Man sentenced for conviction in killings of ex's 2 dogs

PETERSBURG (AP) — A Hazleton man has been sentenced to more than 2 years in jail for allegedly killing and burning his ex-girlfriend's two dogs.

Jordan Hunt was sentenced Monday after a Pike County jury convicted him in May of felony domestic violence animal cruelty.

WFIE-TV reports Hunt was arrested last September after police say he entered the Evansville home of a woman he had formerly dated and stole, shot and burned her golden doodle and pit bull-lab mix.

Their burned remains were found about 40 miles north of Evansville.

Deputy Prosecutor Sarah Christianson told jurors during Hunt's trial that he intended to hurt his ex-girlfriend after she told him their relationship was over.

Christianson told jurors that, "He knows what her entire world is. It's her two dogs."

District pays $600K to settle counselor sex abuse lawsuits

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Public Schools paid almost $600,000 to settle three lawsuits in a case involving a former school counselor who was accused of having sex with students.

The Indianapolis Star obtained the financial details of the settlements through public records requests. The school board approved them nearly two weeks ago without disclosing the amount.

The lawsuits arose from allegations that former counselor Shana Taylor had sex with two students while working for the district in 2015 and 2016.

Taylor pleaded guilty to three felony counts.

In one case, a male student who said Taylor sexually abused and harassed him sued the district for negligence and other charges. Court records show the district denied the allegations. That case was settled for $95,000.

Ex-Five Finger Death Punch drummer now a police officer

ROCKPORT (AP) — The former drummer of the heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch has a new gig, as a southern Indiana police officer.

Jeremy Spencer was sworn in Sunday with the Rockport Police Department. He grew up near that Ohio River community in the city the Boonville, which he left at 19.

Spencer joined Five Finger Death Punch in 2005. He was the band's drummer until late 2018.

He tells WFIE-TV he's always admired police officers' work, saying, "You just see the impact they have on everyone's life. It's so important."

Spencer's police duties are part-time. He's splitting his time between Rockport and Las Vegas. He says he hasn't retired from the music business.

Loudwire, an online magazine that covers hard rock and heavy metal music, voted him "Best Drummer of 2015."

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