@kwellscomm TLCnaptown.com Tuesday News & Sports Headlines
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Explosions and gunshots were the sounds that pierced the silence of an otherwise sleepy overnight in Beech Grove awakening residents around 1 a.m. this Tuesday morning, according to various media reports. Calm has returned as the Beech Grove Police Department attributed the urban warfare noise to a training exercise by the Department of Defense at the old St. Francis Hospital building. Police say they’d notified the neighbors on Monday in a door-to-door effort. There was no danger to the surrounding residents.
Officials at Pike High School have an illicit investigation on their hands. They recently had to get to the bottom of a video that appears to show two students having sex. That video was posted to social media. A school spokesman told FOX 59 Monday, the “situation” has been dealt with, and discussed with the students who were involved and their parents. Metro Police are not involved in this investigation. School officials say, however, they aren’t ruling out the possibility of a criminal investigation moving forward. Pike High School is located on the city’s northwest side.
Indianapolis Metro Police say their suspects for a robbery near Lawrence are two boys ages eight and eleven. IMPD investigators say they think they know who the boys are, but they’re not releasing any names to the public. Police also aren’t saying what was stolen. Neighbors say they’re shocked at the age of the suspects and worry about their futures.
The state’s second largest school district is hoping to improve its bus inspections by outsourcing the maintenance. WRTV6 reports that more than half of Indianapolis Public Schools’ buses failed safety inspections performed by the Indiana State Police. As a fix, IPS will now pay nearly $3 million to Dickinson Fleet Services. Dickinson’s contract includes a performance requirement of at least 85-percent on state police inspections.
Travelers going to and from the Indianapolis International Airport now have a new option for transportation. BlueIndy has installed 20 “bluecars” in the airport’s daily parking garage. The electric car-sharing service launched in Indianapolis in September 2014. Officials say there are now about 200 cars available in the city.
The Amy Beverland Elementary School principal who died while saving students from being hit by an out-of-control school bus is being honored with one of Indiana’s highest civilian honors. During a private ceremony on Monday, Susan Jordan posthumously received the Sagamore of the Wabash. The honor was presented to Jordan’s two daughters and her brother. Jordan valiantly pushed two students out of the way of that bus and was instead hit and killed, back in January of this year.
Actress Florence Henderson, better known as ‘Carol Brady’ from 70s television sit-com “The Brady Bunch” will be the Grand Marshal of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. Henderson is a native of Dale, Indiana who has participated in the race over many years singing. As the Grand Marshal, her duties include greeting drivers on the pre-race stage and delivering the “drivers to your cars” message. However, there’s no singing involved. Henderson is just the second Grand Marshal in the history of the Indianapolis 500, after U.S. Olympic gold medalist Nastia Liukin in 2015.
A judge says a Baltimore police officer is not guilty of all charges in connection with the death of Freddie Gray. Officer Edward Nero was acquitted yesterday morning on charges of second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. Nero could have been sentenced to 15 years in prison if convicted. Gray died over a year ago while in police custody.
A new poll reveals many Americans worry Donald Trump doesn’t have enough experience to be president. The NBC News/”Wall Street Journal” survey shows 61-percent of people say they have some reservations or are very uncomfortable with Trump’s lack of government or military experience. Despite those worries, Trump continues to make headway against Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.
Bill Cosby is due in court today. A judge denied his application to delay a sexual assault case against him and today could be the first time in years that Cosby comes face-to-face with his accuser, Andrea Constand. Cosby is facing aggravated indecent assault charges brought by Constand, who he met at Temple University. Constand claims Cosby gave her pills to relax, but when she was dozing off Cosby touched her inappropriately and himself. Cosby says the encounter was consensual.
Change, change, change as Aretha Franklin would sing…that’s the unofficial theme music at Bankers Life Fieldhouse as we’re learning that Indianapolis’s other professional basketball team will have a new coach as well next year. Indianapolis Fever coach Stephanie White is reportedly leaving for the top job at Vanderbilt. ESPN reports White will leave the WNBA team at the end of the season. So the Pacers and the Fever will both have new leadership.
Purdue forward Caleb Swanigan was among six players who worked out for the Pacers Monday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Swanigan continues to test the NBA draft process after spending one season in West Lafayette, where he averaged over 10 points and eight boards for the Boilermakers. The Pacers have two picks in this year’s NBA draft, which will take place June 23 in Brooklyn, New York.
The NBA playoffs continue this week. Toronto evened up its series with the Cavaliers at two following a 105-99 win in Game Four Monday night. Game Five is in Cleveland Wednesday. Golden State faces the Thunder in Oklahoma City in Game Four tonight. OKC has a 2-1 lead after pounding the champion Warriors, 133-105.
Three Super Bowl host cities will be named today. Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, and Tampa, Florida are all bidding to host a Super Bowl. Sources say Los Angeles will “absolutely” be awarded a Super Bowl when owners vote today.
A nice mix of sunshine and clouds today. The High: near 85 degrees.
Happy Birthday, Ms. “Patti-Patti”! The diva-songbird and now sweet potato pie mogul, Patti LaBelle, turns 72 today.