Get In the Know With Kim’s Tuesday News & Sports Headlines
Good day to you. Today is a day for deals on this wet Tuesday. I’ll have a bit more on that below. First…
In local news…
The Marion County coroner has revealed the cause of death for the Indianapolis teen who died in the custody of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. The coroner says it was a heart attack that killed 19-year-old Terrell Day. They released those autopsy results Monday afternoon. Day died on Saturday after running from a far east side Burlington Coat Factory where he was accused of shoplifting, pulling a gun on a loss prevention officer and was later arrested by IMPD. Two ambulances were called for him after he complained of breathing difficulties twice. The first emergency response crew attended to Day and said he was okay to take to jail. He complained again and upon arrival there, the second EMS crew provided medical assistance and Day died in their ambulance.
Charges may still be filed against an IMPD officer that struck and killed a pedestrian. Sources close to the investigation said Monday that Bernardo Zavalza was under influence of alcohol but was under the legal limit at the time of the crash. Last Thursday, Zavalza was off-duty, driving in a marked squad car when he hit a man walking on Southport Road on the city’s south side. An IMPD supervisor said Zavalza’s breath smelled of alcohol.
The former Speedway fire chief will spend two years on probation for stealing more than $58,000 in town funds. Mark Watson pleaded guilty on Monday to theft and criminal misconduct. As part of his plea agreement, Watson has already repaid the full amount to the town of Speedway. He must also pay restitution to the State Board of Accounts for the costs associated with the audit they conducted. Watson was sentenced to 730-days in jail, with 728 suspended to probation.
An area on Indy’s west side might be added to the Environmental Protection Agency‘s list of most-hazardous waste sites. The EPA says sources of contaminated drinking water wells are at the Genuine Parts facility on North Olin Avenue. A mixed residential and commercial site at Michigan Plaza is also a source. They say 40 homes along West Vermont Street and Cossell Road could be affected.
Students at two Indiana high schools are in trouble for bringing weapons to school. A 15-year-old was arrested Monday after a handgun and ammunition was found in his backpack at school in Lafayette. Police also arrested a student at Brownstown Central High School for bringing a weapon to school.
Indiana is trying to recoup more than $5 million from a contractor for a shoddy work project. Officials say Fort Wayne-based Brooks Construction used faulty asphalt on a stretch of Hoosier Heartland Highway. They say it started falling apart shortly after completion. The pavement was supposed to last 20 years.
Folks who are looking for deals are at the Indianapolis International Airport today. The airport is auctioning off its excess equipment. Tools and machinery are available, along with office furniture and several vehicles. Personal items left behind by passengers are also being sold. The sale begins at 10 a.m. near the airport at 2601 South Hoffman Road.
President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro are set to meet today after speaking at the United Nations. The get-together will be the second for the two leaders since they announced an end to more than a half-century of diplomatic hostility. Today’s meeting with Castro comes a day after Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin met privately after each spoke to the General Assembly.
The head of Planned Parenthood is testifying before Congress this morning. Cecile Richards will face tough questioning about her organization’s harvesting of fetal tissue for research. A series of undercover videos raised questions about the practice, prompting Republican efforts to strip government funding from the group.
Volkswagen is moving to change the emission control software on millions of vehicles set up to cheat pollution control tests. New CEO Matthias Mueller said today that VW will contact owners “in the next few days” to bring in the eleven-million diesel vehicles fitted with illegal software. Some auto industry analysts say the refit could cost the German carmaker more than $6.5 billion. Audi which is owned by VW is facing the emission cheat allegations as well.
Mourners are gathering on this Tuesday for the private funeral of Yankees legend Yogi Berra. The funeral service this morning at The Church of the Immaculate Conception in Montclair, New Jersey, where Berra raised his family, will be broadcast on the Yankees’ YES Network and nationally on Fox Sports One. Berra died last week at age 90. Fans will get to pay their respects at a public memorial this Sunday at the Yogi Berra Museum in Little Falls, New Jersey. Governor Chris Christie has ordered flags on all state buildings to fly at half-staff today in Berra’s honor.
A spot in the WNBA Finals will be on the line when the Indiana Fever face the Liberty tonight in New York. This decisive Game Three is at 7:00 p.m. Eastern and can be seen on ESPN 2. Gooooo Fever!
Tony Stewart is retiring from the Sprint Cup Series. Motorsports.com says he’ll hang up his helmet at the end of the 2016 season. They’re also reporting that Clint Bowyer will take over the Number 14 car at Stewart-Haas Racing in 2017. An official announcement is expected this week.
Hold onto your umbrellas on this National Coffee Day… Showers this morning… scattered thunderstorms this afternoon. The High 78 degrees.
For the first time in 16 years, “The Daily Show” has a host that isn’t named Jon Stewart. South African comic Trevor Noah took over the Comedy Central program Monday and welcomed Kevin Hart as his first guest. Noah opened the satirical news show by thanking previous host Jon Stewart, who ended his 16-year run as host early last month.
Make it a great day, not jittery day so don’t overdo it celebrating with the java-java-joe. I’m Kim Wells (the newswoman who’s about to go grab a cup). Click HERE to find out where you can get a free cup of coffee today …ooh that other black gold. Yes, another deal.
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