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As Pope Francis prepares to speak to a joint meeting of Congress this morning in Washington DC, before heading off to New York City later today, here in Indy we’re dealing with the latest rash of crime that’s affecting victims who’re younger and younger.
Two teens are recovering from gunshot wounds on this Thursday. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officer Christopher Wilburn says they were shot on the far westside of town yesterday outside West Lake Apartments on Beachview Drive.
One of the teens was hit in the abdomen, while the other was struck in the chest. Wilburn says police don’t know why they were shot or what led up to the shooting but they do know this incident wasn’t random. He says they were targeted. Apparently the “no snitch” policy of the streets is in effect in this case. Neither victim is said to be cooperating with officers. ,
Other area teens are also linked to a growing rash of pharmacy robberies. IMPD says an eleven-year-old boy was arrested Tuesday after he tried to hold-up the Walgreens at 52nd and Keystone Avenue. Earlier that day, a teenager robbed another Walgreens on West 86th Street. IMPD says at least seven reported robberies or attempted robberies in the past 24-hours have involved suspects age 18 and younger.
A new trial is now ordered for a 17-year-old rape suspect after a jury failed to reach a verdict on two charges. Jabril Scrubbs stands accused of sexually assaulting a classmate at Lawrence Central High School last year. He says the sex was consensual. On Wednesday, a jury was unable to reach a verdict on those two charges—rape and criminal confinement. In an unrelated case, Scrubbs also faces a murder charge in the killing of another teenager. That victim is 16-year-old James Johnson.
IMPD is investigating five vehicles broken into at a northwest side church. Officials say they were parked at the Peniel Evangelical Church on West 56th Street Wednesday morning when they were ransacked. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.
If you live on Indy’s northeast side in the area of Evanston and 44th Street, this story directly affects you and your family’s health. EPA representatives are meeting with people who live there in that area affected by the Keystone Corridor Ground Water Contamination Superfund site. Residents say their water is so contaminated they can’t drink it. Representatives are at the Marion County Health Department on Meadows Drive until Friday to talk to people. Make the time to stop by.
The man accused of stealing a 500 Festival pace car plans to plead guilty. Dillon Mitchell is accused of taking the car from inside the Bill Estes Chevrolet dealership and driving it through the glass front door. Police say it left thousands of dollars in damage to the dealership and destroyed the $50,000 car. Mitchell is expected to enter his plea next month.
Pope Francis speaks to a joint session of Congress this morning. He’ll be entering the history books as the first Pope ever to do so. Democrats hope to hear strong statements from the Pontiff on immigration and climate change, while Republicans hope to hear him speak out against abortion and same-sex marriage. Regardless of what’s in Francis’ speech, he has been busy making an impact on history during his first trip to the U.S. The Pope visited Washington DC’s Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. While there, he canonized the 18th century missionary Father Junipero Serra. It’s the first time a person has been made a saint on American soil. Pope Francis quoted Serra, telling the thousands of worshipers on hand to “keep moving forward” in their faith. As he continues his American visit, Francis is cementing his legend as “the People’s Pope.” He’s expected to stop by Washington’s St. Patrick Catholic Church, after his meeting with lawmakers, to help feed the homeless. Catholic Charities says the Pope will meet with clients and staff and bless the food being provided for hundreds of homeless men, women and children. The organization has launched a new program to end poverty and hunger…#End45.
I spent some time talking with Catholic Charities about the effort in preparation for Pope Francis’ arrival. Listen to my interview below:
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The White House is urging lawmakers to work out a deal to avoid a government shutdown. The federal government runs out of money at month’s end without a bipartisan agreement to extend funding. With only days to go, some Republicans want to link budget talks with efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, and that’s a no-can-do for Democrats. Lawmakers have been warned to be on their best behavior today during the Pope’s visit to the Hill.
Health officials are reporting a third death from salmonella-tainted cucumbers grown in Mexico. Those deaths happened in Arizona, California, and Texas since a cucumber recall began early this month. The CDC now says the contaminated cucumbers were likely distributed in 33 states, not the 24 states originally reported at the start of the recall. Indiana is not on the list, however our neighbors, Illinois and Kentucky are.
The Fever dropped Game One of the WNBA Eastern Conference finals against the New York Liberty on the road Wednesday night. The score was 84-67. The ladies couldn’t mount a rally after halftime to any effect. Down by six at the break, the Fever were held to seven points in the third quarter. Shenise Johnson was the Fever’s only double-digit scorer with 12 points. The ladies will get another chance this weekend. Game Two of the best of three series is Sunday at home at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Colts will hit the road to take on the Tennessee Titans on Sunday at Nissan Stadium. The Colts are 0-and-2 on the season and are in the hunt for their first win. Their record so far puts the team in slight panic mode after entering the season as playoff favorites. Colts Quarterback, Andrew Luck thinks getting over the hump will be a “tough nut to crack on the road” because they’ve got tough division games ahead. Those division opponents in their next three games include the Titans, who are 1-and-1 after a loss to the Browns last weekend; a home date against the Jaguars and road trip to Houston due next.
In Colts injury news…Tight end Dwayne Allen, wide receiver Andre Johnson, guard Lance Louis and cornerback Darius Butler didn’t practice Wednesday. All but Johnson are day-to-day. Cornerback Greg Toler is still dealing with a neck injury and at this point, is listed week-to-week. ‘Concussion’ is the relevant word surrounding Cornerback Vontae Davis. He still hasn’t completed the NFL’s concussion protocol—something he must do before he can play a game.
Fall sure does feel like summer in Indy. Today’s High: 84…and under sunny skies.
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