@kwellscomm praiseindy.com Thursday News & Sports Headlines
Indy’s citizens received an enlightening talk from the new mayor. Mayor Joe Hogsett gave his first State of the City address Wednesday night. In it, he said it’s time for a new jail because the current jail is “out-of-date, inefficient and unsafe.” Hogsett told the audience that the poor facility makes the jail’s overcrowding crisis worse. There’s no word yet on a price tag. Something else that he is moving forward on right now, is installing 100 new streetlights in Indy in the next 30 days. Hogsett has lifted a three-decade moratorium on new streetlights that was put in place to save money.
Another area Hogsett is focused on is pushing for a broad overhaul of Marion County’s criminal justice system. During the speech, he announced the creation of a new task force that’ll make recommendations to the Criminal Justice Planning Council for adoption by the end of the year.
Indy Metro Police homicide investigated the fatal shooting of a man on the city’s east side early Thursday morning. They responded shortly before 4:30 a.m., according to WTHR-TV, to a call of a man shot at 9th and Denny Streets. The victim is described as a white male in his mid-20s. Police believe this was a result of some type of dispute, however they are continuing their investigation into this latest violent incident in the city. They are attempting to identify the victim by using a fingerprint scanner.
The mother of a two-year-old who died after accidentally shooting himself is now being charged with child neglect. Kanisha Shelton’s son died on April 20. She told investigators the gun had been in her purse and it’s there that her son found it while she was upstairs for a brief time with her nine-month-old daughter. Shelton was arrested this week and released on bond.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz isn’t interested in becoming lieutenant governor. When asked by The Indianapolis Star if she would consider running alongside Democrat John Gregg in his campaign for governor, she said no. Gregg is expected to announce his pick for lieutenant governor by early June.
In National News…
Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney are questioning why Donald Trump isn’t releasing his tax returns. The Democratic presidential frontrunner said voters should ask why. Trump has previously blamed an audit for preventing him from releasing his returns. Former GOP candidate Romney says the only logical reason for Trump to refuse to release them is that they contain a, quote “bombshell of unusual size.”
The Bernie Sanders campaign is looking for ways to make sure supporters vote for Clinton if she becomes the Democratic nominee instead of the likely Republican nominee, Trump. Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver talked about the issue Wednesday on CNN after a West Virgina exit poll showed nearly half of Democratic voters who supported Sanders in this week’s primary would vote for Trump over Clinton. Weaver acknowledged that they’re going to have to reach out to voters to “keep them from voting for Trump.”
A filmmaker shooting a documentary about Prince says sources tell him the singer did have a will after all. Ian Halperin, who’s making a film about Prince’s final hours, told “The Wrap” that there’s speculation the will could be in Canada. He says people he’s spoken with insist Prince had a will, and there are friends and family members of the musician who could have an interest in concealing the document.
Indiana Fever legend Tamika Catchings is entering her 15th and final WNBA season when the Fever tip off for the 2016 season in their home opener on Saturday against the Dallas Wings at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Tip is at 6 p.m. Eastern as the ladies will make another run for a title.
Scattered thunderstorms. A few storms may be severe. The High: 77 degrees…
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