WARSAW- A Warsaw man is accused of hitting another man with a gun outside an apartment complex early this morning. Warsaw Police were called to the Canterbury Apartments before 1am where the victim and a witness were waiting. They told police 22-year old Jordan Scott and a group of other people had been drinking and Scott allegedly became jealous over his girlfriend and another man. He then allegedly pulled out a gun and hit the victim in the head with it. He’s charged with Aggravated Assault, Intimidation and Battery. Bond was set at $5,000.
STATEHOUSE- Governor Pence says state-funded preschool will be among his top priorities when the General Assembly convenes next month. Pence stayed out of the preschool debate in this year‘s legislature. He says visits to schools and preschools around the state have persuaded him the time is right to make preschool affordable for low-income families, to make those students better prepared for kindergarten. He says he‘ll ask legislators to approve a voucher program for families below 185-percent of the poverty line. For a family of four, that‘s about 44-thousand dollars a year. Pence is also calling for an increase in the per-child income tax credit, which has stayed at 15-hundred dollars since 1978. The governor says it should be indexed to inflation. And he‘s calling for a phaseout of the business personal property tax.
KOKOMO- Indiana is requesting federal assistance for Howard County following the tornadoes that ripped through Indiana last month. Governor Pence has requested that a Major Disaster Area Declaration be declared, which would include grants and low-interest loans for residents and businesses devastated by the storms. Indiana‘s Congressional Delegation also sent a letter to President Obama urging support for Pence’s request.
UNDATED- Governor Mike Pence is directing flags at state facilities, businesses and residences statewide to be flown at half-staff tomorrow in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Flags should remain at half-staff until sunset Saturday night.
UNDATED- A new Rasmussen poll finds that Americans are hoping changes are made in Obamacare. The poll shows 81% of Americans would like to see Obamacare changed or perhaps even repealed. The poll questioned 1,000 Americans who are likely to vote in the next Presidential election, and 50% think Congress should repeal Obamacare and another 31% think Congress and the President should rework it.
NORTH MANCHESTER- The Lilly Endowment is sending a million dollars to Manchester University. The money will go to the “Liberal Arts Plus” program which is designed to five new programs to work with Indiana employers on college job opportunities, start 60 new internships, and work on smart-phone software to help college students to be more prepared when they graduate. www.manchester.edu.
KOKOMO -- The mayor of Kokomo is thanking volunteers who provided help after the city was hit by two tornadoes and severe storms last month. Mayor Greg Goodnight says the city has been touched by the thousands of volunteers from across the Midwest who provided services during their time of need. He offered a special thanks to mayors of nearby cities that provided dump trucks, pay loaders and backhoes along with the crews required to operate the equipment. Nearly 200 homes in Howard County were destroyed or have major damage after two tornadoes with winds of at least 120 mph hit Nov. 17. Goodnight says the next few months are going to be difficult for many Kokomo residents, but says they are made easier by those who helped.
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana State Police are warning the public about a phone scam that has been reported recently in central Indiana, but happens annually all across the state. Recently some elderly residents have been swindled out of money by out of country con artists that are calling from phone numbers in the U.S. and Canada. The scam targets grandparents with the subject calling the victim stating he is a grandson and is in trouble and needs cash wired right away. Officials say you should never wire money without verifying the situation with relatives. And, never give out personal information like dates of birth, social security numbers or bank account numbers over the phone.
FORT WAYNE -- Allen County Sheriff Ken Fries announced his candidacy for state senate on Thursday. Fries will be seeking the Republican nomination for District 15, which has been held by Republican Tom Wyss since 1985. Wyss announced earlier in the year he would not be seeking re-election. Fries says one of his priorities would be to replace the Common Core K-12 education standards with Indiana's own guidelines for reading and math.
FULTON COUNTY -- No one was home when a semi slammed into the side of a house near Akron Thursday afternoon. The driver was taken to the hospital for a toxicology test and for minor injuries. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
KOSCIUSKO COUNTY -- Kosciusko County may have been spared from the winter storm that's affecting parts of Indiana, but that's not always going to be the case. The Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department says when winter weather does hit, you should not call city, county or state police to check on road conditions. Instead, call 1-800-261-ROAD for updated travel information and other alerts.
WARSAW -- The first annual Winter Dance Concert is next Tuesday in Warsaw's Performing Arts Center Auditorium. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted after the performance. Donations will go towards buying basic costumes and dance shoes for all students interested in taking dance classes.
WARSAW -- And, today is the final day of our Toys for Tots toy drive. Until 7 p.m., you can donate a new, unwrapped toy for kids in Kosciusko County. Staff will be in the RV in the parking lot of Warsaw's Walmart. If you don't have time to shop, cash donations will be accepted and we'll do the shopping for you!
Kosciusko County residents can sign up to receive free, real-time safety information from the sheriff's department by texting their zip code to 888777 or by visiting www.nixle.com. Once registered, users can customize the types of alerts they wish to receive via text, email, and online.