Indiana high school fullback dominating opponents, but doesn’t have a scholarship offer

An Indiana high school football player who has torn up the gridiron this season still has no place to play next year. New Palestine High School junior Charlie Spegal racked up 3,356 rushing yards and scored 70 touchdowns during the 2018 season — but he's reportedly yet to receive a scholarship offer from any college, … Continue reading “Indiana high school fullback dominating opponents, but doesn’t have a scholarship offer”

An Indiana high school football player who has torn up the gridiron this season still has no place to play next year.

New Palestine High School junior Charlie Spegal racked up 3,356 rushing yards and scored 70 touchdowns during the 2018 season — but he's reportedly yet to receive a scholarship offer from any college, let alone a top-tier football program.

And there's more than in-game stats that make Spegal a standout.

The 5-10, 225 lb. fullback for New Palestine, located 15 miles east of Indianapolis, can also run a 4.6-second 40-yard dash, squat 575 pounds and bench press 420 pounds, according to a Bleacher Report profile Monday.

Spegal’s skillset, however, may not be exactly what the average college coach is looking for. Instead of dazzling speed, Spegal has shown the ability to find the smallest hole in an offensive line, power through it and shake off three or four would-be tacklers along the way. He told Bleacher Report he models his game after a former Heisman Trophy nominee.

“I really idolized Adrian Peterson,” Spegal said. “I like how hard it is to bring him down and how easily he breaks a lot of tackles. But yes, I have always enjoyed contact.”

Spegal doesn’t have the prototypical “dream school,” saying instead he just wants to go somewhere in the Midwest. He sent letters to colleges showcasing his ballooned statistics, his 3.36 GPA and his desire to earn a business degree.

“If given the opportunity I know I can be a tremendous asset to the football program. Please check out my HUDL Highlights and personal information below,” Spegal’s letters say.

Ball State, Cincinnati and Eastern Michigan have been the only schools to invite him to even watch a game this season, according to Bleacher Report.

Northern Illinois coaches paid him a visit and Army and Navy have also shown interest in Spegal.

"“If given the opportunity I know I can be a tremendous asset to the football program."

— Charlie Spegal

“I think a lot of it is people trying to figure out what he is,” Spegal’s coach Kyle Ralph said. “Is he someone who's going to fit well in their system? You're going to get what you get from him. You're going to get a back with great vision, great bursts and great power.”

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Two-year-old who loves garbage trucks gets surprise swag from trashman

Two-year-old Evan Brenneman is enamored with the orange trash truck that stops at his Plainfield, Ind., home each week to the point that he’s befriended the driver.

While waiting to greet Ray’s Trash Service driver James Bullock from his home Thursday, Evan was surprised with a backpack full of swag from the trash hauler that included a T-shirt, beanie, stickers and a miniature orange trash truck.

“Now you are an official Ray’s employee,” Bullock said as he pulled the backpack out the truck.

Evan was left speechless before thanking Bullock.

The boy has been fascinated with anything on wheels since he was 9 months old, his mother Natalie Brenneman told the Indianapolis Star. The fascination led to the pair waiting from their porch to greet the trash truck as its makes its rounds each Thursday.

"We can hear it coming down the road, so he would run to the window and watch it," Natalie Brenneman said. "Oh my gosh, my heart bursts every time. I know he’s in the middle of his workday and probably wants to get it done quickly, but he stops and talks to Evan. He always gets down on his level, looks him in the eye, gives him a hug, offers him a high-five."

Eventually, Evan wanted to meet the driver.

"One day, James popped out and said, 'Hey do you want to come see the truck?'" Brenneman said.

Evan has Prader-Willi Syndrome, a genetic disorder that makes his body think he is constantly hungry, FOX 59 Indianapolis reported. The trash company has twice sponsored the family’s annual walk to raise awareness and funding for PWS research, Brenneman said.

Bullock and Evan, who will turn 3 this month, have formed a bond over their trash pickup meet and greets. Bullock recently joined the family in an early birthday celebration for Evan.

