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Nolan Brewer, a 20-year-old man from Cloverdale, Indiana, has been arrested and charged for the Nazi graffiti found at a Carmel synagogue in July.

A co-conspirator was also arrested, and remains in custody. U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler says the investigation is ongoing and gave no details about the co-conspirator, but he says the person is a juvenile.

Minkler says local and federal investigators received numerous tips about the crime, which led them to Brewer.

Gov. Eric Holcomb pledged to work next session to ensure a hate crimes bill passes after vandals defaced a Carmel synagogue with anti-Semitic graffiti. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Religious conservative groups that oppose hate crimes laws in Indiana say Gov. Eric Holcomb’s support for the measure won’t matter.

Holcomb Announces Support For Hate Crimes Bill

Jul 30, 2018
Gov. Eric Holcomb says he'll work to find consensus on hate crimes legislation. (Zach Herndon/WTIU)
Lauren Chapman

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Monday he’ll support hate crimes legislation in the 2019 session.

The move comes after vandals defaced a Carmel synagogue with anti-Semitic graffiti.

Controversial Issues Dominate 2018 Study Committees

May 15, 2018
House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says he's not sure hate crimes need to be studied further. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana lawmakers will consider a number of controversial issues in study committees this year – including hate crimes and the Department of Child Services.

Indiana Senate Democrats Unveil 2018 Agenda

Nov 16, 2017

Indiana Senate Democrats’ agenda for the upcoming legislative session is a retread of many past agendas: expanded voter access measures, a proposed minimum wage increase, and a push for a bias crimes law.

Anti-Discrimination Groups Launch Hate Crimes Database

Aug 17, 2017

Anti-hate groups from across central Indiana want to better track hate crimes in the state. The groups met at a conference Thursday to launch a hate crimes database.

Central Indiana Alliance Against Hate executive director Amy Nelson says the group launched a hate crimes database because anti-discrimination organizations worry hate crimes are underreported in the state.

An Indiana hate crimes law may become reality next year after House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) endorsed the idea in the wake of white supremacist violence in Virginia last weekend.

Gov. Eric Holcomb called the events in Charlottesville – in which a woman was killed when a car allegedly driven by a white supremacist protester plowed into a crowd of counter protesters – “sickening.”

The legislative focus of this year’s session wasn’t a mystery. Lawmakers already spent more than a year debating road funding. And so it wasn’t a surprise when Gov. Eric Holcomb told the General Assembly this in the first weeks of session.

“I will work with you to establish a plan that invests in the new projects for the future that ensures Indiana will remain The Crossroads of America,” Holcomb said.

But it was not the only big goal – or debate – this session.

Groups Press For Revival Of Bias Crimes Legislation

Mar 15, 2017

A coalition of groups is pressuring Indiana lawmakers to revive legislation that would allow judges to impose tougher sentences for crimes motivated by factors such as a person’s race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity. 

Hate Crimes Bill Dies On Senate Floor Without Vote

Feb 27, 2017

Indiana is one of five states without a hate crimes law. That will continue for at least another year.

Monday morning, Indianapolis’ Jewish Community Center was evacuated after a bomb threat, making Indiana one of 11 states to experience such threats at Jewish centers in the last 24 hours.

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