Indianapolis Metropolitan Police detectives have made a third arrest in the murder of liquor store owner, Joseph Klein, III. Twenty-seven-year-old Anthony Breazil turned himself in to detectives without incident at police headquarters Tuesday. Breazil surrendered after the story went public in the media that police had arrested two others, Kameron Martin and Corey Spurlock, for their alleged involvement in Klein’s death during a robbery back in March at Allied Liquors on East 38th Street, and that IMPD was looking for him too.
As authorities are in search and rescue mode for a 2-year-old boy who was grabbed and dragged into the water by an alligator at a Florida Disney resort, closer to home, a Hoosier family is mourning the death of their ten-year-old son who was camping with them at Indiana Beach. The White County Sheriff’s Office says a tree branch crashed onto the family’s tent Tuesday morning while they were inside, striking and killing the boy. The family was visiting the Monticello theme park and camping ground from their home in Mishawaka.
Investigators in southern Indiana say the man now facing felony weapons charges in California is also suspected of a new sex crime in Clark County. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office says James Howell is suspected of sexually abusing an underage girl last month. The accusations came the same day prosecutors in Los Angeles charged Howell with a litany of weapons and explosive charges. He was found with those weapons near a gay Pride Parade and festivities in California, though his true intentions are still unknown. Howell is also facing a probation violation in Clark County for breaking the terms of an April plea deal on a weapons charge there.
Suspicious packages in downtown Indy kept Indianapolis Metro Police busy and “on their game” investigating. WTHR-TV is reporting officers found a briefcase on the grounds of the Federal Building around midnight. Their fix for the problem was to detonate it. Then they found it contained personal items and likely was not a threat. A little while later, a backpack was found near the City-County Building downtown. They checked that one out first before giving it the detonation treatment. It had personal items in it too—so it didn’t “go boom.” Several downtown streets were closed as a precaution to allow police proper space to investigate these packages.
A federal judge says she’ll rule on Indiana’s law that bans abortions because a fetus is diagnosed with a disability by the end of the month. U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt said Tuesday she’ll rule within the next two weeks. The central question is whether lawmakers can dictate the reason a woman wants an abortion. Opponents, like Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky in partnership with the ACLU say no. Supporters say the law protects the most vulnerable. The law, as of now, goes into effect on July 1st. Both sides were in federal court arguing their sides Tuesday.
You don’t have to go to the library in Hendricks County, it’ll now come to you. The Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library now has a book bike. It’s a bicycle and pop-up trailer that’s fully equipped with books, eBooks, library cards and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Library officials say the book bike will make appearances at area parks and farmers markets.
A popular Indianapolis LGBTQ nightclub is closing. Talbott Street—that many in our audience will know as being located in the former “Faces Nightclub”–will shut down permanently on June 25. It’s unclear why the nightclub is closing, but a statement said, “In the time in which we live, the idea of a safe haven is being challenged.” Tuesday’s announcement comes just days after 49 people were killed inside a gay nightclub in Orlando.
The wife of the Orlando gunman could be facing accessory to murder charges for not reporting the pending attack. Omar Mateen was killed by police after going on a shooting rampage that killed 49 people and injured more than 50 at Orlando nightclub “Pulse” early Sunday morning. NBC News reported that Noor Salman told the FBI she tried to talk him out of carrying out the deadly mass shooting. She also told them she was with him when she bought bullets and that she’d driven him to the club to scope it out.
More at Disney this morning as the search continues for the toddler who was grabbed and dragged into the water by a gator… Word comes this morning that Disney World is closing all its beaches after this incident at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa near Orlando. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said today that boats, helicopters and dive teams have been employed in the search. At the time the boy was snatched, he was standing in the water next to his father who tried to rescue him to no avail.
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is not ending his race just yet. Sanders and likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton met for about an hour and a half Tuesday night in Washington, DC. Meantime, Clinton is projected as the winner of Tuesday’s DC primary, which is the last in the 2016 presidential primary season.
Newly released emails are revealing that the FBI warned Chicago police that officers could be in danger following the release of the Laquan McDonald video last November. Just before the footage was made public of the young African-American man being shot some 16 times, a federal agent emailed then-Superintendent Garry McCarthy that an informant said gang members had planned ambush attacks on cops outside the department’s West Side headquarters. The document was among over 20-thousand pages of emails released by the city following a request made by The Chicago Tribune.
“Ebony” “and “Jet” have a new owner. The classic African-American magazines were purchased by Texas-based Clear View Group from Johnson Publishing for an undisclosed sum. Johnson had been publishing “Ebony” since 1945. “Jet” is almost as old but went all-digital in 2014. The new owners, who are African-American, will keep the publications’ Chicago and New York offices along with some employees. Clear View Chairman Michael Gibson said he’s thrilled about obtaining what he calls the “most-recognized brand in the African-American community.” Former head, Linda Johnson-Rice will remain involved while she and Desiree Rogers focus on the fashion, cosmetics and photo archives parts of the remaining company’s business.
Just Lovin’ It? We learned what McDonald’s is lovin’ these days—Oprah’s old studio, HARPO. The fast food giant is planning a big move for their corporate headquarters from the suburbs of Chicago—in Oakbrook—to the city into the old home of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” The move to the West Loop-area of downtown Chicago is expected to be completed by the spring of 2018. (Maybe they’ll name a healthy burger after Oprah after they move in.
The Indiana Fever dropped their third straight game as they fell to the undefeated Minnesota Lynx, 87-63, on the road.
Thunderstorms Wednesday morning with a chance for scattered ones continuing into the afternoon. A few storms may be severe. Today’s High: 91 degrees.