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Hoosier Marine dies in Afghanistan

June 29, 2010
The family of a U.S. Marine and Valparaiso native is mourning after he was killed Friday while on foot patrol in Afghanistan. Cpl. Daane Adam DeBoer, 24, died after encountering an improvised explosive device during a patrol in Helmand Province, a longtime Taliban stronghold. His mother, Charlene Zerrenner of Ludington, Mich., says her son died a hero who loved his family and his country.
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Starbucks employees tied up, robbed

June 28, 2010
Carmel Police say an armed robber ambushed two Starbucks employees about 5 a.m. this morning. Investigators said the male and female workers were preparing to open the coffee shop near West 106th Street and Michigan Road when the robber approached with a gun. Both employees were tied up but unharmed. The suspect stole an undisclosed amount of cash and fled on foot. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
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Lebanon mom in trouble for neglect

June 28, 2010
A Boone County mother is scheduled to be in court this afternoon to face charges that she left her twin daughters locked in their Lebanon house while she went drinking. Jackquelyn Wood was arrested Friday when her 2-year-olds were found locked in their room. Investigators say the girls were alone in the house for about three hours with no food or water. Wood had tied a nylon strap to the door handle to keep it shut, according to police. Their grandfather discovered them and notified authorities.
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Thwarted baby-snatching suspect to appear in court

June 28, 2010
A Terre Haute woman accused of stabbing a married couple in an attempt to kidnap their newborn son makes her initial court appearance today. Police said Stephanie Foster, 34, faked a pregnancy, planning to kidnap a baby and pretend it was hers. She allegedly targeted Ashley Speer, who had recently given birth. Police say she attacked Speer and her husband, Michael, in their home. Both are expected to recover. Foster faces charges of attempted murder, attempted armed robbery, aggravated battery and attempted criminal confinement.
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Drivers get 'all clear' for Keystone

June 25, 2010
A major point of congestion is about to clear for drivers in Carmel. Keystone Parkway between 126th Street and 136th Street will reopen for traffic Saturday; it has been closed since May 10 to expedite work on a roundabout interchange at Main Street. Carmel officials say the closure saved the city about $500,000 and a month and a half of construction time. Fox59 will have more on the Keystone project at 4 p.m.
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Two teens badly injured in crash

June 25, 2010
State police say a possible stolen car driven by a 14-year-old boy crashed in southeastern Indiana while being chased by a sheriff's deputy, badly injuring the driver and a passenger. Police said the driver and a 14-year-old girl riding in the front seat were taken by helicopter ambulance to an Indianapolis hospital with serious head injuries after the crash about 1 a.m. Friday near Greensburg. When a sheriff's deputy tried to stop the car, it took off at high speed, went through an intersection and into a driveway, where it hit two pieces of farm machinery.
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Feds assess $1.2M fine for food-stamp errors

June 25, 2010
Federal officials have assessed Indiana's human services agency $1.2 million for making too many mistakes administering food stamps last year. The U.S. Food and Nutrition service sent a letter Thursday to Secretary Anne Murphy of the Family and Social Services Administration telling her FSSA either paid too much or too little for food stamps in 7.1 percent of cases. The national average was 4.4 percent.
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Search for missing man continues

June 24, 2010

Crews resumed searching Thursday morning for a 19-year-old man who was swept away after falling into a rain-swollen creek near a western Indiana state park. Authorities say the teen fell into Sugar Creek and disappeared about 8 p.m. Wednesday at the northern edge of Shades State Park. Officials say the creek is normally about 2 feet deep, but was about 9 feet when the teen fell in.
 

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Home invader tries to kidnap infant

June 24, 2010
Police say a woman with a gun forced her way into a western Indiana home and then stabbed a husband and wife in an apparent attempt to kidnap their newborn boy. The man was able to stop the attack and call police to the home in the Vigo County community of Prairie Creek on Wednesday. Sheriff Jon Marvel says 34-year-old Stephanie Foster didn't know the couple she attacked. He said investigators believe Foster was faking a pregnancy and looking for a baby. She was jailed on preliminary charges of attempted murder and kidnapping. The victims were treated for knife wounds at the hospital.
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Hoosiers feel Canadian earthquake

June 24, 2010
Folks in Indiana felt the tremors from an earthquake that struck near the Ontario-Quebec border about 1:40 p.m. Wednesday. The quake registered a magnitude-5.0, and it took just 150 seconds for the waves to travel 657 miles to Indiana. People in Elletsville, Anderson, Indianapolis and Westfield all reported feeling the tremors.
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Clarification:

June 23, 2010

Fusion Alliance did not receive a tax abatement as a result of an expansion it announced in January 2008 but later called off. According to the Indiana Economic Development Corp., the firm received $70,627 in training grants, all tied to existing jobs. IBJ reported on the company's new expansion plan, which would add 107 jobs by 2014, in Tuesday's IBJ Daily.

