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Broad Ripple hit with robberies

November 29, 2010
Two armed robberies over the weekend in the Broad Ripple area have police on alert. The first, on Saturday night, happened outside Broad Ripple Brewpub when three men getting out of their car were held up by an armed man. In the second Saturday-night incident, a single man was robbed by an armed suspect. The victims all described the suspect as a black male with a black hat and baggy pants driving a white car.
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Fire engulfs Camp Belzer building

November 24, 2010
Fire destroyed a large building at a Boy Scouts camp in Indianapolis, sending flames high into Wednesday’s predawn sky. The 17,000-square-foot activities building, built in the late 1990s at Camp Belzer, was gutted by the fire. Dozens of firefighters fought the blaze in the wooded area near Fort Harrison State Park on the city’s northeast side. No injuries were reported. The cause is being investigated.
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IPS approves balanced calendar

November 24, 2010
Students and staff at Indianapolis Public Schools will have a new schedule next year. Board members voted 6-1 Tuesday night in favor of a balanced calendar. Students will attend class in nine-week blocks with two weeks off between each block. The change begins Aug. 8.
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One dead in possible home invasion

November 24, 2010
One man was killed and another injured during a possible home invasion early Wednesday on the northwest side of Indianapolis. The shootings occurred about 1:30 a.m. in the Annhurst Apartment Complex just south of 71st Street and Georgetown Road. Investigators say a 19-year-old resident shot the two men when they tried to break in to his apartment. An unidentified 24-year-old male died in the parking lot. The other shooting victim was in serious but stable condition at Westview Hospital.
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Zionsville police chief under investigation

November 23, 2010

Zionsville Police Chief Rick Dowden is being investigated by Indiana State Police, according to Boone County Prosecutor Todd Meyer. He’s accused of stealing items from the department’s evidence room. Meyer said police have searched the Zionsville police station and Dowden’s home. Search warrants show authorities looked for video-surveillance tapes of police headquarters, a gun and a 50-inch plasma TV.
 

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IPS bus driver arrested after crash

November 23, 2010

An Indianapolis Public Schools bus driver was arrested Monday night after allegedly leaving the scene of an accident. A man said Scherri Hooten, 35, was driving on the west side near Michigan and Concord streets during rush hour when she ran a stop sign and hit a car. She got out of the bus, checked for damage, then got back on the bus and drove off, he said.
 

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Franklin Township schools OK big cuts

November 23, 2010

Franklin Township Schools Corp. voted 4-1 Monday night to cut $10 million from its budget if a referendum doesn’t pass in May. The cuts include eliminating transportation to all students except those with special needs, chopping 48 teaching jobs, closing three schools and converting a middle school into a large elementary school. Superintendent Walter Bourke agreed to a $10,000 pay cut.
 

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Man dies after falling from car on I-465

November 19, 2010
Police suspect a man who fell to his death from a moving car early Friday morning on Interstate 465 on the east side of Indianapolis may have been pushed out of the vehicle. A truck driver who witnessed the incident at about 1:30 a.m. told police he saw the passenger-side door of a maroon Chevrolet Caprice open and a man fall out onto the highway. The car was moving about 60-65 mph. The victim, who is yet to be identified, was breathing when medics arrived, but later died from massive injuries. Police are searching for the vehicle and the driver.
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Good Samaritan confronts purse snatcher

November 19, 2010
A woman who had her purse snatched outside a Walgreen’s store Friday morning in Beech Grove got it back when a Good Samaritan chased down the thief. The woman was on her way out of the store when a man grabbed her purse and ran to a van across the street. The woman yelled and sounded her car’s alarm, getting the attention of a Marsh Supermarkets employee who chased after the suspect, causing him to drop the purse. The snatcher and another man in the van got away.
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Man holds up Plainfield hotel

November 19, 2010
A desk clerk at the Plainfield Budget Inn said an armed man tried to rob the hotel Friday morning at about 4 a.m. The clerk told the man there was no cash in the drawer because the hotel only accepts credit cards during overnight hours. Instead, the man grabbed the clerk’s purse from behind the counter and fled the scene in a red vehicle, possibly a Pontiac Grand Am or Oldsmobile Alero.
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Man punches screener at airport

