his shoulder, but we kept on working on it,” coach Jim O’Brien said. “He was doubtful today, and I was actually planning on going without him. But I found out he could go, and he had a great game.”\nO’Neal was more concerned about his left knee Saturday morning than his shoulder. He missed five games prior to the Seattle contest because of swelling in the knee and his lower leg.\n“Obviously, my knee has been a concern over the last two months, and I’ve been struggling to make moves, make shots, rebound and block shots,” O’Neal said. “The Seattle game was actually the first time I didn’t have pain in my knee in almost a year and a half, and today I didn’t have any pain in my knee at all.\n“My shoulder was about 85 percent,” O’Neal added. “We iced it a lot yesterday, I took some Advil, iced it again this morning and was ready to go.”\nChris Kaman had 22 points and 22 rebounds for the Clippers, who are 2-9 since a 104-89 win at Indiana on Nov. 7 that capped their 4-0 start. Sam Cassell, who scored 35 points that night, missed his second straight game with a strained left calf.\nThe Clippers’ injury woes grew a bit worse when No.1 draft pick Al Thornton sprained his left ankle and left the game with 1:22 to go in the first half.\n“It seems like it’s one injury after another for this team,” said Kaman, the only player to start all 15 games for the Clippers. “We can’t make excuses, because every team in the NBA goes through that. But it has been ridiculous.”\nTinsley hit a 3-pointer and a 19-footer 44 seconds apart to put the Pacers ahead to stay, then drained another 3-pointer with 1:56 remaining to put them ahead 96-90 and added a pair of free throws in the final minute.\nLos Angeles used an 8-0 run to turn a four-point deficit into an 88-84 lead with 7:08 to play. Tim Thomas’ nine-foot jumper capped the rally, but it would be the Clippers’ last field goal until Corey Maggette’s 3-pointer with 6 seconds left in the game.\nDanny Granger beat the buzzer with an 11-footer in the lane to give the Pacers a 77-76 lead entering the fourth.
INDIANAPOLIS – Team doctors have given strong side linebacker Tyjuan Hagler the OK to resume a full practice schedule, and he could be back in the Indianapolis Colts defensive lineup in time for Sunday’s big AFC South matchup with Jacksonville.\nBut veteran wide receiver Marvin Harrison, who hasn’t played in a game since the Colts and Jaguars met on Oct. 22 due to a bruised left knee, may not be available to play when the teams meet again.\nHagler has missed four games after suffering a pinched nerve in his neck against Carolina on Oct. 28, but practiced Wednesday and Thursday and expects to play this weekend.\nColts coach Tony Dungy, however, is taking a wait-and-see attitude.\n“He’s getting better,” Dungy acknowledged.\n“It’s been tough,” he added. “We’ve had a few guys like that, that have been itching to get back and haven’t been able to.”\nHarrison hasn’t played in six of Indianapolis’ last seven games and has not gone through a full practice in more than a month.\n“I thought that he’s going to need a couple of good practice days to really be ready to go. So we’ll see what happens,” Dungy said.\nSitting out Thursday’s practice were Harrison, offensive tackles Ryan Diem (ankle) and Daniel Federkeil (concussion), middle linebacker Gary Brackett (illness), weak side linebacker Freddy Keiaho (illness) and safety Bob Sanders (team decision).\nBrackett, Keiaho and Sanders are all expected to play Sunday. The status of Harrison and Diem will be updated before the game.\nOffensive tackles Tony Ugoh (neck) and Charlie Johnson (hamstring) and cornerback Tim Jennings (upper leg) practiced Thursday. A final decision on their ability to play against Jacksonville will likely be made after Saturday’s workout.\nCornerback Dante Hughes (shoulder) has been placed on injured reserve and is done for the season. Meanwhile, the Colts have signed former Cincinnati and Tampa Bay cornerback Keiwan Ratliff. Ratliff was a second-round draft pick by the Bengals in 2004 and was released on Sept. 26. He was signed by the Buccaneers on Nov. 12 and was waived on Wednesday.\nIndianapolis also signed second-year cornerback Darrell Hunter to the practice squad. Hunter, out of Miami of Ohio, played in three games with Arizona last year.
