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Police make arrest in double murder

December 10, 2010

A 28-year-old Indianapolis man was charged with two counts of murder Thursday night after he called police and said he needed to confess to “something.” Razien McCullough was arrested after police found the bodies of a male and female in the back yard of his home at 337 South Temple Ave. on the city’s northeast side. The victims, who had not been officially identified Friday morning, appeared to have been shot in the home and moved outside. Two children, ages 4 and 8, were found in the home and taken into protective custody.
 

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Ex-Wishard employee gets 4 years

December 10, 2010

A former employee of Wishard Heath Services has been sentenced to four years of home detention and four years of probation for embezzlement. Rebecca Sudhop, 53, of Fishers, was convicted of theft from her position in the accounts receivable department. Sudhop diverted $250,000 in payments intended for the hospital, Wishard disclosed.
 

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Couple injured in Fishers fire

December 10, 2010

A husband and wife were taken to a hospital with minor injuries Friday morning after a large house fire next to Geist Nursery in the 9800 block of Mollenkoph Road in Fishers. Crews arrived at the fire just before 4:30 a.m. after the nursery’s owners reported their home was on fire. Crews were able to contain the fire in about 15 minutes.
 

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Body found after car fire

December 9, 2010

Firefighters extinguishing a car fire Thursday morning on the northeast side of Indianapolis discovered a body inside the vehicle. Investigators are trying to figure out whether the person died before or after the fire, which occurred at about 8 a.m. in an alley in the 3000 block of North Gale Street. Neighbors said they had never seen the car before and speculated someone was trying to dump the body in their neighborhood.

 

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IPS student attacked at bus stop

December 9, 2010

A 15-year-old girl was attacked at her bus stop at about 7 a.m. Thursday near the corner of Pleasant Run Parkway and Le Grand Avenue on the south side of Indianapolis. According to Indianapolis Public Schools, a male grabbed her around her stomach and tried to drag her off. During the struggle, the girl’s bus arrived and the driver began honking the horn, scaring the attacker off. The assailant grabbed the girl’s cell phone during the attack and kept it. The girl was shaken up, but not injured.
 

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Man shot, killed on east side

December 9, 2010

An Indianapolis man was shot and killed in his home on the city's east side at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Police believe Jared Wathen, 27, was shot in his house in the 3200 block of Elmhurst Drive and tried to get help from neighbors before he died. Several gunshots were reported by neighbors and a dark-colored vehicle was spotted leaving the scene traveling south on Elmhurst Drive.
 

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Death of 2-year-old investigated

December 8, 2010

Indianapolis police are investigating the death of a 2-year-old girl who died at Methodist Hospital early Wednesday morning of unknown causes. Police were called to the child's home in the 200 block of Parkview Avenue on the near-east side just before midnight Tuesday because the girl had stopped breathing. The child's aunt, Irene Glenn, said the child had fallen and hit her head earlier in the day. An autopsy scheduled for Wednesday or early Thursday morning will determine an exact cause of death.  
 

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Police nab three suspects in double-murder

December 8, 2010

Police have arrested three people in connection with the double homicide of Keya Prince and Stephen Streeter, who were shot to death in their Anderson home on Nov. 29. Just two hours after 24-year-old Prince and 25-year-old Streeter were laid to rest Tuesday, police raided a house in the 2100 block of Arrow Avenue and detained six people. Three of them, Na-Son D. Smith, 18; Martez Brown, 16; and Jacob Fuller, 15; were each charged with two counts of murder, according to the Anderson Herald Bulletin.
 

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Teen in handcuffs flees police

December 8, 2010

A teen-age boy in handcuffs escaped from Indiana State Police on the east side of Indianapolis late Tuesday night. A trooper pulled the teen over on Interstate 465 near the Shadeland Avenue exit about 10:30 p.m. The trooper found some drugs in the car and put handcuffs on the 17-year-old. The teen slipped away from the trooper and ran off. Police searched for the boy, but were unable to find him, however, they have his name and address.
 

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Carjack victim escapes armed men

December 7, 2010

Indianapolis police are searching for two men who robbed and abducted a man at gunpoint on the west side early Tuesday morning. Police say the victim was getting into his car at an apartment building near Mickley Avenue and Vermont Street about 6:30 a.m. when the two men attacked him, tied him up with duct tape and put him in the back of a red sport-utility vehicle. One suspect drove away in the SUV while the other followed in the victim’s car. The hostage said he was able to escape the vehicle on the east side of the city near 10th and Rural streets after a struggle with the gunman. The victim said he may have shot the suspect in the hand during the escape. His car was found abandoned a short time later about a mile from the scene.
 

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Good Samaritan alerts family to fire

December 7, 2010

An unidentified Good Samaritan is being credited with saving a family of four from a west-side Indianapolis house fire early Tuesday morning. The man saw fire coming from the roof of a house in the 250 block of Addison Street and knocked on the door. Kathy Dean, the only person home who was not deaf, answered the door and alerted her husband and two children. Investigators believe the blaze was caused by an electrical fire in the attic.
 

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Mother shops with baby in car

December 7, 2010

Indianapolis police say Zella Davis, 28, went shopping Monday night while her 7-month-old baby waited in the car. Davis, who was arrested for neglect of a dependent, left her car running and doors unlocked with the baby inside while she shopped at the Big Lots store at 30th Street and Georgetown Road. Davis took one of her children into the store with her, but left her oldest child, a 5-year-old, at home unattended. All three children are now in protective custody.
 

