Get In the Know With Kim’s Monday News & Sports Headlines
Good day to you on this bitterly cold Dr. Martin Luther King Junior holiday, here in Indy.
On a day designed for peace and service Indy Metro police find themselves investigating the city’s latest shooting. Fox 59 is reporting the victim is in good condition at Eskenazi Hospital after someone shot into a sleeping woman’s home this morning around 7:30 a.m. in the 1500 block of Olney Street. She was lying in bed when she was struck by bullets in her arm and chest. Five other people, including children were inside at the time of what police are calling a drive-by shooting. Call Crime Stoppers if you have any info about the perpetrators at 317-262-TIPS.
Three people suspected of killing a Cumberland convenience store clerk are now behind bars. IMPD says Kiree Hayes was arrested Saturday, along with two juveniles, on armed robbery charges. A spokesman says the suspects shot and killed the clerk Friday night, then several hours later robbed a gas station on Brookville Road. Witnesses at the gas station followed the getaway car and called police.
A deadly crash on the city’s northwest side kept emergency crews busy on this holiday morning. It happened just before 6 a.m. near 46th and Moller Road. Police say the man who died at the scene was driving drunk with two other men in his car. Both of them were transported to Eskenazi Health for treatment. That driver was speeding, crossed the center line and hit another car head, according to reports. The other car was driven by Anderson Hernandez-Garcia who sustained minor injuries in this deadly crash. He’s listed in good condition at this time. The accident has hampered traffic in the area which was a little lighter due to today’s holiday.
Government offices (federal, state, county, city and courts), banks and most schools are closed today on this federal holiday. There is no mail delivery or trash pick-up. If you plan to get out and about, and plan to use public transportation, IndyGo is running on a Saturday schedule and its Open Door service is running on a regular schedule.
There are plenty of MLK Day activities going on here in Indy so you can celebrate a day “on” and not “off.” The Indianapolis Zoo and attractions at the White River State Park downtown are free today if you bring a non-perishable food item for Gleaner’s Food Bank. Those attractions include the Indiana State Museum, The NCAA Hall of Champions and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. The Indiana Christian Leadership Conference also hosts the oldest MLK Jr. birthday celebration at St John’s Missionary Baptist Church. Interfaith festivities begin at 10 a.m. in the 16-hundred block of Dr. Andrew J. Brown Avenue. The Jazz Foundation will host a kid-friendly concert in celebration of King at Rhythm Discovery Center at 11 a.m.
Two of the people credited with founding the Black Lives Matter movement are visiting the state today in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Co-founders Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi will speak this evening at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend as a part of a series of MLK Day campus events. They’ll speak at 7 p.m. local time about, “The hashtag behind the new civil rights movement.”
In National News:
Flint, Michigan’s water crisis is turning into a presidential campaign issue. Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders addressed the crisis of the lead in the city’s water during last night’s debate. Clinton says had the lead contamination happened in an affluent suburb of Detroit, Governor Rick Snyder’s response would have been much faster.
Michigan Governor Snyder is firing back on this MLK Day in response to Clinton and Sanders regarding the Flint water crisis. The governor this morning said Clinton is “politicizing” the issue for her own personal gain. The governor has repeatedly apologized for his administration’s actions leading up to the discovery of high levels of lead in the Flint water system. Snyder says he is focusing on “the solution and how to deal with the damage that was done.” Flint was under an emergency manager due to continuing fiscal problems when water service was switched from the Detroit system to the Flint River in an effort to save money. Other critics across the nation have called Snyder’s actions a deliberate genocide and have called for his arrest.
Secretary of State John Kerry is defending the swap of seven Iranian prisoners for four American hostages. Appearing on “Fox & Friends,” Kerry said the U.S. traded Iranians who had committed sanctions violations for people who were wrongfully held and convicted in Iran. He said several of the Iranians were about to be released anyway.
There’s a search underway for three Americans who have been reportedly kidnapped in Baghdad. Iraqi forces have helicopters searching for the contractors who were reported kidnapped Friday along with their translator. Along with the roadblocks and helicopters, the Iraqi authorities are also going through neighborhoods in SUVs as they try to find the Americans. Secretary of State Kerry is stopping short of saying the missing trio were kidnapped in Iraq. Kerry also told the Fox show, “we have a good sense of what may have happened” and the U.S. is working with Iraqi authorities to find them.
Police in Ohio say an officer is dead after a man, now in custody, threatened to kill a member of law enforcement. Danville Police Officer Thomas Cottrell was killed late Sunday night. The Knox County Sheriff’s Department says it got a call from a woman who said her ex-boyfriend had left with weapons and “was looking to kill an officer.”
A wind chill advisory is in effect until noon. Forecasters say the temps will stay steady around zero on Monday morning, feeling like it’s ten-to-20-degrees below zero. When heading outside, plan to bundle up because anyone can get a nasty case of frostbite in just minutes. The Salvation Army opened its shelter on Sunday and plan to do the same Monday evening. Due to these dropping frigid temps, many of the city’s homeless are going inside and are utilizing various shelters and warming centers.
Today’s High: 12 degrees.
Police in Laporte, Indiana are trying to identify the man who paid for his McDonald’s food with cash and heroin. An employee at the restaurant took money from a driver who appeared to be intoxicated, and when she sorted the bills she found a plastic baggie containing a rock-like substance. Police say it appeared to be heroin and later testing confirmed it. Authorities are looking at surveillance footage to find out who the three men in the car were. This is the case of smack n’ fries.
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