Wednesday, December 11 2013 10:57 PM EST2013-12-12 03:57:17 GMT
There are new concerns about cancer cuts after the American Society for Clinical Oncology published a study saying cancer research is facing its greatest threat in a generation - budget cuts in Congress. ThoseMore >>
There are new concerns about cancer cuts after the American Society for Clinical Oncology published a study saying cancer research is facing its greatest threat in a generation - budget cuts in Congress.More >>
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 >>
Hamilton County - The state's top watchdog over public records has his eyes on the City of Carmel. At issue is its handling of the release of public records regarding the assault of two freshmen by three senior basketball players on a team bus January 22nd.
The report says that in an interview regarding the bus incident, the detective learned that an additional incident may have occurred. The victim told police there were "ongoing issues that were occurring in the locker rooms at Carmel High School."
The victim told the detective that the incident took place on January 8th.
Initially, Carmel Clay Schools referred to the January 22nd incident as "bullying." It was made public with a February 18th statement from Principal John Williams, saying:
"Appropriate, consistent, and immediate discipline was administered to those who participated." In the statement, Williams also said the entire basketball team was addressed and that the Carmel Police Department had been informed of the incident.
But Monday, 13 Investigates discovered exclusive undisclosed information that one of the freshmen boys was treated at a local hospital, where medical staff contacted Child Protective Services. Hospitals are required by law to report any suspicion or allegation of sexual or physical abuse.
Principal Williams responded.
"It was terrible what happened, and we're embarrassed and just as disgusted as anybody else," he said.
The hospital report forced Carmel Police to investigate. But the department refused to hand over a police report. 13 Investigates alerted Indiana's Public Access Counselor.
13 Investigates informed Carmel Police that it did "not satisfy the legal statutes" and that WTHR made "an inquiry with the Office of the Public Access Counselor."
Hours later, Superintendent Jeff Swensson announced a joint news conference for the following day. There were still few answers.
"I'm not going to get into particulars," said Chief Mike Fogarty.
"We really can't comment about that," Swensson said, in answers that were typical during the news conference.
13 Investigates again took issue and sent an expanded request to the City of Carmel pointing out its failure to disclose. They sent this response Friday.
In an e-mail Indiana Public Access Counselor Andrew Kossack writes:
"In response to your contacts...I spoke with Douglas C. Haney, the City of Carmel's attorney, who assured me that..his office will release all non-confidential information as the investigations into the January 22nd and January 8th incidents proceed. I will remain in contact with Mr. Haney as he continues to separate public information from that which is non-disclosable."
After that letter, WTHR received notice of the Sexual Battery police report. We have also confirmed that Child Protective Services is investigating alongside Carmel Police. And as many as 50 individuals, including students could be interviewed before this is all over.
The City of Carmel released the following statement late Friday:
The City of Carmel and Carmel Police Department wish to assure the community that they are working diligently to properly investigate the allegations involving Carmel High School students. This investigation is being taken very seriously and the Police Department is doing everything possible to protect the rights of the child victims involved.
Michael Fogarty, Carmel's Chief of Police, today announced that five investigators have been assigned to investigate the matter. These investigators are in the process of interviewing more than 60 potential witnesses. Fogarty emphasized that the allegations are serious and cautioned that the department's investigation will be thorough and careful.
"This situation is being handled with the utmost care and attention. It is more complicated than a typical investigation because it involves minors. The Carmel Police Department is working to ensure that no mistakes are made, caused by haste or pressure from the media for premature disclosure of facts, that could jeopardize a conviction," said Mayor Jim Brainard.
Fogarty added that we have all read of cases being dismissed or overturned by courts because of procedural mistakes made during the investigation.
Brainard said that the Carmel police are well trained and that they are taking great care to ensure not only that the children who are the victims are protected but that no mistakes are made that could jeopardize a later conviction.
It is important to note that the Carmel Police investigation is a criminal investigation and is separate and distinct from the investigation being conducted by Carmel High School officials.
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 >>