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Good day to you as early voting continues here in Indiana.

The owner of a Fishers-based landscaping company is now accused of defrauding the federal healthcare system. Prosecutors say Mainscape CEO Dave Mazanowski was a willing accomplice in a $16 million fraud and kickback scheme orchestrated by former American Senior Communities CEO James Burkhart. Federal authorities arrested Burkhart and several other accomplices Wednesday morning. Court documents indicate that between 2009 and July 2015, Mainscape inflated landscaping invoices, which were paid by ASC with Medicare and Medicaid funds. Prosecutors say about $400,000 was funneled through a shell company owned by Burkhart’s brother, while $195,000 went to Burkhart and Mainscape.

ASC says they’re grateful to the federal agencies whose work led to the indictment and that they’ve actively cooperated and will continue to. In a statement released Wednesday morning they said, “ASC was the victim of a betrayal of trust by two of its former officers.”

A lot of people want to get their ballot cast in the 2016 election. Election officials here in Marion County and in Hamilton County, to the north of Indy, say they saw a large turnout for the first day of early voting on Wednesday. Marion County’s clerk said they saw 987 voters. Hamilton County reported 894 voters. Officials in both counties said they saw hundreds more voters than the last Presidential election.

One person is behind bars after Indianapolis Metro Police Department officers found a large marijuana plant growing in her backyard. Police say on Tuesday, they went to a house in the 2200 block of North Capital Avenue to serve a felony warrant and while surrounding the home, found the pot plant. A hydroponic lab was discovered inside the house, along with marijuana being processed for sale and four firearms. The suspect, Linda Glover, was arrested and now faces drug charges.

Members of the Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood Association and the Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition will join with other city officials Thursday morning at 10 am at the Martin Luther King Community Center to mark one year of zero homicides in that neighborhood. You’ll recall an isolated violence streak broke out in the neighborhood over a year ago. Several of the homicide victim’s families are scheduled to attend. The King Center is located at 40 W. 40th Street.

Mike Pence says people of faith can’t sit on the sidelines in November. Pence campaigned in Virginia Wednesday, appearing at Liberty University to plead with Christian voters not to abandon Trump. Many social conservatives are furious with Trump about his comments about women and his behavior before running for the White House. Pence says Trump’s shortcomings shouldn’t keep voters from the polls next month.

Condolences to the Hampton family…word comes today that the last of the famous jazz performing family and Indiana Avenue staples, The Hampton Sisters has died. According to The Indianapolis Star, Dawn Hampton died in her apartment in New York City on September 25. She was known for her saxophone, her vocals and her diva dancing moves. She was still actively dancing up until her death. Dawn Hampton was age 88. There’s a beautiful piece about her by Will Higgins in today’s edition of the Star. Click to read it and click her name to see her perform.

National…

Hillary Clinton says Republicans are pursuing a “scorched earth” campaign in the last weeks of the election. At a rally in Colorado, the Democratic candidate said she’s trying to “stay out of all the meanness” from Donald Trump’s campaign. Clinton mocked protesters at the rally, saying, “You do have to feel a little sorry for them, they’ve had a rough couple of weeks.” Trump meanwhile is demanding the New York Times retract and apologize for the article published last night quoting women who say he groped or kissed them without permission.

Boston police say two officers have been shot.  The officers were shot in East Boston Wednesday night after responding to a call of a person with a gun.  At least one suspect is in custody.

An autopsy shows a black man killed by police in North Carolina was shot once in the back. The deadly shooting of Keith Lamont Scott last month sparked nights of protests and unrest in Charlotte.  The Washington Post has reported that the autopsy commissioned by Scott’s family showed that he was hit by four bullets. The shots that killed him were one to the abdomen and another to the back. Another two shots hit him near his left hand.  Police claim Scott was armed with a gun when he was killed, but his family has denied that he had a weapon.

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Thomas Mikal Ford. the actor best known as “Tommy” on the 90’s sitcom “Martin” died Wednesday of a stomach aneurysm at age 52. He was surrounded by family at the time of his passing.

Sports…

The Cubs will find out tonight who their opponent will be in the National League Championship Series. The Dodgers and Nationals will be facing off in Game Five of their NL Division Series. Game 1 is Saturday.

Indianapolis Weather…

Cloudy skies early, followed by partial clearing. High: 62 degrees.

VOTE!  **Early voting continues today in Indiana. Marion County residents can cast ballots at the Indianapolis City-County Building in the clerk’s office on the first floor.**

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