Get In the Know With Kim’s Monday News & Sports Headlines
Good day to you at the start of a new work week.
In local news…
We now know the identities of the two females who were gunned down in a car Sunday night on the city’s north west side. They are teenagers Coriana Johnson, 17, and Makayla Mitchell, 18, according to various media reports. Indianapolis metro police are continuing their investigation into who gunned down the pair just before midnight. It happened near the 2000 block of Berwick Ave. Two unidentified men flagged down police to tell them the women were shot. Police say the two were in the neighborhood for a visit when they were fatally shot while sitting in the car. Police don’t believe this was random. Call (317)262-TIPS if you have any info leading to an arrest in this case.
In another case that involved teens and violence…Police are investigating another shooting, but this one on the city’s east side that left another teenager dead. Officials say the body of Steven Kendall, 17, was found in an alley off of New York Street Sunday afternoon. Though a gun was found nearby, police don’t know yet if it belonged to the victim or to a suspect in the case. Police believe the victim knew the suspects. No other details have been released at this time other than police are following several leads on what lead up to Kendall’s killing. Call (317) 262-TIPS with any info that may lead to an arrest in this case.
The students of Perry Meridian Middle School are okay on this Monday morning after a period of unexpected excitement when their school was placed on lockdown. School officials and police issued the lockdown to keep students safe when a man who escaped from the Kentucky Department of Corrections shot himself after a police chase that ended almost at their front door. Police spotted him Monday morning in one of the stolen corrections vehicles and tried to pull him over. A pursuit ensued and ended in the driveway of the school. Police say he got out of the car and shot himself in the throat. He was taken to Eskenazi Hospital in critical condition. Police are continuing the investigation because an armed guard at the school also fired at the suspect.
IMPD has arrested a woman who they say was the driver of a truck who struck a child. 30-year-old Jessica McClellan has been taken into custody for her involvement in this hit-and-run. Officials say the accident happened Sunday night on Foltz Street near Stephen Decatur Elementary. The child was taken to the hospital with critical injuries. Witnesses told police they saw an older white pickup truck, fleeing the scene. Detectives found a white Ford pickup at the Walgreens in the 34oo block of Mann Road. McClellan has been preliminarily charged with Driving While License Suspended and Leaving the Scene of an Accident Causing Injury. The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office will review the case for final charges.
After 30 days and 30 nights, an Indianapolis pastor is ending his anti-violence camp-out. Senior Pastor of Christ Missionary Church, Reverend John Girton, also known as “Pastor G,” says he spent a month in a tent at the corner of 30th Street and Dr Martin Luther King Jr Street to bring awareness to the violence in the city and do what he could to curb it. Girton now says it’s time to head home. The work of the Unite For Change campaign will continue in its next phase. Read more about the campaign and follow the hashtag #EnoughisEnough HERE.
In National News…
Hurricane Joaquin is gone, but has left a mess of South Carolina, where record flooding is taking place. Governor Nikki Haley says the situation is changing by the minute and first responders need people there to keep the roadways clear. Roughly two feet of rainfall has hit the state since late last week and another three inches of rain is expected today before the storm moves offshore sometime this afternoon. At least half a dozen people have been killed in the Carolinas alone since the effects of Joaquin hit land.
Heads up in Philly, on this busy Monday. Many Philadelphia-area universities are warning students of vague threats being made online. USA Today reports that the FBI and ATF have found social media posts threatening violence against an unspecified university near Philadelphia. Officials say the threats indicate that some sort of violence will take place at 2:00 p.m. today. The FBI has seen similar threats throughout the country following the deadly shooting at a community college in Oregon.
Speaking of that incident, the family of the Oregon college shooting suspect is expressing remorse over last week’s tragedy. A statement released this weekend said, “We are shocked and deeply saddened by the horrific events that unfolded.” The statement did not name the Umpqua Community College gunman, who was previously identified by police as Christopher Harper-Mercer, 26.
Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton will tackle the issue of gun control today. During campaign stops, Clinton will unveil plans she hopes will stop gun violence. Part of her plan is to use presidential authority to force people who buy guns at gun shows and online to go through the same background checks as those buying from retailers.
It’s going to be a busy eight months for the Supreme Court. Over the next eight months, the high court may decide the fate of President Obama‘s executive actions on immigration. Justices may also decide to hear yet another challenge to the Affordable Care Act. Among many other items on the agenda, they’ll also examine a case involving efforts by some states to restrict abortions.
Internet giant Google is now under the umbrella of Alphabet. The search and advertising giant won’t look different online but the corporate identity change announced in August takes effect today. Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are keeping control even as more shares are sold. Even though the company will now trade under the Alphabet name and corporate identity, its stock symbols will remain the same.
It was a great sports weekend for Indy’s NFL and WNBA teams. The Indianapolis Colts are celebrating another win. They beat the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday 16-to-13 in overtime at Lucas Oil Stadium. Andrew Luck was out with a shoulder injury. It was the first game he’s missed in his NFL career. Matt Hasselbeck started for Luck at quarterback, and went 30-for-47 for 282 yards and a score in his first start since 2012. The Colts are now 2-and-2 on the season and have beat an AFC South foe for the 15th straight time, tying the NFL record for consecutive wins against division opponents set by the 1972-73 Dolphins.
In WNBA action, the Indiana Fever are now “up” in the Finals of the 2015 playoffs. They went to Minnesota and took Game One Sunday against the Lynx 75-to-69. They will attempt to hold on to their lead in their quest for the championship title and ring in Game Two. That game gets underway for the ladies Tuesday night at 8 p.m. It can be seen on ESPN 2.
Check on your family and friends if they are down in the Carolina’s battling the flash flooding from Hurricane Joaquin.
Back here in Indy…Generally sunny, despite a few afternoon clouds…the High…79 degrees.
Now is the time to buy those holiday travel tickets. The travel website Orbitz says today through next Monday is the best time to buy plane tickets for travel at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. The folks at Orbitz realize most people aren’t even in the mood to buy Halloween candy yet, but they say travelers who buy tickets during the next week will get the best deals.
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