Sunday, May 19 2013 2:22 AM EDT2013-05-19 06:22:23 GMT
Check your ticket to see if you have the winning Powerball numbers: Tonight's $600 million jackpot is the largest jackpot in Powerball history and the second largest among U.S. Lottery jackpots. FingersMore >>
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Sunday, May 19 2013 2:03 AM EDT2013-05-19 06:03:52 GMT
Putnam County Sheriff's Department said eastbound lanes of I-70 were closed as they tried to put out a semi fire, then get the mess cleaned up. Just before 2 a.m. one eastbound lane was opened. TheMore >>
I-70 east near Cloverdale is down to one lane due to semi fire.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:10 PM EDT2013-05-19 00:10:01 GMT
Ed Carpenter knew he was capable of another fast run, and it earned him the pole for the Indianapolis 500. The Indianapolis native bested IndyCar racing's big-name teams by claiming his first 500 poleMore >>
Ed Carpenter knew he was capable of another fast run, and it earned him the pole for the Indianapolis 500.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 7:14 PM EDT2013-05-18 23:14:03 GMT
A new interactive display that documents the lives and accomplishments of Indiana's politically prominent Bayh family has opened at Indiana State University. About 250 Indiana Democrats and others attendedMore >>
A new interactive display that documents the lives and accomplishments of Indiana's politically prominent Bayh family has opened at Indiana State University.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 7:05 PM EDT2013-05-18 23:05:05 GMT
A central Indiana official says the tough conditions opponents of a planned wind farm are seeking for the project would leave little room for the proposed power-generating wind turbines. The wind farm'sMore >>
A central Indiana official says the tough conditions opponents of a planned wind farm are seeking for the project would leave little room for the proposed power-generating wind turbines.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 7:00 PM EDT2013-05-18 23:00:45 GMT
A Purdue University official says the school has made fast progress finding $40 million in savings or new revenue to support a two-year tuition freeze announced in March. Purdue treasurer Al Diaz tellsMore >>
A Purdue University official says the school has made fast progress finding $40 million in savings or new revenue to support a two-year tuition freeze announced in March.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:45 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:45:02 GMT
Oxbow has won the Preakness, ruining Orb's bid to capture the Triple Crown. Oxbow led from start to finish. It was the sixth Preakness victory for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas and 15th Triple CrownMore >>
Oxbow has won the Preakness, ruining Orb's bid to capture the Triple Crown.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:23 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:23:35 GMT
A new federal report says inmates at the Marion County Jail in Indianapolis are more likely to be sexually abused by guards than inmates at any other jail in the nation. The Justice department reportMore >>
A new federal report says inmates at the Marion County Jail in Indianapolis are more likely to be sexually abused by guards than inmates at any other jail in the nation.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 4:56 PM EDT2013-05-18 20:56:07 GMT
Pole Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway meant a lot more than just racing. This was a family affair with a little bit of something for everyone for non-stop entertainment. The day's festivities startedMore >>
Pole Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway meant a lot more than just racing. This was a family affair with a little bit of something for everyone for non-stop entertainment.More >>
If a stranger drove up to your home while your children were playing outside, what would your child do?
In Speedway, the Dalcorobbo children love kicking the ball around. On the south side of Indianapolis, the Valencia kids play football. Their moms are keeping a secret from their kids. They know their children will soon get a visit from a stranger. Only this stranger is really a Channel 13 employee, driving a car with tiny cameras inside. What's about to happen is an experiment to learn how kids would react if confronted by a stranger.
"Would you guys be willing to help me look for my dog?" the WTHR employee asked a group of children as he drove through a Speedway neighborhood.
The kids seemed suspicious initially but then became interested in helping. After a little coaxing, the kids agreed to bike ahead of the stranger in search of a lost dog. Their mom was stunned to watch it all.
"I didn't feel like they'd actually take him. I thought Nolan would say, 'Let's get in the house'," said Melissa Dalcorobbo.
On the south side, the ruse was similar, but the reaction from the children was much different. When the same WTHR employee approached a group of children in his car, the boys stuck together and walked away from the strange vehicle.
