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 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 >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 9:03 PM EDT2013-06-19 01:03:24 GMT
Monday night's storms slammed the Good Shepherd's Summer Social, destroying almost all of the booths. But church members worked through the day on Tuesday to get the event up and running again. TheMore >>
Monday night's storms slammed the Good Shepherd's Summer Social, destroying almost all of the booths. But church members worked through the day on Tuesday to get the event up and running again.
A shocking development in a decade-old case: A shooting, once thought to be accidental, is now being called murder. The woman being held responsible may have forced a child to do her bidding, according to the county prosecutor.
Judith Hawkey was in court Tuesday in Defiance County, on charges she orchestrated her husband's killing back in 2003.
The Defiance County Prosecuting Attorney Morris Murray told WTOL 11 these new charges came about because they uncovered new evidence. Although specific details about the nature of the new evidence were not released, prosecutors say it led to Hawkey's arrest.
The victim in this case is Hawkey's former husband, Robert Breininger, who was found dead from a single gunshot wound to the head back on Nov. 3, 2003. On that day, Defiance County Sheriff's deputies and emergency personnel responded to the home on the report of an alleged accidental shooting involving a then 10-year-old boy, Breininger's son.
According to the Defiance County Sheriff's Office, who is investigating the case, the day they got the call, deputies found Breininger in a bedroom of the couple's home in Mark Center with a single gunshot wound to the head. A coroner pronounced him dead at the scene.
"It was claimed at that time, that it was an accident shooting involving a young boy, and that's the way the matter was left," Prosecutor Murray tells WTOL 11.
The death was originally ruled accidental, but further investigation led to Hawkey's grand jury indictment in March 2013 at her first appearance in front of a judge.
"The information on what caused the investigation to be reopened as a homicide is not something I can comment on publicly," says Murray.
Now, Hawkey is facing six charges, including felony aggravated murder. Hawkey is also charged with four counts of endangering children, one of which is a second-degree felony.
Authorities allege that over a three to four-year period, Hawkey tortured and abused a child. The child was between ages 7 and 10 years during the alleged abuse.
Prosecutors tell WTOL 11 Hawkey is the only one facing charges in this case; no charges will be brought against the child.
Hawkey also faces charges for insurance fraud, in connection with an application for life insurance, which she collected after Breininger's death.
An investigation into Breininger's death is ongoing.
Hawkey is currently being held at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio on a $3 million bond. A pretrial hearing is set for April 1.
The Defiance County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information to call 419-784-1155, or contact the FBI, Crimes Against Children Task Force at 419-243-6122.
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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