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Woman survives one accident, not the next

December 3, 2010

Linda Jean Robbins, 62, of Shelbyville died Friday morning on the southeast side of Indianapolis when she was struck by a car after surviving a crash. Robbins was driving on the Southeastern Avenue ramp off Interstate 74 at about 6:15 a.m. when her SUV slid on ice into a guard rail. She was ejected from the vehicle and survived. Robert W. Tompkins, 48, of Rushville and another man stopped to help Robbins when another car lost control on the icy ramp. The car, driven by 22-year-old Kevin Shadday Jr., hit Robbins and Tomkins. Robbins died on the scene and Tomkins suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Shadday was driving with a suspended license and may face charges, police say.

 

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Mother arrested for neglect of 4-year-old

December 3, 2010

An Indianapolis mother was arrested after her 4-year-old was found wandering in a hotel parking lot Thursday night. Hotel staff at the Motel 6 in the 2800 block of North Shadeland Avenue called police when they noticed the child crying in the parking lot. The boy was alone and without a coat in the 32-degree weather.  Sandra Jones, 39, was arrested for neglect. Her son was taken into the custody of Child Protection Services.
 

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Death of 4-year-old investigated

December 2, 2010
Police are investigating the death of a 4-year-old Tipton boy who suffered blunt-force trauma to his mid-section, back and spine. Dylan Cast died Friday while at home with his 5-year-old sibling and his mother’s fiancé. No arrests have been made, but police say they have identified a “person of interest.”
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Indianapolis man still missing

December 2, 2010
Police are searching for a missing Indianapolis man who was last seen Aug. 20. Detectives consider the disappearance of Michael Summers, 44, suspicious because he hasn’t contacted his family and has no local criminal history. His brother reported him missing Aug. 25. He was last seen at Bryant's Friendly Inn Tavern on South East Street. Police say there has been no activity on his bank account or cell phone. Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-8477.
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Fire claims Westfield home, damages 2 others

December 2, 2010
A family of five lost their home in Westfield after flames ripped through it late Wednesday night. Crews were called to 561 Grabill Drive at about 11 p.m. after several neighbors noticed the fire. When crews arrived, the two-story house was engulfed in flames. Nobody was injured, but two neighboring homes also were damaged. Fire investigators are working to determine a cause.
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Christmas thief strikes Zionsville

December 1, 2010

A real-life Grinch has struck in Zionsville, stealing hundreds of dollars worth of Christmas decorations from a dozen or so homes over the past several days. "Apparently, Mr. Grinch moved into town… We've taken 10 to 15 theft reports," said Officer Joe Robinson of the Zionsville Police Department. "They're taking the figurines, lights, timers, extension cords, pretty much anything they can get their hands on." Police say the suspect is a white male with brown hair in his late teens or early 20s, last seen driving a red SUV.
 

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Apartment fire kills dog

December 1, 2010

A fire in a south-side Indianapolis apartment building left a dog dead late Tuesday night. Firefighters encountered 15-foot flames when they arrived at Berkley Commons just after 11 p.m. The blaze damaged one unit, and several other units were damaged by smoke.
 

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Man walking in street struck, injured

December 1, 2010

A 51-year-old man was in critical condition after being hit Tuesday evening by a SUV on the north side of Indianapolis. Police say the man was walking with another person on Kessler Boulevard North Drive near Lafayette Road about 6:30 p.m. when he was struck by a Chevy Blazer driving southbound. The victim was taken to Wishard Hospital. The driver does not face any charges.
 

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Robbery attempt causes taxi crash

November 30, 2010

A cab driver said two men tried to rob him Monday night, causing him to crash into a Lawrence home. The driver picked up two men on the south side of Indianapolis near Troy Avenue and Pennsylvania Street. As they neared the destination, the men began wrestling with the driver in an attempt to take his money. During the struggle, the driver lost control of the wheel and crashed into the bedroom of a home in the 4800 block of Leone Drive. The cab driver suffered slight injuries. A man inside the home was not injured. Lawrence police are looking for the suspects, who fled the scene.
 

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Police: Drunken mom left kids home alone

November 30, 2010

A Noblesville mother was arrested early Tuesday morning after police said she drove drunk and left her three children home alone. Michele Knight, 33, was taken into custody near State Road 37 and Greenfield Avenue after police received a tip from a Village Pantry clerk who said Knight appeared heavily intoxicated. Knight’s preliminary blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit, police said. Her children, ages 8, 6 and 8 months, were found home alone asleep in their beds.
 

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Police probe double murder in Anderson

November 30, 2010

Anderson police are investigating a double murder that happened during the weekend but wasn't discovered until Monday. Family members of Keya Prince, 24, and her boyfriend, Stephen Streeter, 25, found the couple dead at their home in Anderson on Monday after they hadn’t heard from them since Saturday. Investigators say it appears the couple was shot to death on Saturday, which gives them a late start on tracking down a suspect. They currently have very few leads. They found no signs of forced entry.
 

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Worker injured in plant explosion

November 29, 2010
An explosion at the Rolls-Royce Corp. manufacturing plant on the west side injured one worker Monday morning. The employee suffered burns to his face and chest when a heat-treating furnace exploded. He was taken to Wishard Hospital. Fire crews from Wayne Township were quickly able to extinguish the blaze. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
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Crash in Fishers knocks out power

November 29, 2010
A semi-truck crashed into a utility pole near 116th Street and Allisonville Road in Fishers Monday morning, knocking out power for about 1,700 Duke Energy customers. The driver was trying to park his rig when he hit the pole, causing power lines to fall on the truck’s cabin. He was trapped inside for about an hour. The 4:30 a.m. accident temporarily shut down traffic at the busy intersection.
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