Wednesday, December 11 2013 9:42 PM EST2013-12-12 02:42:06 GMT
Police and school officials say American University's campus in the nation's capital is on lockdown after police received calls about a man with a gun. That report came in to Washington police aboutMore >>
A lockdown has been lifted at American University in Washington after police received calls about a man with a gun.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 9:37 PM EST2013-12-12 02:37:24 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 9:17 PM EST2013-12-12 02:17:20 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 8:45 PM EST2013-12-12 01:45:14 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 >>
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 6:29 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 >>
Indianapolis law enforcement is addressing violent crime with a plan put in place before the summer crime wave hit.
The Violent Crime Unit with the Indianapolis Metro Police Department worked with district officers, neighborhood resource officers, and community members to identify the most violent individuals in part of the city. IMPD says in those targeted areas, there has been a reduction in both non-fatal gunshot incidents and criminal homicides.
IMPD targeted the zip codes of 46222, 46208, 46205, 46218 and 46201. They are located north, east and west of downtown Indianapolis.
The Oxford neighborhood in the 46218 zip code is one of five that police say is the most violent in the city. The numbers police shared with reporters Wednesday show there's progress being made here.
In a news conference Wednesday afternoon, IMPD Chief Rick Hite said his department has been working with federal and community partners to run an undercover operation to rid these five target areas of crime, drugs and guns.
The chief says from early April until July, police officers have made more than 435 arrests for a total of 976 separate charges in just a two-square-mile area in Indianapolis. Those arrests were for serious, violent crimes and quality of life issues like prostitution and public intoxication.
Despite the increase in homicides throughout the city, there have been no murders in the target areas. The chief says that's due in part to the community stepping up and recognizing certain people have to go.
"We have to remember that they were here for a long time. Many of them have been here for decades. You've talked to them. You know them by name. You know their family history. We are making examples. They chose a life of crime; a family business. We are putting them out of business," said Chief Hite.
Every few houses on a street in the 46218 zip code are boarded up and have high grass. Police say it's a haven for criminals. It turns out there are a lot of criminals in this area, so that's where IMPD has focused its crime-fighting efforts. Neighbors have noticed.
"The police all make trips up and down this street quite often," said Myles Martin, Oxford neighborhood resident.
Martin, 83, has noticed Indianapolis Metro Police drive by his home "at least two to three times a day."
Martin's niece Sylvia Luckett also says she's noticed a difference in the Oxford neighborhood.
"He's been here a long time. I've seen a difference. I've seen a huge difference," said Luckett.
IMPD Deputy Chief Scott Hasler says police have seen homicides drop dramatically in the target areas.
"There have been zero criminal homicides in the five target areas. That's a 100-percent reduction in the grid area compared to a 50-percent increase in the homicide rate citywide," he said.
Police say partnerships with faith-based organizations like the Ten Point Coalition and direct conversations with teenagers has made these streets safer in the past three months.
"They are going to go after adults who gave guns to minors," said Chief Hite.
IMPD is also relying on good neighbors, and that's a plan Myles Martin supports.
"He watches. It's not just police. It takes a neighborhood and he's one of them," said Luckett.
Police will continue to have extra officers working in these high crime areas. To keep crime down in these target areas, police will focus more closely on quality of life. That means a home with tall weeds, boarded doors and windows is unsafe and Neighborhood Code will begin coming into these target areas to work with police to clean these streets up. Police will also address graffiti, inoperable street lights and trash.
Police seized 66 firearms and 13 cases have been referred to the US Attorney for prosecution. In the federal system, 85% of the sentenced time must be served.
Chief Hite says IMPD has identified "the worst of the worst in our community and we are taking steps to hold them accountable. This is not over, we have a long way to go, but rest assured we will make our neighborhoods safe for our children and our future."
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 >>