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 >>
Austin - A horrific crime has people asking, "What pushed an Indiana mother over the edge?"
Some say words posted online played a part in an Austin woman killing her children, then herself, last month.
Nothing can shatter the silence of a small town like a seemingly senseless crime. In late January in the small southern Indiana town, police say 30-year-old Amanda Bennett shot her three children, set fire to her home and then shot herself.
One month later, teddy bears and trinkets remain on the family's front porch, while questions continue to surround the crime.
"I don't know what was going through her mind at the time. I grieve for her, feel sorry for her and her children. I don't know what happened," said neighbor Jason Turner.
But trouble behind closed doors played out very publicly before the murder-suicide.
"I've heard some things," Turner said. "A lot of gossip."
An Internet message board through Topix.com, especially popular in small towns, that's attracted criticism since the crime. On a Topix discussion board where Bennett's estranged husband was employed, the online conversation was about more than work.
Comments centered on the Bennett's crumbling marriage and accusations of infidelity. There were postings from Amanda Bennett and a slew of anonymous responses. Those posts, neighbors say, often turned nasty.
"I hate to see people do things like that, you know, say things to hurt somebody," Turner said.
Shortly before the shootings, Amanda Bennett made a post using the screen name "gone forever."
"It's time to take the pain away," she wrote. "You got what you wanted, no wife and no kids. He won't have his kids, he'll have to make new ones."
Topix CEO Chris Tolles says the forum in no way fueled the crime.
"Absolutely not," he said. "This woman had a lot going on and I feel deeply sorry that this happened, especially to her children, but I'm not sure that we could have done anything about it and I also don't think if I look through the stream of commentary here, there was nothing that was particularly out of line."
Critics, however, see a deeper issue. They say the forums attract gossip, rumors and cyber-bullying.
"I think the term 'bullying' is perfectly appropriate here, because people are acting like bullies when they go after someone like this," said Hank Nuwer, a journalism professor at Franklin College, who is an expert on hazing and bullying. "Almost like a gang mentality."
It's not just one forum post. Other Topix forums contained more comments, one calling someone a drunk child molester and other posts, peppered with vulgar language. Another user, naming names, wrote "I don't care if it's libel."
"These are people in Indiana talking amongst themselves. Who are we to say what is reasonable and what is not reasonable?" Tolles said. "We're essentially just a mirror for the town."
Topix, Tolles says, serves an important function in small towns. It's much like an online diner, where people congregate, find out what's going on and talk about it freely. But while conversations at a diner are face-to-face, online, they're anonymous. Some say that can cause problems.
"Over here, they can unleash real venom," Nuwer said. "The ganging up and the level of abuse, the vitriol, it just is amazing."
Since the murder-suicide, Topix has stepped up its monitoring of forums, pulling some comments more quickly. The site still attracts 20,000 visitors per month.
But while the debate over free speech online continues, in Austin, they're mourning children's lives and wondering what drove Amanda Bennett over the edge.
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 >>