Man convicted in shooting inside bingo hall
EVANSVILLE (AP) — An Evansville man has been convicted in a January shooting inside a crowded Veterans of Foreign Wars post that wounded one person.
A jury found 71-year-old John Michael Burghardt guilty Wednesday on six charges, including two counts of attempted murder. His sentencing is set for a Sept. 4.
The Evansville Courier & Press reports that Burghardt entered Evansville's VFW Post 1114 on Jan. 13 as it was packed with people during the post's weekly bingo game, intending to shoot a man he'd argued with minutes before.
Authorities say Burghardt opened fire with a handgun , wounding one man in the stomach before several other people subdued him.
Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Nick Hermann says "the events that night could have unfolded very differently" if not for those individuals' courage.
Cause of death unknown for boy who became ill on ride
MONTICELLO (AP) — A coroner says the cause of death has been ruled undetermined for a 12-year-old boy who died after becoming ill while riding a roller coaster at the Indiana Beach amusement park.
White County Coroner Tony Deibel issued the ruling Wednesday after he says an autopsy on Brayden Cooper-Douglas of Lafayette revealed no trauma, injury, congenital abnormalities or toxins.
The boy died at a hospital June 27 after becoming ill while riding the Hoosier Hurricane roller coaster at the park in Monticello.
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security said that two days later, a 12-year-old girl reported being shocked as she exited the roller coaster. It says an inspection and six test rides failed to reproduce any electrical effect or hazard. The agency regulates and inspects rides.
15-year-old dies after off-road vehicle accident
ALEXANDRIA (AP) — Authorities say a 15-year-old boy has died after an accident involving an off-road vehicle in central Indiana.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says the boy was riding the vehicle near his home in Madison County and his parents found him unresponsive near the machine on Wednesday evening.
The Herald Bulletin reports the Madison County coroner identified the boy as Levi Branden Crusmire II and said he died of blunt force trauma to the head.
The newspaper says the teen was a sophomore at Anderson High School. The DNR says there were no witnesses to the accident and investigators are trying to determine what happened.
State's high court upholds sentence in triple-murder case
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's high court has upheld a sentence of life in prison without parole for a man convicted in the stabbing deaths of three people in northwestern Indiana.
The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Derrick Cardosi's arguments that his trial was flawed and there was insufficient evidence to convict him were without merits.
Cardosi was convicted of murder and other charges and sentenced in 2018 in the August 2016 killings of 20-year-old Justin L. Babbs, 23-year-old Richard Thomas and 39-year-old Kimberly Spears. The killings happened in Sumava Resorts, about 35 miles south of Gary.
The 27-year-old Cardosi is incarcerated at the Pendleton Correctional Facility. His co-defendant, Sebastian Wedding, pleaded guilty in a deal with prosecutors. He was sentenced to 55 years in prison.
Man pleads guilty to robbery in shootout that wounded agent
HAMMOND (AP) — A Chicago man who was involved in an Indiana shootout in which a federal agent was wounded and another suspect was killed has pleaded guilty to robbery.
The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports 20-year-old Blake King told U.S. District Judge Joseph S. VanBokkelenon on Wednesday that he participated in the June 7, 2018, robbery in Gary in which a Chicago-based U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent was wounded.
A third man, Bernard Graham, of Calumet City, Illinois, is due to stand trial Nov. 4 on federal charges including assault on a federal officer. The suspect who was killed was 28-year-old Raymon Truitt, of Gary.
King is expected to serve a 10-year prison term under a deal with prosecutors. The judge accepted King's guilty plea and set a Dec. 4 sentencing hearing.