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Indiana in Brief

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

* 2 deputies shot, man dies in shootout

OWENSBURG, Ind. (AP) -- State police say a man who allegedly shot two sheriff's deputies investigating a domestic disturbance was found dead in a southern Indiana residence hours after a shootout with police.

Sgt. Curt Durnil says neither of the Greene County deputies wounded in Wednesday's shootout suffered life-threatening injuries.

But about two hours after 25-year-old Michael Lane Jr., allegedly fired his last shot at police, Lane was found dead inside the Owensburg-area home about 20 miles southwest of Bloomington.

An autopsy will determine if Lane was fatally shot by police or if he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Durnil says Lane opened fire when officers arrived about 10 a.m. Wednesday to investigate a reported domestic disturbance and exchanged gunfire with officers for about 10 minutes. Lane was alone in the residence.

* Women arrested for alleged jailhouse threat

NEW CASTLE, Ind. (AP) -- Three eastern Indiana women have been arrested on charges alleging that they intimidated and threatened a woman the trio believed was a police informant.

Thirty-three-year-old Whitney J. Chesher and 25-year-old Lindsey N. Smith of New Castle and 28-year-old Ashley L. Martin of Middletown have pleaded not guilty to intimidation and harassment charges.

Court documents allege the trio made multiple calls to a woman from the Henry County Jail and threatened to kill her and her family.

The Courier-Times reports that Chesher, Smith and Martin allegedly believed the woman had tipped off police about their alleged heroin-dealing operation.

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