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Woman dies in south-side fire

December 31, 2013
The Indianapolis Fire Department is investigating a blaze Monday night in a home on the city’s south side that killed an occupant. Crews responded to the fire in the 6700 block of Orinoco Avenue just before 9 p.m. A 53-year-old woman and two daughters, ages 35 and 22, were in the home at the time of the fire. The 35-year-old daughter was killed, and her sister was transported to Eskenazi Hospital in serious condition.
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Man charged with battery, confinement

December 31, 2013
Police have arrested a 47-year-old man on charges of battery, criminal deviate conduct and criminal confinement after a woman allegedly escaped on Monday morning from a home in the 5800 block of East 16th Street. The woman told police that she had been held against her will, sexually assaulted and shocked with a stun gun. Police found Keith Pease—already wanted on an open warrant for failing to register as a sex offender—hiding in a basement crawlspace around 7:45 a.m.
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Nine survive apartment blaze

December 31, 2013
Nine people escaped serious injury Tuesday morning in a fire at a northwest-side apartment complex. Flames broke out around 5 a.m. at the Senate Square Apartments near 30th Street and Lafayette Road. Indianapolis Fire Department crews said nine occupants—three adults and six children—were in the process of escaping when they arrived. Damage from the fire, which is still under investigation, was estimated at $250,000.
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Butler-area blaze under control

December 30, 2013
Indianapolis fire crews extinguished a blaze Monday morning in a home believed to be rented by Butler University students. The fire started around 7:30 a.m. Monday in the 5100 block of Boulevard Place, according to the Indianapolis Fire Department. No one was inside the home at the time.
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Car hits men during street scuffle

December 30, 2013
Three men involved in a fight outside a south-side strip club were badly injured early Monday morning when they were hit by a car, according to police. The driver, who stopped at the scene on Madison Street and cooperated with investigators, said he didn’t see the men before the collision at about 12:30 a.m. One of the victims was taken to the hospital in critical condition, and the other two were reported to be in serious condition. No criminal charges are expected.
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Burglars target 10th Street locales

December 30, 2013
Indianapolis police are investigating a string of burglaries that all occurred along a one-mile stretch of East 10th Street between Saturday and Sunday mornings. The locations were Tin Comet Coffee, 2119 E. 10th St.; Chicago’s Fish & Chicken, 2902 E. 10th St.; Audrey’s Place, 3210 E. 10th St.; East 10th United Methodist Church, 2327 E. 10th St.; and a cell-phone store at 2827 E. 10th St. At the church, burglars stole Christmas presents set aside for needy children.
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Woman reunited with long-lost token

December 27, 2013
An Indianapolis woman was surprised on Christmas with a long-lost reminder of her father, who died in 1945. Pat Davis was reunited with the Purple Heart awarded to her father, Jackie Nesbit, who perished in Operation Varsity during World War II. Davis was just 2 months old at the time. The medal was misplaced during a family move soon after Nesbit’s death. Davis’s son-in-law recently tracked down the medal and raised $1,200 to buy it from a collector.
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Police nab suspect in Westfield murders

December 27, 2013
An Indianapolis man was arrested on Thursday and charged with the murders of a Westfield mother and her daughter on Dec. 20. Christian Haley, 20, has a history of violence around the holiday season, according to arrest records released by authorities. Investigators believe that the beating deaths of 52-year-old Marylyn Erb and 23-year-old Kelley Erb were the result of a botched robbery attempt by Haley in their Westfield home. Haley reportedly is a former employee of the Erb family’s landscaping business.
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Man dies from multiple shooting wounds

December 27, 2013
Indianapolis police are investigating the shooting death of a man Friday morning at a northwest-side apartment complex. The shooting occurred around 12:15 a.m. in the Lake Camelot complex near Georgetown Road and 62nd Street. When officers arrived, they found a man outside an apartment door who had been shot multiple times. He was pronounced dead at the scene, and has not yet been positively identified.
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Firefighters handle eastside house fire

December 26, 2013
Indianapolis firefighters extinguished a blaze in an eastside home on Wednesday morning. Neighbors of the home at 4908 E. 21st St. noticed a lot of smoke coming from the structure on Christmas morning and called 911. Crews arrived and put out the fire in about 30 minutes. The damage was estimated at $20,000. No one was at home at the time of the fire.
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Car careens into home

