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  • Family: 15-year-old suspect dead in police shooting

    08/10/2015 4:25:35 AM PDT · by digger48 · 46 replies
    wishtv ^ | August 10, 2015 | Staff Reports
    INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — One suspect is dead and police are looking for multiple others following a police involved shooting on the city’s northeast side Sunday night. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said the shooting happened just after 11:00 pm. They said officers noticed a car near East 30th Street and North Chester Avenue that matched the description of a vehicle that had been carjacked. Police say the carjacking happened in the 3100 block of Thompkins Square Court earlier that evening. Officers say the suspects inside the car were seen shooting at people when they stole the car. Investigators say officers first...
  • Who’s Really Responsible for the Killing of Zimbabwe’s Lions and Other Wildlife?

    08/01/2015 4:01:55 PM PDT · by digger48 · 26 replies
    Time ^ | July 29, 2015 | Nash Jenkins
    Until 2000 Zimbabwe had a successful wildlife-management program, with many big-game animals flourishing. But by 2003, a staggering 80% of the animals that had lived on Zimbabwean safari camps (which employed firm quotas to regulate animal population sizes) had died. By 2007, there were only 14 private game farms in the country, compared with 620 prior to the land seizures of 2000, according to a National Geographic report. With the protection of private game reserves nearly nonexistent, once abundant wildlife began dying off, hunted by desperate farmers with no other options for sustenance. Despite the passing of harsher laws for...
  • Jail inmate in Arizona pulls eye out of its socket

    08/01/2015 3:15:41 PM PDT · by digger48 · 43 replies
    wishtv ^ | August 1, 2015 | ap
    <p>FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — A jail inmate in Arizona is hospitalized after authorities say he pulled one of his eyeballs out of its socket.</p> <p>Sheriff’s officials in Pinal County, just southeast of Phoenix, say Colin Corkhill, of Scottsdale, was booked into jail Wednesday on suspicion of attempted murder, auto theft, aggravated assault and resisting arrest.</p>
  • Man accused of taping Caitlyn’s muzzle shut denied bond

    07/26/2015 2:07:38 PM PDT · by digger48 · 45 replies
    wishtv ^ | July 26, 2015 | Staff Reports
    CHARLESTON, SC – 41-year-old William Leonard Dodson was back in court on Friday, July 17 for a bond revocation hearing. The judge ruled Dodson will stay in prison because he is a flight risk. Dodson faces a felony charge of Ill Treatment of Animals for allegedly taping a female dog’s muzzle shut (Caitlyn) in North Charleston in May. Dodson is currently in jail, being held on a $50,000 bond. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
  • Video shows brawl at Denny’s

    07/25/2015 8:22:59 AM PDT · by digger48 · 93 replies
    wishtv ^ | July 24, 2015 | Stephanie Ballesteros
    HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — A video showing a brawl inside the Denny’s Restaurant on West Mercury Boulevard in Hampton, Virginia has already been shared over 2,000 times on Facebook. Hampton police said the fight broke out inside the Denny’s around 2:30 a.m. Thursday. The video posted on Facebook starts with one man, punching another on the ground. A woman tries to break it apart, but the scuffle heads to the back booths and kitchen area. At one point, a man actually rips his shirt off and pushes the other fighters toward the door. More people get involved and try to...
  • ESPYs honor late college basketball player Lauren Hill

    07/15/2015 8:50:23 PM PDT · by digger48 · 3 replies
    Associated Press wishtv ^ | July 15, 2015 | Associated Press ap
    <p>LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lauren Hill was honored Wednesday night at the ESPY Awards for the best moment.</p> <p>Hill inspired people with her fight against brain cancer and raised over $1.5 million for cancer research before she died April 10. The Division III women’s basketball player just wanted to play one game in college.</p>
  • Trump’s campaign blames intern for tweet featuring Nazi soldiers

