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More information released on store robbery suspect

(Indianapolis) – Authorities have identified the man who was fatally shot Monday night while attempting to rob a northwestside Kroger supermarket. Jeremy Atkinson, 26 of Indianapolis, entered the store at 71st and Georgetown Road around 6 p.m., placed a hard object in a female employee’s back and demanded money from the store’s office. Another  employee saw what was happening and shot Atkinson in the face who died a short time later.  Police say Atkinson had a 2009 conviction for the armed robbery of a Subway restaurant on North Keystone Avenue in which he received a four year prison sentence. He was placed on work release in February 2011; police had issued an arrest warrant two months ago due to Atkinson violating the work release conditions. Kroger officials say they will conduct their own investigation.

Program to help female inmates suspended

(Indianapolis) – The Marion County Sheriff’s Department announced earlier this week that the Liberty Hall program designed to provide rehabilitation opportunities to incarcerated women has been suspended. Liberty Hall located at 675 E. Washington St. is a private facility housing low-security women offenders and is owned and operated by New Jersey-based Community Education Centers Inc. The sheriff’s department cited budget cuts as the reason for the suspension of the five year pilot project. The offenders will be returned to the Marion County Jail by the end of this week.

Two women charged in stage collapse fraud scheme

(Indianapolis) – Two women are facing felony charges of forgery, perjury and attempted theft this morning.  According to the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, Stephanie Murry and Sandra Hurn submitted falsified hospital records to the Indiana State Fair Remembrance Fund and the Indiana Tort Claim Fund claiming they were injured when the stage at the  Indiana State Fair stage collapsed on August 13. Hurn received a $7,500 check from the remembrance fund, but Murry’s claim was denied because the injuries reported didn’t meet qualifications. Both women were told they would receive a check from the tort claim fund, but Hurn was arrested when she arrived to pick up the check. Murry was taken into custody a short time later. The most serious charge carries a maximum penalty of eight years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

Parking rates will increase in 2012

(Indianapolis) – Expect to pay more at area parking meters in the new year.  The rate will jump from $1 to $1.50 an hour in some parts of the city, including downtown.  In some residential areas parking rates will  increase from 75 cents an hour to a $1.  The increases are part of a 50-year lease the city signed last year through privatization.