The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, December 03, 2019 1:00 am


White River Park building permanent stage

Staff, news services

Construction is moving ahead on a permanent stage at the White River State Park amphitheater in downtown Indianapolis.

Work going on now for the almost $16 million project is scheduled for completion in June. It's being built at the same site as the temporary stage that has been built and torn down each year since the park started hosting concerts in 2004.

The current work includes adding two new LED video screens, a concrete pad for 3,000 permanent seats and more restrooms.

A future $13 million phase would add an artistic canopy over the permanent seating area and part of the stage.

Tom Mendenhall of concert promoter Live Nation tells the Indianapolis Business Journal that the amphitheater's summer concert season could grow to 30 shows a year with the improvements.

Child caseworker accused of neglect

A caseworker for Indiana's child welfare agency faces criminal charges stemming from the alleged neglect of a 4-year-old boy under his supervision.

An arrest warrant was issued Monday for 26-year-old Spencer Day Osborn after prosecutors charged him with four felony counts of neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury on the recommendation of a Madison County grand jury in Anderson.

The Anderson Herald Bulletin reported Osborn is an Indiana Department of Child Services caseworker. County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings said that after the boy was placed in foster care, Osborn allegedly returned him to his mother, “where he was seriously injured multiple times.”

The boy's mother was charged with neglect in September after the child was hospitalized with internal bleeding.

8-month-old dies in Frankfort fire

An 8-month-old boy died in a Monday morning house fire in Frankfort in Clinton County.

Frankfort Fire Chief John Kirby said the infant was in his crib on the first floor, and his father was unable to rescue him. The father and two other children escaped.

Kirby said firefighters were called to the home shortly after 10 a.m. and found it engulfed in flames. He said the fire started at the front of house and much of it was destroyed.

The father, the two surviving children and a police officer were treated for smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire is unknown.


Home inspection license law held

A new state law that requires home inspectors in Ohio to be licensed has been delayed until April 5, the Columbus Dispatch reported Friday.

State lawmakers approved the legislation in January, and the law had been expected to take effect Nov. 1. It establishes education and skill requirements and requires applicants to pass a criminal background check.

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