Local News

State board issues school grades

Oct 4, 2017

Grades for schools in southwestern Indiana vary from A to F. WNIN’s John Gibson took a look at the data.

The State Board of Education gave the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation a “C” for the 2016-2017 school year, based on ISTEP scores.

Five individual public schools received A’s:  Oak Hill, Scott, and Stockwell elementary schools, and both Central and North high schools.

Police: visibility key to Fall Fest security

Oct 4, 2017

Evansville Police are promoting safety at the Fall Festival, while also urging festival-goers to have a good time. 

EPD Sgt. Jason Cullum tells WNIN the security plan at the West Side Nut Club event hasn’t changed since the deadly shooing at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas.

But he says these days, security at the festival includes officers on rooftops…

("Just so they have an overview of the crowd. That helps if we're trying to locate anybody for any reason, which includes persons who are causing problems or a missing kid.")

Crosley to keep 5 dogs in hoarding settlement

Sep 29, 2017

A Vanderburgh County woman will be allowed to keep just 5 dogs as part of a settlement in a hoarding case.

Attorneys say Martha Crosley agreed to relinquish 16 of 21 dogs that a judge ordered returned to her in July.

Numerous animal rescue groups obtained a temporary injunction to stop the judge’s order.

Crosley had previously surrendered 53 dogs and 23 cats from her so-called “animal sanctuary” to Evansville Animal Control and It Takes a Village Canine Rescue.

Fire wakes residents, severly damages apartments

Sep 28, 2017

An early-morning fire sent residents running from an apartment complex on Evansville’s East Side.

Firefighters were dispatched to the blaze at 5408 Brentwood Court at 2:05 a.m.

They found a working fire and residents fleeing the burning building.

Flames broke through the roof and police blocked traffic on the nearby Lloyd Expressway as firefighters battled the blaze.

There were no serious injuries reported among residents or firefighters.

Cause of Hercules Ave. blast to remain undetermined

Sep 28, 2017

The Evansville Fire Department says it won’t be able to determine the cause of the deadly blast on Hercules Avenue. 

EFD Battalion Chief Charles Hertzberger told WNIN that investigators can’t make a final determination on the June 27th explosion that leveled the house at 1717 Hercules.

Hertzberger blamed “the extent of the explosion, fire, and damage to evidence” caused by firefighters’ efforts to rescue victims. 

He said the department “might suspect one thing or the other,” but cannot make a “final, fact-based determination of why the explosion occurred.”