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Fugitive taken into custody

(Noblesville) –  A man who escaped custody at the Hamilton County Courthouse yesterday afternoon has been captured. Maxwell Landis, 26, was seen sitting in a car outside of the courthouse Wednesday morning. As officers approached the car, he fled on foot, prompting a lockdown at area schools for about an hour. Police found Landis at about 9 p.m., near a residence at 186th Street and Promise Road. He has pending arrest warrants for carrying a firearm without a license, theft and forgery.

Cumberland murder suspects back in court

(Indianapolis) –  The two suspects accused of killing a 21-year-old Cumberland man and his 7-year-old niece last week will return to court today.  Michael Bell and Jeremy Priel both face murder and weapons charges.  Court documents indicate Bell confessed to killing his best friend Jeremy Crane and Kyleigh Crane in their home on December 12, but later changed his story and accused Priel of being the triggerman. Investigators say Bell and Priel went to the home to steal two video game consoles.

Pedestrian killed by SUV

(Indianapolis) – A pedestrian was killed when he was hit by a vehicle on the city’s south side Wednesday evening.  The incident happened around 6:30pm near South Emerson Avenue and East Thompson Road. Police report that an SUV pulled out from the Southpoint Commons shopping center when the motorist struck the pedestrian as he walked near the area. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators don’t believe alcohol played a role in the accident.

Scientist sentenced in espionage case

(Indianapolis) –  A scientist who formerly lived in Carmel will spend seven years in federal prison. The “Indianapolis Star” reports this morning that Kexue Huang pled guilty to stealing trade secrets from Dow Agrosciences.  Huang worked for both Dow and Minnesota-based Cargill when the crimes were committed.  U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett said Huang is the first person prosecuted in Indiana under the U.S. Economic Espionage Act of 1996.

City-County Councilor officially indicted

(Indianapolis) –  Outgoing City-County Councilor Paul Bateman Jr. has been formally charged with mail fraud and wiretapping.  U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett says Bateman and Russell Foundation colleagues Michael Russell and Manuel Gonzalez stole almost $2 million from a doctor on promises of investing his money into the foundation and an ethanol plant.  Federal prosecutors say the trio spent a million dollars in just over a month.  All three were indicted by a federal grand jury yesterday.

Super Bowl Village concert acts announced

(Indianapolis)-  The Super Bowl Host Committee has unveiled the roster of concerts to be held in Indianapolis at Super Bowl Village ahead of the NFL’s title game.  The outdoor shows will include Patti LaBelle, LMFAO, Bret Michaels, Darius Rucker and Dierks Bentley.  Heat panels will be above the performers on stage and on the street to keep the musicians and fans as warm as possible.  The stage will be at Pennsylvania and Georgia streets for the headlining acts, while another stage will feature emerging artists at Meridian and Georgia.

Conseco Fieldhouse to undergo name change

(Indianapolis) – An announcement is expected at a 10:30 am news conference this morning to formally announce the new name for Conseco Fieldhouse. Carmel-based Conseco changed its name last year to CNO Financial Group with the company buying the naming rights to the fieldhouse in 1999 for 40-million dollars through the 2018-19 NBA season. The arena is expected to be renamed the CNO Financial Fieldhouse.

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