NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) - A lawsuit claims billionaire hardware king John Menard pressured the wife of a business partner for sex and retaliated with firings and lawsuits when she refused. Menard denies the claims of Tomisue Hilbert, whose husband Steve was fired as CEO of the Indianapolis-based equity funds that the Hilberts and Menard founded in 2005.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Former St. Joseph County Democratic chairman Butch Morgan faces a year in prison. A judge in South Bend today sentenced Morgan for his role in a scheme to forge signatures onto petitions placing Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on Indiana's 2008 presidential primary ballot.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A woman who was once the country's youngest death-row inmate has been released from an Indiana prison. Paula Cooper was sentenced to death at age 16 and is now 43. Cooper was 15 when she took part in the torture and killing of a 78-year-old bible studies teacher, Ruth Pelke, during a robbery in Gary. Cooper's death sentence enraged human rights activists and drew a plea for clemency from Pope John Paul II.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Prosecutors in St. Joseph County are dropping child neglect charges against Jacqueline Wilk. The woman from New Carlisle was put on trial twice after her young sons locked themselves in the trunk of her car and died. But jurors were unable to reach a verdict either time.
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