Wednesday, December 11 2013 6:15 PM EST2013-12-11 23:15:22 GMT
An Indianapolis pastor has been convicted of child molestation. A jury found 71-year-old Otis Jetter guilty on all three counts Tuesday. Jetter had been working as a pastor at the Pilgrim Chapel MissionaryMore >>
A jury found 71-year-old Otis Jetter guilty on all three counts Tuesday.
Wednesday, December 11 2013 6:00 PM EST2013-12-11 23:00:14 GMT
About 50 days and 60 degrees ago, Dr. Lewis Ferebee rode a school bus to his first day of work as the new leader of Indianapolis Public Schools. He had a 100-day plan to begin improving the district.More >>
In an Eyewitness News interview, we ask IPS Superintendent Dr. Lewis Ferebee what he's learned, what he's done, and where he sees the school district headed.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 5:31 PM EST2013-12-11 22:31:19 GMT
A few snow showers are in the forecast for Wednesday evening and a quick blast of even colder air will follow. Overnight temperatures will be in the range of 1 to -4 degrees. Wind chills will be evenMore >>
A few snow showers are in the forecast for Wednesday evening and a quick blast of even colder air will follow.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 5:17 PM EST2013-12-11 22:17:26 GMT
As bitter cold sets in, many in central Indiana are thinking twice before cranking up the thermostat. "When I hear that furnace kick on and I don't feel cold, I jump up and I cut it down," said RooseveltMore >>
As bitter cold sets in, many in central Indiana are thinking twice before cranking up the thermostat.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 4:55 PM EST2013-12-11 21:55:24 GMT
The House has passed legislation that instructs the Veterans Affairs Department to unearth the remains of an Army veteran buried with military honors after police said he killed an Indianapolis woman andMore >>
The House has passed legislation that instructs the Veterans Affairs Department to unearth the remains of an Army veteran buried with military honors after police said he killed an Indianapolis woman and injured three others before taking his own life.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 4:47 PM EST2013-12-11 21:47:54 GMT
The five power conferences of college sports want more flexibility in providing financial support to athletes. A major reason they lack that freedom in the first place is other NCAA members have fearedMore >>
The five power conferences of college sports want more flexibility in providing financial support to athletes.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 4:42 PM EST2013-12-11 21:42:20 GMT
Two young men were injured when they were shot during an attempted robbery Tuesday in Columbus. Police say the robbery occurred around 5 p.m. in the 2300 block of Sims Court. Three males, ages 20, 19More >>
Two young men were injured when they were shot during an attempted robbery Tuesday in Columbus.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 4:38 PM EST2013-12-11 21:38:37 GMT
Terry McLaurin of Indianapolis Cathedral has won this year's Indiana Mr. Football award. The versatile play-maker received 19 votes from a panel of Indiana Football Coaches Association members. CardinalMore >>
Terry McLaurin of Indianapolis Cathedral has won this year's Indiana Mr. Football award.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 4:27 PM EST2013-12-11 21:27:34 GMT
A threatening call led to a lockdown at Lafayette schools Wednesday. The Lafayette Crisis Center contacted police after receiving a call at around 1:21 pm from someone saying they were near a schoolMore >>
A threatening call led to a lockdown at Lafayette schools Wednesday.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 4:15 PM EST2013-12-11 21:15:21 GMT
Former Indianapolis Indians star Andrew McCutchen made a big splash Wednesday on the "Ellen" show. The current Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder and reigning National League MVP wrapped up his first appearanceMore >>
Former Indianapolis Indians star Andrew McCutchen made a big splash Wednesday on the "Ellen" show.More >>
Indianapolis - Police arrested the Indianapolis Metro Police officer involved in the crash that killed a motorcycle rider last week.
Investigators say Officer David Bisard had a blood-alcohol content of .19 percent, more than twice the legal limit.
Bisard faces several felony charges. He surrendered at the Arrestee Processing Center Wednesday afternoon flanked by his attorney and wife. He did not answer any of WTHR's questions concerning charges against him.
His bosses Wednesday call Bisard's case "unacceptable" and said, "It's a failure of leadership." They also apologized to the families of the victims.
The investigation is ongoing but Chief of Police Paul Ciesielski expects to recommend termination for Bisard.
Wednesday afternoon, the prosecutor's office revealed the charges that Bisard will face.
Operating a motor vehicle with a BAC .15 or higher causing death (Class B felony) Operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing death (Class C felony) Reckless homicide (Class C felony) Two counts of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury (Class D felony) Two counts of operating a motor vehicle with a BAC .08 or higher causing serious bodily injury (Class D felony)
Mayor Greg Ballard spoke for the first time about the crash. He called it a tragedy, and expressed sympathy for the families of the victims.
"What happened is absolutely unacceptable," said the mayor, speaking at a news conference Wednesday. "Police officers don't just obey the law. They serve the law. They absolutely must be held to the highest standards by me, by the public safety department at by the law-abiding public."
Bisard was running lights and sirens with his K-9 Brix last Friday morning to help with a felony warrant. When he got to Brendon Way Drive on East 56th Street, he crashed into two motorcycles, killing 30-year-old Eric Wells.
Kurt Weekly, 44, remained in critical condition as of Tuesday night, and Mary Mills, 47, had been upgraded to fair condition.