November 18, 2010
A Connecticut man was arrested Tuesday at Indianapolis International Airport after punching a Transportation Security Administration screener. John Christina, 51, of Simsbury, Conn., was charged with misdemeanor battery after allegedly exchanging words with and then punching the screener at a security check point. Christina said the punch was light and intended to be a joke, not a challenge to the agent's authority or security procedures. He was released from jail on $150 bond and scheduled to appear in Marion Superior Court 10 on Dec. 13.
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Towing firm part of Carmel drug bust

November 18, 2010
Three men have been arrested after a 10-month police investigation into a marijuana-trafficking ring that allegedly operated from a Carmel business. Daniel Vasquez, 45, co-owner of All American Towing & Recovery, has been charged with tax evasion and money laundering. Stephen “Aaron” Strong, 37, was charged with dealing and possession of marijuana, tax evasion and money laundering. Jesse Randle, 25, was charged with dealing and possession of marijuana. Investigators say several pounds of marijuana were seized during the investigation.
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Women crashes into hotel, flees

November 18, 2010
Police say they arrested a woman after she admitted to crashing a sport-utility vehicle through the side wall of a hotel on Indianapolis’ west side at about 3:45 a.m. Thursday and then leaving the scene. Police searched the area and found the SUV and the woman at a nearby apartment. She was arrested for hit-and-run. No one was hurt.
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Fishers rape suspect arrested

November 17, 2010
Fishers police say they have made an arrest in the case of a woman who was raped on Mother’s Day. Dominic R. Woods, 19, is suspected of the crime, which took place about 2:30 a.m. May 9 in the Brookston Place neighborhood near Brooks School Road and Fall Creek Road. The victim said she was raped in her home by an intruder who held her at knifepoint. Woods also faces charges of burglary and criminal confinement.
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Two injured in crash of stolen car

November 17, 2010
A crash involving a stolen car sent two people to the hospital early Wednesday morning. At least four people, including three juveniles, were in the car, which hit a tree on the south side of Indianapolis near State Avenue and Raymond Street about 4:30 a.m. The driver and a passenger had to be cut out of the car and were sent to Wishard Hospital. One is in critical condition. Two other passengers fled the scene but were caught by police.
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Ex-boyfriend arrested in arson deaths

November 16, 2010
Lawrence police have charged Joshwa Carlisle, 22, with two counts of murder and one count of arson in the deaths of his ex-girlfriend, Tracie Shannon, 25, and their 9-month-old daughter, Juliana. Shannon and her daughter were found dead Sept. 19 after a fire at Hunt Club Apartments in the 5000 block of Old Colony Road. A Marion County coroner ruled that Shannon died of smothering and the infant died of smoke inhalation. Investigators determined that fires were intentionally set around both victims.
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South-side gas station robbed

November 16, 2010
A south-side Indianapolis gas station was robbed at knifepoint about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. The suspect was last seen leaving the Marathon station on South Meridian Street near Raymond Street heading north on Meridian in a beat-up Chevy or GMC pickup.
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SUV stolen at gunpoint

November 16, 2010
Police are searching for a man who stole a sport-utility vehicle at gunpoint early Tuesday morning at an apartment complex on Brandonway Court on the northeast side. A woman and her husband had just arrived at their apartment parking lot when a man put a gun to the husband's head and demanded they hand over the keys. The suspect was last seen driving a 1996 dark-blue Chevy Tahoe westbound on east 56th Street.
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Three injured in southwest-side fire

November 15, 2010
Indianapolis fire investigators are searching for the cause of a house fire Sunday that injured a mother, her son and a firefighter. Nellie Spears, 67, and her son, Lonnie Groce, 43, were injured in the fire in the 600 block of Holly Avenue. Spears, the homeowner, was taken to Wishard Hospital for smoke inhalation and was in fair condition Sunday night. Groce suffered serious burns to his arms and was in critical condition. The injured firefighter was treated at Methodist Hospital and released.
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Woman dies in west-side accident

November 15, 2010
A woman was killed and another injured in a crash Sunday morning on the west side of Indianapolis. Dora Thomas, 86, of Indianapolis died of her injuries Sunday night at Methodist Hospital. A female passenger in her vehicle was seriously hurt. The driver of a sport utility vehicle that collided with Thomas’ car was not injured. The accident occurred on Rockville Road.
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Food bank says more help needed

