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Family bolts home after lightning strike

July 12, 2010

A Carmel family managed to escape their home safely after lightning struck the roof just before 3 a.m. Monday, causing a fire. Eight children and six adults were asleep in the home on Washita Court near 146th Street and Hazel Dell Parkway after celebrating a family reunion. After the lightening hit, one of the family members noticed flames coming from the ventilation system and put them out with a fire extinguisher.
 

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K-9 officer helps nab alleged abductor

July 12, 2010

Police say they have in custody a man who allegedly abducted his girlfriend at knifepoint early Monday morning. The abduction took place on Indianapolis’ south side about 7 a.m. The man was apprehended after a brief K-9 pursuit near 52nd Street and Lafayette Road.
 

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Police: Boy safe after father kills brother

July 9, 2010

An Ohio father wanted in the death of his stepson is on the run after dropping off his son in Carmel. Zane Bedinger, 7, was unharmed. Police say the boy was taken from Troy, Ohio, after his dad, Jeff Bedinger, killed his 22-year-old stepson, Zane’s brother. Victim Brandon Haskins was shot multiple times. Police say Jeff Bedinger dropped his son off early Friday morning at a friend's house in Carmel, about two hours away from Troy. Jeff Bedinger, 50, is believed to be armed and dangerous. He was last seen in a silver Honda Accord with Ohio license plate EDT 6246. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.

 

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Twin girls fight off possible abductor

July 9, 2010

Indianapolis police are looking for a man accused of grabbing twin 10-year-old girls on their way home from the park. The incident occurred Wednesday evening at Brighton Park apartment complex, near West 79th Street and Harcourt Road on the northwest side. According to police, the girls told their mother they fought off a man who tried to drag them into a storage closet by kicking him in the groin and biting his face. The suspect is described as a white man about 40 years old with dark and gray hair.

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Lawyers argue for gag order in Carmel case

July 9, 2010

A judge will hear arguments this afternoon to put a gag order in place in a high-profile Carmel assault case. Lawyers for a former senior member of the Carmel High School basketball team accused of assaulting a freshman teammate will argue for the order. The defendants want to limit comments made by everyone involved in the case, including lawyers, investigators, court employees and police. Four members of the team are charged with misdemeanor offenses in the case. Legal analysts say it's highly unusual for a gag order to be requested in a misdemeanor case.

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Faulty light poles recalled

July 8, 2010

A government safety agency has announced a recall of light poles that can crack and fall after 11 of them crashed at stadiums and school gymnasiums over a decade-long period. Those poles are installed in several states, including Indiana. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said there are more than 2,500 of the poles around the country. Manufactured by the now-defunct Whitco Co. of Fort Worth, Texas, the poles can weigh between one and four tons. The commission said no one has been killed by the falling poles, but several schools and outdoor bleachers have been “significantly” damaged. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.


 

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Melting chocolate prompts closure

July 8, 2010

Martinsville Candy Kitchen sits in the heart of downtown Martinsville and is known for its fine chocolate. That chocolate turned into a gooey mess this week after the air-conditioner broke during the summer heat wave. The shop says it had no choice but to close up until the air-conditioner can be fixed. The shop is a downtown tradition for Morgan County residents. The late basketball coach John Wooden thought so much of the candy that he had it flown to him in California.
 

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Woman claims police beating

July 8, 2010

Ladonna Dixon, 24, has sued the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department in federal court, claiming she was injured and suffered a miscarriage after a beating during her arrest in June 2009. The suit claims Dixon was beaten by Officer Scott Childers outside her home when she was arrested for arguing with him during a medical emergency. The department said it is reviewing the arrest and will release more information once the review is completed.
 