    07/15/2015 5:49:34 AM PDT · by digger48 · 30 replies
    wishtv ^ | July 15, 2015 | Staff Reports
    INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Donald Trump is in the spotlight again after his presidential campaign put the blame on an intern for a social media mistake. Trump’s Twitter account posted a picture of Nazi soldiers. The image features an American flag, a portrait of Trump, money, the White House, and soldiers all combined in one photo. Twitter users pointed out the soldiers in the bottom-right of the photo are not American. They were German World War II soldiers wearing Nazi uniforms. The photo was flagged and the Trump campaign quickly deleted the tweet shortly after. A Trump spokesman said the intern...
  • Threats force Satan statue unveiling to secret venue

    07/15/2015 5:30:57 AM PDT · by digger48 · 23 replies
    wishtv ^ | July 14, 2015 | COREY WILLIAMS
    DETROIT (AP) — An 8½-foot-tall bronze monument featuring a goat-headed Satan will be unveiled at a secret, ticketed event in Detroit after the owner of a popular restaurant and entertainment complex backed out and opponents issued threats, organizers said. The 1½-ton Baphomet, which is backed by an inverted pentagram and flanked by statues of two young children gazing up at the creature, shows Satan with horns, hooves, wings and a beard. The Satanic Temple, a group that advocates for the separation of church and state, will release the location of the unveiling on the day of the event, and details...
  • Widow claims somebody tried to turn her husband into a mummy

    07/10/2015 6:28:43 PM PDT · by digger48 · 10 replies
    wishtv ^ | July 10, 2015 | Samantha Thieke
    TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A Tippecanoe County court is still trying to determine whether a woman accused of not reporting her husband’s death, while still collecting his benefits, is competent to stand trial. But Ila Solomon still insists her husband had only been dead for five days when his body was discovered last year. Solomon is accused of keeping Gerald “Scooter” Gavan’s body inside their Shawnee Avenue Home for nine months after his death. Solomon says she left the home two days after he died, and she believes that’s when someone placed several kerosene heaters and dehumidifiers inside the...
  • Man sentenced to 33 years for role in Craigslist murder

    06/15/2015 5:56:19 PM PDT · by digger48 · 26 replies
    wthr ^ | Jun 15, 2015 | Sandra Chapman
    Two brothers now sit behind bars, convicted of robbery and murder in connection with a Craigslist posting that turned deadly. Iraq War veteran James Vester died after brothers Tyshaune and Tryon Kincade targeted him in a robbery scheme. "It has been one of the hardest things," said Walter Vester outside of Courtroom 3. Twice, he sat across from the men who admitted to robbing, shooting, and killing his son, Jim, after Jim responded to a Craigslist ad for an iPad in 2013. Jim Vester had planned the iPad as a gift to his dad. "He was just a wonderful person...
  • Kokomo officer fatally shoots female robbery suspect at gas station

    06/14/2015 12:03:44 PM PDT · by digger48 · 86 replies
    wthr ^ | Jun 12, 2015 | Emily Longnecker
    KOKOMO, Ind. - Police in Kokomo are investigating the fatal shooting of a robbery suspect by a police officer at a gas station southeast of the city. Police say a ten-year veteran of the Kokomo Police Department responded to the report of an armed robbery at the Casey's General Store at Dixon Road and Defenbaugh Street around 5:30 p.m. Friday. The officer got to the scene to find a female suspect pointing a handgun at the store clerk. The officer ordered the suspect to drop the weapon, at which point, the woman pointed the gun at the officer. The officer...
  • Prosecutor: Fatal chase began with theft of women’s clothing at Wal-Mart

    06/11/2015 8:03:18 PM PDT · by digger48 · 19 replies
    wishtv ^ | June 11, 2015 | staff
    INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Court documents allege that a fatal chase all began when a man attempted to steal women’s pants from Wal-Mart. 21-year-old Matthew Edmonds faces multiple felony charges related to the case. He is accused of leading officers on a chase and crashing into a vehicle driven by 63-year-old Donna Niblock, resulting in her death. Court documents state that the whole ordeal began Monday morning after Edmonds was seen placing women’s pants into Wal-Mart bags that he pulled out of his pockets, then trying to leave the store. Beech Grove officers began pursuing Edmonds but the chase was called...
  • Purdue faculty to participate in diversity training program

