@kwellscomm TLCnaptown.com Wednesday News & Sports Headlines
Good day to you on this National Missing Children’s Day.
Started in 1983 by former President Ronald Reagan, National Missing Children’s Day recognizes those who make an impact by helping find children who have gone missing. It also celebrates those who care for kids. Each year, the Department of Justice holds a ceremony to honor those who protect children.
Speaking of a child protector…back here in our area, a child abduction was thwarted by an observant older sister. According to the children’s mother, her nine-year-old daughter saw a man grab her little four-year-old brother’s hand and start walking with him back to his truck Tuesday morning in Greenwood. The little girl says she grabbed her brother’s arm and pulled him away from the man. Greenwood police are now searching for this ‘would be’ abductor. He’s described as a white male with a medium build, a full beard and buzz-type hair cut. He was driving a white, mid-sized pick-up truck with mud on it.
Exciting news for race fans this morning. Word from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is, they are lifting the media blackout for Sunday’s 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. This means, because tickets sold out, which is a first in Indy 500 history, according to officials at the track, fans and the curious will be able to watch the race in real time without the delay, here in the city on television. The race is shown elsewhere around the country in real time but not in Indy to encourage the locals to go to the track to watch in person. Officials held a press conference to make the announcement this morning.
Carmel city firefighters have been busy on this Wednesday morning putting out the flames at an apartment complex there at 100 West Main Street near the Monon Trail. They evacuated that portion of the complex and needed early morning commuters to give them space to work by avoiding the area. On their Twitter account, Carmel fire reported they extinguished the blaze and spent time there doing clean-up.
The Democrat running to unseat Governor Mike Pence is taking the next step in his campaign. John Gregg is expected to announce his running mate today. Multiple sources say his choice will be State Representative Christina Hale, who has represented Indiana House District 87 on the city’s northeast side since 2013.
An independent panel is recommending Indianapolis Public Schools accept a $12 million bid for the former Coke plant downtown. The idea is to then invest more than $200 million to develop the space into condos and shops. Hendricks Commercial Properties is the bidder getting the nod. The IPS board is expected to vote on the plan on Thursday.
President Obama is coming back to Indiana. The White House says he’ll visit Elkhart next week. The city was one of the first the President visited during his first term and is now seen as a positive recovery story, with its unemployment rate now just over four percent. It was almost 20-percent at the height of the recession. The President will speak about the economy at Concord High School on June 1 as part of a town hall meeting.
The man accused of killing nine worshipers, including the pastor, at a South Carolina church could face the federal death penalty. Dylann Roof is already facing a death sentence when he goes on trial in state court in January. The 22-year old white man is accused of killing nine black people when he opened fire at the historic African-American ‘Mother’ Emanuel AME Church in Charleston last June. Roof was indicted in July on 33 federal charges that included hate crimes. Federal prosecutors made the announcement Tuesday.
Bill Cosby’s lawyer says prosecutors don’t have a strong case against the comedian. Speaking to reporters, attorney Brian McMonagle said prosecutors presented a weak statement from Cosby’s accuser Andrea Constand at a hearing yesterday. Despite his perspective…A Pennsylvania judge ordered the 78-year-old Cosby to stand trial for sexual assault allegations brought by Constand, who is a former Temple University employee. She claims Cosby drugged and assaulted her back in 2004. He says their interactions were consensual.
FBI Director James Comey is scheduled to speak today at a conference in Alabama about race and law enforcement. Organizers with the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute say the response to the two-day event has been overwhelming. Birmingham is a city that has first hand experience with issues involving race and the police. It’s still a sore issue in the 21st century. Police officials across the country have been facing increased scrutiny in the wake of police shootings involving minorities.
The man who investigated former President Bill Clinton is reportedly being fired as President of Baylor University after its football team was involved in a sexual assault scandal. Kenneth Starr investigated President Clinton during both, the Whitewater controversy and the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal. During Starr’s watch, Baylor has been accused of failing to respond to rapes or sexual assaults reported by at least six women. At least eight former Baylor football players have been accused of violence against women over the last eight years. In 2010, Starr became chancellor and president at the nation’s largest Baptist university, which is two years after the incidents reportedly began. They allegedly continued with Starr coming under fire for focusing more on football than on pursuing justice in those sexual assaults. The school has declined to respond to reports of his firing.
Vanderbilt University wants Stephanie White on its bench next season. The school made it official on Tuesday. They announced they are hiring the Indianapolis Fever coach. White will finish the season with the Fever, then head to Nashville to take over for the Commodores.
Today is also a day to raise a glass, one filled with wine. It’s National Wine Day. You can be forgiven if it seems that this day came around just a few months ago. Actually, that one was National Drink Wine Day, celebrated in February. The people who know about these things assure you that it’s certainly okay to drink wine today too, ironically a day that coincides with the end of the school year for some children around the country, like Houston. Mom’s there, despite the love for their kids, may be lifting a glass to get through it. (Always remember, when drinking drink responsibly and don’t drink and drive.)