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Semi Rear-Ends SUV Resulting in Interstate 65 Crash

Five people were injured in a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 65 about two miles north of the Indiana 46 exit.  According to Indiana State Police reports, a trooper was making a traffic stop on the northbound shoulder at about 4:20 p.m. near the 70 mile marker.  A car, SUV and tractor-trailer merged into the left lane to yield to the trooper. The semi, driven by Padlo Mariusz, 44, of Arlington Heights, Ill. struck the rear of the SUV which was being driven by Kelly C. Bowers, 49, of Edinburgh.  According to police reports, the SUV rolled, ejectin two of the passengers before...

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Regulations for Distracted Truck Drivers

A distracted driver is always dangerous on the road, but that is especially true when the person is driving a large and heavy vehicle, such as an over-the-road truck and trailer. These types of vehicles, because of their large size, are inherently dangerous machines to operate, both for the driver and for those on the road with the vehicle. One of the most common distractions these days for all drivers is talking on a cell phone, or even texting while driving. Statistics show that distracted driving can cause injuries, and even fatalities, either for the person distracted, or for someone else...

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Starr Austen & Miller Investigates Facebook IPO And Potential Securities Fraud

Mario Massillamany  announced today that the firm is investigating the recent Facebook IPO and any possible securities fraud that occurred before, during and/or after the process. Mario Massillamany said “If someone acquired or purchased shares of Facebook common stock (FB) during the Facebook IPO on May 18, 2012, or soon thereafter, we advise they contact a securities fraud attorney to help determine their rights to recovery.” According to the Wall Street Journal, the $16 billion IPO stock’s initial public offering on May 18th was at $38 per share. Before the IPO occurred on May 9th, during the investor roadshow, Facebook filed...

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Arson Charges Dismissed Against Grissom Airmen Benjiman Durr

Mark Fryman Jr. of the Logansport law firm of Starr, Austen & Miller, LLP, is pleased to announce today that the arson charges against his clients, Air Force Staff Sergeant Benjiman Durr and his wife, Wendy Durr have been dismissed by Cass County Prosecutor Kevin Enyeart in the State of Indiana v. Wendy Durr, Cause No. 09D02-1201-FC-000004 and State of Indiana v. Benjiman Durr, Cause No. 09D02-1201-FC-00003. Air Force Staff Sergeant Benjiman Durr worked as a Security Officer at Grissom Air Force Base in Peru, Indiana and was a member of the Honor Guard.  The mission of the U.S. Air Force...

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Serious truck safety violations found in northwest Indiana survey

A six-year study by Indiana State Police inspectors of truck traffic through northwestern Indiana Lake and Porter counties found that one in four heavy trucks had serious safety violations, most notably faulty brakes and driver fatigue. An article in The Northwest Indiana Times of Jan. 8, 2012, noted that such violations were serious enough to remove trucks from service and risked the lives of both travelers and truck drivers. Much of the data was collected through random checks at truck weigh stations from 2003 to 2008 and “only scratch the surface of the safety problem,” said Scott Fleming, supervisor of the...

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Excavator pins and kills construction worker David Anderson at work site

INDIANAPOLIS — An excavator weighing an estimated 20 tons backed into and killed a construction worker at 9:30 a.m. Monday morning while placing concrete barriers in a construction zone at I-465 and Allisonville Road. David Anderson, 33, of Brownsburg, Ind., was one of two workers assisting the excavator driver in placing the barriers when the excavator backed into him and pinned him against a barrier. Anderson died at the scene. "It was just an unfortunate accident," said Ray Poole of the Indiana State Police. No criminal charges are expected, but the Indiana State Police will be reconstructing the accident. No weather or...

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How is the Internet used to defraud investors?

Internet sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Linked-In and the like have become prime sources for finding and sharing information for investors, who can research stocks, check out financial advisors and brokers, get the latest investor news, develop investment strategy or communicate with other investors and advisors. However, the Internet has also become a useful tool for investment fraud, with online perpetrators becoming increasingly good at looking like a legitimate presence with fraudulent websites, email and other communications. Some examples: Unsolicited offers — check that chat! Social media sites, including chat rooms and bulletin boards, are key places for fraudsters to find victims....

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William M. Harrison of West Lafayette Dies in Construction Accident in Shadeland, Indiana

A 911 phone call from a lot near 300 South and Henry Street in Shadeland came into the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Department shortly before 9:28 a.m. Wednesday morning, stating that a concrete mixer had rolled into a pool.  According to Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Department Lieutenant Ron Faith, construction crews were trying to fill a dug out pool with concrete when the earth embankment caved in and the truck overturned into the pool.  William M. Harrison, of West Lafayette was in the pool and was trapped under the truck when it rolled on top of him.  Mr. Harrison was pronounced dead...

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Marla L. Fry of Valparaiso Killed when Semi Runs Red Light

A 2009 Freightliner owned by Old Dominion of Thomasville, North Carolina, pulling double trailers was westbound on U.S. 30 early Tuesday afternoon, in the right lane when the driver, Roberto Sanchez, 52 of Charlotte, North Carolina, started coughing.  Sanchez's co-driver was asleep in the sleeper berth of the semi.  According to reports, Sanchez began coughing uncontrollably and while he realized the light for westbound traffic had turned red, he was unable to stop, hitting a SUV traveling south on 600 West, driven by Marla L. Fry, 43, of Valparaiso, Indiana. According to the Indiana State Police, the impact caused both vehicles...

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Starr Austen & Miller appointed in Keenan Hauke Ponzi Scheme

[youtube_sc url= rel=0 fs=1 autohide=1 modestbranding=1] LOGANSPORT, Ind. —Mario Massillamany of the Indiana law firm of Starr, Austen & Miller, LLP, has announced the firm’s selection as attorneys for the Receiver in the case of a prominent Indiana money manager, Keenan R. Hauke, who late last year plead guilty to a large Ponzi scheme. The court in Hamilton County Superior Court 4 in Indiana has approved Starr Austen & Miller’s to initiate litigation to “recover additional funds for the Receivership estate” in the case “State of Indiana et al., v. Keenan R. Hauke, et al.,” under cause number 29D04-1104-PL-003478. The court-appointed Receiver...

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