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 6:49 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 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 4:42 PM EST2013-12-11 21:42:20 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 >>
Fishers, Westfield and Noblesville are among the most recent central Indiana communities to announce burn bans due to dry conditions. Hendricks County also announced a county-wide burn ban.
Firefighters want residents to be aware of Indiana fireworks laws and to take special precautions because of the drought, and potential for field fires.
In response to extended dry weather, a dramatic increase in ground fires, and a forecasted increase in fire danger due to weather conditions, Fishers Fire Chief Steve Orusa issued an outdoor burning ban for the Town of Fishers today, which also includes unincorporated areas of Delaware and Fall Creek Township.
The burning ban is effective immediately, and will continue until conditions improve.
Fishers has seen a dramatic increase in outdoor fires this year, especially in grass and landscaping mulch.
· In 2011, the Fishers Fire Department responded to 34 reports of fires in grass, brush and mulch.
· So far in 2012, the Fishers Fire Department has responded to more than 80 grass, brush and mulch fires, over 50 of them in June alone.
The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement Tuesday morning, warning of near record breaking temperatures and elevated fire danger throughout the week. Conditions will be especially dangerous Thursday and Friday this week, and the extended forecast predicts continued hot weather and limited chances for rain.
While state law doesn't allow for the prohibition of fireworks between June 29 and July 9, the use of fireworks during the burn ban is strongly discouraged. Those who choose to use fireworks must still follow state laws, which include:
· Users must be at least 18 years of age or have an adult present.
· Fireworks to be displayed on the user's property or the property where they have permission to display.
· Used only between 9AM and 11 PM, except for July 4th, when they can be used until midnight.
Because of the recent dry conditions and no significant rainfall in the forecast, Westfield Fire Chief Todd Burtron has placed a temporary ban on open burning effective immediately. According to Indiana Fire Code 307.1.1 - The Fire Chief is authorized to require open burning be immediately discontinued if such open burning constitutes a hazardous condition.
The National Weather Service reported that in June 2012, Central Indiana set the record for the longest dry period in June. This dry weather has caused grass, crops and leaves to dry up creating an extremely hazardous fire condition. The current forecast does not show any relief from the dry conditions causing the hazard to become more serious.
This temporary ban of open burning is effective for the City of Westfield along with Washington Township in Hamilton County. This ban prohibits any open burning, comfort fires, agriculture burning or similar legal fires until weather conditions improve. Additionally, if anyone chooses to ignore this ban of open burning they will be committing Class C infraction that carries fines up to $500.00 per instance. Chief Burtron states, "The extremely dry conditions pose a significant threat to life and property. Extreme temperatures are expected later this week with little to no rainfall will continue to create drier conditions and more need to protect homes, families and properties from the exposure to fire."
The open burning ban will remain in effect until the Fire Chief has lifted the Open Burning Ban. We urge all citizens to follow this ban to protect lives and property of the Westfield community. This burn ban does not include fireworks. However, the City of Westfield discourages the use of consumer fireworks during these dry weather conditions. If using consumer fireworks, please use extreme caution and use in a safe and responsible manner.
Effective June 26, 2012, a burn ban has been instituted for the City of Noblesville and Noblesville Township. Due to the drought conditions, the weather forecast, the risks of fire hazards, and public safety concerns, Mayor John Ditslear, Fire Chief Ken Gilliam, and Township Trustee Billie Caldwell signed a proclamation this morning banning open burning within city and township limits until further notice. The burn ban requires residents to refrain from burning for any reason. This includes bonfires, fire pits, and chimineas. Utilization of a gas or charcoal grill for cooking purposes is acceptable; however, residents must allow charcoal to cool in the grill and then douse it completely with water and responsibly dispose of it afterwards.
The current dry conditions can cause fires to develop quickly and spread out of control, threatening residential areas. The Noblesville Police Department will be enforcing the burn ban for its duration.
In regard to fireworks usage, per Indiana Code 22-11-14-10.5, the city is prohibited by the State of Indiana from banning the use of fireworks completely, even during burn bans. However, City of Noblesville Ordinance #50-10-09 imposes the strongest restrictions allowable under state law. Because of the drought conditions, NFD and the city are asking people to voluntarily refrain from shooting off fireworks. The number of outside fires in Noblesville during recent weeks is significantly above average due to the dry conditions. To keep people and property safe, the public is asked to avoid the use of any type of fireworks, sparklers, etc., until the drought conditions are over.
For those who choose to not follow the request to voluntarily avoid shooting off fireworks, the City of Noblesville's fireworks ordinance (Ordinance #50-10-09) states that consumer fireworks may only be used in the Noblesville city limits during the following days and times:
a. Between the hours of 5pm and two hours after sunset on June 29, June 30, July 1, July 2, July 3, July 5, July 6, July 7, July 8, and July 9.
b. Between the hours of 10am and 12 midnight on July 4
c. Between the hours of 10am on December 31 and 1am on January 1.
In addition, the ordinance states that a citizen may only shoot off fireworks on his or her private property. Shooting off fireworks on streets, in parks, on property belonging to others, etc. is prohibited. Due to the risks that drought conditions pose, the Noblesville Police Department will be strictly enforcing the city's fireworks ordinance and will investigate each complaint of a violation. The public may report violations of the fireworks ordinance by calling the Noblesville Dispatch Center's non-emergency line (773-1300). This number is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
"Keeping citizens, pets, and property safe is our number one goal," said Mayor John Ditslear. "While we hope people will understand and abide by the request to refrain from using fireworks during these dry conditions, we nonetheless have an ordinance in place to limit the days and times for fireworks."
At this time, the city's planned fireworks display on July 4th is scheduled to continue. Additional precautions over and above those taken during each year's fireworks display will be in effect. Noblesville city personnel will continue to monitor the dry conditions and how they might affect the fireworks display.
Hendricks County announcement:
Hendricks County Commissioners and Hendricks County Fire Chiefs Association have issued a Fire Ban for Hendricks County. Due to the lack of rain and very dry fire load, a hazardous condition of a very severe risk of fire exists. Effective immediately until further notice, all open burning within Hendricks County is hereby prohibited. This action is taken pursuant to Indiana Fire Code 307.1.1 and 675 IAC 22-2.4-4 which states "The fire chief is authorized to require open burning be immediately discontinued if such open burning constitutes a hazardous condition." Those persons who are found to be in violation of this proclamation may be fined and/or billed by the fire department and possibly subject to additional criminal penalties.
We ask the community to be cognitive of using fireworks and discarding smoking materials at this time. Many mulch fires and grass fires can begin with a smoldering firework or cigarette/cigar. The Hendricks County Fire Ban cannot forbid use of fireworks for July 4th celebrations according to State law. However, we ask that you keep the following tips in mind during these dry conditions:
1. Never leave barbeque grills unattended. Place grills on concrete instead of grass.
2. Dispose of cigarette butts in appropriate containers. Don't flip them out of car windows.
3. Park vehicles so exhaust system does not come in contact with dry grass, leaves, or weeds.
4. Remember firework safety.
a. Do not allow children to use lighters/matches.
b. Place used sparklers and other firework material in a can/bucket of water. Please do not leave on the grass. Remember sparklers burn at 1200 °F. Be cautious when handling them.
c. Don't be near a building when using firework material.
d. Preferably, do not use consumer fireworks. Leave the fireworks to the professionals.
5. Be Fire Safe! People and Property depend on You!
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 >>