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School district on alert due to measles outbreak

(Indianapolis)  —  Indianapolis Public Schools officials are reviewing vaccination records of all of  its students following the measles outbreak in Hamilton County.  IPS Department of Nursing and Health Services director Rae Wallis says her office has found more than 100 students who are behind by at least one measles shot.  This week Noblesville school officials banned any unvaccinated students from attending classes and evening activities in their district after two students came down with measles. Thirteen confirmed measles cases so far have been recorded in central Indiana.

Board accepts coach’s resignation 

(Martinsville)  —  The Martinsville School Board has accepted the resignation of a high school basketball coach charged with indecent exposure. Tim Wolf, 56, was arrested last Sunday after police found him partially nude in a parked car in Eagle Creek Park with a 17-year-old girl in the passenger seat.  The Martinsville School Board voted unanimously to accept Wolf’s resignation saying he would not be eligible for paid leave, but can still receive a pension.  That move did not sit well with some Martinsville parents who demanded that Wolf be fired. The Indiana State Police are conducting their own investigation. Wolf had been a teacher and coach at Martinsville High School for 25 years. 

Coach accused of choking students

(Lawrence)  —  An instructional assistant who also worked as a football coach has been fired from his job on accusations of choking an 18-year-old Lawrence Central High School student.  An investigation has been conducted; so far no arrests have been made. The alleged victim told Fox 59 News that he and two other students were called to meet with Desmoin Cooksey before school began last Friday. According to the victim, the coach stated he wanted to discuss a rumor he believed the teens had been spreading about him and a female student. The alleged victim says he denied starting the rumor but  says Cooksey made comments about wanting to “make an example out of one of them.”  The victim went on to say that Cooksey then came from behind him and placed him in a headlock. The mother of one of the victims took her son to a doctor where it was reported the blood vessels in one of her son’s eyes had burst due to the choking.  Lawrence Township officials issued a statement saying “the situation was immediately investigated by Lawrence Central by administrators and public safety authorities, the administration took swift and just action and the administrative assistant was put on leave pending further investigation of the incident. The results of the investigation confirmed the allegations and the instructional assistant was immediately terminated from employment. It is the priority of the Lawrence Township schools to ensure the safety and security of all students.”

Tea Party challenges senator’s residency

(Indianapolis)  —  About 30 Tea Party supporters of U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock appeared at Governor Mitch Daniels office yesterday demanding an investigation over the actual residency of incumbent Republican Senator Richard Lugar.  Lugar has become the target of questions recently over the address listed on voting documents. Lugar currently lists his voting address at an Indianapolis home he sold in the 1970s.

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