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Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett says immigrants and refugees are welcome here in this city, but stopped short of declaring Indy as a sanctuary city. Hogsett joined Jewish, Muslim and Christian faith leaders Sunday at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church to discuss ways to protect those that think they’re targeted by President Donald Trump’s executive orders. He vowed that no one in Indy would be stripped of their privileges that are “rightly secured to them as members of this community.” The Indianapolis Congregation Action Network, a faith-oriented grassroots group, organized the faith-based community event.
Two undocumented immigrants that fled from an Indiana state trooper are now behind bars. Officials say the Hispanic males were apprehended on Sunday after police received a tip that they’d been seen at a Cloverdale restaurant. The men fled after being pulled over Saturday in Putnam County. Six other immigrants were also detained.
The search is still on for a five-month-old baby boy who is missing from here in Indianapolis. Police are on the lookout. They say he was abducted by his own mother. Officials say Parker Williams was taken last Wednesday by Regina Williams, who is believed to have fled to nearby Louisville, Kentucky. The child is a ward of the state and his mom has an open warrant for child neglect. An AMBER Alert hasn’t been issued because the case doesn’t meet the criteria.
A driver has been critically hurt after being ejected from a car after a rear-end interstate collision. This happened early Monday morning around 2:30 a.m. on eastbound I-465 just east of Michigan Road according to WTHR-TV. The car was pushed from the road in this impact. The driver was taken by ambulance to St. Vincent Hospital on West 86th Street. So was another person, who was in the other vehicle. That second vehicle flipped with three people inside. Police believe alcohol played a role.
A tip to Indianapolis Metro Police is being credited for a dozen arrests. Chief Bryan Roach says Friday night, there were simultaneous raids on two homes, including one on the east side known as “The Candy Store.” There, officers arrested ten people and confiscated several guns, drugs and more than four-thousand-dollars in cash. Two other arrests were made at a home on North Oxford Street.
A state of emergency is in effect as a spillway on a northern California dam is near collapse. Public safety officials have ordered the evacuations of almost 200,000 people amid concerns the Oroville Dam’s crumbling emergency spillway could unleash floodwaters on areas below. Highways were jammed with bumper-to-bumper traffic on Sunday as people downstream from the earthen dam scrambled to higher ground.
North Korea says this weekend’s ballistic missile test went as planned. The country’s state-run news agency says leader Kim Jong Un personally oversaw the test of a new medium-to-long range missile early Sunday. The test came as President Donald Trump was hosting the Japanese prime minister at his Mar-a-lago estate in Florida.
President Trump will host Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House today. Trump has often talked about wanting to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico. NAFTA was ratified in the 1990s
A Democratic senator says he’s worried that President Trump is mentally ill and that some Republicans share his concern. Minnesota Senator Al Franken told to CNN’s “State of the Union” show on Sunday that he and a few Republican senators have taken note that Trump, “lies a lot, that he says things that aren’t true.” He took special note that Trump’s behavior just is “not the norm for a President of the United States or actually for a human being.” Franken was referring to Trump’s unfounded claims of massive voter fraud. A number of Democrats and Republicans have questioned Trump’s fitness to serve as President, but Franken appears to be the first to go out there publicly and question his mental health.
One of America’s largest cheese makers is recalling multiple products. Sargento Foods announced this weekend that packages of its Longhorn Colby cheese and shredded nacho cheese are being pulled due to “a potential contamination of Listeria.” Check your fridge. Products also include sliced Colby-Jack, sliced Pepper Jack, shredded Taco cheese and more. Listeria is a serious infection, with symptoms ranging from fever, muscle aches and diarrhea.
If you’ve eaten in Arby’s lately this may concern you. More than 350,000 people nationwide may be affected by a data breach at the roast beef fast food chain. A spokesman says malware was used to target personal information when customers used a debit or credit card at the cash register. The breach happened between October 25, 2016 and January 19 of this year. Only company-owned restaurants were affected, not its franchises.
Big names joined forces to honor the late Prince on Sunday night at the Grammy Awards. The tribute included Bruno Mars dressed in purple sequins like the late pop star–smiling and playing a white guitar as he sang his way through a version of “Lets Go Crazy.” The arrangement began with Prince’s “Purple Rain” co-stars Morris Day and The Time breaking out hits like “Jungle Love,” and “The Bird.” The audience was rocking. Grammys host James Corden could be seen dancing in the crowd during the tribute.
Adele went five for five, walking away from this year’s Grammy Awards with a win in each category she was nominated in…oftentimes beating out Beyonce. The British songstress broke down during her acceptance speech for Album of the Year for her album “25.” She gave Beyonce a shout out in the crowd and told her that “Lemonade” should’ve won Album of the Year. Bey didn’t walk away empty handed nor did the late David Bowie who was recognized posthumously. Plus, Indy’s own Joey + Rory won too –nearly one-year after Joey Feek’s death. See which artists won in their categories by clicking HERE.
One stand-out that we want to mention is Chance the Rapper. He is the winner of this year’s Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, “Coloring Book.” The 23-year-old from the south side of Chicago also took home the Grammy for Best New Artist. He thanked God, his mom and dad and his newborn baby girl. He also performed with gospel artists and Grammy-winners Sunday night, Kirk Franklin (who is on his way to Indy to speak later this month) and Tamela Mann.
And as folks we stirring early Sunday to get ready for the Grammys, the music world learned it had lost another legend. Jazz vocalist Al Jarreau died at the age of 76. On Sunday, the singer’s manager told Ebony magazine Jarreau passed away — just days after announcing he’s retiring from touring. The Milwaukee native is best known for the ’80s hit singles “We’re in This Love Together” and the theme song from the Bruce Willis-Cybill Shepherd TV series “Moonlighting.” His memorial services will be small and private. In lieu of flowers, his family is asking fans to support music education, through the Wisconsin Foundation For School Music. Click HERE to donate in Jarreau’s honor.
A three-game skid. After a pretty bad weekend, that’s what the Pacers hope to end, as they host the San Antonio Spurs tonight at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. They’re just 29-and-25 on the year. The Pacers meet up against the Cavaliers again this week, on Wednesday, before the NBA All-Star break. The weekend’s events tip on Friday. Tonight’s center court showdown is at 7 p.m. Eastern.
Two huge storm systems are threatening to unleash on a major patch of the country stretching from New England to the Southwest. As much as two feet of snow could fall on the New England coast alone.
While the snow is set to dump out east, here in Indy, expect skies to be mostly clear today. Sunshine…and a High of 47 degrees.