Get In the Know With Kim’s Monday News & Headlines
Indianapolis Public Schools is on a two hour delay along with many other school districts across the metro area to start the week.
IN INDIANAPOLIS HEADLINES:
The National Weather Service says five-point-nine inches of snow fell on Sunday, setting a new record snowfall for March 1. It broke the previous record of five-and-a-half inches that was set in 1963. Meanwhile, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security says melting snow and heavy rainfall Tuesday could lead to ice jams and flooding in low lying areas.
Indiana State Police report answering more than 600 calls for help between Saturday night, when the snow began, and Sunday afternoon for snow emergencies. The majority were for slide-offs and property damage. About 45 were for personal injury.
This latest version of “snowmageddon” could cost you money if you don’t grab your shovel and clear your sidewalk. Indy’s Department of Code Enforcement says homeowners and businesses have ten hours from the end of a snowfall to shovel or face a $50 fine. A spokesman says a clean sidewalk helps keep people safe and is, “just being a good neighbor.”
Indianapolis police suspect a man arrested in a stabbing is connected to a string of other crimes in the area. John Roberts is accused of stabbing his sister’s boyfriend in the neck while he was sleeping Saturday morning. He’s also suspected of stealing a donation jar at a Speedway gas station and smashing someone’s windshield.
2015 is proving to be a less violent year so far, despite the stabbing above. IMPD says there were 16 murders reported in January and February, compared to 27 last year. No murders were reported between January 20 and February 10, marking one of the longest murder-free stretches since 2013. IMPD isn’t offering an explanation for the drop.
IMPD may be breathing a sigh of relief regarding the city’s murders, but they’re still busy with other crime. Metro police are investigating a robbery near Circle Centre Mall. Officials say one person was held-up early Saturday morning inside the parking garage on Illinois Street, near Steak ‘n Shake. No arrests have been made.
One woman is seriously injured and another is in serious trouble after an incident outside of a bar on Indy’s far Eastside. Metro police say Ciera Riley backed up at a high rate of speed while the victim was getting in on the passenger side, knocking her out of the car. Then Riley ran over the woman over twice before fleeing the scene. Riley now faces preliminary charges of aggravated battery and DUI.
The recent HIV outbreak in southeastern Indiana where the cases are linked to intravenous drug use has grown. State health officials say there are now 27 confirmed cases and ten preliminary cases. The counties affected are Scott, Clark, Jackson, Perry and Washington. The injecting of the powerful painkiller Opana is at the center of this outbreak, but a spokesman for the health department says sexual transmission may have also played a role in some of the cases.
A Dallas nurse who was infected by Ebola plans to sue the hospital where she caught the virus. The “Dallas Morning News” reports Nina Pham will file the lawsuit today against Texas Health Resources. She claims Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital did not provide enough training and lacked proper equipment to treat Ebola patients. Pham became infected last fall while caring for Thomas Duncan, who was the first person in the U.S. diagnosed with Ebola. While Duncan died, Pham and another infected nurse, Amber Vinson, both recovered.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in Washington, DC to deliver his controversial speech before both chambers of Congress. Many Democrats are choosing to skip the Tuesday speech because they believe Speaker John Boehner breached White House protocol when he invited Netanyahu without informing President Obama.
House Speaker John Boehner is dismissing people who say he can’t control the conservatives in his party. On CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Boehner said he can lead Tea Party Republicans and find a resolution to funding the Department of Homeland Security. The Ohio Republican called Friday’s failure to pass a long term budget “messy.” The House agreed to extend funding for only one week and has asked the Senate to work out a bill in a conference committee.
Lumber Liquidators is being accused of selling flooring that could make people sick. “CBS’ 60 Minutes” reports much of the laminate flooring Lumber Liquidators sells comes from China and that it contains high levels of formaldehyde.
Billionaire investor Warren Buffett says Berkshire Hathaway has found its next CEO. The 84-year-old Buffett told investors over the weekend that he and the board believe they now have the right person to assume the job the day after he dies or steps down.
A member of the 1990s R&B girl group Brownstone has died. TMZ says Charmayne “Maxee” Maxwell died over the weekend in Los Angeles after her husband, music producer Carsten Soulshock, found her bleeding from a cut to her neck at their home. A family member spoke to TMZ telling them it appeared that Charmayne had fallen and cut her neck on a broken wine glass. Carsten called 911, but Charmayne died on the way to the hospital. Police do not suspect foul play in her death. Brownstone was signed to Michael Jackson’s MJJ Music label, Maxwell and her fellow Brownstone group members were very well-known for their 1995 hit song “If You Love Me,” which earned the group a Grammy nomination. That song became an anthem. Check it out here. Maxwell can be seen wearing long braids.
A beloved baseball star is being mourned in Chicago and beyond. Former White Sox outfielder Minnie Minoso passed away Saturday night. The Cuban native began his big league career with Cleveland in 1948, but became Chicago’s first black player after he was acquired from the Indians in 1951.
Roy Hibbert kicked down 14 points and 15 rebounds as the Pacers toppled the Sixers 94-74 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Hibbert added five blocks while George Hill chipped in 17 points. Luis Scola came through with 15 points off the bench and Rodney Stuckey added 12 as the Pacers picked up its fifth win in six games. The Pacers will be back in action on Wednesday night hosting the Knicks.
The Knicks are remembering one of their own. Former Knicks star Anthony Mason passed away early Saturday morning. Mason’s death came after he suffered a massive heart attack earlier this month. Mason played in the NBA for 13 seasons. Before the Knicks took on the Raptors in Madison Square Garden Saturday night, they took time to remember him with pregame moment of silence. Later during the first quarter, a video tribute hit the stadium’s monitors. Mason attended Tennessee State University, which has a large alumni presence here in Indy, therefore he has a lot of college buddies that miss him in the city. Mason was only 48 years old.
MONDAY’S INDIANAPOLIS WEATHER:
Sun and clouds mixed with a High of 33 degrees today. Light freezing rain moves into the metro after midnight tonight.
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