Wednesday, December 11 2013 9:42 PM EST2013-12-12 02:42:06 GMT
Police and school officials say American University's campus in the nation's capital is on lockdown after police received calls about a man with a gun. That report came in to Washington police aboutMore >>
A lockdown has been lifted at American University in Washington after police received calls about a man with a gun.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 9:37 PM EST2013-12-12 02:37:24 GMT
A six-year-old boy kissed a classmate and got suspended for sexual harassment. Now his mom is fighting to get the incident removed from his record. "It was during class, yeah. We were doing reading group.More >>
A six-year-old boy kissed a classmate and got suspended for sexual harassment. Now his mom is fighting to get the incident removed from his record.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 9:17 PM EST2013-12-12 02:17:20 GMT
Gov. Mike Pence says the federal government has rejected Indiana's request that Howard County be declared a major disaster area because of damage from last month's tornadoes and severe storms. TheMore >>
Gov. Mike Pence says the federal government has rejected Indiana's request that Howard County be declared a major disaster area because of damage from last month's tornadoes and severe storms.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 8:45 PM EST2013-12-12 01:45:14 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 7:14 PM EST2013-12-12 00:14:04 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 6:29 PM EST2013-12-11 23:29:33 GMT
The state of Indiana is giving a Carmel business 2-million dollars in tax credits in exchange for creating 100 new jobs next year.Allegion does business in 120 countries -- but keeps its north AmericanMore >>
The state of Indiana is giving a Carmel business $2 million in tax credits in exchange for creating 100 new jobs next year.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 >>
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 >>
Indianapolis - Their contributions have gone unrecognized, despite top secret missions and battle time service. Now, sick and dying, these men and women are being refused Veterans Affairs benefits because of a military technicality.
Prepping for the "sandbox," Air Force Reservists ready a C141 transport plane for a mission to the Persian Gulf. They are responsible for transporting precious cargo into war zones, both troops and their loaded equipment.
In January 1991, they helped drop 500,000 US troops into the desert to take Iraqi forces by storm.
Lt. Colonel Steve Avery of Indianapolis was one of their pilots.
"My crew was one of the first in Desert Storm. We flew a special elite group in and air dropped them during the beginning of the war," Avery explained.
He and fellow crew members from the 707th Air Squadron out of Charleston, South Carolina, also shuttled out scud missiles, spent nuclear tank shells covered in uranium dust, and who knows what else?
They were trusted with critical roles under the 315th Air Lift Wing, even though their reserve unit was not technically "activated."
Chief Master Sgt. Bob Strobel was the personnel superintendent at the time.
"These people flew into the sandbox. They were carrying all kinds of things. Probably a lot of the things they did were classified, and they cannot even by law talk about some of their missions," Stobel told 13 Investigates outside of the Charleston Air Base.
They were dying to serve. Literally.
Surviving crew members now say their bodies are ravaged from exposure to deadly toxins. Worse yet, the VA is refusing to cover the cost of their care. Despite honors, the government won't even acknowledge their service.
"They don't want to give me any credit for being in the war zone, and they don't want anything to be related to an injury or exposure during war because they would have to pay me more money," Avery alleged.
"We have a volunteer military that is not being taken care of on a timely basis," added his wife, Mary Ann.
Colonel Avery's ALS-like symptoms began three years ago. The disabled combat vet considers himself lucky. He's still alive, despite mounting post-war casualties.
Of the 160 members of his unit, almost a third are dead or terminally ill. He's created a medical registry to keep track of his squadron and a neighboring medical unit.
"Twenty-five people in my squadron are now passed away and 25 are terminally ill or stabilized. They came down with brain tumors, brain cancer, leukemia and ALS," said Avery referring to the medical registry he has compiled.
A national study found the risk of the disease two times higher for Gulf War vets.
The government also agreed to cover different forms of cancer for these troops. But not for Avery's squadron, who served with little documentation.
"It took them a year to find my records," the 63 year old told 13 Investigates. "It's been a pretty ugly exercise trying to substantiate everything," he said, with the help of the Pentagon.
13 Investigates took the issue to Indiana Congressman Steve Buyer, the top ranking Republican on the House Committee on Veterans Affairs.
"Wow," said Buyer after 13 Investigates described the complaint. The 4th District Congressman said it was the first he had heard of it, even though Avery and his wife say they called his offices in Monticello and Washington.
"I just want to let you know, I'm not going to challenge what somebody has told you. But generally, I have been the advocate for a lot of different groups with Gulf War Veterans in particular because they were exposed to many different environmental factors in that war," Buyer said.
That exposure to chemicals includes a potent insecticide. High concentrations of the roach spray with D-phenothrin were specially packaged for the Department of Defense.
13 Investigates obtained a can similar to the one the United States Agriculture Department required Desert Storm vets to use to keep cargo pest-free. Manufacturers warned the ingredients were "hazardous to humans."
"Once we took off they used to spray the whole plane down with 4 or 5 cans of bug spray. As the pilot you could be up in the cockpit and look in the back of the airplane and you couldn't see the passengers because there was so much bug spray," recalled Avery.
13 Investigates has uncovered, federal documents showing the crews were carelessly exposed during that ritual.
The label says, "Harmful if swallowed or absorbed through the skin. Avoid breathing vapors," yet the directions called for "Spraying...when passengers and crew are onboard and all doors, hatches, and ventilation openings are closed."
By the time the EPA discovered the flaw and demanded new labeling, it was well after the war.
Wednesday, December 11 2013 7:42 PM EST2013-12-12 00:42:56 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 >>