Friday, December 13 2013 11:50 AM EST2013-12-13 16:50:55 GMT
A winter storm warning is in effect for central Indiana from 7:00 pm Friday to 6:00 pm Saturday. Areas north of I-70 could see 4-6 inches of snow with this storm, while communities to the south couldMore >>
A winter storm warning is in effect for central Indiana from 7:00 pm Friday to 6:00 pm Saturday.More >>
Friday, December 13 2013 10:57 AM EST2013-12-13 15:57:20 GMT
Authorities say a 78-year-old man is recovering after passers-by came to his aid when he was in the snow along a Bloomington road without a coat or shoes. Samantha Valkyrie tells The Herald-Times sheMore >>
Authorities say a 78-year-old man is recovering after passers-by came to his aid when he was in the snow along a Bloomington road without a coat or shoes.More >>
Friday, December 13 2013 10:52 AM EST2013-12-13 15:52:19 GMT
A judge has sentenced a northern Indiana teenager to 65 years in prison for the fatal drive-by shooting of another teen. Seventeen-year-old Jesus Macedo-Perez of Elkhart read during Thursday's court hearingMore >>
A judge has sentenced a northern Indiana teenager to 65 years in prison for the fatal drive-by shooting of another teen.More >>
Friday, December 13 2013 10:08 AM EST2013-12-13 15:08:22 GMT
Firefighters from Brownsburg and Wayne Township were called to the Brownsburg Meadows at the intersection of State Road 267 and Tilden Friday around 9 a.m. for the report of fire. Fire crews arrivedMore >>
Firefighters from Brownsburg and Wayne Township were called to the Brownsburg Meadows at the intersection of State Road 267 and Tilden Friday around 9 a.m. for the report of fire.More >>
Friday, December 13 2013 9:22 AM EST2013-12-13 14:22:50 GMT
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police officers are searching for a man who exposed himself to students this morning in the 3800 block of West Michigan Street. According to dispatchers several girls on a busMore >>
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police officers are searching for a man who exposed himself to students this morning in the 3800 block of West Michigan Street.More >>
Friday, December 13 2013 8:37 AM EST2013-12-13 13:37:11 GMT
Another morning of frigid temperatures is putting a strain on local agencies. From utilities to shelters, the resources are under more pressure when the temperatures drop. Wheeler Mission facility onMore >>
Another morning of frigid temperatures is putting a strain on local agencies. From utilities to shelters, the resources are under more pressure when the temperatures drop.More >>
Friday, December 13 2013 7:24 AM EST2013-12-13 12:24:07 GMT
State highway officials say an eight-mile section of Interstate 65 near Lafayette will be expanded to three lanes in each direction. The project will widen the highway between State Road 38 and StateMore >>
State highway officials say an eight-mile section of Interstate 65 near Lafayette will be expanded to three lanes in each direction.More >>
Friday, December 13 2013 7:06 AM EST2013-12-13 12:06:36 GMT
Photo: Tesla Motors
Tesla Motors will open its first store in Indiana Friday at the Fashion Mall at Keystone. The California-based electric-car maker will host its grand opening at 10:00 Friday morning. Tesla, a leader inMore >>
Tesla Motors will open its first store in Indiana Friday at the Fashion Mall at Keystone. The California-based electric-car maker will host its grand opening at 10:00 Friday morning.More >>
Friday, December 13 2013 6:29 AM EST2013-12-13 11:29:04 GMT
The state Department of Natural Resources is warning Indiana residents to beware of thin ice on ponds and lakes despite recent cold temperatures. DNR officials say every year people drown after fallingMore >>
The state Department of Natural Resources is warning Residents to beware of thin ice on ponds and lakes despite recent cold temperatures.More >>
Friday, December 13 2013 6:18 AM EST2013-12-13 11:18:58 GMT
A team of Indiana University experts is helping NASA with its ongoing mission to keep tabs on Earth's vast polar ice sheets. IU's Research Technologies group has spent the past five years providing technologyMore >>
A team of Indiana University experts is helping NASA with its ongoing mission to keep tabs on Earth's vast polar ice sheets.More >>
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is in contract negotiations with Amtrak to continue the Hoosier State line passenger service.
