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School delayed because of vandalism

August 17, 2010
Batesville Community Schools delayed school by 90 minutes Tuesday morning because someone cut the tire valves on more than half the buses in the system’s fleet. Sixteen of the school system’s 26 buses were damaged, according to school superintendent Jim Roberts. Drivers from other school districts were able to drive the students to class this morning after the delay.
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Boy, 12, in hospital after near-drowning

August 17, 2010
A 12-year-old boy was rushed to St. Vincent Hospital in critical condition after being pulled out of a pool Monday night at the Pickwick Farms Apartments on the north side of Indianapolis. Police said the boy jumped in the water when no lifeguard was on duty and he was unable to swim. Witnesses began CPR immediately after the boy was pulled from the pool until medics arrived.
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Body found in Hendricks County

August 16, 2010
The body of Samuel Donahue, a 21-year-old from Brownsburg who had been missing since Saturday, was found in a pond early this morning near State Road 39 and W. County Road 400 S. in Clayton early Monday morning. Donahue, a National Guardsman who returned from Iraq in December, was out drinking with a friend early Saturday morning when the two decided to go swimming. It was assumed he had gone home after swimming. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
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New Pacer arrested for assault

August 16, 2010
Indiana Pacers draft pick Lance Stephenson is facing an assault charge in New York City on the accusation that he pushed his girlfriend down a flight of stairs. NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said police arrested Stephenson after responding to a 911 call Sunday at the woman's Brooklyn home. He said she hit her head on a concrete step, and was treated for head and neck injuries. Police arrested Stephenson on charges of assault, reckless endangerment and menacing.
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Vandals strike church property

August 16, 2010
Police are looking for vandals who left their mark on a church van. Racist graffiti was spray-painted on a van at the Celestial Church of Christ in the 3800 block of Farnsworth Street on the southwest side of Indianapolis. Church members parked the van late Saturday night, and the hate messages were discovered around 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to call metro police.
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Police seek strip-club robbers

August 13, 2010
Authorities are searching for two men who stormed into and robbed an east-side strip club early Friday morning. Indianapolis police say there were still people in Club Paradise, at 5255 English Ave., when the two men walked in with guns just after 3 a.m. They got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.  Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
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Two injured in downtown collision

August 13, 2010
A charter bus carrying 46 members of a school band crashed into a van downtown just after 8 a.m. Friday, sending the van’s driver and a passenger to the hospital. None of the students were hurt in the crash on Pennsylvania Street, just south of Market Street. The charter bus was transporting students from the University of Wisconsin to the Drum Corps International competition taking place this weekend at Lucas Oil Stadium.
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Vigil planned for motorcyclist

August 13, 2010
Dozens of people are expected to gather on Monument Circle at 7 p.m. Friday evening to memorialize the motorcyclist killed in a collision last week with a police officer. Eric Wells, 30, was killed and two others were badly hurt when Indianapolis police officer David Bisard crashed into them with his cruiser. A test showed Bisard had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit. He faces a long list of charges including reckless homicide.
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Crews work to fix water-main break

August 12, 2010
Crews from Indianapolis Water worked all morning to fix a large water main break on Tibbs Avenue between 20th and 21st streets on the west side of Indianapolis. The broken cast iron pipe is 12 inches in diameter and was installed in 1949. Crews said extreme heat or cold can cause ground to shift, putting pressure on water mains and, in this case, causing the road to buckle and the pipe to burst.
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Carmel Clay teachers OK contract

August 12, 2010
The teachers union at Carmel Clay Schools has ratified a proposed contract. Members voted 228-70 Wednesday night to approve the agreement with the 15,000-student district. The teachers had been working under terms of an expired contract since July 2008. Union President Sherri Pankratz said she wouldn't disclose details of the contract until the school board approves it. The board plans to meet Thursday night.
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Teen sentenced for dumping baby

August 12, 2010
A teen mother accused of giving birth in her apartment and then getting rid of the baby in the trash was sentenced yesterday to four years in a mental health unit and 18 months of probation. Tasha Miller, 19, gave birth to a baby in her Indianapolis apartment in May. She claimed the infant died after delivery and that she put the body in a shoebox and tossed it in a dumpster. The baby's remains have never been found.
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Fatal accident shuts down I-74

August 11, 2010

One person died and another was critically injured Wednesday morning in a single-vehicle crash in Shelby County. Westbound lanes of Interstate 74 near mile marker 116 were closed. Eastbound lanes were also expected to be closed for a short time to allow a medical helicopter to land. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
 

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Officer in crash faces charges

August 11, 2010

Indianapolis police officer David Bisard had a blood-alcohol level of 0.19—twice the legal limit—on the morning he slammed his patrol car into a trio of motorcyclists, killing one and injuring two. The Aug. 7 accident occurred at 11:21 a.m. at 56th Street and Brendon Way Drive South as Bisard responded to a request for assistance in serving a felony warrant. Bisard's vehicle struck and killed Eric Wells, 30, who was at a stoplight waiting for the officer to pass. "We are currently working with the prosecutor's office after learning the results of the blood draw for alcohol have tested positive," Police Chief Paul Ciesielski said in a prepared statement.
 

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Plane crash victim had IU ties

August 11, 2010

A plane crash in Alaska that killed former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) also claimed the life of the father of Indiana University football player Paul Phillips, a freshman tight end from Damestown, Md. Bill Phillips Sr., who played football for the University of Evansville from 1972-1976, was aboard the plane that went down late Monday. Paul’s brother Wally Phillips and former NASA administrator Sean O'Keefe survived the crash.

