Get In the Know With Kim’s ‘Black Friday’ News & Sports Headlines
Good Friday to you continue this long holiday weekend.
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Two people have been shot on the city’s northwest side early on this ‘Black Friday’, according to Metro Police. Police responded to a “shots fired” call near a popular bar, JD’s Pub, in the 6900 block of Eagle Creek Parkway. WTHR-TV reports one of the victims took himself to Westview Hospital to seek treatment while police found the other victim nearby the bar. As of now, police believe the city’s latest shooting stemmed from an altercation that escalated into violence between the two over a woman. There were multiple shots and allegedly multiple weapons used. Police are continuing their investigation.
Metro Police are identifying an Indianapolis man who was fatally shot on the east side of the Circle City. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said the victim has been positively identified as Ronald Nunn, 28. Nunn was shot on Wednesday at a gas station in the 3300 block of North Butler Avenue around 11 a.m. When police arrived at the scene, they found an unresponsive man, suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to Eskenazi Hospital for treatment. It’s there where he later died in surgery.
Another Indianapolis man found who was also found shot on Interstate-70 Wednesday has now died. Police are identifying the victim as Derrick Gregory, 30. Police say they received reports of a Chevy Silverado on I-70 that had crashed around 6 p.m. Wednesday night. Callers said the truck’s back-end was hanging off the freeway guard rail. When Indiana State troopers arrived, they found the man alone in that truck with a gunshot wound. He was also taken to Eskenazi Hospital in critical condition, where he died later on Thursday afternoon.
A liquor store clerk accused of stealing more than $73,000 in cash has been sentenced. Police say Chanell Alaniz will spend three years in prison and another year on supervised probation for this on-the-job theft. The woman was caught on tape back in 2013 scanning items she hadn’t purchased, doing a refund and pocketing the cash, only to put the items back on the store’s shelves. Alaniz is also accused of canceling real transactions and collecting cash from customers without recording the sale–an effort to evade detection. As a part of her punishment, she’s also been ordered to pay restitution. She must pay back more than the $73,000.
While up to three million spectators are expected to line New York City sidewalks for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade today, and hundreds of thousands are expected to pile into downtown Indy today and later this evening for shopping, the Circle of Lights Festival on Monument Circle and the Pacers taking on the Bulls at 8 p.m. at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, in Chicago, the Reverend Jesse Jackson is organizing a major protest on this Black Friday. He’s calling for protesters to march in response to the shooting of a black teen by a white Chicago police officer. Dashcam video of the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald, 17, by Officer Jason Van Dyke was released on Tuesday. Officer Van Dyke has been charged with first-degree murder. Today’s demonstration is scheduled to start at 12 Noon Eastern time. (That’s 11 a.m. CST.)
Back here, Metro Police say you should notice increased uniformed and marked vehicle presence during peak hours of the day and night around malls and events today. They’re there but they want you to be vigilant too because thieves are always watching for opportunities. IMPD has offered tips to keep you safer on this busy start to the holiday season and beyond. They include: Don’t leave packages visible (in your car or at your home) and don’t carry large amounts of cash.
Indianapolis’ first Democratic mayor in about eight years says he wants Republicans on the stage with him when he takes the oath of office. He’s trying to do this bi-partisan style. Mayor-elect Joe Hogsett says he’s planning for a bipartisan swearing-in. The new mayor will take the oath of office here in the city on New Year’s Day.
Pope Francis says God’s name “must never be used to justify hatred and violence.” He made the comment on his first full day in the capital of Kenya. Francis celebrated an open-air Mass for over 100,000 people at the University of Nairobi. Some waited hours before dawn in the rain while others stood in lines nearly two miles long. In his homily, Francis warned that inter-religious dialogue is not a luxury, but an essential. As he continued his journey, Francis visited a Nairobi slum waving to cheering crowds from the popemobile. Early this morning, he offered a message of hope to the young people there, saying they should work toward shaping a society that is “just, inclusive and respectful” of human dignity. The next leg of the Pope’s Africa visit is a visit to Uganda. The Pontiff leaves Kenya later today.
There are reports today the FBI’s elite tracking squads are following at least four-dozen high-risk ISIS suspects across the U.S. Indiana Senator Dan Coats told Fox News that a “significant number of people” on watch lists are under around-the-clock surveillance. The seasoned Republican politician said local law enforcement agencies are working with the FBI to track them.
The Colts host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, downtown at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts are riding a two-game winning streak as they head into the gridiron matchup without Andrew Luck. Matt Hasselbeck will start his fourth game of the year. The Colts are 3-0 with Hasselbeck under center.
In NBA action, the Pacers host the Chicago Bulls at home at Bankers Life Fieldhouse tonight. Tip is at 8 p.m. for this classic rivalry. If you’re planning to catch tonight’s game, leave early and give yourself extra time to arrive. Downtown will be particularly busy with traffic back-ups and potential parking challenges due to the Circle of Lights Festival and the transformation of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument into the city’s marquee Christmas tree also going on just blocks away from Bankers Life on Monument Circle.
Periods of rain throughout the day and evening. Friday’s High: 58 degrees.
Will Smith is considering a career change. The actor mentioned the idea during a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast. He said this is the first year, politically speaking, that he’s been so incensed it’s sometimes hard to sleep at night. No word yet on what political office Smith has his eye on.
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