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BMV offices to be closed Saturday

Bureau of Motor Vehicle license branches throughout Indiana will be closed Saturday for maintenance on the state’s computer system.

The website also will not be available to customers Saturday after 6 a.m.

License branches will resume normal hours of operation next week. Full-service license branches are open Tuesday to Saturday and other locations have different days of operation.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says the computer maintenance project also will prevent the sale of state hunting and fishing licenses Saturday.

FiancÚ accused of setting fatal fire

The mother of two children who died when their home in a Louisville, Ky., suburb burned says her fiancé told her by phone that he had put the kids to bed when prosecutors say he was actually binding them and setting the fatal fire.

WFIE-TV reported Lisa Lynch testified Monday on the first day of Jeffrey Weisheit’s trial in Jeffersonville. The 37-year-old’s trial was moved from Evansville to Jeffersonville because of extensive media coverage.

The bodies of 8-year-old Alyssa Lynch and 5-year-old Caleb Lynch were found inside the home Weisheit shared with Lynch.

Lynch was at work when fire started in April 2010.

Weisheit could face the death penalty if convicted on murder and arson charges.

Part of South Bend building collapses

A portion of a two-story brick building has collapsed near downtown South Bend.

Part of a wall and the roof collapsed early Monday, prompting police to restrict traffic on a section of Lincoln Way just west of the downtown area.

The building’s street-level storefronts were boarded up, and no injuries were immediately reported. WSBT-TV reported the building owner says the part of the structure that collapsed should have been vacant. Emergency crews, however, weren’t immediately able to enter the building because they weren’t certain of its safety.

Professors donate retreat to land trust

Two retired Purdue University professors have donated a 64-acre retreat in western Indiana to the Central Indiana Land Trust to protect it from development and allow the public to enjoy it.

The families of Harry Potter and Ray Rymph purchased the retreat called Turtle Bend in southeast Parke County in 1974.

Potter told WLFI-TV it’s called Turtle Bend because it includes a stream with an S-shaped curve where a half dozen turtles or more would hang out on the bank.