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Good morning to you on this rain-soaked Monday morning. Give yourself extra time on your morning commute and plan to ‘get out of the dog house’ if you’re in it with anyone. (More on that and how…in today’s final story below.)
There’s a long list of Republicans who might get into the Indiana governor’s race to replace Mike Pence on the November ballot. But so far, just three have filed their paperwork. Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb, Congresswoman Susan Brooks, and Congressman Todd Rokita all filed their election papers last week. Indiana Republicans have about a month to pick a new candidate to go head-to-head against Democrat John Gregg.
Police say a young boy is dead, after rescuers pulled him from a northwest side pool Sunday. Officers aren’t yet identifying the boy. They say he drowned in the pool in his apartment complex.
State Troopers are asking for your help in finding a disabled woman who disappeared Saturday. Police say Aleah Beckerle may be in danger. They say someone had to have taken her from her Evansville home. Beckerle is disabled and cannot walk or communicate. The State Police are asking for help in tracking down any leads.
An Indianapolis Metro Police officer is recovering today after being shot in the leg over the weekend. It happened after police talked a suicidal man out of his car. When officers tased the man, his gun went off. A bullet fragment hit the officer in the leg. IMPD commanders say the wounded officer suffered a “significant but non-life threatening” injury.
Indianapolis Metro Police say they’re not taking any chances with an online threat to an officer. IMPD Chief Troy Riggs says investigators are tracking down an online threat made over the weekend. Riggs says officers will spend some time combing through social media to see if there are other threats. IMPD isn’t offering any specifics on the latest threat.
This local threat is in light of more tragedy in the nation, specifically in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and upheaval post- police action killing of Alton Sterling outside of a convenience store.
We’re expected to learn more today about the man who opened fire on law enforcement there in Baton Rouge, killing three officers. Police have identified the shooter as Marine veteran Gavin Long of Kansas City. Police say Long killed three police officers and injured three others Sunday morning. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards called the crime unjustifiable.
Since that deadly incident, we have also learned that a Milwaukee police officer was shot while sitting in his police car early Sunday morning. Officer Brandon Baranowski was hit several times in the arm and chest when a suspect walked up and opened fire while he was working a domestic case. Police credit the officer’s bullet-proof vest for saving his life. The suspect was found near-by, dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot.
The highest-ranking Baltimore police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray is about to learn his fate. A judge is expected to issue his verdict this morning in the trial of Lieutenant Brian Rice. Rice is facing charges that include involuntary manslaughter after Gray died last year from injuries suffered while being transported in a police van.
A former Atlanta police officer is facing felony murder charges for his part in the shooting death of a robbery suspect earlier this month. The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office issued an arrest warrant for former Atlanta Police Officer, James Burns, who shot and killed Devaris Rogers, who was suspected of breaking into a car. Burns is now charged with felony murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and two counts of violation of oath in the death.
In other political news…
Indiana Governor Mike Pence says he decided to run for vice president of the United States because Donald Trump “embodies American strength.” Pence and Trump sat down for a joint interview on CBS’s 60 Minutes Sunday night. Trump says he and Pence are ready for the White House.
The Republican National Convention gets underway in Cleveland today. Trump and Pence will be in the spotlight throughout the week. A number of speeches are on tap this week, with today’s theme set to be “Make America Safe Again.” Many of the speakers are expected to discuss illegal immigration and the 2012 terror attack in Benghazi where four Americans died.
Cleveland is gearing up for protests as the RNC gets underway. Police Chief Calvin Williams says the force is prepared for anything and everything that could happen during the convention. More than 70 federal, state and local forces will participate in securing the event including paid help from the Indiana State Police. Convention-eve protests were pretty quiet. About 200 protesters stopped traffic as they marched through the city’s downtown area Sunday evening. Most demonstrations across Cleveland were peaceful. About 300 people silently held hands at Hope Memorial Bridge along the Cuyahoga River. Many wore t-shirts with “Stand for Love” imprinted on them.
Ohio’s open carry laws will remain in effect during the RNC. Governor John Kasich issued a statement Sunday that said he can’t suspend the state’s constitutional rights. The Cleveland police union had asked the governor to freeze the right of protesters to openly carry firearms during the convention. Union leaders say they want to keep officers safe after Sunday’s murders of three police officers in Louisiana. By the way, Kasich who is not attending the RNC after his unsuccessful presidential bid (and who has not endorsed the likely GOP candidate, Trump), also spoke on Sunday at the NAACP National Convention that is being held in Cincinnati. There, he told the hundreds of mostly African-American delegates he wanted to be with them. He started his remarks by condemning the recent deadly attacks on police officers.
Hillary Clinton’s favorability among likely voters is falling following questions and investigations about her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. But a new poll shows that nearly 60 percent of voters are unhappy with choosing between Clinton and her GOP rival Trump. The ABC News/Washington Post survey found that Clinton holds a four point lead over Trump, down from 12 less than a month ago. When it comes down to it, the voters don’t seem to so much support their candidates as they do oppose the alternative. Trump and Clinton are the two most unpopular likely nominees in this poll since 1984. The Democratic National Convention gets underway in Philadelphia in one week.
For those who cannot wait for football season, you can get a little football action today. Colts single game tickets go on sale starting today. (Don’t sprain anything.)
Pacers forward Paul George is scheduled to report to camp with the rest of Team USA today in Las Vegas. The 12-man roster will conduct a four-day training camp led by head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Beginning Friday, Team USA will open a five-game exhibition schedule with games in Vegas, Los Angeles, Oakland, Chicago and Houston. The Olympic Men’s Basketball tournament tips off on August 6 in Rio.
Hold onto your rain slickers and put on your rubber boots. Scattered thunderstorms are on-tap this morning. They’ll become more widespread this afternoon with a few storms possibly being severe. Today’s High: 89 degrees.
Today is the day to get back on everyone’s good side, if you so choose. It’s “National Get Out of the Doghouse Day.” There are things you can do to make amends with your significant other, boss, friend, or whoever you’ve ticked off. Some suggestions: Apologize, and do it in person or with a handwritten note. No emailing, texting, or any other digital stuff. You can meet at a coffee house and find out why you’re in the dog house and what you can do to get out. And you can send something nice, like flowers or candy or some other special gift. Be sure to enclose a handwritten note and do this after you’ve talked face to face.
Catch my “Access Indy with Kim Wells” exclusive interview on “how geography plays a role in how blacks are policed–allowing racism and more”. Listen by clicking HERE.