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Mom says it was all a big misunderstanding. Good day to you on this cool wet hump day.

The mother of a seven-year-old Greenwood girl at the center of an AMBER Alert issued on Tuesday now says she didn’t mean to do anything illegal.  The AMBER Alert was cancelled about 30 minutes later after the girl and her mother were found at a local dentist office.  Morgan Negri told WTHR-TV her custody was revoked Tuesday morning because she missed a court hearing that she didn’t know about. Negri says as soon as she saw the AMBER Alert on her phone, she called police to clear up the situation.

Indianapolis Metro Police say they’ve found the vehicle that hit and injured a toddler. Last Wednesday, the child was being pushed in a stroller by her grandmother when they were hit on West Washington Street. The two-year-old was taken to Riley Hospital for Children after being thrown from the stroller.  The truck believed to have hit them was found Tuesday.

Investigators in Ft. Wayne have more questions about the deaths of two children. Autopsies show Liliana Hernandez, 7, and Rene Pasztor, 6, died from asphyxiation—or smothering (which the mom confessed to).  Police still aren’t sure why their mother Amber Pasztor, 29, may have killed them, or how their deaths are related to a shooting in Allen County that left another man dead. Police had issued an AMBER Alert for the children hours before being alerted and finding them dead on Monday. Police say the kids were in the dead man’s car with their non-custodial mother. She’s now in jail, awaiting charges that are likely to come later this week.

Accident investigators with IMPD have identified the victim of a hit and run on the city’s southeast side Monday night as Porshae Owens, 26, of Indianapolis. They also know for sure that the Owens was struck and killed by a vehicle that fled from the 2200 block of National Avenue. The area was not well lit. The victim was pronounced dead upon arrival at Eskenazi Hospital. Investigators don’t have any information on a suspect or the vehicle that was driven and there were no witnesses to the crime. This is an on-going investigation. So police say they need the public’s help to solve it. They are urging anyone who may have information about the city’s latest killing, to call Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS(8477).

A Greenwood woman is facing charges after police say neighbors found her elderly husband malnourished and filthy.  Police arrested Darlene Dickinson on Tuesday. They say she left her husband in a room covered in his own waste, old food, and trash Investigators say the man suffered a stroke and Dickinson didn’t care for him properly.  This isn’t the first time that neighbors intervened. They called 911 after finding the man stumbling around in May.

The number of people registered to vote here in Indiana is at a new high. The secretary of state’s office told The Indianapolis Star, through Monday, four-point-seven million Hoosiers had registered to vote.  That’s the most since back in 2008 when four-and-half-million people registered to vote in the showdown between Senators Barack Obama and John McCain. The deadline to register to vote in November’s general election is in a couple of weeks, October 11.

Purdue University is getting $24-million from the federal government to help the state of Indiana get students ready for college. The money isn’t just aimed at high school students. Purdue dean Carla Johnson says the goal is to get middle schoolers from disadvantaged backgrounds to a university.  Johnson says Purdue workers and tutors will start helping kids at 15 schools across the state this year.  She hopes to expand the program in the future.

Looking to make a career move? An Indianapolis health insurance company is expanding its workforce.  Renaissance sells dental, vision, life and disability plans.  About 80 customer service positions are up for grabs. A job fair will be held Thursday evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 225 South East Street, Suite 360.


Former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres has died at the age of 93 after suffering a stroke earlier this month. President Barack Obama will lead current and former U.S. officials at Peres’ funeral. Secretary of State John Kerry, former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will join Obama and other world leaders at the funeral, scheduled for Friday.

Each family of an Orlando nightclub shooting victim will get over a third of a million dollars starting this week from a fund set up days after that deadly attack. The OneOrlando Fund will pay $350,000 dollars to the families of each of the 49 people killed in the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub. That massacre happened on June 12th.

Police are trying to keep the calm in Southern California after another police-action shooting that has left a black man dead. Investigators are reviewing video of this incident.  Officers in El Cajon, located near San Diego, answered a call about an “irrational” black man acting erratically Tuesday afternoon.  Police say they shot the man after he grabbed something from his pocket and held the object out like a gun.  Investigators say no weapon was found.

Hillary Clinton is happy with the outcome of the first presidential debate. Chatting with reporters in New York, Democrat Clinton joked that she could have done two debates. She said she is “very much looking forward” to the next two debates against Donald Trump. On the Republican side, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is a Trump adviser, says if he were Donald Trump, he would skip the next two debates with Clinton unless he got special guarantees from the moderators. Essentially, Giuliani is upset with moderator, Lester Holt of NBC News, saying he was wrong to try to fact-check Trump on his early opposition to the Iraq War and a court ruling against New York’s stop-and-frisk policy. However Trump said after the debate he felt that Holt did a “fine” job.

Someone who’s not thrilled with either candidate’s performance is San Francisco 49’ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick told reporters Tuesday that it was “embarrassing” to watch the two candidates during Monday’s presidential debate. The quarterback said both Clinton and Trump are proven liars and seemed to be debating about who is less racist.

Wells Fargo’s CEO won’t collect a paycheck while an independent investigation into the bank’s retail sales practices is going on.  John Stumpf also will forfeit equity awards worth about $41-million. The banking giant is paying $185-million to settle charges that employees opened as many as two-million accounts without customers’ knowledge.

Indianapolis Weather…

Showers this morning… scattered thunderstorms developing this afternoon…and a High of 66 degrees.

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