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Indianapolis Metro Police are searching for two men who allegedly pulled off a string of gas station robberies early Friday morning. The latest of which, was at 21st and Mitthoefer Road, according to WTHR. At that robbery, a shot was reportedly fired. The suspects stole the cash and drove off in a white two-door car heading southbound on Mitthoefer. Police are describing the suspects as black males. Police believe they robbed two other gas stations within a short period of time—one at 25th Street and Post Road and the other nearby at Pendleton Pike. If you have any info about these crimes, call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.

In an unrelated case…A man suspected of robbing nearly a dozen gas stations is now behind bars. IMPD says Donnell Gilder Junior targeted Speedway stations on the city’s northeast side. He was arrested after police say he robbed the Speedway at 71st Street last week, then stole a car from a nearby parking lot. Officers spotted the vehicle a few minutes later and took Gilder into custody after a short pursuit. 

IMPD is restarting a new era of beat patrols.  Mayor Joe Hogsett says the goal is to get officers out of their cars so they can build relationships with the communities they’re protecting. IMPD says the 19 beats they started on Thursday account for more than 45-percent of homicides in 2015 and 35-percent of non-deadly shootings in the metro area since 2012. 

Police here in Indy want to know how a missing Indy mom ended-up in a creek, 60-miles away from her home. Officers in Owen County found Danielle Akers’ body late last week in a rural creek. Investigators say friends last saw her in late April at an Indianapolis-area gas station. 

Indiana Governor Mike Pence says he’ll support Donald Trump’s campaign for President. Pence said before this week’s primary that he’d be voting for Ted Cruz. But Cruz badly lost Indiana and dropped out. Pence yesterday said he “looks forward to supporting our presumptive nominee.”

Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan are not getting along. In an interview with CNN Thursday, Ryan said he looks forward to eventually supporting Trump, but he’s, quote, “not there right now.” Trump called in to Fox News this morning to say he was “surprised” by the Speaker’s comments.

Ryan isn’t the only one with issues, back here in Indiana, a delegate in the southern part of the state is giving up his seat in Cleveland at the GOP convention, because he says he can’t support Trump. Evansville attorney Josh Claybourn released a statement on Wednesday saying he can’t support the presumptive Republican nominee. Claybourn says “Trump opposes free trade, he’s skeptical of free speech and free association, he peddles fear and mean-spirited insults, and he lacks a mature temperament needed at home and abroad.”

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton’s Cinco de Mayo celebration took a hit from protesters in Los Angeles on Thursday. Clinton and supporters gathered for a rally at East Los Angeles College in a predominantly Latino area of L.A. A number of protesters carried signs supporting Clinton’s Democratic rival Bernie Sanders.

As federal authorities continue their investigation of music legend, Prince’s death, there are reports the pop icon had the painkiller Percocet in his system. KSTP-TV also reports Prince had a dangerously low red blood cell count, indicating he had been ill. The local medical examiner would not confirm the report, which cites two law enforcement sources. The 57-year-old was found dead at his Paisley Park compound the morning of April 21. On Thursday, a lawyer for a California addiction doctor said Prince’s representatives contacted the doctor the day before his death. That doctor couldn’t make it immediately and instead sent his son to visit with Prince. The son was one of three people that found him dead in an elevator. The doctor was planning to visit later for what’s been described as a “life saving mission.”

In a Prince-related story…Comedian Arsenio Hall is suing singer Sinead O’Connor for millions of dollars over her claims that he provided drugs to Prince. Hall has filed a lawsuit in Santa Monica, California Superior Court asking for $5-million in damages from the Irish singer-songwriter. O’Connor took to Facebook earlier this week and claimed Prince was a “longtime hard drug user” who got his supply from Arsenio. Hall has fired back, saying O’Connor is “well known for her media antics and for seeking attention.”  He also says he never gave illegal drugs to Prince, who passed away last month at the age of 57. No cause of death has yet been announced.

In Sports…

Frank Vogel is out as head coach of the Indiana Pacers. Team president Larry Bird announced at a press conference Thursday that Vogel will not return next season. They’re now looking for a replacement. The Pacers finished 45-and-37 this season, but were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Raptors. Vogel was with the team five and a half years which includes six seasons.

While the guys are getting it together in the offices of Bankers Life Fieldhouse, we’ll root-on the ladies. The Indiana Fever are in WNBA pre-season action today on the road. The Fever take on the Washington Mystics at 11:30 a.m. this morning in the Verizon Center.

The newest Colts players will hit the field today as the team’s rookie minicamp begins. The camp will be made up of 2016 draft picks, undrafted free agents, unsigned tryout players and a few of the younger Colts from last year’s team-older ponies. The camp runs through Sunday.

Hustle and bustle!…that’s what to expect this weekend here in Indy and south of us in Louisville too. It’s the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon weekend! The event gets underway with The 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Expo beginning this morning at 10 a.m. It’s the last day also to pick up the mini-marathon runner’s packets downtown for registered participants. That’s all at the Indiana Convention Center until 9 p.m. tonight. On Saturday morning, race festivities get underway at 7:30 a.m. on West Washington Street near West Street downtown. That will cause street closures and traffic delays. The event will also cause delays and detours for IndyGo bus service today and on Saturday, so plan ahead.

Then, down Interstate-65…

The first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown is also on Saturday. The 142nd Kentucky Derby goes off at Churchill Downs. (Ladies grab your fabulous hats!) About 170,000 people are expected to attend. Another approximately 16-million people will watch the annual “Running of the Roses” on television. The horse in the spotlight this year is Nyquist. The two-year old champion Thorobred is the morning-line favorite at 3-to-1 and will break from gate 13 in the 20-horse field. Nyquist won the 2015 Breeder’s Cup Juvenile race. The Kentucky Derby begins at approximately 6:34 p.m. Eastern time.

Indianapolis Weather…

Sunny.  The High: 73 degrees… catch me on Access Indy Sunday morning at 8 a.m. Eastern. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day Weekend.

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