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Lawrence Officer Suspended for Alcohol in System

Another policeman has been suspended for having alcohol in his system. Lawrence Police Officer Gustavo Canas was given a blood test Thursday after his supervisor smelled alcohol on his breath during his shift. He tested point-zero-two. Deputy Chief Curtis Bigsbee said Canas wasn’t drunk, but the department has a zero tolerance policy.

 Nighttime Pharmacy Robbery Spree

Metro police are searching for a suspect after he robbed a couple of pharmacies Thursday night.  The first store was CVS on North Michigan Road around 9 p.m. and about 20 minutes later, CVS on Georgetown Road. According to reports, the suspect demanded prescription drugs and implied he had a gun. In both instances, he was wearing a gray Kentucky Wildcats hooded sweatshirt and black sweat pants. The suspect got away with about 1700 Percocet pills. If you have any information, contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477). Callers can also text “INDYCS” plus tip information to 274627 (CRIMES).

Program Helps You Protect Your Neighborhood

The Band of Neighbors program is helping families protect their neighborhoods. The project was developed by Angie’s List and the Department of Public Safety. Residents can post e-mail alerts online regarding suspicious activity. IMPD Lieutenant Chris Bailey said, quote, “We can’t be everywhere all the time. We need our neighbors to be our eyes and ears in their community.”

Another Spring Mill Home Invasion Suspect Wanted By Police

IMPD is requesting your help to locate a suspect in the Spring Mill home invasion robbery. They’re looking for 20-year-old Tiawan Lundy. He’s described as a black male, 6-feet tall, about 145-pounds with hazel/brown eyes and short black curly hair. Through their investigation, Lundy is now wanted on multiple charges in connection to the case including burglary, robbery and criminal confinement. If you spot him, police say he is to be considered armed and dangerous. Call them at 262-TIPS (8477). You can also text “INDYCS” plus your tip info to 274627 (CRIMES).

IMPD Chief Gives Real Crime and Safety Tips

IMPD Chief Rick Hite tells us his department is working diligently to curb crime in Indy and what appears to be a recent rash of home invasions.  He says they saw data that homicides and violent crime were rising, so they put together a crime reduction plan that has been effective in lowering crime across the metro area.  Hite says crime is down according to the numbers but the public’s perception is up.  Hite offered some safety tips– challenge people when they knock on your door, know who you are letting in,  do preventative things like keep your garage doors down, doors locked and check on the most vulnerable—women, children and seniors.

Arrest Made in Shooting of Man Who Tried to Drive to Hospital

Police have made an arrest in the murder of a man who was shot and then tried to drive himself to the hospital. Wilbur Martin has been arrested for allegedly shooting Justin Cole Wednesday night on Indy’s east side. Cole was then found in a van on Interstate 70 after getting into an accident. He died later at IU-MethodistHospital.

Indiana 4th Graders Fourth in the Nation for Math, But Disparity Looms

Indiana fourth graders are now fourth in the country in math scores…this according to new data released yesterday by the U.S. Department of Education. Overall, both fourth and eighth graders in the state showed improvement in their math and reading scores. Nationally scores improved as well, but what’s startling is the gap between white and African American students is still wide.

Impact of Food Stamp Cuts

Cuts to the food stamp program are causing eleven-million meals to disappear from tables in Indiana. Food banks are struggling to keep shelves stocked as lines get longer. Charitable organizations are distributing food as soon as they get donations. The situation could get a lot worse for families because Congress is thinking about additional cuts to the program. This will increase the demand on the Mozell Sanders Annual Thanksgiving Dinner. The Radio-thon is November 15 and 16 at Lafayette Square and Circle Center Malls.  Keep listening to learn how you can donate or volunteer.

Veteran’s Day is Monday

Monday is Veterans Day with ceremonies, concerts, and speeches to honor all members of the armed forces. You can get a head start in Indy by attending the Stars and Stripes Ball tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Indiana War Memorial. Prizes will be awarded to people dressed in period clothing. For more info call 317-633-1861.