County could boost military monument's restoration

BLOOMINGTON (AP) — Monroe County could soon be kicking in money toward restoring a 35-foot-tall limestone military memorial on the courthouse grounds.

The memorial built in 1928 outside the Monroe County Courthouse in downtown Bloomington has become badly pitted and worn away.

County veterans' service officer Mary Elftman tells The Herald-Times that fundraising has stalled, with about $10,000 donated toward the estimated $208,000 restoration project. Elftman says it is fabulous that the county commissioners plan including the restoration in a $5 million bond issue for several projects.

The monument is named for Civil War Capt. William M. Alexander of Bloomington but has an inscription that reads "To the soldiers of all wars." It has four panels commemorating the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I and the Mexican War.

Newborn girl safely left at baby box

HAMMOND (AP) — The founder and CEO of Safe Haven Baby Boxes says an infant has been safely left at a new baby box in northwestern Indiana.

Monica Kelsey says a baby girl was left Friday in the baby box at Hammond's Franciscan Health Hospital. The padded, climate-controlled box there opened Aug. 7.

Kelsey says hospital staff was notified as soon as the box's outside door was opened and retrieved the newborn within 90 seconds. The child has since been released from the hospital to the custody of the Indiana Department of Child Services

Kelsey says the baby's mother has contacted her organization and isn't from the Hammond area.

The baby box program allows a mother to relinquish her newborn anonymously, without fear of prosecution. Two have been surrendered in nearby Michigan City.

Explosion rocks Fort Wayne business, no injuries reported

FORT WAYNE (AP) — A high-pressure water tank has exploded inside a northeastern Indiana business, blowing a large hole in the business' roof but causing no injuries.

Firefighters were called to Biodyne USA, a biochemical supplier, about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday after employees at a neighboring business on Fort Wayne's south side noticed debris on their lawn.

Allen County Fire District Chief Don Patnoude tells WANE-TV that a high-pressure water tank inside Biodyne USA exploded, blowing off a portion of the roof and crumpling a garage door on the building. The blast also sent debris toward an adjacent business.

Officials say no one was inside the building at the time of the explosion, no one was hurt and the building never caught fire.

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