• Saying goodbye: Baker to retire after more than 40 years as a judge

    It wasn’t quite the retirement he expected. With COVID-19 forcing most of the population to work from home, Court of Appeals Judge John Baker quietly visited the Indiana Statehouse in early June to pack up his chambers. Though he won’t officially retire until July 31, he decided to close out his Indianapolis office early, without the usual pomp and circumstance of a sendoff. “I wanted to work from home,” Baker said with a laugh, “but I didn’t mean for everyone else in the world to have to do it.”

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  • A gift in tough times: Juvenile probation departments deliver for young clients, families

    Chief probation officer Christine Kerl and her team from the juvenile division of the Marion Superior Court Probation Department fanned out to Dollar Tree stores across Indianapolis earlier this spring and loaded their carts with items for families to enjoy together during these trying and tiring times.

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Retiring COA Judge Baker certified as senior judge

Indiana’s longest-serving judge will continue hearing cases — at least part-time — after being certified as a senior judge last week. Indiana Court of Appeals Judge John G. Baker was certified a senior judge effective June 23, the date of an order signed Tuesday by Chief Justice Loretta Rush.

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Towed car lawsuit crashes into emergency exception

A driver who wheeled into an empty parking lot on a Saturday afternoon in Bloomington only to return an hour later and find his ride had been towed won the sympathy of the Indiana Court of Appeals, but his argument that his car was taken in violation of state statutes failed to gain any traction.

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Indiana COVID-19 deaths hit daily high, toll rises to 245

The Indiana Department of Health on Thursday reported the most daily deaths to date due to coronavirus, 42, bringing to 245 the number of state residents who have died from COVID-19. New cases also continued to rise: 408 new positive tests brought the statewide total to 6,351.

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Indiana COVID-19 top 200 as cases near 6,000

Indiana’s coronavirus death toll rose by 30 as of Wednesday, the State Department of Health reported. The total lives claimed in Indiana by COVID-19 rose to 203, while presumptive positive cases climbed to 5,507, an increase of 436 cases.

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