    06/10/2015 7:17:38 PM PDT · by digger48 · 12 replies
    wishtv ^ | June 10, 2015, | ap
    <p>WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Five members of the mechanical engineering faculty at Purdue University have been chosen to participate in a National Science Foundation diversity training program so they can help recruit African-American students.</p> <p>Eleven African-American students were enrolled in the mechanical engineering program in fall 2014, according to data from the school’s Office of Institutional Research, Assessment and Effectiveness. That’s less than 1 percent of the 1,376 students total, making African Americans the school’s most under-represented minority population.</p>
  • Founder says Indianapolis cannabis church has new home

    06/10/2015 5:53:37 PM PDT · by digger48 · 16 replies
    wishtv ^ | June 10, 2015 | ap
    <p>INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The founder of the First Church of Cannabis in Indianapolis says he has found a home for the new church where plans call for members to smoke marijuana at the first ceremony.</p> <p>The Indianapolis Star reports founder Bill Levin is set to announce the purchase Wednesday morning. He says the church building on the city’s Eastside would hold 150 to 200 worshippers.</p>
  • Beech Grove police investigating Wal-Mart fight video

    06/09/2015 2:18:21 PM PDT · by digger48 · 18 replies
    wishtv ^ | June 8, 2015 | Staff Reports
    BEECH GROVE, Ind. (WISH) — A fight between two shoppers in the beauty aisle at a Wal-Mart in Marion County is caught on camera. The video was first posted to YouTube last week and has since gone viral. The Beech Grove Police Department said a report was filed at the time of the incident. Officers were called to the scene last Thursday night for a disturbance. Police told 24-Hour News 8 it will be up to the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office to decide whether charges will be filed against the two seen fighting on camera. Some customers shopping in the...
  • Bus driver allegedly turns in ‘chicken broth’ during drug test

    06/06/2015 11:34:19 AM PDT · by digger48 · 13 replies
    wishtv ^ | June 5, 2015 | Mark Douglas
    HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — A Hillsborough school bus driver who resigned “for personal reasons” following a bus crash in March, was able to keep transporting students a week after submitting what a collector described as “looking and smelling like chicken broth” during a routine drug screening. A second test the same day of the “chicken broth” sample turned out to be positive for pot, but the school district didn’t find out until the day after Crews crashed her bus into a Toyota driven by David Senquiz and was cited by Tampa police for failure to yield the right of...
  • Police arrest suspect in South Carolina muzzled dog case

    06/02/2015 7:22:06 PM PDT · by digger48 · 18 replies
    wishtv ^ | June 2, 2015 | Staff
    CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – North Charleston Police have made an arrest in the animal cruelty case that has been spread worldwide. William Leonard Dodson, 41, was preliminary charged with ill treatment of animals and torture. Police found Dodson in the area of Quitman Street and Calvert Street. He is expected to be in bond court on Tuesday. Caitlyn the dog was found in critical condition last week on a Good Samaritan’s doorstep with electrical tape tightly wound around her muzzle. The tape was so tight around Caitlyn’s muzzle that her tongue was caught between her teeth, stopping blood flow to...
  • Parents sue school district over prayers at school events

    06/02/2015 6:50:44 PM PDT · by digger48 · 20 replies
    wishtv ^ | June 2, 2015 | ap
    <p>HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A Hobart school district faces a lawsuit over prayers that are said before athletic events, graduations and school board meetings from parents who say the prayers violate the First Amendment.</p> <p>Jim and Nichole Bellar filed the lawsuit over the prayers at events in the River Forest Community School Corp. after they say their son was ostracized after raising objections.</p>
  • Proposal for ‘Straight Pride’ club spurs calls for training

    05/31/2015 9:58:46 AM PDT · by digger48 · 24 replies
    wishtv ^ | May 31, 2015 | AP
    <p>BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Educators and parents in southern Indiana are calling for more training and awareness of the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students after a high school’s failed attempt to establish a “Straight Pride” club.</p> <p>A group of students at Bloomington High School North had proposed starting the faith-based club in the 2015-16 school year. Principal Jeff Henderson said federal law required the school to allow the club, which students had said would offer “specific supports for heterosexual students.”</p>
  • Indiana man gets 200-plus years in prison for molesting boys

