Prosecutors: woman stole $18K meant for boy's burial

EVANSVILLE (AP) — A woman has been arrested for allegedly stealing money intended for the burial plot and headstone of a 3-year-old boy who died in a hot car.

Caroline Rich, 37, of Evansville, was being held Thursday on $5,000 bond on preliminary theft and fraud charges. She has a hearing scheduled for Tuesday.

The Courier & Press reports that Rich is a family service counselor at Dignity Memorial/SCI Shared Resources, which owns Alexander Memorial Park and Funeral Home.

Investigators allege in court documents that Oliver Dill's family paid Rich more than $19,000 for his burial plot, headstone and services, but that she pocketed all but $1,000 of that money.

Dill died in July after being left in a hot car on the University of Southern Indiana's campus.

Court records don't list an attorney for Rich.

Man charged in police dog's death in fiery crash

COLUMBIA CITY (AP) — A man has been charged in the death of a police dog that became trapped inside a burning police cruiser following a high-speed crash.

Clarence L. Shearer, 31, of Fort Wayne, was formally charged Wednesday with causing the death of a law enforcement animal while operating a vehicle with a controlled substance in the blood, resisting law enforcement and other charges.

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reports that police were investigating an armed carjacking on July 10 when Shearer allegedly crashed into a Whitley County sheriff's deputy's cruiser during a pursuit.

The deputy escaped unharmed, but a police dog died inside the burning cruiser near Larwill, about 20 miles west of Fort Wayne.

Court documents say Shearer tested positive for fentanyl and marijuana's active ingredient following the crash.

Purdue University sees main campus record enrollment again

WEST LAFAYETTE (AP) — Purdue University says it has set an enrollment record for the third straight year at its main campus in West Lafayette.

Purdue officials say the campus has 44,551 students for the start of the new fall semester. That's up 2.6% from last year's some 43,400 students, which topped the 2017 mark of about 41,600 students.

The (Lafayette) Journal & Courier reports Purdue President Mitch Daniels called the enrollment figures an affirmation of the school's faculty and overall student experience.

Enrollment dropped about 2% combined at the Purdue Northwest and Purdue Fort Wayne campuses, with each just over 10,000 students.

Indiana University saw overall enrollment at its seven campuses drop nearly 1% from last year, including a slight decline to 42,760 students at its Bloomington campus.

Boy dies after being found in high school's swimming pool

MUNSTER (AP) — A 14-year-old boy has died after being found unresponsive in a northwestern Indiana high school's swimming pool.

Lake Ridge New Tech Schools' superintendent says Curtis Walton was pronounced dead early Thursday at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Dr. Sharon Johnson-Shirley tells The (Northwest Indiana) Times that Walton was found unresponsive at the bottom of a Calumet High School pool opened to the school's football players following Wednesday's practice.

Johnson-Shirley says trainers tried to revive Walton, who was a freshman member of the football team. He was taken to a Munster hospital before being airlifted to Chicago.

Johnson-Shirley says Walton's death has devastated his family, school staff and students and "we're just trying to make sense of what happened."

The Lake County Sheriff's Department is investigating the boy's death.

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