One of the riders told Channel 13 they could not move to the right at the intersection because of cars already in the right lane and that the left turn lane was open for Bisard to possibly pass as they waited at the red light.
Just before the crash Bisard got an oil change and had his children in the cruiser before starting work around 8:30 Friday morning.
"Took his children to a soccer camp, went back home and took a shower and put his uniform on. He was westbound on 56th when he received the run to assist," said Chief Ciesielski.
Straub: No indication of alcohol
Public Safety Director Frank Straub said initially there was no indication that Officer Bisard was intoxicated. He said once investigators got the results of the blood alcohol content test, which came back as .19, they began to investigate.
"There were many people there including members of my executive staff that spoke to Officer Bisard and saw no signs of intoxication," added Metro Police Chief Ciesielski.
The chief also said he was "shocked, disappointed and quite frankly pretty darn angry that this would happen." He insisted the "investigation was done correctly, thoroughly, totally above board."
Ciesielski said he would be making a recommendation for Bisard's termination to the Police Merit Board.
He said the Fatal Alcohol Crash Team was on hand to investigate the crash from the beginning, not because alcohol use was initially suspected, but because of the thoroughness required following a fatal crash. He said investigators did not learn of the BAC results until Monday night. Investigators are still working to determine exactly how fast Bisard was driving at the time of the crash.
City officials spoke at a 10:30 am news conference. Bisard's bosses apologized for the accident.
"I wanted to speak from my heart. First of all, I want to express my sympathy to the family as well," said Chief Ciesielski.
Apologies also came from Mayor Ballard, who also suspects officers who worked closely with Bisard may have known of a drinking problem.
"Someone knew of the human weakness that was present and failed to act or to inform others," Ballard.
"This was an unthinkable misjudgment by Officer Bisard," the mayor said, calling the accident "preventable."
The mayor added, "This is a difficult time for our officers. They have sympathy for the victims too. They're concerned about Mr. Bisard and they know that his family is suffering also."
"Our police officers know that this has an impact on the trust they have with the public. For public safety to be job one, the police and the public must work together," he said.
Before heading off to another event, the mayor said, "This one hurts. There's no question about that."
Wednesday, December 11 2013 8:33 AM EST2013-12-11 13:33:42 GMT
In an effort to save time and money, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard wants to bring criminal justice in Marion County under one roof. Sources tell Eyewitness News a plan is in the works that would consolidateMore >>
In an effort to save time and money, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard wants to bring criminal justice in Marion County under one roof.More >>
Wednesday, November 27 2013 6:21 PM EST2013-11-27 23:21:46 GMT
It's a case that has baffled police for decades. On November 17th, 2013, it will be 35 years since four young workers were kidnapped from the Speedway Burger Chef and killed. There were four victimsMore >>
It's one of the state's most heinous crimes. 35 years later, the Burger Chef murder case is still unsolved. Now, Eyewitness News has uncovered a new theory connected to the investigation that focuses on another Burger Chef restaurant.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 10:45 PM EST2013-12-11 03:45:01 GMT
There are major changes ahead for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Track officials revealed Tuesday how they will spend millions of dollars - some of it taxpayer money - for improvements at the track. TheMore >>
Track officials revealed Tuesday how they will spend millions of dollars - some of it taxpayer money - for improvements at the track.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 2:50 AM EST2013-12-11 07:50:40 GMT
The Mega Millions jackpot grows to $400 million with no winner nationwide Tuesday night. The jackpot is approaching a new record for Friday night, estimated at $400 million. The winning numbers forMore >>
The Mega Millions jackpot grows to $400 million with no winner nationwide Tuesday night. More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 12:00 AM EST2013-12-11 05:00:46 GMT
Metro Police are investigating a home break-in, in which thieves stole Christmas from an east side Indianapolis family.Anita Barnes says faith and family are the heart of the holidays.She decorated herMore >>
Metro police are investigating a home break-in in which thieves stole Christmas from an east Indianapolis family.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 5:49 AM EST2013-12-11 10:49:15 GMT
A Greenwood family escaped from a fire overnight in the 800 block of Ramblin Road. White River Township Fire Department was assisted by Greenwood Fire in fighting the building fire. The family ofMore >>
Greenwood family of four escapes building fire overnight.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 8:23 PM EST2013-12-11 01:23:04 GMT
A woman who worked for more than 12 years at an Indianapolis church is accused of stealing more than $177,000 from there. Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry says Stephanie Hicks was charged TuesdayMore >>
A woman who worked for more than 12 years at an Indianapolis church is accused of stealing more than $177,000 from there.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 6:37 PM EST2013-12-10 23:37:33 GMT
People living in a far south side Indianapolis apartment complex say enough is enough. Parc Bordeaux Apartments residents are fed up with thieves who have repeatedly targeted their complex. The most recentMore >>
People living in a far south side Indianapolis apartment complex say enough is enough.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 12:28 PM EST2013-12-11 17:28:11 GMT
New jobs are coming to central Indiana as a company brings its headquarters to Carmel. That's the new home for Allegion. The Ireland-based company was spun off from Ingersoll Rand last week. It willMore >>
New jobs are coming to central Indiana as a company brings its headquarters to Carmel. That's the new home for Allegion.More >>