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Legislation to allow speed cameras in highway work zones didn’t get a vote in a Senate committee Tuesday. And its future this session is in doubt.

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A Tippecanoe County woman found Wednesday with a reticulated python around her neck died of asphyxiation when the snake strangled her, according to the results of a preliminary autopsy released Friday.

Indiana State Police Sergeant Kim Riley says the house where Laura Hurst, 36, of Battle Ground was found is owned by Benton County Sheriff Don Munson and was specifically designed to hold snakes. Riley says Hurst was alone when she was discovered, though he declined to identify who found her.

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Indiana State Police say a Tippecanoe County woman has died in a Benton County home where some 140 snakes were present.

An autopsy will be performed Friday morning on the body of Battle Ground resident Laura Hurst, 36, whom police say was found with an eight-foot-long reticulated python wrapped around her neck.

State Police say about 20 of the 140 snakes belonged to Hurst, who visited the house – which sits in a residential neighborhood in the small town of Oxford – about twice a week.

Three students in Indiana were hit and killed last year, as they went to board their school bus. 

Indiana Officials Call Meth Emerging Drug Crisis

Aug 9, 2019

Meth – this is the drug the Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse says needs more attention.

The commission met Thursday to discuss the emerging drug, in a shift that comes after years of statewide focus on the opioid epidemic. A recent preliminary Centers for Disease Control report shows promising signs that the opioid epidemic may be slowing.

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UPDATE (3:30 p.m. 4/23):

Indiana State Police say they've received more than 1,000 tips following Monday's press conference. They have also released the following guidelines for public submissions of information to the case:

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Indiana is one of five states without a hate crimes law. After a Carmel synagogue was vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti this summer, the push to pass one was re-energized. But a hate crimes law may not help police or prosecutors.

When police seize illegal drugs, those drugs must be identified and weighed. The Indiana State Police now have an estimated 6,000 case backlog for drug analysis. Testing for cases is delayed by as much as six months, but the state’s forensics director says it’s not a problem – yet.

Indiana State Police Forensic Analysis Director Eric Lawrence says there are more drug cases filed, and new synthetic drugs are added to the list of controlled substances.

“And that in and of itself makes the analysis more complicated and more time consuming,” Lawrence says.

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The St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office today released the review results of nearly 400 untested Sexual Assault Examination Kits or SAEKs. The review comes after an Indiana State Police audit of untested kits in every county in December 2017.


Police Release Sketch Of Delphi Double Homicide Suspect

Jul 17, 2017
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Law enforcement agencies have released new information about the double homicide investigation following the murders of two Delphi girls.

The Carroll County Sheriff's Department, FBI, Delphi Police Department and the Indiana State Police believe the man depicted in the composite sketch is connected to the murders.

The suspect is described as a white male between 5'6" to 5'10", weighing 180 to 220 pounds and with reddish brown hair.