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Police chase teen on east side

August 10, 2010

A teenager suspected of driving while drunk led police on a chase through the northeast side of Indianapolis early Tuesday morning. The 19-year-old was driving erratically about 3 a.m. near 38th and College Avenue when police tried to pull him over. The driver refused, leading police through an active construction zone. During the pursuit, one of the officers crashed into a tree, but wasn't injured. The chase ended near 38th Street and Arlington Avenue. A police dog subdued the suspect. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.

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Broad Ripple bank robbed

August 10, 2010

Police have captured at least two men suspected of robbing the Key Bank at 64th Street and North College Avenue in Broad Ripple on Monday. Police believe the same two men held up the Credit Union Service Center on East Washington Street last week. Another suspect remains on the run.

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Anderson considers 'litter' fine

August 10, 2010

Residents in Anderson may have to pay a fine if they fail to have their dog or cat spayed or neutered. The city council has proposed an ordinance that would force pet owners to pay a $100 fine for each litter their animal has. It would also require people who breed pets to have a permit. The council hopes the proposed measure will cut down on the exploding number of cats and dogs that overwhelm local shelters.

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Two houses torched in two days

August 9, 2010

Two cases of arson happened less than two miles apart in Noblesville over the weekend, and both were set just after 2 a.m. Both homes were vacant and up for sale, so no injuries occurred. The first fire happened at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday in the 7000 block of East 160th Street. The second took place just after 2 a.m. Sunday near the intersection of 146th Street and Cherry Tree Road. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
 

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Police: Local homeowner shoots attacker

August 9, 2010

Indianapolis police say a homeowner shot a man who attacked him with a pipe wrench during an apparent robbery attempt. Emergency workers called to the city's south side Sunday evening found a man with gunshot wounds to his abdomen and arm. Police officers followed a blood trail about a half-block to a house where they found the 59-year-old homeowner with head injuries. The homeowner told officers that the other man had helped him with home renovations. The homeowner said the man suddenly attacked him with the wrench. He  was able to fight off the attacker and get a handgun, then fired two shots, he told police.

 

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Fair starts amid heat wave

August 9, 2010

Indiana State Fair organizers hope the extreme heat won't keep people away this week. As temperatures continue to rise into the 90s once again, water and shade will be in high demand, but organizers also said they’ll try to help Hoosiers beat the heat while they enjoy the fair. They're going to have misting stations and lemonade stands about every 20 feet for people walking along the grounds. Police, medics and the Red Cross will also be on patrol for anyone having trouble.
 

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Alcohol use suspected in wrong-way crash

August 6, 2010
Investigators say Steven Ashmore, 21, might have been drunk when he was driving east in the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 early Friday morning. Ashmore crashed head-on into Justin Markel, 19, at about 4 a.m. just west of the Rural Keystone interchange. Both drivers were trapped for about 30 minutes while fire crews worked to get them out of the wreckage. Ashmore is being treated for life-threatening injuries. Markel is in serious condition with leg and arm injuries. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
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Police union slaps down proposed contract

August 6, 2010
The Fraternal Order of Police has overwhelmingly rejected a new contract with the city of Indianapolis. The Thursday vote was 748-126 against a new contract, which would have given officers a 1-percent raise during the second year of the contract and a 3-percent raise after that. The vote came amid anger with a new plan to disband specialty detective units and reorganize the department.
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Family convinces robbery suspect to give up

August 6, 2010
An accused bank robber turned himself in Thursday night after his family convinced him to give up. Police said Joshua Scruggs, 25, robbed the Key Bank in Avon on Monday. Scruggs was taken to jail, where he’s being held on a $100,000 bond.
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Police officer arrested after manhunt

August 5, 2010

Officer Steven Blinn, a 20-year veteran of the Indianapolis police department, faces charges of battery, recklessness and confinement after a dispute with a female friend escalated into a manhunt and SWAT standoff. Investigators say the woman and Blinn got into an argument late Wednesday night in his police cruiser as he drove to her Pittsboro home. She said Blinn held her in the car against her will until they arrived at her home, where she called 911, sparking a manhunt that lasted several hours and put the Deer Meadow neighborhood on lockdown. Blinn was eventually found walking in Danville just after 5 a.m. Thursday and taken into custody. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
 

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Mother dead after smoking 'spice'

August 5, 2010

A mother of two who died after using a synthetic-marijuana-laced incense known as "spice" is one of the latest victims of the substance. Lilly Helsley, 28, of Middletown, died July 30 in an Anderson hospital. At least eight patients in Marion County have been treated in emergency rooms after smoking spice, and it's believed to be responsible for at least two other deaths in Indiana. Rep. John Barnes of Indianapolis plans to introduce legislation in the 2011 General Assembly to outlaw the substance.
 

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  3. In the first sentance "As a resident of one of these new Carmel Apartments the issue the local governments need to discuss are build quality & price." need a way to edit

  4. As a resident of one of these new Carmel Apartments the issue the local governments need to discuss is build quality & price. First none of these places is worth $1100 for a one bedroom. Downtown Carmel or Keystone at the Crossing in Indy. It doesn't matter. All require you to get in your car to get just about anywhere you need to go. I'm in one of the Carmel apartments now where after just 2.5 short years one of the kitchen cabinet doors is crooked and lawn and property maintenance seems to be lacking my old Indianapolis apartment which cost $300 less. This is one of the new star apartments. As they keep building throughout the area "deals" will start popping up creating shoppers. If your property is falling apart after year 3 what will it look like after year 5 or 10??? Why would one stay here if they could move to a new Broad Ripple in 2 to 3 years or another part of the Far Northside?? The complexes aren't going to let the "poor" move in without local permission so that's not that problem, but it the occupancy rate drops suddenly because the "Young" people moved back to Indy then look out.

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