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Woman dies in south-side fire

The Indianapolis Fire Department is investigating a blaze Monday night in a home on the city’s south side that killed an occupant. Crews responded to the fire in the 6700 block of Orinoco Avenue just before 9 p.m. A 53-year-old woman and two daughters, ages 35 and 22, were in the home at the time of the fire. The 35-year-old daughter was killed, and her sister was transported to Eskenazi Hospital in serious condition.
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Man charged with battery, confinement

Police have arrested a 47-year-old man on charges of battery, criminal deviate conduct and criminal confinement after a woman allegedly escaped on Monday morning from a home in the 5800 block of East 16th Street. The woman told police that she had been held against her will, sexually assaulted and shocked with a stun gun. Police found Keith Pease—already wanted on an open warrant for failing to register as a sex offender—hiding in a basement crawlspace around 7:45 a.m.
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Nine survive apartment blaze

Nine people escaped serious injury Tuesday morning in a fire at a northwest-side apartment complex. Flames broke out around 5 a.m. at the Senate Square Apartments near 30th Street and Lafayette Road. Indianapolis Fire Department crews said nine occupants—three adults and six children—were in the process of escaping when they arrived. Damage from the fire, which is still under investigation, was estimated at $250,000.
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Butler-area blaze under control

Indianapolis fire crews extinguished a blaze Monday morning in a home believed to be rented by Butler University students. The fire started around 7:30 a.m. Monday in the 5100 block of Boulevard Place, according to the Indianapolis Fire Department. No one was inside the home at the time.
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Car hits men during street scuffle

Three men involved in a fight outside a south-side strip club were badly injured early Monday morning when they were hit by a car, according to police. The driver, who stopped at the scene on Madison Street and cooperated with investigators, said he didn’t see the men before the collision at about 12:30 a.m. One of the victims was taken to the hospital in critical condition, and the other two were reported to be in serious condition. No criminal charges are expected.
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Burglars target 10th Street locales

Indianapolis police are investigating a string of burglaries that all occurred along a one-mile stretch of East 10th Street between Saturday and Sunday mornings. The locations were Tin Comet Coffee, 2119 E. 10th St.; Chicago’s Fish & Chicken, 2902 E. 10th St.; Audrey’s Place, 3210 E. 10th St.; East 10th United Methodist Church, 2327 E. 10th St.; and a cell-phone store at 2827 E. 10th St. At the church, burglars stole Christmas presents set aside for needy children.
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Woman reunited with long-lost token

An Indianapolis woman was surprised on Christmas with a long-lost reminder of her father, who died in 1945. Pat Davis was reunited with the Purple Heart awarded to her father, Jackie Nesbit, who perished in Operation Varsity during World War II. Davis was just 2 months old at the time. The medal was misplaced during a family move soon after Nesbit’s death. Davis’s son-in-law recently tracked down the medal and raised $1,200 to buy it from a collector.
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Police nab suspect in Westfield murders

An Indianapolis man was arrested on Thursday and charged with the murders of a Westfield mother and her daughter on Dec. 20. Christian Haley, 20, has a history of violence around the holiday season, according to arrest records released by authorities. Investigators believe that the beating deaths of 52-year-old Marylyn Erb and 23-year-old Kelley Erb were the result of a botched robbery attempt by Haley in their Westfield home. Haley reportedly is a former employee of the Erb family’s landscaping business.
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Man dies from multiple shooting wounds

Indianapolis police are investigating the shooting death of a man Friday morning at a northwest-side apartment complex. The shooting occurred around 12:15 a.m. in the Lake Camelot complex near Georgetown Road and 62nd Street. When officers arrived, they found a man outside an apartment door who had been shot multiple times. He was pronounced dead at the scene, and has not yet been positively identified.
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Firefighters handle eastside house fire

Indianapolis firefighters extinguished a blaze in an eastside home on Wednesday morning. Neighbors of the home at 4908 E. 21st St. noticed a lot of smoke coming from the structure on Christmas morning and called 911. Crews arrived and put out the fire in about 30 minutes. The damage was estimated at $20,000. No one was at home at the time of the fire.
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