Buttiegieg says rural Americans embrace immigrants they know
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg (BOO’-tuh-juhj) says rural Americans embrace immigration when they see it as the solution to their employment needs and a shrinking population.
The South Bend, Indiana, mayor discussed his rural economic policy proposal with reporters Tuesday while taking a walk through the Iowa State Fair. His proposal calls for towns and counties, and not just corporations, to be able to seek employment visas.
Buttigieg says if residents are part of the decision to invite immigrants to their communities, “it does change the way we look at things,” and they are less likely to fear outsiders.
Buttigieg has embarked on a three-day trip through Iowa, including rural counties carried by Democrat Barack Obama in 2008 and Republican Donald Trump in 2016.
Leader of BAE tuition reimbursement scam sentenced
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A Fort Wayne man has been sentenced to a year in prison and ordered to pay $566,000 in restitution for a tuition reimbursement scam involving dozens of former employees of a British defense contractor.
Thirty-six-year-old Robin C. Opper also was sentenced to three years supervised release. Federal prosecutors announced the sentencing Tuesday.
Prosecutors say defense giant BAE Systems, with operations near Fort Wayne’s Baer Field, was told in 2016 that some employees had been signing up for courses but not following through and then pocketing the money. Prosecutors say Opper devised the scheme, recruited co-workers to participate and pay him a fee, and provided them with fraudulent documents.
Prosecutors say 31 defendants have been convicted of wire fraud charges and ordered to pay restitution to BAE of more than $800,000.
Indiana-based payroll company seeks bankruptcy protection
ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana-based payroll processing company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, blaming its financial woes on a “complex scheme” orchestrated by its founder.
Interlogic Outsourcing Inc. sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Saturday in documents filed in federal bankruptcy court in South Bend.
The move comes amid efforts to sell the company, which handles payroll and other human resources services for thousands of clients nationwide.
The Elkhart-based company is now led by consultants brought in to restructure it after its founder and owner resigned as CEO.
Najeeb Khan stepped down last month after Keybank sued him and Interlogic in federal court in Cleveland, alleging fraud and breach of contract. The complaint accuses Khan of fraudulently initiating $122 million in wire transfers through KeyBank without sufficient money to cover those transactions.
Indiana boy with gun said he ‘might have to shoot’ people
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — A 15-year-old boy arrested with a handgun outside a central Indiana high school allegedly told an acquaintance he “might have to shoot a couple of people.”
The Muncie Central High School student was arrested Aug. 7 outside the school.
Court records filed in delinquency proceedings against the juvenile say he showed an acquaintance a handgun outside the school, saying he was bringing it to school because he had a “beef” with some people there.
That witness texted a school guard about the armed youth after he allegedly told her “he might have to shoot some people.”
Officers found a handgun and two fully loaded magazines in the boy’s shorts pocket.
Prosecutors say he’d be facing six charges, including possession of a handgun on school property, if he was an adult.
INDIANA LEGISLATOR ARRESTED
Indiana legislator jailed on drunken driving, other charges
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A state legislator from Indianapolis was arrested over the weekend on drunken driving and other charges.
An Indianapolis police report says Democratic Rep. Dan Forestal was arrested after officers were called late Saturday about a man impersonating a police officer. Forestal was booked into jail on preliminary charges of impersonating a public servant, driving while intoxicated and resisting law enforcement.
The 36-year-old Forestal is an Indianapolis firefighter who was first elected to the Indiana House in 2012.
Prosecutors haven’t yet filed formal charges against Forestal, who was released from jail Sunday on $150 bond.
Defense attorney Jim Voyles and a House Democratic spokesman declined to comment on the arrest.
ELECTION 2020-INDIANA GOVERNOR
Democratic legislator won’t join Indiana governor’s race
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A possible Democratic challenger to Indiana Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb has decided against entering the 2020 campaign.
State Rep. Karlee Macer of Indianapolis had traveled around the state in recent months as she considered entering the governor’s race, but announced Tuesday she wouldn’t do so.
Macer has been critical of the Holcomb administration over its leadership of the state Department of Veterans Affairs, which awarded grants to some of its employees that were intended for struggling military veterans.
Business executive and former state health commissioner Woody Myers is the only declared Democratic candidate so far, while state Sen. Eddie Melton of Gary is considering a bid.
Holcomb has raised more than $6 million toward his re-election campaign.
Funding boost proposed for Indianapolis police cameras
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis police chief says a budget proposal dedicating $1.2 million toward officer body cameras doesn’t mean they’re coming quickly.
A city spending plan released Monday by Mayor Joe Hogsett includes the body camera funding boost as the police department is in the midst of a pilot program in which some officers are using such cameras from three companies.
Police Chief Bryan Roach says a decision on how to proceed with the cameras for the department’s some 1,100 street officers is months away. Roach says the $1.2 million would be enough to start a body camera program, but estimates that is about half of what would be needed each year.
The fatal police shooting of a 45-year-old man earlier this month involved Indianapolis officers without body cameras.
Big revenue drop expected for Indiana corn, soybean crops
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An agriculture economist is projecting a nearly 20% drop in revenue for Indiana’s corn and soybean crops this year.
That prediction from Purdue University professor Chris Hurt comes after Indiana farmers faced several weeks of planting delays because of persistent spring rainfalls, followed a long summer dry spell.
Hurt says those troubles and the ongoing U.S. trade fight with China could lead to a $1.3 billion revenue drop for Indiana’s corn and soybean crops from last year’s $6.8 billion.
Purdue agricultural experts spoke Monday during a program at the Indiana State Fair. They said the state’s farmers face a risk that late-planted corn and soybeans won’t mature before the fall freeze.