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We’re exactly one week from the polls opening on Election Day, with early voting continuing strong, and there’s been a break and arrest in a major criminal investigation involving the killing of one man in a quiet community and the shooting of two police stations in the city.

A man arrested following a standoff with Indianapolis Metro Police may be responsible for a number of shootings in the area. Police officials say Damoine Wilcoxson barricaded himself and his seven-month-old son inside an east side apartment Monday as officers tried to serve him a warrant. He later surrendered, but before he did, the level of danger ticked up dramatically when Wilcoxson fired several shots at those officers. The officers didn’t shoot back because of the child inside.  Investigators believe Wilcoxson is responsible for the murder of an 82-year-old Zionsville man that rocked that community in September and for two brazen October shootings aimed at IMPD district headquarters.

IMPD investigators are asking for your help in finding a missing 13-year-old. Family members say they haven’t seen Mackenzie Eckert since Sunday night. Police describe Eckert as five-foot-four, 180 pounds, with blond hair and hazel eyes. IMPD investigators say anyone who’s seen Eckert needs to call the police immediately.

Evan Bayh and Todd Young are in a dead heat for Indiana’s open U.S. Senate seat.  A new Monmouth University poll shows the two candidates tied with 45 percent of the vote to replace retiring Senator Dan Coats.  The poll also shows GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump regaining strength since mid-October.  And, in the governor’s race, Democratic candidate John Gregg leads Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb 48 percent to 42 percent.

With just one-week to go until Hoosier voters head to the polls, IMPD says they’ll be ready to help if it’s needed. Major Rick Riddle told FOX 59, there won’t be a heavy police presence in uniform, but polling sites will be monitored by plainclothes officers. IMPD says it isn’t aware of any specific threats at any of Marion County’s nearly 400 polling sites.

Old National Bank is closing eleven branches across the state, including here in Indianapolis. The local branches slated to close are located at 6135 North College Avenue and 1510 West Southport Road.  The information was released at part of the bank’s third-quarter earnings report.  The changes are expected to take place in spring 2017. The College Avenue location was known for its community room that community members and non-profits used regularly. So that will be a blow to the Broad Ripple neighborhood.


The death toll has risen to at least six people after a school bus crashed into a commuter bus Tuesday morning in Baltimore. Police say no children were on the school bus at the time of the crash. Images from the scene show the front end of that bus crumpled into the driver’s side of the other bus.  In addition to the deaths, authorities say they’re dealing with “significant injuries.”

A mass transit strike is in full effect Tuesday after the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and the Transport Workers Union failed to reach an agreement. The strike will impact bus, trolley, and subway transportation for roughly 900,000 daily riders. Some observers are saying this strike may also have an impact on the voting turnout at the polls for this year’s general election.

The Pennsylvania Democratic Party is suing Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. The lawsuit was filed on Sunday in Philadelphia. It claims that the Trump campaign plans to use volunteer observers to “threaten, intimidate and thereby prevent minority voters in urban neighborhoods from voting in the 2016 election”—an action also known as “suppression.” Trump’s campaign says the lawsuit is “long on rhetoric, short on substance.”

In nearby Ohio, Ohio Governor John Kasich is making good on his promise not to vote for Republican nominee Donald Trump. According to, the governor and former GOP presidential candidate wrote in Arizona Senator John McCain’s name for president.

With the election just one week out both presidential candidates are fighting for votes. Hillary Clinton is blitzing the battleground state of Florida with events in Tampa, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale. Donald Trump is teaming up with his running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, today for rallies in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Trump is also expected to make a speech today about Obamacare.

Open enrollment begins today for the Affordable Care Act health insurance plans. To be eligible for insurance by January 1, 2017, you’ll have to sign up for coverage by the 15th of December of this year. Enrolling in an individual health insurance plan may be a little trickier than last year with an estimated one million people having to choose a new insurer because their current carrier will be exiting the Obamacare exchanges.

Interim DNC Chair Donna Brazile is no longer a contributor at CNN.  A hacked email released by WIkileaks revealed she had passed along a debate question to the Hillary Clinton campaign during the presidential primary debates.  Another email leaked shows she passed along at least two questions.  CNN says it never gave her the questions and is uncomfortable with what they’ve learned about her actions.  Brazile thanked CNN on Twitter Monday and wished her former colleagues well. The network says it accepted her resignation October 14.

A deadly explosion in the largest fuel pipeline in the U.S. is already driving up gas prices.  This morning, gasoline futures reached their highest level since June.  And disruptions caused by the blast are expected to lead to gasoline shortages and higher prices in the South and along the East.

A jury is close to being seated for the trial of South Carolina police officer Michael Slager. Nearly 200 potential jurors were questioned Monday and the full jury is expected to be seated over the next few days. Slager is charged with murder in connection with the deadly shooting of an unarmed African-American man following a traffic stop in April 2015.

Bill Cosby is due in court today as the pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case begins in suburban Philadelphia.  The comedian is charged with sexually assaulting former Temple University women’s basketball team official Andrea Constand at his home nearly 15 years ago. Constand accuses Cosby of giving her pills that made her dizzy and weak, then assaulting her.

In Sports…

The Pacers are 1-and-2 following a loss in Chicago on Saturday.  But they’ll be back in action tonight hosting the Lakers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m. Eastern.

Play ball! The World Series is back in Cleveland for tonight’s Game Six at Progressive Field. The Cubs took the win 3-2 in Game Five on Sunday at legendary Wrigley Field to give the hometown fans a moment, keeping hope alive by staving off elimination from the championships. The Indians lead the best-of-seven series three-games-to-two.


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