Get In the Know With Kim’s Tuesday News & Headlines
An American suburb is waking up smoldering and in flames this Tuesday morning.
Police in the St. Louis area say the violence sweeping through Ferguson, Missouri is worse than the violence that followed the death of Michael Brown last summer. Violence including the burning of several buildings and looting broke out Monday night after a grand jury found no sufficient evidence to indict the police officer who shot and killed the unarmed teen. Brown’s family and President Obama requested only peaceful protests with Obama calling for acceptance of the decision. Instead, violent protests included setting cars and buildings on fire and massive looting as police fired tear gas into the crowds.
TODAY– The Reverend Al Sharpton, who is heard here on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. on 106.7 WTLC and as a contributor to the Tom Joyner Morning Show, is calling for “Ferguson, Missouri demonstrations” in cities across the country in response to the no indictment decision for Officer Darren Wilson. Sharpton’s National Action Network wants the rallies held at noon today outside a federal court house in 28 cities. There is a chapter of the N.A.N. here in Indianapolis, though Indy is not listed as a demonstration site. To see the list of cities, click HERE.
The Grand Jury was made up of nine whites and three blacks. Examine the evidence that they considered HERE.
Indianapolis remained calm following the announcement of “no indictment” from the Ferguson, Missouri grand jury verdict on Monday night. IMPD said earlier Monday they didn’t anticipate any violence. Officials with the Ten Point Coalition are calling for continued peace in the city, and say the Michael Brown tragedy should be used as a catalyst to help build a more just society for everyone.
Indianapolis police say the man shot by an officer on Monday was the subject of an undercover investigation. They say officers shot Ryan Hubbard while trying to serve an arrest warrant on South Keystone. Officers say they thought Hubbard was reaching for gun in his pants after refusing to show his hands. He turned out not to be armed. His condition has been upgraded to stable.
The man accused of murdering 15-year-old Dominique Allen is plead not guilty in his initial court appearance. At a pre-trial hearing on Monday, Allen’s friends and family packed the courtroom to watch as William Gholston was granted a public defender and ordered back to jail without bond. Investigators say Gholston strangled Allen, dumped her behind a house near-by where she was taken and set her body on fire. He was arrested last week after his DNA was found on her foot, shoe and hand.
Some Broad Ripple area residents are waking up Tuesday morning to no water. This inconvenience to neighborhood residents happened around 6:30 a.m. because of a sinkhole near Broad Ripple High School, at Kessler and Compton. The street collapse is the result of a water main break and is affecting traffic closing Kessler Boulevard.
Indianapolis city officials put the price tag for the new criminal justice center at about $500 million. A large facility for criminal courts, jails, and the prosecutor’s office will be built on the site of the old GM stamping plant just southwest of downtown. A private company is building and operating the facility. It will then, be leased back to the city.
Hundreds of people who received a refund from the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles are being asked to return the money. Officials say a human error lead to 254 Hoosiers being overpaid, totaling $60,000. The refunds were part of the $29 million being paid back to the thousands of motorists dating back to 2004 who were overcharged when their vehicles were registered.
Classes at MTI School of Knowledge are being canceled the rest of this week because of protests over the principal’s firing. Officials aren’t saying exactly what prompted the termination of Sheik Tewfic Choukri, but confirm it had something to do with a recent audit. About 200 students from kindergarten through the 12th grade attend the school.
The Mexican Consulate here in Indy is warning of possible scams aimed at undocumented immigrants. They say the scammers are looking to exploit immigrants after President Obama’s announcement on immigration policy. Bogus consultants or “notarios” could be posing as lawyers looking to con immigrants out of money by offering bad advice. The consulate and some local organizations are expanding services to provide information for immigrants who will qualify for relief under the new policy.
Donald Sloan dropped in 29 points as the Pacers blew past the Mavericks with a 111-100 win on the road. Luis Scola collected 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Pacers, who have won three-of-four. Solomon Hill and Rodney Stuckey had 12 points apiece in the win. Up next, the Pacers take on the Spurs in San Antonio Wednesday night.
Plenty sunshine. High of 36 degrees.
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