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Player won't face public-intoxication charges

July 7, 2010

A Tampa Bay Buccaneers player taken into custody in Hancock County for public intoxication will not face charges. Indianapolis native Jeremy Trueblood, 27, was a passenger in a car driven by his mother when they stopped at a Greenfield convenience store to ask for directions just before 7 p.m. Tuesday. Someone there called 911 and reported that male subjects who had been in the car could barely stand up because they were intoxicated. Trueblood and Benjamin McKenny, 26, were taken into custody a short time later. County Prosecutor Dean Dobbins on Wednesday morning said the charges didn’t rise to the level of public intoxication. He said Trueblood did the right thing by calling his mother for a ride after drinking at a golf outing. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.

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Officer suspended, won't lose his job

July 7, 2010

A Martinsville police officer who used a stun gun to subdue a 10-year-old child will keep his job. However, Darrel Johnson must serve a 45-day suspension and go on probation for two years. Testifying in front of the Martinsville Board of Public Safety, Johnson said the boy was kicking, hitting and spitting on a woman when they arrived at Tender Teddies Day Care on March 31. A second officer involved in the incident is retiring from the force.
 

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Two injured by car chase in Acton

July 6, 2010
Police say racially motivated road rage was the cause of a wild scene in southeast Marion County early Tuesday morning. Officers say two drivers chased each other through the small community of Acton before one of them crashed into a house on Exchange Street, injuring a resident inside. Witnesses say the other vehicle involved in the chase intentionally struck two pedestrians, seriously injuring one. Then, one of the witnesses began firing shots at the car after it hit the pedestrians. Police took at least one person into custody. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
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Parents face charges for exposing child to heat

July 6, 2010

The parents of a two-year-old girl are facing charges of child neglect for making the toddler stand outside in the heat and beg for cash. Police say the child’s mother, Lindsey Ramon, 23, and her father, Jacob Cotton, 36, were panhandling Sunday on the city’s southeast side. A passerby spotted Cotton and the little girl in a Hardee’s parking lot at South Emerson Avenue and East Thompson Road about 1 p.m. Sunday. After seeing the pair in the location five hours later, the person called police. Investigators say the child was sunburned and dehydrated.
 

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Sweltering weather continues

July 6, 2010

High heat and humidity will continue in central Indiana this week. Temperatures are predicted to rise above 90 degrees and the heat index is expected to top 100. Cities all across the East Coast are experiencing a similar heat wave. The National Weather Service has issued an "excessive heat advisory" for several northeastern cities, including New York.

 

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Soldiers return home from Afghanistan

July 2, 2010
About 200 members of Indiana's Army National Guard 38th Infantry Division arrived at Stout Field early Friday morning and were greeted by loved ones waving flags and "Welcome Home" signs. The members of Task Force Cyclone spent the past year in Afghanistan, aiding the local government with security, agriculture and economic development projects. Although the homecoming is just a couple days before July 4, the soldiers will spend about five days debriefing and demobilizing before returning to their homes. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
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Man crashes after chase with baby on board

July 2, 2010
An Indianapolis father remains in police custody after leading officers on a car chase with speeds up to 90 mph with a toddler in his back seat. An off-duty officer spotted 29-year-old Douglas Reynolds speeding and weaving in and out of traffic Thursday night around East Washington and North Rural streets. Reynolds eventually crashed into a fire hydrant near East 25th Street and North Mitthoeffer Road. That's when pursuing police discovered the 2-year-old, unharmed.
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Police catch driver after shooting tires

July 2, 2010
Officers shot out the tires of a car Thursday night to stop a chase on the northwest side of Indianapolis. The pursuit started when the driver hit an animal control vehicle on Michigan Road. Police say driver Leroy Hudson, 24, also ran into one of the pursuing vehicles. Officers ended up shooting out his tires on Westlane Road and took the visibly intoxicated Hudson into custody without further incident.
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Ex-radio producer hurt in hit-and-run