    05/30/2015 12:02:15 PM PDT · by digger48 · 27 replies
    wishtv ^ | May 30, 2015 | Staff
    <p>ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana man convicted of sexual abusing three young boys has received a more than 200-year prison sentence.</p> <p>An Elkhart County jury convicted 40-year-old Jose Jesus Macias in April on all 11 felony counts of child sexual abuse the Goshen man had faced.</p>
  • Police: Last remaining BBQ rib prompts fork fight

    05/27/2015 5:12:55 PM PDT · by digger48 · 36 replies
    wishtv ^ | May 27, 2015 | AP
    <p>MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Police say an Indiana woman stabbed another woman in the eye with a fork in a dispute over the last rib at a barbecue.</p> <p>The Star Press reports a 45-year-old woman was arrested Sunday night on a preliminary charge of criminal recklessness.</p>
  • Suspect in murder, abduction case stabbed victim 224 times

    05/08/2015 6:09:35 PM PDT · by digger48 · 49 replies
    wishtv ^ | May 8, 2015
    INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The woman at the center of an abduction and murder case will only face murder charges, according to court documents. According to police, 23-year-old Kiara Ivette Ciares-Quinones was arrested on Thursday for the murder of Vilma Soriano that happened at the Whispering Pines apartments, on the northwest side of the city. The probable cause affidavit said Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Officer arrived to the scene to the report of a deceased person on Wednesday around 6:30 p.m. A caller told officers that her neighbor had just been killed by someone fleeing the area who tried to leave her...
  • 3 Indiana brothers plead guilty in biofuels fraud

    04/29/2015 7:36:52 PM PDT · by digger48 · 7 replies
    Associated Press on wishtv ^ | April 29, 2015 | Associated Press
    <p>INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Millions of tax payer dollars stolen and now the company responsible will have to pay for their actions. Investigators say three brothers who ran E-biofuels LLC, out of Muncie, are behind the scheme and it was one of the largest fraud busts in Indiana history.</p>
  • Governor Larry Hogan Signs Executive Order Declaring State Of Emergency, Activating National Guard

    04/27/2015 5:05:37 PM PDT · by digger48 · 62 replies ^ | April 27, 2015
    ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today, at the request of Baltimore City, has signed an Executive Order declaring a state of emergency and activating the National Guard to address the growing violence and unrest in Baltimore City. The governor, along with Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford and National Guard Adjutant General Linda Singh, will hold a press conference at the Maryland Emergency Management Agency this evening at 8:30 PM.
  • Muncie (IN) NAACP president arrested

    04/23/2015 7:16:46 PM PDT · by digger48 · 8 replies
    wishtv ^ | April 23, 2015 | Staff Reports
    MUNCIE, Ind. (WISH) — The president of the Muncie chapter of the NAACP sold cocaine to a confidential informant on several occasions, according to investigators. Timothy Miles, 49, was arrested Wednesday by the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office. A probable cause affidavit stated that he sold cocaine three times. On one occasion, he is accused of trying to solicit sex for drugs. Documents stated that Miles gave a full confession when he was arrested. Miles told investigators that he had just thrown away his career with the Muncie Indiana Transit System (MITS) after 23 years of service. On April 8, investigators...
  • State Rep. advocates arming domestic abuse victims (IN)

    04/17/2015 4:32:45 PM PDT · by digger48 · 8 replies
    wishtv ^ | April 17, 2015 | Jim Shella
    INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — State Rep. Jim Lucas is known for his defense of gun ownership and gun rights. Nevertheless, the Seymour Republican raised some eyebrows with comments made on the House floor Thursday. Every week this session, someone in the House presents a domestic violence fact in the effort to increase awareness regarding domestic abuse. Thursday, Lucas felt the need to react. Watch his statement in the video player above by clicking the play button. “There are options out there for women,” he said. “Applications for a license to carry a handgun are up significantly in the state of Indiana...
  • 4 charged in alleged food stamp, child care benefits scheme

