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Judge OKs tweeting for Purdue shooting sentencing

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - An Indiana judge will allow reporters to post on social media during the sentencing of a former Purdue University student who pleaded guilty to murder in the fatal shooting and stabbing of a fellow student in January.

The Journal & Courier reports ( ) Tippecanoe Superior Judge Thomas Busch said Monday the public is not allowed to use social media or have their electronic devices on during the sentencing Friday of 24-year-old Cody Cousins of Warsaw.

Cody pleaded guilty last month in the death of 21-year-old Andrew Boldt of West Bend, Wisconsin.

Lafayette attorney Kirk Freeman has said he intends to seek a verdict of guilty but mentally ill at the sentencing hearing. Cousins faces a sentence range between 45 and 65 years in prison.


Vote on tentative contract agreement scheduled

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) - The president of a United Auto Workers local in northwest Indiana says workers will vote Sunday on a tentative agreement that ended a one-day strike at Lear Corp. plant that makes automotive seats.

About 760 workers at the plant in Hammond, about 28 miles southeast of Chicago, that makes seats for the Explorer and Taurus models produced at Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant went on strike Saturday over a two-tier wage system. Members of UAW Local 2335 began returning to work 6 p.m. Sunday after the tentative agreement was reached.

Local President Jaime Luna said the tentative agreement would end a system that locks newer workers into lower wages and raises the top wage to $21.58 an hour.


Hundreds mourn slain Merrillville police officer

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) - A northwest Indiana police officer killed in an ambush is being remembered as a hero.

Sen. Joe Donnelly described Merrillville Patrolman Nickolaus Schultz as a warrior for good and right at his funeral on Monday. The Times of Munster reports ( hundreds of police officers and other mourners gathered at a northwestern Indiana theater to pay their respects.

Merrillville Police Chief Joseph Petruch described Schultz as a dream recruit with the eyes of a teddy bear but a tough resolve. He recalled giving Schultz a new baseball cap on the day he was killed and telling him: "Be careful out there, Nick."

Schultz died Sept. 7, two days after a man wearing body armor shot him during an apparent ambush. Officials say that man then fatally shot himself.


Police: Indiana man mutilated girlfriend's body

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Police in southeastern Indiana say they believe a man charged with murdering his 46-year-old girlfriend ate parts of her body.

Thirty-three-year-old Joseph Oberhansley was formally charged Monday with murder in the death of Tammy Blanton. He also was charged with abuse of a corpse and breaking and entering. The News and Tribune and The Courier-Journal reported that Joseph Oberhansley told Judge Vicki Carmichael on Monday that his name was Zeus Brown and that "obviously you've got the wrong guy."

Public defender Jeffrey Stonebraker was appointed to represent Oberhansley. A message seeking comment was left for Stonebraker on Monday by The Associated Press.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Oberhansley told police he ate a portion of her brain, her heart and part of a lung.


Indiana man gets 10 years for molesting baby

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) - A 22-year-old Michigan City man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to molesting an 11-month-old girl.

The Times of Munster reports ( ) Porter County Superior Court Judge Roger Bradford on Monday also ordered that James Glanders be designated a sexually violent predator. That means he will have to register for life as a sex offender.

He also will have to serve six days for each day he receives off his prison term for good time, as compared to day-for-day credit offered to other offenders.

Glanders was accused of molesting the girl in 2013 during a diaper change in a vehicle parked at a park in South Haven.

He will serve eight years on formal probation after being released from prison.


Sheriffs: Help needed to cope with mentally ill

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A sheriff says county jails have become the "insane asylums" for Indiana as state inpatient care for the mentally ill has disintegrated.

Franklin County Sheriff Kenneth Murphy was one of two sheriffs who told a legislative study committee Monday that inpatient alternatives to jail are desperately needed.

Murphy and Howard County Sheriff Steve Rogers say mentally ill inmates need treatment, not incarceration. But it's difficult to get treatment because many state mental hospitals have shut down and many of the mentally ill can't afford to pay for treatment.

Both sheriffs estimated that as many as one-fourth of jail inmates in Indiana may have serious mental illness.

The sheriffs suggested possible solutions including mental health courts and counties combining to set up regional mental health care centers.


Stay issued in Indiana gay marriage ban case

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Same-sex couples hoping to get married in Indiana will have to wait until the U.S. Supreme Court addresses the question of whether gay marriage bans are constitutional.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago on Monday stayed its Sept. 4 ruling that Indiana's ban is unconstitutional. The court also found Wisconsin's gay-marriage ban unconstitutional, but that state has not requested a stay.

Gay marriage is on the U.S. Supreme Court's Sept. 29 agenda for a closed-door conference, but it's unclear if the justices will decide then whether to take up the issue.

Kyle Megrath with Hoosiers Unite for Marriage says the group hopes the high court takes up gay marriage cases this month. He says gay marriage bans "harm Hoosier and American families."


Power outage blamed on pipe thrown into substation

HUNTINGBURG, Ind. (AP) - Officials are blaming a power outage in a southern Indiana city on a youth throwing a pipe into equipment at an electrical substation.

Huntingburg energy superintendent John Reutepohler says a 3-foot-long conduit pipe was tossed into the substation Sunday night, knocking out power to part of the city for more than a half hour.

Reutepohler tells The Herald of Jasper ( ) that security cameras captured three juveniles being involved in the incident in the 6,000-person city about 40 miles northeast of Evansville. He says the video was being turned over to police for investigation.

No injuries were reported.


Hundreds mourn slain Merrillville police officer

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Hundreds of police officers and other mourners have gathered at a northwestern Indiana theater for a slain patrolman's funeral.

Gov. Mike Pence is among those at Monday's service for 24-year-old Merrillville Patrolman Nickolaus Schultz. The Times of Munster reports ( ) others in the crowd include his teammates from central Indiana's Franklin College, wearing their football jerseys.

Those arriving for the funeral passed by Schultz's American flag-draped casket, which was guarded by two uniformed officers. A slideshow of family photos played on a large screen, showing Schultz as a toddler with a baseball glove and ball, in a graduation gown and in his football uniform.

Schultz died Sept. 7, two days after a man wearing body armor shot him during an apparent ambush. Officials say that man then fatally shot himself.

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