We start out this National Iced Tea Day with shootings here in Indy impacting young people in our community.
Indianapolis Metro police are investigating an overnight shooting. A young man in his 20’s is the victim of a botched robbery outside fast food restaurant Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen. It happened on 16th Street and Sharon Avenue at around 3 o’clock Wednesday morning. Police say the victim was a passenger in a car outside the restaurant. He is now listed in serious condition at Eskenazi Hospital.
In another shooting incident, a 16-year-old girl is now in serious condition after being shot in a suspected home robbery attempt. Metro police say residents of a house on North State Avenue went out to confront a man they say was casing the home Tuesday night. The witnesses say they went back inside, and the suspect fired several shots through a window, hitting the girl in the chest and arm. Police have not released information about that suspect.
More than 50 employers will be waiting to see you on this ‘Hump Day’ for on-the-spot interviews at the West Side Chamber of Commerce’s “Job Fair-aganza.” Some of the companies that have signed up for today’s job fair are Coca-Cola, JW Marriott, and Target. It’s being held at the Pike Performing Arts Center at Pike High School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To improve your chances of landing your next opportunity, dress professionally and bring an up-dated resume.
Indy community and community leadership come together this evening to honor six Hoosiers who’ve made an impact on making Indy a better place and to acknowledge their lifetime achievement. It’s called Hoosier Heritage Night, which is an event that raises money for the seniors programs of Heritage Place—an organization that serves older adults with comprehensive services that encourage healthy lifestyles, quality of life and independent living. The honorees include: Mildred Ball, Retired Assistant Commissioner of the Indiana High School Athletic Association; Elaine E. Bedel, CFP and CEO/President of Bedel Financial Consulting, Inc.; Ed Delaney, Indiana State Representative for the 85th District, Attorney at DeLaney & DeLaney; Renee Jones, Retired Administrator/Director of Title I Programs, Indianapolis Public Schools; Sue Shadley, Founder, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun, LLP; and Dick Wolfsie, Broadcaster, Indiana Author, Speaker, Comedian. Dinner and awards begin tonight at 6 p.m. at the Ritz Charles in Carmel.
Famed political strategist, author and vice-chair of the Democratic National Committee, Donna Brazile reminded Hoosiers that America was all about opportunity regardless of your background and that we still have to make and take advantage of those opportunities. Speaking to a packed house Tuesday for the Indianapolis Urban League’s annual Equal Opportunity Day held downtown at the Indiana Convention Center, she hit home with various stories of her Louisiana upbringing and noted the difference between diversity and inclusion. She said “diversity is being invited to the party, inclusion is being invited to dance.” Brazile was also involved in a workshop that dealt with Indiana being a battleground state in the Religious Freedom versus LGBT-Q fight.
The NTSB confirms Wednesday morning that the engineer of the Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia was not using his cell phone at the time of the crash. The agency said analysis of Brandon Bostian’s cell phone showed no calls, texts or data usage occurred during the time he was operating the train. Eight people died and at least 200 were injured when the train derailed on May 12th.
The police chief in McKinney, Texas is now blasting the officer who has resigned just days after his now-notorious response to a disturbance at a pool party. Chief Greg Conley says former Corporal Eric Casebolt was out of control when he swore at people, threw a bikini-clad teenaged girl to the ground and pointed his gun at other teens in the Dallas suburb.
Police-violence protesters are using the high profile of the NBA Finals to make their voices heard. Earlier on Tuesday’s game day, community leaders and high profile clergy members made it official that they are bypassing prosecutors and are asking a judge to file charges against the two police officers in 12-year-old Tamir Rice’s killing. Last November, the child was playing with a realistic-looking toy gun outside a rec center when Officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback responded to the call and rolled up on the scene, shooting Rice within two seconds after arriving. The group used an often-overlooked Ohio law to also bypass both, the prosecutors and a grand jury. They’re seeking a host of charges including aggravated murder. Later around game time, dozens of people rallied and marched outside the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland to call for justice in Rice’s death at the hands of Officers Loehmann and Garmback. The protest was peaceful, but the group was threatened with arrest if they marched into certain areas. Cleveland police union leaders have responded to the moves saying that if charges are filed, those charges won’t stick at trial.
While all of this was going on outside the arena… inside, it was time to hoop and hoop, they did.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are now in the lead of the NBA Finals. It’s the first time in their franchise’s history that they’ve led in a finals series. On Tuesday night LeBron James poured in a record-making 40 points to lead the Cavs to a 96-to-91 Game Three win over the Golden State Warriors. The Cavs lead the series, two to one, heading into Thursday night’s Game Four in Cleveland.
Recovering IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe says he’s cautious about returning to the raceway. In a video released on Tuesday, Hinchcliffe says his recovery is ahead of schedule but he still needs to undergo another surgery. Hinchcliffe was involved in a serious crash during an Indianapolis 500 practice last month. He says he wants to be racing for the rest of his life but won’t be returning to the car anytime soon.
Wednesday Weather: Sunshine and a few afternoon clouds. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. It’s our first 90-degree day of the season…perfect for dipping in the pool and quenching your thirst (like a Kermit meme) on this #NationalIcedTeaDay. Today’s High… 91 degrees.
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