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 11:03 PM EDT2013-05-25 03:03:19 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 >>
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 9:59 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:59:31 GMT
Indiana University President Michael McRobbie is recommending tuition and fee increases of 1.75 percent for Indiana residents in each of the next two years at the school's Bloomington campus. The universityMore >>
Indiana University President Michael McRobbie is recommending tuition and fee increases of 1.75 percent for Indiana residents in each of the next two years at the school's Bloomington campus.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 6:44 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 >>
The drought and heat are also creating a big concern that there won't be enough water for everyone.
Sandra Dangerfield's yard is an oasis of color in the middle of a drought. Although she promises to stop watering when she's told to, she says, "when you work so many years to make the community look nice, you hate to see it die."
Citizens Water is now asking customers not to water their lawns for the next week. If that doesn't reduce the amount of water being used, mandatory restrictions may be on the way.
"Cease watering from this Friday to next Friday and we are hoping that has an impact and, if not, then there will be a watering ban," said Sara Holsapple, Citizens Water.
Reservoir levels are dropping daily with near-record water usage. Morse Reservoir is the worst, three feet below normal and falling.
Citizens Water says if we don't get rain soon a watering ban could start next week.
"That's really important right now because we estimate about 40 percent of our load is just lawn irrigation so if people would back off, that would really help us out," said Dan Considine, Citizens Energy.
"I figured it would probably come sooner or later. It's pretty hot," said Thanh Truong.
"I thought actually they would have announced it a long time ago," said homeowner Keith Veal.
As soon as they learned of the request, both men headed to his outdoor faucet to shut his lawn sprinkler off.
"I've actually tried to hold off on watering, but when you see them start to die," Veal said of his small, newly-planted trees.
But there are exceptions covering those plantings. You can water new trees, new plantings, and flower and vegetable gardens.
"That tree, that little tree right there and the ones we have out on the other side of a yard, they have taken a beating with the heat. I've actually been trying to really hold off on watering, but when you see them start to die and you realize how much money you've put in 'em, kind of makes you, at the very least, give them a little bit of water," Veal said.
It was also good news for another downtown gardener.
"We put a great deal of time and effort into ground cover in front of the house. Many hours of back-breaking labor," the man said.
Golf courses can water, too. Indy Parks is watering playing fields and parts of golf courses to save its financial investment in them.
"They've been watering the greens, but the fairways, they haven't been," said golfer Aaron Thomas.
But Thomas says there is a benefit to the unwatered fairways.
"Ground's harder, so you can hit further," he said.
Experts say not to worry about the brown grass. Dry lawns will go dormant, but not die, then turn green once the rains return.
If Citizens goes to a ban, they will need to get Mayor Greg Ballard to make the order official. The declaration would prohibit almost all watering of lawns and gardens. Filling swimming pools and washing cars would be banned as well.
Violators would face city fines starting at $100 and increasing with each offense.
Karen Nichols says she waters just enough to keep her flowers alive. She'd miss them if they died, but knows there are more important things needing water.
"I would rather have water for fighting fires and drinking and that sort of thing. If the flowers go, they will come back, most of them," Nichols said.
Citizens has already issued a lawn watering ban for Zionsville customers until further notice. Right now, there is low water pressure in Zionsville and Whitestown due to record water usage.
The City of Westfield has already implemented mandatory water restrictions. The measure is aimed to protect the water supply and pressure for potential firefighting purposes. According to the city, the current drought could also potentially compromise the city's water system and is putting a tremendous strain on water distribution.
Westfield is directing residents who have an even numbered address to only irrigate on Monday and Wednesday and residents with an odd numbered address to irrigate on Tuesday and Thursday. There is to be NO WEEKEND IRRIGATION. These restrictions are effective immediately and are imposed until further notification by the City of Westfield.
The City's Splash Park will remain open for residents as a cooling station. Water used at the Splash Park is recycled water.
Statement from Citizens Water:
Citizens Water today issued a water shortage warning and has requested that all customers stop watering their lawns until next Friday, July 13.
"The severe drought conditions and continued heavy water use are causing water levels to drop quickly at Morse, Geist and Eagle Creek reservoirs. It is important that all customers stop lawn watering for at least the next week in order to stabilize water supplies and reduce stress on the distribution system," said Lindsay Lindgren, Vice President, Water Operations for Citizens Water.
Exceptions to the voluntary lawn watering ban include flowers, vegetable gardens, other sensitive plants, and newly planted trees and lawns.
"We appreciate everyone's cooperation as we work to ensure adequate water supply to customers throughout the summer," Lindgren said.
Customers are reminded that established lawns go dormant when not watered, according to experts at Purdue University
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 >>