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About 100 expelled from IU fraternity

March 10, 2010
A fraternity at Indiana University faces serious sanctions once again. This time, about 100 students will be expelled from the Alpha Tau Omega chapter on the Bloomington campus, leaving only about 20 members. University officials say the fraternity has an “Animal House” mentality and members’ grades aren’t up to snuff. There were also several reports of hazing. The fraternity was on probation for alcohol-related reasons when the latest investigation began.
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Police chief cleaned out by burglar

March 10, 2010
An eastern Indiana police chief has a little less spring cleaning to do after a burglar took everything from his garage. Richmond Police Chief Kris Wolski was among at least five residents in his neighborhood hit Monday in a two-day string of garage and vehicle burglaries. Four other garages were burglarized in about six hours on Sunday.
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Purdue beefing up surveillance

March 9, 2010
There is a new push to keep students safe on Purdue University’s campus in West Lafayette. Surveillance cameras are being installed in 54 locations as part of a $1.4 million security project that began last year. By fall, the university hopes to have 133 cameras in place, many of them in parking garages. Campus police will monitor the camera feeds 24 hours a day. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
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Pedestrian struck by car in Plainfield

March 9, 2010
Plainfield police say a pedestrian was struck by a car while trying to cross the street about 6:30 Tuesday morning. The incident occurred near Stanley Road about a quarter-mile west of State Road 267 in a residential area near a medical park and apartment complex. The male victim was taken to Wishard Hospital in serious condition. Police don’t believe the driver who hit him was impaired, but they are running tests to make sure.
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Police investigate bus-stop robbery

March 9, 2010
Indianapolis police are investigating a possible robbery at a bus stop Tuesday morning. A 14-year-old girl said a man tried to rob her in the 1200 block of North Tuxedo, right in front of her house. She told police a man driving a dark-colored SUV pulled up and said “Get in the car.” Then, she said, he grabbed a necklace and ring she was wearing. Detectives are asking anyone with information about the crime to call Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-8477.
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Four people hospitalized after crashes

March 8, 2010

At least four people were taken to the hospital Monday morning, including one person in critical condition, following a series of related crashes on the south side of Indianapolis. Police said two men in a Pontiac Firebird drove away from one accident scene after crashing into another vehicle. While fleeing, they tried to run a red light at Shelby Street and Southern Avenue, but were struck by a truck with three children inside. The truck then crashed into a red Corvette. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
 

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Fumes kill south-side man, dog

March 8, 2010

Indianapolis police believe carbon monoxide fumes from a generator killed an east-side Indianapolis man and his dog late Sunday night. Police say a friend stopped by the man’s home near Emerson Avenue and English Avenue about 10 p.m. and found 45-year-old Brian D. Beckley and his dog dead. The friend told police that the man did not have electricity in the home and was using a generator for power.

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Autopsy set for Perry Township constable

March 8, 2010

An autopsy is set for Monday to find out how Perry Township Constable Roy Houchins died over the weekend. Houchins was found dead in the parking lot of a south-side Indianapolis bar Saturday morning. Investigators say it looks like he fell and hit his head. Houchins was under federal investigation in an alleged badge-selling scheme and was due to face trial this month on charges that he stole two guns from the Marion County sheriff's department property room.

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Man killed in collision with bus

March 5, 2010

A 22-year-old man was killed Friday morning in Indianapolis when his car was struck by a school bus. Police say Keon Wills was driving erratically on southbound Keystone Avenue when his Ford Focus crossed the median. He collided with a bus carrying 19 Broad Ripple High School students near 36th Street. The bus careened into a yard and came to a stop just feet from a home. One student was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and five others suffered bruises.
 

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Bar fight spurs shooting death

March 5, 2010

Police say a fight inside a pub in northwest Indianapolis sparked a deadly shooting early Friday morning. The fight spilled into the parking lot at Kelly’s Pub at 56th Street and Georgetown Road just after 3 a.m. Friday before the shooting occurred. Police say the victim, 25-year-old Leon Pepper, had a criminal history involving drugs. Police are looking for someone named Mike who they believe may be a witness to the shooting.
 

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Grant to help city green up for Super Bowl

March 5, 2010

Not-for-profit Keep Indianapolis Beautiful has been given a $10,000 dollar grant from the Alliance for Community Trees and the Home Depot Foundation to help with its “2,012 by 2012” tree-planting initiative. The money will help the organization plant 2,012 trees on the near east side in time for the 2012 Super Bowl at Lucas Oil stadium. The plan is part of a bigger goal in which the group hopes to plant 100,000 trees in the next seven years.
 

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Parents in custody battle over son's weight

March 4, 2010
Two Bedford parents are in a custody battle over how to handle the weight problems of their 9-year-old son. At 5 feet and 140 pounds, Eric Smoot is considered overweight but not obese by a pediatrician. His father has filed legal papers fighting for custody, saying his son is dangerously obese and his weight could endanger his life. His mother, Darla Smoot, says the father, Lowell Taylor, didn’t have a problem until the state raised her child custody payments from $125 to $150 a week. A hearing between the two parties over custody is set for May.
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Indiana ranks low in federal health spending

March 4, 2010
A new report ranks Indiana 48th in the nation in the amount of federal dollars the state spends per person on public health. The study released this week by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation also found that Indiana spent less per person on public health services than most other Midwestern states in fiscal 2009. Ohio ranked 49th, spending $13.52 per person, while Virginia spent the least on its residents, at $13.33 a person.
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Mother arrested for child endangerment