    04/07/2015 7:28:19 PM PDT · by digger48 · 10 replies
    wishtv ^ | April 7, 2015, | Bennett Haeberle
    INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Four Indianapolis women are facing more than 60 felony counts related to an alleged fraud scheme prosecutors say helped them steal additional food stamps and child care services which they had not earned. The amount of money fraudulently obtained by the women totaled more than $100,000, according to the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office. Among those charged were: Leticia Falconer, Debera Anderson, Asia Malone and Laquisha Flowers. Prosecutors say the alleged scheme was initially detected by state workers with the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. Falconer, a food-stamp recipient and one-time employee with the Xerox, the state...
  • Senator Robert Menendez Indicted on Corruption Charges

    04/01/2015 2:42:39 PM PDT · by digger48 · 45 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 1, 2015 | MATT APUZZO
    WASHINGTON — Senator Robert Menendez was indicted on federal corruption charges on Wednesday, setting the stage for a bitter court fight and putting his political future in doubt. Mr. Menendez was charged with eight counts of bribery, which carry up to 15 years in prison on each charge. He was also charged with conspiracy, fraud, and making false statements on government documents, the Justice Department said. Mr. Menendez is the first senator to face federal bribery charges since another New Jersey Democrat, Harrison A. Williams Jr., was indicted in 1980 in the Abscam scandal. The charges had long been expected...
  • Retired Teacher Faces 10 Years for Flintlock Possession (Welcome to New Jersey)

    02/15/2015 11:08:01 AM PST · by digger48 · 114 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 2-15-2015 | Andrew Branca
    When a 72-year-old retired school teacher faces a 10 year felony sentence (a likely life sentence) for possession of an unloaded 18th century flintlock pistol, one knows immediately that we can only be talking about a handful of states in which such a travesty can happen. In this case, not surprisingly, it’s the “Garden State” of New Jersey. Gordon Van Gilder, who taught in the New Jersey school system for 34 years, is a collector of 18th century memorabilia. He acquired a genuine antique flintlock pistol from that era, and had it unloaded and wrapped in a cloth in his...
  • Obama seeks bigger wilderness designation in Alaska refuge

    01/25/2015 5:47:34 PM PST · by digger48 · 39 replies
    wthr ^ | 1/25/2015 | BECKY BOHRER and JIM KUHNHENN
    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - President Barack Obama is proposing to designate the vast majority of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich coastal plain, drawing an angry response from top state elected officials who see it as a land grab by the federal government. "They've decided that today was the day that they were going to declare war on Alaska. Well, we are ready to engage," said U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and chair of the Senate energy committee. The designation would set aside an additional nearly 12.3 million acres as wilderness, including the...
  • Notre Dame’s ‘white privilege’ seminar draws scrutiny

    01/24/2015 6:07:03 PM PST · by digger48 · 17 replies
    wishtv ^ | January 24, 2015 | Tom Coyne
    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — As the U.S. wrestles with how to respond to a series of volatile racial incidents, the University of Notre Dame is offering a class this semester on white privilege that it says aims to help students become more aware of injustices. The course description says the one-credit elective, offered in preparation for a conference, is designed to educate students about the definitions of white privilege and its causes and effects. Though the school offered a similar workshop last year that was not for credit, the class has drawn some objections this time around. Notre Dame’s...
  • Amnesty for all the cupcakes!

