News From Terre Haute, Indiana

State News

April 23, 2013

DOC hopes ‘cold case’ cards lead to solved cases

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana state prison officials are using customized playing cards for a deadly serious purpose: To help unlock the mysteries of unsolved murders and persons gone missing.

On Tuesday, the Indiana Department of Correction released the third edition of the “Indiana Cold Case Homicides Playing Cards” – a deck of cards that profile 52 unsolved cases that have gone cold for lack of evidence or leads.

None of the cases portrayed in the deck are from Madison County, but nearby counties Delaware, Hamilton and Grant are represented.

The “cold case” cards have a targeted audience. The 10,000 decks printed with each edition are only available for purchase by inmates in the state’s 25 prison facilities.

Doug Garrison, the DOC spokesman, said putting the cards in the hands of offenders make sense. “With cold cases, you want to put the names and faces of victims in the hands of  anyone who might have a reason to know something about the case, and that includes offenders.”

The playing card project is done in partnership with the Indiana State Police and law enforcement from around the state who help the DOC decide who to profile on the cards.

Each card includes a photo of the victim and brief information about where they were last seen.

Among the youngest victims included in the current edition is Blake Discus of Johnson County, who, at age 10, was found stabbed to death with his mother in their Franklin County home. One of the oldest victims on a card: Eva Hale of Greene County, who disappeared in September 1996 from a cemetery after visiting her brother’s grave. She was 79.

One the oldest cases in this year’s edition is that of Pamela Milam, a 19-year-old college student found in the trunk of her car near the Indiana State University campus in Terre Haute in on Sept. 16, 1972.

It may seem like an insensitive way to solve a crime, but Garrison said the families of the victims on the cards have been supportive and grateful that their loved ones haven’t been forgotten.

“These cases have gone unsolved for so long, it feels like end of the road. But as long as law enforcement continues to pay attention to these victims, then there’s hope.”

The first edition of the cold-case cards came out in 2008. They’ve yet to result in a solved case, Garrison said. But they have generated some valuable leads, he said.

The hope is that the information on the cards will jar an inmate’s memory about a case or provide a clue that, when combined with other information, would provide the break investigators need to solve the case, Garrison said.

The cards aren’t for public sale, but the images of each card can be found online at the Department of Correction website; the link is www.in.gov/idoc/2826.htm

The DOC is also asking anyone who has information about any case in the deck, or any other cold case, to contact the Indiana Indiana State Police Hotline at 1 (800) 453-4756.

Maureen Hayden covers the Statehouse for the CNHI newspapers in Indiana. She can be reached at maureen.hayden@indianamediagroup.com

 

 

 

 

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
State News
  • Study finds Indiana residents paying more in taxes

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A national study says Indiana residents have been paying a growing percentage of their income on state and local taxes.

    April 14, 2014

  • Judge: Indiana must recognize gay couple’s marriage

    EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that the state must recognize a gay couple’s out-of-state marriage before one of the women, who has cancer, dies.

    April 10, 2014

  • State school board members say teacher ratings unfair

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Some Indiana State Board of Education officials say teacher evaluation results that show only 2 percent of educators need improvement are unfair to students and parents.

    April 9, 2014

  • Bennett campaigning ethics hearing further delayed

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A hearing on charges that former Indiana state schools superintendent Tony Bennett used state resources in his failed 2012 re-election bid has been pushed back until August.

    April 7, 2014

  • Groups hope to revive outer beltway

    FRANKLIN, Ind. (AP) — A group of central Indiana manufacturers and warehousing companies is pushing to revive a proposal for a highway that would link the region’s major interstates and communities.

    April 7, 2014

  • Indiana seed commissioner seeks federal hemp OK

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana’s seed commissioner has asked the federal government for permission to allow Hoosier farmers to begin growing industrial hemp under new state regulations.

    April 4, 2014

  • Company fined $50K in Indiana State Fair collapse

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The owner of parts of a stage that collapsed during a powerful storm at the Indiana State Fair in 2011, an accident that killed seven people, will pay a $50,000 fine for safety violations, the state said today.

    March 31, 2014

  • Indiana court to hear former regulator’s case

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Attorneys from the Indiana attorney general’s office will try to persuade the state appeals court to reinstate criminal misconduct charges against the state’s former top utility regulator.

    March 31, 2014

  • Ethics panel could meet soon on Indiana lawmaker

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana House Ethics Committee could meet soon to determine whether a top Republican lawmaker erred in lobbying for his family’s nursing home business.

    March 26, 2014

  • Indiana withdrawing from Common Core standards

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana today became the first state to withdraw from the Common Core math and reading standards that outline what students should be learning, capitalizing on a conservative backlash but leaving some critics wondering whether the state is leaving the program in name only.

    March 24, 2014

  • Court gives Duke Energy go-ahead for rate increase

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Court of Appeals has given Duke Energy the green light to raise electricity rates to pay for its $3.5 billion Edwardsport coal-gasification power plant.

    March 19, 2014

  • Indiana unemployment rate drops to 6.4 percent

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s unemployment rate has dropped to 6.4 percent, continuing its big decline over the past year.