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Teenager drowns in closed park pool

June 23, 2010
Indianapolis police say a 13-year-old boy drowned Tuesday night while swimming with friends at a closed city park pool. Police say the boy, Timothy Bray of Indianapolis, was one of three teenagers who jumped over a fence at Douglass Park. Police say Bray was in the deep end of the pool when he went under the water and didn't surface. By the time rescue workers reached him, he had been under water at least 30 minutes. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
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New child-support law targets state aid

June 23, 2010
Indiana families receiving welfare could risk losing their benefits if they don't cooperate with prosecutors trying to collect child support. The provision—which allows the state to cancel Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits for people who fail to cooperate with prosecutors—is part of an overhaul in child-support laws that takes effect July 1. Another part of the law requires casinos to withhold winnings from parents who are behind on their child-support payments.
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Train strikes, kills man sitting on tracks

June 23, 2010
Authorities say a train struck and killed a man who was sitting on the tracks near the 7800 block of Brookville Road about 2 p.m. Tuesday. Indianapolis police said in a statement that officers and officials from CSX are investigating the incident. According to police, 42-year-old Anthony Cummings of Indianapolis was sitting on the tracks and did not appear to be aware of the approaching train. The train's engineer saw him and tried to stop while sounding the train's horn, police said. Cummings was killed instantly.
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Flooding causing problems in Hendricks

June 22, 2010
Authorities in Hendricks County are evacuating residents in parts of Avon due to a dam that has failed along White Lick Creek. Residents living in two mobile home parks were told to head to higher ground. In Plainfield, those living on Crystal Bay East Drive and Center Street have been asked to evacuate their homes as well due to high waters. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
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Officers to crack down on drunken boaters

June 22, 2010
Indiana conservation officers will be on the lookout for drunken boaters this weekend. The Department of Natural Resources said the state is taking part in Operation Dry Water. Conservation officers will be paid overtime through a grant from the U.S. Coast Guard. State conservation officers made 15 boating-while-intoxicated arrests during last year's operation. The DNR made 101 such arrests during the 2009 boating season. The Coast Guard says 17 percent of boating deaths result directly from alcohol or drug use.
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Traffic stop yields 600 pounds of pot

June 22, 2010
Indiana state troopers say a traffic stop led to the seizure of 600 pounds of marijuana inside a tractor-trailer in Putnam County on Monday. A state police officer who pulled the truck over got suspicious after talking with the driver. He brought in a drug-sniffing dog that helped find the drugs. The 51-year-old driver from North Carolina faces drug charges.
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Officer arrested for driving drunk on ATV

June 21, 2010
Bargersville Police officer Zach Elliott has been suspended after Trafalgar police arrested him for allegedly driving an all-terrain vehicle while intoxicated on his father-in-law’s property on Saturday afternoon. Elliott, who failed a field sobriety test, reportedly told police that he drank six or seven beers before driving the ATV down a ravine and flipping it. John Adams, a passenger, was pinned under the upturned vehicle and suffered a broken hip. Bargersville authorities will consider whether Elliott should be fired, possibly within the next several days. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
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Officer arrested for driving drunk on ATV

June 21, 2010
Bargersville police officer Zach Elliott has been suspended after Trafalgar investigators arrested him for allegedly driving an all-terrain vehicle while intoxicated on his father-in-law’s property Saturday afternoon. Elliott, who failed a field sobriety test, reportedly told police that he drank six or seven beers before driving the ATV down a ravine and flipping it. John Adams, a passenger, was pinned under the upturned vehicle and suffered a broken hip. Bargersville authorities will consider whether Elliott should be fired, possibly within the next several days. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
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Communities face road-stripe paint shortage

June 21, 2010
Newly paved roads in Indiana communities might look bare this summer as a nationwide shortage of road paint prevents public works crews from putting the finishing touches on stripes and other pavement markings. The shortage stems from a low supply of a paint additive known as methyl methacrylate, which makes road paint brighter, and from increased demand for markings because of projects funded by the federal economic stimulus program. In some cases, communities are being told it could take up to 14 weeks to get the paint.
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Cultural Trail segment celebrates opening

June 18, 2010

City leaders were scheduled to be on hand Friday morning for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the just-completed North Corridor of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. The $7.3 million North Corridor connects the half-mile trail along Alabama Street to a one-mile stretch of road including St. Clair Street, Walnut Street, part of the Downtown Canal, Meridian Street, the American Legion Mall, and North Street. It’s the third of seven construction phases, or corridors, of the trail. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
 

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West-side ramp closed until Monday

June 18, 2010

The ramp connecting northbound Interstate 465 to westbound I-74 on the west side of Indianapolis is closed until Monday. It's just the first phase of a major reconfiguration of the interchange between I-465 and I-74 / Crawfordsville Road.
In addition, I-74 will be reduced to one lane in both directions beginning after 9 p.m. Friday. The lanes are scheduled to reopen by Monday afternoon.
 

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Doctor accused of pushing narcotics

June 18, 2010

A well-known Bloomington doctor is facing a federal indictment for health care fraud and illegal drug distribution. Kamal Tiwari, 58, is charged with pushing narcotic drugs to patients and endangering their lives. Police say he had patients get unnecessary injections of narcotics to run up more than $7 million in claims from 2002 to 2007.
 

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Man's body found buried in backyard

June 17, 2010

An Indianapolis man has been arrested on charges that he killed his partner and buried him in the backyard of the home they shared in the 1700 block of South Meridian Street. Police say Anthony Sachse, 41, admitted killing Larry Self, 45, in mid-March and burying the body. Investigators began searching for the victim after his sister filed a missing-person report June 4, saying she last talked with him by phone March 6. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.
 

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City man, 72, fights off home invader

June 17, 2010

An Indianapolis man took matters into his own hands during an early-morning home invasion. Ronald Marshall, 72, was listening to the radio early Tuesday morning when the suspect burst into his Chester Avenue house and demanded money. Marshall, police say, told the man he didn't have any money, pushed him out the door and held it shut until the suspect left. Marshall wasn't hurt in the ordeal.   
 

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