Law & Criminal Justice

Lawsuit Challenges Indiana Voter Roll Cleanup Law

Aug 24, 2017

A lawsuit from Indiana voter advocacy groups alleges a new state law that allows counties to purge inactive voters from their rolls violates federal law. The legal action was brought on behalf of Indiana’s NAACP and the League of Women Voters.

For years, Indiana’s used what’s called the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck to look for voters who moved to another state. Legislation that took effect July 1makes it easier for counties to remove voters found in that system.

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.

Gen Con Partners With Child Advocates For Charity

Aug 18, 2017

Gen Con is underway in Indianapolis and every year the popular event names a charity partner. This year’s partner is Child Advocates which is Marion County’s Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, organization.

CASA volunteers, provide a voice in court for children who have been removed from their homes. The Marion County branch of this organization hopes to reach the estimated 200,000 people attending Gen Con.

Executive director Cindy Booth says the need for CASA services is growing with the opioid epidemic.

Ohio Co escapee captured

Aug 10, 2017

A man who escaped from the Ohio County jail is back in custody. 

Kentucky State Police say troopers from both the Henderson and Madisonville posts, along with the US Marshals Service, found and arrested 48-year-old Arnold Ray McKenney at a home in Hopkins County.

A news release from KSP says McKenney will be charged with 2nd Degree Escape after he slipped out the Ohio County Detention Center in Hartford nearly 2 weeks ago.

Another inmate, 23-year-old Harley Roebke of Hartford, is accused of helping McKenney break out.

Man Accused Of Killing Southport Officer In Court

Aug 9, 2017

The man accused of killing a Southport police officer had his first court hearing Wednesday. Jason Brown’s court date was twice delayed because of injuries he sustained in a car crash where Officer Aaron Allan tried to rescue him.

According to an affidavit, Brown shot Aaron Allan 11 times while hanging upside down in an overturned car. Another officer responding to the July 27 accident shot Brown.