INDIANAPOLIS – A prosecutor said Wednesday he would seek life sentences without parole for the mother of a 3-year-old girl and the woman’s live-in boyfriend, who are charged with murder and neglect in the girl’s death.\nCharity Bailey and Lawrence Green, both 20, were arrested Tuesday, hours after Tajanay Bailey was found dead in her mother’s apartment. Both were being held without bond in the Marion County Jail and had initial court hearings set for Friday.\nAn autopsy found Tajanay died of blunt force trauma to her head, neck and abdomen. Police said she had suffered abuse that included being left hanging on a hook by her T-shirt, beaten with a belt and knocked in the chest for wetting her pants.\n“She was systematically tortured over the week of Thanksgiving by her mother’s fiance and by the mother,” Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi said. “We believe both of the defendants actively participated in the abuse.”\nThe Indiana Department of Child Services had returned Tajanay to her mother last month after she had lived much of her life with a foster mother.\nHer former foster mother, Janice Springfield, said in an interview that she saw evidence of physical abuse and repeatedly warned a child welfare case worker.\n“I told child services that mom was no good, and that boyfriend was no good,” she said. “The system failed Tajanay.”\nDepartment of Child Services spokeswoman Susan Tielking said the agency was investigating the case.
LAPORTE, Ind. – LaPorte police said they will not charge a motorist who drove his pickup truck into a snowman, sending its head flying through a nearby vehicle’s window. \nPolice said 33-year-old Thomas Ross agreed to pay the $600 cost of repairing the shattered window.\nTwenty-eight-year-old Amanda Boes says she saw the gray Ford pickup truck accelerate into the snowman Saturday. The head of the snowman landed on the back window of a parked car belonging to Boes’ mother.\nPolice found the truck parked nearby and said Ross admitted to being the driver.\nAfter Ross promised to pay for a new window, police ordered him to provide a written copy of the cost estimate.
PITTSBURGH – Sports in America start with a the national anthem. The Dolphins-Steelers game was an exception.\nRushing to begin the nationally televised matchup following a 25-minute weather delay, the NFL chose to skip the anthem Monday night before Miami played Pittsburgh. The game started without any of the traditional pregame ceremonies, except the coin toss, and neither team was introduced on the public address system.\nAccording to the Steelers, the NFL wanted the game to begin as soon as possible following the delay. Several more minutes would have been needed to set up a microphone and sound equipment at midfield, where the anthem is traditionally performed at Steelers games.\nThere was no apparent fan reaction to the omission, which occurred as many fans were scrambling to get back to their seats for the kickoff. The fans were ordered to leave the lower seating bowl at Heinz Field when lightning and a heavy rain resulted in both teams being waved off the field during pregame warmups.\nThe teams warmed up for an additional nine minutes before the game began at 8:55 p.m. EST. Pittsburgh won 3-0 on Jeff Reed’s 24-yard field goal with 17 seconds remaining.\nNational anthems are rarely televised during NFL games, with the Super Bowl being an exception.
What a difference two weeks make.\nIt’s been two weeks since New York coach Isiah Thomas decreed that he didn’t think his point guard was worthy of starting. Now, he can’t stop gushing about him.\nStephon Marbury continued his turnaround with a season-high 28 points, and the New York Knicks beat the Utah Jazz 113-109 on Monday night.\n“I thought Marbury was great,” Thomas said. “His leadership throughout the game, during the course of the game, his decision-making, his defense, his shot-making ability. Just from start to finish he was great.\n“Overall a good team effort, but No. 3 was really good tonight.”\nMarbury was still hearing pregame boos along with Thomas after ditching the team for a game in Phoenix when the coach told him of plans to remove him from the starting lineup. Marbury regained his starting spot last week, and on Monday he keyed one of the Knicks’ best offensive performances of the season.\nThomas stressed it was his disappointment in Marbury’s defense and leadership that led to the demotion, but Marbury has shown his offense is rounding into shape. He scored 19 points Saturday against Chicago, and followed that by going 9-for-14 and making all three 3-pointers Monday.\n“When I have the ball more and I’m able to create and make plays, I can get into a nice flow,” Marbury said. “Coming into this year I was trying to pick up from last year from the end of the season, but that didn’t happen. But with time, everything might happen. The season is still young, it’s November. I’m not panicking at all. I’m not worried, I have no worries as far as how I’m going to play.”\nZach Randolph had 25 points and 14 rebounds. Jamal Crawford added 22 points for the Knicks, who have won two in a row following an eight-game losing streak. Randolph, who grabbed a huge offensive rebound in the final seconds, has eight double-doubles in the 10 games he has played this season.\n“Right now we feel like we beat anybody,” Randolph said. “We got a lot of talent in here and guys have got to be ready to play. Like I said to the guys, when we compete we can play with anybody in this league. I really mean that.”\nCarlos Boozer scored 16 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, but the Jazz had their three-game winning streak snapped. Deron Williams added 26 points and eight assists for Utah, which played Sunday in Detroit and seemed a step slow on defense, allowing the Knicks to shoot 53 percent from the field.
