Submitted by WIKY News on Tue, 12/17/2013 - 5:02pm
The threat of heavy rain prompts the National Weather Service at Paducah to activate its storm spotter network. The weather service tells spotters an active weather pattern will exist late this week and this weekend, bringing the threat of heavy rain and flooding. Anywhere from two-to-four inches of rain is expected to fall over southern Illinois and southwest Indiana. It says persistent differences in storm models makes the predictability of the system difficult. It says there's a potential for severe weather -- but it's too soon to say how likely that is.
Submitted by WIKY News on Tue, 12/17/2013 - 5:01pm
A Vincennes man is given a five-year prison sentence and is ordered to repay more than $400,000 in federal income taxes. 46-year old Gregory Stodghill was in U.S. District Court at Evansville, where he admitted to tax evasion. The U.S. Attorney's Office says Stodghill used a number of complicated schemes to put investor funds into off-shore shell companies, made more than $1 million, and didn't pay taxes on the money.
Submitted by WIKY News on Mon, 12/16/2013 - 4:57pm
A USI professor and faculty senate member says the panel determined that the interests of USI would not be served by the proposed amendment that would ban gay marriage in Indiana. Garret Merriam tells WIKY News the faculty senate called on both the university administration and General Assembly to disagree with it. The vote was 8 to 3 with 2 abstentions. If it passes the legislature, the question would be on the ballot for the state's voters to decide.
Submitted by WIKY News on Mon, 12/16/2013 - 4:53pm
A woman who got married Saturday night lost her husband a few hours later when he stopped to help a stranded motorist on a snow-packed Northern Indiana road. Police say William Knight and 42-year-old Linda Darlington, were both struck and killed by another vehicle. Knight's new wife, Nikki, said she's still in shock. She says it's all a blur. She and her new husband were driving from their reception to a hotel when he stopped to help a woman whose car had slid-off a Lake County Road. The two were standing by the side of the road when Nikki - still in their car - heard a loud thump.
Submitted by WIKY News on Mon, 12/16/2013 - 4:52pm
Mayor Winnecke says we're a little over a month away from ground being broken for the new Downtown convention hotel. It'll happen January 23 at 2 in the afternoon. Winnecke says the Redevelopment Commission will vote on finalizing that date after a discussion about how the Hilton Doubletree hotel’s progress and construction payments will be reported to the City Council and taxpayers. He says it'll take about a year and a half to finish the work, as long as Mother Nature cooperates.
Submitted by WIKY News on Mon, 12/16/2013 - 4:48pm
The Mega Millions jackpot rises to $586 million for Tuesday night's drawing. It approaches the current record jackpot of $656 million. It was split between three players last year. Mega Millions says the odds of getting all six numbers is about one in 259 million. The cash payout would amount to more than $316 million.
Submitted by WIKY News on Mon, 12/16/2013 - 4:47pm
A Kentucky lawmaker wants to lower the state's blood alcohol limit from .08 to .05. State Representative Hubert Collins bill follows the National Transportation Safety Board's recommendation that states lower their legal limit to .05. Kentuckians Megan Saddler and Melissa Egan say a good idea, that could be carried further. The next session of the Kentucky General Assembly starts next month.
Submitted by WIKY News on Mon, 12/16/2013 - 4:46pm
Another member of the General Assembly has been plucked away to lead a state agency. Representative Suzanne Crouch of Evansville will take over the State Auditor‘s office on January 2nd. Gov. Mike Pence appointed her. Crouch is the third lawmaker, all women, picked to lead a constitutional office over the last two years. Sue Elspermann of Ferdinand left the Senate to become Lieutenant Governor after Pence selected her to be his running mate. Connie Lawson left the State Senate to become Secretary of State when she was appointed by then-Governor Mitch Daniels.
Submitted by WIKY News on Mon, 12/16/2013 - 4:42pm
Owensboro Police are investigating armed robberies. Two happened Sunday night in areas off Triplett Street. A woman said that while parked in a vehicle a parking lot of the Moneytree and Book and Music Exchange, two men approached and demanded money. One was armed with a handgun. A second call came about three hours later. A woman at the 231 Motel said that two men entered through the open door of her room and demanded money. Again, one of them was armed with a handgun.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 12/13/2013 - 4:48pm
A young Evansville woman gets a 55-year prison sentence, for her role in the death of her husband. 23-year old Megan Mecum was one of three arrested for 42-year old Keith Vaughn’s murder. Mecum asked Judge Bob Pigman for mercy Friday, and said she hopes Vaughn's family will one day forgive her. Deputy Prosecutor Mike Perry said Mecum may not have been holding the murder weapon, but she put everything in motion.