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More people voting early

October 28, 2010
More Hoosier voters are getting their ballots turned in early and avoiding those Election Day lines. In Marion County, more than 15,000 people had already voted as of Thursday morning. That's ahead of the 2006 midterm election, when fewer than 14,000 people voted before Election Day. Statewide, more than 87,000 people have cast their ballots at clerk's offices and satellite voting locations.
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Woman injured in home invasion

October 28, 2010
Indianapolis Police are investigating a home invasion in the 2600 block of Lull Water Lane on the city's far-east side near the Marion/Hancock county line. Police say a woman was tied up and beaten inside her home. Somehow, detectives say, the victim was able to get free and get to her car. A neighbor called 911. Due to the severity of her injuries, officers say the woman was unable to give them much information about the suspect.
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Safety officials probe Notre Dame death

October 28, 2010
A University of Notre Dame student filming football practice died when a scissor lift he was standing on tipped over Wednesday afternoon. The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of junior Declan Sullivan, 20, of Long Grove, Ill. Wind speeds at the time were high enough for the National Weather Service to issue a high-wind advisory. Before his death, Sullivan joked about his fears on Twitter: "Gusts of wind up to 60 mph,” he posted. “Well today will be fun at work ... I guess I’ve lived long enough."
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Man struck by train on west side

October 27, 2010

A man suffered severe injuries when he was hit by a train about 5 a.m. Wednesday morning near Lynhurst and Plainfield Avenue on the west side of Indianapolis. The man was taken to Wishard Hospital with significant injuries to his head and left foot.  A CSX train conductor told police the man was lying on the tracks at the time he was struck. Police say they found alcohol on the man.
 

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Fire damages real estate office

October 27, 2010

A massive fire on the west side of Indianapolis early Wednesday morning caused heavy damage to a Carpenter Realty office building. The cause of the blaze, which broke out in the 600 block of High School Road about 2 a.m., is still being determined. One firefighter suffered a minor injury and was taken to Methodist Hospital. About 40 people work at the location.

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Man found 3 days after accident

October 27, 2010

Authorities say a 40-year-old motorcyclist spent three days after a crash along a rural central Indiana highway unable to move before being spotted and rescued. Johnson County police say Raymond Lebo of Morgantown drove his motorcycle off Indiana 135 on a curve Saturday between Trafalgar and Morgantown. Lebo fell into a low area that couldn't be seen from the road. Lebo was taken to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where he was listed in stable condition.
 

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Storms move in, cause damage

October 26, 2010

The strong line of storms that triggered tornado warnings throughout central Indiana this morning has passed, leaving behind a trail of destruction. Duke Energy reported more than 40,000 power outages across central and southern Indiana, and Indianapolis Power & Light reported nearly 16,000 in the dark. In Kokomo, the storm knocked over a house. A firefighter and his wife were inside at the time, but weren’t injured. Rescuers also spent time this morning getting a mother and her young child out of a house after a tree fell on it in Madison County. In Marion County, most of the damage is from tree limbs blowing onto vehicles or roadways. A high-wind warning is in effect until 8 p.m. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
 

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Police tracking serial robber in Castleton

October 26, 2010

Indianapolis police think a serial robber may be responsible for two overnight robberies. A clerk at the Days Inn on Craig Street in Castleton was robbed at gunpoint early Tuesday morning. Then, a Village Pantry at 95th Street and Hague Road was robbed a few minutes later. Investigators say this is likely the same man that's been robbing businesses on the northeast side for several weeks. A man in a black truck followed the suspect, but stopped after the man started shooting at him. No one was hurt.
 

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Driver pushes another car into gas pump

October 26, 2010

Indianapolis police say a woman was driving drunk when she hit another car at the Marathon gas station near East 21st Street and North Mitthoeffer Road early Tuesday morning. The victim’s car hit a gas pump, knocking it from its pedestal. An automatic shut-off valve stopped a potential leak or explosion. The driver hit a second car before being arrested.