The service operates four days per week between Indianapolis and Chicago.
Federal funding dries up October 1. State officials say they need to come up with about $3 million annually to keep it running. They have said they hope municipalities affected by the route will chip in. Communities that contribute funding would also be involved in overseeing performance of the service on a recurring basis. Specific contributions among all parties will not be known until negotiations with Amtrak conclude.
The Hoosier State Line is a passenger train, but it also hauls rail cars in need of repair to the Amtrak facility in Beech Grove.
Amtrak normally repairs 150 to 175 locomotives and passenger cars each year, and employs 550 Hoosiers with an annual payroll of $30 million.
In 2008, Congress voted to end federal support for Amtrak routes of less than 750 miles. Seven of the 19 states impacted have signed operating agreements as of Sept. 13. Amtrak has said that it would not terminate service with states holding good-faith contract negotiations by Oct. 1.
However, after INDOT issued its press release, Amtrak came out with a statement of its own:
"Amtrak remains committed to working directly with Indiana DOT (INDOT) to achieve a signed agreement with Indiana that will maintain the Amtrak Hoosier State service -- but our time is quickly running out. Pricing was provided to INDOT in April 2013 and a draft agreement was provided to INDOT in July 2013. If we do not have an agreement by Monday, September 30th, Amtrak will begin steps to notify its employees and the public of the impending suspension of service by Trains 850 and 851.
"Additionally, Amtrak has provided INDOT information regarding ways to improve the current Hoosier State service and the need for infrastructure improvements to realize those benefits. We look forward to reviewing the draft report by INDOT's consultant after it is released this Thursday."
Mayors and other public officials expressed an interest in keeping the Hoosier State service operating and are making local funds available as part of the financing package.
If the $3 million is divided among each one-way passenger, this is approximately $80 in government support for each $24 ticket. Amtrak's long-distance Cardinal service, which operates the remaining three days per week between Cincinnati and Chicago via Indianapolis, is not affected by this decision.
Eyewitness News wanted to see the pros and cons of the line, so we sent reporter Mary Milz and photojournalist Matt Whisner on a trip from Indianapolis to Chicago.
Mary's "tales from the train" blog:
5:15 am - Arrived at Union Station for 6:00 am departure to Chicago aboard Amtrak's Hoosier Line.
Hoping to see pros and cons. One con? Just one departure each day and one trip back. Plus, it takes five hours to get there.
5:37 am - Live from Union Station as we wait to board. About 25 passengers waiting. I'm told Tuesdays are light. They usually have 40-60 passengers.
We paid $24 apiece for one-way fare. Federal subsidy is $80 per person. That's the issue.
In 2008 Congress passed an act that requires states with rail lines less than 750 miles to cover subsidy or lose service. INDOT has been doing a study to consider the options. That study is due by Oct. 1st.
5:50 am - Board train, stow luggage and get our seats (not assigned.). Lots of leg room, tray tables and overhead lights, plus outlets - yeah! Can plug in the phone and iPad!
6:00 am - Train pulls out of Union Station on time. Ride a bit rough first few minutes but smoothed out much to photog Matt Whisner's relief!
6:37 am - Go for a TV broadcast first, at least in Indiana - go live from train somewhere between Indy and Crawfordsville! Able to do first half of report before losing cell signal and interviewing Carol from Minnesota.
Came back ten minutes later to do a quick wrap - it worked!
6:59 am - First stop. Arrived Crawfordsville and picked up eight passengers. Left 7:01 am. Usually takes just one minute to board passengers. Quick? So why five hours to Chicago when driving can take three? Train goes no faster than 60 mph.