March 4, 2010
An Indianapolis mother has been arrested after being accused of leaving her 6-year-old in a car while she smoked crack inside a known drug house on Grant Avenue. Kelly Barngrover was arrested on multiple charges after police say she put her child in extreme danger. The Department of Child Services took custody of the child. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
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Graffiti vandal arrested, faces more charges

March 3, 2010

An accused vandal was captured early Wednesday morning in downtown Indianapolis. Marion County deputies and officers with the U.S. Marshal’s Office arrested Miguel Villanueva at 2 a.m. in the 100 block of South Pennsylvania Street. Villanueva, of Richmond, is a self-proclaimed “graffiti artist” who is suspected of leaving his tag, “Choke,” on dozens of buildings in Indianapolis and around the country. He was wanted for failure to appear in court on several criminal mischief charges. Prosecutors have filed nine counts of criminal mischief, all felonies, and one charge of criminal gang activity. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
 

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Girl, 11, reports attempted abduction

March 2, 2010
Indianapolis police are searching for two men accused of trying to abduct an 11-year-old girl Tuesday morning. The girl said she was waiting for the school bus near the Oaktree Apartments on Post Road near Pinehurst Drive just before 7 a.m. when a dark van with two men inside approached her. The men yelled for her to get into the van, but she refused and used her cell phone to call 911. She described the driver as a black man with twisties in his hair, and the passenger as a Hispanic man with a gold tooth. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
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No foul play found in baby's death

March 2, 2010
Toxicology reports show a 4-month old baby found dead at a Bloomington day care center in January apparently died from natural causes. A worker checking on Judah Welk found he was not breathing and called 911. Judah probably died from sudden infant death syndrome, according to the Monroe County chief deputy prosecutor. Wanda Ewing, the owner of the center and her two adult sons were arrested after the incident for unrelated crimes. No charges in connection with Judah’s death will be filed against Ewing.
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Murder suspect coming back to Indiana

March 2, 2010
A triple-murder suspect is on his way back from Texas to face charges in central Indiana. Barney Chamorro, 19, waived extradition Monday at a hearing in Texas. He’s suspected of stabbing his twin brother, his father and his father's girlfriend to death last Thursday night in Whitestown. Texas Rangers caught up with Chamorro after he used a credit card in Odessa, Texas. They found him sleeping in a stolen truck at a highway rest stop.
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Police arrest shoe-camera user at mall

March 1, 2010

Indianapolis police arrested a Fort Wayne man Saturday after he allegedly used a shoe camera to look up women's dresses at Castleton Square Mall. David Delagrange, 40, approached several women and placed his foot under their dresses to make recordings, police say. Delagrange was subdued him with a Taser before being taken into custody. He is charged with voyeurism, resisting arrest, and child exploitation because one of the victims was believed to be a juvenile.
 

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Firefighters make rescue on Geist

March 1, 2010

Firefighters rescued a fisherman who fell through the ice Monday morning at Geist Reservoir. A nearby resident heard the man yelling for help and called 911. Firefighters were able to reach the man, who was about 100 feet from the shore, with a rope and pull him to safety. The victim, who spent about 30 minutes in the water, spoke with rescuers throughout the ordeal. He was taken to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.

 

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Two Democrats drop bid for Bayh's seat

March 1, 2010

Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. and Indiana Rep. Baron Hill on Saturday announced they won’t seek the Democratic nomination to succeed Evan Bayh as U.S. senator. That leaves southern Indiana Congressman Brad Ellsworth as a favorite to claim the nomination. The Indiana Democratic Party will select the nominee.
 

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Bomb-threat suspect found dead

February 26, 2010
A man suspected of issuing a bomb threat at Union Hospital in Terre Haute on Saturday has been found dead. Terre Haute police say the body of 40-year-old Michael Miller was found in a wooded area north of the city on Thursday, and that he matches the description of a man who demanded methadone at Union Hospital on Saturday. The suspect left a red bag at the hospital pharmacy window, saying it contained a bomb. Authorities are awaiting an autopsy. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
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Car smashes into repair shop

February 26, 2010
A Muncie man survived a close call with an out-of-control car at an auto repair shop on Thursday afternoon. According to police, the car collided with another vehicle and then careened into Earl’s Auto Repair in Muncie, smashing through a wall. A mechanic was temporarily pinned by the vehicle and later was taken to a hospital with a few broken ribs, according to the shop owner.
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Teens fast to help relief organization

February 26, 2010
Nearly 4,000 central Indiana teens are taking part in World Vision’s 30-Hour Famine awareness and fund-raising event this weekend, according to the international relief organization. In addition to refraining from eating for 30 hours, the teens are expected to be involved in community service projects throughout the weekend.
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Homeless 'city' creates dilemma

February 25, 2010
Indianapolis police, city leaders and advocacy groups are trying to figure out what do with a group of homeless people who have created their own �¢??city�¢?? within the city. They are holding a meeting Thursday to address the situation. Nearly three dozen homeless people have banded together and used everything from cardboard to plastic tarp to create their own community beneath a railroad bridge on Davidson Street, just east of downtown. Some who work and live in the community surrounding the bridge believe the makeshift town is an eyesore, and some say charity organizations are exacerbating the problem by regularly handing out food, clothing and other supplies. Homeless residents living there say they have nowhere else to go. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
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