    01/24/2015 3:27:13 PM PST · by digger48 · 12 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | January 24, 2015 | Kemberlee Kaye
    Texas’ new Agricultural Commissioner, Sid Miller, granted amnesty to cupcakes as his first act of office. “I’m announcing that I am giving full amnesty to the cupcakes in Texas. I’m also granting full pardon to pies and cookies and brownies and cakes and homemade candies,” Miller said in his announcement. In Texas, the Department of Agriculture administers the school lunch program responsible for restrictive dietary guidelines. Guidelines were put in place to combat childhood obesity, but as Miller points out, the figures haven’t changed in the ten years stringent dietary restrictions have been in place. “We’re getting out of the...
  • IMPD: Pre-teen kid robs CVS near 38th Street

    01/21/2015 7:05:37 PM PST · by digger48 · 34 replies
    The Indy Channel ^ | Jan. 21, 2015 | Derrick Thomas
    INDIANAPOLIS - A kid, possibly as young as 10, threatened and robbed a west-side pharmacy Monday, Indianapolis Metro Police said. Just after 11 a.m., a boy approached the pharmacy counter at the CVS Pharmacy located at 5502 W. 38th St. (See our map below.) The pharmacist told investigators that the boy, estimated to be between 10 and 13 years old, handed a note to the employee that said this was a robbery, and included a list of drugs. The note, according to police, also implied he would kill everyone if the alarm button was pushed. After getting the drugs, he...
  • 13-year-old shot and killed on city's east side (Indy)

    01/19/2015 10:31:35 AM PST · by digger48 · 16 replies
    wthr ^ | 1:13 PM | Channel 13
    INDIANAPOLIS - IMPD officers confirmed that a 13-year-old boy was shot and killed around 2 a.m. Monday near 38th and Post on the city's east side. Officers responded to a shots fired call in the 3700 block of Decamp Drive. When they arrived, neighbors told them teens knocked on the door and told them someone had been shot. Police found a 13 year old with an apparent gunshot wound on the sidewalk. EMS personnel pronounced the victim dead at the scene. "It's pathetic," said neighbor Monte Powell. "My son's 13. It just makes no sense. No sense. It's's too...
  • Academy president responds to Oscar firestorm

    01/16/2015 7:59:48 PM PST · by digger48 · 26 replies
    AP/wthr ^ | Jan 26, 2015 | SANDY COHEN
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Responding for the first time to the firestorm that erupted over the lack of diversity in this year's Oscar nominations, film academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs says the all-white acting slate inspires her to accelerate the academy's push for more diversity. The first black president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences spoke out Friday night in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press about the Oscar nominations and the widespread criticism that followed. All 20 of this year's acting contenders are white and there are no women in the directing or writing categories....
  • Colts ask NFL to place McNary on exemption list, following rape charges

    01/15/2015 9:00:24 AM PST · by digger48 · 21 replies
    wthr | Jan 15, 2015 | WTHR Channel 13
    The Indianapolis Colts asked NFL Commissioner Goodell to place Colts Linebacker Josh McNary on the commissioner's exemption list Thursday, after he was charged Wednesday with felony counts of rape and criminal confinement and a misdemeanor count of battery resulting in bodily injury. Police say he turned himself in and was processed at the Marion County Jail Wednesday evening. (snip) The woman told police she told him "no" several times. At first, the woman said he refused to allow her to leave. She left the apartment after he got up to go to the bathroom. As she left, she took his...
  • Homeless man accused in good Samaritan's stabbing death

    01/13/2015 9:38:10 PM PST · by digger48 · 29 replies
    The Indy Channel ^ | Jan 13, 2015 | Staff
    INDIANAPOLIS - A homeless man was accused in the stabbing death of a good Samaritan who took him into his home for the night. On Jan. 7, police were called to a home in the 3700 block of North Meridian Street on reports of a homicide. When police arrived they found the body of Gale Haltrom, 58, of Indianapolis, with multiple stab wounds. Detectives said Haltrom had invited a homeless couple from a nearby bus stop into his home. While the female was away, Haltrom got into an argument with the homeless man, who became violent, police said.
  • Seattle dog's rush hour ride: on the bus, by herself, weekly

    01/13/2015 3:46:03 PM PST · by digger48 · 17 replies
    KOMO News ^ | Jan 13, 2015 | Lindsay Cohen
    SEATTLE -- Commuters in Belltown report seeing a Black Labrador riding the bus alone in recent weeks. The 2-year old has been spotted roaming the aisles, hopping onto seats next to strangers, and even doing her part to clean the bus -- by licking her surroundings. "All the bus drivers know her. She sits here just like a person does," said commuter Tiona Rainwater, as she rode the bus through downtown Monday. "She makes everybody happy. How could you not love this thing?" When the dog got off the bus - without an owner - at a dog park last...
  • Bill would repeal law requiring license to carry handgun (IN)