"I guess someone's trained them pretty well about stranger danger and to stay away from them," said the boys' mother, Charis Gordon.
Police urge kids to react even stronger.
"If someone approaches you, you're uncomfortable, get away. Leave me. Help me. Somebody help me. Yell at the top of your lungs. Attract attention," said IMPD detective Chester Price. "Stranger abductions, thankfully, are a rarity, even across the United States. What we do have are a number of attempt abductions or luring attempts. They may try and get the child to come over to their car. They use the old lines, 'Help me find my puppy,' 'Your mom sent me to get you, there's been an accident and she wants me to take her to you right away'."
"Just saying something, come to my car is not a crime. Even if it's a six-year-old child. It's not illegal to say 'come to my car.' It becomes illegal when they physically touch them," said Price.
Price teaches Indianapolis Public Schools, Perry Township and Pike Township school districts about attempted abductions and encourages parents to talk with their children about strangers.
"If it's not your mom, or your grandma, or someone you know, your teacher, then don't talk to them. Don't go to them. Walk away from them. If you're walking, walk with your head up. Look around. Pay attention to what's going on around you. If you see someone, or something that doesn't look right, go back home," said Price. "If someone approaches you and starts talking to you and they're saying things that aren't necessarily appropriate, or there just talking to you and you don't like it, stop turn around and go the opposite direction. It's a lot harder for a person to turn a car around than it is for you to just turn around and walk. Walk away.
"Parents need to walk their children to the school bus stop and stay with them until they get on the bus. I cannot tell you how many times we've had these attempts with kids, 7-8 years old, who were standing alone at the bus stop, or walking to the corner by themselves," Price added.
Role playing is an effective way to teach your children how to react. Experts encourage parents to practice with their children what to do if a stranger approaches them.
"I'll do (role playing) with puppets, I'll do them with clay, I'll do them with figurines, I'll do them with bodies. Whatever the kid needs. I'll say, 'I've got a great idea. How about I be the bad guy and you be the good guy. And let's practice and see what we can do to be safe'," said Amy Miller, a Marriage and Family Therapist with the Christian Theological Seminary. "They can scream and say no. They can make all the noise in the world. Because that's what we want them to do if someone is hurting them, or touching them in their bathing suit area, or potentially abducting them. Give your kid permission to yell and scream and say no if they're approached by a stranger. In my personal case, saying 'no' got me in trouble as a kid."
When she was seven years old, Miller was abducted and assaulted by a man in a truck.
"No one had ever taught me there was people in the world...there were people that were bad. Strangers are not always strange," said Miller. "The word stranger indicates that someone, in a child's mind, looks strange, acts strange, or feels creepy. But, in reality, abductors or sexual molesters potentially already have that part figured out, so they're not going to look strange. They're not going to present themselves as some kind of quack. They may show up nicely dressed, they may be attractive, they may have a beautiful smile."
Our experiment also allowed us to see what the children remember about our "stranger." Would they be a good witness if police became involved?
"What kind of hair did they have? Did they have a hat on? Or a hoodie? What was their face like? Remember their eyes? Did they have hair on their face? A mustache, a beard?" said Price.
Our Channel 13 employee had a tattoo, a blue shirt, red hat and beard and drove a white car. Some kids were good witnesses.
"He had a beard. He was wearing a red hat. He had something on his hand. He was in a white car," said 10-year-old Nolan Dalcorobbo.
But his twin sister couldn't remember everything.
"He had a blue hat on and a white car and a red shirt, I think," said Gianni Dalcorobbo.
One of the moms felt good about how her children performed in the experiment.
"I guess someone's trained them pretty well about stranger danger and to stay away from them," said Charis Gordon, whose son did exactly what he had been taught.
"A guy pulled up and asked for directions and I backed away," said 10-year-old Christian Valencia. "He was a stranger and I don't know him."
The other mom acknowledged more teaching needs to happen.
"It's disappointing to me, because I think what would have happened if this really were some random person who wanted to hurt my kids," said Dalcorobbo. "They could have taken him around the corner and caught him and put them in the car and they're gone. So, I think there's some things to work on as a family and stranger danger."
