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Indiana Man Ordered to Pay $1.86 Million in Child Support

After 25 years, an Indiana family finally has some closure on the mysterious disappearance of one of its members.


Richard Hoagland vanished in 1993, leaving behind two young sons and a wife. Police found his car in an airport parking lot, but airline records showed no signs of Hoagland on any of their flights.


The state of Indiana declared him dead in 2003, and his wife remarried.


To everyone’s shock, Hoagland was recently discovered alive and well and living in Florida under an assumed name. After leaving Indiana, Hoagland rented an apartment from an elderly man who’d lost his son. Hoagland took the deceased son’s death certificate and used it to obtain a birth certificate. He used that, in turn, to procure a driver’s license. Using the new identity, he bought property and even remarried and had a child.


The nephew of the deceased man discovered the ruse while searching He spotted his uncle’s name, but he knew that his uncle had passed away. He alerted the authorities, who confronted Hoagland. The whole story came out. He claimed that he left Indiana to get away from his wife.


He eventually served two years in a federal prison for his crimes.


Now that he’s back in Indiana, his ex-wife has sued him for child support. A judge awarded her and the sons he abanded $1.86 million. Unfortunately, all of Hoagland’s current assets are tied up — he and his wife in Florida are going through a divorce.

The Greatest Spectacle in Racing – The Indy 500

The greatest spectacle in racing, known in most households as the Indianapolis 500, is an annual event that has been taking place at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway for over a century. This remarkable facility welcomes race fans from across the world to witness the nation’s most talented drivers take to the track to try and win a two hundred lap race that averages at speeds over two-hundred miles per hour.


The race is filled with high speeds, hard crashes, pit strategy, aggressive tactics, and drafting, and each element plays a crucial role in whether the race goes well or poorly. With over thirty drivers entering the event each year, it could be considered a wild card style event, where one lucky drivers masters all the elements on that particular day to win the event. It takes extreme focus, teamwork, and driving skills to win this extremely famous car race, and a little bit of luck can’t hurt either.


Every driver wants to lift the trophy in the victory circle at the end of the race, a traditional that has existed in auto racing for many decades. Every year, the characteristics of the event shine down on the drivers that have to fight against each other on the race track, and only the best drivers will ever have the opportunity to take the checkered flag and celebrate an Indy 500 race victory.

SF Motors to open electric car plant in Mishakawa

Mishakawa is like many other rust downs with a decaying economy and a population eager for any news of increased manufacturing activity in their locale. The small town near South Bend, the home of Notre Dame University, is about to get its request. An electric car startup company has announced it plans to move into an old factory and retool it.


The new may be more welcome in Detroit, Michigan and similar areas, whose automotive workers have reeled from the decline of the American automotive industry in the area. SF Motors, a Silicon-based startup and possible rival of Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors announced its plans to move into the area at the end of May, according to the Associated Press.


SF Motors may not have to do as much retooling of the plant as it may seems. Mercedes-Benz previously owned the facility. Out-of-work autoworkers still living in the town and nearby communities are happy to see jobs in the automotive industry to return. Governor Holcomb joined representatives of the company for a press conference where SF Motors announced the opening of the new facility.


Indiana politicians offered $3.8 million in tax breaks to the company and offered $500,000 in worker training. Last year, Indiana passed legislation that allowed adults to go back to school to receive technical certificates. The state plans to increase programs that increase vocational training as part of rebuilding its workforce.

Indiana Wildlife Groups Band Together To Save Lake Sturgeon

A rare, prehistoric-looking fish that inhabits just a single stream in Indiana is in danger of going extinct, but local wildlife activists want to step-up efforts to save the fish.


This species of lake sturgeon is found only in the east branch of Indiana’s White River. It is the last known population of this freshwater river swimmer that reproduces naturally in the entire Ohio River basin. The Ohio River basin comprises a vast area that reaches into six states.


The lake sturgeon has the look of an ancient species, and indeed, has survived millions of years of evolution and vast changes to the Ohio River basin environment — much of which has been radically altered by man-made engineering projects and farming.


The lake sturgeon has some amazing attributes, such as a lifespan known to be as long as 100 years. It can to grow eight feet in length. They are a protected species in Indiana and no recreational fishing of the lake sturgeon is allowed here. The fish is listed as endangered in Indiana by the Center for Biological Diversity.


