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Indy man dies at recreation area

August 26, 2013
A 37-year-old Indianapolis man died Sunday afternoon after swimming at a state recreation area in west-central Indiana. Witnesses say Rafael A. Lopez was in the water at the Lieber State Recreation Area’s Cataract Lake when he began behaving erratically, bobbing up and down in the water near a roped-off area of the beach. Bystanders brought Lopez to shore and began performing CPR on him until medical personnel arrived. He was taken to a Greencastle hospital, where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday.
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City cop faces alcohol charges

August 26, 2013
An off-duty Indianapolis police officer was arrested in Johnson County early Saturday morning for allegedly driving drunk on his motorcycle. Police Sgt. Gregory R. Scott was pulled over for driving 76 mph in a 55-mph zone. His blood alcohol content was tested at 0.16, double the legal limit. Scott was placed on administrative duties pending an investigation.
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Homeless campers arrested

August 26, 2013
At least five people were arrested Monday morning after refusing to leave a homeless camp downtown. Early last week, police gave about 60 homeless people until 9 a.m. to vacate the area because the camp was preventing workers from inspecting the CSX train trellis on South Davidson Street. Police said those arrested Monday are “activists.”
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Man seeks date, gets carjacked

August 23, 2013

An Indianapolis man attempting to meet a woman he had just met on Facebook said he was robbed and carjacked on the city’s west side early Friday morning. The 24-year-old man said he drove from the far-east side to meet the woman at a home on Corwyn Road. When he arrived, the woman greeted him and told him to move his car to another spot, where he was jumped by two armed men who took his phone, $400 in cash and 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
 

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Police investigate abduction claim

August 23, 2013

Indianapolis police are investigating an attempted abduction after a 20-year-old woman said two people tried to pull her into a van on the north side. The woman said she was walking home Friday just after midnight from a Marsh Supermarket along Ditch Road south of 86th Street. A man and a woman in a dark van began following her and pulled beside her several times. The woman in the van grabbed her from the window, but she was able to run away.
 

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Anderson man acquitted of murder

August 23, 2013

Adam Layne, 27, of Anderson has been acquitted of murder charges in a fatal stabbing he says happened in self-defense during a fight. A Madison County judge announced the jury's verdict Thursday, eight months after Layne was arrested in the December death of 23-year-old Willie Rumph. Layne said he stabbed Rumph to protect himself and his family after Rumph forced his way into their home and demanded drug money owed him by one of Layne's relatives.
 

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Public access counselor picked

August 22, 2013

The Governor's Office announced Thursday that Gov. Mike Pence has picked Luke Britt as the state's new public access counselor. Britt has been as a litigation attorney for the Department of Child Services and previously worked at the state health department and for a Greenwood law firm. Britt's appointment begins Monday for a term ending in June 2015. The counselor reviews disputes from the public, government officials and journalists about the state's public records and open meetings laws.

 

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Murder suspect arrested

August 22, 2013

Cortez Jones, 34, was arrested Wednesday night in connection with a murder at a west-side apartment complex. Jones is accused of shooting to death Anthony Kimmons, 39, at Aspen Village Apartments, near West 34th Street and Georgetown Road, on Tuesday afternoon. Reginald Fagan, 27, nearly drowned in a retention pond after he ran from the scene to escape Jones, police said. Jones was already wanted for parole violations.
 

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Man fatally shot on west side

August 22, 2013

A man was shot and killed at about 11 p.m. Wednesday in an apparent attempted robbery in the 4100 block of Mission Drive, near West 38th Street and High School Road. Police found the victim, described as a Latino male in his 40s, near his apartment in the Woodhaven apartment complex. Witnesses said the shooter left on foot.
 

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Indiana sees high gas-price spikes

August 21, 2013
A review by the website GasBuddy.com found Fort Wayne experienced the country's highest one-day average price hikes in gasoline this year and Indianapolis had the second-highest. Fort Wayne's spikes averaged 34 cents a gallon and Indianapolis averaged 32 cents. GasBuddy analyst Patrick DeHaan said the Great Lakes states have seen the largest price fluctuations, partly because of two refinery closures and a refinery fire in the region this year.
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Two arrested in Fishers

August 21, 2013
Two Indianapolis teenagers were arrested by Fishers police about 2 a.m. Wednesday after officers caught them allegedly breaking into vehicles. Jalen Williams, 18, and a 17-year-old juvenile were arrested on charges of theft and resisting law enforcement. Williams also faces a charge of unauthorized entry into a vehicle. The two were caught in the Weaver Woods North neighborhood at 141st Street and Harrison Parkway.
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Man injured in shootout

August 21, 2013
A 19-year-old man was shot Wednesday about 12:45 a.m. in a gas station parking lot at 34th Street and Keystone Avenue. Tracy Hollowell, who suffered a non-fatal injury to his side, told Indianapolis police he was shot during a carjacking, but a witness said Hollowell exchanged gunfire with another man after an argument. The man then drove off in Hollowell’s red pickup. Police recovered shell casings from two different guns and a stolen firearm that Hollowell admitted throwing behind a dumpster at the scene. Police tried apprehending the pickup driver a few blocks away, but he escaped on foot, leaving his gun and some stolen property behind.
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DNR hosts ‘Outdoor Experience’

August 20, 2013

Visitors to Fort Harrison State Park will be able to participate in archery, target shooting, mountain biking, fishing, kayaking and other activities with no charge during a special event next month. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says all equipment will be provided at the annual Hoosier Outdoor Experience on Sept. 21-22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. More than 25,000 people attended last year's event at the heavily wooded, 1,700-acre former Army base.
 