The downside, Evans mother said, was "He was disappointed that James did not bring the garbage truck with him to the party."

Sanitation worker presents young fan with gifts in adorable video

A two-year-old boy was ecstatic when he saw his favorite sanitation worker had come to pick up trash from his Indiana home but was not expecting what happened next.

Evan Brenneman, two, of Plainfield, Ind., woke up at 3 a.m. on Thursday to greet James Bullock of Ray’s Trash Service, his favorite trash man. However, Bullock was prepared for his young fan and presented him with a backpack full of goodies.

Evan’s mother posted the adorable moment on Facebook.

“Now you’re an official Ray’s employee,” Bullock told the youngster.

Evan was presented with a hat, shirt, stickers, backpack, cup and miniature trash can. The little boy took a liking to the trash can.

Bullock and Evan started their friendship when the worker asked if the young boy wanted to see his truck. He even attended Evan’s birthday party.

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The young boy has Prader-Willi Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder, according to the Indianapolis Star. The Mayo Clinic said a “key feature” of the syndrome is “a constant sense of hunger that usually begins at about two years of age.” Ray’s Trash Service has sponsored the boy at walks to raise awareness of the syndrome.

Evan’s mother, Natalie Brenneman, told the Indianapolis Star that watching her son’s friendship with Bullock grow has been magical.

"Oh my gosh, my heart bursts every time," she said. "… I know he’s in the middle of his work day and probably wants to get it done quickly, but he stops and talks to Evan. He always gets down on his level, looks him in the eye, gives him a hug, offers him a high-five. It’s just so great that he pauses to talk with us and to spend a little time with Evan.”

Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for FoxNews.com. You can follow her at @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.

‘Miracle baby’ survives after being given less than 1 percent chance of survival

An Indiana couple is thankful for the miracle of life after their son was given a grim chance of survival — only to fight against the odds.

Daniel Breyts was told to start preparing for his newborn's funeral before he was able to hold his son, Rowan, who was born three months early and suffered from Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC), an aggressive infectious disease that attacked his intestines.

"Without a small intestine, he could never eat. He would never grow. He was too small to hope for a transplant. It was a death sentence," Breyts said of the diagnosis. "We kissed him and cried, telling him how much we loved him and wished there was something we could do."

The couple spent as much time with him as they could, offering him kind words and apologies through tears, but instead of getting worse, Rowan's condition improved.

We watched as our baby fought for his life.

— Daniel Breyts

"Jess and I spoke at length and decided that he wasn't giving up…neither would we," Breyts said. So they contacted Riley's Children Hospital in Indianapolis which offered to take his case and even mentioned the possibility of a transplantation of his intestines.

Four days later he went into surgery, and the doctors had some shocking news.

“She told me they saw a lot of pink viable intestine, which was the exact opposite of what we had been told,” Breyts said.

After seven months in NICU, Rowan was able to make his first trip home of his life.

Rowan Breyts was born weighing a little more than one pound with almost no chance of survival, but today he is thriving. (FOX 59)

“Seeing him myself and knowing where he came from as far as how small he was and the issues that he had, in my heart he is a miracle,” Breyts told FOX 59. “He’s an honest-to-God miracle.”

At birth, Rowan weighed a little over a pound and was about the size of his mother's hand, but today, he is 13 pounds, 9 ounces and getting bigger and healthier each day.

Caleb Parke is an associate editor for FoxNews.com. You can follow him on Twitter @calebparke

SWAT team storms into home, saves 3 hostages; 2 suspects in custody: reports

A SWAT team stormed into an Indianapolis home early Friday, rescuing three hostages who had been taken captive by an armed suspect, reports said.

The suspect had earlier led police on a car chase after trying to escape following a 1 a.m. traffic stop, WRTV-TV of Indianapolis reported. The suspect eventually left his vehicle and ran into the home.

SWAT negotiators were able to communicate with a woman inside the home who said the suspect would not let her leave, the station reported.

An officer using a bullhorn around 4:30 a.m. demanded that the suspect leave, WISH-TV reported. But the suspect didn’t appear to have cooperated.