INDIANAPOLIS – Defensive end Simeon Rice, signed two weeks ago to fill in for injured Pro Bowler Dwight Freeney, was released Tuesday by the Indianapolis Colts.\nRice, who played one season for Colts coach Tony Dungy at Tampa Bay, was claimed off waivers from Denver after Freeney suffered a season-ending foot injury at San Diego. Rice played the past two games, both as a reserve, and had one sack.\nDungy and other team officials were not available for comment, Colts spokesman Craig Kelley said.\nThe team also re-signed running back Luke Lawton, who played the first six games mainly on special teams, but was released last month.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Mike Green and Butler rode the 3-point shot all the way to a championship in the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout.\nGreen scored 23 points and No. 22 Butler made 16 3-pointers to beat Texas Tech 81-71 Saturday night and set a record for 3-pointers in the tournament.\n“Sixteen for 24 probably sums it up. I’d like to say we hit timely shots, but I think that probably sums it up,” Butler coach Brad Stevens said about his team’s success shooting 3s in the final.\nA.J. Graves was 6-of-8 for 3-pointers and had 18 points, and Green made all four of his shots from beyond the arc for Butler, which set the tournament record with 47 3-pointers in three games, smashing UC-Irvine’s mark of 34 set in 1990.\n“They play extremely smart basketball, they take advantage of what they can do and they do it really well,” Texas Tech coach Bob Knight said. “The best compliment I can give them is that I wish we played as smart as they do.”\nLeading by two at the half, Butler (6-0) made four 3-pointers in the first five minutes of the second frame to open a 48-36 lead. But the Red Raiders rallied behind Alan Voskuil’s three 3s, cutting the lead to 55-50 with just under 12 minutes left.\n“Their offense is run as quick as any time I’ve seen in a long time,” said Knight, entering his 42nd season. “They shot it extremely well. We didn’t really get hurt rebounding, we ended up with just one or two turnovers in the second half. That is a really, really well put together team.”\nOver the next five minutes, Butler added five more 3-pointers, pushing the lead to 71-57. Texas Tech never got closer than nine after that.\n“We’re not a very big team, so we’ve got to use our strengths. Our strengths are playing motion basketball, penetrating, kicking, setting screens and just being patient and looking for the open shot,” Graves said. “More times than not, when we run it around, it’s just coincidence, to be honest, that we just get a lot of 3s.”\nZeno Martin led Texas Tech with 17 and John Roberson added 15.\nBoth teams got off to a slow start. Texas Tech (4-2) scored only two baskets in the first seven minutes and turned the ball over six times.\nButler built a 31-19 lead with 3:55 to go in the first half behind four 3-pointers, but Voskuil made a 3-pointer with six seconds left in the half to cut the lead to 34-32.
WADESVILLE, Ind. – A 29-year-old woman was fatally shot Thursday while trying to coax her dog from a neighbor’s yard and was hit by a bullet that ricocheted off the ground and under a plastic fence before striking her shoulder.\nThe bullet from a .357-caliber Magnum pierced both the lungs and heart of Nicole Stroud, Vanderburgh County Coroner Don Erk said. The Evansville woman was leaning down, trying to get her shih tzu dog out of a neighbor’s yard through a hole in the bottom of a fence when she was shot.\nThe neighbor accused of firing the gun, Melinda Lindauer, 41, was arrested on preliminary charges of involuntary manslaughter and reckless homicide. She was still being held in Posey County Jail on Saturday.\nPosey County Prosecutor Jodi Uebelhack said she believes Lindauer fired from a back window of her house at a dog that was loose from a neighboring house, where Stroud was visiting her grandmother.\nThe Lindauers live directly behind Stroud’s grandmother. Wadesville is about 15 miles northwest of Evansville.\nThe prosecutor said Lindauer might not have seen Stroud and probably didn’t intend to kill her, but criminal charges were still warranted. Indiana law states that a person can fire a gun at a dog only if it is threatening an individual or livestock.\n“After we got all the statements, it was pretty clear this was a criminal act,” Uebelhack said. “It’s never an accident to pick up a gun and shoot it.”\nUebelhack said a statement given to police by Lindauer’s husband, Lonnie Lindauer, indicated there was an ongoing dispute between the neighbors over the dog. She said he told authorities the dog had previously dug up a cat that was buried in the Lindauer’s backyard.\nMelinda Lindauer’s attorney, Nick Hermann, said he could not comment on the specifics of the case. But he said the Lindauers are distraught over what happened.\n“Their thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the lady who died in this incident,” he said.
INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Rep. Julia Carson told a newspaper she has terminal lung cancer but did not say whether she intends to return to Congress or seek a seventh term.\nCarson, 69, said in a statement published in The Indianapolis Star on Sunday that she had planned to return to Washington after recuperating from a leg infection before a doctor diagnosed her with cancer.\n“It had gone into remission years before, but it was back with a terminal vengeance,” the six-term Indianapolis Democrat said in the statement, which did not disclose the date of her initial diagnosis.\nCarson made no comment beyond the statement she issued to the newspaper. The Associated Press left a phone message at Carson’s Washington office seeking additional comment from her spokesman, Chad Chitwood.\nAnn DeLaney, a former Democratic Party state chairwoman, told The Star that Carson’s health appeared to have been suffering over the past year.\n“Frankly, any of us who had seen her in the last year thought there was something pretty seriously wrong with her,” DeLaney said.\nCarson has been away from Washington since she was admitted to an Indianapolis hospital Sept. 21 for treatment of a deep leg infection. Her office had said Carson intended to return to Congress by mid-December, but that was before “the second shoe fell – heavily,” her statement said.\nCarson has not made her plans for another term clear. She has said she intended to seek re-election. But she also declined to give a yes or no answer when asked during a recent radio interview if she planned to run.\nHer statement did not refer to her political plans, but Carson has been largely undeterred by health problems in the past.\nMost recently, she was hospitalized for more than a week for what her office said was an infection near where a leg vein was removed in January 1997 when she underwent double heart bypass surgery – weeks after she was first elected to Congress.\nCarson also has suffered from high blood pressure, asthma and diabetes and took a one-week leave of absence from her congressional duties in 2003 for what she called routine medical appointments.\nShe missed dozens of House votes in 2004 because of illness and spent the weekend before the 2004 election in the hospital for what she said was a flu shot reaction – but still won re-election by 10 percentage points.\nDespite health problems that have led to missed votes and GOP claims that she was ineffective, Carson has won more than two dozen consecutive elections at the local, state and national levels since 1972.
NEW YORK – J.K. Rowling’s magical, Midas touch has landed her on the cover of Entertainment Weekly as the magazine’s entertainer of the year.\nThe magazine said the “Harry Potter” author, who has sold nearly 400 million copies of her boy-wizard series that’s been adapted into a mega-successful movie franchise, deserved props for getting “people to tote around her big, old-fashioned printed-on-paper books as if they were the hottest new entertainment devices on the planet.”\nRowling was in a class by herself on the magazine’s list of the year’s top entertainers, which was separated by editors into five other categories that evoke school cliques: prodigies, class clowns, most popular, most buzzed-about and valedictorians.\nThe magazine named George Clooney – actor, director, activist – a valedictorian because he has “deftly balanced box-office viability with personal responsibility.” Will Smith, Angelina Jolie and the cast of “The Sopranos” also made the grade, among others.\nMatt Damon made the list of most popular, as did Carrie Underwood, Katherine Heigl, Johnny Depp and Kanye West.\nThe prodigies: Zac Efron, Shia LaBeouf, Rihanna and Miley Cyrus.\nTina Fey, creator and co-star of “30 Rock,” was recognized as a class clown for her hilariously cringe-inducing portrayal of comedy-show producer Liz Lemon on the NBC sitcom.\n“I love going to those uncomfortable places,” she tells the magazine. “I’ll go down any weird avenue.”\nOther clowns: Vanessa Williams, “The Simpsons” and director Judd Apatow and his gang of actor buddies including Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd. Apatow cast his pals in the acclaimed comedies “The 40 Year Old Virgin” and this year’s “Knocked Up,” which cracked people up with a winning combination of heart and R-rated raunch.
