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Good day to you on this rainy Hump Day in Indy. Midweek is being ushered in by storms that may hamper your travels today. These morning rains and clouds will likely lead to strong storms this afternoon. The National Weather Service says, here in the city and areas to the north will likely see some strong and severe weather. This is likely to be more than umbrella weather, that’s more appropriate for your rain poncho or rain slickers if you’re out in it. Northern Indiana is straight in the bull’s-eye of this storm front. Forecasters say strong thunderstorms, large hail are expected. They also say a tornado to the north is possible.
Stopping terror in the heartland…
A Brownsburg teenager, accused of supporting ISIS is now facing federal charges. Akram Musleh, 18, was arrested by FBI agents Tuesday while attempting to board a bus at the Greyhound bus station in downtown Indianapolis that was heading to New York. Federal officials say the thwarted terror suspect was planning to fly from New York to Morocco on his way to territory controlled by ISIS, where he planned to join the terrorist organization.
We know a little bit more about Musleh, the central Indiana teenager who was working actively to join ISIS before the Feds nabbed him. Federal court documents say he was seen shopping for a pressure cooker at a local Walmart. In addition to a history of radical statements, federal prosecutors say Musleh tried to get information on explosives. Why a pressure cooker? The Indianapolis Star says documents from prosecutors say that pressure cooker, was similar to a component of the bomb used by the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.
It has been a violent and deadly overnight in the city filled with bullets flying. One woman was shot dead and two others wounded in two separate shooting incidents. The first of those shootings happened in the 3400 block of North Layman Avenue on the east side. It’s there that neighbors heard gunshots around midnight and called police, according to WTHR-TV. Officers responded and found a woman in her 30s lying on the front lawn of a home. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
On the west side of the city, about 30 minutes later, metro police responded to more shots fired. This time, the shots were near West 36th Street at Clifton Street. Police are calling this one a ‘drive-by’ where two women were the victims. One of them was grazed and the other, who was inside the home at the time, was shot more seriously. Both were taken to Eskenazi. If you have any details about either shooting incident, police ask that you call Crime Stoppers. You can call anonymously at 317-262-TIPS.
An Indianapolis woman is getting probation for her role in her sisters’ kidnapping. Prosecutors say Whitney Blackwell stole as much as $250,000 from her boyfriend, an active drug dealer in Detroit. After the theft, Blackwell fled to Indy. The boyfriend, whose name is John Thomas according to The Indianapolis Star, then kidnapped Blackwell’s 13-year-old sister and 16-year-old brother in March of last year in retaliation and to get the money back—and according to some reports, stolen drugs back too. Blackwell pleaded guilty to a felony count of possession of a narcotic drug. On Tuesday, a judge sentenced her to two years of probation. She avoided jail time. Blackwell had faced 30 years in prison.
The U.S. Senate is expected to pass a Republican-backed bill today that would expand the FBI’s secret surveillance powers. The proposal is in response to the mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub. It would broaden the type of telephone and internet records the FBI could request from companies like Verizon without a warrant. Opponents of the measure say it threatens civil liberties and does little to improve national security. This, after senators failed to pass stronger gun law measurements to keep guns out of the hands of those on FBI and other federal agency terror watch lists, earlier in the week.
Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is scheduled to report to prison today. The 74-year-old Republican must begin serving a 15-month sentence at the Federal Medical Center in Rochester, Minnesota. Hastert pleaded guilty last year to banking violations in a hush-money case. The investigation revealed allegations of sexual abuse against boys while Hastert was a teacher and coach decades ago.
Hillary Clinton’s lead over Donald Trump is down to single digits in a new national poll. The latest Reuters/Ipsos poll shows 44 percent of likely voters support the presumed Democratic presidential nominee, while Trump has the backing of 35 percent. Clinton’s lead over the likely Republican nominee has slipped about five points over the last two weeks.
Americans spend more than $30-billion of their own money each year on so-called alternative or complementary health care. A new study out today says that’s a substantial percentage of the nearly $330-billion in annual out-of-pocket health care spending. National Center for health Statistics researchers say about one-in-five Americans age four and older uses complementary health approaches.
The 2016 NBA Draft is just a day away. It will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Thursday night. The Indiana Pacers hold two picks in this year’s draft– 20th overall in the first round and 50th in the second round.
The Indiana Fever are hitting the road tonight to take on the Mystics in Washington DC. Indiana has lost four of its last five games and sits at 5-and-8 overall. Tip is at 7 p.m. Eastern.
The Colts’ rookies were ‘out and about’ in Indy Tuesday taking a walk on the wild side. The rookies enjoyed a visit to the Indianapolis Zoo. It wasn’t the first time team’s newbie gridironers took an outing together. The rookies checked out the sights and sounds of the iconic Indy 500 back in March. This was a part of the NFL’s new Rookie Transition Program, which helps players manage the responsibilities, pressures and privileges of being a professional athlete. The Colts are just one of several pro-teams participating.
Clouds turn to rain and thunderstorms this morning in Indy. Storms may become severe this afternoon in the city, stretching to the north. Expect damaging winds and large hail with some of the afternoon storms. Listen out for any tornado activity. It’s a possibility. Today’s High: 87 degrees.
It’s celebration time in Ohio. For the first time in 52 years, the City of Cleveland will celebrate a major sports title today. A victory parade and rally will take place downtown to honor the Cavaliers for winning their first NBA championship. It’s the first major pro sports title for the city since the Browns won the NFL title in 1964. The parade gets underway at 11 a.m. in the plaza next to Quicken Loans Arena and will include floats, vehicles and “The” Ohio State marching band. To get here, the Cavaliers, led by series MVP, LeBron James, beat the Golden State Warriors in seven games, becoming the first team in NBA Finals history to rally from a 3-1 series deficit and go on to win the championship.