7:32 am - Arrived at Lafayette station and picked up 12 people. Left at 7:34 am. Asked conductor if we'd be late to Chicago now with each stop running one minute over? :)
I'm told the train is popular among Purdue students wanting to go to Chicago for the weekend. Not today. Most on board are leisure travels or plan to switch trains in Chicago for other locations. One couple is taking "an Amtrak vacation."
8:33 - Arrived at Rennselaer several minutes early, so this is a longer stop - this time five minutes. Plenty of seats. Our car is maybe a quarter full? People are sleeping, reading, on laptops.
9:08 - Train slowed. Conductor announced a "stop signal," meaning something on tracks or work being done. Slowed to 15mph.
9:14 - Train stopped. No word why. Wondering how long we'll sit here? Does this happen often? Will we be late?
9:45 - Back up to full speed! No one we talked to overly concerned about delay. Told we'll run about ten minutes late, as of now.
10:15 - arrived in Dyer, last stop before Chicago. Now passing through Munster. Slowing again. Told this is common as we get closer to Chicago.
According to INDOT, part of the problem is Amtrak owns just a few of the lines it uses. Has to share CSX lines with freight traffic and Chicago is a rail hub so lots of traffic.
INDOT study was to look at ways to make service more convenient and build ridership. Now it's about 37,000 a year.
Spokesman has said INDOT is willing to "partner with local officials" on funding Hoosier line but INDOT "can't be the whole solution."
11:05 Supposed to arrive now but running late. On the plus side, we're able to edit and send our tapes story back to the station while on board. Nice when things work!
Photographer Matt noted another advantage to the train vs. flying. You can use your phone and you don't have to pay more for extra legroom, an exit row or luggage! But no food service.:( Though there will be on the return.
I'm told there are 56 passengers on board the train (picked up people along four stops.). Capacity on this train is 140.
INDOT has said building ridership means increasing frequency of trains to Chicago and cutting travel time.
11:34 - still not at station. In fact, stopped because of heavy freight traffic. Some on board starting to get antsy.
Like air delays, there's not much you can do. At least, it's comfortable.
The conductor said once traffic clears up it's 12 minutes to Union Station in Chicago. Might be going live from the train at noon. Will make the trip there six hours - ouch, especially when he one train back leaves at 6:45 Indy time!
11:50 - arrived at Chicago's union station 45 minutes late. Managed to get outside and set up for live shot with five minutes to spare. Whiz rocks!
A few people are a bit frustrated with the delay but most okay. Nice to walk out into the loop and have a gazillion choices for lunch.
Went to Giordano's for deep dish pizza and had trouble with cell phone reception and here we thought the train would be the problem!
Went to the top of Willis Tower to get some "aerials" of Chicago. The sky ledge was awesome but we noticed quite a few people couldn't stand over the city 103 stories up!
Now at a coffee shop across from Union Station working on 6pm piece. Will edit here and head out on only train back to Indy. It leaves at 6:45 Indy time and arrives downtown at 11:50 pm tonight.
Long day but get this - seven hours here an nearly 11 on train if all goes well. More on pros and cons later. Time to edit!
6:15 - Spent 20 minutes walking outside Union Station trying to get a live signal for our live shot, but way too many cell phones in use. Was able to send tape story back.
6:45 - Train for Indy left at 6:45, right on time. Had our dinner to go, but didn't need to as there's a diner car on this train. Forty on board heading to Indy or stops along the way.
8:50 - In Dyer, arrived 10 minutes early. Have to wait in case there's anyone rushing to make the train. Sun setting. Pretty view. Due in Indy at 11:50. Our day will then be just about at the 20-hour mark.
10:50 - Nearing the end of our train journey. Smooth ride back, no delays. Matt and I just finished a story that will air on Sunrise.
Long but good day. Met lots of great people including the Amtrak employees. They, like the passengers we talked to, are very concerned about the future of the Hoosier State line.
