Wednesday, May 22 2013 1:02 PM EDT2013-05-22 17:02:01 GMT
It's been 24 hours since news broke of a Federal Bureau of Investigation raid at the City-County Building confiscating files from the Indy Land Bank program. The federal investigation also led to the arrestMore >>
Mayor Ballard held a news conference this morning hoping to shine light on several significant construction projects going around the city this season. Instead, all anyone wanted to talk about was the federal investigation into the Land Bank program, what he knew, when and why he didn't say something sooner.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 12:38 PM EDT2013-05-22 16:38:55 GMT
You paid for it. Now the question is, where is it? Tonight at 11:00 pm, 13 Investigates has discovered the State of Indiana has thousands of items classified as lost or missing. Some of it is stuff youMore >>
What is the state doing with a concert grand piano and a robotic deer? And why are these items - and others - missing?
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:09 AM EDT2013-05-22 15:09:50 GMT
The Internal Revenue Service official at the center of the storm over the agency's targeting of conservative groups has told Congress she did nothing wrong and has invoked her constitutional right to notMore >>
The Internal Revenue Service official at the center of the storm over the agency's targeting of conservative groups has told Congress she did nothing wrong and has invoked her constitutional right to not answer lawmakers' questions.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 10:56 AM EDT2013-05-22 14:56:01 GMT
Telemarketers are deploying new tactics to get your secret information - and all they have to do is get you to answer the phone. A call to a home phone this week showed up on the screen as "private name,More >>
Telemarketers are deploying new tactics to get your secret information - and all they have to do is get you to answer the phone.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 10:55 AM EDT2013-05-22 14:55:33 GMT
Tiger Woods says the "fried chicken" comment from Sergio Garcia was hurtful and inappropriate. Two weeks after they verbally sparred at The Players Championship, Woods says it's time to move on. GarciaMore >>
Tiger Woods says the "fried chicken" comment from Sergio Garcia was hurtful and inappropriate. Two weeks after they verbally sparred at The Players Championship, Woods says it's time to move on.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 10:46 AM EDT2013-05-22 14:46:45 GMT
In a community used to experiencing tornadoes, many in Moore, Oklahoma are in a state of shock. "This was the storm of storms," said Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett. Monday's tornado was categorizedMore >>
The mayor of the Oklahoma City suburb battered by a monstrous tornado says he is pushing to require safe-room shelters in all new homes.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 10:35 AM EDT2013-05-22 14:35:19 GMT
A $3.4 million grant from the Lilly Endowment will help place about 90 teachers in the Indianapolis Public Schools. Some $2 million of that grant to The Mind Trust will go toward adding 40 people to theMore >>
A $3.4 million grant from the Lilly Endowment will help place about 90 teachers in the Indianapolis Public Schools.More >>
Indianapolis - One in four American families suffers from abuse, whether it's physical, mental, verbal or sexual. For the eighth year, WTHR is shattering the silence on abuse.
Margaret Hoelzer has made a splash across the globe as a spectacular swimmer. She has won three medals - two silvers and a bronze - in the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
Today, she practices persistently with dreams of winning more. But an even bigger dream is using her Olympics platform to take a stand against abuse.
"Every achievement that I achieved in swimming was hopefully building up this platform that people would then want to listen to me and/or look at me as a success story," she said.
Hoelzer is a success story in swimming and in overcoming abuse. She swims against the tide speaking out specifically against child sexual abuse.
"People are afraid to talk to their kids, because it's a taboo subject. Well, the reality is sexual abuse happens," she said.
Hoelzer shares that stark message at speaking engagements across the country. Recently, she spoke in Carmel at a fundraiser for Chaucie's Place, a Hamilton County child advocacy center.
Margaret Hoelzer's story is one of shattered innocence that occurred when she was just a child.
"In my head, I was thinking, this is my friend's father," she said.
From age five to seven, Hoelzer tells audiences her friend's father sexually abused her. She was too young to understand.
"He was someone I trusted, so I didn't connect the dots with my heart and my head immediately," she said.
It took nearly four years - around age 11 - before Margaret talked to a friend about the abuse.
"She was the one that actually put the words - molested, sexual abuse - with what had happened to me and I was like, wow. You're right. I didn't even know what sexual abuse was," she said.
Hoelzer then shared the shocking news with her heartbroken mother.
"She kept it together, apparently bawled her eyes out later, but I never saw that," she said.
