The Washington Times-Herald

July 20, 2013

State Briefs


The Washington Times-Herald

---- — Shelter recognized for preserving plant

BLOOMINGTON (AP) — A Bloomington group that helps domestic violence victims has won an award for turning a dilapidated former Coca-Cola bottling plant into a shelter space for women who have been abused but do not have children.

Middle Way House Executive Director Toby Strout tells The Herald-Times she was surprised to receive the Chairman’s Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation from the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation during a conference in Washington, D.C., on Thursday because she had applied for it two years ago.

The building has solar panels, a rooftop garden and a commercial kitchen. Strout says the garden produced about 120 pounds of produce last growing season.

The building also includes the nonprofit’s headquarters and services for victims of domestic violence.

The plant was built in 1924.

2 found in burning Ind. house were shot

FORT WAYNE (AP) — Officials say two people whose bodies were found inside a burning house in Fort Wayne had been shot to death.

The Journal Gazette reports the Allen County Coroner’s Office announced the results of autopsies on Friday.

Fort Wayne firefighters found the bodies inside the house about seven minutes after they responded to a call about 9 a.m. Thursday.

Authorities identified the victims as 40-year-old Terry Lee Lagrone and 19-year-old Desiree Sheets.

Their deaths have been ruled homicides, bringing the total this year in Allen County to 26.

Pilot injured when small plane crashes

HUNTINGBURG (AP) — A small plane has crashed near a municipal airport in southwestern Indiana, injuring the pilot.

The Herald of Jasper reports the crash happened about 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Huntingburg Conservation Club about a mile east of the municipal airport. WFIE-TV reports the plane is a crop duster and that a medical helicopter was called to the crash scene near the Dubois County city about 40 miles northeast of Evansville.

Indiana State Police say the pilot was the only person on board, and his condition is unknown.

The impact left the plane’s cockpit area separated from the tail section and the wing’s mangled as it came to a stop near a tree line.

The crash will be investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Filmmaker gives proceeds to cinema

FORT WAYNE (AP) — A Fort Wayne filmmaker who runs a one-man production company is screening his first feature film “Aftermath” as a fundraiser for a not-for-profit film society in his hometown.

Robert Thompson tells The Journal Gazette that he and other local production companies would be in trouble if it weren’t for the Cinema Center. All proceeds will benefit the theater’s ongoing digital projector fund.

The cinema received two matching grants in June totaling $25,000. It is seeking to buy a $50,000 digital projector by the end of this year.

Cinema Center Executive Director Jonah Crismore says the society exists to help people like Thompson.

Thompson says “Aftermath” will be shown at Cinema Center on Sunday and has been accepted into the 2013 Fright Night Film Festival next week in Louisville, Ky.