Several groups are teaming up to help the fish survive in Indiana waters. That includes the Indiana Wildlife Federation, the Sierra Club chapter of Indiana and the Hoosier Environmental Council.


Lake sturgeon were valued by American pioneers and Native Americans as a delicious food source and also for their eggs, which produces a rich caviar. But over-fishing and aggressive farming has reduced the numbers of lake sturgeon to near-extinction.

Will Power Earns His First Indianapolis 500 Victory on Memorial Day

Will Power experienced one of the greatest feelings in all of auto racing, as he crossed the finish line at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway to win the 102nd Indianapolis 500 race. He managed to hold off several competitive drivers, including the early race favorite, Ed Carpenter, who led a majority of the laps in the early stages of the event.


As the laps ticked by, and even after a late race restart, Will Power managed to retrieve the lead and take the checkered flag at this remarkable and famous race, a race that he thought he would never win. Will Power considers himself a veteran of the Indy Car series, but this is a crown jewel event, and these events are much harder to win, compared to an average race on the schedule.


Will Power drives for Penske Racing, and team owner Roger Penske congratulated his driver on the in-car radio in the moments after the race concluded. Another thing that might go unnoticed about this particular Indianapolis 500 is the fact that it was raced on Memorial Day, a day to remember the brave men and women who have fought for the freedoms of America. Will Power did not forget to acknowledge that as he celebrated his remarkable win in the victory circle.


The race was filled with excitement, lead changes, and crashes. The race also featured the final race of Danica Patrick, who spun out and hit the wall in a hard crash on lap 68 of the event. The crash would end her race and her career, as she had previously announced that this would be her final competitive race in Indy Car, and she had already previously retired from NASCAR.


At the end of the day, there is only one winner, and for this particular Indianapolis 500, the winner became Will Power, who will hold this cherished honor for the next year before the best drivers in the world come back and do it all over again.

Pie Shop Owners Is Hero In Indiana for Saving Pie Festival

The fast action of an enterprising pie shop owner in central Indiana has saved his town’s annual Strawberry Festival.


The Strawberry Festival has been a local favorite in Kokomo, Indiana, for years. This summer’s event is set to kick off on June 1. But disaster loomed after a California supplier informed Strawberry Festival organizers that they would not be able to deliver two tons of the delicious red fruit due to bad weather.


That’s when Greg Lucas sprang into action. He is the owner of the popular Moore’s Pie Shop on Kokomo’s Elm Street. He searched the nation for another seller who could supply 4,000 pounds of strawberries. He struck pay dirt when a Michigan vendor told him: “No problem — except we can’t provide delivery.”


That didn’t stop Greg Lucas, a man who for 13 years has made sure that the Kokomo Strawberry Festival is always packed with strawberries. He rented a truck and hit the road. He made the several-hundred mile trip north to Michigan and returned with two tons of frozen berries. Volunteers from a local U.S. Army recruiting station and kokomo’s Parks and Recreation department helped him unload the fruit.


Kokomo’s Downtown Association Manager Susan Alexander said Mr. Lucas’ swift action, “saved the day and the festival.”


At last year’s festival the good folks of Kokomo polished off more than 7,000 servings of strawberry short cake along with a variety of other berry-licious treats. The Strawberry Festival draws people from many part of Indiana and has become a cherished summer tradition here.

Thanks To Newly Formed Child Welfare Committee, Indiana Kids May Just Survive After All

It’s not easy to be child growing up in the 2010’s, not by a long shot. An increasingly volatile economy has left the futures of children across the great state of Indiana facing an uncertain future, prompting lawmakers in the Midwestern state to form a newly-minted committee centered around the welfare of the youth. The powers that be behind the committee are hoping to dissect and remedy the systemic causes that create challenges for youth development in the state.


Lawmakers in the state of Indiana have compiled a list of over 50 topics to delve into over the course of the committee’s inaugural meeting, including the possible creation of a hate crimes law and the possibility of a medical marijuana program. The most pressing of these issues, however, centers around updates and upgrades to a relatively archaic system that has to do with child support payment disbursement. The current operating system, while reliant on computers, has become outdated in this rapidly shifting world of technological advancements. Brian Bosma, a house speaker for the increasingly beleaguered GOP, summed up the mass of issues with a simple statement:


“We need to understand the impact on our state including the existing gaming industry and be prepared for discussion next session”


The steps involved with welfare improvement are numerous, reminding us that the optimization and upkeep of society is not a quest with a foreseeable end.

