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State briefs

School sex misconduct trial changed to city

– The trial of two LaPorte school officials accused of failing to report suspected sexual misconduct by a former assistant girls volleyball coach will be heard in Fort Wayne.

The LaPorte County Herald-Argus reports Judge Jennifer Koethe approved the motion for the change of venue by LaPorte Community Schools athletic director Ed Gilliland and former volleyball coach Marybeth Lebo.

Zoeller adds voice to pleas to keep prayer

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has joined 22 other attorneys general around the nation in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling prohibiting prayer at the beginning of government meetings.

A brief written by the staffs at the Indiana and Texas attorneys general offices asks the high court to issue a ruling to provide clarity on whether the practice is legal, noting that various federal appeals courts have reached conflicting conclusions.

Murder count filed in 5-year-old’s death

Prosecutors filed a murder charge Monday against a Muncie woman in connection with the beating death of her 5-year-old Haitian cousin.

An affidavit filed with the charge against 30-year-old Charlene Tabb said she directly participated in the June 22 death of Marie Pierre. Authorities have said the girl was repeatedly beaten in the weeks before she died.

$40,000 looted from 96-year-old woman

Police say a Muncie woman faces preliminary theft charges after she allegedly used her 96-year-old grandmother’s credit card to make more nearly $40,000 in unauthorized purchases.

Tiffany D. Green, 35, was arrested last week on three preliminary counts of theft. The Star Press reports that court documents say Green, who had been the primary caregiver for her grandmother, bought shoes, clothing, gift cards, fireworks and other items to trade for morphine pills.

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