Tuesday, June 18 2013 8:30 AM EDT2013-06-18 12:30:38 GMT
It happened around 2:30 this morning at the kangaroo express on south kentucky. You can see a heavy police presence at the scene. Officers say a white male in his late 20's, early 30's walked into theMore >>
Officers say the suspect walked into the gas station, implied he a weapon and demanded cash.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 10:05 PM EDT2013-06-19 02:05:39 GMT
Researchers have identified 45 genetic genetic variants in overweight newborns that are known to occur in obese adults and hope their findings could someday help combat the global obesity epidemic. "AllowingMore >>
Researchers have identified 45 genetic genetic variants in overweight newborns that are known to occur in obese adults and hope their findings could someday help combat the global obesity epidemic.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 9:21 PM EDT2013-06-19 01:21:05 GMT
Monday night's accident in on Interstate 64 in Gibson County claimed the life of a young girl and injured several of her family members. Fort Branch General Baptist Church Pastor Steve Akins has beenMore >>
The family's pastor has been at the hospital with the family since the accident Monday night. He tells 14 News the physical scars left by this accident are only the beginning of a long, very traumatic recovery.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 9:15 PM EDT2013-06-19 01:15:30 GMT
Even though the school year just wrapped up, the Vanderburgh County Health Department is encouraging parents to get their children vaccinated for next school year. Director of Communicable Disease ControlMore >>
Even though the school year just wrapped up, the Vanderburgh County Health Department is encouraging parents to get their children vaccinated for next school year.More >>
WARRICK CO., IN (WFIE) -
A Warrick County judge could soon decide whether to throw out some of the now 42 felony charges against former Boonville middle school teacher, Andrew Emmons.
Emmons is accused of secretly recording co-workers, family members, and 16 teenage girls inside a middle school locker room.
Emmons' attorney has filed a motion to dismiss, accusing the prosecutor of making mistakes in filing the charges.
On Tuesday for the very first time, Warrick County Prosecutor Joann Krantz is speaking out about those mistakes, her job, and why it took so long to charge Emmons in the first place.
Krantz's mistake may or may not have any effect on the outcome of Emmons' case, still, attorneys in Warrick County say they're concerned about how she handles cases, especially when it comes to filing charges.
"There was a lot of video. There was people to talk to about it," Krantz said.
On September 13, 2012, Andrew Emmons was arrested after a camera was allegedly found inside a shampoo bottle in a Boonville Middle School faculty restroom.
A probable cause affidavit states Emmons was forthcoming, confessing to police, and telling them he had more footage, including secret recordings of 13 and 14 year old girls changing inside a school locker room.
Soon after, Emmons was released from jail on bond, but his bond was returned, the initial charges dropped.
Four and half months later more charges and another arrest for Emmons.
When asked what took so long to bring the charges in the first place, Krantz said, "Well, there was a very detailed investigation by Indiana State Police. They obtained evidence from the defendant's home and it needed to be evaluated."
14 News asked, "In this case, you brought charges as soon as you possibly thought you could?"
Krantz responded with, "Absolutely. Absolutely."
Indiana State Police say it's not unusual to for an investigation to take that long, but families of the young victims tell 14 News they were left in the dark while Emmons remained free.
"What about our kids? They were innocent. They have to live with this for the rest of their life," a parent said.
"We just want some answers. I feel like the prosecutor and everyone is keeping us in the dark," a Boonville mom said.
"Our prosecutor, our system is failed. It is failed," Mark Philips said. Phillips is a Warrick County public defender and former deputy prosecutor in Warrick County.
"This prosecutor's office is spending more money and forcing the county to spend more money in the trials that we try, the expenses that the county incurs, more than ever before," Philips said.
According to county council minutes, the council gave an additional $10,000 in June and then another $10,000 in October to pay the county's public defenders.
An employee telling the council, they've had a lot of jury trials and their accounts were 'depleted.'
"In this triangle of operation, court, prosecutor, defense, two of the three are doing their job and the other isn't," Philips said.
A charge the prosecutor vehemently denies.
