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Opinions May 9, 2013

May 9, 2013
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Indiana Court of Appeals
Bonnie Moryl, as Surviving Spouse and Personal Rep. of the Estate of Richard A. Moryl, Deceased v. Carey B. Ransone, M.D.; La Porte Hospital; Dawn Forney, RN; Wanda Wakeman, RN BSBA; et al.
46A04-1112-CT-710
Civil tort. Affirms summary judgment for the defendants, on which the trial court determined that Bonnie Moryl’s proposed complaint for medical malpractice was not timely filed with the Indiana Department of Insurance. The trial court properly found that her complaint sent to the DOI by FedEx was filed one day late under the two-year statute of limitations.

G.H. v. State of Indiana
49A02-1207-JV-532
Juvenile. Reverses adjudication that G.H. committed what would be Class D felony criminal gang activity if committed by an adult. The state failed to prove he had a specific intent to further a gang’s criminal goals, which is necessary to sustain an adjudication.

In Re: the Paternity of M.R.; A.K. v. J.R. (NFP)
50A03-1211-JP-457
Juvenile. Affirms custody modification order granting father J.R. physical custody of M.R.

Ronald L. Hoffman and Christy G. Hoffman, and Johnson Sunnybrook Farm, LLC, an Indiana Limited Liability Co. v. Lake Co. Indiana, a unit of government, its County Council, et al. (NFP)

45A03-1206-PL-291
Civil plenary. Affirms summary judgment for Singleton Stone as the opposed landowners to the rezoning had no standing to challenge the rezoning.

Bradley Ryan v. State of Indiana (NFP)
34A02-1211-CR-921
Criminal. Affirms convictions of murder and Class A felony robbery resulting in serious bodily injury.

Eldon E. Harmon v. State of Indiana (NFP)

20A05-1212-CR-634
Criminal. Affirms 16-year sentence for Class B felony dealing in methamphetamine.

James Q. Bryant v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1211-PC-869
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Carmell D. Nelson v. State of Indiana (NFP)

02A03-1208-CR-349
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class A felony attempted murder and Class B felony unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.

Mark A. Centofante v. State of Indiana (NFP)

49A05-1207-CR-360
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony sexual misconduct with a minor.

Demetrick Cameron v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A02-1209-CR-733
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation for failure to pay child support.

Deborah Chandler v. State of Indiana (NFP)
15A04-1211-CR-560
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation and order Chandler serve 10 years of her 16-year suspended sentence in the Department of Correction.

LP XXIV, LLC d/b/a Las Palmas Apartment Homes and SLS Management, Inc. v. American Family Mutual Insurance Company and Carl Long (NFP)

49A04-1207-PL-340
Civil plenary. Affirms denial of Las Palmas’ and SLS’s motion for summary judgment on the issue of agency.

The Indiana Supreme Court and Tax Court posted no decisions by IL deadline. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana opinions by IL deadline.
 

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