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Scoops: AR-15 in car with kid

Rifle found in car near child

Child Protective Services was notified after an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle was found next to an 8-year-old child in the backseat of a vehicle during a traffic stop. Driver Dashia Justice, 22, of Marion, was pulled over by a Grant County Sheriff’s Department deputy Thursday night near 39th and Adams streets for not having taillights turned on. Three other guns and loaded magazines were also found in the vehicle. Capt. Ed Beaty said it appears the firearms were legally owned because no one was charged with any weapons offenses. A grandparent came to pick up the child. Justice was issued a citation for driving with a suspended driver’s license.

– Carolyn Muyskens

Governor announces theme of 2019 Ind. State Fair

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The theme of the 2019 Indiana State Fair will be “Heroes in the Heartland.”

Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb made the announcement early Thursday in an online video .

State officials say the theme is meant to celebrate the heroism of everyday people, saluting farmers, first responders, educators and members of the Armed Forces.

The 17-day fair are will be held this year between Aug. 2 and Aug. 18.