Fuel tanker catches fire on South Bend bypass

September 4, 2018

SOUTH BEND : A fuel tanker caught fire on the U.S. 31/20 bypass in South Bend, sending flames high into the pre-dawn sky and damaging the pavement.

Police say residents were evacuated from nearby homes after the fire started about 4:30 a.m. Monday on the city’s far west side near South Bend International Airport. They were able to return a few hours later. No injuries to the trucker or others were reported.

South Bend Fire Capt. Nick Tekler says the driver pulled onto the highway’s shoulder after seeing the brakes and tire were on fire. The flames spread to the tanker carrying about 8,500 gallons of gasoline.

Officials say the pavement was damaged by the heat and the southbound lanes could be closed for a few days for repairs.

3 killed after car plunges 100 feet

Authorities say three adults were killed and two children injured when a car went off a road and plunged into a ravine in rural central Indiana.

The crash happened Sunday night near the Morgan County town of Paragon, about 30 miles southwest of Indianapolis.

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department says the car missed the turn at a T-intersection, falling an estimated 100 feet before coming to a stop against trees.

Paragon Fire Chief William Davis says two boys, ages 8 and 4, were hurt. They were flown by helicopter to an Indianapolis hospital for treatment.

IU Southeast gets federal grant

Indiana University Southeast has won a $300,000 federal grant to help combat sexual violence on the New Albany campus.

The school was among dozens of college campuses around the nation to receive a combined $18 million in funding last week through the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women.

University spokesman Chuck Carney says IU Southeast was the only IU campus to apply for the grant money.

Enrollment dips at Indiana State

Indiana State University’s student enrollment is down 5 percent from last year’s record level.

University officials say 13,045 students enrolled for this fall’s semester on the Terre Haute campus. That’s a drop from last year’s fall total of 13,771 and its lowest enrollment since 2013.

The school has seen its enrollment generally grow since falling to about 10,500 students a decade ago. Much of this year’s decrease stems from a nearly 11 percent decline in freshman enrollment.

Teen gets 30 days for gun in school

An Ohio teen who brought a gun to school this year for what he said was self-protection has been sentenced to 30 days in jail.

Codsh’e Berger, 18, of Lorain pleaded guilty in July to carrying concealed weapons and illegal conveyance or possession of a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance in a school safety zone.

Lorain County Common Pleas Court Judge Chris Cook on Friday sentenced Berger to 12 months on each count, but told Berger he would grant judicial release after 30 days.

Defense attorney Robert Forestall said Berger has no criminal record and had brought the gun to Lorain High School in May for protection. Cook said the teen could have accomplished that without bringing a gun to school.

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