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Mystery Surrounds 'Indiana's Own Indiana Jones'

More rumors than facts about 91-year-old Don Miller

(Newser) - He has a chunk of concrete from Adolf Hitler's bunker. He helped build the atomic bomb. These are just two of the rumors swirling about the 91-year-old Indiana man who this week saw his home and private artifact collection invaded by the FBI . But little is known for sure... More »

FBI Reveals 91-Year-Old's Incredible Artifact Stash

Don Miller says thousands of objects are rightfully his

(Newser) - The FBI spent yesterday at a somewhat unlikely place: the Indiana home of 91-year-old Don Miller, a man the bureau describes as an "amateur archaeologist." Its art crime team is currently going through his private collection of thousands of Native American cultural artifacts as well as pieces from... More »

Man Tracks Down Abandoned Baby He Saved—in 1955

Dave Hickman was 14 when he found girl left to die in field

(Newser) - Every time you read about an abandoned newborn and think, "what kind of depraved human being would do that?", you're having exactly the same thought 14-year-old Dave Hickman did on Sept. 22, 1955, when he found a days-old baby girl left to die in the Indiana field where... More »

Sheriff Catches Quadruple Killer

Michael David Elliot captured after breaking out of prison

(Newser) - A convicted killer who escaped from a Michigan prison yesterday and carjacked a woman has been arrested after a car chase in rural LaPorte Country, Indiana, WNDU reports. Michael David Elliot, 40, allegedly stole a woman's red jeep and abandoned it in the small town of Shipshewana, Indiana, this... More »

Woman Sent to Jail for 2 Days Stuck There for 154

It's a 'big screw-up' in Indiana

(Newser) - What's worse than going to jail? Being stuck there for 77 times your original sentence. That's what happened to a 34-year-old woman from Jeffersonville, Ind., who was ordered to serve two days in the Clark County jail after submitting a diluted drug test—in August. Destiny Hoffman was... More »

3 Dead in Indiana Supermarket Shooting

Gunman shot 2 victims before he was killed by police

(Newser) - Three people are dead after a deadly shooting last night in Elkhart, Indiana: A gunman entered Martin's Super Market just after 10pm and began firing "from one area of the store to the next," killing two women before he was shot dead by police. The gunman—a... More »

Groom Killed After Stopping to Help Motorist

Indiana man was run over just hours after wedding

(Newser) - An Indiana woman became a widow while still wearing her wedding dress when her husband was run over and killed after stopping to help a motorist in trouble. Nikki Knight says she and new husband William Riley Knight were on their way to a hotel just a few hours after... More »

Indiana Hero Teen Shot Dead by Friend

Cops say he thought gun was empty

(Newser) - An Indiana teenager honored for saving two young lives with an act of heroism has had her life taken away by what appears to have been an act of incredible stupidity. Court papers say Aubrey Peters, 16, was shot dead Sunday night by a friend who was showing off his... More »

$43 Land Sale May Force Blind Senior From Home

Dolores Pittman didn't know about transaction

(Newser) - Dolores Pittman moved into her home when she was 12 years old; after 55 years, she could soon be forced out. That's because the land beneath her northwest Indiana home was sold for $43 at a tax sale a few years ago—a sale Pittman didn't know about,... More »

Indiana's Right-to-Work Law Unconstitutional: Judge

But Republicans think state Supreme Court will overturn ruling

(Newser) - The latest in the contentious battle over Indiana's right-to-work law: A judge has ruled the law unconstitutional, and the state attorney general's office says it will appeal directly to the Indiana Supreme Court, the Indianapolis Star reports. Last year, Indiana became the 23rd US state to ban mandatory... More »

Guy Hit by Train Going 110mph, Survives

Darryle See was already up, talking when police arrived

(Newser) - A 22-year-old man who was struck by an Amtrak train going 110mph on Friday somehow survived with just some broken bones, and was already out of the ICU yesterday, WSBT reports. Darryle See told police he was walking on the tracks with headphones on, listening to music, east of Michigan... More »

Boy Pulled From 11 Feet of Sand After Dune Collapse

Dune along Lake Michigan collapsed

(Newser) - A 8-year-old boy is in the hospital after being buried beneath 11 feet of sand for three-plus hours yesterday, reports CBS . The northern Indiana child was playing on dunes at a park along the shore of Lake Michigan, when one apparently collapsed, covering him even as his family scrambled to... More »

3 Kids Hit by Lightning at Camp

1 injured critically in open field in Indiana as storms roll through

(Newser) - A lightning strike in an open field hit three campers at a Reform Jewish camp in Indiana yesterday, injuring one critically, reports USA Today . Two 9-year-olds, a boy and a girl, as well as a 12-year-old boy, were hit in the lightning strike at Goldman Union Camp Institute. Camp counselors... More »

Missing Student's Parents Sue 3 of Her Classmates

Lauren Spierer was with them the night she disappeared

(Newser) - The parents of an Indiana University student who went missing two years ago are now suing three men she was with that night—all fellow students. Lauren Spierer's parents hope the lawsuit, which their lawyer says comes "with great reluctance," will bring to light more information about... More »

An Infamous Death-Row Teen Goes Free

Paula Cooper, sentenced at 16, saw death sentence commuted

(Newser) - In 1985 at age 15, Paula Cooper was arrested for the murder of a 78-year-old Indiana Bible study teacher. The following year she was sentenced to death, making the then-16-year-old the youngest person on Death Row. Controversy followed, over her age and the purported racism in the criminal justice system... More »

Vet Wants 'Taps' to Play Nightly—Across Entire US

Valparaiso, Ind., already on board, but looks like tough sell elsewhere

(Newser) - It's an ambitious plan, to say the least: An Indiana veteran wants "Taps" to be played every single night at dusk—across the entire US, reports the Indianapolis Star . Former Marine Bill Wellman has already convinced Valparaiso, Ind., to pipe the 24 notes over the 50 speakers it... More »

2 Killed as Jet Crashes in Indiana Town

3 hospitalized in South Bend

(Newser) - A private jet apparently experiencing mechanical trouble crashed into an Indiana neighborhood yesterday, hitting three homes and killing two people aboard the plane, authorities said. The crash injured two other people aboard the Beechcraft Premier I twin-jet and one person on the ground, a fire official said. The jet had... More »

Judge Is Asked to Keep Murder Trial Free of Sympathy

Woman's suicide try doomed her fetus

(Newser) - An unusual murder case in Indiana has prompted an unusual request from prosecutors: They want the judge to bar spectators in the courtroom from wearing buttons that express support or sympathy for accused killer Bei Bei Shuai, reports AP . They also want the defense to refrain from asking questions of... More »

Teacher Who Backed Gay-Free Prom Under Fire

Diana Medley doesn't actually work for Sullivan High

(Newser) - One Indiana town's quest to hold a competing "traditional" prom—that would be one in which gay students aren't permitted to attend —is spelling trouble for Diana Medley, a teacher who, crazily enough, doesn't even work for the school. Medley, you'll recall, is the... More »

Ind. Town Wants 'Traditional' Prom—Sans Gays

But not everybody in the town of Sullivan is on board

(Newser) - An Indiana town is abuzz over a plan to hold a competing prom with a "traditional" theme—ie, one in which gay students are banned. As NBC 2 reports, a group of Sullivan High School students and parents, as well as at least one teacher, are pushing their idea... More »

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