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OFFICER ATTACK-SENTENCE

New Castle woman gets 30 months for biting police officer

(Information in the following story is from: The Star Press, http://www.thestarpress.com)

NEW CASTLE, Ind. (AP) — A 43-year-old New Castle woman has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for biting a police officer.

Angela D. Riley pleaded guilty to battery against a public safety officer in exchange for the dismissal of five other charges. She also was initially charged with battery by bodily waste, possession of a controlled substance, public intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting law enforcement.

The Star Press reports Riley was arrested in September after biting a police officer on the lower calf. The officer required hospital treatment for the wound.

Riley was given credit for 119 days she already served in the county jail. The judge plans to recommend that Riley be allowed to participate in an intensive treatment program while in prison.

GARY-SHOOTING DEATH

Police: 63-year-old Gary man found shot dead in home

(Information in the following story is from: The Times, http://www.thetimesonline.com)

GARY, Ind. (AP) — Police in Gary say a man was shot to death in his home.

The Lake County coroner's office says 63-year-old Edwin Deloney suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Police say officers found Deloney dead in his home Saturday night after responding to reports of shots fired.

The (Munster) Times reports Deloney's death is the third homicide in Gary this year. There were 49 homicides in Gary last year.

Gary police spokesman Sgt. Thomas Decanter says the department's Violent Crime Unit also responded and canvased the area to gather evidence.

SEXUAL ASSAULT-PURDUE

Purdue University authorities investigating sexual assault

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — The Purdue University Police Department is investigating the second report of sexual assault on the campus in less than a week.

The victim told campus police that she was walking home alone after leaving a party Saturday night when a man grabbed her and sexually assaulted her near the dining hall. She told campus police that the man eventually stopped assaulting her and ran away.

The victim said her attacker appeared to be a college student and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.

A 20-year-old man was arrested last week on charges he raped a woman visiting from Iowa at a fraternity house. The man has been suspended from school and barred from campus.

FOOT INFECTION-LAWSUIT

Muncie man's suit alleges pedicure led to serious infection

(Information in the following story is from: The Star Press, http://www.thestarpress.com)

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana man is suing a Muncie nail salon, alleging that a pedicure left him with a serious foot infection and the lingering threat of amputation.

Bruce Walters' suit filed in Delaware Circuit Court seeks unspecified damages for alleged "negligent conduct" and contends the salon failed to properly sanitize the instruments used on him.

Walters alleges a salon employee punctured the skin of his right big toe during a June 2013 pedicure and he later developed a staph infection, sepsis and the skin infection cellulitis.

His suit says he's undergone five surgeries, suffers from constant pain and faces "the continued risk of amputation."

Walters' suit names T-Nails and salon owner Tim Vo.

Vo declined comment. He told The Star Press his attorney would file a response in court.

LED BAN

Zoning rule could mean lights out for small businesses

(Information from: News and Tribune, Jeffersonville, Ind., http://www.newsandtribune.com)

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Owners of small businesses in Jeffersonville say the southern Indiana city's lighting ordinance could hurt their businesses.

The city's planning and zoning department has notified several businesses that they must remove LED lights that are strung around their windows because they violate rules on lighting styles, positioning and design.

Samai Morris tells the News and Tribune that the LED lights brighten up the parking lot at her Mai's Thai restaurant. She says customers say they feel safer in the dark parking lot because of the lights.

City Council President Lisa Gill says the ordinance is meant to keep drivers from being distracted while on the road.

Morris says a petition seeking to let the businesses keep their lights has collected 450 signatures.

BIG BOX STORES-TAXES

Ruling on Meijer tax assessment could have sweeping impact

(Information in the following story is from: Indianapolis Business Journal, http://www.ibj.com)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A ruling on how big-box retailers are taxed could have a sweeping effect on Indiana communities.

The Indiana Board of Tax Review ruled in December that an Indianapolis Meijer store should have been assessed at the equivalent of $30 per square foot instead of the $83 per square foot assigned by Marion County.

The Indianapolis Business Journal reports the decision could leave Marion County on the hook for a $2.4 million refund to Meijer and could set the stage for other retailers to pose similar challenges to their tax assessments.

The case has raised questions about how stores are valued.

Fort Wayne attorney Mark GiaQuinta says he hopes counties will pool their resources and take the Marion County case or a similar one to the Indiana Supreme Court.

ANGIE'S LIST-EXPANSION

Angie's List wants Indianapolis taxpayer money for expansion

(Information in the following story is from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The consumer review service Angie's List wants Indianapolis taxpayers to spend up to $18.3 million to help boost its expansion plans in the city.

The Indianapolis Star reports Angie's List promises to spend $40 million on the expansion that it says would add 1,000 new jobs and shift 800 more workers to its near east side headquarters.

Indianapolis would in return spend $2 million on streets and infrastructure, and up to $16.3 million in tax-increment financing funds to build a parking garage and move a school warehouse from an old Ford assembly plant that's part of the company's expansion plans.

A City-County Council panel was scheduled to consider the request Monday evening to invest taxpayer money in the company, which has turned only one quarterly profit in 20 years.