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  • Brown County superintendent recommends coach’s termination following blackface post

    NASHVILLE, Ind. – The Superintendent of Brown County Schools dismissed a coach and substitute teacher Friday, recommending his termination after he posted a photo of himself in blackface online. The photo, posted on coach Richard Gist’s Facebook page, was brought to Superintendent Dr. Laura Hammack’s attention by a concerned community member. “It was a sincere disconnect and I’m so sorry that Brown County has been aligned with a post that was of this nature, and I just want the community to know that […]

  • Charges dismissed against woman accused of fondling 15-year-old girl in public park

    Update (February 3, 2017) — All charges against Alma Rice were dismissed. BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — A woman is behind bars for her actions with a minor in a public park. Around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, a passerby at Cascades Park in Bloomington called police to report people possibly having sex in a van. “Because it’s a park area, there’s a lot of children in that area, the complaint came in (and) they thought it was very inappropriate what they thought they […]

  • Dirty Dining: Was your favorite place fined by the health department?

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 24, 2015) – The Marion County Health Department handed out a record number of fines in 2015, and FOX59 obtained the full list. In total, inspectors handed out $67,000 with two months of the year left to go. You’re used to seeing us dig up critical violations on Dirty Dining, but fines are the next, more serious level for inspectors. They’re typically handed out for issues so bad they could shut down a restaurant or for repeat violations, […]

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    City-County Council approves $40 million Pre-K program

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 1, 2014) – After months of discussions, City-County councilors voted Monday to approve a new preschool program for low-income families. Council members voted 19-8 in support of the proposal. The $40 million program will get half of its funding for the city. The other half will come from corporate and philanthropic donations. They’ll need to vote on funding at another meeting, expected in early 2015. The program could send anywhere from 700 to 1,200 kids to preschool. […]

  • Dirty Dining returns tonight: Critical violations exposed at south side restaurants

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 5, 2014)– Dirty Dining is back, and this time we found everything from roaches to overflowing raw meat in the kitchen. FOX59 takes a look at your favorite restaurants on the south side and Greenwood, following up on the tips you gave us. Some owners took us into the kitchens, where we saw questionable behavior of our own, but others weren’t so keen to answer our questions. We’ll show you what we found cooking up behind the […]

  • FAA working to identify plane after fatal Bloomington crash

    By Jill Glavan BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (September 18, 2014) — Investigators are trying to figure out where a plane that crashed in Bloomington, killing two men, was going. The plane crashed just before 1 p.m. across the street from the Monroe County Airport. “It’s terrible. It’s really terrible,” neighbor Wanda Bennett said. Bennett was out mowing her lawn when the plane went down next door in her sister-in-law’s backyard. “I heard this crash and boom. … I looked up in the […]

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    Public safety tax rate increase approved to pay for additional IMPD officers

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 8, 2014)– The Indianapolis City-County Council approved a tax increase on Monday that will add more police officers to the force. The council passed the public safety tax rate increase 19-10. It will raise income taxes in Marion County from .35 to .50 percent, adding up to about $5 a month for the average working taxpayer. Still, debate over how to fund public safety and fix the city’s crime problem remained at Monday’s meeting. “This isn’t a problem that you can snap […]

  • Man to donate $100,000 and complete 1,000 hours of community service after dog-kicking incident

    VANCOUVER, B.C. (August 26, 2014)– Video that has surfaced of the CEO of large catering company Centerplate has people on social media calling for the man to be fired after he was allegedly caught on camera abusing a dog inside an elevator. Centerplate provides catering services to Lucas Oil Stadium. Following a 2009 Fox59 investigation, CEO Desmond Hague visited Indianapolis to address allegations of dirty conditions inside the stadium. So far, there are no indications this latest incident would affect the stadium or […]

  • Police identify suspect arrested in gas station clerk’s fatal shooting

    UPDATE:  The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office announced on June 10, 2019 that Desi Thomas pleaded guilty to the murder of Harry Briggs. As set forth in his plea agreement, Thomas will be sentenced to 57 years executed with 52 years executed in the Indiana Department of Correction and five years executed in Marion County Community Corrections. ORIGINAL STORY:  INDIANAPOLIS (July 17, 2014) – Indianapolis Metropolitan police have made an arrest in the fatal shooting of a gas station clerk. Desi […]

  • Dirty Dining: Your tips lead to violations in action

    INDIANAPOLIS — You told us what restaurants you think are dirty and we listened: FOX59 investigated the spots that you tipped us off about in this month’s Dirty Dining report. First up, The Journey at 96th Street on the North side. “(When) you eat here, you’re going to be safe,” kitchen manager Kevin Ni said. Yet, health inspectors found 12 critical violations the last time they stopped by earlier this year. They included potentially hazardous pot stickers and cooked noodles […]

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