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Arrangements for Progressive Baptist Church Pastor and talk show host Michael Jones have been released. Visitation is Thursday, August 4, 2 –8 p.m. at his church, Progressive, 4625 West 59th Street. Pastor Jones’ Homegoing Celebration is this Friday, August 5 at 11 a.m. at Eastern Star Church’s Cooper Road location–5805 Cooper Road. Jones was the host of “Community Connection” talk show, here on AM-1310 “The Light.”
IMPD says a handicapped man shot in the hip by an officer was suicidal. The shooting happened Monday afternoon on Manker Street near U.S. 31 and Edgewood Avenue. Spokesman Kendale Adams says the man’s mother called 911, saying her son was threatening to commit suicide by police. Adams says the man was shot after he approached one of the officers in a “threatening manner” with his hand wrapped in a towel.
There’s been yet another incident of violence piercing the city. There was an early morning shooting Tuesday morning on the city’s north side. Police were called to the 2900 block of Lasalle Street near Washington Park on call of shots fired, according to WTHR-TV. When Metro police arrived they found a man fatally shot and laying on the sidewalk. No more details have been released at this time.
Two IPS administrators who were fired over their handling of sexual abuse allegations, involving a counselor are now suing for wrongful termination. Deb Leser and William Jensen were removed from their jobs in June amid fallout over school officials failing to immediately report allegations against then-counselor Shana Taylor. At least seven IPS officials knew about the allegations as early as February 17, but the Department of Child Services wasn’t contacted until February 23. Leser and Jensen were never criminally charged.
The city of Indianapolis is suing for the return of more than $8-million for a public safety system that was never delivered. In 2012, the city signed a contract with Colossus Incorporated to replace the software system that supplied up-to-date records for 911 dispatchers and other public safety officials. The new system they purchased was supposed to be implemented by September of 2014, but the date was postponed several times before the company was purchased by N. Harris Computer Corporation last year. The city then terminated the deal in December and is suing for breach of contract.
Indianapolis is one of the worst run cities in the country. A new study by WalletHub looked at 150 of the largest cities in the United States to find out which ones performed best in financial stability, education, health, safety, economy, and infrastructure and pollution. Indianapolis ranked 102nd. The city’s financial stability and economy ranked fairly well, but received low scores for budget, health and safety.
Anyone who threatens a police officer in Indiana, including an online threat, could soon face prison time. Evansville representative Wendy McNamara says she didn’t want to sit “on the sidelines” any longer. She says she’ll file a plan to make it a crime to threaten a police officer. She says the police shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge show the need for the new law.
State Auditor Suzanne Crouch is joining Eric Holcomb in the race for governor. Holcomb introduced Crouch as his running mate on Monday, shortly after the Indiana Republican State Committee confirmed her during a vote. Crouch has served as state auditor since January 2014. Holcomb was chosen by the Republican Party to replace Governor Mike Pence on the ballot after he accepted the nomination of Donald Trump’s running mate in the presidential election.
GOP Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence is praising the fallen Muslim American soldier whose family has been trading barbs with Donald Trump. Speaking at a town hall event in Nevada on Monday, Pence was confronted by the mother of a Air Force service member who asked how he tolerates what she called Trump’s “disrespect.” She was booed, but Pence calmed the crowd telling them this is what democracy looks and sounds like. He said late Army Captain Humayun Khan is an “American hero” who should be honored along with his family.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says he is afraid November’s election may be “rigged.” Trump made that brief comment at a campaign event in Ohio Monday but did not elaborate or explain what he meant by the remark. Trump said former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders fell victim to a rigged system in the primaries.
Lawyers for Dylan Roof, the man accused of killing nine worshipers at an historically black church “Mother” Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal in Charleston, South Carolina, are trying to get the death penalty off the table. Roof’s legal team filed papers arguing the death penalty is unconstitutional because it’s an “arbitrary, cruel and unusual punishment.” The 22-year-old faces state and federal charges for the June 2015 massacre.
A nice mix of sun and clouds today is expected. Today’s High: around 90 degrees.
It’s National Night Out tonight. The program aims to strengthen neighborhood communities and raise awareness about crime prevention programs. National Night Out Project Coordinator Matt Peskin says the idea is to create positive relationships between members of the community and police officers.
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