November 15, 2010
Indianapolis-based Gleaners Food Bank, which serves 21 counties in central and southeastern Indiana, is asking for more help to feed hungry families. A food bank official said more than 200,000 Hoosiers are facing hunger. Visits to food pantries are up 30 percent to 40 percent due to the poor economy, said Mike Miller, chief operating officer of Gleaners.
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Armed man robs north-side gas station

November 12, 2010

Indianapolis and Carmel police are searching for an armed man who robbed a gas station about 3:30 a.m. Friday at 96th Street and Keystone Avenue on the north side. Police said the suspect was wearing black from head to toe when he entered the Marathon station with a gun and demanded money from both cash registers before running away. Police estimate he took about $600.  
 

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Colts punter avoids prosecution

November 12, 2010

Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee has avoided prosecution for a public intoxication arrest by signing a diversion agreement with the Marion County Prosecutor's Office. McAfee was arrested in October after he was found wet and shirtless following a night of drinking in Broad Ripple. Under the deal, McAfee has to pay a $298 fee and perform eight hours of community service. He also must attend a National Football League-sponsored alcohol education program. Diversion agreements are common for first-time offenders.
 

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School district bans ‘Boobies’ bracelets

November 12, 2010

The Shelbyville Central Schools district has banned students from wearing the popular "I [Heart] Boobies" bracelets, which promote breast cancer awareness. Superintendent David Adams said the bracelets and related items are “a clever advertising campaign by those fund raising for breast cancer awareness. However, these shirts and wrist bands are not appropriate for school.” The rubber wrist bands are designed by Keep A Breast Foundation which maintains the bracelets should be used as a teaching mechanism to educate students. The bracelets have caused controversy in other school districts across the country.
 

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Police impersonator robs dancer

November 11, 2010
Authorities are searching for a police impersonator who robbed a dancer on her way home from a west-side Indianapolis strip club Thursday morning. The woman, who accepted a ride from the man after she got off work, said the suspect propositioned her for sex. After she declined, the man showed her a badge and told her he’d arrest her if she didn’t give him all her money. The man got away with about $160.
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  1. Kent's done a good job of putting together some good guests, intelligence and irreverence without the inane chatter of the other two shows. JMV is unlistenable, mostly because he doesn't do his homework and depends on non-sports stuff to keep HIM interested. Query and Shultz is a bit better, but lack of prep in their show certainly is evident. Sterling obviously workes harder than the other shows. We shall see if there is any way for a third signal with very little successful recent history to make it. I always say you have to give a show two years to grow into what it will become...

  2. Lafayette Square, Washington Square should be turned into office parks with office buildings, conversion, no access to the public at all. They should not be shopping malls and should be under tight security and used for professional offices instead of havens for crime. Their only useage is to do this or tear them down and replace them with high rise office parks with secured parking lots so that the crime in the areas is not allowed in. These are prime properties, but must be reused for other uses, professional office conversions with no loitering and no shopping makes sense, otherwise they have become hangouts long ago for gangs, groups of people who have no intent of spending money, and are only there for trouble and possibly crime, shoplifting, etc. I worked summers at SuperX Drugs in Lafayette Square in the 1970s and even then the shrinkage from shoplifting was 10-15 percent. No sense having shopping malls in these areas, they earn no revenue, attract crime, and are a blight on the city. All malls that are not of use should be repurposed or torn down by the city, condemned. One possibility would be to repourpose them as inside college campuses or as community centers, but then again, if the community is high crime, why bother.

  3. Straight No Chaser

  4. Seems the biggest use of TIF is for pet projects that improve Quality Of Life, allegedly, but they ignore other QOL issues that are of a more important and urgent nature. Keep it transparent and try not to get in ready, fire, Aim! mode. You do realize that business the Mayor said might be interested is probably going to want TIF too?

  5. Gary, I'm in complete agreement. The private entity should be required to pay IPL, and, if City parking meters are involved, the parking meter company. I was just pointing out how the poorly-structured parking meter deal affected the car share deal.

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