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In 2 Years, Trio Stole $1.2M From Amazon

3 sentenced over fraud scheme involving 'hundreds' of accounts

(Newser) - "To those who seek to exploit the convenience of online shopping through fraud, remember this case." That's the message from a chief prosecutor in Indiana who helped send three people to prison for a scheme that defrauded Amazon of $1.2 million. US Attorney Josh Minkler says... More »

Man Who Vanished in 1993 Must Pay Family He Left $2M

Judge orders Richard Hoagland to pay back child support, with plenty of interest

(Newser) - Matthew Hoagland turned 35 a few weeks ago, but when his father went up to him to say happy birthday, "I told him this was not the time or the place," Matthew says. The place was an Indiana court, where Richard Hoagland had to appear for a hearing... More »

Cops: Middle School Student Opens Fires, Injures 2

Teacher and a student were taken to hospitals; suspect is in custody in Noblesville, Ind.

(Newser) - A male student opened fire at a suburban Indianapolis middle school Friday morning, wounding another student and a teacher before being taken into custody, authorities said. The attack at Noblesville West Middle School happened around 9am, police Chief Kevin Jowitt said at a news conference, per the AP . He said... More »

What's at Stake in Tuesday's Primaries

4 states go to the polls, with West Virginia's GOP Senate primary among the big races

(Newser) - It's a huge day for both political parties with primary voters in four states—West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, and North Carolina—going to the polls. Despite the small number of states involved, the results could go a long way in determining which party will be in control of the... More »

VP's Brother Is Frontrunner in Indiana GOP Race

Greg Pence is seeking brother's former House seat

(Newser) - The brother of Vice President Mike Pence is hoping his famous name and backing from other top Republicans will lift him to victory Tuesday in an Indiana congressional primary against an entrepreneur who mostly self-funded his campaign. Columbus businessman Greg Pence has never held public office. Still, he's considered... More »

This Town Will Pay You to Live 45 Minutes From Cincinnati

Labor shortage is a problem for America's small cities, towns, and suburbs

(Newser) - America's 4.1% unemployment rate doesn't exactly bring smiles to the leaders of America's small towns. "Eventually you run out of people to do the work," is how one economist puts it to the Wall Street Journal . And we're nearing that eventuality, following an... More »

Mailman on Dug-Up Mail: 'Looks Like I'm Going to Jail'

11K pieces of mail were reportedly found in Michigan ravine

(Newser) - Neither snow nor rain can keep most mail carriers from their duties, but a too-taxing workload apparently derailed ex-Indiana mailman Kristopher Block. He's now charged with misdemeanor theft and felony "official misconduct" after allegedly not delivering 17,000 pieces of mail, the Indianapolis Star reports. What the former... More »

On Anniversary of Teens' Killings, Cops Hope for Break

No arrests made in murders of Liberty German and Abigail Williams in Indiana

(Newser) - Police investigating the unsolved murders of two Indiana teenage girls are hoping the crime's anniversary spurs a wave of tips from the public that can lead them to the killer. Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby says State Police and the FBI have increased staffing to field an anticipated increase... More »

Cops: Suspect in Fatal Colts Crash Gave Us Fake Name

Manuel Orrego-Savala had been deported in 2007 and 2009

(Newser) - Police say a man being held in a suspected drunk-driving crash that killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson has twice been deported from the US. Indiana State Police said Monday that 37-year-old Manuel Orrego-Savala is a citizen of Guatemala and gave officers a fake name of Alex Cabrera Gonsales following... More »

YMCA Staffer Accused of Molesting 17 Kids

Michael Begin Jr. also worked as elementary school teaching assistant

(Newser) - An 18-year-old southern Indiana man has been arrested on charges alleging he molested 17 children ages 3 to 7 while he worked at a YMCA and as an elementary school teaching assistant, the AP reports. Michael Begin Jr., of Jeffersonville, was charged with two counts of child molestation in October.... More »

These States Will Feel the Pinch of the Shutdown Most

DC tops the list, followed by Maryland and Virginia

(Newser) - The government shutdown that went into effect at midnight on Friday is stretching into its third day , and a resolution still looks tenuous. WalletHub looks at the consequences of a longer-term shutdown through the lens of six key metrics—including share of federal jobs, percentage of kids using the Child'... More »

She Told Others Hotel Room Was Gross. The Hotel Hit Back

Katrina Arthur suing after being hit with $350 charge for negative review of her stay

(Newser) - The former owner of an Indiana hotel is being sued for charging a woman hundreds of dollars for posting a negative online review that said there was hair and dirt on the sheets in her room and other cleanliness issues. Indiana's attorney general's office contends Andrew Szakaly violated... More »

Female Cop Brings Up 'White Male Privilege,' Is Suspended

Thursday vote will determine Capt. Carri Weber's fate with department

(Newser) - A female police captain in Indiana has been placed on administrative leave after telling a colleague he benefited from "white male privilege." During a Nov. 1 training session on the treatment of transgender people, an unidentified male officer with the Plainfield Police Department questioned a statistic suggesting that... More »

Teacher Busted for Allegedly Doing Cocaine in Classroom

Student says he caught her on video

(Newser) - “When I actually watched the footage again and again and I just realized that my English teacher just did cocaine,” an Indiana high school student tells WGN . The junior took a video of his teacher, 24-year-old Samantha Cox, through the window of her locked classroom door at Lake... More »

Want Fewer Neighbors? Try These Ghost Towns

Vacancy rates top 20%: 24/7 Wall St.

(Newser) - Not willing to spend up to 98% of your income on housing in states like California or Hawaii? A ghost town in desperate need of humanity might be the best affordable option. Based on vacant property rates per zip code, 24/7 Wall St. rounds up 30 ghost towns across the... More »

At Least 9 Tornadoes Hit Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania

The powerful storm moved through the region Sunday

(Newser) - A powerful storm with at least nine confirmed tornadoes tore roofs off factories, ripped away storefronts, and destroyed homes across Indiana, Ohio, and into Pennsylvania, AP reports. Scuba divers found the bodies of two men inside a home's flooded basement, where they were seeking shelter Sunday during a tornado... More »

Mom Now Grateful for Viral Heroin Overdose Photo

Erika Hurt celebrated a year of sobriety last Sunday

(Newser) - When police found 25-year-old Erika Hurt passed out in her car in the parking lot of an Indiana Dollar General Store, needle in her hand, with her 10-month-old son in the backseat, they snapped a photo that went viral as the face of the opioid crisis in America. One year... More »

Pharmacists Busted for Looking Up Prince's Medical Records

The three Indiana pharmacists tried to access the late musician's records separately

(Newser) - Three Indiana pharmacists have been reprimanded by state regulators for trying to access Prince's medical records within days of the music superstar's death last year, AP reports. The Indiana Board of Pharmacy issued letters of reprimand in the last three months and imposed penalties on the three after... More »

Police Bodycam Shows How Close Actor Came to Losing Life

Officer in Crawfordsville, Ind., didn't realize a movie was being made, fired at him

(Newser) - Note to movie makers: Give the police a heads-up when filming a robbery scene in public. Newly released police bodycam video released by the city of Crawfordsville, Ind., shows how close one actor came to learning that lesson in the worst possible way. Officers responded to a robbery call at... More »

Police May Have a Break in Case of 2 Slain Girls

Indiana police investigating link after arrest in Colorado

(Newser) - Police in Indiana are urging caution about leaping to conclusions, but they're investigating whether a man arrested in Colorado could be linked to the murder of two eighth-grade girls earlier this year. Daniel Nations, 31, a registered sex offender, is in custody in El Paso County, reports ABC News... More »

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