Saturday, May 25 2013 12:56 AM EDT2013-05-25 04:56:19 GMT
A female pedestrian is in the hospital after being struck by a vehicle on the northeast side of Indianapolis. The woman was hit on E. 34th Street, between Gladstone and Colorado, around 9:45 p.m. Friday.More >>
A female pedestrian is in the hospital after being struck by a vehicle on the northeast side of Indianapolis.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 12:46 AM EDT2013-05-25 04:46:54 GMT
Tamika Catchings and Shavonte Zellous each scored 19 points and the Indiana Fever opened defense of their WNBA title with a resounding 79-64 victory over the depleted San Antonio Silver Stars on FridayMore >>
Tamika Catchings and Shavonte Zellous each scored 19 points and the Indiana Fever opened defense of their WNBA title with a resounding 79-64 victory over the depleted San Antonio Silver Stars on Friday night.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 12:00 AM EDT2013-05-25 04:00:53 GMT
If you waited until Friday to drive your RV to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, you likely paid more to fill it up. "If you have to worry about the price of gas," said Hoosier race fan Steven Isaacs,More >>
This Memorial Day, gas prices are about where they were last year, instead of being up again.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:47 PM EDT2013-05-25 03:47:15 GMT
The Indiana Pacers are trying to even the Eastern Conference finals in Miami. Indiana has opened up a 12-point lead late in the first quarter. Roy Hibbert leads the Pacers with eight points. LeBron JamesMore >>
The Indiana Pacers have evened the Eastern Conference finals in Miami.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:18 PM EDT2013-05-25 03:18:05 GMT
Several Indiana teachers put their lives on the line just a year ago when two F-4 tornadoes hit Henryville and destroyed the elementary and high school. When Henryville Elementary School Teacher KristiMore >>
Several Indiana teachers put their lives on the line just a year ago when two F-4 tornadoes hit Henryville and destroyed the elementary and high school.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:41 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:41:45 GMT
A couple from Elwood face charges after police say they found a marijuana growing operation in their basement. Stephen Stookey, 70, and Marilyn Stookey, 69, were arrested after police raided their homeMore >>
A couple from Elwood face charges after police say they found a marijuana growing operation in their basement.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:04 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:04:40 GMT
Two people are in custody after an incident where an IMPD officer fired his duty weapon. Police say officers were investigating an incident in the 3200 block of Boulevard Place when a suspect failed toMore >>
Two people are in custody after an incident where an IMPD officer fired his duty weapon.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:55 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:55:55 GMT
A Greenfield police officer is fighting to keep his vanity license plate. Rodney Vawter has owned the personalized Fraternal Order of Police license plate "0INK" for the past three years. A class actionMore >>
A Greenfield police officer is fighting to keep his vanity license plate after it was revoked by the BMV.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:32 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:32:12 GMT
One of our city's best-known landmarks could soon see some changes not just in the way it looks, but in the way it's used. Friday's Memorial Day service is one of many events that takes place on MonumentMore >>
One of our city's best-known landmarks could soon see some changes not just in the way it looks, but in the way it's used.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 5:30 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:30:44 GMT
Fans headed to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend will face increased security aimed at keeping them safe. The eyes are on the cars, the part and the people at IMS. This year, more than everMore >>
Fans headed to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend will face increased security aimed at keeping them safe.More >>
For the fifth consecutive summer, Channel 13 is shattering the silence on domestic abuse. Abuse can be physical, mental or verbal, and it impacts one in four American families.
Indiana Congressman Dan Burton shares his shattering story of childhood abuse that first made news headlines decades ago.
Burton is at home in the spotlight on the Capitol Hill stage in Washington D.C where the Committee on Government and Oversight comes to order.
Decades removed from the domestic violence that darkened his days in his Indianapolis home, the 13-term U.S. Representative is now in a powerful political position - a far cry from his younger years.
"My dad - he beat me and my mom all the time. I thought he'd killed my mom several times," Burton shared
Burton felt powerless as a little boy watching his beloved mom Bonnie brutally beaten by his father Charles.
"In the middle of the night, he'd start beating on her and she would throw a lamp through the window and start screaming for help, bloody screams, blood-curdling, and you'd wake up seven, eight years old scared to death, and the police never came," Burton remembered.
With nowhere to go, Congressman Burton says his mom lived through 12 years of terror in the 1940s and 50s when people rarely spoke about domestic violence.
"Back in those days, I think they had the attitude that the women were pretty much the property of a man, and if a man beat her, there was a reason for it, and the police stayed out of it," said Burton.
Congressman Burton says his abusive dad also turned his anger on him frequently. "He beat me with a policeman's belt buckle."
Burton calls his mother a tiny angel as she often saved him from his 6'8'' father.
"She was 5 feet and she would stand between the two of us and take the blows that I was going to get, so she was a wonderful woman," Burton praised her.
