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The Indianapolis City-County Council  approved funding for the city’s metro police department. During Monday night’s meeting, the council voted 28-0 in favor of spending $4.7 million to fund IMPD infrastructure and staffing needs including adding 100 new police cruisers, upgrading the department’s training facility and firing range, allowing the hire of 70 new officers in 2016, and allowing for a small scale outfitting of officers with body cameras. The council also voted 22-6 in favor of the city’s full 2016 budget proposal.

Metro Police want to know who would steal from little leaguers. They are searching for a thief who stole thousands of dollars in equipment from the Douglass Little League. Officials with the Douglass Little League reported the break-in on Sunday though they don’t know specifically when it occurred, because things were locked down at their storage at Oscar Charleston Park at the end of the season. They believe the thief pried open a locked door and once inside took a new pitching machine, popcorn maker, jerseys and other equipment, and then vandalizing the rest. Losses are estimated to reach $3,500. if you’ve seen the missing items, or know what happened in this case, police would like you to call CrimeStoppers at (317) 262-TIPS. You can leave them details anonymously.

Speaking of crime fighting, residents of the neighborhood near Butler University are ready to enlist non-traditional help and new tactics to keep their area safe from growing incidents of  violent crime. They’re asking the Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition for help. WTHR-TV reports that the Butler Tarkington Neighborhood Association asked the Ten Point’s leader, Reverend Charles Harrison, to be the guest speaker at their October meeting. They want the organization to teach them how to fight crime and improve the community themselves instead of enlisting the organizations to do the patrols the group is famous for. Though this neighborhood is outside of the groups’ traditional high crime hot spot areas, they are considering this non-traditional partnership because no area is immune

to crime.

Hancock County Sheriff may have put a significant dent in the

counterfeit merchandise that is making its way here to Central Indiana in exchange for your hard earned money. Police busted a counterfeit ring on Monday. The bust started with a double arrest at a rest area on Interstate-70 near Greenfield and expanded to the east side of Indy to a storage facility near 25th Street at Mitthoeffer, according to media reports. Police arrested two men, Ling Jiang and Fei Zhang in this phony merchandise bust, confiscating items with brand names Ugg, Beats by Dre and Northface, totalling over a million dollars. The men also had thousands of dollars in cash on them. Police say these items usually end up at flea

markets with sellers telling you they’re the real thing.

Free legal advice is available today as more than 100 attorneys from the Indianapolis Bar Association  join forces for a community outreach called Ask A Lawyer.  These lawyers will be available for one-on-one consultations at locations across the city today from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. Central Library is one of multiple locations. Log on to to find the other locations and an alternate phone number to dial for extended hours this evening.

In National News…

Democratic voters are hopeful that Vice President Joe Biden will jump in to the presidential race.  A new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows that nearly half of all Democrats wish he was in the race and only

30-percent said he shouldn’t get involved.  Insiders say CNN is

holding a podium for him for tonight’s first major debate between the candidates vying to be the Democratic Party’s nominee for president in 2016. Hllary Clinton remains the front-runner in the race and as of now has been challenged only by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and her own history of service. Other candidates will participate, including former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chaffee and former Virginia

Senator Jim Webb. Look for them to try to gain some traction in their races. The debate gets underway on CNN at 8:30 p.m. Eastern.

Officials in Zimbabwe aren’t planning to charge the American dentist

who killed a prized lion there. A cabinet minister said Monday that

Dr. Walter Palmer had obtained legal authority to conduct the hunt.

The killing of Cecil the Lion sparked outrage as Palmer reportedly

paid a guide $50,000 to lure the lion away from a sanctuary. Palmer has resumed work at his Minnesota practice. The guide will however face charges.

In Sports…

Postseason play in Major League Baseball heated up on Monday night as the Cubs are now a victory away from their first NLCS appearance since 2003. The Cubs crushed a postseason record six home runs in their 8-6 win over the Cardinals at Wrigley Field on Chicago’s north side.

The Indiana Pacers host the Detroit Pistons in preseason

action tonight at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers defeated Detroit in their last game 115-112. The regular season opens for the Blue ‘n Gold on the road October 28.  They’ll take on the Raptors in Toronto. Tip-off tonight is at 7 p.m. Eastern.

There’s just one more day to wait until the Indiana Fever take the court to conclude post season play in their quest for another WNBA Championship. The ladies are tied two games-a-piece against the Minnesota Lynx in the Finals. Their last meet up was Sunday at home and they beat the Lynx 75-69, becoming the WNBA’s winningest post-season team in the league’s history. That win forced Wednesday night’s Game Five in Minneapolis.

Indianapolis Weather…

Mostly sunny skies. Tuesday’s High: 65 degrees.

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