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Purdue freshman still missing

March 23, 2010
Investigators are continuing to search for missing Purdue freshman Patrick Trainor, 19, who hasn’t been heard from since he sent a text message to a friend at 1:21 a.m. Sunday. The message was sent from the area of 96th Street and Fall Creek Road. Friends have been driving area streets looking for Trainor's 1999 green Ford Mustang with passenger side damage. Trainor's cell phone has died and his debit and credit cards show no new activity. Fox59 will have more at 4 pm.
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Dog adoption questioned after attack

March 23, 2010
A dog involved in a vicious attack was adopted from the Humane Society of Indianapolis less than two months before the incident. The dog’s owner, Shawn Middleton, 25, faces four misdemeanor counts stemming from the early-March attack, in which two pit bulls injured a 23-year-old Indianapolis man. Police shot and killed one of the dogs, Yoda, which Middleton adopted on Jan. 8. Humane Society CEO John Aleshire said the dog was at the shelter for more than six weeks and the only aggressive behavior it showed came immediately following major surgery.
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Fire forces 6 families out of apartments

March 23, 2010
The Red Cross is assisting six families forced out of their apartments by fire. The Fishers Fire Department responded at about 9:45 Monday night to reports of a first-floor fire at the Deerbrook Apartments near Allisonville Road. They put it out, then used thermal imaging and other tests to make sure it had been extinguished. They were called back at 11 p.m., however, after the fire reoccurred. About half the apartments in the 16-unit building suffered fire and water damage.
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Teens die in bike-truck accident

March 22, 2010

Two teenagers have died after the bicycle they were riding was hit by a pickup early Sunday morning. The accident occurred about 2 a.m. on U.S. 31 near Seymour. Todd Schurman, 17, died at the scene. Zach Grubb, 17, died later after being treated for severe head trauma in Indianapolis. Police don't believe drugs or alcohol were a factor. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.

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Martinsville superintendent arrested

March 22, 2010
The superintendent of Martinsville Schools is expected to make a statement Monday after being arrested this weekend on charges of driving under the influence. Ron Furniss was arrested on Blue Bluff Road in Martinsville Saturday night after being clocked at 61 mph in a 35-mph zone. He was taken to the Morgan County jail, according to police, but has been released on bond. Police say Furniss had a blood-alcohol content of 0.16, twice the legal limit at the time of his arrest.
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Fire chases apartment residents

March 22, 2010
More than a dozen people spent the night in an east-side Indianapolis motel after fire and smoke forced them from their East Washington Street apartment building. Eleven residents of the Washington Arms Apartments were treated for smoke inhalation Sunday after fire broke out in the basement and spread. When firefighters arrived, they found several residents hanging out of upstairs windows. No serious injuries were reported. Damages are listed at $100,000.
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Murat naming deal faces opposition

March 19, 2010
A deal to put a new name on the Murat Centre in downtown Indianapolis may have hit a bump in the road. The Murat Temple Association claims it was not involved in negotiations between event promoter Live Nation, which leases the facility, and Old National Bank to rename the building Old National Centre, WIBC-FM 93.1 reported Thursday. The association said it is looking into its legal options for challenging the renaming. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
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Pendleton officer won't be fired

March 19, 2010
A Pendleton police officer who let an impaired driver drive himself home will not be fired by the department. Patrolman Mike Moore was under investigation for stopping a man, who was high on prescription drugs, last November, and then letting him go home. Before Moore could be fired by the Pendleton Public Safety Board, the 30-year police veteran submitted letters of retirement. During a Thursday night meeting, the board voted not to pursue the firing because he is already off the force.
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Dog burner needs help, parents say

March 19, 2010
The woman who set two dogs on fire has mental problems, according to her parents. Katherine Brotherton’s mother and father, May and T.J. Brotherton, say they're angry and heartbroken over what their daughter did to the dogs. They say they love the dogs and called 911 right after they found Katherine had tried to kill them. They also say they took Katherine to Community North for a psychiatric evaluation, but she refused treatment. She was released from the hospital and remains in the Johnson County Jail where she faces felony counts for animal cruelty. The dogs are recovering at the Johnson County Animal Shelter.
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Pendleton cop faces termination

March 18, 2010
A 30-year Pendleton police officer is off the job, possibly for letting an impaired driver stay on the road. Dashboard-camera video shows patrolman Mike Moore pulling over a driver who failed sobriety tests, then apparently letting the man take his car back on the road. Pendleton Police Chief Marc Farrer informed the town safety board last month that he had suspended Moore, saying the officer jeopardized the town’s safety. The board meets again for a hearing Thursday requested by Moore after the board moved to terminate him Feb. 25. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
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Owner sets unwanted dogs on fire

March 18, 2010
Johnson County woman Katherine Brotherton, 36, faces two counts of animal abuse after admitting to police she set her two dogs on fire. County Prosecutor Brad Cooper called the case extremely disturbing. She told police the dogs had been biting her and thought it was the most humane way to kill them. The dogs are expected to recover from their burns. They were taken to the Johnson County animal control shelter and may be put up for adoption.
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Warren Township closing 2 schools

March 18, 2010
The Warren Township School Board has voted to shut down Heather Hills and Morehead elementary schools at the end of the school year as part of a plan to slash $4 million from the system’s budget. The board will vote April 1 on a redistricting plan for the affected students. Forty jobs within the district, which is in eastern Marion County, will also be cut, including many coaching positions.
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Tanker truck flips in Fishers

