Saturday, May 25 2013 12:56 AM EDT2013-05-25 04:56:19 GMT
A female pedestrian is in the hospital after being struck by a vehicle on the northeast side of Indianapolis. The woman was hit on E. 34th Street, between Gladstone and Colorado, around 9:45 p.m. Friday.More >>
A female pedestrian is in the hospital after being struck by a vehicle on the northeast side of Indianapolis.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 12:46 AM EDT2013-05-25 04:46:54 GMT
Tamika Catchings and Shavonte Zellous each scored 19 points and the Indiana Fever opened defense of their WNBA title with a resounding 79-64 victory over the depleted San Antonio Silver Stars on FridayMore >>
Tamika Catchings and Shavonte Zellous each scored 19 points and the Indiana Fever opened defense of their WNBA title with a resounding 79-64 victory over the depleted San Antonio Silver Stars on Friday night.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 12:00 AM EDT2013-05-25 04:00:53 GMT
If you waited until Friday to drive your RV to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, you likely paid more to fill it up. "If you have to worry about the price of gas," said Hoosier race fan Steven Isaacs,More >>
This Memorial Day, gas prices are about where they were last year, instead of being up again.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:47 PM EDT2013-05-25 03:47:15 GMT
The Indiana Pacers are trying to even the Eastern Conference finals in Miami. Indiana has opened up a 12-point lead late in the first quarter. Roy Hibbert leads the Pacers with eight points. LeBron JamesMore >>
The Indiana Pacers have evened the Eastern Conference finals in Miami.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:18 PM EDT2013-05-25 03:18:05 GMT
Several Indiana teachers put their lives on the line just a year ago when two F-4 tornadoes hit Henryville and destroyed the elementary and high school. When Henryville Elementary School Teacher KristiMore >>
Several Indiana teachers put their lives on the line just a year ago when two F-4 tornadoes hit Henryville and destroyed the elementary and high school.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:41 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:41:45 GMT
A couple from Elwood face charges after police say they found a marijuana growing operation in their basement. Stephen Stookey, 70, and Marilyn Stookey, 69, were arrested after police raided their homeMore >>
A couple from Elwood face charges after police say they found a marijuana growing operation in their basement.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:04 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:04:40 GMT
Two people are in custody after an incident where an IMPD officer fired his duty weapon. Police say officers were investigating an incident in the 3200 block of Boulevard Place when a suspect failed toMore >>
Two people are in custody after an incident where an IMPD officer fired his duty weapon.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:55 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:55:55 GMT
A Greenfield police officer is fighting to keep his vanity license plate. Rodney Vawter has owned the personalized Fraternal Order of Police license plate "0INK" for the past three years. A class actionMore >>
A Greenfield police officer is fighting to keep his vanity license plate after it was revoked by the BMV.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:32 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:32:12 GMT
One of our city's best-known landmarks could soon see some changes not just in the way it looks, but in the way it's used. Friday's Memorial Day service is one of many events that takes place on MonumentMore >>
One of our city's best-known landmarks could soon see some changes not just in the way it looks, but in the way it's used.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 5:30 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:30:44 GMT
Fans headed to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend will face increased security aimed at keeping them safe. The eyes are on the cars, the part and the people at IMS. This year, more than everMore >>
Fans headed to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend will face increased security aimed at keeping them safe.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.
Friday, May 24 2013 11:46 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:46:25 GMT
A woman faces sentencing Friday for her part in the shooting death of a female basketball star. The shooting happened last July at Ben Davis Park on the city's west side. Witnesses say Vincennes UniversityMore >>
A woman faces sentencing Friday for her part in the shooting death of a female basketball star.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:19 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:19:14 GMT
Police are seeking criminal charges against two missing campers who were found on the Indiana National Guard's Camp Atterbury. Bartholomew County sheriff's Maj. Todd Noblitt says the two men, ages 19More >>
Bartholomew County sheriff's Maj. Todd Noblitt says the two men, ages 19 and 20, were found Wednesday after a ground and air search for several hours by police officers and soldiers of the Atterbury grounds near Edinburgh.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 5:02 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:02:40 GMT
A pedestrian was seriously hurt after being struck by a police officer on the east side of Indianapolis. The accident happened around 9:30 p.m. Thursday near the intersection of 42nd Street and EmersonMore >>
The family of Richard Allen Moore told Eyewitness News that he was killed in the accident.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:29 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:29:00 GMT
Authorities say a cat might have started a central Indiana house fire by knocking over a lamp. The fire happened Thursday in the town of Chesterfield just east of Anderson. Chesterfield deputy fire chiefMore >>
Authorities say a cat might have started a central Indiana house fire by knocking over a lamp.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:22 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:22:46 GMT
It will likely be months before a judge rules on whether a new trial should be granted to a man convicted of killing an Indiana University student who disappeared during a 2000 bike ride. A Morgan CountyMore >>
It will likely be months before a judge rules on whether a new trial should be granted to a man convicted of killing an Indiana University student who disappeared during a 2000 bike ride.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 4:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 20:20:10 GMT
One of Indiana's largest health systems says it's cutting an undisclosed number of jobs by June 30 because of increasing economic and competitive pressure on the health care industry. Indianapolis-basedMore >>
One of Indiana's largest health systems says it's cutting an undisclosed number of jobs by June 30 because of increasing economic and competitive pressure on the health care industry.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 3:37 PM EDT2013-05-24 19:37:35 GMT
An act of credit card fraud has been traced back to a downtown Indianapolis restaurant. Some workers upstairs love walking downstairs for a bite at Ike and Jonesy's downtown. But they say the bite isMore >>
The owner of Ike & Jonesy's downtown says he is working to find out how the credit and debit cards of several customers and employees could have been compromised.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:26 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:26:01 GMT
Officials with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway tell Eyewitness News that 35 runners from the Midwest who did not complete the Boston Marathon because of the tragedy there will be finishing that race atMore >>
The Speedway invited runners to cross the finish line on race day morning before the start of the race. They will be running from Turn Four across the historic Yard of Bricks.More >>