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Indy sees more incidents of homicide; the limbo of the state fair train; the killer of four little girls who bombed a Birmingham church in 1963 wants out of jail; “What did Trump say?”; and Zika of Olympic-flag waving proportions and more are on tap for you today below…
Happy Hump Day to you on this back to school day for more school districts here in the city and around Central Indiana. Pike and Washington Townships head back to class as well as Anderson and Shelbyville. So motorists, slow it down during the morning and afternoon drives. The school buses will be out there carrying precious cargo.
Jobs, Jobs, Jobs! After a successful National Night Out event Tuesday, we’ve learned that the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is hiring. If you’re interested in the department for your next career move, complete applications to become an officer at the Human Resources Office on the 15th floor of the City-County Building. Online applications are also available. The application deadline is August 7.
Metro Police quickly nabbed a suspect wanted for killing a man Tuesday night on the city’s east side. They arrested Jamarr Edmond, 25, for the killing of Deontae Davis, 24. The shooting happened around 8:00 p.m. in the 6500 block of East 25th Street. As officers arrived, they saw a silver vehicle speeding away from the scene. A by-stander told them that a victim might be inside the car which they later stopped at 21st Street and Arlington Avenue. Davis was inside suffering from a gunshot wound. EMS pronounced him dead at the scene. Investigators learned that Edmond was possibly the shooter. So he was questioned at police headquarters and arrested. He faces a preliminary charge of Murder. Police believe he and another group were involved in an argument that led to Davis’ shooting.
We now know the identity of the victim of Tuesday morning’s fatal shooting in the 2900 block of LaSalle Street. Indy Metro Police say the homicide victim is Simon Wills, 34, of Indy. IMPD was called to that scene around 3 a.m. and found Wills lying lifeless on the sidewalk. They pronounced him dead on the scene and homicide detectives are continuing their investigation. If you have any info about this or other crimes, call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 317-262-TIPS.
A state fair staple may be derailed. For more than 30 years, the State Fair Train has carried people from Fishers to the depot just across from the Indiana State Fairgrounds, but it may not run this year, because the Hoosier Heritage Port Authority said track improvements and equipment upgrades were needed before the train could operate. Tracks were inspected yesterday and a decision on the train’s fate is expected later this morning.
The National Urban League’s annual conference begins today in Baltimore. They’re expecting 10,000 attendees with the economic impact from spending on local attractions, hotels and restaurants estimated to be about $10-million. The Baltimore Sun is reporting that Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, who is Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s running mate, will address delegates Thursday. The Urban League says Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his campaign declined its invitation to speak.
An Iraq War veteran who lost both legs is ripping Donald Trump’s Purple Heart remarks. During a Trump rally in Virginia on Tuesday, another veteran gave Trump a Purple Heart as a gift and Trump said, “I always wanted to get a Purple Heart. This was much easier.” Illinois Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth tweeted a photo of herself wounded in a hospital bed and wrote, “This is how one usually looks when you are awarded the Purple Heart.” Duckworth suffered her massive injury when her military chopper was shot down. See her Tweet here:
There are reports that the Obama administration sent nearly half a billion dollars in cash to Iran at the same time the Islamic country was releasing four Americans. The Wall Street Journal says an unmarked cargo plane carried pallets stacked with euros, Swiss francs and other currencies into Iran in January. That’s when Iran freed four Americans it had held for more than a year. The administration responded. It said the cash was an installment payment that’s part of a $1.7 billion dollar settlement of a decades-old dispute over a failed arms deal.
After all of the health concerns centering on Rio and the athletes that will compete in the Olympic Games specifically over the Zika virus, it’s now a fact when it comes to Zika, one doesn’t have to go all the way to Brazil to be on high alert. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control is now warning pregnant women not to travel to certain areas of Miami, Florida. Fourteen residents in Miami, have been recently infected with Zika by local mosquitoes. Cleveland Clinic doctor, Tosin Goje, says Zika virus is primarily transmitted by mosquito bites but can also be sexually transmitted. The virus can cause a birth defect named Microcephaly, in which a baby’s head and brain are smaller and under-developed. Zika virus has also been linked to other complications in newborns such as eye defects, hearing loss and impaired growth.
In a story you may not hear anywhere else, did you know that U.S. service members have been infected with Zika and their loved ones and unborn babies are now at risk? Military Times is reporting that the Pentagon began tracking Zika infections earlier this year and they know that 33 active-duty service members have contracted the virus outside of the continental U.S., including a member who is currently expecting a baby. Meanwhile funding to fight Zika is on hold on Capitol Hill due to a variety of reasons including partisan politics (things that lawmakers tacked onto bills like confederate flag waving protections and Planned Parenthood issues) and the lawmakers’ extended vacation break, in which most are campaigning in their home districts ahead of the November election. Read more about Zika’s impact on the military and what’s being done about it, HERE.
Civil Rights Era crimes emerge in today’s headlines as a man serving life behind bars for a September 1963 church bombing that killed four girls faces a parole board today. He’s 86-year-old Thomas Edwin Blanton Junior and is the last living white supremacist bomber who attacked the African-American 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama decades ago. In the church bombing that marked a heart-wrenching moment in American history, one 11-year-old and three 14-year-olds were killed. A fifth girl was severely injured, losing an eye. The former Ku Klux Klan member wasn’t convicted of the crime until 2001 after the FBI reopened the case. Former prosecutor Doug Jones told CNN that Blanton has never shown remorse and doubts he will ever be released. Jones helped to put Blanton under lock and key.
Instagram has a new feature that takes direct aim at Snapchat. Instagram Stories lets its users post a string of photos and videos that disappear after 24 hours. That’s just like the self-destructing posts that have made Snapchat such a hit with younger users.
The most decorated Olympian of all-time, Swimmer Michael Phelps, will carry the U.S. flag into Friday’s Olympic Opening Ceremony in Rio. Phelps has won 22 career medals, including 18 golds. He was selected by a vote of fellow team members to be the flag bearer.
Though the Summer Games don’t officially begin until Friday, amid concerns that include unfinished structures, contaminated water, security issues and the Zika virus, the U.S. women’s soccer team begins preliminary-round play today. They’re seeking a fourth straight gold medal against New Zealand at 6 p.m. Eastern. Also, Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings and the rest of the U.S. women’s team arrive in Rio today as they get set for the preliminary round of Olympic play. The team practiced in Houston Tuesday before leaving for Brazil. Catchings scored six points in the team’s 15-point win over Australia last Sunday. They hit floor to take on Senegal on Sunday.
The Colts will get a chance to rest up as players enjoy a day off from practice today at training camp. Practice will resume Thursday from Colts City in Anderson at around 1:55 p.m. The team will train again Friday before a travel day Saturday. Indy will face off against Green Bay in the Hall of Fame Game Sunday.
It’s predicted to be partly to mostly cloudy today with the possibility of thunderstorm looming, and a high near 90 degrees.
A reminder…Arrangements for Progressive Baptist Church Pastor and talk show host Michael Jones have been released. Jones’ visitation is tomorrow, Thursday, August 4, 2 –8 p.m. at his church, located at 4625 West 59th Street in Indy. Pastor Jones’ Homegoing Celebration is this Friday, August 5 at 11 a.m. at Eastern Star Church’s Cooper Road sanctuary, located at 5805 Cooper Road. In addition to his pastoring duties, the second generation community leader served as the host of the “Community Connection” talk show, on our sister station, AM-1310 “The Light,” a post he assumed in March of this year.