Indiana police tap treated water to fight theft
Written by CHARLES D. WILSON, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 21:21
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A northwestern Indiana police department on Tuesday became one of the first law enforcement agencies in the country to distribute a theft-deterring chemical that leaves DNA-like "signatures" on property and those who attempt to steal it.

Makers of SmartWater CSI say the product makes it easy to track stolen items and link thieves to crimes they've committed. Although it has seldom been used in the United States beyond Florida, company officials say it's been used in Europe for several years.

"I call it virtual DNA. It specifically ties that item or items to that individual owner. It's that specific," said Porter County Sheriff David Lain, who began distributing SmartWater through a local senior advocacy group Tuesday.

When treated with SmartWater, stolen valuables can be returned to their proper owner, its makers and supporters say. The chemical can be applied to items by owners or can be sprayed in a fine mist to mark burglars who try to enter property. It's invisible until placed under black light.

Gay marriage supporters form Indiana coalition
Written by TOM LoBIANCO, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 21:19
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gay marriage supporters in Indiana said Tuesday they are forming a coalition to build support for their cause following high-profile fights over the issue at the Statehouse and in the courts.

Hoosiers Unite for Marriage is planning to launch Wednesday. Group director Kyle Megrath said it's "a natural progression from all the momentum" related to the proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage in the state.

"The objectives are really to increase Hoosier support for the freedom to marry," Megrath said.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana will be part of the coalition along with Liberty Indiana and the national group Freedom to Marry.

State school board member resigns
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 07:52
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A state Board of Education member appointed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich is resigning from the 19-member panel.
The Columbus Dispatch reports 70-year-old Darryl Mehaffie resigned Monday and said in an email that he doesn’t have time to serve on the board.
State Supreme Court sides with JobsOhio (updated)
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 09:28
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s high court denied legal standing Tuesday to opponents of the private job-creation agency created by Ohio Gov. John Kasich, ending a legal fight that has dogged JobsOhio since its inception in 2011.
In a 5-2 decision, the Ohio Supreme Court said ProgressOhio, two Democratic state lawmakers and their allies failed to prove they had a stake in the case, siding with lower courts.
“If and when an injured party seeks to challenge JobsOhio, we may entertain such a case,” Justice Judith French wrote for the majority. “But those parties are not before us today.”
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 09:56
Teen faces sentencing for attempting to kill parents in fire
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 07:46
HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A 17-year-old honor student faces sentencing on charges that he tried to kill his parents by tying their bedroom doors shut and setting their suburban southwest Ohio home on fire.
The teen pleaded guilty last week to attempted murder and arson counts in the fire last October in the northern Cincinnati suburb of Liberty Township.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 07:49
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