Report Details Climate Change Effects For Indiana

Climate change is a problem that most of the nations in the world are attempting to address. As the temperature around the world continues to rise, state and local governments are trying to asses what the impact of climate change will be upon their areas. A report has just been issued from Purdue University that gives some idea of how climate change might work itself out in Indiana.


The Indiana Climate Change Impact Assessment states that the average temperature in the state of Indiana has risen by 1.2 degrees Fahrenheit over the last 100 years. If the temperature continues to rise, the scientists who prepared the assessment believe that it will have an impact on the state’s forests.


With a longer growing season and warmer temperatures, the state’s forests may flourish and have more intense growth. The silver maple and the sycamore trees would benefit most from rising temperatures. However, the American basswood and the white pine might actually be damaged by too much warmth.


Scientists warn that any gains for the forests have to be measured against the fact that an increase in temperatures would also cause an increase in the insect levels in the state. These insects could invade trees causing considerable damage.


Flooding and more intense storms are also a concern. The state is already experiencing more flooding than in past years, and this flooding can be expected to continue and intensify as temperatures in the state continue to soar.

Mike Braun Wins Republican Nomination In Indiana

Mike Braun was recently announced as the winner of the Republican nomination in Indiana, he’ll now move on to face off against Senator Joe Donnelly (D) in November. Braun is a businessman and his win stands to prove that maybe President Trump has not been able to satisfy the desire for political outsiders to take over.


Braun both founded and served as the CEO for Meyer Distributing and also owns Meyer Logistics. His business background allowed him to offer employment to thousands of Americans across the country as his companies do serve all 50 states with locations in 38 of them. While Braun has a lengthy and impressive business history, he also has some political experience under his belt. He has served on both his local schoolboard and the state legislature. One of his biggest talking points during his campaign was that he believes the state needs his Hoosier know-how, not another career politician.


Braun faced off against two worthy opponents, Representative Luke Messer and Representative Todd Rokita, both of whom have made a career out of politics. All three of the men pledged to support and uphold the agenda President Trump has laid out, which was a logical move considering President Trump won Indian in 2016 by 19 percentage points. Braun had an extra ace up his sleeve that likely helped him edge out the competition, while he followed President Trump’s popular agenda that took Indiana, Braun also played on the fact that he and President Trump have similar business careers, and both are looking to make some changes and “drain the swamp”.


Now that Braun has won the Republican nomination, he’ll move on to the next round and face off against Donnelly who is a Democrat finishing his first term. Donnelly holds a moderate reputation, and is thought to be one of the most vulnerable people in the Senate who is running for re-election in 2018. Time will tell who will win as these men face off, they have a few months to campaign and work towards their goal before voters head to the polls in November. For more information and details, click here.

Indiana Snakes Suddenly At Risk As Fungal Disease Gains Prominence

In the state of Indiana, most snakes would admit that they don’t have many worries in their day to day lives. Indiana is a balanced, mid-level predator-friendly sort of terrain, and the average legless reptilian is granted safe passage through the prairies and woodlands of this Midwest state. However, the times of idyllic existence in relative peace may be coming to an end for Indiana snakes in the wake of a particularly nasty fungal disease.


Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources has released a rather troubling statement recently, delivering sobering news to reptile enthusiasts everywhere. According to a team of researchers from the University of Illinois, 10 counties in Indiana have procured sample specimens of snakes that tested positive for fungal diseases. Among the affected species named are the milk snake, racer snake, queen snake and northern water snake. Symptoms of this fungal blight include lesions of the scales and intestines, facial swelling and outright death. In one study, 13 of 53 snakes tested positive for this fungal affliction.


Perhaps one of the only upsides to this veritable plague upon reptiles is that disease is not transferable to humans. While this disease is not an immediate threat to humans, it doesn’t bode particularly well for humanity in the long run. Snakes are an irreplaceable part of the ecosystem, as they are predators that keep possible pests such as insects and rodents in check. We need snakes, without a doubt.