Thursday, December 12 2013 11:20 PM EST2013-12-13 04:20:57 GMT
The Avon Community School Corporation says it's investigating a case of "inappropriate social media activity" involving high school students. Bill Weems, deputy chief of Avon PD, says his department wasMore >>
The Avon Community School Corporation says it's investigating a case of "inappropriate social media activity" involving high school students.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 11:19 PM EST2013-12-13 04:19:07 GMT
Small businesses in Shelbyville are taking a big hit from overnight burglars. Over two months, burglars have hit nine businesses in town. There is no indication they are slowing down. "This is a hitMore >>
Small businesses in Shelbyville are taking a big hit from overnight burglars.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 10:48 PM EST2013-12-13 03:48:58 GMT
The House has given sweeping bipartisan approval to a budget bill backed by both President Barack Obama, his Democratic allies and a big majority of the chamber's Republicans. The 332-94 vote sendsMore >>
The House has given sweeping bipartisan approval to a budget bill backed by both President Barack Obama, his Democratic allies and a big majority of the chamber's Republicans.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 10:47 PM EST2013-12-13 03:47:20 GMT
A pedestrian was struck and killed in Franklin Thursday night. Franklin firefighters confirmed the accident on US 31 between Acorn Road and Schoolhouse Road. The crash happened just before 9 p.m. Thursday. TheMore >>
Franklin police are investigating the death of a pedestrian on US 31 Thursday night.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 10:33 PM EST2013-12-13 03:33:28 GMT
Police in Noblesville are warning citizens about scams surrounding the death of a 16-year-old high school student. Police say they have received several questions about fundraising efforts allegedly setMore >>
Police in Noblesville are warning citizens about scams surrounding the death of a 16-year-old high school student.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 8:43 PM EST2013-12-13 01:43:13 GMT
Someone has again anonymously dropped a gold Krugerrand coin into a Salvation Army red kettle in a central Indiana city. Salvation Army Capt. Dale Brandenburg says the South African coin was foundMore >>
Someone has again anonymously dropped a gold Krugerrand coin into a Salvation Army red kettle in a central Indiana city.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 8:40 PM EST2013-12-13 01:40:40 GMT
An Indianapolis man who pleaded guilty to bank robbery in which an accomplice was fatally shot by the FBI has been sentenced to 10.5 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson sentencedMore >>
An Indianapolis man who pleaded guilty to bank robbery in which an accomplice was fatally shot by the FBI has been sentenced to 10.5 years in prison.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 8:33 PM EST2013-12-13 01:33:19 GMT
Bishops representing Indiana's five Roman Catholic dioceses have issued a pastoral letter in response to a proposal to add a ban on gay marriage to the state constitution, but didn't take a side. TheMore >>
Bishops representing Indiana's five Roman Catholic dioceses have issued a pastoral letter in response to a proposal to add a ban on gay marriage to the state constitution, but didn't take a side.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 7:23 PM EST2013-12-13 00:23:47 GMT
Indianapolis Metro Police are investigating the shooting of a child on the city's west side. Officers were called to a home in the 1100 block of W. 27th St. just east of Riverside Park. The child wasMore >>
Indianapolis Metro Police are investigating the shooting of a child on the city's west side.More >>
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Bloomington, Nov. 19 - Deep in the woods five miles north of Bloomington, a dozen men, their lives in shambles, are trying to walk out of the darkness of addiction.
At 5:00 a.m., an hour they used to be drugged or drunk, they gather for prayer and a morning meal. There's hearty food on the table and a heavenly setting on 285 acres of woods next to the Morgan-Monroe State Forest.
There's James P. Benedict, 30, a career criminal from Oklahoma, with an FBI record three pages long and 35 felonies to his name. He used, dealt and made crystal methamphetamine, killing two people when his lab blew up. Cornell Wilson, 41, was a salesman, a father of two and a crack addict when his wife kicked him out of their Northside Indianapolis home with the ultimatum: Get help or don't come back.
Rick L. Turner, 48, was a quality control manager at an aerospace firm in Florida when an injury helped him get hooked on prescription narcotics. When Turner got caught, he was downing 130 Percocet at a time and robbing pharmacies from Florida to Carmel to support his habit.
The program that drew them together is called Hebron ? the biblical term for "City of Refuge." The Christian-based program located at Camp Hunt is funded by the Wheeler Mission. Known for its outreach to the homeless, Wheeler started Hebron in September 2000, basing it on similar recovery programs in Florida, North Carolina and Georgia.
Hebron has beds for 12 men who are addicted to drugs, alcohol, pornography or gambling. The men commit one year of their lives, living in a bunkhouse built by addicts who went before them. They leave their wives and children, seeing them only on the weekends when families come to camp for chapel and to take part in comprehensive programs offered to help them.
Hebron bills itself as a "spiritual boot camp," where the hard daily work of digging trenches, hauling logs and making wood products is often easier than the spiritual transformation required of the men.
Those who can't pay the $4,000 fee for their room and board promise to pay it in installments after they graduate. Hebron has a $220,000 annual budget, funded from private donors and foundations.
All the leaders, like Alan P. Bobbett, who runs the program and lives on-site with his wife and five children, are former addicts.
