Teen gets 45 years for fatally stabbing mother
CROWN POINT (AP) — A teenager accusing of stabbing her mother more than 60 times has been sentenced to 45 years in prison.
Seventeen-year-old Chastinea T. Reeves was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty in the February 2017 slaying of 34-year-old Jamie Garnett at their home in Gary.
The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports that Reeves, who was 15 at the time of the slaying, was charged as an adult in Lake Superior Court.
Reeves cried as she told Judge Diane Boswell that she missed her mother and wished she hadn't killed her.
Boswell asked Deputy Lake County Prosecutor Maureen Koonce to explain why a plea agreement called for the minimum sentence.
Koonce said Reeves has no criminal history and DNA evidence in the case is complex.
Holy Cross order releases list of accused abusive priests
SOUTH BEND (AP) — The Roman Catholic religious order that founded the University of Notre Dame has identified 14 priests and one seminarian who it says were credibly accused of sexually abusing minors across the country since the 1940s.
The South Bend-based Congregation of Holy Cross U.S. Province released the list Wednesday. It says 10 of the men are deceased, two are elderly now in health facilities and three are no longer with the order. That includes Paul LeBrun, who's serving a 111-year sentence for abusing boys while at Phoenix-area churches in 1986-91.
The congregation says it's received no new allegations since 1991. It reports incidents from 11 states and Africa.
U.S. dioceses and religious orders have named more than 1,000 predator priests and numerous prosecutors are investigating how church leaders handled those cases.
District seeks principal's firing after most annoying trophy
GARY (AP) — A school district in northwestern Indiana says it's seeking to fire a principal after a special needs teacher awarded an 11-year-old autistic student a trophy naming him the "most annoying male" of the school year.
The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports the update from Gary Community School Corp.'s Emergency Manager Pete Morikis came Tuesday night during a school board meeting. Morikis says the planned termination of Bailly Preparatory Academy Principal Carlita Royal comes after an internal investigation.
The Associated Press sent an email Wednesday seeking comment from Royal.
A Bailly Preparatory Academy teacher gave the boy the trophy May 23 during a fifth-grade awards luncheon attended by students, parents and the school principal.
The teacher and two others were notified last week that the district will seek to cancel their contracts.
Suit: School officials didn't do enough to stop harassment
LEBANON (AP) — A federal lawsuit says school officials didn't do enough to stop a girl from being harassed after nude photos and sexually explicit videos of her were shared by fellow students.
The Indianapolis Star reports the girl, now 18, is suing the Lebanon Community School Corporation alleging Title IX and Fourteenth Amendment violations.
The district says it recently learned of the lawsuit and school officials typically don't comment on pending litigation.
The lawsuit says the girl, identified in court documents as "Jane Doe," was 12 in 2014 and a middle school student when she was coerced into sending a boy nude photos. The case was handled via the juvenile justice system. The lawsuit says videos were shared in 2016, when the girl was in high school.
Gay pride festival set for Richmond believed to be its 1st
RICHMOND (AP) — A gay pride festival set for this weekend in Richmond will become what's believed to be the first such event in the eastern Indiana city.
Rainbow Richmond is organizing Saturday's pride festival, which will feature live music, speakers from the community and a family-friendly drag show.
The Palladium-Item reports that no entry fee will be charged for the festival, which will be held at Jack Elstro Plaza in the city's downtown area.
But Rainbow Richmond is seeking donations to help with its efforts to revive the local group, which focuses on LGBT issues.
Festival organizer Benjamin Guard says the event will offer "a safe space to everyone to be able to be themselves" in the city.