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Man arrested in teen's death

December 17, 2013

Indianapolis police on Monday preliminarily charged Brice Price, 19, with murder and conspiracy to commit robbery in the shooting death of a 15-year-old Pike Township boy. Anthony Warren was killed Saturday at Rosewood Commons apartment complex near West 56th Street and Georgetown Road. Investigators said he’d been shot twice. They say Price and Warren were attempting to rob an unidentified person when Warren was fatally shot.

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City works out safety center deal

December 17, 2013

The Indianapolis Department of Public Safety has reached an agreement with the landlord of the troubled Regional Operations Center, which the department vacated in September over safety concerns. Under the new agreement, many of the outstanding “punch-list” items at the building at 201 N. Shadeland Ave. will be repaired to alleviate safety concerns. About 150 department employees are expected to return to the building within 60 days. The city has a 20-year, $20 million lease for the space.

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Greenwood OKs restaurant tax

December 17, 2013

The Greenwood Common Council voted 7-1 Monday night to approve a 1-percent restaurant tax. If the measure is approved by the state, restaurant patrons in Greenwood would pay a 9-percent tax on purchases. That includes the state's 7-percent sales tax and a 1-percent restaurant tax already in effect in Johnson County. The new levy would bring in an estimated $700,000 annually for Greenwood.

 

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New voter forms coming

December 16, 2013

Secretary of State Connie Lawson is reminding Indiana residents the state has new voter registration forms and will no longer accept the old forms starting Jan. 1. Lawson said the new forms will help decrease the possibility of voter-registration fraud by tracking the chain of custody for applications.

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Shelby County restaurant burns

December 16, 2013

A popular bar and restaurant in Shelby County was destroyed by fire Sunday night. The fire started behind the bar at 8 p.m. at the Long Branch Saloon and Bluebird restaurant on U.S. 52 in Morristown while the building was full of customers. Everybody escaped without injuries. The business has been owned by the same family for more than 40 years.
 

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Children discover murder-suicide

December 16, 2013

A 31-year-old mother and her boyfriend died overnight in an apparent murder-suicide, and their bodies were found Monday morning by two children. The shootings took place in a house near East 31st and North Gale streets. Tamika Jones-Fleming and Thomas Emery were discovered about 6:30 a.m. by the mother's 11-year-old son and his 6-year-old sibling. Police said Emery was the father of the younger child.
 

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Police warn of scam funds

December 13, 2013

The Noblesville Police Department said citizens should investigate before they donate to any memorial fund claiming to raise money for shooting victim Aubrey Peters. Peters, 16, of Noblesville, was killed Dec. 8. Jacob McDaniel, 20, was arrested after the shooting and charged with reckless homicide. Police say they’ve received notice of several scams using the victim’s name. The only authorized fund is the Aubrey Peters Memorial Art Scholarship Fund administered by the Noblesville School Corp.
 

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Molester sentenced to 100 years

December 13, 2013

A former juvenile detention center maintenance worker has been sentenced to 100 years in prison for molesting two boys over a five-year period. Dwayne Carter, 53, was sentenced Thursday in Johnson County following a three-day jury trial. Carter was arrested in July 2012.
 

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Apartment fire displaces 10

December 13, 2013

As many as 10 people were left without a home when a fire destroyed their apartment building Thursday in downtown Anderson. Investigators aren’t sure what caused the blaze, which broke out about 2 p.m. at 233 West 11th St. No injuries were reported. The American Red Cross found temporary housing for the displaced residents.
 

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Man critically hurt in shooting

December 12, 2013

A man was taken to Eskenazi Hospital in critical condition Wednesday after he was shot at his home in the 3600 block of North Whittier Place. DeShawn McKeller, 25, drove himself to a fire department station at 38th Street and Lesley Avenue after the 11 p.m. shooting. A witness reported hearing four or five shots before seeing a pickup drive away.
 

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Three arrested for counterfeiting

December 12, 2013

U.S. Secret Service investigators say they might have found a counterfeiting operation responsible for a big surge in fake money across the state. Agents raided an Indianapolis home on North Riley Street Thursday evening and arrested three people after finding fake $100 bills, printers, computers and paper supplies. They also found firearms, drugs and items associated with a meth lab. Brandon Clark, 24; Timothy Deutscher, 35; and Jessica Fisher, 30; face state and federal charges.
 

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Lawrence schools name new leader

December 12, 2013

The Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township on Thursday announced the hiring of Shawn Smith as its new superintendent. Smith, an assistant superintendent from Pike Township, will succeed the retiring Concetta Raimondi, who led the district for four years. The district is one of the 10 largest in the state, with about 16,000 students.
 

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Crash kills Shelbyville man

December 11, 2013

A 56-year-old Shelbyville man died Tuesday afternoon in a head-on crash in Shelby County. Glenn Poehner was driving a car west on State Road 44 just east of Old Franklin Road at about 3:45 when his vehicle crossed the center line for an unknown reason and struck a semi. Semi driver Kevin Daubner of Englewood, Fla., was not injured.
 

