College Football

IU quarterback Penix to miss rest of season with injury

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indiana University quarterback Michael Penix Jr. will miss the remainder of the season and postseason with an injury to the joint where the right collarbone meets the breastbone, the university says.

The Hoosiers (7-2, 4-2 Big Ten Conference) are one win away from their first eight-win season in 26 years despite losing starting Penix in the first half against Northwestern on Saturday. IU routed the Wildcats 34-3.

In the game, Penix was 10 of 15 with 162 yards while Peyton Ramsey was 7 of 10 with 108 yards and one TD.

With three regular-season games left, Indiana had been positioning itself for a solid bowl bid. It hasn’t won eight games in a season since 1993 and hasn’t won nine since its 1967 Big Ten championship season.

Penix underwent surgery Monday.

“We feel really bad for Mike,” Indiana head coach Tom Allen said in a statement. “He’s worked extremely hard and had a great season. He’ll recover from this and get bigger and stronger this offseason. Mike has a very bright future with the Hoosiers.”

IU next plays at Penn State on Nov. 16.

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2 Columbus police officers arrested, facing charges of misconduct, ghost employment

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) — Two Columbus police officers have been arrested on multiple charges including official misconduct and ghost employment.

According to Indiana State Police, Dan Meister and Ron May were arrested for allegedly working off-duty security jobs while also working on duty with the Columbus Police Department. An investigation into the officers began in November 2018 after a request was made by the Columbus Police Department.

Lt. Dan Meister and Sgt. Ron May allegedly worked overlapping shifts for both the police department and Columbus Regional Hospital between February 2015 and August 2018. The officers were paid by CPD and the hospital for the same hours worked on multiple occasions.

Meister had overlapped hours on 52 different occasions and May overlapped on 62 occasions, investigators say.

The investigation was turned over to a special prosecutor and arrest warrants were issued for the men on Friday. They were arrested Friday afternoon without incident and taken to the Bartholomew County Jail, police say.

Both officers are facing charges of official misconduct, ghost employment and theft.

May and Meister are expected to face initial hearings soon.

Information about how long they have worked with CPD was not immediately available.

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