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  • ‘Menace to Johnson County’ arrested 7 times in 6 months

    JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. – Johnson County Sheriff Duane Burgess says a repeat offender arrested this week is not leaving his jail anytime soon. “He is just a menace to Johnson County citizens,” Burgess said. Burgess is talking about 35-year-old Steven Wagers, of Indianapolis. Wagers has been arrested seven times in the last six months, including twice within three days last Friday and Monday. Records show Wagers has been arrested nearly 30 times over the last 17 years. Most of his […]

  • Crooks using homeless people in check fraud scheme, police say

    FRANKLIN, Ind — Franklin Police say they’ve become aware of a check fraud scheme that uses homeless individuals to carry out the crimes. Police arrested Tyler Young on February 26 after he allegedly tried to cash a fraudulent $3,344.18 check at a Mutual Savings Bank branch in Trafalgar. Trafalgar Police say they quickly learned Young had already successfully cashed a check for $3,044.18 at a Mutual Savings Bank branch in Franklin. Both checks appeared to be from the Town of […]

  • Critics oppose bill to legalize ‘loan shark’ interest rates in Indiana

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A group of Hoosiers from several organizations are speaking out against a bill they call a “financial death trap” for those struggling with their finances. Representatives from several military, religious and community organizations called on Representatives in the Indiana House to vote against Senate Bill 613, which would allow payday and subprime lenders to charge interest rates on small loans at levels currently classified as felony loan sharking. “Which opens doors to lending practices that are unjust and […]

  • CEOs of Indiana tech companies call for specific bias crimes law

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind – Several CEOs from Indiana technology companies are calling for Indiana lawmakers to pass a hate crimes bill that specifically lists protected groups, comparing the discussion to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act controversy of 2015. Members of the Indiana Technology & Innovation Association held a Wednesday news conference in the Statehouse atrium and argued that Indiana’s lack of a hate crime law is hurting their efforts to recruit talent from out of state. “Technology is Indiana’s fastest growing […]

  • Counterfeit money was sprayed with starch to fool detection markers, Franklin police say

    FRANKLIN, Ind. – Franklin police arrested an Indianapolis woman who was allegedly using counterfeit money treated with laundry starch in order to fool counterfeit detection markers. The arrest came Saturday afternoon after Franklin police received a call from an employee at the Kroger Marketplace on U.S. 31. The caller said a young woman had just used a counterfeit $100 bill and was leaving the store in a black Chrysler Sebring. A responding officer stopped the Chrysler in the nearby Kohl’s […]

  • Columbus considers expanding animal shelter to keep up with area growth

    COLUMBUS, Ind. — Columbus officials are considering a plan to expand the city’s Animal Care Services facility in order to keep up with the growing demand for space. City Council member Tom Dell (D, At-Large) says the crowded kennels and crates are a byproduct of the growing population in the Columbus area. “As the city has grown, so has the population grown, so has the animal population grown,” Dell said. “To some degree, it’s the prosperity of a community that is […]

  • 4-H goats killed in Hancock County barn fire

    HANCOCK COUNTY, Ind. — Fire officials in Hancock County say several 4-H animals died in a barn fire that may have been started by a heat lamp. Several departments responded around 4:00 a.m. Sunday in the 10,000 block of North Nashville Road, southeast of Pendleton.  A passerby spotted the flames and called authorities, according to fire officials.  It took nine different crews to get the fire under control. The fire was concentrated in a barn or outbuilding about 100 yards […]

  • IN Focus: Holcomb calls on lawmakers to restore specific hate crimes language

    INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb says he will spend the next two months working with lawmakers in the House to amend the hate crimes bill passed by the Senate last week. While talking with reporters Wednesday, Holcomb called the Senate version of the bill too vague to get Indiana off a list of five states that don’t have their own hate crimes legislation. “Being vague about this does not get us off the list,” Holcomb said. Senate Bill 12 […]

  • Governor Holcomb prepared to fight for specific hate crimes bill

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind – Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb says he will spend the next two months working with lawmakers in the House to amend the hate crimes bill passed by the Senate last week. While talking with reporters Wednesday, Holcomb called the Senate version of the bill too vague to get Indiana off a list of five states that don’t have their own hate crimes legislation. “Being vague about this does not get us off the list,” Holcomb said. Senate Bill […]

  • Decades of memories gone with stolen 1968 Mustang, Indy family says

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind – The owners of a 1968 Ford Mustang Convertible are hoping somebody will give police the tip they need to track down the car, and the burglars who stole it earlier this month. Susan and Dennis Sharp say the partially restored classic car was recently stored in Susan’s parents’ garage in the 4700 block of Tincher Road, near I-465 and Kentucky Avenue.  Susan Sharp says the Mustang was just a couple months of work away from being roadworthy […]

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