(Dec. 22, 2015) — As we get ready to turn the calendar from 2015 to 2016, let’s take a look back at the year we’ve had on FOX59.com. Our top stories range from the fall of former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle to the shocking death of Amanda Blackburn, wife of an Indianapolis pastor. Nationally, FOX59 viewers were also interested in the lunar phenomenon of the “super blood moon” and a very odd Texas mansion.
Here are the Top 10 stories of 2015 on FOX59.com:
Life unraveled quickly for Jared Fogle, the Indiana University graduate who gained fame as an affable spokesman for Subway sandwiches thanks to impressive weight loss. FOX59 broke the story that Fogle planned to plead guilty to charges in connection with a child pornography investigation. He became the center of the investigation after the former director of his Jared Foundation, Russell Taylor, was arrested on child pornography charges.
Federal agents raided Fogle’s Zionsville home in July and Fogle, accused of viewing child pornography and paying for sex with minors, agreed to a plea deal in August. On Nov. 19, 2015, Judge Tanya Walton Pratt sentenced Fogle to more than 15 years in prison. He’s currently at a federal facility in Littleton, Colo. In December, Fogle’s associate, Taylor, was sentenced to 27 years in prison.
Sometimes, a Facebook post can say a lot about society, and a husband’s post about his hardworking wife captured the attention of FOX59 viewers. He wrote about his wife—a nurse—and how she manages to balance her home life with a job in which she takes care of people who are having the worst day of their lives.
She will take care of you.
She will come home 14 hours later and remove shoes that have walked through blood, bile, tears and fire from aching feet and leave them outside.
Sometimes she will not want to talk about it. Sometimes she can't wait to talk about it.
Sometimes she will laugh until she cries and sometimes she will just cry - but regardless of those sometimes she will be on time for her next shift.
My wife is a nurse. My wife is a hero.
In September, FOX59 viewers got an eyeful thanks to a rare “super blood moon,” a bright, big moon encapsulated in a total lunar eclipse. According to NASA, it’s a combination that happened for the first time in 30 years and won’t happen again until 2033.
Viewers turned to the post to see how to best see the special lunar sight, and then sent plenty of photos to the newsroom that captured the rare and stunning event.
Sometimes you can’t help but stare at something this massive. A 46-bedroom, 60,175 square-foot home in Texas captured the imagination of FOX59 viewers. The brick home, built in 2001, was listed for $3.5 million. It boasted more than 40 bedrooms, more than 20 bathrooms, a nine-car garage, an indoor pool and an elevator.
A doctor and his wife built the mansion 14 years ago. They planned to use it as a live-in rehab facility for patients.
In September, authorities in Johnson County identified 50 suspected drug dealers as they carried out the biggest sweep the county has seen since 2009. The operation involved more than 200 personnel from several agencies, including the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department, Franklin police, Indiana State Police and U.S. Marshals Service.
Officers fanned across the county to serve the dozens of felony arrest warrants. The warrant sweep stemmed from a yearlong joint investigation.
The death of Amanda Blackburn, the pregnant wife of an Indianapolis pastor, shocked the Indianapolis community and drew national attention. Blackburn was shot during a home invasion on Nov. 10, 2015, on the northwest side of Indianapolis.
Her husband, Davey Blackburn, found her shot inside their home in the 2800 block of Sunnyfield Court around 8:30 a.m. Their toddler son was home at the time of the crime. After an exhaustive search, Indianapolis Metropolitan police arrested two men, Larry Taylor, 18, and Jalen Watson, 21, in connection with Blackburn’s murder. They were later charged in a separate robbery and rape case that happened on Nov. 3 on the west side. A third man, Diano Gordon, 24, was charged in connection with robberies that occurred before Blackburn’s murder.
On July 22, 2015, federal, state and local law enforcement agencies conducted a massive sweep around Indianapolis as part of a wide-ranging operation to crack down on violent crimes and gang violence. As a result, police arrested 35 people. Many of them were connected to an east side Indianapolis group called the “Block Burners.” Authorities described the gang as a violent group that trafficked drugs and carried guns as a means of intimidation.
The sweep effectively dismantled the group, which investigators said operated with an astonishing amount of organization. While the purported leader of the group, William “Jeezy” Brown, fled during the initial raid, he was captured a week later in Louisville, Ky.
When an Illinois farmer with terminal cancer couldn’t harvest his 450 acres of corn, he ended up getting help in a big way.
In September, 40 neighbors and friends showed up at his farm to help him. The effort involved 10 combines, 12 grain carts and 16 semi trucks. Together, they harvested the corn in just 10 hours—something that would normally take an entire week of work.
A photographer drew national attention with a picture she took of herself at an Old Navy store. The woman overheard a hurtful conversation
"I was shopping in Old Navy, standing in between a teenage girl and her mom. The girl picked up a plus-size tank top, showed it to her mom and said, 'Look! Me and so-and-so can fit in this tank top!' Her mom laughed and said, 'Yeah, you could! That thing is huge!" she posted on Facebook.
Initially distraught, the woman later tried on the tank top and said it looked great on her.
"Think about others before you speak. And if someone hurts you, you have to move on."
In July, the cheating website Ashley Madison suffered a grievous data breach that exposed information from its customers. The website, which purports to help married people have affairs, admitted it had been compromised.
In August, the database of user information exposed by the breach went public in a searchable form that people could use to find out if someone they knew had used the service.