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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 1:00 am

Indiana

State finds errors, extra $21 million

Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS – Many county and city governments around Indiana will receive a share of about $21.6 million in local income tax money that the state has collected but never distributed.

A letter sent last week to local governments explained that two problems created the need for a one-time special payment.

One issue was caused by a bar code imaging problem where the processing system didn't recognize the county of residence on some tax returns. The other stemmed from individuals who pay their tax bills late without filing income tax returns, which resulted in processing troubles.

Killer of family loses final appeal

A northwest Indiana man sentenced to death for killing his wife and two teenage stepchildren in 2007 has lost his latest attempt at an appeal.

Lake County Judge Samuel Cappas and Magistrate Natalie Bokota determined in a ruling issued Friday that Kevin Isom of Gary failed to establish he had ineffective counsel at his murder trial or during the appeals process.

Couple charged in boy's gun death

A northwest Indiana couple is charged with neglect after a young boy they were babysitting found a gun in a bedroom and fatally shot himself.

The Post-Tribune reports 24-year-old Rachel Lynn Griffin and 29-year-old Brett A. Beatty of Crown Point were charged Tuesday in Lake Superior Court with neglect of a dependent resulting in death and neglect of a dependent.

Four-year-old Eric Cole of Wheatfield died Aug. 5 after he found a handgun in a case under a bed in a bedroom at the couple's home.