Using a diversionary device, the SWAT team burst into the home, WRTV reported. The three hostages — two female and one male — were rescued safely, the report said.

The suspect involved in the chase was taken into custody. A second suspect, possibly previously acquainted with the gunman, was taken into custody on a possible out-of-county warrant, according to reports.

Teen suspect killed himself inside Indiana middle school after firing at officers, police say

An armed teenager killed himself inside an eastern Indiana middle school Thursday morning after officers confronted him, a spokesman for the Indiana State Police said.

ISP tweeted no other students were reported injured in the shooting at David W. Dennis Intermediate School in Richmond.

ISP Sgt. John Bowling said the quick response by local police and middle school staff likely prevented other students from being injured. Bowling said gunshots rang out during the incident but he did not confirm how many bullets were fired or say who fired them. He also did not confirm the student's age or if he was enrolled in the school.

Authorities received an alert Thursday morning that someone was going to the school with the "intention of hurting people," and officers arrived at the building about the same time as the teen gunman, leading to an exchange of gunfire, the Palladium-Item reported.

Richmond Community Schools tweeted that students at the middle school were being taken to Richmond High School, where parents could pick them up.

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“Once all Dennis students are accounted for, we will begin the reunification process,” Richmond Community Schools tweeted. “Dennis students will be transported to Richmond High School. Parents will be reunified with their Dennis student at Civic Hall.”

The school district later tweeted other schools resumed classes.

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Parents were seen waiting at Richmond High School to take their children home.

“It was terrifying. My daughter had just walked in, and I thought she would be a target in the hallway,” parent Pam Sexton told the Palladium-Item. “I’m still shaking. I can see it on the news, but it’s scary when it’s your own baby.”

Dennis Intermediate School serves students from grades five to eight, according to its website. Richmond is near the Indiana-Ohio state line and about 60 miles east of Indianapolis.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for FoxNews.com. You can follow her at @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.

Indiana police officer dies after car slams into tree during high-speed pursuit

A police officer in southern Indiana was killed Wednesday night after his squad car slammed into a tree during a high-speed pursuit that spanned two counties, officials said.

The chase began around 10:20 p.m. in Charlestown, located about 17 miles north of Louisville, when 35-year-old Benjamin Eads fled as officer Benton Bertram tried to stop Eads' teal 1998 Toyota Corolla, Indiana State Police said in a news release.

The pursuit continued north into neighboring Scott County on State Road 3, where officials said Bertram's vehicle left the roadway near an intersection with State Road 56 and struck a tree in the front yard of a nearby home.

Benjamin Eads was arrested after leading police on a chase that spanned two counties. (Indiana State Police)

Other responding units involved in the chase withdrew in order to help Bertram — but he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, state police said.

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The 33-year-old was a nine-year veteran of the Charlestown Police Department and worked in the K9 Division, according to the department's website.

Sgt. Benton Bertram and K9 Kubo as seen in this police department photo. (Charlestown Police Department)

Authorities were eventually able to locate Eads in Clark County, where he was arrested. Eads faces multiple charges in both counties, including resisting law enforcement causing death, resisting law enforcement and auto theft.

Indiana State Police said an investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Since the start of 2018, at least 77 law enforcement officers across the U.S. have died while on duty.

Fox News' Kaitlyn Schallhorn and Madeline Farber contributed to this report.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed

Indiana county installs blue Christmas tree in honor of officers killed in the line of duty

A special tribute to fallen officers is on display at the Boone County Sheriff’s Office in Indiana.

They installed a Christmas tree with 137 blue ornaments to represent the 137 officers killed in the line of duty this year, including Boone County’s own Deputy Jacob Pickett.

“It means a lot to all of us – we were all very close. He was a wonderful officer, and it’s our way of honoring him and the other 136 officers that have been killed this year,” said Mike Gideon, Boone County Senior Dispatch Officer.

Each ornament was hand-written with the officer’s name, rank, and end of watch date.

