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IPS approves big budget for 2011

August 27, 2010
The Indianapolis Public Schools board voted Thursday night 5-2 to approve a $509 million budget for next school year. The budget is about 4.5 percent larger than last year’s budget. More than $70 million is slated for capital improvement projects, such as repairs and upgrades to current IPS buildings.
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Boy, 5, critical after shooting

August 27, 2010
A shooting on the city’s south side has put a 5-year-old boy in the hospital in critical condition. The boy was shot in the head Thursday night just before 9 p.m. in the 1500 block of Lawton Avenue. Police arrested a man near the scene who was covered in blood as he was handcuffed.
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Driver killed in early-morning crash

August 26, 2010
One person died in an early-morning crash on the east side of Indianapolis. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene about 3:20 a.m. Thursday near North Franklin Road and Bonita Court. The crash remains under investigation, but police officers believe the man was drinking. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
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Girl in fatal wreck to be charged as juvenile

August 26, 2010
A 17-year-old girl will be charged as a juvenile and not as an adult in connection with a deadly car accident in Hamilton County. Francheska Smith faces a reckless homicide charge following a crash last month that killed 16-year-old Aaron Skaggs. Investigators said Smith was driving nearly 100 miles per hour when she lost control, hit a ditch and rolled over before coming to a stop in a field near Sheridan. Smith later tested positive for marijuana.
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Man killed by train in Anderson

August 26, 2010
A man was killed by a train just before 5 a.m. Thursday in Anderson near the 1600 block of Jefferson Street. The engineer of a Union Pacific train told police the man was lying inside the railroad tracks, and he blew the train's whistle several times, but the man did not respond. The man has been identified, but his name was not released.
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Toddler found near strip club

August 25, 2010
A bouncer at an east-side strip club called Indianapolis police just after 2 a.m. Wednesday after he found a toddler wandering in the club’s parking lot. When police arrived at Club Paradise near English Avenue and Brookville Road, they knocked on a few doors next to the club and were able to locate the boy’s home. The toddler was returned safely to his parents. Child Protective Services will monitor the situation. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
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Abduction story not true, police say

August 25, 2010
Kokomo police say a 9-year-old boy who last week claimed a man in a red truck tried to kidnap him made the incident up. The boy told police he was walking in the area of Branded Boulevard and Carter Street on Aug. 18 when he was approached by a white male in a Dodge truck with Iowa license plates who attempted to entice him into the vehicle. The boy, who gave a detailed description of the man and truck, has since written an apology letter to the Kokomo Police Department, saying the story was fake.
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Wildlife agency to hold workshops

August 25, 2010
State wildlife officials are offering Indiana residents a chance to try some outdoor activities they may not have tried before. The state Department of Natural Resources will hold free workshops next month on fly fishing, kayaking, rock climbing and other activities during the second Hoosier Outdoor Experience. The workshops will take place Sept. 18-19 at Fort Harrison State Park in Lawrence. Information on registering can be found at hoosieroutdoorexperience.IN.gov.
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Straub: No intention of resigning

August 24, 2010
Indianapolis Public Safety Director Frank Straub said Tuesday morning that he has no intention of resigning. Straub said the department will get through the current turmoil brought on by several high-profile cases involving police misconduct or mistakes. Over the weekend, Straub announced the demotion of three high-ranking police officers, citing lack of leadership in the botched investigation of officer David Bisard. Members of the Baptist Alliance called for Straub’s resignation at Monday night's City-County Council meeting. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
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Rathskeller reopens after crane accident

August 24, 2010
The Rathskeller restaurant in downtown Indianapolis has reopened a day after a 30-ton crane collapsed on its patio, setting off the sprinkler system. Water damaged parts of the building, but the manager said workers have been able to clean up the mess. It's still unclear when the YMCA at the historic Athenaeum would reopen. That part of the building suffered structural and water damage.
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Robberies strike Waffle Houses

