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Good day to you on this National Kick Butts Day–a day for getting cigarette smokers to focus on kicking the habit, especially young people. First started in 1996, Kick Butts Day is organized by the non-profit Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.
A 19-year-old accused of dealing “significant quantities” of marijuana in both Indy and Zionsville is behind bars. Indianapolis Metro Police said an anonymous tip led them to Carlton Apartments, where they found 50 individually packaged marijuana wax containers, marijuana vaporizer cartridges, 20 large vacuum-sealed bags with suspected marijuana residue inside two five gallon buckets and several bags of what appeared to be marijuana. Collin Prestholt was arrested and is now facing drug charges. Two others were arrested and charged with visiting a common nuisance.
One month into the search for a killer, investigators in Delphi say they’re still hoping for a break. Police on Tuesday marked one month to the day since searchers found Libby German and Abby Williams’ bodies near a trail. Investigators, including the FBI, say they’ve fielded thousands of tips, they have a picture of a suspect, and a recording of a voice suspected to be involved telling the girls, “Down the Hill.” Despite these leads, they say they need a break in the case to make an arrest.
The funeral for Indianapolis poet/author Mari Evans is scheduled for Monday. The service will be open to the public. Evan’s service will be held 1 p.m. at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church on West 86th Street. Evans was a prominent member of the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. She passed away on March 10 at the age of 93. Read more about her in The Indianapolis Star below.
More job loss is coming to the Hoosier state impacting workers right here in Central Indiana. More than 150 local employees at Roche Diabetes Care are being laid off. Company officials say it’s part of their restructuring plan as they address the competitive diabetes care market and secure the long-term viability of the business. Most of the workers affected are full-time employees. A spokesman for Roche says they’re committed to helping the affected employees find other positions within the wider Roche organization, where possible.
We’re getting a look at some of President Donald Trump’s tax filings. We’re also questioning why and where they came from. The tax return shows Trump made $150-million in 2005 and paid $38-million in taxes. He also took some losses according to the return. Trump deducted more than $100-million in business losses. The journalist who broke the story says he received two pages from Trump’s 2005 tax return in the mail and believes the President himself might be the source of the leak. That journo is David Cay Johnston. Johnston told MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” on Tuesday night, it’s well known Trump has “leaked all sorts of things” over the years. Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday morning regarding this. He tweeted that the story was “fake news.” He questioned, “Does anybody really believe that a reporter, who nobody ever heard of, ‘went to his mailbox’ and found my tax returns?” Just so you know, Johnston is a well-respected journalist and author who is a Pulitzer Prize winner and currently serves as a columnist for the Daily Beast. His latest book is The Making of Donald Trump. Not intimidated in doing his work, Johnston replied to President Trump Wednesday morning on Twitter as well. See his Tweet below:
The Justice Department says is expected to charge four people today in the massive Yahoo hack that compromised hundreds of millions of personal accounts. Reports say the DOJ believes the hackers may have ties to the Russian government. Hackers stole data including names, email addresses and passwords, but no financial information.
Speaking of Russia…FBI Director James Comey may reveal today whether the bureau has launched a probe into potential Trump campaign ties to Russia. Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse said that he and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham asked him to let them know by today. Graham says Comey made no promises and he hasn’t heard anything yet.
The Better Business Bureau if offering tips to help basketball fans avoid fake tickets for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. A spokesman says you can reduce your risk of becoming a victim by buying from the venue or from the official ticket sales agent for the venue. You should also use a method of payment that comes with protection in case the tickets aren’t as promised. Also use the Better Business Bureau website to look up the experience of other customers with a ticket vendor you’re considering using.
The NCAA Tournament tipped off Tuesday with First Four action in Dayton. Thursday is when you’ll get a chance to see Indiana schools at play…Purdue versus Vermont and Butler versus Winthrop, both fourth seeds in their divisions (Midwest and South Regions respectively) playing in Milwaukee. Fifth seeded Notre Dame takes on Princeton in Buffalo in the West Region. On Friday, four games will tip-off in downtown Indy at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Elsewhere in college hoops… Indiana and Valparaiso both fell in the first round of the NIT tournament Tuesday night. Valpo was blown out by Illinois 82-57 and finished the year at 24-and-9. The Hoosiers were drop kicked by Georgia Tech, 75-63. IU’s disappointing year ended at 18-and-16 overall.
In NBA action…The Pacers took it on the chin to the Knicks Tuesday night after New York rallied in the second half in ‘the Garden.’ The Pacers lost 87 to 81. They ‘escaped’ New York and the blizzard to get back to Indy where they host the Charlotte Hornets tonight at Bankers Life Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. Eastern.
A late-Winter blast is still barreling down on the Northeast today with heavy snow and high winds. So far, five deaths have been blamed on the nor’easter, which forced the cancellation of nearly 9,000 flights and forced school closures across New England and Upstate New York. The National Weather Service says blizzard warnings will remain in effect for parts of New England Wednesday morning.
Back here in Indy…Isolated snow showers Wednesday morning, hampering the morning commute. Partly cloudy later. Today’s High 31 degrees. Tonight: Cloudy with a Low of 19.
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