    01/13/2015 9:16:21 AM PST · by digger48 · 22 replies
    The Indy Channel ^ | Jan 12, 2015 | Katie Heinz
    INDIANAPOLIS - A state representative wants to get rid of the existing law that requires a license to carry a handgun. State Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Seymour, said there is a large increase in the number of people who are applying for a license to carry a handgun – both in Indiana and across the nation. He said the application process is “burdensome” and something gun owners shouldn’t have to do. State law currently requires a person to have a license in order to carry a handgun in their car or on themselves. That would change under Lucas’ bill. As a...
  • Clerk fatally shoots suspect in Indianapolis armed robbery

    01/13/2015 8:33:36 AM PST · by digger48 · 32 replies
    wthr ^ | Jan 13, 2015 | Channel 13
    Police say a man robbed the "Hang Time" clothing store near 38th and Meridian streets around 8:45 p.m., wearing a mask and carrying a gun. After he robbed the store, the suspect saw a clerk was trying to call 911. The suspect re-engaged the clerk, trying to stop the phone call. While that happened, a second clerk approached the man from behind and shot him.
  • Police: Video shows 12-month-old playing with handgun

    01/10/2015 5:26:47 AM PST · by digger48 · 13 replies
    The Indy Channel ^ | Jan 9, 2015 | Staff report
    EVANSVILLE, Ind. - An Evansville couple was charged with child neglect on Friday after police discovered cellphone video that allegedly showed a 12-month-old putting a .40-caliber handgun in his mouth. Michael L. Barnes, 19, was initially arrested Thursday after police said he tried to sell an undercover officer a handgun through Facebook. Barnes did not have a permit for a handgun, officers wrote in Thursday’s arrest affidavit. He also had an active warrant for his arrest, Evansville Courier & Press reports. During the follow up investigation on Friday, detectives with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives/Evansville Police Department...
  • Chicago man's death ruled homicide decades after shooting

    01/08/2015 12:03:03 PM PST · by digger48 · 6 replies
    wthr ^ | Jan.8, 2015 | DON BABWIN
    CHICAGO (AP) - Tom Buchanan never really said what happened back in the 1940s when he was shot, but whatever it was, it finally killed him. On Thursday, Cook County Medical Examiner's office spokesman Frank Shuftan said the weekend death of the 87-year-old retired steel worker has been ruled a homicide after an autopsy revealed that the "gunshot ultimately caused the complications to his abdomen that ultimately killed him." Shuftan said family members didn't have any details about the shooting. "We don't know anything about it," he said. Buchanan's 82-year-old cousin, Mattie Matthews, said he never served in the military,...
  • Ferguson grand juror sues to be allowed to talk about case

    01/05/2015 6:01:52 PM PST · by digger48 · 22 replies
    wthr ^ | Jan 05, 2015 | Jim Salter
    ST. LOUIS - A member of the grand jury that declined to indict a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown contends in a lawsuit filed Monday that the prosecutor in the case has wrongly implied that all 12 jurors believed there was no evidence to support charges. The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit on behalf of the unnamed juror, who wants to be allowed to talk publicly about the case but could face charges for doing so because of a lifetime gag order. The juror also says he or she came away with...
  • Curry disagrees with Mayor that murder rate is “cyclical”

    01/04/2015 10:34:50 PM PST · by digger48 · 7 replies
    FOX59 ^ | Jan. 4, 2014 | Rebecca Bennett
    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (January 4, 2015) — Mayor Greg Ballard told viewers last month that the city’s murder rate, which was on its way to an eight percent increase over 2013 and finished with 135 cases, was due to the ebb-and-flow of crime. “It’s cyclical. Frankly I didn’t get a lot of these questions when it was below 100 for four years in a row, right?” The man whose job it is to send convicted killers to prison told us that Mayor Ballard is wrong for several reasons. “There is a certain starting point of poverty, lack of education and then...
  • Mother lost two sons in a month, in separate shootings