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Family escapes house fire

December 11, 2013

A family of four escaped a house fire that broke out at about 2 a.m. Wednesday in Greenwood. The blaze in the 800 block of Ramblin Road caused about $55,000 in damage. One of the family members said an explosion woke her up.
 

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I-65 clogged by multi-car crash

December 11, 2013

A multi-vehicle crash Wednesday morning on the south side of Indianapolis created major backups on northbound Interstate 65. The accident, which involved about a half-dozen vehicles, took place at about 7:30 near the County Line Road exit. Police diverted traffic onto County Line Road for about two hours while wreckage was cleared. One minor injury was reported.

 

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Shooting victim mourned at vigil

December 10, 2013

Hundreds of mourners gathered Monday night at Morse Reservoir to remember Aubrey Peters, the 16-year-old Noblesville girl who was shot to death Sunday night. Police arrested 20-year-old Jacob McDaniel early Monday morning. He’s charged with reckless homicide and pointing a firearm. McDaniel, who is being held on a $15,000 bond at the Hamilton County Jail, said he thought the gun was unloaded when he aimed it at Peters and pulled the trigger.
 

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Panhandling proposal faces changes

December 10, 2013

A proposed ordinance that would put severe limits on panhandling downtown was sent back to committee for changes Monday night in a unanimous vote by the City-County Council. The ordinance has received negative feedback and protests because it includes street performers. A rewritten proposal could return for a council vote in January.
 

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Man shot during robbery in driveway

December 9, 2013

An Indianapolis man was shot in the leg during a robbery outside his home about 11 p.m. Sunday. The victim said he was working on his truck in his driveway in the 3700 block of North Bancroft Street, near East 21st Street and North Emerson Avenue, when he was approached by a man with a gun. The suspect scuffled with the victim and shot him in the leg before fleeing with his wallet.
 

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Noblesville teen shot to death

December 9, 2013

A 16-year-old Noblesville girl was shot in the chest late Sunday night and died from her injuries. Aubrey Peters suffered the fatal wounds in a home in the River Run neighborhood. At least three other people were in the residence during the incident. Police arrested 20-year-old Jacob McDaniel early Monday morning on preliminary charges of criminal recklessness and pointing a firearm. Peters received a Red Cross heroism award in 2010 for helping rescue two children from a retention pond.
 

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Panhandling proposal faces changes

December 9, 2013

A proposed ordinance that would put severe limits on panhandling downtown is expected to be sidelined before the City-County Council can vote on it Monday night. Ordinance sponsor Jeff Miller said he will ask the council to send the proposal back to committee to rewrite a portion that deals with street performers. The proposal has received negative feedback and protests because it includes street performers, Miller said. A rewritten proposal could return for a council vote in January.
 

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Phone scam targets grandparents

December 6, 2013
State police are warning Indiana residents about a phone scam reported in central Indiana in which grandparents are swindled out of money by con artists who tell them about a fake emergency. Police say victims have lost hundreds to thousands of dollars in the scam. The swindlers call would be victims and tell them their grandsons are in trouble or injured, and need cash wired immediately.
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Intruders assault 14-year-old

December 6, 2013
A 14-year-old boy told police he was assaulted by two intruders who broke into his east-side home Wednesday. The boy, who was home sick from school, tried to hide from the intruders as they broke through the home’s back door, but he was spotted. One of the intruders, who were described as young as 17, pointed a gun at him while the other struck him in the face. They left with a Playstation 3, a stack of video games and a cell phone.
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Two arrested for murder

December 6, 2013
Police arrested two suspects at 2 a.m. Friday in connection with the shooting death of a 32-year-old Lizton man. James Vester was killed Wednesday about 4 p.m. at Wyckford Commons, near West 10th Street and North Girls School Road. Tryon Kincade, 19, and Tyshaune Kincade, 18, both of Indianapolis, face charges of murder and robbery. Vester, an Iraq veteran and father of a 1-year-old son, reportedly went to the apartments to buy an iPad he found on Craigslist.
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Man shot to death at apartments

December 5, 2013
A Lizton man was shot to death Wednesday at a west-side apartment complex in a possible robbery attempt. James Vester, 23, was shot about 4 p.m. at Wyckford Commons, near West 10th Street and North Girls School Road. Indianapolis police say Vester might have been trying to buy an iPad in a setup. Two suspects fled the scene on foot.>
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Pot found after serious crash

December 5, 2013
Police say marijuana use might have been a factor in a head-on crash that injured three men about 11 p.m. Wednesday in Greenfield. Jeffrey M. Franklin, 26, of Greenfield was in critical condition after his Chevrolet Malibu collided with a Mazda 6 on State Road 9. A baggy of pot was found in Franklin’s vehicle. The 18-year-old driver of the Mazda and his 26-year-old passenger were in serious condition. All three men were flown by helicopter to the hospital.
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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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