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 >>
Indiana is sitting on $400 million to which it is not entitled. The attorney general's office knows it - and is willing to give it all back, as long as the people who ask for it have a legitimate claim.
Most of it is cold, hard cash like security deposits put down on apartments, paychecks never collected, or bank accounts long ago forgotten. But the state is also holding tangible property.
Most of it was placed in bank safe deposit boxes and forgotten. If banks don't collect rent on the boxes, and can't find the owner, they must turn over the contents to the state, where it is held for three years. If no one claims it in that time frame, the merchandise is sold off and the proceeds kept for 25 years. If there is still no claim, the state keeps the money.
Recently, I had the chance to enter the state's "safe-keeping" vault where unclaimed items end up. I can't tell you where it's located, and even if you were in the building, you probably wouldn't be able to tell.
The wall that runs the length of the room has steel reinforcement, but no pictures hanging on the outside. The door is plain and unmarked. There is a magnetic security keypad that looks like the ones is countless offices around the world.
But only a select group of people have access and no one is allowed to enter alone. Project Manager Valerie Jones is in charge. The ten-year attorney general's office employee says most of what they collect is what you would expect to find in a bank safe deposit box: "Coins. We get a lot of coins, and jewelry. Those are the two most common."
The vault also holds the unusual, like gold teeth, which are more common than you might think. People apparently save them for the gold, but I saw actual gold - 39 one-ounce pure South African Krugerrands. They are worth about $1,700 a piece.
Think about that: someone bought 39 krugerrands and either died or forgot about them in a bank safe deposit box! I'll do the math for you. That's over $66,000. Just waiting in a vault, waiting for the rightful owner, or the heir of the rightful owner to claim.
There is also a series of autographed New York Yankees baseball cards from 1929. The set includes a Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. And, there's a baseball signed by everyone on the 1940 Chicago Cubs. The value of items like that are in the eye of the beholder and, since the state is not equipped to appraise them, the work is turned over to Goodwill Industries. It has a website where items are sold auction-style. The state sells its items on the Goodwill site. Goodwill gets a small percentage of the proceeds, and the state holds onto the rest to wait for claims to come in.
Every item in the state's "safe-keeping" vault has a story. The attorney general's office is trying to work backwards to fill in the details of the story that culminates in the item ending up back where it belongs.
There is a sketch book that came from the 1994 Comic-Con International convention in San Diego. Someone spent time there, going around to the booths manned by artists. Each sketched a picture and signed his or her work. It includes the artists who drew Spiderman and Batman. If you're into comic books, it's a treasure trove. It will be going on the Goodwill auction site soon -- unless you, or someone you know, can legitimately claim it.
Not everything that comes into the vault is eventually sold off. The state is now holding two Purple Hearts, given to service members who are wounded in the line of duty.
Project Manager Valerie Jones said, "I can only assume that they passed away and their family doesn't know it's here -- it's heart-breaking."
Because of the intensely personal nature of the Purple Heart, the attorney general's office will keep them in the vault indefinitely. They will eventually clean out everything else to make room for the new items that are arriving daily from unclaimed bank boxes around the state.
It's easy to check for money that may be rightly yours. Follow this link to the Indiana Unclaimed website and plug in your name (and the name of relatives, friends, and associates) to see if the state has something for you.
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 >>