 

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Friends: Freshman bullied before his death

October 25, 2010
Hamilton Southeastern High School students and staff returned to class Monday without one of their own. Friends say 14-year-old freshman Jamarcus Bell took his own life because he was being bullied at school. Bell was found dead Oct. 20 at his parents’ home in Fishers. On Sunday, friends gathered at a nearby park to sign a remembrance card. Two close friends said Bell was private about his feelings and focused much of his energy on making others happy. School officials declined to comment on the bullying allegation, releasing a statement offering condolences to Bell’s family. “Events like these cause all of us to wonder what might have led to this tragedy,” the statement read. “As we learn more about the situation, we will be prepared to examine any circumstances that warrant our review.” A funeral service is scheduled for  Monday night at Eastern Star Church in Fishers.
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Danville officer arrested after altercation

October 25, 2010
Danville Assistant Police Chief Jerry Cunningham was arrested Sunday for residential entry, domestic battery and battery with injury. According to reports, Cunningham and his wife are in the process of separating. He is accused of confronting an acquaintance of his wife’s at the man's home, then illegally entering the home and getting into a fight with him, injuring him in the process. Cunningham's wife also became involved in the altercation and was injured. The Hendricks County Sheriff’s Department is in charge of the investigation.
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Bar workers find man dead in car

October 25, 2010
The body of a 35-year-old man from Louisiana was discovered Sunday afternoon in his car in the 5700 block of East 71st Street. Officials identified the deceased man Monday morning as Chad Knox.  Employees of GG’s Bar spotted Knox’s vehicle when they arrived Sunday. They remembered seeing Knox as a customer the night before and notified authorities. Police are releasing few details about the death investigation. It's not known why Knox was in Indiana or how he died. His body was turned over the Marion County coroner's office to investigate.
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Police search for runaway Afghani

October 22, 2010
Indianapolis police officers are now treating the search for a missing 15-year-old student as a case of a runaway.  Mohammed “Karim” Azizi is a foreign exchange student from Afghanistan who was in Indianapolis this week for the FFA’s annual convention with an FFA chapter from Ohio.  Police say Azizi went missing around 8:45 p.m. Thursday near Monument Circle. Before he disappeared, he reportedly sent a text message to members of his group that he was “going down now.”  Many took that as meaning he was leaving the steps of the monument, but they now believe that was his way of saying he was leaving.
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Driver broadsides IndyGo bus

October 22, 2010
The driver of an SUV is at Wishard Hospital with serious injuries after colliding with an IndyGo bus early Friday morning near 38th Street and Lafayette Road. Investigators were not immediately sure what led to the “t-bone” collision but did not think alcohol was a factor. There were no passengers on board.  The driver of the bus was taken to Wishard Hospital with minor injuries.
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Student faces expulsion for knife incident

October 22, 2010
A Washington Township elementary school student faces possible expulsion after staff and fellow students said he brandished a knife on a school bus and later hid it in the bus seat.  The 11-year-old Fox Hill Elementary School student allegedly pulled the 10-inch metal knife out and threatened classmates with it on Oct. 15.  Washington Township Schools Superintendent Jim Mervilde told Fox59 News that the weapon was discovered by the bus driver on Oct. 18 hidden inside the upholstery of one of the seats.
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Toyota recalls more vehicles

October 21, 2010
Toyota is recalling 1.53 million cars and SUVs, including about 740,000 in the United States, for brake fluid and fuel pump problems. The majority of the vehicles have a problem with the brake master cylinder, which could lead to weaker braking power, said spokesman Paul Nolasco in Tokyo. He said no accidents have been reported. The models affected by the latest recall include the 2005 and 2006 Avalon, 2004 through 2006 non-hybrid Highlander and Lexus RX330, and 2006 Lexus GS300, IS250 and IS350 vehicles, the company said in a news release. Over the past year, the automaker has recalled more than 10 million cars and trucks worldwide for a variety of problems, dealing a major blow to its reputation for quality.
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Armed man holds up gas station

