Tire fire leads to cleanup of eastern Indiana site
MODOC, Ind. (AP) - State officials say an eastern Indiana auto salvage yard is being cleaned up after a tire fire first brought it to the attention of regulators.
M&S Enterprises in the Randolph County town of Modoc was cited for open burning of tires after the October 2012 fire, with inspectors also finding open dumping of scrap metal, plastic waste and household waste at the salvage yard.
State environmental agency spokesman Barry Sneed tells The Star Press that the business is making progress on properly disposing of its tires. He says owner William Moore wasn't aware of most environmental rules he was supposed to follow.
Moore says the blaze happened when a welding torch caught leaves on fire. The flames spread to a waste tire pile that burned for a couple hours.
FULTON COUNTY CHURCH FIRE
Fire wrecks rural church in northern Indiana
ROCHESTER, Ind. (AP) - A weekend fire destroyed much of a rural northern Indiana church that dated back nearly 140 years.
The fire burned through the roof of the sanctuary at the Bethlehem Baptist Church a few miles from the Fulton County city of Rochester.
WSBT-TV reports no one was hurt in the fire that had engulfed the building by the time firefighters arrived. A cause for the fire wasn't immediately determined.
The church has about 30 members. Church member Stevie Sanders says he's disappointed that he won't be able to pass along the memories he has from the church if he ever has children of his own.
GAS STATION CRASH
Car crashes into E. Ind. gas station, sparks fire
RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) - Police say an out-of-control car crashed into a gasoline station in an eastern Indiana city, starting a fire and injuring four people.
Richmond police Sgt. Dean Snapp says the car knocked over a pole supporting the protective canopy at a Speedway station, struck two pumps and hit another car being fueled.
The two pumps burst into flames after the crash early Sunday. Fire Battalion Chief Tim Brown tells the Palladium-Item crews quickly extinguished the blaze.
Snapp says two passengers were ejected from the car that crashed, while crews had to free the driver from the wreckage.
The driver and one passenger were taken to a Dayton, Ohio, hospital, but information on their conditions wasn't released. A woman who was pumping gasoline at the time suffered some second-degree burns.
METH RING ARREST
Police arrest 5 for roles in W. Indiana meth ring
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) - State police say investigators have arrested five people for roles in a western Indiana methamphetamine distribution ring.
Police say a 35-year-old Terre Haute man was obtaining eights pounds of crystal meth a month from sources in Atlanta that was then distributed to dealers in Vigo County.
State police Sgt. Joe Watts says the Terre Haute group had distributed at least 50 pounds of meth with an estimated street value of $1.1 million over the past eight months.
Watts says raids and a traffic stop on Saturday resulted in the seizures of more than seven pounds of meth, six pounds of suspected marijuana, $12,000 in cash and 12 guns.
The four men and one woman arrested were jailed on preliminary felony charges of methamphetamine dealing.
Indiana road funding bill nears final vote
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Final lawmaker negotiations are set to begin on a bill that would allocate $200 million for Indiana transportation projects.
Republican Gov. Mike Pence requested twice that amount to be released this year, but state senators slashed the proposal because of budget concerns.
The money would come from a savings fund created last year. Legislators originally planned to set aside $200 million each year until 2020 for use on major highway projects.
Republican Senate President Pro Tem David Long says negotiations scheduled to begin Monday might lead to more money being made available this year.
If the House and Senate agree on changes to the bill, it would go to the governor for final approval.
CHILD CARE REGULATIONS
Lawmakers negotiating Ind. child care regulations
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Day care providers would face greater child health and safety regulations if they choose to take taxpayer money under a bill being considered by Indiana lawmakers.
The measure is up for negotiations Monday in the General Assembly.
The current proposal would require all child care operations that receive taxpayer money to create nutritional and safety standards. The bill also would set limits on the number of children each caretaker could oversee at one time.
The legislation comes amid increasing scrutiny of child care safety. The owner of an unlicensed day care in Indianapolis is facing charges after four children in her care were hospitalized last month for Benadryl overdoses.
The House and Senate face a Friday deadline to approve a final version of the bill.
MOUNDS LAKE RESERVOIR
Environmental group against C. Ind. reservoir plan
ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) - Another environmental group has come out against plans for a new seven-mile long reservoir in central Indiana, citing concerns about damage to Mounds State Park.
A regional chapter of the Audubon Society says the proposed Mounds Lake Reservoir would hurt the natural environment near Anderson by flooding at least one-third of the park known for earthworks built by American Indians more than 2,000 years ago.
Chapter president Sarah McKillip tells The Herald Bulletin that the reservoir would destroy the park's nature preserve and submerge hiking trails along the White River.
An environmental study is being conducted for the 2,100-acre lake that's estimated to cost about $400 million.
Project advocates say the reservoir could boost tourism and help relieve the impact of floods and drought in the area.
Manufactured housing company plans Ind. expansion
GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) - A manufactured housing company is planning to expand a northern Indiana factory and add workers in the coming months.
Commodore Homes general manager Glen Alessandri says plans are to add about 15,000 square feet to its 100,000-square-foot factory in Goshen and ultimately hire more than 60 new workers.
Alessandri tells The Elkhart Truth he expects construction to finish this summer and hiring to begin in April or May so that the new workers can undergo training. The new jobs will be phased in over the next 18 months, depending on sales growth for the Goshen-based company.
The factory builds ranch-style homes in two- and three-section models that range up to 2,400 square feet.
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