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Indiana

Wabash College names president

An economist from a California college will take over in July as president of Wabash College in western Indiana.

Officials announced Saturday that Gregory D. Hess has been elected the 16th president of the private, all-male liberal arts college in Crawfordsville.

Hess is currently faculty dean and vice president of Academic Affairs at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, Calif. He will succeed Patrick E. White, who announced his resignation last May.

Hess is an economics professor and oversees academics, curriculum, athletics and other areas at Claremont.

Trusses collapse during demolition

No one was injured when 16 connected steel trusses collapsed during demolition of Evansville’s Roberts Stadium.

City-County Building Authority Director David Rector told the Evansville Courier & Press the trusses had been expected to come down one-by-one Friday, but the structure collapsed all at once.

Rector says workers were torching through the sixth individual beam when the collapse occurred. He says the demolition remains on budget and on schedule. Officials in the Ohio River city say the razing and land refill could be complete by early May.

Former treasurer gets 5 months

The former East Chicago public schools treasurer has been sentenced to five months in prison after pleading guilty to accepting a bribe.

The Times of Munster and the Post-Tribune of Merrillville report Francisco Ramirez, 51, said during a federal court hearing Friday in Hammond that he knew that taking the $5,000 bribe was wrong but he was influenced by an air of entitlement in East Chicago.

Ramirez was previously convicted for awarding a school contract in exchange for free home repairs. Ramirez resigned as school district treasurer on March 8, the day before he was charged.

Ramirez must also repay $4,108 to the School City of East Chicago.

Tenant pleads guilty to stabbing landlady

A Shelbyville man has pleaded guilty in the stabbing death of his 74-year-old landlady, but maintains he was not the one who killed her.

Under the plea agreement accepted by a judge Friday, 36-year-old William Goode would face 60 years in prison for felony murder in the January 2012 slaying of Genevieve Kelly.

Prosecutors say Goode killed Kelly during a burglary at her home in the city 25 miles southeast of Indianapolis. Goode admits only that he was there when Kelly was slain, but claims he did not kill her. He says the killer also stabbed him in the leg.

Police found bloody clothes, a knife and items owned by Kelly under Goode’s bed. Goode will be sentenced Feb. 22.

Ohio

Birders worry about new wind turbines

PORT CLINTON, Ohio – A plan to build a wind turbine along Lake Erie near a well-known spot for migrating birds is worrying environmentalists.

Conservationists say wind turbines are a threat to the birds and the thousands of tourists who come to the area east of Toledo every spring to see the migration.

The News-Herald newspaper in Port Clinton reports that one and possibly two wind turbines are planned in Ottawa County.

Mark Shieldcastle is research director for the Black Swamp Bird Observatory. He calls the area one of the best for migratory birds in the nation.

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