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Colts management makes decision to fire Caldwell

(Indianapolis) – After a disappointing season for the Indianapolis Colts ended with a 2-14 record and team owner Jim Irsay citing “it was time for a change,” the announcement was made Tuesday afternoon that Colts coach Jim Caldwell was fired.  Caldwell’s removal comes after Bill Polian was let go recently as vice-chairman and his son, Chris was fired as the team’s general manager. Former director of player personnel for the Philadelphia Eagles, Ryan Grigson was chosen recently to replace Bill Polian. Caldwell had a 28-24 record as the Colts head coach.  The Colts were 14-2 in his first season and 10-6 in his second season. Caldwell was assistant coach under former head coach Tony Dungy from 2002-2008.

Bosma considers fines against absent lawmakers

(Indianapolis)House Speaker Brian Bosma is threatening to impose $1,000 dollar fines beginning today against Democratic legislators who’ve been boycotting over the controversial right-to-work bill.  Speaking yesterday, Bosma said Democratic leader Patrick Bauer had gone back on his promise to have his members on the House floor to start debating and voting on proposed amendments to the bill. Bosma said that he will gavel the House to order Wednesday morning to start the debate and will begin imposing fines on legislators who are not at the statehouse. Bauer meanwhile says most Democrats will not be present and accuses Republicans of playing tricks with the Democrats who are seeking a statewide referendum on the proposal; state lawyers claim that the referendum would be unconstitutional.

Bill to protect against force entry moves through legislature

(Indianapolis) – A measure which would allow homeowners to resist forced illegal entry by law enforcement will now go before the full Senate after it was passed unanimously by a statehouse committee Tuesday.  The legislation comes after a ruling by the Supreme Court last May which stated that current Indiana law did not allow Indiana homeowners to violently resist police officers under any circumstances. The measure now says police can enter a home with a warrant, in pursuit of a fleeing criminal, to prevent harm to a resident in the home or by invitation of the home’s occupant. Otherwise, a resident could use reasonable force, including a gun to prevent entry. An Indiana State Police attorney opposed the legislation saying officers and citizens could be injured, but supporters of the measure say the same circumstances could happen if the bill becomes law.

Opposition appears over legislation to remove licensing rules

(Indianapolis) – An online petition has been created in response to a proposed bill to do away with professional licensing requirements for nail techs, barbers, beauticians and estheticians. In a report filed last month, the Regulated Occupations Evaluation Committee recommended to eliminate the Cosmetology and Barber Board in its entirety including each of its related 25 license types (including 5 temporary license types). This suggestion has local beauty and barber professionals feeling their time to get their education needed to study for and receive their licenses was wasted and are even more concerned that such a bill would allow for untrained and unlicensed individuals to administer services to the public which could result in injury or worse. The online petition against the proposal can be seen on

Police make arrest in mall shooting

(Indianapolis) – IMPD has arrested a man for his involvement in a shooting at a westside mall Monday. Ladell D. Jones, 22, was taken into custody and charged with felony criminal recklessness, pointing a firearm and possession of a handgun without a license. According to police reports, officers were called to the Lafayette Square Mall at 39th and Lafayette Road near the Shopper’s World store on reports of two teens fighting. Jordan Willoughby, 19, the mother of Jones’ son, and Jones’ girlfriend, a 16-year-old, had been posting threats to each other on Facebook over their relationship with Jones. The 16-year-old showed up at the mall where Willoughby works; the two argued with both agreeing to resume the argument outside. Meanwhile Willoughby called Jones who arrived shortly afterwards accompanied by some friends. At the same time, a friend of the 16-year-old appeared at the mall in her car. Jones approached her car and fired two shots in the air as she sped away. There were no injuries.

Retail store seeks permits to sell beer

(Indianapolis)  — Dollar General Corporation says it wants to begin selling beer and wine in at least 30 of their Indianapolis stores. Other drug store chains such as CVS, Walgreen’s, Target and Walmart as well as gasoline stops and convenience stores are already selling alcohol and officials with the chain store say they should be able to as well. The Marion County Alcoholic Beverage Board was scheduled Tuesday to review the beer and wine permits requested by Dollar General, but were rescheduled to February 20. Several neighborhood associations are voicing opposition to the idea, with concerns over stocking alcohol on Dollar General shelves could make it easier to get into the hands of minors. The associations have said they want to meet with Dollar General officials over the issue.

Authorities investigating school break-in

(Indianapolis) — IMPD and Indianapolis Public Schools security are investigating an early morning break-in at Broad Ripple High School. Students were not permitted into the school for a short time this morning as police searched the premises for intruders seen on surveillance cameras.  An alarm alert was received by 9-1-1 around 3 a.m. One 19-year-old suspect was found while others escaped. Police are reviewing the scene to see what was stolen. The school reopened at 7.a.m.