Hazardous working conditions alleged at city morgue
(Indianapolis) — Graphic video taken last month by an employee of the Marion County morgue and sent to WRTV-Channel 6 has many asking what exactly is going on there. The 60-second long video shows exposed limbs and decomposed bodies inside of the morgue’s refrigerated storage vault. A letter sent with the video said some bodies have been at the morgue for more than a year and that leaking blood and bodily fluids on the floor are creating an unsafe and unsanitary working environment. Chief Coroner Alfarena Ballew admits the morgue smells bad due to decomposed bodies but maintains the vault is cleaned daily and the morgue meets the National Association of Medical Examiners standards. She acknowledges that two bodies have been at the morgue for more than a year; one is the body of an unidentified man and the other has not been claimed by next of kin.
Police investigating shooting
(Indianapolis) — IMPD are investigating the cit’s latest shooting. Around 3:45 p.m. thursday afternoon officers were dispatched to the 3500 block of North Chester Avenue on reports of shots fired. Upon arrival, police found a 31-year-old man with multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to Wishard Hospital where he was last listed in critical condition. Witnessess reported seeing the victim talking to a man in a white Chevrolet Suburban SUV with tinted windows before the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 262-TIPS.
Coliseum to get a makeover
(Indianapolis) — The State Fair Commission voted Thursday to move forward with a $3.8 million plan to renovate the Pepsi Coliseum. Built in 1939, the facility currently sears 8000 people but the makeover will allow for almost 1000 additional seats. Funding for the project will be reimbursed through tax incremental financing. The coliseum is expected to be completed in 2014.