    March 17, 2014

  • 2 new suits target Indiana’s gay marriage ban

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two new federal lawsuits are taking aim at Indiana’s same-sex marriage ban, boosting to four the number of legal challenges to the law filed in a week.

    March 14, 2014

  • Pence signs military relief fund changes into law

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Mike Pence has signed into law a measure allowing more of Indiana’s veterans and their families access to a fund that helps them pay for food, housing and other expenses.

    March 13, 2014

  • New lawsuit challenges Indiana gay marriage ban

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriages faces a new challenge in a lawsuit filed by a national gay rights group.

    March 13, 2014

  • Nature trust expands Owen-Putnam State Forest

    POLAND, Ind. (AP) — State officials say funding from the Bicentennial Nature Trust has helped the Indiana Department of Natural Resources expand a central Indiana state forest by 84 acres.

    March 7, 2014

  • Indiana court says child welfare agency went too far

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Supreme Court says the state’s child welfare agency went too far when it took custody of a woman’s five children when she had trouble making ends meet during one child’s medical crisis.

    February 13, 2014

  • Indiana schools get options for making up snow days

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana schools won’t get a free pass for the mounting number of days lost to weather cancellations this winter.

    February 13, 2014

  • Consumers asked to weigh in on proposed water rate hike

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A state agency is inviting consumers to voice their opinions on a rate increase requested by the Indiana American Water Company.

    February 12, 2014

  • 37 flu-related deaths in Indiana

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials say at least seven more people have died in Indiana from flu-related illnesses as this year’s strains are hitting some young and middle-aged adults harder than usual.

    February 7, 2014

  • Schools could be allowed option on makeup days

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The state school superintendent says school districts could make up some snow days by having longer school days or having online instruction on a Saturday.

    February 7, 2014

  • State AG offers help to Hoosiers facing critical propane shortage

    INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced today, Feb. 5, that his office will assist consumers who face critically low propane levels and experience supplier issues - especially as temperatures continue to drop.

    February 5, 2014

  • Indiana plans $75M push to demolish abandoned homes

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana officials plan to use a $75 million federal grant to demolish thousands of blighted houses in the state.

    February 3, 2014

  • Pence asks Hoosiers to check for extra propane

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Mike Pence is asking farmers and others to return any unused propane to their suppliers as the state struggles through an ongoing shortage.

    January 29, 2014

  • Indiana sees number of flu deaths jump to 11

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials say the number of Indiana influenza deaths this season has jumped to 11, up from three reported a week ago.

    January 17, 2014

  • nws-gb011714 Land Zeppelin 2 (front page pic) Inventor hopes Bike Zeppelin takes off GREENSBURG - A local civil engineer has created a Zeppelin-shaped apparatus that allows bicyclists to ride in the rain without getting wet. Greensburg resident Jim Gorman remembers the day that inspiration struck: Nov. 22, 2011. It rained all day, an

    January 17, 2014 3 Photos

  • Text of Gov. Pence’s 2nd State of the State speech

    INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 14) — Speaker Bosma, President Pro Tem Long, Lt. Governor Ellspermann, Senator Lanane, Representative Pelath, distinguished members of the General Assembly and Judiciary, honored guests, my fellow Hoosiers.
    Thank you for that warm welcome. After last week, warm is my favorite word! I want to thank all of you in this room and your families for your service to the people of Indiana in this historic place.

    January 15, 2014

  • Pence looks to sell lawmakers on 2014 agenda

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is heading into his second State of the State address with a broad agenda and friendly Republican majorities in the audience of lawmakers he’ll be addressing.

    January 14, 2014

  • Indiana senator retiring after cancer diagnosis

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A longtime Republican state senator will not seek re-election after being diagnosed with lung cancer.

    January 9, 2014

  • State health officials announce 3 influenza deaths

    INDIANAPOLIS — State health officials today reported the first influenza deaths of the 2013-14 flu season. Influenza is now widespread across Indiana, said State Health Commissioner William VanNess.

    January 3, 2014

Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station New York Auto Show Highlights Latest in Car Tech Raw: Easter Morning Delivery for Space Station Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes New York Auto Show Highlights Latest in Car Tech Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Popular Science Honors Year's Top Inventions Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Small Reactors Could Be Future of Nuclear Energy Raw: Obamas Attend Easter Service Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite
NDN Video
Jabari Parker's Top 5 Plays From Duke Career Kourtney Kardashian Is a Bikini Babe More Manpower Than Ever Expected At 4/20 Rally Debunk'd: Miley Cyrus AIDS, Cheeseburgers Cause Cancer, Military Warning Bill Previewing the NBA playoffs Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite My name is Cocaine Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Lohan Gets Candid About Her Sex List The 2014 New York Auto Show Meet Johnny Manziel's New Girlfriend Chelsea Clinton Announces Pregnancy Funny: Celebrating Easter with Martha Stewart and Friends Man Accuses 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him As a Teenager Man hit with $525 federal fine after he doesn't pay for soda refill Lea Michele & Naya Rivera Feuding? Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft Singing Nun Belts Out Cyndi Lauper New West, Texas Explosion Video Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity