INDIANAPOLIS OFFICER FUNERAL
Son eulogizes slain officer mother as 'amazing'
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An Indianapolis police officer slain by her ex-husband and fellow officer who then killed himself was eulogized by her son as the "most amazing person" in a letter read at her funeral.
About 300 people attended the funeral for Officer Kimberlee Carmack at Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral in downtown Indianapolis. In a letter read to them, Officer Dustin Carmack thanked his mother's friends and the community for their love and support since police say she was shot by Sergeant Ryan Anders on April 17th.
Indianapolis Police Chief Rick Hite handed a folded America flag to Dustin Carmack after graveside services ended at the Heroes of Public Safety section of Crown Hill Cemetery.
Officials say Anders' funeral set for Thursday isn't considered an official police service.
Former NW Indiana school official admits theft
HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) - Court records show the former business manager of a northwestern Indiana school district will plead guilty to theft and income tax evasion for embezzling money.
Forty-one-year-old James Huddleston of DeMotte admits in a plea agreement filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court in Hammond that he took $134,000 from the Lake Ridge Schools between January 2012 and April 2013.
The Post-Tribune reports audits revealed Huddleston used the money to pay various personal bills. The audits came shortly after the Gary-based district decided to close an elementary school because of a $1.7 million budget deficit.
A change of plea hearing is set for May 6th. As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors will ask that he serve the minimum term recommended under federal sentencing guidelines.
Singer Kenny Loggins set for Indiana GOP meeting
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - Singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins is set to perform at the Indiana Republican Convention in Fort Wayne.
WOWO-AM reports party leaders announced Wednesday that Loggins will perform for convention attendees June 7th.
The concert will cap the two-day convention at the Grand Wayne Center. Officials say it's part of a push to expand family-friendly activities beyond the typical party business meetings.
Loggins has had hit songs on the movie sound tracks of "Top Gun," ''Footloose" and "Rocky Four," and he wrote the Doobie Brothers single "What a Fool Believes" with Michael McDonald. He won a Grammy award for "This is It."
Earlier this week, leaders announced that former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee will deliver the convention's keynote address.
EARTH DAY-MOUNDS LAKE RESERVOIR
Reservoir opponents take message to Earth Day
ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) - Opponents of a proposed reservoir along the White River hope to use this weekend's Earth Day festivals to rally public opposition against the project.
Members of the Indiana Forest Alliance and the Heart of the River Coalition plan to hand out pamphlets Saturday about the proposed Mounds Lake Reservoir during Indianapolis' Earth Day Indiana festival and Anderson's Earth Day Arborfest.
The groups want Indiana residents to urge Governor Mike Pence to halt state support of the proposed Mounds Lake Reservoir.
The reservoir would be created by damming the White River in Anderson, creating a reservoir along seven miles of free-flowing river.
Opponents say the project would inundate at least one third of Mounds State Park, a park known for earthworks built more than 2,000 years ago by the Adena-Hopewell people.
INDIANA FAMILY KILLED-CAMM
Man acquitted in killings makes 1st public remarks
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) - A onetime state trooper acquitted in the killings of his wife and two young children said in his first public appearance since his acquittal that he's still grieving for his slain family.
WTHR-TV reports David Camm also said during Wednesday's appearance at Indiana State University that it feels good not to be "surrounded by steel bars and concrete" after 13 years in prison.
Juries convicted Camm twice on murder charges in the September 2000 killings of his wife and two children at the family's southern Indiana home. But those were overturned on appeal and an eight-week retrial last fall ended with a not-guilty verdict.
Camm fought back tears as he described how he still mourns for his family, saying "Time doesn't heal. It just becomes a part of you."
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