Funeral, 2 memorials set for Holocaust survivor Eva Kor
TERRE HAUTE (AP) — The public is being encouraged to attend one of two memorial services for Holocaust survivor Eva Kor, who championed forgiveness even for those who carried out the Holocaust's atrocities.
Eva Kor died last week at age 85 in Poland during an overseas trip for the Terre Haute, Indiana, museum she founded called the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center.
Her funeral will be Sunday at Terre Haute's DeBaun Funeral Home, which has limited seating.
The CANDLES museum is encouraging the public to attend either an Aug. 4 memorial at Indiana State University or an Aug. 18 memorial at Butler University in Indianapolis.
Kor was a Jewish native of Romania. Most of her family was killed at the Auschwitz concentration camp, but she and her twin sister survived.
Some teachers to do double duty driving buses
CARMEL (AP) — A suburban Indianapolis school district is signing up teachers to drive school buses before and after their usual time in the classroom.
Roger McMichael, associate superintendent for Carmel Clay Schools, says the district has struggled for years to find drivers. He says that driving buses can be more convenient than other second jobs available to teachers. And he says a teacher's ability to manage a classroom can help on a bus.
The Indianapolis Star reports Mike Bostic was the first teacher to take the district up on the offer. He's gone through an extensive licensing process, including weeks of training.
The newspaper says five more teachers are now going through the training.
The Indiana district's plans come as school districts throughout the U.S. struggle to find school bus drivers.
Fired teacher sues archdiocese
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Catholic high school teacher who was fired because he's in a same-sex marriage sued the Archdiocese of Indianapolis on Wednesday, accusing it of discrimination and interfering with his teaching contract.
Joshua Payne-Elliott is suing the archdiocese in Marion County court and seeking unspecified compensatory, emotional distress and other damages.
Payne-Elliott taught at Cathedral High School for 13 years and Cathedral renewed his annual teaching contract on May 21, his attorney, Kathleen DeLaney, said in a news release. But on June 23, Cathedral's president told him he was being fired on the orders of the archdiocese.
Payne-Elliott also has filed discrimination charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, claiming the archdiocese discriminated against him on the basis of his sexual orientation and retaliated against him for opposing sexual orientation discrimination, the news release said.
Payne-Elliott in 2017 married Layton Payne-Elliott, who teaches at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis. The archdiocese ordered Brebeuf to fire Layton Payne-Elliot, but the school refused, DeLaney said. As a result, the archdiocese said it no longer recognizes Brebeuf as a Catholic institution, though Brebeuf still identifies itself as an independent Catholic school.
The archdiocese said in a statement that the U.S. Constitution allows religious organizations to define what conduct is unacceptable for employees.
Police: 'Dangerous' inmate escapes from prison
MICHIGAN CITY (AP) — Northern Indiana police are searching for an inmate they describe as dangerous who escaped from the grounds of the Indiana State Prison.
Michigan City police say 39-year-old Travis Hornett escaped about 11 a.m. CDT Wednesday from the prison grounds while on a work detail.
Police say Hornett is "considered dangerous" and the public should call 911 immediately if they see him to report his location.
Hornett is described as white and Hispanic with brown hair and eyes. He's about 5-foot-4 inches tall, weighs about 160 pounds and was wearing khaki clothes when he escaped.
The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports that Hornett was sentenced last year on a burglary charge.
A message seeking an update on the search for Hornett was left Wednesday afternoon with police.
Man accused of putting officer in chokehold
CROWN POINT (AP) — A northwestern Indiana man allegedly put a police commander in a chokehold when the officer intervened in a fight among baseball fans who had just returned from a game in Chicago.
Thirty-one-year-old Michael J. Kurek Jr. of Hobart was charged Monday with one count of strangulation and two misdemeanor counts of resisting law enforcement.
The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports that a fight erupted Saturday in Hobart after the fans' bus returned from a Crosstown Classic game between the Chicago Cubs and the White Sox.
Hobart police say most of those fans appeared intoxicated.
Kurek allegedly put a chokehold on a police commander who was trying to arrest someone else during that brawl.
Online court records don't list an attorney for Kurek. His initial hearing is set for July 22.
Trooper stops 105 mph truck, gives lifesaving aid
ANDERSON (AP) — A state trooper who stopped a truck going 105 mph in central Indiana is credited with giving lifesaving first aid to the passenger, who was bleeding from a gash in his neck.
State police say Trooper Ron Huff was driving last Thursday in Madison County when the truck sped past.
Huff stopped the truck and the driver ran to him, yelling that his friend was dying. Huff found a man in his 20s holding a towel to his neck to cover the 4-inch gash. Huff used gauze treated with a clotting agent and direct pressure to stop the bleeding before an ambulance arrived.
The man had been helping renovate an unoccupied school when wall mirror broke, cutting his neck. He was released from a hospital Friday.