Very comfortable, easy way to travel. Love being able to read, nap or get work done. Also like avoiding traffic, tolls and parking issues.
Matt loved being able to plug in editors, camera batteries and use his cell phone.
Hard part is just one departure a day at 6 am and one return at 6:45 Indy time returning at 11:50. Makes for a long day.
Also, wish it were quicker. Five hours when it takes three to drive? Plus delays can tack on time.
INDOT & Amtrak very aware of this. Say they need to improve times and frequency to build ridership. But not as easy as it sounds given the heavy freight traffic in and around Chicago.
Local officials in areas served by the Hoosier State line have lobbied hard to keep it. They say it's about economic development and ensuring transportation options, especially as congestion grows. And once you lose service, it's hard to get it back.
But who pays? INDOT says they can't cover it all. Local officials vow to help. Will it be enough? Time is running out and they've had five years to decide.
Will we know before Monday? Sure hope so.
*If the Hoosier State line isn't funded, Amtrak's Cardinal line will still service Indy to Chicago, but just 3 days a week - Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Okay, after nearly 20 hours after the day began, ready to sign off.
Friday, December 13 2013 12:17 AM EST2013-12-13 05:17:18 GMT
A case of mistaken identity cost an Indianapolis man his freedom and much more. He ended up behind bars after learning police had a warrant for his arrest for trying to kill another man. This case ofMore >>
A case of mistaken identity cost an Indianapolis man his freedom and much more. He ended up behind bars after learning police had a warrant for his arrest for trying to kill another man.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 11:20 PM EST2013-12-13 04:20:57 GMT
The Avon Community School Corporation says it's investigating a case of "inappropriate social media activity" involving high school students. Bill Weems, deputy chief of Avon PD, says his department wasMore >>
The Avon Community School Corporation says it's investigating a case of "inappropriate social media activity" involving high school students.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 10:47 PM EST2013-12-13 03:47:20 GMT
A pedestrian was struck and killed in Franklin Thursday night. Franklin firefighters confirmed the accident on US 31 between Acorn Road and Schoolhouse Road. The crash happened just before 9 p.m. Thursday. TheMore >>
Franklin police are investigating the death of a pedestrian on US 31 Thursday night.More >>
Friday, December 13 2013 3:07 AM EST2013-12-13 08:07:19 GMT
Four people were stabbed in the parking lot at Sports Authority Stadium after the Denver Broncos' game Thursday night. Denver Police says on its Twitter page that the incident was called in at 9:55 p.m.,More >>
Four people were stabbed in the parking lot after the Denver Broncos' game Thursday night.
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 >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 11:19 PM EST2013-12-13 04:19:07 GMT
Small businesses in Shelbyville are taking a big hit from overnight burglars. Over two months, burglars have hit nine businesses in town. There is no indication they are slowing down. "This is a hitMore >>
Small businesses in Shelbyville are taking a big hit from overnight burglars.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 10:33 PM EST2013-12-13 03:33:28 GMT
Police in Noblesville are warning citizens about scams surrounding the death of a 16-year-old high school student. Police say they have received several questions about fundraising efforts allegedly setMore >>
Police in Noblesville are warning citizens about scams surrounding the death of a 16-year-old high school student.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 8:40 PM EST2013-12-13 01:40:40 GMT
An Indianapolis man who pleaded guilty to bank robbery in which an accomplice was fatally shot by the FBI has been sentenced to 10.5 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson sentencedMore >>
An Indianapolis man who pleaded guilty to bank robbery in which an accomplice was fatally shot by the FBI has been sentenced to 10.5 years in prison.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 8:43 PM EST2013-12-13 01:43:13 GMT
Someone has again anonymously dropped a gold Krugerrand coin into a Salvation Army red kettle in a central Indiana city. Salvation Army Capt. Dale Brandenburg says the South African coin was foundMore >>
Someone has again anonymously dropped a gold Krugerrand coin into a Salvation Army red kettle in a central Indiana city.More >>