"Men who come to us are dead men walking," said Bobbett, 39. "Addiction has sucked the very life out of them and their families."
There's a strict regimen. The men get up early, do housework and chores, attend classes, do hard physical labor and engage in intensive spiritual study. They evaluate themselves and each other.
Hebron doesn't offer the addict sympathy; there's nothing warm and fuzzy about the program. Rick Aanonsen, a graduate of Dunklin, a similar program in Florida, often leads the classes with a stern, boot-camp style of delivery:
"Are you going to be the one I read about in the obituary?" he barks. "Are you going to be the one sitting in a 6- by 9-foot cell? Are you going to be the one strung out, who died in his own vomit, alcohol-poisoned, strung out on booze, strung out on crack cocaine, eating out of dumpsters two years from now? We've got thousands upon thousands of addicts killing themselves, killing each other, and God has seen fit to pluck you up out of the muck and mire. Did you know that? God has a plan and purpose for your life."
Though there are some convicted criminals at Hebron who face hard time if they leave, there are no barbed wire fences, no locked gates. Many of the men who quit Hebron steal away in the middle of the night. Of the 107 who've signed up in the last three years, just 10 have graduated.
Bobbett tries to keep track of the men who didn't make it. He says not one has stayed clean. The 10 who've completed the program are all still sober, he says.
Rick Turner, the white-collar drug addict who kicked narcotic painkillers, never expected to make it through Hebron. "They told me the day I arrived that I was a leech and that I make people bleed," Turner said. "Then they looked me in the eyes and told me they loved me. My life was a mess. I knew I didn't want to go back to prison. I honestly thought I'd leave here in a box."
Turner graduated on a frosty day in February 2002. The leaders cut a hole in the eight-inch-thick ice of the lake and baptized Turner, dunking his entire body in the frigid water.
"That old man, the man that I was, just needs to die," Turner told the crowd assembled on the shore. "He can just stay sealed here in the ice, because I don't need him anymore."
Turner has now renewed his vows with Tracie, his wife of 15 years, and has moved from a 6 by 9 foot cell to a 16 by 86 foot home located on the Hebron property. He works there full time, serving as a mentor to the men who are following him. The men built Turner's wife, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, a wheelchair ramp to the couple's home. Turner says it is now time to give back to his wife the years he took away from her with his addiction. And time to give back to Hebron, which he says saved his marriage and life.
Thursday, December 12 2013 5:29 PM EST2013-12-12 22:29:58 GMT
A woman who pleaded guilty in the death of her seven-year-old son will learn her sentence this afternoon. Jessica Rogers, who was 29 when she was arrested after the Dec. 8, 2012 fatal fire, pleaded guiltyMore >>
A woman who pleaded guilty in the death of her seven-year-old son has been sentenced to four years in prison, to be followed by two years of probation.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 12:18 PM EST2013-12-12 17:18:18 GMT
The wife of an Iraqi war veteran shot to death when he tried to buy an iPad on Craigslist is speaking out for the first time. In an interview with the Daily Mail online, Jamie Vester says she warned herMore >>
The wife of an Iraqi war veteran shot to death when he tried to buy an iPad on Craigslist is speaking out for the first time.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 >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 10:45 AM EST2013-12-12 15:45:38 GMT
A man that had been shot in his vehicle drove to the Indianapolis Fire station at 5520 East 38th Street around 11 PM last night. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) were at the shootingMore >>
A man who had been shot in his vehicle drove to the Indianapolis Fire station at 5520 East 38th Street around 11:00 pm Wednesday night. More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 6:28 PM EST2013-12-11 23:28:45 GMT
Chuck Pagano took no solace in what everybody else at the Colts' complex already knew. Sunday's replay reversal, which gave the Bengals a touchdown, was a mistake. On Tuesday night, Dean Blandino, theMore >>
Chuck Pagano took no solace in what everybody else at the Colts' complex already knew.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 2:38 AM EST2013-12-12 07:38:28 GMT
Indianapolis Fire Department was called to a house fire overnight at 2733 Fairfax Road, while dealing with slick streets and the cold. The fire was a chimney fire, but when the firefighters left the scene,More >>
Indianapolis Fire Department was called to a house fire overnight at 2733 Fairfax Road, while dealing with slick streets and the cold.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 7:33 AM EST2013-12-12 12:33:55 GMT
Customers of Indianapolis Power and Light (IPL) were without power overnight during the cold weather. The downtown Indianapolis area has 238 customers without power and another 42 on the south sideMore >>
Indianapolis Power and Light and Duke Energy customers without power overnight.More >>
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.
Thursday, December 12 2013 11:23 AM EST2013-12-12 16:23:57 GMT
Indianapolis Power and Light blames the cold weather for scattered power outages Thursday morning. A power line in Pike Township that was previously struck by lightning froze this morning. It broke, causingMore >>
Indianapolis Power and Light blames the cold weather for scattered power outages Thursday morning.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 11:42 PM EST2013-12-12 04:42:24 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 >>
By late evening Wednesday, some parts of central Indiana have temperatures in the single digits and wind chills nearing 10 below zero.More >>