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The man who admits to raping and killing a western Indiana toddler is heading to prison for 60 years. A judge sentenced Kyle Parker on Monday to six decades behind bars for last year’s killing of 15-month-old Shaylyn Ammerman. Prosecutors say they still don’t know why Parker committed the crime. Parker pleaded guilty to avoid a harsher sentence.
A $96,000 reward is now available for information leading to an arrest for the murders of Delphi, Indiana teenagers Abigail Williams and Liberty German. Indiana State Police credit the increase to donations made by the public and businesses. Those who wish to do so, can make donations to the reward fund through the Indiana State Police Alliance. Police also announced Monday that they’ve received close to 10,000 tips in the case.
Expect to pay more income taxes starting in October as your contribution for improved bus transportation and sidewalks here in Indy. The Indianapolis City-County Council approved a new quarter-point income tax increase for mass transit Monday night. They’re hoping to bring-in more than $54-million a year, which they say is needed for a number of transportation projects like rapid transit and late evening daily bus service. Critics say the new tax may drive people out of the county. The money will be deducted from your paycheck.
Meijer is hiring more than 200 people for its new store in McCordsville. A hiring event will take place today from 8 a.m. to noon at the Garrison Conference Center and Golf Course in Indianapolis. Available positions include clerks, cake decorators, cashiers and meat cutters. The McCordsville store is set to open this spring.
Authorities are investigating the latest wave of bomb threats to be called in to Jewish community centers. The Anti-Defamation League says at least 20 threats were received on Monday in a dozen states including right here in Indy at the JCC on the city’s northwest side. The building was evacuated after someone called in the threat there. No bombs were found at any of the centers. Mayor Joe Hogsett said he was “appalled” by the threat and said hate will not be tolerated in Indianapolis. He also asked that “people of all faiths and backgrounds” work together in affirming the city’s commitment to being a welcoming, safe place for everyone. Since the beginning of the year, there have been about 90 threats received by Jewish centers in the U.S. and Canada.
Indianapolis firefighters were been busy on Tuesday morning working the scene of a building fire at a corn refinery plant on the city’s south side. WTHR-TV reported that fire units were dispatched just after 3 a.m. to the scene after workers at Ingredion in the 1500 block of South White River Parkway called in the possibility of a fire in their equipment. An Indianapolis Fire Department spokesperson told the station, a piece of machinery caught on fire and flames shot up through a vent that set some debris on the roof on fire as well. No injuries were reported during this industrial incident.
DUI charges may be in the near future for one Indianapolis Colts player. Prosecutors in Arizona are weighing those and other charges against Colts center David Parry after a weekend arrest. According to Scottsdale Police, Parry was getting a ride in a street-legal golf cart early Saturday morning when he allegedly assaulted the driver, stole the cart and crashed it into a gate. They say Parry was drunk. He could now face charges for robbery, auto theft, criminal damage, resisting arrest, and the aforementioned driving under the influence.
The NFL Scouting Combine is getting underway this week here in Indy. League executives and scouts are gathered to interview and get a first-hand look at 300 top prospects ahead of this year’s NFL Draft. Running backs, offensive linemen, special teams players and place kickers are all due to register and go through orientation today, including medical exams. The first on-field workouts are set for Friday at Lucas Oil Stadium downtown. The weekend will be busy. Quarterbacks, receivers and tight ends work out on Saturday and defensive linemen and linebackers on Sunday. The action continues into next week when defensive backs do their workouts on Monday. The Colts will choose either 14th or 15th overall in the first round of the draft, depending on a coin flip. The NFL Draft begins April 27 in Philadelphia.
The Pacers worked hard to get a road victory Monday night. They erased an early 16-point deficit and stunned the Rockets, 117-108, in Houston. The ‘Blue ‘n Gold’ got back in the game by the second quarter and took control in the third. Jeff Teague posted 25 points and Rodney Stuckey added 17 off the bench. The Rockets rallied in the fourth quarter to improve to 31-and-29, however the Pacers held them off with a beat-back to take the game. The Pacers continue their road trip with a visit to San Antonio Wednesday. Tip is at 8:30 p.m. Eastern from the AT&T Center.
Number-16 Purdue plays host to Indiana tonight at Mackey Arena. The Boilermakers are 23-and-6 overall and 12-and-4 in the Big Ten, while the Hoosiers are 16-and-13 overall and 6-and-10 in conference play. Purdue beat Indiana, 69-64, in Bloomington on February 9. Tip is at 7 p.m. Eastern. Notre Dame hosts Boston College tomorrow, while the Butler ‘Bulldogs’ take on Seton Hall on Saturday.
Variable clouds with scattered thunderstorms. A few storms may be severe…so take your umbrellas if you’re heading to tonight’s Mardi Gras events in downtown Indy tonight. Today’s High: 63 degree.
Mardi Gras? Downtown Indy? Yes…the Market Gras Gumbo cookoff is tonight at the Indianapolis City Market celebrating the Mardi Gras on this Fat Tuesday, which is a time for celebration before Ash Wednesday comes tomorrow. There is a $20 admission with half price for kids. The festivities get underway at 5 p.m. and runs until 9. At Mardi Gras ground zero –New Orleans– they’re marking the 160th anniversary of its first parade.
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