Indy News: Purdue Investigating Campus Hate Crimes; Former Cop Sentenced to Home Detention

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Purdue Investigating Campus Hate Crimes

Police at Purdue University are investigating a possible hate crime that happened on the West Lafayette campus yesterday morning.

Someone wrote a racial slur and drew a picture depicting a stick figure body hanging from a tree on a placard in front of a residence Hall.

Police said Tuesday’s incident is being investigated as a hate crime.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels said bigotry and hate will not be tolerated on campus.

 

Woman Drops of 23 Cats to Humane Society

The Humane Society for Hamilton County is asking for help after a woman dropped off 23 cats to the shelter Tuesday.

Turns out, the woman’s landlord thought she only had two cats, and more than 20 was a problem.

The Humane Society now has cage after cage of the woman’s cats, from newborns on up, and now they all need new homes.

Eight of the cats were placed in foster homes Tuesday.

 

Power Back On After Afternoon Outage

More than 28,000 customers were without power at the peak of a widespread outage on Indianapolis’ northwest side yesterday.

IPL Officials said that a static line, meant to protect utility lines, near Lafayette Road and 18th Street, was damaged somehow, causing the sudden outages.

The issue was fixed, and power was restored just after 3:30.

 

Former Indianapolis Cop Sentenced to Home Detention

A former Indianapolis police officer who had been drinking when he hit a construction worker and left the scene has been sentenced to home detention.

In June 2012, 59 year old Michael Rinehart, sideswiped 48 year old construction worker Billy Thompson, along a contruction zone along 16th Street in Speedway, At the time of the accident, Rinehart was already on suspension from the police department for drinking on duty.

Rinehart was sentenced to 60 days on home detention and  must also pay restitution to Thompson.

 

No Military Flyover at 2013 Indy 500

The military won’t provide a flyover for the Indianapolis 500 due to the sequester woes, but the Speedway promises fans won’t be disappointed.

IMS officials said they are in talks with three organizations to possibly provide a non-military flyover for the May 26 race.

The military has also informed IMS that it also will not be providing members of the armed services to be on hand for the ceremony prior to the race.

 

“Fish Bowl” Owner Reaches Deal with City

A pet shop owner has reached an agreement with the city.

Bill Houston had operated The Fish Bowl for more than 40 years. The agreement calls for Houston to forfeit all his animals to Animal Care and Control.

In exchange, a judge lowered Houston’s fines from $33,000 to $216, including court costs.

Animal Care and Control officers raided the shop last month, citing dirty conditions and poor treatment of animals.  Houston would still be permitted to sell pet supplies and equipment

 

Franklin College Student Robbed at Knifepoint

New This Morning, Franklin police are looking for a man who robbed a Franklin College student at knifepoint on campus last night.

Officers were called around 9:35 after a 19-year-old woman reported that a man punched her in the face as she went outside.

The man was described as white, in his mid-20s to early 30s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a dark goatee beard.

The victim suffered cuts on her neck and stomach, along with a swollen right eye.

Police asked anyone with information to call Sgt. John Borges at 317-346-1142.

 

Maya Angelou Not Coming To Indy

Poet Maya Angelou is canceling Thursday’s appearance at Butler University.  Officials say she was in the hospital earlier this week and will be recovering at home in North Carolina.

Angelou was scheduled to speak as part of the Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series.

 

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