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A young father accused of beating his six-week-old son to death is now facing multiple charges, including murder. The charges against Isaac Hicks were announced Thursday. Police say the infant was rushed to the hospital on June 6 and he was pronounced dead. Court documents indicate the infant had a list of traumatizing injuries including head trauma, a fractured rib, abrasions to his shoulder, wounds on both sides of the jaw, bleeding in both eyes and around his spine.
An Indianapolis man accused of killing a cop heads back to court on this busy Friday. Major Davis Jr, the man accused of killing Indianapolis Metro Police Officer Perry Renn is due in court this morning. Davis could face the death penalty if convicted for the officer’s July 2014 fatal shooting with an assault rifle on the east side in the Forest Manor area. WTHR-TV reported, the Indiana Supreme Court rejected two requests from Davis last year, after he asked for a speedy trial and copies of his attorneys’ files on the case. The court said no and that it wouldn’t consider either request.
Metro Police Chief Troy Riggs is hoping for a summer that’s less violent than last year. Traditionally, when the weather heats up, so does the violent crime rate. The last seven-months of 2015 were the most violent in Indianapolis’ history, with 103 homicides. Riggs says the department plans to continue to expand being visible in the community. They’ll use police beats and will focus on getting drug dealers and illegal guns off Indy’s streets.
Summer can be dangerous in other ways. Ask one Johnson County couple who are now recovering from an explosion in their home. The incident happened on Tuesday and was the result of them mixing up a cleaning solution for their pool. Yes pool chemicals. Bargersville Fire Chief Jason Ramey says the couple had two different brands of the same chemical and when they mixed them, there was a reaction. The couple was treated for chemical burns, inhalation of chemicals and damaged hearing from the blast.
City leaders in Fishers will talk about a $45 million downtown development on Monday. The Nickel Plate District plan is for an office building on the northeast corner of North and Maple Streets and a mixed-use building on the northwest corner of North Street and Lantern Road. Fishers leaders are being asked for $16 million in incentives.
Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott are marking the one year anniversary of the Charleston Church massacre. They stood before their fellow lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Thursday and remembered the victims. Scott related last year’s shocking tragedy in a church with last weekend’s tragedy in a gay nightclub in Orlando. Scott, speaking from the Senate floor, said that Charleston can be an example of how love overcomes hate. It was one year ago today when Dylann Roof allegedly killed nine people, including the church’s pastor Reverend Clementa Pinckney, during a Bible study inside historic black church, ‘Mother’ Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
President Barack Obama is calling the mass shooting at that Orlando nightclub, “Pulse,” an evil, hateful act. President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met with victims’ families in Orlando Thursday. The President said their grief is beyond description, and that the victims were all part of the American family.
The Republican Speaker of the House is calling on lawmakers to figure out how to prevent more deadly mass shootings without infringing on constitutional rights. Paul Ryan told a briefing that Congress must “get it right,” and that the U.S. must do a better job of preventing acts of homegrown terrorism. He didn’t say if he would support legislation that prevents people on the federal terror watch list from being able to buy guns.
Bernie Sanders’ campaign for President is not over yet. In a video to his supporters, Sanders makes no mention of ending his Democratic campaign, and nor does he endorse likely Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Sanders vowed to take his campaign for economic equality and social justice to the Democratic convention next month. Sanders also said on Thursday in a speech, the political revolution caused by his candidacy for president must continue. He told loyalists his campaign has injected new blood into the political process.
American diplomats are calling for direct U.S. military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. An internal memo signed by 51 high-to-mid-level diplomats is sharply critical of current U.S. policy in Syria. The Wall Street Journal says the memo by State Department officials, calls for targeted military strikes against the Syrian government.
The defense is expected to continuing calling witnesses today in the trial of Officer Caesar Goodson, the Baltimore police van driver accused in the death of Freddie Gray. On Thursday, the man who was in the vehicle with Gray after he was arrested last year testified. Donta Allen said he heard noises from the other side of a partition that sounded like Gray banging his head but he couldn’t be sure.
There will be a Game Seven in the NBA Finals. LeBron James scored 41 points to lead the Cavaliers to a 115-101 win over the Golden State Warriors in Game Six in Cleveland Thursday night. The Warriors host the decisive Game Seven on Father’s Day this Sunday.
Speaking of Game Six…tensions ran high. The wife of Warriors star Steph Curry isn’t happy after the team’s loss to the Cavaliers. On her verified Twitter account, Ayesha Curry posted, “I’ve lost all respect sorry this is absolutely rigged for money… Or ratings in not sure which. I won’t be silent. Just saw it live sry.” Ayesha was also unhappy after Golden State lost Game Five, posting “Can refs get fined?” Her hubby was charged with a technical foul and ejected from the game for the first time in his career during the heated game. About a half-hour later, she deleted that tweet and issued another, saying “tweeted in the heat of the moment because the call was uncalled for.” She then tweeted “police racial profiled my father and told him to remove credentials and tried to arrest him. It’s been a long night for me. I apologize.”
The Fever will try to end a three-game losing streak when they hit the road to San Antonio tonight to take it to the rim over the Stars. Indiana is 4-and-7 on the season. Tip is at 8 p.m. Eastern.
The Pacers are still in prep-mode ahead of Thursday’s NBA Draft in Brooklyn. They’ll work out six potential draft picks today, including All-Americans Brice Johnson, Georges Niang, and former Indiana point guard Yogi Ferrell. Indiana has the 20th and 50th picks.
The Dish Network no longer carries the NFL Network or the NFL RedZone in its programming lineup. The National Football League says their contract expired Thursday night after the two parties were unable to come to terms on a new distribution agreement. The NFL says Dish is the first distributor to black out its channels in its 13-year history.
Celebrating a birthday today is tennis star and fashion executive Venus Williams. She’s 36.
Black champion race car driver Lewis Hamilton set the fastest pace in today’s opening practice at the European Grand Prix in his Mercedes, ahead of teammate and Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg. Several drivers ran off track on a dusty Baku street circuit that may have proved to be too bumpy and windy. Hamilton was one of them with a brush with a wall that wasn’t too serious and leaving him enough time to still come out a third of a second ahead of Rosberg.
Morning clouds will give way to generally sunny skies for
the afternoon. Today’s High: 89 degrees.
Father’s Day is Sunday. A shopping expert has offered some suggestions for staying within budget if you’re doing some last minute shopping for the dads in your life. Brittani Uribe who is also a Best Buy Blue Shirt, says you need to set firm price limits and her suggestion is to take a family member or a friend shopping with you to help you stay within budget limits in case you find an item you like that out of your price range. Uribe says this advice applies whether you’re in-store or online. So grab an extra chair for your accountability partner when shopping for your father and the other dads in your life.
(Have a great Father’s Day weekend. Join me on Sunday at 8 a.m. for “Access Indy with Kim Wells.” I’ll be talking about helping the dad in your life be the well groomed guy he wants to be, fighting HIV in Indy and a whole lot more… on 106.7 WTLC and online at TLCnaptown.com)