March 17, 2010

A semi-truck driver fell asleep at the wheel and flipped his tanker truck on northbound Interstate 69 in Fishers early Wednesday morning. The driver, 61-year-old Muncie resident Larry McLain, was not seriously injured. Highway usage was restricted while the truck’s load of toxic liquid resin material was transferred to another tanker. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
 

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Drug detective resigns amid investigation

March 16, 2010
Mooresville Police Sgt. Tom Whitley has resigned from the force amid accusations that he forged portions of at least 14 narcotics-investigation reports he turned in last November. Whitley allegedly claimed he did field tests on suspects for drugs, mostly meth, and all came up positive. Police say Whitley did not actually perform the tests. A special prosecutor has been appointed to review the evidence and make possible criminal charges. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
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Evansville council ties on tougher smoking ban

March 16, 2010
A proposal for tighter limits on smoking in public places in Evansville has stalled after a tie vote in the City Council. The 4-4 vote with one councilman absent Monday night leaves the future of the proposal to ban smoking in restaurants and bars uncertain. Councilman John Friend said he voted against the ordinance because he thought exemptions for Casino Aztar and private clubs were hypocritical. The city's current smoking ban took effect in 2007.
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Residents urged to prepare for weather

March 15, 2010
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has proclaimed March 14-20 “Severe Weather Preparedness Week” in Indiana. The goal is to remind Hoosiers of the dangers of severe thunderstorms and fast-developing tornadoes, and how they can protect themselves and their families. This week's events will include a statewide test of tornado sirens and other communications systems on Wednesday. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
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Five in custody after alleged kidnapping

March 15, 2010
Indianapolis police detectives spent Sunday questioning a 23-year-old woman who said she was held against her will for 24 hours this weekend. The woman said she was taken from her Denny Street residence and forced to withdraw money from ATMs. Shortly before noon Sunday, a witness at an east-side convenience store told police it appeared a woman was being held against her will. Minutes later, officers stopped the woman’s Dodge Neon in the 400 block of Linwood Avenue. The victim was released, and police took a man and woman into custody. Police also took three other men into custody and confiscated guns at the victim’s home.
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Jailed dead woman concealed meth

March 15, 2010
Stephanie Braasch, an Argos woman who died last week in her St. Joseph County Jail cell, had three plastic bags containing methamphetamine inside her body, an autopsy has found. Braasch, 23, had been booked into the South Bend jail March 7 on suspicion of a drug offense, but was never formally charged. The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's office said the bags found in her vaginal cavity were broken and leaking. The coroner's office has not determined a cause of death, pending completion of toxicology tests.
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Greenwood 18-year-old challenges graduation prayer

March 12, 2010
A top-ranked senior at Greenwood High School is asking a federal judge to stop a graduation prayer that the senior class voted to approve in September. The lawsuit by 18-year-old Eric Workman says the prayer and the vote unconstitutionally subject religious practice to majority rule and violate the First Amendment. The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed suit Thursday on behalf of Workman in federal court in Indianapolis. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
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Authorities pursue possible kidnapping hoax

March 12, 2010
Indiana State Police are among authorities from several jurisdictions investigating the possible abduction of two children in Indianapolis, after a note describing the crime was found taped to a rest-stop bathroom on Wednesday in Bullitt County, Ky. According to the note, a brother and sister named Josh and Laura McKae were forced into a truck by a man at an Indianapolis gas station. The truck then proceeded south on I-65. Noting some red flags, officials aren’t sure if the note is legitimate and are searching for more details.
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IU police question students in sexual assault

March 12, 2010
Indiana University Police are investigating a sexual assault after a female student was found unconscious and partially clothed early Thursday morning in front of the Foster McGee dormitory. She was taken to Bloomington Hospital, where she told police she had been sexually assaulted. Police say the woman did not live at the dorm where she was found, but students who do live there tell Fox59 News that officers questioned several male residents.
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Body found in Johnson County home

March 11, 2010
Johnson County police have discovered a decomposed body on the living room floor of a Greenwood house owned by a woman who has not been seen in months. Concerned residents called the sheriff's office saying they had not seen the homeowner, Penny Morgan, since December. Deputies went to check on her well-being and made the discovery. Officials are not sure whether the body belongs to Morgan or if foul play is involved. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
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Man critically injured in home fire

March 11, 2010
An Indianapolis man was critically injured Thursday morning in a fire on the city’s near-south side. Firefighters pulled the unidentified man from his burning home in the 800 block of Minnesota Street about 6 a.m. The homeowner called 911 to report the fire but failed to get out before firefighters arrived at the scene. Rescue attempts were complicated by clutter blocking the front door and several side windows.
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Homicide suspected in man's death

March 11, 2010
A 53-year-old Indianapolis man suffering from an unknown source of trauma died Wednesday night behind a Speedway gas station at 1207 S. East St. just before 9 p.m. Investigators believe the incident is a homicide. An autopsy will be performed Thursday to determine the cause of his death. The man was seen inside the station about 20 minutes prior to his death.
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Franklin police detective faces suspension

March 10, 2010
A Franklin police detective accused of inappropriate conduct while on duty faces suspension and a possible demotion. According to the Johnson County Daily Journal, Bryan Burton is accused of giving liquor to an underage female informant, drinking alcohol while on duty, and engaging in inappropriate and sexually suggestive conversations. He also is accused of driving a confiscated car and failing to report an accident he was involved in while on duty. The Franklin Police Merit Board is recommending a 45-day suspension. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
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