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A Zionsville swim instructor accused of secretly recording a female co-worker in an employee bathroom is facing voyeurism and child exploitation charges. Officials say earlier this month, Lee Camden placed his phone in the bathroom at InterActive Academy and filmed the teenager while she changed her clothes. Court documents show the girl confronted Lee after she found his phone and he claimed the camera would sometimes begin to record unexpectedly. Camden has been suspended. This is the second time in the last few months that the academy has had an employee charged with a crime regarding abusing youth. Former gymnastics coach Kenneth Arnold, 28, also of Zionsville was charged with child abuse and battery for incidents there between 2013 and 2015.
A group of retired gymnasts is accusing officials of Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics of sexual abuse. Olympic gold medalist Dominique Moceanu, bronze medalist Jamie Dantzscher and national champion rhythmic gymnast Jessica Howard testified before a Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. The committee is in the process of creating a bill that would reshape how sexual abuse is reported in Olympic sports to law enforcement officials. Senator Dianne Feinstein of California is co-sponsoring the bill. No one from USA Gymnastics testified at that hearing and the organization is catching heat. Read more about the reaction to the Indianapolis organization not showing up, HERE.
A former Johnson County prosecutor is in hot water with the law after being arrested for driving under the influence. Andrew Eggers was pulled over early Sunday after he failed to signal for a turn. The police report indicates Eggers failed a field sobriety test and declined to take a portable breathalyzer. He was arrested and taken to the Johnson County Jail, where his blood alcohol level was .104. Eggers, who was the deputy prosecutor at the juvenile division in Johnson County, resigned Monday.
The intersection of puppy love and larceny has police in Fishers busy. They are investigating the theft of a Pomeranian puppy from Uncle Bill’s Pet Store. Little “Marco” is missing and officials say the three-month-old pup was taken earlier this month. Police are looking for a man and woman caught on surveillance video appearing to leave the store with something wrapped up in a jacket. See them in the official police Tweet above.
Indiana’s attorney general is adding himself to the list of believers in the work of Indianapolis’s Ten Point Coalition. Attorney General Curtis Hill walked with coalition leaders in one of the city’s inner-city areas along 29th and Dr. Martin Luther King Streets Tuesday night. Hill told the press it won’t be his last patrol. Ten Point members are looking to expand their anti-violence effort to other cities in the state and were recently granted funds from the Indianapolis City-County Council for patrols and crime deterrent work this summer.
Indiana’s governor says the state may see more jobs because of President Donald Trump’s decision to end Obama-era clean energy rules. The President signed an order on Tuesday to end the rules that clamped down on coal mines and coal burning power plants from polluting the environment. There are a lot of coal-fired power plants here in Indiana. Governor Eric Holcomb says the order clears the way for clean coal technology to spur economic growth in the state. Critics say “clean coal” is something that doesn’t exist and coal barons themselves admit that the president’s promise of “bringing back coal jobs” won’t happen. Read more HERE and HERE.
A deal brokered by President Trump and Indiana’s own Vice President Mike Pence to keep Carrier Corporation here in Indianapolis is closer to becoming a reality. On Tuesday, a state economic board approved the plan to give the company $7 million in tax breaks and grants. The deal now goes to a state budget committee. Carrier announced last year it would close its furnace-making operations on Indy’s west side and move more than 700 jobs to Mexico.
There’s drama on the Hill this morning. No injuries are reported after a violent incident near the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday morning. Shots were reportedly fired after a suspect apparently struck a Capitol Police cruiser and then tried to run over some officers on foot. The suspect is in custody and a motive hasn’t been determined. The incident unfolded near the Rayburn House Office building, which is across the street from the Capitol, and the U.S. Botanic Garden. The incident scene is cordoned off but vehicular traffic is moving nearby. Warmer weather and the beauty of the cherry blossoms brings increased tourist activity to Washington, DC during this period. In addition to those cherry blossom trees, the Capitol is a top tourist attraction. The Capitol complex is one of the most heavily-secured areas of the U.S.
The White House continues to insist that there is no evidence linking President Donald Trump or his team to Russia. In his daily briefing on Tuesday, spokesman Sean Spicer said the media would report a “Russia connection” if the president put Russian dressing on his salad. He was speaking to veteran black journalist, American Urban Radio Network’s April Ryan at the time. He went as far as so accuse the correspondent of pushing an agenda and admonished her to stop shaking her head. U.S. intelligence agencies have accused Russia of meddling in the U.S. presidential campaign. The FBI is investigating alleged links between Russian operatives and the Trump campaign. See the exchange in the video below:
Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton joined the fray of those ticked off by Spicer’s interaction with African-American correspondent April Ryan. She defended Ryan and bashed Spicer for belittling a respected female journalist. Speaking to the Professional Business Women of California, Clinton said Ryan was just doing her job when, “she was patronized and cut off trying to ask a question.” Clinton also defended Congresswoman Maxine Waters from her attack by Fox personality Bill O’Reilly. See Clinton’s remarks below: Waters says she won’t respond to O’Reilly and added she’s a strong black woman who won’t be intimidated.
More lawmakers are calling for the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee to remove himself from a probe into Russian meddling in the U.S. election. Devin Nunes says he will not step down from the panel. The Dems have called on Nunes to step down since he admitted that he met a source on White House grounds last week and reviewed sensitive documents about possible surveillance of the Trump team. Now joining the fray is North Carolina Republican congressman Walter Jones. On Tuesday Representative Jones told The Hill that Nunes should “absolutely” recuse himself from his panel’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in last year’s election. Jones is a member of the House Armed Services Committee. The work of the committee is currently stalled.
Opposition against Nunes mounts in other quarters as well. The Civic Action wing of MoveOn.org filed a federal ethics complaint with the U.S. House of Representatives’ Office of Congressional Ethics against Representative Devin Nunes on Tuesday for “violating the Espionage Act and the Rules of the House by disclosing classified information without the authorization required by House Rules or any other proper authorization.” Click HERE to read their full complaint.
Everyone who works for the Democratic National Committee is out of a job. NBC News reported Wednesday morning that all current staffers have been asked to submit resignation letters as part of an overhaul by new chairman Tom Perez. A committee is considering which employees will be asked back and how the party organization should be structured in the future.
President Trump is looking for bipartisan support from the U.S. Senate. Speaking at a dinner with Senators, Trump said he hopes Democrats and Republicans can work together on national healthcare because they both have the same goals of bettering the country. He said he also looked forward to working on infrastructure and rebuilding the military. Trump said a strong military is needed now more than ever.
Pacers backup guard Rodney Stuckey is out for four-to-six-weeks with an injured knee. Officials say Stuckey has a left patellar tendon strain. He was injured during Sunday night’s victory over Philadelphia. Al Jefferson sprained his left ankle also during the same game and will miss at least two weeks. Your Blue ‘n’ Gold was in action Tuesday night at home at Bankers Life Fieldhouse hosting the Minnesota Timberwolves. They dropped another one, losing to the T’wolves 115 to 114. The T’wolves took this victory from the home team at the free-throw line. The Pacers have dropped the last three of four which puts them back at .500. They begin a three-game road trip tonight in the ‘land of southern bar-b-que.’ They meet the Grizzlies in Memphis at the FedEx Forum with an 8 p.m. Eastern tip-off.
Cloudy skies Wednesday morning, becoming partly cloudy during the afternoon with a High of 62 degrees. Tonight: Partly cloudy with late night showers or thunderstorms and a Low of 49 degrees.
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