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Indy 500 Race Weekend 2015

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@kwellscomm Monday News & Sports Headlines

Good day to you as this Indy 500 Week gets underway here in the city as practice continues today out at the track, after a busy weekend of qualifications.


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A 13-year-old girl is recovering from a gunshot wound to her leg. Indianapolis Metro Police said she was struck early Saturday morning while inside her house.  IMPD investigators said the shot was fired from outside the house, but it’s unclear who the intended target was. The girl’s mother told investigators the shooter might have been her ex-boyfriend.

Indiana State Police continue investigating a crash on I-70 near Centerville that left one person dead. Officials said traffic was backed up at a construction zone Sunday when a semi swiped a car, then crashed into a SUV in stopped traffic. The impact pushed the vehicle under the trailer of another semi, killing the driver and seriously injuring the passenger.

Jared Fogle’s lawyers have some news. They say fantasizing about underage teens isn’t a crime. Fogle’s legal team argued the point late last week, challenging the case against the former Subway pitch-man. The lawyers say Fogle only received the dozens of pornographic images the FBI found on his computer. Fogle wants his 16-year prison sentence reduced. Prosecutors say Fogle did nothing to stop the crimes he knew about, and only showed remorse after he was caught.

Jail Cell

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Clark County’s sheriff says he’s glad TV cameras followed volunteers into his jail. Sheriff Jamey Noel said the cameras with the A&E show “60 Days In” showed his guards mistreating prisoners. Noel said he fired five guards over the weekend. They’re accused of excessive force. Noel also alluded to another positive effect of having the show at his jail. He said the show also helped him identify guards who do a good job.

Hamilton County is the fastest growing county in the state. New census estimates show a 13-percent population increase there in the past five-years. Boone County closely followed with nearly 12-percent growth, while Hendricks County had nine-percent growth. Indiana’s overall growth was about two-percent since 2010.

National News…

All eyes are on Baltimore today as a police officer in the Freddie Gray case will find out if he’ll be going to prison. A judge is scheduled to issue a ruling in the case of Officer Edward Nero this morning. Nero is charged with second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and two counts of misconduct in office. Second-degree assault could carry a maximum of ten years in prison.

Egypt is sending a robot submarine to help search for the black boxes of the EgyptAir plane that disappeared from radar last week. It’s still not clear what caused the Airbus A-320 to plunge into the Mediterranean Sea with 66 people on board.

Hillary Clinton says she’ll talk with rival Bernie Sanders when he’s ready to work on unifying the party. The Democratic presidential front-runner told NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sanders has “every right” to continue and finish his campaign. She said no matter their differences, they pale in comparison to the differences they have with likely Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Now speaking of Trump, Clinton’s projected lead over him in a general election match-up is slipping according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. It shows Clinton is in a virtual dead heat with the likely GOP presidential nominee, 46 percent to 43 percent, with a margin of error of plus or minus three-point-one percentage points. The former Secretary of State had led Trump by double digits since December and until this poll taken last week.

Trump and Tennessee Senator Bob Corker might discuss the Republican vice presidential nomination today. The two will reportedly meet at the likely GOP presidential nominee’s Trump Tower in Manhattan. Trump told The Washington Post last month that he wants a vice-presidential running mate who can help him get his agenda through Congress.

In Sports…

Don’t be had. Don’t be took! Last minute race fans could be set for a bamboozling. To avoid it, know this–grandstand seating for the 100th running of the Indy 500 is sold out, and so is parking. As race fans turn to scalpers and on-line ticket brokers to get into the track, the Better Business Bureau is warning fans to be careful of websites that don’t accept credit cards. The BBB says buying tickets with credit cards will offer some fraud protection. They also want you to know that if buying near the track from a scalper in-person is ‘more of your thing’ this year’s tickets feature a picture of last year’s winner, Juan Pablo Montoya. Since the race is also sold out on parking, race fans shouldn’t believe the shtick of the nice person online that’s trying to get them to buy the amenity, no matter what they say. Indianapolis Metro Police are warning fans about fake parking passes. Police report incidents where folks have been ripped off already finding out that what they purchased was worthless. Officers say if a deal is too good to be true, it most likely is. Fans who’ve waited until this race week to take care of this detail, may want to make other transpo or parking arrangements. The “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” is Sunday. James Hinchcliffe captured the pole position over the weekend.

Tamika Catchings

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The Indiana Fever improved to 2-and-1 over the weekend with a 94-85 win over Atlanta. Seven Fever players scored in double-figures, led by Tamika Catchings who sank 14. The Fever have a few days off. They visit Minnesota to take on the Lynx on Friday in a rematch of last year’s WNBA Finals.


Sunny across the Indy metro area. Today’s High: near 80 degrees.

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