August 24, 2010
Lawrence police are investigating a possible connection in two armed robberies at separate Waffle House restaurants in Indianapolis. A man armed with a handgun stole the cash register at the Waffle House at 7290 Pendleton Pike about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. Officers stopped a black Ford Taurus that may have been used as the getaway car, but did not find the man matching the robber’s description. Police wonder whether the crime is related to Monday’s robbery of a Waffle House near East 21st Street and Post Road.
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Three injured in downtown crane collapse

August 23, 2010
 Fox59 Report
Investigators haven't figured out what caused a crane to tip over Monday morning while crews were working on a chimney at the Rathskeller restaurant on East Michigan Street. Three people suffered minor injuries.
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Motorists hit by rocks thrown from overpass

August 23, 2010
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police are looking for the person throwing rocks off a bridge at cars passing underneath. A motorist called police about 1 a.m. Monday after hearing what sounded like gunshots near East 30th Street and Emerson Avenue. Officers showed up to find three drivers had bricks and large rocks thrown at their cars. This is at least the third time rocks or bricks have been thrown onto vehicles in this area within the past four months. Police have not made any arrests.
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Investigators: Two shootings linked

August 23, 2010
Police say two shootings just a few miles and mere minutes apart Sunday afternoon appear to be the work of the same people. Officers responded to the first shooting at 3 p.m. when a man jumped out of a speeding car in the 3400 block of Butler Avenue after he was shot in the arm. A short time later, they responded to another shooting in the 3500 block of Kinnear Avenue. There, a 16-year-old had been shot. He was taken to the hospital in good condition. Investigators haven’t identified a motive for the shooting yet.
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Driver in custody after running down pedestrians

August 23, 2010
A fight over the right of way in an alley escalated into a deadly hit-and-run in Anderson early Sunday morning. The fight started between four women in the parking lot of the Oasis bar just after 3 a.m. Stephen Rush, 34, tried to come to the aid of his girlfriend, but police say he was then beaten by a group of people who left the bar. According to investigators, Rush managed to make his way back to his SUV and then intentionally drove into four people. Dytika Wilkerson, 28, died from injuries suffered in the crash. Three others suffered minor injuries. Rush drove away from the scene but Indiana State Police caught up with him 20 minutes later. He was arrested for criminal recklessness. More charges are expected this week.
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Protest on Circle planned in Bisard case

August 20, 2010
A public protest is planned for 6:30 p.m. Friday on Monument Circle regarding the case of a suspected drunk police officer involved in a fatal crash that killed one man and seriously injured two others. On Thursday, Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi announced that his office was dropping the most serious charges against IMPD Officer David Bisard, because a blood test showing he was intoxicated wouldn’t be admissible in court. Some have questioned whether Bisard’s fellow police officers intentionally botched the investigation into the crash.
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Police grill suspected cemetery vandals

August 20, 2010
Police are questioning juveniles who are accused of vandalizing a cemetery in Anderson. The young suspects are brothers, ages 9 and 11, along with a 9-year-old friend. Investigators said the kids were caught toppling headstones at Maplewood Cemetery. Officials said roughly 40 to 50 headstones were damaged.
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Murder charged filed in party shootings

August 20, 2010
The three men accused in the west-side birthday party shootings on Aug. 3 now face murder charges. Damion Martin, Devin Staten and Antwan Williams are facing murder, attempted murder and battery charges; they learned about the new charges during a hearing Friday morning. Eight people were shot and three killed during the rampage near 32nd and Elmira streets, which authorities believe stemmed from another murder a couple of years ago. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
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SWAT situation ends without injury

August 19, 2010
A SWAT team was called to an apartment on the south side of Indianapolis after a man barricaded himself inside following a domestic dispute that started about 3:30 a.m. Thursday. The man confined his ex-boyfriend and threatened him with a knife inside their Autumn Chase apartment. The victim was able to get away unharmed, but the suspect holed up inside the apartment and refused to come out. SWAT stormed the apartment and took the man into custody without incident about 6:20 a.m. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
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Chased car crashes into business