One day, she took her children and finally left his dad. Bonnie and her children went to her mother's home where they hid fearfully.
"He kicked the door in and came in with a shotgun and said he was going to kill her," Burton recalled. "She wouldn't get up, and he literally picked her up and carried her out with a shotgun."
It was June of 1950. The story made the headlines of the Indianapolis newspapers - "Husband kidnaps wife."
"They had a three-state search for him."
Out of exhaustion, Burton's dad fell asleep on a country road in Tennessee, and his mother escaped.
"I think if that hadn't happened he probably would have killed her."
Charles Burton spent time in prison where he was punished for resisting arrest, assault and battery.
The Burton family seldom heard from him again. He died decades ago, and Congressman Burton's mother Bonnie moved on to a happy second marriage.
Dan, his brother and sister had happier teenage years, but behind the perfect pictures pain pulsates years later.
"People who grow up in an abusive house environment, they have a tendency to become abusive themselves," Burton said.
Did the Congressman ever fight a tendency to follow in his father's footsteps?
"Yeah, I think I did, I think I did - like anybody that's been through that sort of thing, but I never beat up on anybody. I never beat up on my wifel; my first wife who is gone now. In retrospect, there's a lot of things I would have changed about the way I treated her, but I never, ever did that."
And he says he has a hatred for any man who abuses a woman."I hope I never see you doing it because if I've got a ball bat near me or something, I'm gonna take you on. I don't care who you are."
Congressman Burton says we should all take a stand against domestic abuse. "I think it's extremely important, like what you're doing, to raise the awareness of not only women, but the entire citizenry about domestic violence."
Burton has come a long way from living with domestic violence, day in and day out. The Congressman is happily married again, and he thinks his abusive past which has prepared him for the present.
"In retrospect, I think all those things made me a stronger person," Burton said. "
Congressman Burton will be in Indiana this weekend. He's hosting a Violence Against Women Summit this Saturday in Marion at Indiana Wesleyan University which begins at 10 am.
If you are in an abusive relationship, call 926-HELP.
Friday, May 24 2013 11:46 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:46:25 GMT
A woman faces sentencing Friday for her part in the shooting death of a female basketball star. The shooting happened last July at Ben Davis Park on the city's west side. Witnesses say Vincennes UniversityMore >>
A woman faces sentencing Friday for her part in the shooting death of a female basketball star.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:19 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:19:14 GMT
Police are seeking criminal charges against two missing campers who were found on the Indiana National Guard's Camp Atterbury. Bartholomew County sheriff's Maj. Todd Noblitt says the two men, ages 19More >>
Bartholomew County sheriff's Maj. Todd Noblitt says the two men, ages 19 and 20, were found Wednesday after a ground and air search for several hours by police officers and soldiers of the Atterbury grounds near Edinburgh.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 5:02 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:02:40 GMT
A pedestrian was seriously hurt after being struck by a police officer on the east side of Indianapolis. The accident happened around 9:30 p.m. Thursday near the intersection of 42nd Street and EmersonMore >>
The family of Richard Allen Moore told Eyewitness News that he was killed in the accident.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:29 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:29:00 GMT
Authorities say a cat might have started a central Indiana house fire by knocking over a lamp. The fire happened Thursday in the town of Chesterfield just east of Anderson. Chesterfield deputy fire chiefMore >>
Authorities say a cat might have started a central Indiana house fire by knocking over a lamp.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:22 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:22:46 GMT
It will likely be months before a judge rules on whether a new trial should be granted to a man convicted of killing an Indiana University student who disappeared during a 2000 bike ride. A Morgan CountyMore >>
It will likely be months before a judge rules on whether a new trial should be granted to a man convicted of killing an Indiana University student who disappeared during a 2000 bike ride.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 4:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 20:20:10 GMT
One of Indiana's largest health systems says it's cutting an undisclosed number of jobs by June 30 because of increasing economic and competitive pressure on the health care industry. Indianapolis-basedMore >>
One of Indiana's largest health systems says it's cutting an undisclosed number of jobs by June 30 because of increasing economic and competitive pressure on the health care industry.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 3:37 PM EDT2013-05-24 19:37:35 GMT
An act of credit card fraud has been traced back to a downtown Indianapolis restaurant. Some workers upstairs love walking downstairs for a bite at Ike and Jonesy's downtown. But they say the bite isMore >>
The owner of Ike & Jonesy's downtown says he is working to find out how the credit and debit cards of several customers and employees could have been compromised.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:26 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:26:01 GMT
Officials with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway tell Eyewitness News that 35 runners from the Midwest who did not complete the Boston Marathon because of the tragedy there will be finishing that race atMore >>
The Speedway invited runners to cross the finish line on race day morning before the start of the race. They will be running from Turn Four across the historic Yard of Bricks.More >>