INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The family of a 30-year-old Indiana man who died after police repeatedly used a stun gun on him has filed a lawsuit asserting that his constitutional rights were violated in an unprovoked "brutal and deadly assault." The lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis contends that Charles "Charlie" Todero had done nothing to warrant being shocked 16 times by a Greenwood police officer last May. Todero died two weeks later following numerous heart attacks.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The head of one Indiana's top concert venues says it's stepping up security measures following a suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, that killed 22 people. Pacers Sports & Entertainment President Rick Fuson issued a statement Tuesday saying Bankers Life Fieldhouse immediately upgraded security standards visible to the public and behind the scenes.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - More than 200 students are graduating with associate degrees earned on an accelerated timeline, thanks to a program for at-risk high school students at Ivy Tech Community College. Associate degrees typically take two years. But the "Associate Accelerated Program" helps the students earn their degrees in just one year. The effort targets students facing life or family issues that could otherwise prevent them from completing a degree.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana officials are urging homeowners and landscapers to stop planting ornamental pear trees because they are an invasive species that's crowding out native trees. The state Department of Natural Resources says that the trees, commonly known as Bradford pears, may be a popular landscaping tree in the state but they're also a nuisance that can spread. The DNR suggests planting native tree species instead.
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