>>Officer Bradway Laid To Rest
“No one in this city will ever wonder whether Officer Bradway made a difference.” That’s the word from Mayor Greg Ballard, who spoke at Thursday’s funeral for the decorated fallen officer. Thousands of people from across the state gathered at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indy to pay tribute to Bradway. He was laid to rest in the “Heroes of Public Safety” section of Crown Hill Cemetery after a lengthy funeral procession that wound through the streets of the city. Bradway was killed in the line of duty last Friday and is credited for saving the life of a mother and child during his last call.
>>Man Arrested for Impersonating an Officer
A man accused of impersonating a police officer is now behind bars. Officials say 38-year-old Minh Nguyen was arrested Thursday after showing up at the northwest district roll call wearing a police uniform and badge. The northwest district is the same district where slain officer, Rod Bradway served. The man was also driving a Dodge Charger that looked like a police cruiser, complete with police scanners, a laptop computer, strobe lights and a loaded AR-15 assault rifle in the trunk.
>>Two Alarm Fire On East Side
A two alarm fire on Indianapolis’ east side is under investigation. Officials say the fire broke out Thursday evening at the vacant building that used to be Continental Metal Products. It took more than 70 firefighters about two-and-a-half hours to get the fire under control.
>>Man Found In Pond Had Dementia
Investigators say a man found dead in an apartment complex retention pond suffered from dementia. The body of 57-year-old Michael Hoffman was pulled from the water Thursday morning. Hoffman lived at the apartment complex with his brother and went for a walk Wednesday night, but never came back.
>>>Stabber Wanted to Experience Something New
The man accused of stabbing two people in Downtown Indy earlier this week says he was high on Benadryl and told police he “wanted to know what it was like to stab someone,” this according to media reports. Eric Mullen is now facing two counts of felony battery for allegedly attacking two men with a knife early Monday morning and striking a third. Initially, Mullen identified himself as 27-year-old Larry Johnson. The truth was revealed after checking his fingerprints.
>>IPS Parents Upset Over Lack of Communication
Some Indianapolis Public Schools parents are upset. Some of them say IPS failed to notify them when their kids were in a school bus accident on Wednesday evening. That crash happened around 5:30 p.m. in the 800 block of North Rural Street. A car struck that bus carrying the students from School Number 14, head-on. Eight of 16 students on the bus were taken to RileyHospital with minor injuries. One parent told The Indianapolis Star, “I just want them to communicate better.”
>>More Growth for Marian University
The welcome center at MarianUniversity is being torn down. The demolition will make way for a new nine-million-dollar student center on the northwest side campus. The student center will be called Alumni Hall. The building should open next August.
>>Indiana On Best State For Business List
Indiana is one of the top states in the country for business. Forbes Magazine ranks the Hoosier State at Number 16. The annual study looks at states’ costs, labor supply, potential growth, quality of life, government regulations and current economic climate.
>>Construction Starts On Luxury Apartments
A suburban construction project is now underway. Luxury apartments are being built in downtown Fishers. The project called “The Depot at Nickel Plate” will include 242 units that range in price from 949 dollars to 18-hundred dollars a month. The first apartments are expected to be ready for rent by Fall of 2014. The timeline for completion of the entire project is Spring 2015.
>>Fever Lose Game One
The Indiana Fever lost one on the road Thursday night. The defending champions are now down in the WNBA Eastern Conference finals, one to zip against the Atlanta Dream. The score was 84-79 in Game One of this best-of-three series where Tamika Catchings posted 21 points and seven rebounds. Game Two is Sunday at home at Bankers Life Fieldhouse at 3 p.m.
>>Colts Clash With Jags
The Indianapolis Colts will take on the Jaguars in Jacksonville on Sunday. The Colts are coming off a 27-7 win over the 49ers in San Francisco. Indy is 2-and-1 overall. The Jags have struggled out of the gate to a 0-and-3 start. Game time is 1 p.m.