Fetal remains tied to abortion doctor to be buried

SOUTH BEND (AP) — More than 2,400 sets of fetal remains found last year in the Illinois garage and a car of an Indiana abortion doctor after he died will be buried Wednesday at a northern Indiana cemetery.

The 2,411 sets of fetal remains that resulted from abortions Dr. Ulrich Klopfer performed in Indiana will be "memorialized" Wednesday afternoon at a graveside service at Southlawn Cemetery and Palmer Funeral Home in South Bend, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill's office said Monday.

Klopfer died Sept. 3 at age 79. Days later, relatives told authorities they had found fetal remains in his garage in Will County, Illinois. Officials found 2,246 sets of fetal remains in that building.

Another 165 sets of fetal remains were found in October in the trunk of a car owned by Klopfer that was parked at a Chicago-area storage unit.

All of the remains resulted from abortions Klopfer performed at his now-shuttered clinics in Fort Wayne, Gary and South Bend. Officials believe those abortions were performed between 2000 and 2003.

Man gets 55 years for his mother's fatal stabbing

FORT WAYNE (AP) — A Fort Wayne man who pleaded guilty to stabbing his mother to death was sentenced Monday to 55 years in prison by a judge who called her slaying "a horrific crime."

Cordell Hughes, 41, had pleaded guilty to murder in December in the February 2019 killing of his mother, Carmen Hughes, 60, inside her apartment.

Police officers found the former postal worker dead in a chair. Her carotid artery and jugular vein had been cut and she had a second puncture wound in her left lung.

Cordell Hughes told police that he arrived at his mother's home and found the door unlocked. Detectives said he had tried unsuccessfully to use her debit card.

Woman pleads guilty to fatally shooting man

GOSHEN (AP) — A northern Indiana woman has pleaded guilty in the fatal 2018 shooting of a man whose body was dumped in a wooded area.

Cindy Goodwin, 52, pleaded guilty Thursday in Elkhart County Circuit Court to one count of murder in the slaying of Johnny Mullins, 50.

The Elkhart woman admitted during Thursday's hearing that she killed Mullins on April 1, 2018. His body was found the next day with a gunshot wound in a wooded area near the apartment complex where Goodwin lived.

"I shot him," Goodwin told Judge Michael Christofeno, when he asked her exactly what she did.

Goodwin acknowledged that she was given the gun by a friend and that the same man had helped her move Mullins's body from her apartment to the woods north of the apartment complex.

Goodwin had taken part in court-ordered mental evaluations after her attorneys said that she had little memory of the events surrounding the murder, but was found competent to stand trial in September.

Goodwin was scheduled to be sentenced March 26. Her plea agreement calls a sentence of 45 years in prison and 10 years of probation.

Woman accused of biting trooper during traffic stop

TERRE HAUTE (AP) — A 38-year-old Indiana woman allegedly bit a state trooper after a traffic stop that also resulted in a separate drunk driving arrest, authorities said.

Daphney Allen, 38, of Terre Hate, was a front seat passenger in an SUV stopped on Feb. 7 for running a stop sign in Vigo County. The driver, 51-year-old William A. Roberts, also of Terre haute, appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. There were three children under age 10 in the vehicle, authorities said.

Allen allegedly refused to identify herself to police and locked the door. Later, she was handcuffed and escorted to a trooper's car where she allegedly broke equipment and bit the trooper's arm when he tried to put a safety belt on her.

Allen faces battery on law enforcement, resisting law enforcement and neglect of dependents, among other charges. Roberts was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a passenger less than 18 years of age, neglect of a dependent and other charges.

Authorities said Roberts was also wanted on a Vigo County warrant for domestic battery.

The children were released to Allen's grandmother.

County recorder charged with domestic battery

LAKE STATION (AP) — An elected Northwest Indiana official has been arrested on six domestic battery charges alleging he battered his pregnant girlfriend several times dating back to last June.

Lake County Recorder Michael B. Brown was arrested at his Lake Station home Monday afternoon, The (Northwest Indiana) Times reported.

He also faces criminal confinement and neglect charges after his girlfriend told police he threw a coffee cup that nearly struck a 3-month-old child.

A friend of the girlfriend called police after she reached out to him "because things are getting worse and she is scared," court documents state. The friend told police the victim feared for her safety.

The woman told police Brown physically abused her when she confronted him with topics, such as "when she received a text message of a girl engaging in sexual deviate conduct with Brown."

She told police Brown broke a cabinet while angry and kicked in a door when she locked him out because she was scared. She told investigators that last June he pushed her on her back while she was pregnant with her youngest child and held her wrists to the bed.

A subordinate sued Brown for sexual harassment in 2017. The county settled the lawsuit for $185,000 in October 2018.

Off-duty Plainfield officer arrested for drunk driving

PLAINFIELD (AP) — An off-duty Plainfield police officer responding to an emergency call has been arrested for allegedly driving drunk, authorities said.

Patrick Tucker, 33, was among several officers responding to a situation Friday, according to the Plainfield Police Department.

A fellow officer noticed "signs of possible alcohol impairment." Tucker was removed from the scene, arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated and booked into county jail. He was released early the next day.

Command staff asked Indiana State Police to investigate.

Tucker has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the recommendation for termination to the Plainfield Police Commissioner Board.

The Hendricks County Prosecutor's Office will determine formal charges.

Tucker started with the police department in 2017.

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