July 1, 2010
A pedestrian who was struck while crossing Broad Ripple Avenue around 3 a.m. Thursday is a former cast member of the popular Smiley Morning Show on WZPL-FM 99.5. Chris Van Sickle, known on-air as "Weed Man," is expected to be OK. Police said Van Sickle was crossing Broad Ripple Avenue when a car hit him. He was taken to a hospital with head injuries. The Toyota Camry was driven by Jalonda Reynolds, who police said left the scene and crashed the vehicle at East 71st Street and College Avenue. She told investigators that she didn't see the pedestrian and panicked when she hit him. Reynolds was arrested for driving with a suspended license and leaving the scene of an accident. Police said she was not intoxicated. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
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Teens arrested in apartment attacks

July 1, 2010
Police have broken up a group of teenagers they believe robbed and beat residents of a west-side apartment complex. A 16-year-old was arrested Thursday morning after a woman reported three youths robbed her at gunpoint while she was walking into her home on Lakeview Drive. An officer spotted the suspects in a neighboring complex. They’re now trying to link the trio to several other reports of burglaries, robberies and assaults at Port-O-Call Apartments.
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Police: Father shoots knife-wielding stepson

July 1, 2010
Investigators said it appears a man was protecting himself from his stepson when he fatally shot the 41-year-old Wednesday night. Police said David Black, 41, suffered from schizophrenia and hadn’t been taking medicine. When police arrived, the older man told investigators he had shot his stepson in the chest during an argument after Black approached him with a knife and refused to drop it. The shooting happened in the 5100 block of Pin Oak Drive on the northwest side. Black was pronounced dead at Wishard Memorial Hospital.
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Police looking for men who tried to kidnap boy

July 1, 2010
Metro police are looking for two armed men who they said tried to kidnap a 10-year-old boy. The boy told investigator two men were wearing black masks approached him and told him to come with them while he was walking home Tuesday near East 40th Street and Guilford Avenue. When he refused, he said one of them took out a knife, asked to see his hand and then poked him with it. The boy's hand injury was minor.
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Man expected to survive being shot 13 times

June 30, 2010
Police said Robert Stokes, 22, was shot near West 20th Street and Tibbs Avenue on the west side of Indianapolis shortly before 1 a.m. Stokes may have been hit as many as six times in the chest and seven times in the arms, investigators said, but he is expected to survive. His mother drove him to Methodist Hospital, where he was listed in serious condition. Police said Stokes knew his assailant, but no arrests have been made. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
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Crooks caught on camera

June 30, 2010
Three armed men were caught on camera robbing a Walgreens store on East 86th Street in Nora. The suspects got away with $3,200 in cash and nearly $6,000 worth of prescription drugs. The men brandished guns and ordered two employees to open the safe containing the store's cash, then forced the store pharmacist to hand over oxycodone and other powerful painkillers. No one was hurt and no arrests have been made.
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Taxi passengers get bill of rights

June 30, 2010
City leaders have introduced a Passenger Bill of Rights that must be displayed in all licensed taxicabs in Indianapolis. Among the rights: the ability to pay with a credit card, to take the shortest route to a destination and ride in a safe, clean, well-maintained taxi. It also says drivers must be well-groomed and appropriately dressed, and they’re required to speak English and obey traffic laws.
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Two die in boating accident

June 29, 2010
A boy and his grandmother were killed Monday night in a boating accident on the south end of Lake Monroe near Bloomington. Police say a 23-foot speed boat pulling a wakeboarder collided with a fishing boat carrying a Bedford couple and their three grandsons. Susan Collier, 51, and Gage Pruitt, 8, died of their injuries. Collier’s husband was treated for leg injuries; the other children were unharmed. It's still not clear why the ski boat, with 19-year-old Winston Wood at the helm, ran into the smaller vessel. Police say no one appeared to be drinking. As of this morning, no charges had been filed. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
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Fire crews battle blazes at vacant homes

June 29, 2010
Firefighters battled a pair of overnight house fires on the near-north side of Indianapolis. The first was near 18th Street and Massachusetts Avenue—where firefighters also extinguished a blaze over the weekend. Just after that fire started, firefighters were called to another house less than a mile away on Holloway Avenue just north of I-70. Both houses are thought to have been vacant. Fire investigators are looking into both incidents to see if arson was likely.
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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

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