Get In the Know With Kim’s Wednesday News & Sports Headlines
A man was shot and killed this morning outside of the Four Seasons restaurant in the Country Center Shopping Center in Greenwood. Johnson County Police got the call from inside the 24-hour eatery around 6 a.m. to come to the 1100 block of State Road 135 because several gunshots were heard by diners. Early reports indicate the victim—only identified at this time as a Hispanic man—worked at the restaurant. Police say this doesn’t appear random and there are no details, yet, on his identity.
A Bloomington man suspected of raping an Indiana University student is in now in custody. He’s Donwan Townsley and he’s in the Monroe County Jail charged with felony rape and sexual battery. Police say they arrested him after matching DNA evidence to the victim assaulted while sleeping at a friend’s house last year.
JOBS! Economic growth is coming to Central Indiana and you may be able to get in on it if you want to make the commute to Whitestown daily. WTHR reports Vroom which is the largest online pre-owned car retailer, is bringing jobs to the old Subaru plant in Whitestown, which is about a half-hour drive on Interstate 65 in good traffic conditions. Company officials made that jobs announcement Wednesday morning. They say they’re hiring for 200 high-paying jobs starting in December. The average starting pay will be about $34 an hour. Vroom is described as a business who caters to Millennials and how they prefer to shop and do business.
Charter school advocates across Indiana are asking the feds to look into the state’s plan to cut funding. They say the state hasn’t been forthcoming on why the schools are getting deep cuts. Some funding cuts in the Indy area alone are more than 30 percent. Advocates say the state hasn’t applied a federal requirement for charter schools to prevent a drastic drop in funding and at-risk students are carrying the burden.
Each community in Indiana should decide if police officers should have body cameras and how they should be handled. That was the conclusion of state lawmakers on Tuesday who spent time debating the issue. They’re considering putting state laws in place to govern how the public can access police video from those cameras.
In National Headlines…
A date is now set for the first of six trials against the six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray who died while in police custody. Officer William Porter will go on trial on November 30 for Gray’s death. He’s charged with involuntary manslaughter, second degree assault and misconduct in office.
The lawyer for Kim Davis says Pope Francis met with the Kentucky county clerk who went to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay people. The lawyer tells “USA Today” that they met at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, DC last Thursday. The Vatican hasn’t confirmed the meeting. But Davis spent nearly a week in jail because she said issuing the licences conflicted with her Christian beliefs, so she refused to do that duty, which is a large part of her job. Speaking of religious freedom, remember the Indiana Pizzeria that said they’d never cater a gay wedding? Well, that may no longer be the case. Click here to check out one newlywed couples’ new “memory” in my story posted elsewhere our web.
CONGRATULATIONS! The Indiana Fever have clinched a spot in the WNBA Finals! It was the decisive Game Three of the Eastern Finals when the Fever went into New York’s Madison Square Garden and got the win 66-51 over the Liberty Tuesday night. Tamika Catchings, Marissa Coleman and the ladies were on a mission to get it done…and they did. Up next on their march to another WNBA Championship is the Minnesota Lynx. Game One is Sunday…but many fans didn’t to wait to see them. They headed out to the food court of the Indianapolis International Airport to welcome them home, congratulate them and celebrate their Eastern Conference Championship win. They were scheduled to land in Indy at 10:45 a.m.
Cloudy today with partial sunshine expected later in the afternoon. Today’s High: 72 degrees.
Happy Birthday to Cissy Houston, mother of the late singer, Whitney Houston and grand mom to the late-Bobbi Kristina Brown. Houston is 82. Also Happy Birthday wishes go out to two other singing legends, Johnny Mathis, who is known for classic song “Chances Are” and Marilyn McCoo, who was a member of the hit group Fifth Dimension–known for the hit “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In.” Mathis is 80 and McCoo is 72.
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