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A Greenfield police officer is fighting to keep his vanity license plate after it was revoked by the BMV.More 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 6:44 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:44:52 GMT
Andretti Autosport has five cars in the top nine in Sunday's Indianapolis 500. Any of them could win the race. The team has already won three out of four INDYCAR races this season. One of the AndrettiMore >>
I'm picking Marco to finally add another win to the Andretti legacy at Indianapolis.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 6:15 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:15:26 GMT
Could it be year of the woman? It's as good a time as any for a woman to win the Indy 500. With four women in the field, this year ties the record for the most female drivers in the big race. The rumbleMore >>
Could it be year of the woman? It's as good a time as any for a woman to win the Indy 500.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 5:58 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:58:56 GMT
East side residents are questioning the safety of a crosswalk where a pedestrian was killed by an IMPD cruiser Thursday night. Richard Allen Moore died after he was struck by IMPD Ofc. Jason Rauch atMore >>
East side residents are questioning the safety of a crosswalk where a pedestrian was killed by an IMPD cruiser Thursday night.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 5:49 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:49:53 GMT
St. Vincent Health's restructuring announcement this week did not come as a surprise. The 22-hospital system currently employs more than 3,000 physicians and 16,000 other employees. St. Vincent CEO VincentMore >>
The St. Vincent announcement is really the latest installment by hospitals trying to deal with the uncertainty to come.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 >>
Friday, May 24 2013 4:34 PM EDT2013-05-24 20:34:50 GMT
It's game day, a day the Pacers have been waiting on since LeBron James' buzzer-beating layup went through the hoop in Miami Wednesday night. Now the Pacers are looking for a split on the road in MiamiMore >>
It's game day, a day the Pacers have been waiting on since LeBron James' buzzer-beating layup went through the hoop in Miami Wednesday night.More >>
Amid a huge crackdown by Indiana State Excise Police and despite plenty of advance warning, over 250 people were ticketed and dozens were arrested during Indiana University's Little 500 events this weekend.
Also, police are investigating an incident that left an IU student dead and another injured. Linden Whitt, 20, of Mishawaka, died after falling from a balcony. Joseph Lao, 20, was injured. Lao told police he'd been drinking vodka.
Hundreds of young people being ticketed or arrested for underage drinking and other offenses is a picture of IU that administrators didn't want to see.
"I am definitely concerned about the numbers," said Steve Veldkamp, assistant dean of students.
The numbers include 256 citations written by Excise Police - more than any other year - along with 271 individuals hauled into court.
The increase in alcohol arrests may have more to do with stricter enforcement than an increase in underage drinking. A federal grant paid for additional excise officers.
About half the citations were given to students who don't attend IU. Excise officers say there were citing students from Ball State, Purdue and universities from other states.
"There is only so much you can do to put it in kids' heads they shouldn't be drinking," remarked Rachel Warsco, an IU senior.
Students and IU say they've done plenty. On the Bloomington campus, incoming students must complete an alcohol and drug awareness course before registering for classes.
Throughout the school year, administrators and student groups are trying to foster a "Culture of Care."
"Students taking care of students and intervening when they've had too much and are not making good choices," said Steve Veldkamp, assistant dean of students.
Students say everyone hears the messages, but not enough are listening
"The issue is people forget the personal accountability. It falls on the person who is drinking. It is your choice," said Josh Smith, IU senior.
In this case, it was a costly choice: $425 in fines and court fees, along with community service and an alcohol awareness class.
Some young people were so intoxicated this weekend that the party could have easily cost them their lives.
An excise officer likely saved a Bloomington man's life after finding him unable to stand or walk on East 14th Street. The man told the officer he intended to drink until he died. The man had a blood alcohol content of .50 percent after drinking nearly half of a 1.75L bottle of vodka. The man had just been released from the hospital.
In another case, a 17-year-old girl from Tipton tested .20 percent BAC after being caught by an excise officer. She'd come to Bloomington without telling her parents. The officer called her parents to pick her up.
The majority of tickets were for alcohol offenses, particularly illegal possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages. Officers also made arrests for theft, trespass, possession of marijuana, resisting law enforcement, false informing, furnishing or providing alcoholic beverages to a minor and public intoxication.
The offenders donned yellow vests Monday and helped with cleanup around town. They also took intensive alcohol and drug information classes Sunday, all part of a court diversion program to keep criminal convictions off their records.
"One of my good friends had to do the same thing. He was just bummed, you know," said student Dajana Zeljkovic.
If her friend has no other alcohol violations for one year, he'll have a clean record.
"That inducement is part of the reason why we only see about a five percent repeat offender rate," said Chief Deputy Prosecutor Bob Miller.
"I didn't go out and drink, so it's a big deal for me. I didn't want to lose a scholarship or anything," said student Jeremiah Holland-Anderson.
The crackdown includes a big local and state Excise Police presence, called "Operation ICE," now in it's third month. In February, officers wrote 461 citations for alcohol. In March, they wrote 280, followed by the 256 this past weekend alone.
But is the enforcement and penalties enough to deter the behavior?
"If they get caught once and they have to do that, possibly won't want to get caught again," said one student.
But not for all.
"When I was underage, I got a few tickets," said another student, Nick. "I spent 14 hours in the drunk tank."
Indiana University Dean Steve Veldkamp said it's about "basically students taking care of students and intervening when they think they've had too much or are making not good choices."
Plus, IU has incoming students taken online alcohol training before arriving on campus.
"It's very important," said Margaret Rawson, visiting with her son, who is looking at IU. "He won't be under direct supervision. I won't be able to see the whites of his eyes, to know when he comes home and that sort of thing. There's a lot of faith."
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 >>