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Man jailed after baby abduction

(Indianapolis)  —  IMPD have arrested the father of a baby after he kidnapped the infant from her home. The 1-year-old girl is safe this morning after the man, who does not have legal custody of the infant, took her from the  residence in the 1300 block of Pershing Avenue around  2 a.m. Wednesday morning.  The baby’s mother told officers the father fired a gun as he snatched the baby. He was arrested, but so far no charges have been filed.

Man electrocuted during suspected theft

(Sullivan)  —  Indiana State Police believe a man attempting to steal copper wire probably died from electrocution. The man’s body was found by a groundskeeper at the  Indiana-Michigan Power Plant.  An autopsy will be performed today to determine the cause of death. His name has not been released by authorities.

Homicide officers investigating womans’ death

(Indianapolis) — IMPD says an African-American female in her 40s died from gunshot wounds last night.  Officers were dispatched to a home in the 400 block of Rybolt around 11:15 p.m. last night on reports of shots fired.   The victim was taken to Methodist Hospital where she died a short time later. Police have arrested a suspect. The victim’s name has not been released.

Caldwell responds to firing 

(Indianapolis)  —  Former Indianapolis Colts head coach Jim Caldwell has commented publicly on his release from the head position with the team. He thanked team owner Jim Irsay and the organization for their confidence in him during his time as coach and said he was “blessed” to be a part of the Colts coaching staff for many years. The Colts finished 2-14 this season under Caldwell who took the team to the Super Bowl in his first season as head coach, but the team suffered without star quarterback Peyton Manning this season. Former Colts head coach Tony Dungy, whom Caldwell served as assistant coach from 2002 to 2008, says he was shocked when he heard about Caldwell’s firing. Dungy said it’s unfortunate that the business has turned to having a “what have you done for me lately” mentality. 

Downtown street closures start ahead of Super Bowl 46

(Indianapolis)  —  Work begins today on the construction of the Super Bowl Village in downtown Indianapolis meaning some streets will be restricted or off-limits.  Capitol Avenue will shut down through February 10th from Maryland to South Street, while restrictions will be placed on Capitol between Ohio and Maryland Streets. Georgia Street will be closed starting today, and South Street will close on January 22nd from Capitol Avenue to Missouri Street.

Security will increase leading to Super Bowl 46

(Indianapolis)  —  Security is being tightened around the city leading up to Super  Bowl 46. IMPD says additional security cameras have been posted throughout downtown and they have established new phone lines that can handle text messages from people if they see anything they believe police need to know about.  Super Bowl 46 will take place February 5th at Lucas Oil Stadium.

House Democrats plan to fight fines 

(Indianapolis)  —  As promised, House Speaker Brian Bosma began fining absent Indiana House Democrats for missing yesterday’s session, however,  Democrats say they will fight the $1000 dollar per day fines. The minority party is continuing to protest right to work legislation and say they will go to court if necessary.  Bosma is calling the Democrat’s boycott a delaying tactic and says he is tired of the Democrat’s games. But Democrats are pushing to put right to work on the November ballot for voters to decide instead of the legislation being voted upon in the Statehouse.

Meeting over licensing deregulation draws attendees

(Indianapolis) — Messiah Missionary Baptist Church was the site last night for discussion about proposed legislation to do away with licensing for workers in the beauty and barber industries. Licensing for security guards, private investigators, dieticians and the boards which regulates all of these professions would be removed under House Bill 1006 which was proposed recently by Representative David Wolkins (R-18).  A public hearing regarding the proposed legislation is scheduled for Friday at 10:30am in room 156B in the basement of the Statehouse.  

Pence leads in fundraising in the race for governor

(Indianapolis)  —  “The Indianapolis Star” is reporting this morning that campaign finance documents show Congressman Mike Pence is leading his competitors in campaign funds. Pence raised more than $5 million dollars last year and his campaign currently has $3.7 million dollars in the bank.  Democrat John Gregg has $1.24 million dollars in his campaign account.  The Indiana Election Division had a filing deadline of noon yesterday for the funds.  Numbers for Libertarian candidate Rupert Boneham and Republican Jim Wallace were not available.