December 26, 2013
A driver and passenger attempted to flee Wednesday morning when their car collided with a home on the northeast side and damaged the single-story structure. At about 4:25 a.m., residents of the home near the intersection of Helmsdale Drive and Brunson Run felt the impact of the sedan, which hit an unoccupied portion of the house. Indianapolis police apprehended the driver and passenger when they attempted to flee the scene.
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Mugger shoots woman in head

December 26, 2013
Indianapolis police are investigating a mugging on Wednesday night that resulted in one victim being shot in the head. Phantasia Littlefield, 25, was in critical condition at Eskenazi Hospital following the shooting near the intersection of Clifton and 33rd streets on the north side. Police say that Littlefield and her brother were walking down the street on Wednesday evening when a robber ran up, stole their cell phones and presents, and then shot the woman in the head.
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Zoeller warns flood victims on scams

December 24, 2013
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has warned residents hit by rampaging floods to beware of scam artists. Zoeller said Monday that con artists often prey on home owners in heavily damaged areas, promising quick repairs to flooded structures. Zoeller recommended that home owners get written contracts before approving any work, and to never pay more than a third of project costs up front.
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Man dies after trying to save wife

December 24, 2013
A central Indiana resident who tried to save his wife from a burning home on Thursday has died. Eugene Hollers, 58, suffered burns on 85 percent of his body in the fire that claimed his Spiceland home. Hollers had tried to save his wife, Rita, from the blaze before neighbors held him back. Rita perished in the fire. Eugene was taken to Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis, where he died on Monday.
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Police investigate motel stabbing

December 24, 2013
Indianapolis police are investigating a fatal stabbing at a motel on the city’s near-northwest side on Monday night. At 10:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to the Gateway Motel at 1740 Lafayette Road, where they found a man who had been stabbed at least once. The man was transported to Eskenazi Hospital and subsequently pronounced dead.
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Flood warnings extended to 8 p.m.

December 23, 2013
The National Weather Service has extended flood warnings for 30 counties across central and southern Indiana until 8 p.m. Monday. Those areas have been hit with 3 to 7 inches of rain since Friday. On Monday, continuously rising water levels prompted early morning voluntary evacuations in parts of Indianapolis, according to the head of the Indianapolis Department of Homeland Security. By 5 a.m., Fall Creek had risen to its third-highest level in recorded history, and swamped a section of Fall Creek Parkway south of the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
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Man shot by armored-car guard

December 23, 2013
A man who attempted to rob an armored car on Sunday afternoon was taken into custody after being shot by a guard and captured by bystanders. Indianapolis police said that the driver of the Brink’s truck was leaving the Wal-Mart in the 7200 block of U.S. 31 when the suspect attacked him with pepper spray. The guard shot the man, who was wearing body armor, in the stomach. The suspect attempted to flee on foot but was chased down by an onlooker and an off-duty police officer.
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Weekend flooding possible

December 20, 2013

Emergency management officials in Hamilton County want residents there to be prepared for possible flooding this weekend. A Flood Watch goes into effect Friday evening for the area. Sandbags will be available in Noblesville beginning at 3 p.m. Friday for residents in food-prone areas. The Indianapolis Department of Public works is also encouraging Marion County residents to clear storm drains and drainage ditches to reduce the risk of flooding.

 

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Shooting kills one, injures another

December 20, 2013

One man was killed and another left in serious condition after a gunfight Thursday night on the near-north side. Tyler Webster, 21, of Indianapolis was found dead in the driver’s seat of a gold Chevrolet Impala in the 2800 block of North Harding Street about 11 p.m. Kyle Lewis, 19, of Indianapolis was found in a nearby alley with gunshot wounds. A passenger in the Impala was taken in for questioning by police.
 

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Target warns of data breach

December 19, 2013

Target Corp. says about 40 million credit and debit card accounts may be affected by a data breach at the start of the holiday shopping season. The retailer said customers who made purchases with their cards in its U.S. stores between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 may have had their accounts exposed. The breach did not affect online purchases, the company said. Target advised customers to check their statements carefully for suspicious charges.
 

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Man killed by police identified

December 19, 2013

Authorities have identified a man fatally shot at his Indianapolis home Wednesday after he led police on a chase. Duane Slentz, 49, fled Brookside Park in a black Dodge after he was questioned by a park ranger who said he smelled like alcohol. He fled to his home in the 3800 block of South Franklin Road, where he crashed into another car before locking himself in the house. He was shot through the house by an officer who heard him cock his gun. Slentz was on probation for drunken driving.
 

