Get In the Know With Kim’s Thursday News & Headlines
Happy Throw-Back Thursday to you on this annual Great American Smokeout Day!
Another shooting on at an American college leaves a campus community in chaos. At least two people are in the hospital this Thursday morning, one is in critical condition and the other is stable after an overnight shooting in the library at Florida State University. The gunman is dead. Tallahassee police say at least one officer shot back when the gunman fired at police. FSU’s president says the campus is now safe with no further threats after the incident. Classes and exams at the university are cancelled today. For the latest updates, click HERE.
Back here at home...
Concerns over heat sources as Hoosiers try to stay warm. An apartment complex on the city’s north side that’s been without heat for a week is being ordered to fix the problem immediately. A complaint against Glendower Apartments was filed with the Marion County Health Department yesterday. Meanwhile, tenants say they have been doing everything they can to stay warm, including using their stove tops and ovens. Indianapolis Fire Department officials say those are improper heating methods and strongly discourage using them.
One man is in custody after a standoff with an IMPD SWAT team on the Eastside. It lasted nearly five hours last night when the man barricaded himself into a bedroom at a home on East 10th and North Oxford Streets. Police were worried the man was suicidal and he threatened to shoot any officers who entered. Police say a SWAT team managed to get in and apprehend him without any injuries.
Dozens of Purdue students are victims of what police call a drunken tire slasher. Lafayette police arrested Theophilus Johnson, 19, Wednesday after someone spotted him slashing a tire at around 2 a.m. They say he was intoxicated and slashed nearly 70 tires in a spree throughout two blocks in West Lafayette.
The teenager who opened fire on his Arsenal Tech High School girlfriend is heading back to court today. William Alvies faces several charges including attempted murder, stalking, and criminal recklessness. In June, Alvies allegedly fired at his girlfriend six times, hitting her once in the shoulder. Since then, she has recovered from her injuries. At the time of the shooting, the girl reportedly had a restraining order against him because she said Alvies had threatened to kill her in a series of text messages.
A public memorial service will be held Sunday for Abdul-Rahman “Peter” Kassig, the Indianapolis native killed by ISIS. A family spokesman says it’ll take place at Clowes Memorial Hall at 5 p.m. and will be lead by Christian and Muslim faith leaders. A Muslim funeral service will be held Friday at the Al Huda Foundation, followed by another funeral on Saturday at the Muslim Alliance of Indiana.
Applications are being accepted for Indiana’s pilot preschool program until December 15th. There are about 400 openings available in four of the state’s largest counties, including Marion. The “On My Way Pre-K” is available to households with incomes below 127-percent of the federal poverty level. Children must turn four by the time they enroll in pre-k classes in August.
Police are concerned about a powerful form of marijuana that’s been popping up in Bartholomew County. It’s called wax because of its appearance and has a strong THC concentration that delivers a quicker, longer-lasting high. Police say the drug is manufactured with a highly flammable solvent that can cause explosions, and can cause paranoia and hallucinations.
President Obama will unveil a major executive order on immigration reform tonight. The primetime speech is set to start at 8 p.m., Eastern time. In a video statement on Facebook, Obama said the nation’s immigration system is broken and the problem has been allowed to fester for too long.
This week’s historic snow levels in places like Buffalo, New York could lead to another weather-related headache next week in the form of flooding. The snow continues to fall, with two to three more feet expected today, in parts of upstate New York that already have about six feet of dense powder, but the National Weather Service says temperatures could turn springlike sometime on Saturday. All that snowmelt has to go somewhere, so people in the region can expect flooded creeks, streams and rivers. Expect a warm-up here in Indiana too. Authorities say, so far, at least seven deaths have been blamed on the extreme winter weather.
A nation still anxiously awaits a decision out of suburban St. Louis. There’s a report that a grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri could come down as early as Friday. CNN reports the grand jury hearing evidence in the officer shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown will meet Friday for what may be their final session. The report cites law enforcement officials briefed on the plan as saying the grand jury’s decision could come that same day.
The husband of ABC news anchor, Diane Sawyer, is dead. Mike Nichols, the legendary director of film, theater and television died Wednesday at the age of 83. Nichols’ death was described as sudden by ABC News President James Golston, who announced the news in a statement. He is survived by Sawyer, three children and four grandchildren.
There’s more fallout for Bill Cosby over the sexual assault allegations against the comedy legend. TV Land has now reportedly yanked plans for a “Cosby Show” marathon that was supposed to run over the Thanksgiving holiday.
The Pacers are celebrating their buzzer beating win over the Charlotte Hornets Wednesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Solomon Hill made a basket as time expired, giving Indiana the 88-to-86 win. The game marked Lance Stephenson’s first trip back to Indy and his old stomping grounds since signing with Charlotte in July.
A fan-favorite school of the Circle City Classic is in the Hoosier State Thursday night to take on the Boilermakers, but on the hardwoods. Grambling State meets Purdue in Mackey Arena for some college hoops. The Boilermakers are coming off a win for tonight’s match-up against the Tigers. They beat IUPUI on Sunday.
With winter weather already here, so are the dangers of frostbite. Doctors say fingers, toes, ears and nose are the most common areas to get frostbite which can happen pretty quickly. They advise once you feel the symptoms, do everything you can to warm up within reason. If your skin turns white, black or hard, call 911.
Sunny to partly cloudy on this chilly Thursday. High of 29 degrees.
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