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Investigators in Kentucky want to know why an Indianapolis man broke into a home there and killed a six-year-old boy on Monday. Police in Versailles say there’s no connection between the victim and the suspect, Ronald Exantus. Officers say Exantus stabbed the boy several times in the head. The boy’s father fought with Exantus and detained him until police arrived. He’s now in jail and likely to face murder charges.
An escaped inmate from the Pendleton Reformatory is back in custody. Charles Adams was arrested Monday evening in Angola. He’d been on the run since Sunday night. Adams was taken to the hospital as a precaution because sheriff’s deputies thought he might have swallowed some drugs.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is welcoming its latest class of recruits. Seventy-eight new police hires were sworn in Monday at the Indianapolis Marriott East. IMPD Chief Rick Hite told them that the people of Indianapolis support police and they also hold them accountable. The additions bring the total number of new recruits hired by the city this year to 151.
Local Elementary school children are joining Indy Mayor Greg Ballard and the Indianapolis Public Library today for the launch of “Jingle Books!: A Gift for Every Child.” The program begins at 10 a.m. and the community is invited to join them at the Central Library downtown on St. Clair Street in the Learning Curve area. The goal is to make sure every child receives a free book for the holidays and they’d like the community to learn how to donate or select a book for a child.
A former Indiana state representative now wants to go to Washington D.C. David Orentlicher says he’s running for Congress as a Democrat in Indiana’s 8th District. He’d represent people from Terre Haute to Evansville. Orentlicher served three terms at the Indiana statehouse. He’d take on Republican incumbent Larry Bucshon.
A new survey says 80-percent of Indiana workplaces are impacted by prescription drug abuse. The statewide study by the National Safety Council and the Indiana Attorney General’s Office is the first of its kind in the country. The study revealed that drug poisonings have increased five-fold in Indiana since 1999 and have surpassed vehicle crashes as the leading cause of injury death among adults. The study also showed that companies are doing drug testing but not necessarily on the right drugs. It reavealed while 87-percent of companies test employees for drugs, only 52-percent test for opioid use.
There’s speculation the prosecution could be wrapping up its case soon in the trial of William Porter, the first of six Baltimore police officers to face charges in the death of Freddie Gray who died in-custody earlier this year after a rough transport in the back of a police van that sparked days of protests and unrest across the city. An assistant medical examiner, a brain and spinal cord expert and an EMT testified Monday about the fatal injuries Gray suffered while being transported in that van.
Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is scheduled to be in Baltimore today. The U.S. senator from Vermont and Democratic presidential contender is expected to visit Freddie Gray’s West Baltimore neighborhood before hosting a round table discussion with area faith leaders about African-American issues. The Reverend Jamal Bryant of Baltimore’s Empowerment Temple church will help lead the discussion at the Freddie Gray Empowerment Center. Six officers are charged in connection with his death, with one of them currently on trial.
Donald Trump is repeating his controversial call to bar Muslims from entering the U.S. On Monday, the Republican presidential frontrunner said there needs to be a complete ban on Muslims coming into America until government officials can figure out what’s going on with the Muslim community when it comes to extremism and terrorism. In an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America, Trump defended the proposal, with one clarification. He said if American Muslims go overseas they’ll be allowed to come back because they’re citizens.
In NBA action tonight… The Indiana Pacers are hosting the World Champion Golden State Warriors tonight at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Warriors, led by Stephen Curry, are unbeaten heading into tonight’s sold out game with a record of 22-0. The Pacers are at 12-and-7 on the season, and are in second place in the Central Division and the Eastern Conference standings. Gametime is at 7 p.m. Eastern.
A mild rib separation Matt Hasselbeck suffered in the Week 13 stomping by the Pittsburgh Steelers is not expected to keep the quarterback out of the Colts’ road game against the division-rival Jaguars on Sunday. Hasselbeck has been called on to play for injured-starter Andrew Luck five times this season, and he has led Indianapolis to a 4-and-1 record in those games. The Colts are tied with the Texans for first place in the AFC South with identical 6-and-6 records.
Cloudy skies early, followed by partial clearing. High: 54 degrees.
Nike is signing Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James to a lifetime contract. ESPN reports it’s the largest single athlete guarantee in the sports apparel giant’s 44-year history, although no financial terms have been released. The four-time NBA MVP originally signed a seven-year, $93 million contract with Nike out of high school in 2003. He then re-signed with the company in 2010.
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