GRAIN PLANT DEATH
Indiana man dies from shock at Kansas grain bin
ATCHISON, Kan. (AP) — Federal officials are investigating the death of an Indiana man at a northeast Kansas grain processing plant.
The Atchison Globe reports that Atchison County Sheriff Jack Laurie says 26-year-old Angel Silas-Deleon, of Logansport, Indiana, died from an electrical shock Friday at the CargillAg plant in the Cummings area.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has opened an investigation into the death.
Laurie said Silas-Deleon was working on a grain bin with a contractor crew from CCSGroup of Seward, Nebraska. The company said another employee is recovering from injuries suffered by the shock.
That employee’s name and condition were not released Tuesday.
Laurie said the shock is considered accidental.
INDIANA FAMILY KILLED-LAWSUIT
Judge revives ex-Indiana trooper’s suit over murder trials
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago-based appeals court has revived a federal lawsuit brought against investigators by a former Indiana State Police trooper convicted twice but later acquitted of killing his wife and two young children.
The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that David Camm, who spent 13 years in prison, could pursue damages for some of his constitutional claims, including that officials suppressed evidence that a forensics investigator wasn’t qualified.
A lower court tossed the lawsuit last year , finding Camm’s $30 million case hadn’t offered adequate proof for any claims. The 7th Circuit concurred with some of the lower court’s findings.
Jurors acquitted Camm in 2013 in the 2000 shooting deaths of 35-year-old Kim Camm, 7-year-old Brad and 5-year-old Jill. They were killed at their Georgetown home in southern Indiana.
Court strikes down Montana law barring political robocalls
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal appeals court says a Montana law that restricts automated telephone calls about political campaigns violates the First Amendment’s free-speech protections.
A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that so-called robocalls can’t be regulated based on the content of their messages.
The ruling that strikes down the 1991 Montana law barring political robocalls also applies to the eight other Western states within the 9th Circuit’s jurisdiction.
The judges say the court has previously upheld state laws that regulate robocalls, such as those that aim to protect consumers from scams.
But they say restricting a robocall based on its content is a different matter. The opinion written by Judge Richard Paez says “prohibiting political robocalls strikes at the heart of the First Amendment.”
BABY BOX INFANT
Newborn girl safely left at northwestern Indiana baby box
HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — The founder and CEO of Safe Haven Baby Boxes says an infant has been safely left at a new baby box in northwestern Indiana.
Monica Kelsey says a baby girl was left Friday in the baby box at Hammond’s Franciscan Health Hospital. The padded, climate-controlled box there opened Aug. 7.
Kelsey says hospital staff was notified as soon as the box’s outside door was opened and retrieved the newborn within 90 seconds. The child has since been released from the hospital to the custody of the Indiana Department of Child Services
Kelsey says the baby’s mother has contacted her organization and isn’t from the Hammond area.
The baby box program allows a mother to relinquish her newborn anonymously, without fear of prosecution. Two have been surrendered in nearby Michigan City.
INDIANA GOVERNOR-FOREIGN TRIPS
Indiana governor concludes trip to Japan, South Korea
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s governor has wrapped up a weeklong trip to Japan and South Korea with state government officials and business leaders.
Gov. Eric Holcomb spent Tuesday in Tokyo where his meetings included time with executives from Subaru and Honda, both of which have major auto assembly plants in Indiana. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says Holcomb’s delegation also hosted a reception thanking business executives and others for their partnerships with Indiana.
Holcomb spent two days in South Korea as he started the trip Sept. 4 before going on to Japan.
The governor has more foreign travel plans coming up with a trip to China and India that’s scheduled for Sept. 22-Oct. 5.
SIBLING DEATHS-TEEN CHARGED
Indiana boy, 15, to be tried as adult in 2 siblings’ deaths
(Information from: The Madison Courier, http://www.madisoncourier.com)
VERSAILLES, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana boy who was 13 when he allegedly killed his two young siblings will be tried as an adult in their suffocation deaths.
A Ripley County judge found Nickalas J. Kedrowitz competent to stand trial before waiving him into adult court on Aug. 30. His double-murder trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 18, 2020.
Kedrowitz, who’s now 15, was arrested in August 2018 in the May 2017 killing of his 23-month-old half-sister, Desiree McCartney, and the July 2017 killing of his 11-month-old stepbrother, Nathaniel Ritz.
Both were slain at the family’s home in Osgood, about 60 miles (96 kilometers) southeast of Indianapolis.
Ripley County Prosecutor Richard Hertel tells the Madison Courier that Indiana law allows juveniles as young as 12 to be tried as adults for murder.
CHILD SERVICES LAWSUIT
Indiana seeks to keep records sealed in child services case
(Information from: The Journal Gazette, http://www.journalgazette.net)
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Lawyers for Indiana’s Department of Child Services are pushing to seal records in a federal class action lawsuit accusing the child welfare agency of inadequately protecting thousands of children in its care.
In a brief filed Aug. 23, attorneys for Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and DCS Director Terry Stigdon said sealing the documents would protect the children in the case.
The Journal Gazette reports that child advocates and an international law firm filed a brief Friday on behalf of numerous foster children questioning whose privacy the defendants specifically aim to protect. They had filed a lawsuit in June alleging the state agency failed to protect 22,000 children with open child welfare cases, including more than 14,000 who are in out-of-home care.
Indiana’s DCS has since defended its work.
ANDERSON REMAINS IDENTIFIED
Coroner: Skeletal remains are those of missing Indiana man
(Information from: The Herald Bulletin, http://www.theheraldbulletin.com)
ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — Skeletal remains found last spring in a central Indiana park have been identified as those of a man who vanished more than a year ago.
Madison County Coroner Danielle Noone says a DNA match obtained by Indiana State Police determined the skeletal remains are those of 52-year-old Ronald Mandrell, who had been an Anderson resident but was homeless when he died.
Mandrell’s cause of death and manner of death are undetermined, but Anderson police continue to investigate his death.
Mandrell vanished in July 2018. Mushroom hunters found his remains in April at Anderson’s River Bend Park.
Amy Copeland of Kansas City, Kansas, tells The Herald Bulletin she and Mandrell have a now-adult daughter. Copeland hadn’t spoken to Mandrell in years.
She says his death “just makes me sad.”