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One dies in Boone County wreck

December 19, 2013

One person was killed Thursday in Boone County in a crash involving a pickup and a semi. The collision happened just after 7 a.m. on State Road 47 east of State Road 39, north of Lebanon. State Road 47 was blocked after the incident.
 

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Two hundred rabbits taken from home

December 18, 2013

Indianapolis Animal Care and Control confiscated more than 200 rabbits, three turtles and a goat Tuesday from a south-side homeowner. The woman, who lives in the 2100 block of Dudley Avenue, was breeding the rabbits in an unheated garage that authorities described as filthy and unhealthy. The goat was injured in an attack by a dog weeks ago. Many of the rabbits are pregnant. Animal rescue groups are helping IACC with the animals.

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Fishers police seek intruders

December 18, 2013

A Fishers man says he woke up to find a gun pointed at his head Tuesday morning. The homeowner, who lives on Adam Court near 106th Street and Lantern Road, called police about 2:40 a.m. after the two armed intruders left his home. It wasn't clear if they had taken anything or why they entered the home. The couple who live in the home left their garage door open and the door to the house unlocked. A few houses away, two cars were broken into and ransacked. Police set up a perimeter and used police dogs, but didn't find the men.

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Girl struck by car, dies

December 18, 2013

A 10-year-old Indianapolis girl died Tuesday after being struck by a car on the city's southwest side. Police say a driver heading west in a Mercedes in the 6800 block of West Thompson Road about 7:20 saw two children in the middle of the road and swerved to miss them, but couldn't avoid the girl. The speed limit in the area is 40 mph and the lighting is poor. The driver stopped at the scene and is cooperating with police.

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  1. Apologies for the wall of text. I promise I had this nicely formatted in paragraphs in Notepad before pasting here.

  2. I believe that is incorrect Sir, the people's tax-dollars are NOT paying for the companies investment. Without the tax-break the company would be paying an ADDITIONAL $11.1 million in taxes ON TOP of their $22.5 Million investment (Building + IT), for a total of $33.6M or a 50% tax rate. Also, the article does not specify what the total taxes were BEFORE the break. Usually such a corporate tax-break is a 'discount' not a 100% wavier of tax obligations. For sake of example lets say the original taxes added up to $30M over 10 years. $12.5M, New Building $10.0M, IT infrastructure $30.0M, Total Taxes (Example Number) == $52.5M ININ's Cost - $1.8M /10 years, Tax Break (Building) - $0.75M /10 years, Tax Break (IT Infrastructure) - $8.6M /2 years, Tax Breaks (against Hiring Commitment: 430 new jobs /2 years) == 11.5M Possible tax breaks. ININ TOTAL COST: $41M Even if you assume a 100% break, change the '30.0M' to '11.5M' and you can see the Company will be paying a minimum of $22.5, out-of-pocket for their capital-investment - NOT the tax-payers. Also note, much of this money is being spent locally in Indiana and it is creating 430 jobs in your city. I admit I'm a little unclear which tax-breaks are allocated to exactly which expenses. Clearly this is all oversimplified but I think we have both made our points! :) Sorry for the long post.

  3. Clearly, there is a lack of a basic understanding of economics. It is not up to the company to decide what to pay its workers. If companies were able to decide how much to pay their workers then why wouldn't they pay everyone minimum wage? Why choose to pay $10 or $14 when they could pay $7? The answer is that companies DO NOT decide how much to pay workers. It is the market that dictates what a worker is worth and how much they should get paid. If Lowe's chooses to pay a call center worker $7 an hour it will not be able to hire anyone for the job, because all those people will work for someone else paying the market rate of $10-$14 an hour. This forces Lowes to pay its workers that much. Not because it wants to pay them that much out of the goodness of their heart, but because it has to pay them that much in order to stay competitive and attract good workers.

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  5. It is sad to see these races not have a full attendance. The Indy Car races are so much more exciting than Nascar. It seems to me the commenters here are still a little upset with Tony George from a move he made 20 years ago. It was his decision to make, not yours. He lost his position over it. But I believe the problem in all pro sports is the escalating price of admission. In todays economy, people have to pay much more for food and gas. The average fan cannot attend many events anymore. It's gotten priced out of most peoples budgets.

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