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Frozen hydrants a problem for firefighters

January 6, 2010
A fire on the east side of Indianapolis kept crews busy late into the night Tuesday. Fire engulfed three businesses in the 4800 block of East Michigan Streetâ??an insurance company, a music studio and a sporting goods store. Getting it under control was a challenge for firefighters, who had to contend with frozen hydrants for the second time this week. A fire early Monday that burned down the Texas Roadhouse near 16th Street and Shadeland Avenue quickly spread because firefighters spent 15 minutes looking for a non-frozen hydrant.
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State Hispanic and Latino Affairs director fired

January 6, 2010
The stateâ??s top agency for Latinos no longer has an executive director. Pat Sanchez was let go earlier this week from his job heading up the Indiana Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs. The group reviews programs, conducts research and follows legislation that affects the stateâ??s Latino population. It's not clear why the former Indianapolis Public Schools teacher was fired. Sanchez was the agency's third executive director since 2003.
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Woman fatally shot in possible robbery

January 5, 2010

Police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred Tuesday morning in Indianapolis during an apparent home robbery. Just after 7 a.m., four suspects allegedly tried to rob a home near 21st Street and Drexel Avenue. Police say gunfire was exchanged and a female robbery suspect was fatally shot by the homeowner following a struggle. The homeowner, who was shot in the face, was taken to Wishard Hospital in stable condition. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.

 

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State lawmaker sidelined by health problem

January 5, 2010

Freshman State Rep. Dennie Oxley, D-Taswell, won't be at the Indiana Statehouse when the General Assembly reconvenes Tuesday. Oxley has been under medical care since suffering cardiac arrest in mid-November. His family said they've asked House Speaker Pat Bauer to excuse him from attending sessions in Indianapolis this week.
 

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Hoosier killed in Afghanistan

January 5, 2010

An Indiana community is mourning the loss of one of the first U.S. soldiers to die in Afghanistan this year. Specialist Brian Bowman died Sunday after being hit by a roadside bomb. Bowman, who enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2006, is a Waveland native and a 2004 graduate of Southmont High School. His funeral will be at Woodland Heights Church in Crawfordsville, where he and his wife were married.
 

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Heater suspected of starting hotel fire

January 4, 2010
A heater may be to blame for a fire at a hotel on the east side of Indianapolis that began either late Sunday night or early Monday morning, according to investigators. The fire broke out in a second-story room at the Budget Inn East near 21st Street and Shadeland Avenue. Damage was contained to that room, according to crews, and no injuries were reported. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
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Bill would allow some Sunday beer sales

January 4, 2010
An Indiana Senate bill would make it legal for state micro-breweries to sell carry-out beer on Sundays. Sunday sales of wine already are permitted at the stateâ??s wineries. The bill would not affect beer sales at grocery and liquor stores.
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Teen in court for deaths of friends

January 4, 2010
A teenager accused of killing three friends in a drunken-driving crash goes on trial Monday. Police say 19-year old John Wilson slammed his car into a tree along Moller Road in Indianapolis in December 2008, killing three passengers. He was driving between 58 mph and 68 mph in a 35-mph zone, according to investigators. Wilson faces multiple charges, including operating a vehicle while intoxicated, causing death.
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Sheridan police chase, shoot at driver

December 31, 2009

Sheridan police said they shot at a man who tried to run them over late last night. Officers saw a pickup truck they thought was stuck in the snow, but the driver took off when officers got out to help. Investigators say he tried to run over one of the officers before heading onto State Road 47. The officers fired shots at the truck to stop him as he led them on a chase at speeds up to 90 mph. The truck eventually crashed in a snowy field. Police say the driver had been drinking. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
 

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Arrest made in woman's stabbing death

December 30, 2009
Police have arrested Malcolm Williams, 20, in connection with the stabbing death of a Beech Grove woman. Heâ??s accused of killing Mallory Olhausen, 25, and seriously wounding Jonathon Tolan early Tuesday morning at Beech Meadow Apartments. The two victims and the suspect all had worked together at a nearby Wal-Mart, according to investigators. Co-workers say Williams was recently fired for sexual harassment. Olhausenâ??s 2-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter were in the apartment during the incident. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
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Suspect arrested in IU murder

December 29, 2009

Bloomington police have arrested 25-year-old Michael Griffin in the murder of Indiana University Professor Don Belton, who was found stabbed to death Monday in his home. Investigators say they found a knife at Griffin’s house believed to be used in Belton’s murder. Belton was a creative writing professor. Police have not disclosed a possible motive. Fox 59 will have more at 4 p.m.
 

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Hoosier soldiers set to arrive home

December 29, 2009

Sixty-three soldiers will return to Indiana on Wednesday after a nine-month deployment. Members of the National Guard’s 1-19th Agribusiness Development Team were sent to Afghanistan in February to help farmers learn to grow better crops and market them more effectively. The unit trained at Purdue University before heading overseas.


