Local News

EPD: man's death at fire scene was a homicide

Jun 13, 2018

Police say the death of a man whose body was found in a burning apartment was a homicide. 

Evansville firefighters found the body of 41-year-old Gerard Elliott Matts in the abandoned building at Read and Michigan streets Sunday morning.

Based on an autopsy, investigators believe Matts was deceased before the fire started.

In an email, the EPD said Matts’ body was “severely burned.”

The Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office hasn’t yet released the cause of death. 

Magistrate Shoulders steps down to end ethics probe

Jun 12, 2018

A Vanderburgh County magistrate has resigned following an investigation of alleged misconduct. 

Magistrate Jeffrey Shoulders is stepping down following the probe by the Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications.

The seven-member Commission concluded Shoulders took part in “inappropriate relationships with court employees and attorneys during court hours and on court property.”

In addition to resigning, Shoulders agreed not to seek nor accept any judicial office in the future.

Pride Picnic celebrates new generation

Jun 12, 2018
Jon Klotz

The Tri-State Alliance hosted the annual Evansville Pride Picnic on Sunday, June 10, in celebration of Pride Month. Organizers and attendees flowed in and out of the Burdette Park Bishea Shelter, learning and giving and being themselves.

Republicans Hold State Convention In Evansville

Jun 10, 2018
Isaiah Seibert / WNIN

The Indiana Republican Party has a new platform and three nominees for statewide offices. Republicans from around the state were in Evansville for the Indiana Republican Convention, the first time the city hosted the convention.

Delegates rallied behind Senate candidate Mike Braun, who will face Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly in November. The crowd periodically chanted “Send Joe home!” and Braun himself even joined in.

Judge Hears Arguments Over Anti-Abortion Law

Jun 8, 2018
Isaiah Seibert / WNIN

Attorneys for Planned Parenthood say a new state law that requires doctors to report complications from abortions is too vague to be constitutional. A federal judge in Evansville heard arguments today in a lawsuit challenging Indiana’s anti-abortion measure.

The law creates a long list of purported abortion complications it requires doctors to report, but the ACLU’s Ken Falk, who represents Planned Parenthood, said the measure isn’t clear enough.