Law and Criminal Justice

An Indiana death row inmate says the state can’t use its current lethal injection drug because it didn’t follow the proper rulemaking procedures to choose it.

A trial court sided with the state; the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled for the inmate, which brought the case to the state Supreme Court.

The Department of Correction chose a new lethal injection drug cocktail in 2014 – a combination that’s never been used in this country.

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The Crawfordsville police officer who fired a shot at an actor filming a movie in the city's downtown will not be charged with a crime.

Sgt. Matt Schroeter and another officer were called to the Backstep Brewery on September 26 when passersby called 911 to report what looked like a robbery in progress.

In reality, the brewpub was closed and was the scene of a motion picture -- one that included an armed robbery scene.

Ownership of beach property on Lake Michigan is in the balance in a lawsuit heard before the Indiana Supreme Court Thursday. The case centers on the question of public versus private property, and it could have far-reaching consequences.

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An Indiana Court of Appeals decision on rules surrounding gender changes in legal documents could make transitioning more private – and arguably much safer – for transgender Hoosiers.

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The Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Department debuted its new use-of-force training technology Wednesday. The training involves setting up mock situations via video to prepare its officers for real-life noncompliance.

Deputy Sheriff Austin Waibel demonstrated, giving verbal commands and shooting an armed burglar -- while standing in front of a screen set up in a training room at the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Department.

St. Joseph County Prosecutor Kenneth Cotter has been named as special prosecutor to handle the investigation into the shooting death of Aaron Bailey by Indianapolis police.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry says Cotter’s appointment was aimed at avoiding the appearance of conflict in the case.

He says he believes his office could handle the case but was worried about public perception.

Frankfort Police Department

The Frankfort Police Department building is stuck in the past, according to its police chief, and he’s hoping an income tax hike will fix that.

The Clinton County Council has approved doubling the Local Income Tax, to generate more funding for public safety agencies.

Frankfort Police Chief Troy Bacon says that’ll allow his department to expand.

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Judges in Montgomery County are trying to establish a public defender office, but the lawyers currently serving in that capacity say it may be too costly.

The judges presented the proposal amid an overload of cases that require court-assigned attorneys. The county currently contracts private lawyers to fill those positions.

Justin Froedge is one of the county’s acting public defenders. He says a cheaper alternative may be to keep the existing system in place and give contracted lawyers a pay bump.

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Though the announcement came a few days earlier than he’d planned, West Lafayette Police Chief Jason Dombkowski says he’s running for Tippecanoe County Sheriff in next year’s election.

A countdown on his campaign website shows there are still more than 270 days until 2018’s primary election, in which the police chief of ten years could face off against current GOP sheriff Barry Richard, who won the office in 2014.

Calls to Sheriff Richard’s office seeking comment Monday went unreturned.

Arrest Made In Plainfield Cyber-Threat Case

Aug 7, 2017

U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler says the suspect used what is known as “sextortion” – getting sexually explicit images from a victim through threats of violence. (Photo by Drew Daudelin)

Police and federal officials Monday announced an arrest has been made in a two-year-old case out of Plainfield.

26-year-old Buster Hernandez, from Bakersfield, California, has been charged with threats to use an explosive device, threats to injure, and sexual exploitation of a child.

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