TAMPA, Fla. – Some people will do anything to make a kid happy.\nJody Powell, 35, hung on to a 12-foot statue of “Hannah Montana” for the better part of six days to win tickets to a sold-out concert by Miley Cyrus, star of the Disney Channel TV show. The concert will be held next week in Tampa.\n“I’m ecstatic. It’s like a dream come true,” Powell said, holding four tickets to the show and a photo of his fiancee with her 7-year-old daughter, also named Hannah.\nTwenty contestants started Nov. 8, placing a hand on the 400-pound statue in the parking lot of radio station WFLZ-FM, the contest’s sponsor. They were allowed 12-minute breaks every three hours and got catered meals, but weren’t allowed books, cell phones \nor iPods.\nPowell was declared the winner Wednesday afternoon when the other remaining contestant, Lara Padgett, became distracted and let go.\n“That sun really got to me today,” Padgett said, who later was checked out at a hospital because she wasn’t feeling well. “I took my hand off the fur-lined boot.”\nBut the two had already made a deal. Powell gets the tickets, and Padgett will use the two backstage passes that are part of the prize package. They’ll split a $5,000 cash prize.
INDIANAPOLIS – The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana is asking a federal appeals court to reconsider a decision that would allow the return of sectarian prayers in the state House of Representatives.\nThe agency’s legal director, Ken Falk, said the agency is asking for a hearing before the full U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. A panel of judges ruled 2-1 last month that the taxpayers who sued over the prayers did not have the legal standing to do so.\nFalk says the ACLU is arguing that the court incorrectly applied a 2007 U.S. Supreme Court decision to the case.\nA federal judge ruled in 2005 that prayers mentioning Jesus Christ or using terms such as savior amounted to state endorsement of a religion.
BLOOMFIELD, Ind. – Twin 16-year-old sisters have both been sentenced to the Indianapolis Juvenile Correctional Facility and fined after they pleaded guilty to calling in bomb threats to their southern Indiana high school.\nMary and Gracy Stone of Bloomfield pleaded guilty to two counts each of false reporting. Charges of conspiracy to commit false reporting were dropped in the plea agreement.\nThe girls were charged after calling in bomb threats to Bloomfield High School on Aug. 23 and Aug. 31. Classes at the school about 25 miles west of Bloomington were canceled Aug. 31 because of the threat.\nIn court Tuesday, Gracy Stone tearfully testified that they called in the bomb threats in a plot to run away from home.\nShe said they wanted to leave home because of drug use and violence there.\n“I felt like I couldn’t get away,” she said as her sister, Mary Stone, sat crying in the courtroom.\nHer father had no visible reaction to the testimony. When asked by the judge whether he understood what was happening, he said he understood the girls needed to be punished.\nThe twins were ordered to pay $5,442 in restitution to the Bloomfield School District and the two Greene County fire departments that responded.\nGreene Circuit Judge Erik Allen said the girls would be on probation until the age of 18. Their time at the school would be determined by periodic reviews of their progress. If they are allowed to leave, a hearing would determine where they would go.