    01/03/2015 5:21:14 PM PST · by digger48 · 46 replies ^ | Jan. 2, 2015 | Joseph S. Pete
    HAMMOND | A mother grieved as her second son was gunned down in less than a month, this time an engineering student at Vincennes University who was home on winter break. Hammond authorities are investigating the shooting death of 19-year-old Donnovan Williams, a Highland resident who had been the first in his family to go to college but ended up the first victim of homicide in Northwest Indiana this year. Early on New Year's Day, Williams was shot at 1235 Wilson Place in Hammond, and later died at Community Hospital in Munster. The recent graduate of Morton High School in...
  • Dog protects woman during Christmas Eve attack

    12/31/2014 2:47:24 PM PST · by digger48 · 103 replies
    wthr ^ | Dec. 31, 2014 | Jennie Runevitch
    Heather was out that night collecting Christmas ornaments for a tree to donate to a needy family. On Ritter, near Brookville Road, she stopped her car to let Orion out. "I let him off his leash," she said. "He walked up into the trees. Then a guy came around the corner. "From there, he pulled a gun out from the front of his shirt, with his right hand, and pointed it at me." That's when Orion, still hidden in the bushes took action. "He knew something was wrong," Frisbie said. "He knew this guy wasn't ok." Orion bit the thief...
  • St. Louis County police investigating officer involved shooting in Berkeley (Missouri)

    12/24/2014 9:42:44 AM PST · by digger48 · 43 replies
    fox2now ^ | 12-24-2014 | Chris Smith
    <p>BERKELEY, MO (KTVI) – The St. Louis County Police Department is investigating a fatal officer involved shooting in Berkeley, Missouri. The shooting occurred just after 11 p.m. Tuesday night at the Mobil gas station located in the 6800 block of North Hanley.</p>
  • Police: Teen shot at Dayton Mall tried to rob man for shoes

    12/23/2014 4:25:27 PM PST · by digger48 · 178 replies ^ | Dec 22, 2014 | Nathan Vicar
    DAYTON, OH (FOX19) - The Middletown teen who was shot and killed at the Dayton Mall over the weekend was trying to steal shoes from a man with a concealed carry license, police say. Officials say the investigation shows that three male juveniles approached two men outside of the hhgregg store just after 10 a.m.. According to police, 16-year-old Jawaad Jabbar got out a gun and demanded merchandise from the men. One of the men, who police say had a valid concealed carry license, produced his gun and shot Jabbar. Jabbar died from injuries sustained from the gunshot. "This was...
  • Walmart greeters face-to-face with a gun

    11/27/2014 3:06:17 PM PST · by digger48 · 80 replies
    wthr ^ | Nov 26, 2014 | Jennie Runevitch
    INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis Metro Police are searching for a pair of thieves who pulled a gun on a greeter at a local Walmart store. Surveillance cameras got a good look at the people responsible and investigators hope that leads to a break in the case. Police say the two thieves stole from a Walmart and threatened employees with a gun. The store near 73rd and Keystone does have surveillance and cameras captured images of the suspects. "So that's the two that did it?" asked shopper Tajuanea Dobbins. "That's scary to hear, yeah. That is scary to hear something like that."...
  • Michael Brown's parents speak at UN

    11/12/2014 4:25:13 PM PST · by digger48 · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 12, 2014 | Rick Moran
    The parents of Michael Brown, the Ferguson Missouri man who was shot by Officer Darren Wilson following an altercation, spoke before a UN Committee yesterday, pleading for the world to note what was happening in Ferguson and around the country. Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr. spoke to the United Nations Committee Against Torture -- which also works against cruel or degrading treatment or punishment by government authorities. CNN: "We need the world to know what's going on in Ferguson and we need justice," McSpadden told CNN in Geneva, Switzerland. "We need answers and we need action. And we have...