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  • ‘Cheering for Charlie’ blood drive scheduled to help Franklin boy fighting rare cancer

    JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. — A community blood drive is scheduled for this Saturday to help a young Franklin boy who is fighting an extremely rare form of cancer. 19-month-old Charlie Smith was diagnosed in November with stage 4 neuroblastoma, a cancer that forms in the nerve cells and can lead to life-threatening tumors throughout the body. Charlie’s father, Cody Smith, said doctors initially thought Charlie may be constipated due to discomfort in his abdomen. Specialists later found a tumor growing in […]

  • Scout leader proud of how children reacted to school fire

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind – The leader of a pack of Cub Scouts says he’s extremely proud of how the children reacted to Monday night’s fire at St. Jude Catholic School. Tony Hahn is the leader for Cub Scout Pack 51. The group of 19 children and 30 adults were attending a fire safety presentation at St. Jude Catholic School when a fire broke out in a second floor storage room around 7 p.m. Hahn said his daughter, who is in kindergarten, first […]

  • Fires at 2 vacant homes on Indy’s southeast side leave neighbors nervous

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Some residents on the southeast side of Indianapolis say they’re nervous after fire destroyed one vacant house and damaged another next door. The initial fire was reported around 1:30 a.m. Monday in the 1500 block of Asbury Street. Indianapolis Fire Department officials at the scene said the fire started at one house before spreading to the house next door. Both houses were listed as vacant. Firefighters worked through bitter-cold temperatures and got the flames under control with […]

  • Johnson County Sheriff seeks ordinance to hold hotel owners accountable for problems

    JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind – Frequent emergency calls to a motel on U.S. 31 are prompting the Johnson County Sheriff to seek a countywide ordinance to regulate hotels and hold owners accountable for recurring problems. The Sheriff’s Office responded to the Hilltop Motel, just south of Franklin, 206 times in the last two years. Problems have included drug activity and disturbances that caused damage to rooms at the motel. “We’ve had a lot of narcotics arrests out of there, or arrests […]

  • IndyGo wants to hear from you before changing citywide bus routes

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind – IndyGo is planning to change virtually every bus route in Indianapolis in June this year, and they want to get input from the public before they approve the final plan in June. IndyGo spokesperson Lesley Gordon says IndyGo plans to implement a new grid-based bus route system, which will change every bus route except for the newly-completed Red Line. “If you look at our routes, we haven’t seen this much investment and this much change to them […]

  • Neighbors report disturbance, vandalism before deadly shooting in Columbus

    COLUMBUS, Ind. — Neighbors say a loud disturbance involving several broken windows came shortly before a weekend shooting that left one man dead. Columbus police say they responded to the shooting shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday in the 2000 block of Home Avenue. Arriving officers found one man, now identified as Derek Henderson, inside the home. “The homeowner reported to law enforcement officers that he was confronted by an unknown person with a baseball bat inside his home,” a Columbus Police […]

  • Emancipation Proclamation service includes update on state of equality in Indianapolis

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind – City and Faith leaders gathered to celebrate the 157th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation on New Year’s Day. The celebration at Olivet Missionary Baptist Church also included an update on the state of racial equality in Indianapolis. Shortly before being sworn in for his second term, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett told churchgoers that 2019 brought positive progress toward better equality.  Hogsett celebrated the formation of the city’s first civilian police merit board.  The seven-member […]

  • State police urge caution, smart choices on New Year’s Eve

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind – Indiana State Police (ISP) is urging Hoosiers to be extra cautious and make smart decisions when traveling to and from New Year’s Eve celebrations tonight. State police arrested 28 people for driving under the influence state wide last year on New Year’s Eve. Statewide police agencies responded to 922 crashes, resulting in 174 injuries and 4 deaths, according to numbers compiled by ISP Sgt. John Perrine. It’s not clear how many crashes were attributed to impaired driving, […]

  • Donations down for Good Cheer Fund of Johnson County

    JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. — Organizers behind a nearly century-old tradition of giving in Johnson County are asking for help in the midst of a shortened holiday season. Donations for the Good Cheer Fund of Johnson County are running below the organization’s goals this year. Chairman Jake Sappenfield says this year’s late Thanksgiving could be partially to blame. “I would say with Thanksgiving being later this year, the donations got off to a slower start,” Sappenfield said. “I think that once Thanksgiving is […]

  • Indy DPW: No plans to call in contractors to treat residential streets this week

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — City officials do not plan on calling in private contractors to deal with snow this week. Indianapolis Department of Public Works spokesperson, Ben Easley, says the department discussed the matter. They decided the conditions didn’t call for private plow and salt truck drivers. “Our priority with DPW is taking care of those major thoroughfares, secondary streets, especially for emergency services and making sure that city services can continue,” Easley said. The department based the decision on a […]

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