October 21, 2010
Metro police are investigating an armed robbery of a northeast-side gas station.  Authorities received a hold up alarm about 3:15 a.m. Thursday from inside the Speedway gas station near 71st Street and Binford Boulevard. The clerk described the suspect to police as a black male, about 5 feet tall, dressed in all black, wearing a black bandana around his face and carrying a black semi-automatic hand gun. The suspect got away with an unknown amount of money and was last seen running toward Avalon Lakes Apartments across 71st Street.
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Cop fired for excessive force

October 21, 2010
An Indianapolis police officer is out of a job after the police merit board voted 4-1 this week to fire him for using excessive force during an arrest. Witnesses say Officer Nhat Nguygen choked a suspect he was trying to arrest during a domestic dispute in May. The merit board followed the recommendation of Chief Paul Ciesielski, who agreed Nguygen did use excessive force.
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Colts punter arrested in Broad Ripple

October 20, 2010
Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee was arrested early Wednesday morning in Broad Ripple for public intoxication after taking a dip in the Central Canal. Following a complaint, police found McAfee, 23, sitting on the corner of Broad Ripple and College avenues with no shirt on, smelling of alcohol and soaking wet. His blood alcohol level was tested at 0.15, nearly twice the legal limit. The Colts said they were aware of the arrest and looking into the matter before taking any action.
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Armed robber hits two Fishers spots

October 20, 2010
Fishers police are investigating two armed robberies that happened within minutes of each other Tuesday night. The first happened shortly before 10 p.m. at the Crystal Flash gas station in the 11500 block of Allisonville Road, where a man in all-black clothing got away with an undisclosed amount of cash. Two minutes later, police received word that the O’Reilly Auto Parts store just two blocks south of the Crystal Flash also had been robbed at gunpoint. The description of the suspect in both robberies matched.
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Man captured after high-speed chase

October 20, 2010
A man is in custody after he led state and local police on a high-speed chase overnight. Indiana State Police say the suspect sped off after they tried to pull him over for speeding on Interstate 465. The chase ended on the lawn of a home near 42nd Street and Edmondson Avenue on the northeast side about 1 a.m. Police said the man is a suspect in multiple robberies around Indianapolis.
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Man kills himself after shooting wife

October 19, 2010
A man shot and killed his wife Monday night in Noblesville, then turned the gun on himself a short time later in Indianapolis after fleeing from police. Shirlen Dyson, 46, died at St. Vincent Medical Center after she was shot several times in a minivan parked in a neighborhood near Verizon Wireless Center. Vincent Dyson, 46, was seen fleeing the scene about 6 p.m. in a Dodge Stratus. Fishers police pulled the man over on Interstate 465 near Meridian Street, but he shot himself in the head before they could reach the car. He died at Methodist Hospital.
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Deputy shoots robbery suspect

October 19, 2010
An off-duty Marion County sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man who allegedly broke into the garage of his home and opened fire during a card game. The incident occurred just after 9 p.m. Monday night in the 3700 block of Celtic Drive on the far east side of Indianapolis. The deputy and a group of friends were playing cards in the garage when a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt entered through a side door and attempted to rob them with a handgun.
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IPS turns away 1,600 students

October 19, 2010
Hundreds of parents and students stood in long lines Tuesday morning at the Marion County Health Department, so the students could get immunized for school. About 1,600 students at Indianapolis Public Schools were not allowed in the classroom Monday because they weren't up to date on their shots. The Marion County Health Department is trying to reduce that number with a mass vaccine clinic this week. IPS has about 32,000 students.
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Two men arrested in woman's death

October 18, 2010
Two men have been arrested in connection with the death of Latrice Long-Payton, 29, whose body was found in a dumpster over the weekend behind 5519 Rawles Ave. on the east side. Her roommate, Joseph Coleman, 28, was arrested on a murder charge. Samuel Taylor, 32, was charged with assisting a criminal. Police say both men confessed to the crimes. The victim had been missing about two weeks.
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