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  • Man shot in the back by IMPD officer in 2016 settles lawsuit for millions

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– An unarmed man who was shot in the back by an Indianapolis police officer has received one of the largest settlements in the city’s history. The officer who shot him has been the subject of more than a half-dozen other citizen complaints and two other pending federal lawsuits. Nonetheless, he still works for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. Indianapolis last month agreed to pay $2.15 million to Gerald Cole to settle a lawsuit stemming from an October 2016 incident. […]

  • Bob Knight purchases home in Bloomington

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind.– Legendary Indiana University basketball coach Bob Knight — who left the university in controversy and for years didn’t return publicly — has bought a home just three miles from Assembly Hall, where he coached for 29 years. Robert M. Knight and his wife, Karen, signed property records last week for a 4,840-square-foot home in Bloomington in the Shadow Creek subdivision across from College Mall on Moore’s Pike, according to Monroe County Assessor’s records. Built by Brewer Fine Homes in 2018, […]

  • Vehicle smashes into Carmel home without anyone behind wheel

    CARMEL, Ind. — Carmel Police responded to an “odd accident” Saturday morning after a vehicle injured its owner and wrecked into a nearby home without, it appears, anyone behind the wheel of the car. Police Sgt. Chris Dunlap said officers and firefighters responded to the scene — a residential area near West 141st Street and Ditch Road — around 1 p.m. Upon arrival, police found tire tracks and a silver Toyota Highlander wrecked through a home. The house sustained “some pretty significant damage,” Dunlap said, and […]

  • Former foster dad who opposed gay adoption confesses to molesting four more children

    PENDLETON, Ind. — An Indiana man who crusaded against gay adoptions and later was convicted of molesting his adoptive daughter told state parole officials on Tuesday that he molested four other children. Earl “Butch” Kimmerling, 71, made the admission during a hearing before the Indiana Parole Board, which later revoked his parole and sent him back to prison Tuesday. He appeared before the board in Indianapolis via video uplink from the Pendleton Correctional Facility. “How many victims over your lifetime […]

  • Bike swarmed by bees in downtown Indianapolis

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Hundreds of bees caused a buzz when they swarmed a bicycle at the intersection of Meridian and Washington streets in downtown Indianapolis on Thursday, prompting passersby to stop and marvel at the sight. A video posted to Twitter at 4:30 p.m. Thursday by Jennifer Harris shows the bees swarming on the handlebar of a bicycle at the busy intersection. Many people stopped to watch, shoot video or photograph the swarm. When an IndyStar reporter went to the […]

  • Mike Pence’s speech at Taylor University’s commencement ceremony

    Vice President Mike Pence delivered a commencement address Saturday at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. The former Indiana governor’s invitation to speak at the Christian liberal arts school stirred controversy and led to some graduates and faculty walking out before the speech. Here’s a full transcript of Pence’s speech, which has been lightly edited for readability. Thank you so much. To President Haines, the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, family, distinguished guests: It is an honor for us to be here at the Kesler […]

  • ‘Queer Eye’ producers looking for Indiana couples for new wedding-themed series

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The creators of popular reality series “Queer Eye” are seeking couples in the Indianapolis area who want to get married but haven’t been able to tie the knot. Perhaps life events or challenges have put a wedding on hold. Two people may be legally married but they haven’t made the time for a romantic celebration. These are the types of true-life stories likely to land on an upcoming series being developed by Scout Productions, the company responsible […]

  • Bill legalizing Indiana hemp growth, sales passes both chambers

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A bill making hemp a legal, regulated crop in Indiana has passed out of both chambers of the legislature and is headed to the governor’s desk. Hemp had been considered a controlled substance under federal drug laws due to its relation to marijuana. That changed when Congress passed the 2018 Farm Bill, which redefined the plant as an agricultural commodity. Senate Bill 516 sets up the state’s regulatory structure for hemp, including a hemp advisory committee that will report to the Indiana […]

  • Audit: Money for Indiana veterans was spent on child care, casino retreats

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– State auditors have found that an Indiana veterans affairs agency may have misspent nearly $775,000 in federal welfare funds. The spending at the Indiana Department of Veterans’ Affairs included more than $20,000 for couples retreats at a high-end resort and casino, $56,000 in child care benefits and $683,000 for contract employees at the agency. In each of those cases, auditors could not find documentation that the spending met the program’s criteria or that recipients were qualified. The findings, released Tuesday, […]

  • Geist homeowners want visiting boaters to pay annual fee

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– A visit to Cocktail Cove or a high-speed splash across the glistening surface of Geist Reservoir could cost recreational boaters as much as $250 under an ambitious plan by lakeside residents to keep the water clean and navigable. A coalition of three-dozen Geist area neighborhoods is registering to become a conservancy district, which would give it oversight of the lake’s cleanup and maintenance as well as the authority to tax and approve fees. Preliminary plans would require an annual permit costing $250 for recreational […]

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