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Officials don't know depth of Terre Haute sinkhole

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) - Officials in Terre Haute don't know how deep a sinkhole under a major downtown street may be, but they intend to find out.

A block of South Seventh Street will be closed beginning Monday so crews can repair the damage. The street could be closed for up to two weeks.

At this point, the sinkhole causes a depression in the street above. But Scott Barbour of the city's engineering department tells the Tribune-Star ( ) that officials don't know how deep the void beneath the street is.

Barbour says an aging sewer beneath the road has allowed soil under the pavement to drop into the pipe, causing the sinkhole.

Officials hope to complete the repairs before a downtown festival scheduled for Aug. 23.


Indiana man sentenced to 13 years in prison attack

NEW CASTLE, Ind. (AP) - An Indiana man charged in the death of a fellow inmate last year in the New Castle Correctional Facility has been sentenced to 13 years in prison.

The Star Press reports ( ) that 22-year-old Taylor Baughn of Evansville was sentenced in Henry Circuit Court on Thursday under the terms of an agreement with prosecutors.

Baughn was originally charged with murder in the death of 37-year-old Jeremiah Taylor in February 2013. But last month Baughn agreed to plead guilty to a reduced charge of aggravated battery.

Authorities say Baughn struck Taylor in the head repeatedly at the bottom of a prison stairwell.

Baughn told a state police detective he had been told Taylor had "snitched" on another inmate.

Baughn said Thursday in court that he hadn't intended to kill Taylor.


Police send report on girl's death to prosecutor

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Lafayette police investigating the death of a toddler have sent their findings to the county prosecutor for review.

Tippecanoe County Prosecutor Pat Harrington confirmed to the Journal & Courier ( ) Thursday that his office had received the report on the death of 14-month-old Skylar Foster.

A coroner says the cause of the child's death was blunt force trauma to the head.

The girl's grandfather, Michael Yocum of Monticello, says Skylar's parents are no longer together and the child had been living with her mother and her boyfriend when she suffered the fatal injury.

Emergency responders called to a home July 21 found the girl wasn't breathing. She was transported to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, where life support was removed the following day.


Ex-officer says he was fired for whistle-blowing

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A former police officer and council member from southeastern Indiana says he was fired for blowing the whistle on public corruption.

Doug Taylor's federal lawsuit accuses Lawrenceburg Mayor Dennis Carr and other city officials of ghost employment, theft of public money and other misconduct. Taylor claims he was fired from his job on the police force for publishing a report exposing wrongdoing by officials.

The mayor and city attorney didn't immediately return phone calls from The Associated Press seeking comment. Questions were referred to the city's marketing director, who did not immediately respond.

The lawsuit says Taylor was a police officer for 22 years before he was fired last September in the Ohio River city near Cincinnati.

A spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office wouldn't confirm any investigation.


Top deputy to head Indianapolis US attorney office

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The top deputy for the federal prosecutor's office for central and southern Indiana is taking over following the resignation of U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett.

The U.S. attorney's office in Indianapolis said Friday that Josh Minkler is now the district's acting leader. Minkler has been the first assistant in the office and its drug unit chief.

Hogsett announced a couple weeks ago that he was stepping down at the end of July after four years in the position. He is joining an Indianapolis law firm and is considered a possible Democratic candidate in next year's Indianapolis mayoral election.

A permanent replacement as U.S. attorney would need to be nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate.


Work starts on bike trail honoring slain soldier

PIMENTO, Ind. (AP) - Organizers are mapping out what they plan as a 16-mile bike trail through a western Indiana county park for a memorial to a soldier killed during the war in Afghanistan.

A bike park designer from California visited the Fowler Park site south of Terre Haute on Thursday with Army Sgt. Dale Griffin's parents and brother to scout out possible mountain bike routes through the park's 300-acre wilderness area.

Blake Griffin tells the Tribune-Star ( ) he and his brother often rode bikes through the wooded area and that he'd be happy with bike park plan.

The full Griffin Bike Park is expected to open in 2016 and cost about $850,000 to build.

Dale Griffin was among seven soldiers killed during a 2009 roadside bomb attack.


Submarine Squadron 6 gets new commander

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A Norfolk-based submarine squadron has a new commanding officer.

Capt. Paul Snodgrass became the commander of Submarine Squadron Six on Friday. He's taking over for Capt. Blake Converse, who will become the chief of staff for Submarine Force Atlantic. Converse had been in the post since 2010.

The change of command ceremony occurred onboard the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Montpelier at Naval Station Norfolk.

Snodgrass will be in charge of seven submarines that are home ported in Norfolk, as well as two being built at Newport News Shipbuilding. His staff is responsible for training the submarines' crews for a variety of operations.

Snodgrass is originally from Seymour, Indiana.

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