A Terre Haute man arrested in connection with the break in at the Haubstadt Antique Mall in late December. Surveillance video from the store at the corner of state road 68 and US 41 showed a man breaking the glass in the front door with his truck December 29th, then stepping in and taking items before leaving. 48 year old Michael Edward Holdridge was arrested last Thursday after sheriff's deputies received several tips as to the identity of the man seen in the video. He'll be transferred from Vigo to Gibson County to face charges of Burglary, Driving While Suspended, and Criminal Mischief. The owner of the antique mall said that what was taken during the crime amounted to about $40, but the damage done to the front door was nearly $4,000.
The Senate may take up a bill to scrap Indiana schools‘ state-mandated tests. Republicans Luke Kenley of Noblesville and Ryan Mishler of Bremen have proposed junking the Core 40 end-of-course assessments entirely, and replacing ISTEP with something shorter, cheaper, and easier to grade. President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) says students and teachers are frustrated with how much time is spent either taking tests or getting ready for them. And he says he‘s still hearing complaints from schools in his district about problems with McGraw-Hill‘s administration of the test. Computer crashes disrupted testing in several schools last year. The bill calls for replacing ISTEP with a "nationally recognized" test after next school year. Long says a national test would be adapted to reflect Indiana‘s curriculum standards. The bill also includes a version of Governor Pence‘s call for "innovation network" schools which would enjoy regulatory freedom similar to the rules governing charter schools. Legislators gave the Indianapolis Public Schools that flexibility last year. Long says he doesn‘t know if the votes are there to replace ISTEP, but says it‘s time to discuss the issue.
The week ahead in sports will see a busy night Tuesday in basketball, as the Gibson Southern's boys travel to Mount Camel and Wood Memorial girl's host Northeast Dubois. Then Wednesday the 2nd half of conference play begins for Wabash Valley College, as both men's and women's teams travel to Southeastern for a doubleheader. Princeton's Lady Tigers host Jasper Thursday night, as there's just three games left in regular season play.
One more indication that a Sunday alcohol sales bill will at least move forward at the statehouse. Earlier this week the chairman of the House committee where such a bill had previously fallen short filed the bill approving alcohol sales on Sunday, and now leaders in the Indiana Senate say they won't stand in the way if it gets that far. Bills to allow Sunday sales have never made it to the Senate floor, and even then it's no guarantee as senators on both sides could be dead set against it. Indiana remains the only state in the country that bans the retail sale of alcohol on Sunday.
Tax return season is here, and the Indiana Department of Revenue is ready to make sure Hoosier taxpayers are informed about getting their returns in. Officials say taxpayers with individual income tax questions can call the department at 317-232-2240, and if you run into trouble - they advise to look for the three most common tax filing errors: math errors, forgotten attachments when mailing in the forms - and claiming more deductions and credits that you're entitled to. The Department of Revenue is also watching for fraudulent returns and say you can take steps to protect your identity by safely storing your tax return documents, shredding ones you don't need, filing taxes electronically and watching out for scams - like phone calls from them or the IRS.