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Happy Friday to you on this “Jackie Robinson Day”. More on that below in sports…but first to local headlines…

An Indianapolis family has gotten some closure…sad closure. Investigators say they’ve identified remains, found by a man who was out feeding farm animals in rural Shelby County, as the second missing teen believed killed in a Christmas Eve 2015 murder. The Marion County Coroner’s officer Thursday said the remains are those of 17-year-old Satori Williams.  Bail bondsman Kevin Watkins is charged with brutally murdering Williams and 15-year-old Timmee Jackson because he thought they stole from him. Jackson’s body had already been found.

The man who was convicted of killing 15-year-old Ben Davis High School student, Dominique Allen will be sentenced today. William Gholston was found guilty recently of murdering Allen back in 2014. Police found his DNA evidence all over the scene when he killed her and burned her body in an attempt to destroy that evidence.

“Operation Safe Surender” continues today and on Saturday at Messiah Missionary Baptist Church in the 5600 block of East 38th Street. From 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., persons who need a new start from low level felonies or misdemeanors can start the process of handling their business to get that fresh start, if there’s an open warrant out for them. To see whether you have a case against you log on to Look for a “w” by your name to see if there’s an active warrant.

A receptionist at the Noblesville Police Department is facing felony charges after investigators say she pocketed parking ticket money.  Police say Brandi Marcum, who’s not an officer, would void tickets and keep cash payments.  Prosecutors Thursday filed the charges and Marcum turned herself in and was then fired.

Indiana’s attorney general says the doctor accused of trading pills for sex is an “immediate threat.” The state’s Medical Licensing Board Thursday suspended Dr. Tristan Stonger’s medical license.  Prosecutors say Stonger gave some patients pills or prescriptions in exchange for sex. He’s also facing six felony drug charges.


Many Americans will be busy this weekend trying to get their taxes done. Americans have a few extra days this year, with today’s traditional April 15th deadline pushed to Monday, April 18th. So get ‘er done as early as possible so you can chill.

The Democratic Party’s presidential candidates are both promising to be tough on big banks. In Thursday’s debate in New York City, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders said big banks are hurting the American economy and he’s got the legislation to break them up. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the Dodd-Frank Act signed into law in 2010 does a good job of keeping banks in check, but more has to be done.

The city of Boston will mark the third anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings today. A moment of silence will be held at 2:49 p.m., when the first of two bombs detonated at the marathon.  The day is officially known as “One Boston Day,” to honor the victims and survivors of the tragedy. “One Boston Day” also encourages random acts of kindness throughout the city.

In Sports…

The complete 2016 NFL schedule is out. The season kicks off with a Super Bowl 50 rematch between the Broncos and Carolina Panthers in Denver on Thursday, September 8th.  It marks the first time ever the season opens with a Super Bowl rematch. The Colts open the season at home and play the Steelers on Thanksgiving night.

Major League Baseball and in-touch Americans are celebrating Jackie Robinson Day today. This is the 69th anniversary of Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier when he broke in with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 as the first African-American player in the majors. MLB held its first Jackie Robinson Day in 2004 and it’s become an annual tradition with players, coaches and umpires around the league wearing his retired number-42.


Sunny and warmer with a high of 75 degrees as we’re heading out towards the weekend. Race for the Cure takes over Downtown Indy early Saturday morning. It will be a moving sea of pink walkers and runners raising funds to fight breast cancer. Have a great day!!


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