Author Archives: Susan Bentley

Before you hire a baby-sitter, check this new online registry of child abusers

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Indianapolis Star


Marisa Kwiatkowski

Indiana has launched a registry that includes the names of people convicted of child abuse or neglect. Legislators passed Senate Enrolled Act 357, also known as Kirk’s Law, last year after the death of 19-month-old Kirk Coleman, who prosecutors say died in the care of a provider with a previous record of child abuse. Read more: 10 […]

IU student Hannah Wilson’s killer appeals conviction

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Indianapolis Star


Madeline Buckley

A man convicted of beating to death an Indiana University student in 2015 is asking for a new trial, arguing that the judge should not have allowed prosecutors to speculate about the murder weapon. A jury in August convicted Daniel Messel, 52, of murder and being an habitual offender in the April 24, 2015, death of […]

Muncie man walks free after rape conviction set aside

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Indianapolis Star


Douglas Walker

MUNCIE, Ind. – For the first time in nearly a quarter-century, William E. Barnhouse on Wednesday walked outside, into the sunshine, a free man. Delaware Circuit Court 2 Judge Kimberly Dowling granted a joint motion – by local prosecutors and attorneys with the Innocence Project – to set aside Barnhouse’s 1992 convictions for rape and […]

Hendricks County Probation Officers Bust Several Sex Offenders

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Fox 59 News


Alexis McAdams

HENDRICKS COUNTY – The Hendricks County probation department is cracking down on their clients and keeping a close eye on high-risk offenders. The team has already found multiple violations that sent two clients back to jail. FOX59 went along with the field team as they busted another sex offender for a violation. “There is going […]

Wolf Blitzer Blames Indiana for Chicago Gun Crime

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Alex Jones

Prison » Wolf Blitzer Blames Indiana for Chicago Gun Crime During the January 2 airing of The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer on CNN, Blitzer brought up Chicago’s near-800 homicides during 2016 and blamed the deaths on Indiana gun laws. Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA-49) was the guest, and Blitzer looked at him and said, “There were […]

Senator sets 5 year goal to combat drug epidemic

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Fox 59 News


Aishe Hasnie

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – From heroin to prescription pain pills, Hoosiers are dying from drug overdoses at an alarming rate and now the Governor’s Drug Task Force report is out with steps to fight back. The Task Force spent a year researching the deadly epidemic and put together 17 recommendations to tackle enforcement, treatment, and prevention. […]

IU Researcher Awarded Funding to Evaluate Criminal Justice Program

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IU Bloomington News Room


IU researcher awarded funding to evaluate criminal justice program: IU Bloomington Newsroom: Indiana University Bloomington   BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The U.S. Justice Department has awarded Indiana University criminal justice faculty member Natalie Hipple a $790,000 grant to evaluate the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation program, a federal initiative that seeks to reduce crime and improve community […]