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Indiana man arrested after DNA match made via a new state law

Prosecutors in Indiana often rely in part on DNA evidence when making their case against those charged with a crime. A law enacted earlier this year makes it easier for prosecutors to obtain DNA evidence. This has led to over 70 DNA matches, including one recent one involving the theft of a trailer.

Can motorists in Indiana refuse to submit to a breath test?

Being pulled over by the police while you are driving can be intimidating for anyone. Most people do not want to get ticketed -- or worse, arrested -- if they believe they have done nothing wrong. This is especially true when it comes to allegations of drunk driving offenses, particularly since the consequences of such charges are so severe.

An overview of Indiana's "Lifeline Law"

There are some instances when a person in Indiana becomes intoxicated, but then finds themselves in a situation in which either another person is facing a medical emergency, in which they have witnessed a possible crime or in which they are the victim of a sex crime. In these situations, the intoxicated person may want to call the police, but they may be afraid that, because they are intoxicated, they may be charged with a certain alcohol offense if they call for help.

Woman arrested after threatening neighbors

What may have started as a dispute between neighbors in Indianapolis led to the arrest of a 67-year-old woman. Among other things, the woman is accused of striking one of her neighbors with a 'No Trespassing' sign the neighbor had posted in her yard. The woman denies striking her neighbor with the sign. However, she did allegedly admit to pulling the sign up and tossing it down. She faces charges of criminal mischief, trespassing and, perhaps most seriously, battery.

IMPD arrests three murder suspects in unrelated crimes

Indianapolis is often cited for the frequency of violent crimes that occur in the city. The crimes include murder, assault, rape and robbery. Indianapolis is currently rated as the 10th most dangerous city in the country. Law enforcement authorities in Indianapolis recently made a dent in those numbers by arresting three murder suspects on the same day.

Prosecutor declines to charge woman in boy's killing

Many criminal cases proceed from the initial incident to the arrest of the suspect to the posting of criminal charges. In some cases, however, the county attorney's office will decide that it does not have sufficient evidence to establish probable cause for the arrest and the suspect will be released. For example, in a recent murder case, the Marion County Attorney's Office decided to release the prime suspect.

Arrest ends crime streak of 8 robberies in 7 days

Sports fans are accustomed to following streaks -- base hits in a row, consecutive 3-point baskets, completed passes and the like. Crime streaks do not usually generate the same popular attention, but they nevertheless generate headlines. A recent streak of robberies in Indianapolis was ended with the arrest of a suspect, but the numbers are impressive.

Straw purchasers accused of buying guns that killed two officers

The lawful purchase of a gun in Indiana requires the buyer to provide personal and financial information to the seller. The law is intended to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. Unfortunately, a number of guns have been purchased by persons who provided the required information, but then gave or sold the gun to persons who used the weapon to commit a crime. Indianapolis prosecutors recently revealed that two such guns were used in the unrelated murders of two police officers.

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