August 19, 2010
A drag race near the 1100 block of Broad Ripple Avenue sparked a police chase early Thursday morning that ended with the driver crashing his Subaru through a cinderblock wall at Indy Tire Center at 2646 E. 62nd St. The driver fled on foot. The other vehicle involved in the race escaped. Both drivers were still on the run late Thursday morning.
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Taco Bell near IUPUI held up

August 19, 2010
The Taco Bell at 951 Indiana Ave., near the IUPUI campus, was robbed at gunpoint just before 11 p.m. Wednesday. Employees and witnesses told police a tall, slender, black male wearing jeans and a black T-shirt entered the restaurant armed with a handgun and demanded cash from employees. The suspect made off on foot with an unknown amount of money.
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Teen in fatal Carmel chase avoids jail

August 18, 2010
Spencer Beasley, 15, who led police on a chase last April that killed two of his friends, was sentenced to one year of probation and 100 hours of community service Tuesday by a Carmel juvenile court judge. The teen pleaded guilty to two counts of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, causing death. Jordan Moss and Jordan Piorier died in the fiery crash at 146th Street and River Road last April after Beasley fled from police in Carmel. Beasley won't be allowed a driver's license until he's 18.
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Man shot dead in Bloomington

August 18, 2010
Vincent Jackson of Bloomington, who was shot in the head about 10 p.m. Tuesday, has died in a Bloomington hospital. Police have taken Clansic Cox, 53, into custody on a possible charge of voluntary manslaughter. Cox is the mother of Jackson’s girlfriend, Ashley Cox, who was arguing with Jackson prior to the shooting. The incident occurred in the Crestmont Apartments in the 900 block of North Lindbergh Drive in Bloomington, according to police. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.  
 

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Greenwood ready to ban 'spice'

August 18, 2010
The city of Greenwood appears set to join the growing list of communities that prohibit the sale of K2 or "spice." Greenwood Common Council President Brent Cory said he has heard enough about the potential damaging effects of smoking the chemical-laced substance and he is convinced it is time to act. Also later this month, the Morgan County Commissioners will also ban sales and public use of spice. Spice looks and smells similar to marijuana. It is sold as herbal incense.
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Man in custody after SWAT situation

August 17, 2010
Police took a man into custody Tuesday morning after an hours-long police standoff on the south side of Indianapolis. Shortly after 9:30 a.m., special weapons and tactics team members entered a home on East Tabor Street and brought out a man in handcuffs. Police have identified him as Dustin Denney. Witnesses say he fired about five shots into the air just after 7 a.m. Three nearby IPS schools were on lockdown while the situation was unfolding. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
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  1. I am so impressed that the smoking ban FAILED in Kokomo! I might just move to your Awesome city!

  2. way to much breweries being built in indianapolis. its going to be saturated market, if not already. when is enough, enough??

  3. This house is a reminder of Hamilton County history. Its position near the interstate is significant to remember what Hamilton County was before the SUPERBROKERs, Navients, commercial parks, sprawling vinyl villages, and acres of concrete retail showed up. What's truly Wasteful is not reusing a structure that could still be useful. History isn't confined to parks and books.

  4. To compare Connor Prairie or the Zoo to a random old house is a big ridiculous. If it were any where near the level of significance there wouldn't be a major funding gap. Put a big billboard on I-69 funded by the tourism board for people to come visit this old house, and I doubt there would be any takers, since other than age there is no significance whatsoever. Clearly the tax payers of Fishers don't have a significant interest in this project, so PLEASE DON'T USE OUR VALUABLE MONEY. Government money is finite and needs to be utilized for the most efficient and productive purposes. This is far from that.

  5. I only tried it 2x and didn't think much of it both times. With the new apts plus a couple other of new developments on Guilford, I am surprised it didn't get more business. Plus you have a couple of subdivisions across the street from it. I hope Upland can keep it going. Good beer and food plus a neat environment and outdoor seating.

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