Margaret Hoezler says her parents believed her immediately and went to police. But with the late reporting of the abuse and a lack of evidence, her case was thrown out.
"I cried my eyes out, first of all. I was angry," she said.
Her alleged abuser went unpunished.
The Olympic athlete leaned on her parents and counseling to overcome the setback.
"I have an amazing support system," she said.
Hoelzer urges parents to support their children if they ever utter shocking words about being abused "and not try to just shove it under the carpet."
She tells children who don't get support to make waves and to keep shattering the silence.
"Someone will believe you. If you tell a parent and they don't believe you, tell a teacher, tell a school counselor, tell a coach, tell another friend's parents," she said.
Hoelzer keeps telling her story even in the face of her own fears.
"One of the biggest things I worried about is, 'Is anyone going to care? Is anyone going to want to hear my story?'" she said.
During her Carmel visit and in front of audiences nationwide, the answer is a resounding yes.
"It's healing for me. It's healing for me to continue talking about it," said Hoelzer. "You can still be successful and you can still move on. If I help one person go public or get help that makes me feel like I succeeded."
Experts say one in four girls and one in six boys is sexually abused. Warning signs include withdrawal, depression, unexplained anger, rebellion, sexual behavior and language that is not age appropriate. But some children show no signs of abuse.
Learn the seven steps to protecting your children from sexual abuse, including teaching them what it is.
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:37 PM EDT2013-05-22 01:37:26 GMT
A South Bend teenager who angered a judge by smirking during his sentencing for killing a 16-year-old boy has received the maximum time behind bars allowed under a plea agreement. St. Joseph SuperiorMore >>
A South Bend teenager who angered a judge by smirking during his sentencing for killing a 16-year-old boy has received the maximum time behind bars allowed under a plea agreement.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:21 AM EDT2013-05-22 09:21:57 GMT
State health officials are urging people to be careful as they head for Indiana's lakes and other bodies of water for summer recreation. The Indiana State Department of Health this week issued a listMore >>
State health officials are urging people to be careful as they head for Indiana's lakes and other bodies of water for summer recreation.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:50 PM EDT2013-05-21 22:50:23 GMT
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is searching offices at the Indianapolis City-County Building Tuesday. Several city employees have been arrested. The Department of Metropolitan Development DirectorMore >>
Two city employees and three others are accused of using a city program aimed at tackling the abandoned house problem and turning it into a money-making venture. The five face charges involving wire fraud and bribery.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:52 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:52:29 GMT
We've seen the damage from Oklahoma, hundreds of homes leveled. You have also seen those that survived a direct hit did so in a storm shelter. Storms shelters have not caught on in Indiana like otherMore >>
Storm shelters haven't caught on in Indiana like in some states along Tornado Alley, but more Hoosiers are making the investment to keep their families safe.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:24 AM EDT2013-05-22 08:24:20 GMT
Organizers of a summer camp for children of military families say the program will go on this summer at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore despite losing federal funding. Operators of Indiana Operation:More >>
Organizers of a summer camp for children of military families say the program will go on this summer at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore despite losing federal funding.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:22 AM EDT2013-05-22 08:22:57 GMT
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to add three Superfund sites in Indiana to its highest priority cleanup list for hazardous waste sites. The EPA proposed Tuesday adding Superfund sites inMore >>
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to add three Superfund sites in Indiana to its highest priority cleanup list for hazardous waste sites.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 5:44 PM EDT2013-05-21 21:44:57 GMT
Cody Zeller's decision to leave Indiana University and head to the NBA looks like it may be paying off. Zeller's stock has gone up considerably after his performance last week at the NBA Combine in Chicago.More >>
Cody Zeller's decision to leave Indiana University and head to the NBA looks like it may be paying off.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:01 PM EDT2013-05-22 01:01:00 GMT
Police arrested a semi driver with a blood-alcohol content more than three times the legal limit after a tip from a motorist in Grant County. State troopers monitoring a work zone on I-69 near the 271More >>
Police arrested a semi driver with a blood-alcohol content more than three times the legal limit after a tip from a motorist in Grant County.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 7:47 AM EDT2013-05-22 11:47:04 GMT
After a quiet start to the week, things heat up today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Community Day. And the track has a lot of family-friendly events planned. Community Day is a fan favoriteMore >>
After a quiet start to the week, things heat up today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Community Day and a Pacers playoff game tonight. Threre are plenty of fan-friendly events planned for both.More >>