"That's not true. There's no evidence to support that. I've heard that and defense attorneys will say that. I've heard that said up in court," Krantz said.
14 News asked Krantz, "Do you ever file charges that you don't think you can prove?
She said, "No. No."
Emmons is expected back in court next month, more than five months after his initial arrest.
In a bond hearing earlier this month, Emmons' attorney Anthony Long told the court charges prepared by Krantz herself weren't correct.
A technical error, Krantz says she overlooked.
"It's an oversight on proofreading, I mean, I missed it. I work with those charges for quite a while and it was proofreading and it's on my plate," Krantz said.
According to court records, Krantz has filed amended charges, plus 16 additional felony counts.
In response, Defense Attorney Anthony Long says he has filed another motion to dismiss.
Tuesday, June 18 2013 3:35 PM EDT2013-06-18 19:35:01 GMT
SAND CREEK TOWNSHIP, IN (WAVE) – A 12-year-old Jennings County boy was accidentally shot in the head by his 16-year-old brother late Monday night while handling firearms in their home, according to theMore >>
Investigators said the 16-year-old had been handling a .22 caliber rifle when it discharged while the rest of the family was asleep.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:44 PM EDT2013-06-18 16:44:56 GMT
SHELBYVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A teenage girl found dead in a Shelby County creek Monday morning has been identified.Deputy coroner Jeff Ivers said Jackleen Lane, 15, of Bagdad, KY drowned. She was last seenMore >>
How Jackleen Lane, 15, ended up in the creek has not been determined.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 8:37 PM EDT2013-06-19 00:37:46 GMT
Closing arguments were heard Tuesday morning in the case of State v Jeffrey Weisheit. Weisheit is accused of setting the fire that killed Alyssa and Caleb Lynch in their home two years ago. He is chargedMore >>
Closing arguments were heard Tuesday morning in the case of State v Jeffrey Weisheit. Weisheit is accused of setting the fire that killed Alyssa and Caleb Lynch in their home two years ago. More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 2:03 PM EDT2013-06-18 18:03:35 GMT
An Owensboro, Ky., man was indicted and arrested on June 17, charged with six counts of mail fraud in connection with defrauding more than $200,000 from an elderly Daviess Co., Ky., couple and allegedlyMore >>
An Owensboro man has been arrested and charged with six counts of mail fraud in connection with defrauding more than $200,000 from an elderly Daviess County couple.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 8:25 PM EDT2013-06-19 00:25:03 GMT
Four people have charged for holding a mother and her child captive for years. Jordie Callahan, Jessica Hunt, Daniel J. Brown and a fourth person are accused of engaging in human trafficking. AccordingMore >>
Four people have been arrested for holding a mother and her child captive for years in Ashland.
According to the charges, the suspects used beatings, threats of death and threats of attacks from pit bulls and large snakes to hold a woman and her child against their will for two years.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 11:55 PM EDT2013-06-18 03:55:55 GMT
LINCOLN COUNTY, KY (WAVE) - A 92-year-old woman was allegedly beaten and sexually assaulted in her own home in Stanford. Neighbor Mabel Releford explained the woman had family over Friday night and momentsMore >>
Police said even though she was battered and bruised the 92-year-old victim managed to call 911, but she is going to have a long road to recovery.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 6:39 PM EDT2013-06-17 22:39:20 GMT
A lawsuit claims billionaire hardware kingpin John Menard pressured the wife of a business partner to have sex with Menard and his wife and retaliated with firings and lawsuits when she turned him down. Menard'sMore >>
Menard's attorney says Menard categorically denies the claims by Tomisue Hilbert.More >>
Scientists say a wooden beam extending from the floor of northern Lake Michigan appears to have been there for centuries, an important finding as they try to determine whether it's part of the Griffin, the...More >>
A wooden beam embedded at the bottom of northern Lake Michigan appears to have been there for centuries, underwater archaeologists announced Tuesday, a crucial finding as crews dig toward what they hope is the carcass of a...More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 9:23 AM EDT2013-06-18 13:23:30 GMT
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her. Jayden Sink raised nearly $200 on Friday while she sold lemonadeMore >>
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her.More >>
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