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Indianapolis Metro Police have been extremely busy at the close of this work week.
IMPD officers were called to a home on the city’s northeast side Friday morning to secure it. Once there, the made a grizzly discovery. Just after 7 a.m., according to WTHR-TV, police found two bodies inside that home, located in the 3400 block of Admar Court. IMPD homicide detectives have been called to the scene and are on the case.
A gas station attendant was shot and killed at the McClure filling station at Rockville Road and Lynnhurst on the city’s west side overnight. She was found on the parking lot by a customer who entered the convenience store and found no one working, according to WTHR-TV. IMPD said when she was found lying on the ground, she had suffered head injuries and was later taken to IU/Methodist Hospital. Despite their best efforts, she died from that gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the hospital. The victim has been identified, however police say they are not releasing her name until proper notification to her next of kin is complete. Metro police investigators canvassed the area and are searching for the shooter. They’re asking for your help. If you saw or know anything about this case, contact them at 317-262-TIPS (8477). You can also reach them anonymously at their website http://www.CrimeTips.org.
Metro Police say they took eight guns and ten-pounds of meth from two men at a local hotel. IMPD commanders say officers arrested Thomas Rexroat from Indianapolis and Michael Blakey from Georgia. The bust caps a ten month joint investigation between the IMPD and the FBI.
Congressman Todd Rokita says a new poll shows him neck and neck with the Democratic candidate for Indiana’s governor, John Gregg. Rokita says his poll actually gives him a 45-43 lead over Gregg, but the margin of error is four points, so it’s a tie. Rokita is now one of four Republicans hoping to replace Mike Pence in the governor’s race. The latest name to jump in, according to his own Facebook page is Republican Senator Jim Tomes, who hails from District 49 that includes Posey County and parts of Gibson and Vanderburgh Counties.
Indiana Senator Dan Coats says Ted Cruz showed the nation why most senators in Washington D.C. don’t like him. Coats called him ‘self centered’ and a ‘pathological liar’ after Cruz’s speech at the Republican Convention Wednesday. Cruz told Republicans to vote their conscience and refused to endorse Donald Trump. Coats told The Indianapolis Star Cruz only thinks of himself, and never “thinks about the party.”
The Indianapolis Urban League is hosting a Back to School Block Party Saturday featuring NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity Program from 10 am to 1:30 pm. This is a part of the 50th Anniversary events of the Indianapolis Urban League. There will be lots of give-aways ranging from back sacks and back to school supplies to health screenings by HealthNet and the Marion County Health Department to sneakers for kids in the first through fifth grade by partner Samaritan’s Feet. NASCAR activities include their driving simulator, live pit crew demo and appearances by NASCAR’s and Indy’s own Max Siegel, Rev Racing and other NASCAR reps. The Urban League is located downtown on the Avenue at 777 Indiana Ave.
Now that Donald Trump has officially accepted the GOP Presidential nomination to close out the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, it’s time for the Democrats to head into the spotlight next with presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton. Events get underway on Monday in Philadelphia.
Speaking of ‘Hillary’…there may be a big announcement from her camp today. Clinton may let us know today who her VP pick will be. Reports have surfaced saying that the likely Democratic nominee will announce her running mate sometime during her Friday-Saturday campaign swing in Florida. Here are the people said to be under consideration: Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.
To Your Health…Researchers say taking an anti-HIV pill shortly before and after sex can help protect people from being infected by the HIV virus. The drug Truvada helps uninfected people who take the pill daily cut the risk of getting HIV by 90 percent. But a recent study shows that taking the pill on-demand rather than daily can work just as well.
You may have seen the story on social media about WNBA players being fined by their league over wearing black protest t-shirts. Well this includes the Indianapolis Fever too. The team wore plain black shirts earlier this month to acknowledge a month of deadly police shootings. The league isn’t taking a stance on the politics, rather the uniforms. Their fine is $5,000 as a team. The player’s will pay $500 each.
Lynetta Kizer piled up 21 points as the Indiana Fever topped the New York Liberty 82-70 at Madison Square Garden. Marissa Coleman added 14 points for the Fever, which improved to 12-and-12. The Fever are off until August 27 for the Olympic break. In speaking with a rep for the team, Friday morning, he said most of the ladies have scattered for this break. Tamika Catchings will play for Team USA and reports to camp in Los Angeles on Saturday.
The NBA is moving the 2017 All-Star Game out of North Carolina because of the state’s transgender-bathroom law. The league threatened to move the game back in March if North Carolina lawmakers didn’t make an effort to change a new law that forces transgender persons to use restrooms of the gender on their birth certificates. The NBA says All-Star weekend is intended to bring together all members of the NBA community. A new venue will be announced in the next few weeks.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rolls into Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week for Sunday’s Brickyard 400. Practice begins this afternoon. The Xfinity Series Lilly Diabetes 250 starts Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The Brickyard 400 gets rolling on Sunday at 3 p.m. Jeff Gordon is coming out of retirement to race for Dale Earnhardt Junior, who is out with concussion-like symptoms.
This will be dangerously hot Brickyard 400 weekend in Indy. The National Weather Service expects the heat index to likely top 105 degrees Saturday or Sunday. Oak Street Health has opened its two locations…one on East Washington Street in Irvington Plaza, the other in Speedway in Crawfordsville Plaza from 8 am to 5 pm as a “Cooling Center.”
Also on tap today scattered thunderstorms and a high of 91. Drink plenty of water.