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Pedestrian hit by truck, dies

August 20, 2013

A 28-year-old male pedestrian died Tuesday after being hit by a utility truck in Martinsville just after 7:30 a.m. The man was crossing State Road 37 near Grand Valley Road when he was struck. SR 37 was closed from SR 252 to Industrial Drive for some time after the incident.
 

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Four nabbed in Fishers armed robbery

August 20, 2013

Police arrested four suspects, but a fifth remains on the run, after an armed robbery of a gas station late Monday in Fishers. Police said three masked men, including one with a rifle, robbed cash and cigarettes from the Shell station at 96th Street and Allisonville Road about 11:30 p.m. A short time later, police arrested Mercedes M. Hamilton and Janea L. Waller, both 19, in the alleged getaway vehicle. Three men ran from the vehicle, but two of them, Douglas D. Dennis, 23, and a 17-year-old male, were caught by police dogs.
 

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Firefighter revived from coma

August 19, 2013

An Indianapolis firefighter who was placed under a medically induced coma after he was critically injured last week has been revived and may leave the hospital as early as Wednesday. Chris McGrone, 38, suffered severe smoke inhalation after his mask came off during a fire Friday at a vacant home in the 1500 block of Columbia Avenue. Doctors removed his breathing tube Monday morning. Investigators believe the home was being used for illegal gambling and that the fire was intentionally set.
 

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Man dies after hit-and-run

August 19, 2013

A man who was critically injured in a Beech Grove hit-and-run incident late Sunday night has died. Ronald Vanatta, 33, fell out of a pickup truck about 11 p.m. in the 3700 block of Emerson Avenue. He was struck by a dark-colored station wagon that sped off after the incident, a woman with him in the truck identified as his fiancee told police. Vanatta had been stabbed multiple times in a fight less than 24 hours earlier at the Riff Raff Bar in the 2400 block of English Avenue. He was arrested early Sunday night for creating a disturbance at Wishard Hospital while fighting with his fiancee.
 

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State targets drug abuse

August 16, 2013

State officials have launched a new website intended to help Indiana consumers recognize symptoms of prescription drug addiction. The new site, www.BitterPill.IN.gov, offers information on where to go for help and how to report illegal activities by doctors or others. Health officials say more Americans abuse prescription drugs than cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens and inhalants combined.
 

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Firefighter injured in blaze

August 16, 2013

A Friday morning blaze that critically injured an Indianapolis firefighter was intentionally set, fire officials say. The fire was reported about 3:15 at a vacant home in the 1500 block of Columbia Avenue on the northeast side. Firefighter Chris McGrone, 38, suffered severe smoke inhalation after his breathing mask fell off while he was fighting the blaze.
 

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Man shot in his driveway

August 16, 2013

Indianapolis police are searching for a man who shot a homeowner in the Meridian Hills area Friday just before 6 a.m. Garnell Love, 59, said he was in his driveway at 73rd Street and Spring Mill Road preparing to leave for work when a man wearing a bandana over his face tried to rob him. Love was shot in the legs from behind after he fought back and ran for his garage.
 

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Man shot on city's west side

August 15, 2013

A man was shot in the midsection on the city's west side at about 12:50 a.m. Thursday. The shooting took place near Walton Street and South High School Road in Wayne Township. Indianapolis police say the man was alive when he was taken to Wishard Hospital.
 

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Masked men hold up gas stations

August 15, 2013

Police believe a trio of masked men is responsible for two armed robberies of area Speedway gas stations early Thursday. Cumberland police say the men robbed the station on German Church Road at 1:05 a.m., hitting an 18-year-old clerk in the head with a gun. About 45 minutes later, three masked men entered a Speedway at 62nd Street and Allisonville Road and were confronted by a customer. One of the men punched the customer in the face before the group fled to a white Pontiac sedan in a nearby parking lot.  
 

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Boy hit with sledge hammer

August 15, 2013

An 8-year-old Indianapolis boy is in critical condition after being hit in the head with a sledgehammer Wednesday during a large fight on the east side. The disturbance began at about 8:30 p.m. outside an apartment building at 2744 Priscilla Ave., near 21st Street and Arlington Avenue. A 12-year-old girl suffered minor injuries.
 

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Explosion suspects head to court

August 14, 2013

Key issues will be heard in a Marion County court Wednesday afternoon involving three people charged in a deadly explosion that destroyed much of an Indianapolis neighborhood. Monserrate Shirley; her boyfriend, Mark Leonard; and his brother, Bob Leonard, are scheduled to appear on charges of murder and arson in the Nov. 10 blast that killed two people and badly damaged dozens of homes in the Richmond Hill subdivision. Defense attorneys want the three to have separate trials. Shirley's attorney says Mark Leonard abused her and coerced her into the insurance scheme.
 
 

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Cop faces drunken-driving charge

August 14, 2013

An Indianapolis police officer was arrested on drunken driving charges at about 10:30 Tuesday night at the intersection of Harding Street and Hudnut Boulevard on the city’s southwest side. Officer Ron Santa had a blood alcohol level of 0.10, above the legal limit of 0.08. A concerned driver called police to report that Santa’s vehicle was swerving unusually. Santa was off-duty and in his own vehicle.
 

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