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Overnight fires being investigated

(Indianapolis) — Firefighters this morning are investigating at least three blazes in an eastside neighborhood. Fire personnel were dispatched to fires at garages and at a trash dumpster early this morning in the area of Keystone Avenue and St. Clair Street. The series of fires started around 2 a.m. Arson investigators were called in to the scene.

 Ballard expected to veto smoking ban

 (Indianapolis) — Mayor Greg Ballard says he plans to veto the smoking ban passed by the City County Council January 30 because the measure bans smoking in private clubs. Ballard has said he would sign a smoking ban that exempted places like VFW halls, while the current proposal would allow members of those organizations to approve by a vote allowing smoking.  To override the veto, supporters of the measure need to get one more person to vote yes than did when it passed 19-9.

 Human remains found in field

(Marion) — Investigators say human remains found in a field could be those of a Noblesville woman who disappeared almost eight months ago. Dorothy Heard, 74, was last seen on June 13, 2011.  Yesterday morning police said they found human remains in the Mississinewa Battlefield on County Road 600 North, about two miles west of State Road 15. Meanwhile, Heard’s nephew, Donald Burns, 47, was arrested shortly after she disappeared after he tried to get away from officers who wanted to question him. According of police, it was later determined that Burns had used Heard’s credit card and tried to sell her ring the day she vanished. He has not been charged in connection with her disappearance, but police say he remains a person of interest.

Car with child inside towed

(Indianapolis)  — A car was towed from a mall near 28th and Lafayette Road on the city’s westside Thursday night while a 7-year-old boy was inside the vehicle. Police say the tow truck driver told police he did not see the sleeping child in the car’s back seat and says the vehicle was parked in a fire lane. Police questioned the tow truck driver and a woman at the scene who had originally reported the car as stolen. The child was not injured.

Bloomington student facing weapon charges

(Bloomington) — “The Bloomington Herald-Times” is reporting this morning that a 17-year-old Bloomington High School North student is facing a felony charge of possessing a firearm on school property.  The student was caught with an unloaded .22 caliber rifle in his car outside the school this week.  The teen says he went target shooting on Monday night and forgot the weapon was still in the vehicle. The case has been turned over to the county’s juvenile probation department.

 Pacers end road tour

(Memphis, TN)  — The Indiana Pacers wrap up a brief two-game road trip this evening against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum. The Pacers were defeated in two of their last three games on the heels of a four-game winning streak to fall to 17-and-8 on the season but suffered a 97-87 setback against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday. Indiana opens up a two-game homestand tomorrow evening against the Denver Nuggets.

Hibbert named to all-star team

(New York, NY) — Pacers center Roy Hibbert has been named an All-Star reserve for the Eastern Conference.  Hibbert will be joined on the East bench by Heat forward Chris Bosh, Atlanta’s Joe Johnson, Boston’s Paul Pierce, New Jersey’s Deron Williams, Philadelphia’s Andre Iguodala and Luol Deng of the Bulls.  Hibbert is averaging 13.6 points and 9.9 boards per game this season.  The All-Star Game will be played Sunday, February 26th in Orlando.