Wednesday, December 11 2013 6:49 PM EST2013-12-11 23:49:01 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 6:43 PM EST2013-12-11 23:43:05 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 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 >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 5:17 PM EST2013-12-11 22:17:26 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 4:55 PM EST2013-12-11 21:55:24 GMT
The House has passed legislation that instructs the Veterans Affairs Department to unearth the remains of an Army veteran buried with military honors after police said he killed an Indianapolis woman andMore >>
The House has passed legislation that instructs the Veterans Affairs Department to unearth the remains of an Army veteran buried with military honors after police said he killed an Indianapolis woman and injured three others before taking his own life.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 4:47 PM EST2013-12-11 21:47:54 GMT
The five power conferences of college sports want more flexibility in providing financial support to athletes. A major reason they lack that freedom in the first place is other NCAA members have fearedMore >>
The five power conferences of college sports want more flexibility in providing financial support to athletes.More >>
"The FBI worked in close coordination with the Governor and with our State Police. A bulletin was put out by the FBI in just the last several weeks to our law enforcement officers," said Greg Massa, the Supervisor of the FBI's Indianapolis Joint Terrorism Task Force
The letters arrived as government buildings and police officers came under seige.
A just released in-dash camera video shows the 16-year-old son of tax protester, Jerry Kane, jumping out of a minivan with an AK-47. The teen opens fire, gunning down two police officers in West Memphis, Arkansas. Later, the father/son duo unload more rounds in a gunfight and attempted getaway. They're both killed during the shootout.
Months earlier, another tax protester, a 53-year-old software engineer crashes a small plane into the IRS building in Austin, Texas.
13 Investigates has uncovered ties to the extremists in Central Indiana.
"Are you a member of the Guardians of the (Free) Republics?" we asked Walter Eugene Lunsford outside of a Marion County courtroom.
"I got to go check in," responded the 67-year-old from Hancock County.
Lunsford is reportedly part of the Guardians' secret inner circle. His name is on the Indiana signature page as one of the "jurors" sending the letters to the nation's governors. The Guardians, and the violent tax protesters are all part of the Sovereign Citizens Movement.
"Why did you send the letters to the governors telling them to get out of office?" 13 Investigates asked Lunsford.
" I can't talk to you, hon. I'll talk to you some other time," Lunsford said as he walked away.
The US Treasury put out a nationwide fraud alert in the wake of his elaborate scheme.
Lunsford is accused of buying at least five vehicles, including a Grand Marquis, from Capitol City Ford using government routing numbers and running up $172,000 in car purchases.
"We filed civil suit against him," said Capitol City owner Bob Thomas. "So there's a judgement pending against him on the civil side too, that's bubbling its way through the courts."
"Those types of criminal actions can cost taxpayers millions and millions of dollars," added the FBI's Massa.
Lunsford was already wanted on a 2007 gun charge. He was caught trying to carry a loaded .22-caliber revolver through a checkpoint at the Indianapolis Airport.
Turns out Lunsford had no Indiana license to carry it. Sovereigns don't believe they need one.
13 Investigates again asked him about the pending charges.
"At this stage in the game, having to be prosecuted for something as serious as stealing from the Federal Reserve?" 13 Investigates asked.
"Nice try," Lunsford said with a smile.
Both cases are now part of a upcoming trial.
But 13 Investigates has learned Lunsford is under watch, all the way to Washington, DC.
"He's a Sovereign Citizen," said Internet slueth J.J. MacNab.
MacNab tracks tax protesters all across the country from her suburban Washington office.
She's infiltrated groups using made up identities and testified before Congress. She says Sovereigns are extremists who don't believe they have to obey the law and are becoming more violent. The most infamous member is Terry Nichols.
Four months ago, Walter Lunsford grabbed her attention.
"He is moving himself into a leadership role in the Sovereign community in the tax protest community. That's why he's on my list," explained MacNab.
According to MacNab, Lunsford is "making a name" for himself with his bold internet break-in at the Federal Reserve.
"The Federal Reserve is seen as the number one target. The Federal Reserve is one of the organizations that they think is running the world," she said.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation considers the Sovereign Movement more than just an anti-tax group. In fact, it's characterized as a threat under domestic terrorism.
"There are individuals within this fringe movement that have ties to white supremacists, to radical militia movements. And it's the intersection of those groups that are of concern," Massa told 13 Investigates.
"Five years ago I would not have pegged them as a particularly violent group. Now I do," added MacNab.
MacNab says the recent letters from the Guardians are particularly troublesome. She says Lunsford served as the Indiana Coordinator.
"Apparently they've been holding secret grand jury meetings," she said going to the root of the concerns.
Their targets, government servants.
13 Investigates asked why the group targets police officers and judges and Governors?
MacNab says based on her research, "They target the people they come in contact with. We're in a perfect storm. They did not like the result of the 2008 election. They do not like the health care bill."
But Lunsford defended the Guardians.
In a phone call with 13 Investigates, he says his criminal cases are not connected to the group, and denies the letters to Governors were veiled threats.
13 Investigates asked him why he signed the Guardian's "warrant."
"Well, it was my duty," Lunsford said. "It's not a bunch of radicals out here that's trying to take over the government. We're not trying to do that at all," he insisted.
"So you don't support the violence?" 13 Investigates followed up.
"Absolutely not. Nobody in this movement supports the violence," said Lunsford.
MacNab said while other anti-tax groups seek to influence the political landscape with votes, the Sovereigns are electing financial scams and now growing violence.
"In my world, where I go online and I track these people, I assume that every threat is serious," said MacNab.
Walter Lunsford's criminal trial is set for August. The U.S. Attorney says no federal charges were filed because the government recouped it's money from the car dealership.
The FBI says Lunsford and the other Indiana names listed as possible jurors for those threatening letters sent to Governors could also come under scrutiny.
Anyone with information about planned attacks of violence are asked to call the FBI at 639-3301.
Wednesday, December 11 2013 8:33 AM EST2013-12-11 13:33:42 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 >>