 

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Man rescued after pickup flips into creek

December 28, 2009

A man is in critical condition after he lost control of his pickup truck on an icy road Sunday morning south of Whitestown in Boone County. Roger Dumkie’s pickup flipped over into a creek. Two police officers and a fire chief jumped into the freezing water, broke out a window and pulled Dumkie out. Witnesses say Dumkie, 56, wasn’t speeding, but was driving too fast considering the conditions. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
 

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Auto show features fewer autos

December 28, 2009

The Indianapolis Auto Show at the Indiana Convention Center this year features 39 makes and models, but that’s fewer than in past years. While the smaller show might be a reflection of tough times for the auto industry, dealers say they’re encouraged that the economy appears to be bouncing back. The event continues until Jan. 1.
 

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Man shot in head on southwest side

December 28, 2009

Andrew Parrish, 35, was shot in the head just after noon Sunday at a home on the southwest side of Indianapolis. Parrish reportedly went to the house on South Warman Avenue to get something, but a fight broke out with suspected gunman Larry Aault, who lives in the home. Parrish was taken to Wishard Hospital in critical condition and Aault was taken into custody.
 

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Suspended officer offered job back, with a catch

December 24, 2009
An attorney representing suspended Indianapolis police officer Candi Perry says she still faces a roadblock to reinstatement. Police officials have told Perry that she can have her job back, if she admits to violating department rules and agrees not to take action against the department, according to the attorney. A Marion County grand jury indicted Perry in September on charges of official misconduct and false reporting regarding a murder investigation. Those charges were dropped on Nov. 25. Perry's attorney says that suing the department remains an option.
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Millions hit the road for the holiday

December 24, 2009
The snow and ice plaguing much of the nation have not hindered Indiana. But many Hoosiers are paying attention to weather conditions because they plan to travel, or have family or friends visiting from out of state. About 87.7 million Americans will be traveling 50 or more miles from home for Christmas, experts say. In Indiana, nearly 2 million travelers will be on the road.
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Family suffers fatality in crash with semi

December 23, 2009
Two siblings are listed in critical condition and another is dead after a Tuesday morning automobile accident involving a family on U.S. 35 near Richmond. Investigators believe that the family from Delaware County was heading to New Jersey for the holidays when 44-year-old Susan Koper lost control of her minivan and swerved into the path of a semi-tractor trailer. Dylan Heintzelman, 13, was pronounced dead at the scene. A fourth sibling in the minivan has been updated to good condition. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
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Tense SWAT standoff ends with surrender

December 23, 2009
A Shelby County man is in jail and charged with confinement and criminal recklessness after locking himself in his home on Tuesday afternoon, refusing to release his teenage son, and threatening to kill himself and police. According to authorities, 39-year-old Jason Brammer barricaded himself and his 13-year-old son in his Shelby County home after a domestic dispute with his estranged wife. Because Brammer was armed, a SWAT team was called to the scene. After several hours and allegedly threatening police, Brammer surrendered. His son was not injured.
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Post office shortens hours for holiday

December 23, 2009
You're probably out of luck if you haven't mailed your Christmas cards, but the post office is still open during regular hours today. Most branches will close at noon tomorrow, but that will not affect normal mail delivery. All branches will be closed on Christmas Day.
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Man shot to death in front of his home

December 22, 2009
Indianapolis police are investigating a homicide on the city's south side. Investigators were called out just before 3 a.m. Tuesday when a woman called 911 to report that her boyfriend had been shot in the 2900 block of Percheron Lane. Police have not yet released the name of the victim. FOX59 will have more at 4 p.m.
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Hundreds of Indiana soldiers return home

December 22, 2009
Nearly 300 Indiana National Guard soldiers will be home for the holidays. The men and women began arriving at Stout Field last night after spending a year in Iraq. Most of the guard members got to spend an hour with their families in the hangar before going to Camp Atterbury for demobilization processing. The homecoming was delayed a day because of a weekend snowstorm that disrupted travel on the East Coast.
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Firefighters rescue residents from balconies

December 21, 2009

Wayne Township firefighters rescued several people from their west-side apartment balconies early Monday after responding to a reported kitchen fire. Crews who arrived at Mariner’s Village apartments shortly after midnight found the 22-unit, 3-story building consumed in flames. One resident sustained serious injuries and was taken to Methodist Hospital. Three others suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene. The local American Red Cross chapter is providing housing for some of the affected residents; others are staying with friends and family. Investigators are looking into the cause of the fire.

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High school hoops coach arrested

December 21, 2009
Pike High School girls basketball coach Sara Strahm is facing a charge of child seduction after being accused of having a sexual relationship with one of her players. The 28-year-old is on administrative leave following her arrest. Strahm was fired from a past job at Danville High School because of an alleged affair with a female student. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
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Study: Indiana one of the least-happy states

December 18, 2009

The Hoosier State is one of the least-happy states in the country, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Only Michigan, Connecticut and New York fared worse. The CDC study suggests the country's happiest people live in the sunniest states. Louisiana, Hawaii, Florida, Tennessee and Arizona make up the top five. Fox 59 will have more at 4 p.m.
 

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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

  3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.

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