Barb Anguiano

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Two men, convicted and later exonerated for rape, announced yesterday they are suing the city of Hammond and local and state authorities for allegedly framing them for rape.

 

Roosevelt Glenn and Darryl Pinkins spent a combined 42 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of rape in the early 90s. Glenn was later released on parole in 2009, while Pinkins was released in 2016.

 

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The St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office today released the review results of nearly 400 untested Sexual Assault Examination Kits or SAEKs. The review comes after an Indiana State Police audit of untested kits in every county in December 2017.

 

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The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District, or NICTD, will host a final public hearing this evening regarding a proposal to increase fare prices about 5 percent.

Revenue generated by the 5 percent fare increase would pay for Positive Train Control, a safety system mandated through the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008, which can slow speeding trains, and override human operating errors.

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The National Constitutional Coalition of Patriotic Americans will host a pro-second amendment rally in Indianapolis on Saturday.

 

The event is expected to run about two hours, and coincides with similar events across the in state capitals across the country.
 

Tomorrow’s rally will take place at the Indianapolis Statehouse, where attendees will gather to hear speeches from state representatives, such as Republicans Jim Lucas, and Jim Baird, as well as second amendment advocates.
 

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg signed an ordinance yesterday passed by the Common Council on April 9th, which defines a “responsible bidder.”
 

The Responsible Bidding Ordinance is meant to protect taxpayer dollars as well as small businesses by making sure public works projects are completed efficiently and held to a high standard.
 

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The South Bend Cubs announced yesterday plans for a new rooftop seating venue, restaurant and bar.
 

South Bend Cubs President Joe Hart says the new rooftop seating is the ballpark’s homage to Chicago’s Wrigley Field.
 

He says the still under-construction rooftop at the Ivy at Berlin Place apartment complex, is expected to be open at the end of June and will accommodate about 300 people.  
 

Child safety activist and author Elizabeth Smart will speak at the Century Center in South Bend on Wednesday, following the release of her new book.
 

Smart’s talk will focus on topics in her new book, Where There’s Hope, There’s Healing, which deals with her recovery since being kidnapped in 2002. Smart was held captive for nine months before being rescued.
 

 

 

A second baby was discovered Sunday evening in a Safe Haven Baby Box in Coolspring Township, just outside of Michigan City.

 

This is the second baby found in the same box within five months. The first one in November of last year.
 

The baby box was installed at the Coolspring fire station in April 2016. There are two boxes in the state, the other at Woodburn Fire Station, outside of Fort Wayne.
 

No babies have yet been left at the Woodburn box.
 

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St. Joseph County officials have released more details regarding yesterday’s officer-involved shooting on South Bend’s West Side, which they are calling a “justified homicide.”
 

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Ceremonies across the country yesterday celebrated the life of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., on the fiftieth anniversary of his assassination.

 

South Bend residents also gathered to pay their respects at Leighton Plaza.

 

Community members gathered around the statue of Dr. King holding hands with Former Notre Dame President Father Theodore Hesburgh, to celebrate the life of the 60s Civil Rights leader.

The statute of Hesburgh and King was revealed during the summer last year.

Various events around Michiana will take place tomorrow in observance of the 50th anniversary of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.’s  assassination.
 

A series of events in South Bend will commemorate the life of Rev. King, including a candlelight vigil at Leighton Plaza by the King Statue at 7:30.
 

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb was in Chesterton yesterday to unveil new details for the Local Trax Rail Overpass Program.
 

The new program stems from the Next Level Roads plan. It’s aimed at both decreasing traffic congestion and increasing safety around railroads.

Governor Holcomb said at least $125 million dollars will be available in matching state funds for local communities that apply for the grant.

University of Notre Dame Athletics

 

The University of Notre Dame Women’s basketball are back in the Hoosier State as the 2018 NCCA champions.

 

This is the first National Championship for Notre Dame Women’s Basketball since 2001.
 

It all came down to a single 3-point shot by Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale. Made with a tenth of a second to go, the shot gave the Irish a 61-58 victory over Mississippi State.
 

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Elkhart Mayor Tim Neese delivered his State of the City address yesterday at the Lerner Theater.

Among the topics covered in the address, Mayor Neese gave special recognition to city emergency first responders for their work during last month’s flooding.

Michigan City Area Schools

Michigan City Area Schools today celebrated the addition of new solar arrays to its facilities in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Krueger Middle School.

 

The recently installed ground-mount solar arrays feed into the NIPSCO power grid and the school corporation expects the new solar panels, which have been placed  at 7 of its 16 facilities, including the main administration building, to offset utility costs by at least 52 percent per year.  

 

That’s an annual savings of about $704,000 dollars.

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