Busy. That describes opening weekend at and around the Indiana State Fair, fun for most too–but the experience wasn’t great for two local teens. Theirs was an experience that’s now is keeping Indianapolis metro police busy. Police are now looking for suspects who robbed the pair at gunpoint as they were walking to the fairgrounds. The 18-and 14-year-old victims were on Birchwood Drive, just a few blocks away from the fair Sunday afternoon when they were robbed sustaining minor injuries. The suspects are described as three males around 19-years-old.
The teenaged carjacking suspect killed Sunday night after a confrontation with metro police officers, has been identified. WTHR-TV is reporting that his family says, he’s 15-year-old Andre Green. IMPD officials say officers were following a carjacking suspect at 34th and Butler when the suspect turned around in a cul-de-sac and rammed a police vehicle. Others in the car fled, but police say the driver got out with a gun and officers shot him when he refused to drop it. The officer who fired the shot will be placed on administrative leave pending a thorough review. They’re still seeking the suspects who fled.
There’s been another police-involved shooting in Texas. Investigators there are looking into the shooting death of an unarmed black college student, this time, by a trainee police officer. Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson promised transparency in the investigation into the death of 19-year-old Christian Taylor. Police responded early Friday to a call about an SUV crashing through the glass front of an auto dealership. Arlington is just outside of Dallas.
Police are investigating after violence broke out on Sunday’s one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death. Dozens of shots were fired during a late-night protest in Ferguson, Missouri. Authorities say a man opened fire directly on police. He was shot and critically injured.
Three Dollar General customers have been injured by a car that crashed through a storefront. Indianapolis police say an elderly woman drove into the store Sunday on the East 38th Street when she was trying to park. One male, hit while leaving the store, was hospitalized. The two other people were taken to the hospital as a precaution.
Representatives from United Airlines say a plane’s pressurization system was the reason for a flight quickly rerouted here to Indy. The flight from Charlotte to Chicago Sunday quickly descended 22-thousand feet mid flight. United says the pilots were in control at all times. Some passengers complained of headaches from the sudden change in air pressure.
Donald Trump still holds the lead in the crowded Republican presidential field despite his controversial “bloody” remarks about a female Fox News anchor, Megyn Kelly. A new NBC News/Survey Monkey poll shows Trump with 23-percent support, followed by Texas Senator Ted Cruz who has 13-percent support.
There’s joy and pain around the NFL today.
First the joy…Eight new people have been inducted as members into the Pro Football Hall of Fame including Bill Polian who successfully ran the Indianapolis Colts front office. Polian’s accomplishments include building the Colts to a champion contender in his 14 seasons with the team, managing 146 wins, eight division titles, making the playoffs 11 times during his tenure and–oh yeah–there was that 2007 Super Bowl win. And, the NFL and the broadcasting world is mourning the sudden death of Frank Gifford. The legendary broadcaster and former football player died of natural causes at his Connecticut home on Sunday morning –a home he shared with wife, TV’s Kathy Lee Gifford. Gifford served for many years as a football commentator and play-by-play announcer for ABC’s “Monday Night Football.” He also played his entire pro-football career with the New York Giants and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977. Gifford was 84 years old.
Partly cloudy today but afternoon showers return with thunderstorms…some severe with a high of 87 degrees. Make it a great day!
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