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"That's a life. That's a life that matters. That's a chair that's empty. That's a car that's not being driven. That is an incredible hero that's no longer walking our streets, so it meant something,” said Joni Scott, Boone Co Sheriff’s Office Chaplain.

After Christmas, each ornament will be sent to the department where the officer worked.

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Mystery radar blips appear over Illinois and Kentucky and nobody knows why

The origin of mysterious blips that appeared across radar in southern Illinois and western Kentucky Monday night may have come from military aircraft, but nearby military bases say they had nothing to do with it.

The storm-like blips left the National Weather Service in a state of confusion since it wasn't raining in the region, the Courier and Press newspaper in Evansville, Ind., reported.

Social media users theorized that the culprit could have been debris from passing meteors or even a flock of birds, the report said.

A local TV meteorologist tweeted out that an unnamed pilot at the Evansville Regional Airport in Indiana said the fog was chaff – radar-jamming material sometimes released during training exercises – from a military C-130 aircraft.

"Information from a pilot appears to confirm that chaff was the mysterious radar echo that traversed #tristatewx late Monday afternoon/evening. Pilot was told by EVV Air Traffic Control that chaff was released by a military C130 northwest of Evansville. @NWSPaducah," WEHT-TV meteorologist Wayne Hart tweeted.

If the blips were indeed chaff from a military plane, no military installations in the area are claiming it as theirs.

“Whatever aircraft it was, it was not a Scott Air Force Base craft," Master Sgt. Thomas Doscher said Tuesday morning.

A spokesperson for Fort Campbell in Kentucky said he didn’t know any operation involving a C-130. He added that if such a plane did originate from the Army base, it would have been involved in a secret special forces exercise.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the Evansville airport did not immediately respond to Fox News requests for comment early Wednesday.

Indiana boy, 16, arrested in killing of pregnant high school cheerleader

A 16-year-old Indiana high school football player was charged with murder and feticide Monday after he admitted he brutally killed a 17-year-old pregnant cheerleader because she hid her pregnancy from him too long to get an abortion.

Aaron Trejo said he stabbed Breana Rouhselang in her heart with a knife, Detective Gery Mullins said in charging documents obtained by Fox News. The cheerleader's body turned up in a trash bin behind a restaurant in Mishawaka, near South Bend and about 80 miles east of Chicago, over the weekend.

Mullins said Trejo "explained that Breana waited too long to tell Aaron about the pregnancy to get an abortion. I asked Aaron what he did about that, and he replied, 'I took action… I took her life.'"

Trejo said he used a knife because he thought it would kill her quickly, then stuffed her into a black plastic bag, tossed it in the trash and threw her phone and the weapon into the river as far as he could, according to Mullins.

He will be tried as an adult, Fox 59 added. Feticide, or the destruction of a fetus, is also a felony in Indiana.

"An autopsy confirmed that Breana Rouhselang died from multiple stab wounds, that her scarf had been tied so tightly that strangulation was occurring before Breana died, and that she was pregnant," Mullins said.

Breana Rouhselang, a Mishawaka High School student, was last seen alive at her home at around midnight Saturday. Her family called police about 4:30 a.m. Sunday after they "got the feeling that something wasn't right," said Lt. Alex Arendt of the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit.

Arendt says Rouhselang knew Trejo from the football team, but the extent of their relationship is under investigation.

Rouhselang had been a softball coach, a cheerleader and football team manager at the school, the girl's stepmother, Nicole Rouhselang, told reporters Sunday. She added her stepdaughter had been about six months pregnant.

"I've known her since she was 6," she said. "I just don't understand it."

Trejo was held without bond and is set to face a judge Tuesday.

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The school district issued a statement Sunday saying administrators were working with authorities in investigating the "terrible tragedy" and that grief counselors would be available at Mishawaka High School on Monday.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family members and friends who have been affected by this great loss," the statement said.

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Students at the school walked out around 11 a.m. local time Monday – the time 24 hours earlier when her body was discovered – to observe a moment of silence, according to WBND.

Fox News' Mike Arroyo and The Associated Press contributed to this report.