"We need to instill, as soon as possible, even if we don't start until they're 13, to let kids know the reality that there's people out there that hurt children," said Miller. "One way to keep older children safe is to put rules and roles in place. Rules are don't answer the door if you're home alone. Don't give anybody your address that you don't know. Don't share the location of your house like I did. Girls need to know there's no modeling agency that hunts around the mall for them."
Miller says parents should look for certain behavioral changes that may indicate that children have become victimized by strangers.
Symptoms of child abuse:
Wetting the bed
Anxiety level high
Poor school performance
Socialization skills regress
Changes in appetite
Sleep patterns change
Police recommendations for children approached by strangers:
Walk or run away
Yell for help
Questions to help your child become a good witness:
What kind of hair did they have?
Did they wear a hat or hoodie?
Did they have hair on their face (mustache or beard)?
Describe their eyes?
Did they wear glasses?
Did they have any unusual smells?
Were their clothes clean or dirty?
What kind of pants or shoes were they wearing?
Describe their color from front to back
Were the windows tinted?
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Saturday, May 18 2013 10:40 AM EDT2013-05-18 14:40:00 GMT
Allison Jacob of Indianapolis who is a junior at Ball State University where she's majoring in Communications and Public Relations was named the 2013 500 Festival Queen on Saturday morning. She graduatedMore >>
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Saturday, May 18 2013 4:18 AM EDT2013-05-18 08:18:20 GMT
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Friday, May 17 2013 3:18 PM EDT2013-05-17 19:18:48 GMT
CeCe Bruce has received a couple of large tips in her life, but nothing like he one she got Wednesday morning. CeCe, a waitress at the Steak 'n Shake restaurant at Keystone and 54th Street, receivedMore >>
CeCe Bruce has received a couple of large tips in her career, but nothing like the one she got Wednesday morning.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:43 AM EDT2013-05-18 10:43:31 GMT
A car came very close to crashing into someone's home near Lawrence. It started with a brief police chase after the officer tried to pull the driver over for a traffic stop. It ended on Conreid Drive,More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:14 AM EDT2013-05-18 13:14:33 GMT
The son of the U.S. national swim team director is reporting that Michael Phelps is planning a comeback for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Peter Busch, whose father Frank oversees the American program, is a newsMore >>
The son of the U.S. national swim team director is reporting that Michael Phelps is planning a comeback for the 2016 Rio Olympics.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 1:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 17:58:30 GMT
The San Diego Chargers have agreed to a two-year deal with star pass rusher Dwight Freeney that could be worth $13.35 million. The deal to bring Freeney to the Chargers came four days after outside linebackerMore >>
The San Diego Chargers have agreed to a two-year deal with star pass rusher Dwight Freeney that could be worth $13.35 million.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 1:06 AM EDT2013-05-18 05:06:01 GMT
Visitors and employees of Indiana University Health will no longer be able to buy sugary drinks from cafeterias, vending machines and gift shops on hospital campuses. Indiana University Health implementedMore >>
Visitors and employees of Indiana University Health will no longer be able to buy sugary drinks from cafeterias, vending machines and gift shops on hospital campuses.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 1:19 PM EDT2013-05-18 17:19:05 GMT
Point guard George Hill will be a game-time decision as the Pacers try to close out the Knicks. After Indiana's shootaround Saturday morning, coach Frank Vogel did not say whether Hill had passed hisMore >>
Point guard George Hill will be a game-time decision as the Pacers try to close out the Knicks.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 1:13 PM EDT2013-05-18 17:13:48 GMT
A Lafayette program designed to help the homeless, victims of domestic violence and nonviolent offenders is carrying on its mission despite the loss of federal funding. Efforts started under the WeedMore >>
A Lafayette program designed to help the homeless, victims of domestic violence and nonviolent offenders is carrying on its mission despite the loss of federal funding.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 10:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 02:59:44 GMT
A mother is pleading with police and her neighbors to try and find the driver who struck her son in a hit and run crash. Daniel Lopez is in critical condition, fighting for his life at the hospital. PoliceMore >>
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