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Day care sued over boy’s death

June 19, 2014

LAPORTE (AP) — A mother is suing the owner of a northern Indiana day care center where her 5-year-old son died after accidentally hanging himself with a jump rope.

The lawsuit filed by Anita Leflore argues that workers at Tricia's Playhouse in Michigan City failed to properly supervise her son and inspect the center's outdoor play area.

The LaPorte County coroner ruled Amareon Williams died June 9 from asphyxiation after getting caught in a jump rope left hanging over an outdoor play fort at the day care about 30 miles west of South Bend.
Leflore tells an area newspaper she still can't understand Amareon's death and wakes up at night crying.

The Associated Press left a telephone message seeking comment at the day care, which has been ordered closed by state officials.

Scattered outages remain from Ind. storms

SOUTH BEND (AP) — Most power outages have been restored around northern and central Indiana after thunderstorms moved across the state with winds topping 60 mph in some places.
Scattered damage was reported from Wednesday’s storms, such as trees falling on houses in the DeKalb County town of Butler and in the Randolph County town of Lynn.

A woman also was hurt when a tree fell on a vehicle she was driving in Osceola, about 10 miles east of South Bend. Major utility companies reported fewer than 2,000 homes and businesses remained without electricity Thursday morning.

4-year-old boy killed when hit by truck

SILVER LAKE (AP) — A 4-year-old boy was killed when he was struck by a flatbed truck when he ran out onto a road in northern Indiana.
Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Chad Hill says Logan Heeter of Claypool was struck on State Road 15 in front of a gas station in Silver Lake, about 40 miles west of Fort Wayne.
A sheriff’s department investigation found that 25-year-old Travis Woodcock of Louisville, Kentucky, was driving a truck southbound when he saw the boy in his path. Woodcock attempted to stop and swerve, but hit the boy.

Hill says the boy was with an adult family member when he darted out into the road for an unknown reason. The accident occurred 1:42 p.m. Wednesday. The boy’s death remains under investigation.

Homeowners get $685,000 in settlement

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana homeowners with mortgages from SunTrust Mortgage Inc. could be getting some money back because of past foreclosure abuses and loan modifications.
Indiana is expected to receive $685,000 as a result of the settlement.
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says it provides direct relief to borrowers.


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