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Police arrest teen in shooting

(Indianapolis)  — A teenager has been arrested after a fatal shooting on the city’s eastside. Michael Evans, 31, was found shot to death in the 1800 block of Dawson Street around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. He was taken to Wishard Hospital where he died a short time later. Police questioned and arrested a 16-year-old in connection with the slaying. Investigators believe Evans and the teen were involved in some type of altercation before the shooting.  The teen has been charged with murder and carrying a handgun without a license. He was taken to the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center.

White powder found at restaurant

(Indianapolis )  — A hazmat situation turned out to be a false alarm after emergency crews were dispatched to a fast-food restaurant on the city’s southwest side Wednesday.  About 8:15 p.m. police were called to a McDonald’s restaurant in the 4900 block of Kentucky Avenue on reports of a powdery substance found in an envelope. An employee opened a roll of coins which contained a white powdery substance later determined to be talcum powder. At least one person became ill after coming in contact with substance. The restaurant was evacuated but later reopened around 9 p.m. after fire department personnel deemed the restaurant was safe for customers to re-enter.

Public safety departments admit to multi-million dollar deficit

(Indianapolis)  — The City-County Council held a special meeting Wednesday night to discuss the current budget status of both IMPD and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.  Testimony from both departments revealed that IMPD has a $12 million dollar budget crunch and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office has a deficit of more than $16 million dollars.  Earlier statements by Indianapolis Director of Public Safety Frank Straub issued a warning that funding to keep some IMPD facilities open would be gone by the end of this month. He changed that prediction last night saying funds would dry up by July. Meanwhile, Marion County Sheriff John Layton says his department has been “frugal” and cuts corners everywhere they can, adding “there are no frills and there’s no fat in this budget.” Both agencies are reviewing other cost-cutting measures including changing take home care policies  overtime for officers.

Suspected cop killer changes plea

(Indianapolis)  — A man accused of killing IMPD officer David Moore in January 2011 during a traffic stop has admitted to the crime. Thomas Hardy, 61, initially pled not guilty for shooting Moore, but yesterday, suddenly changed his plea to guilty. Hardy will be officially sentenced to life in prison without parole on April 5th. Prosecutors were seeking the death penalty.

 Guilty plea in multiple murder case entered

(Indianapolis, IN)  — A man accused of fatally shooting a family of four and their friend will spend the rest of his life in prison. David Ison, 46, was accused of killing Roy Napier, his estranged wife Angela, their two adult children Melissa and Jacob and Henry Smith last September in the city of Laurel in Franklin County. Ison pled guilty in February to the five murders and was sentenced to life in prison without parole yesterday. There was no plea agreement involved.  Ison reportedly shot the victims because over a drug deal.

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