Two siblings die from Indiana fire injuries; six total
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 24 February 2014 07:00

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two young children died Sunday from injuries they sustained in a house fire that killed two of their siblings and their parents, an Indianapolis Fire Department spokeswoman said.

Miranda Guerra, 14, and her 6-year-old brother, Fuentes, were pronounced dead Sunday afternoon at Riley Hospital for Children, Capt. Rita Reith said.

The extended family was working with the hospital for possible organ procurement, Reith said.

"We believe this to be the largest single loss of life for a family due to fire in the IFD service district," Reith said.

The two children had been considered in "extreme critical" condition following the fire, which happened Saturday morning on Indianapolis' east side.

Incentive OK;d for movie filming in SW Michigan
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Sunday, 23 February 2014 07:04

NEW BUFFALO, Mich. (AP) — A movie filming in southwestern Michigan has been approved for a state incentive.

The Michigan Film Office says "The Middle Distance" is being awarded $39,000 on $145,000 of projected in-state expenditures.

The movie is set to film this month in New Buffalo, Three Oaks and Grand Beach. It's to feature local diners and landscapes.

"The Middle Distance" director Patrick Underwood says the community support for the film "has been overwhelming."

In the movie, Neil Mercer travels back home to the Midwest for the first time in years to help sell his estranged parents' cottage. He later finds himself marooned with his brother's fiancee.

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Ohio village turns to new traffic fine system
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Sunday, 23 February 2014 06:57

BRICE, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio village that lost a major part of its revenue stream when the state abolished mayor's courts for some small villages has a new system for collecting money from traffic fines.

The village of Brice in Franklin County has installed a "civil-violations system," in which fines are meant to be paid directly to the village, The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1jozB84 ) reports. The newspaper reports that police in the village of 114 residents have written more than 1,000 traffic citations, some for as much as $1,500 under the new system.

Citations have been issued for violations including speeding, suspended licenses and illegal window tints.

But drivers and others are questioning the system adopted a few months after state lawmakers stripped Brice and six other Ohio villages mostly supported by traffic tickets of their mayor's courts. The courts were banned in villages with fewer than 201 residents.

Last Updated on Sunday, 23 February 2014 07:01
Ohio awards $1M in grants to rape crisis centers
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Sunday, 23 February 2014 07:01

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's attorney general has awarded $1 million in new grant funding to 25 rape crisis centers across the state.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says 23 agencies will each receive a grant of more than $36,000 to help survivors of sexual assault.

A statement from DeWine says the grants mark the first use of Ohio's new Rape Crisis Program Trust Fund. He says the agencies meet the services defined by Ohio's core standards for rape crisis programs.

Some agencies receiving the grants include Women Helping Women in Cincinnati, the YWCA of Northwest Ohio in Toledo and the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center.

DeWine says a statewide training grant of $95,000 was awarded to the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence. The agency in Cleveland is a federally recognized statewide sexual assault coalition.

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Four dead, two critical after Indianapolis house fire
Written by RICK CALLAHAN, Associated Press   
Sunday, 23 February 2014 06:41

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A fire swept through a small home in Indianapolis on Saturday morning, killing a couple and two of their children and leaving two surviving siblings in "very critical" condition, a fire official said.

The home is adjacent to a busy Interstate 70 overpass, and a motorist on that highway reported the fire about 9:10 a.m., Capt. Rita Reith said. Subsequent 911 calls led crews to the home's exact location in an east side neighborhood.

Firefighters found the parents and their four children — ages 14, 11, 8 and 6 — unconscious inside the small bungalow-style home and brought them outside, starting efforts to resuscitate them on the lawn, Reith said.

"They knew they had victims inside the house, but they were not expecting six," she said.

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