INDIANAPOLIS – Attorneys for the state asked the Indiana Supreme Court on Wednesday to overturn a judge’s ruling that an arrest was invalid because the officer had not been sworn in as a member of Indianapolis’ merged police department.\nThat ruling called into question nearly all arrests made by Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers since the agency was formed Jan. 1. The agency is a merger of the Indianapolis Police and Marion County Sheriff’s departments.\nAttorneys for a woman arrested on a drunken driving charge in January argued that while Officer William Bueckers had been sworn in as an IPD officer, his status did not automatically carry over to the new department.\nDeputy Attorney General Cynthia Ploughe told the justices that state law requires an oath only of officers who train others at the law enforcement academy.\n“There is no law that requires officers of the IMPD to be sworn,” Ploughe said.\nJustices asked defense attorney James Voyles to explain why he believed officers needed to be sworn in after the merger when the same officers had already taken an oath.\n“Why does the prior oath evaporate?” Justice Brent Dickson asked.\nVoyles said anytime a police officer begins work for a new agency, the oath should be administered.\nVoyles had asked a Marion Superior Court judge to suppress any evidence gathered from his client’s arrest.\n“It’s not a simple matter,” Voyles said. “It’s a matter involving our constitutional protections when we put officers on the street.”\nWhile Marion County Sheriff Frank Anderson and other high-ranking officers attended a swearing-in ceremony the day after the merger became official, most officers did not.\n“We are only saying in this case that Officer Bueckers had already taken the oath under IPD and his employment continued seamlessly from IPD to IMPD,” Ploughe said
EVANSVILLE – Visitors to attorney Mike Woods’ law practice are greeted with a sight not often found in legal offices: a jail cell.\nThe office for Woods and Woods is located in the old Vanderburgh County Jail – an 1890 downtown building honored Tuesday with a historical marker from the Indiana Historical Bureau.\nThe old jail was modeled after a German castle and in 1903 was the site of a race riot in which 12 people were killed and many more were injured. The jail sat empty from 1967 until 1994, Woods said, and was full of weeds and trash before being renovated. Woods and Woods moved its offices into the building in 2004 and continues to lease the second-floor space from the county.\n“Through the years, the Old Jail has received minor repairs and updates, a few new coats of paint and thousands of visitors, but it hasn’t lost its intrigue,” Woods said. “Preserving this history is important because it allows community members to reflect on the past, to learn from and appreciate those who came before us.”\nThe building still has bars over the windows, which is an interesting atmosphere for the firm’s 30 employees.\n“They are always joking they can’t get away, or saying we’re slave drivers,” Woods said.\nVisitors can see one of the original cramped jail cells, complete with four metal bunk beds, a sink and a toilet.\nThe office’s employee break room is adjacent to a door leading to a tunnel that connects the old jail with the old county courthouse. Woods said the tunnel was used to transport prisoners between the two facilities.\n“Both these buildings were once on the verge of being destroyed,” he said. “Now, they are saved.”
An 18-year-old student opened fire in a Finnish high school Wednesday, killing seven students and the principal before turning the gun on himself, police said.\nThe teenager, who was not identified, shot himself in the head but survived and was taken to a hospital in “extremely critical condition,” police spokesman Tero Haapala said.\nThe attack at Jokela High School in Tuusula, some 30 miles north of the capital, Helsinki, shocked the Nordic nation, where gun ownership is fairly common by European standards but deadly shootings are rare.\nPolice said at a news conference after the attack that the gunman in Wednesday’s attack shot the victims – five boys, two girls and the female principal – with a .22-caliber pistol. About a dozen other people were injured as they tried to escape the school, police said.\n“He was from an ordinary family,” police chief Matti Tohkanen said about the gunman, who belonged to a gun club and got a license for the pistol Oct. 19. He did not have a previous criminal record, he said.\nFinnish media said the shooter revealed his plans in a YouTube posting before the attack.\nThe video, titled “Jokela High School Massacre,” showed a picture of a building by a lake that appeared to be the high school, along with two photos of a young man holding a handgun. The person who posted the video was identified in the user profile as an 18-year-old man from Finland. The posting was later removed.\nThe profile contained a text calling for a “revolution against the system.”\nPolice said they would investigate any possible connection the gunman might have had to the video.\nTerhi Vayrynen, 17, a student at the school told The Associated Press that her brother Henri Vayrynen, 13, and his classmates had witnessed the shooting of the principal outside the school through the classroom window.\nShe said the gunman then came into Henri Vayrynen’s class shouting: “Revolution! Smash everything!”\nWhen no one did anything, he shot the TV and the windows of the class room but did not fire at the students. The he ran out and down the corridor, Terhi Vayrynen said.\nKim Kiuru, a teacher at the school, said the principal announced over the public address system just before noon that all students should remain in their classrooms.\n“After that I saw the gunman running with what appeared to be a small-caliber handgun in his hand through the doors toward me after which I escaped to the corridor downstairs and ran in the opposite direction,” Kiuru told reporters.\nKiuru said he saw a woman’s body as he fled the building.\n“Then my pupils shouted at me out of the windows to ask what they should do and I told them to jump out of the windows ... and all my pupils were saved,” Kiuru said.\nMore than 400 students, from 12 to 18, were enrolled at Jokela, officials said.\nPrime Minister Matti Vanhanen described the situation as “extremely tragic,” and declared Thursday a day of national mourning with flags to be flown half-staff.