Wednesday, December 11 2013 9:24 PM EST2013-12-12 02:24:13 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 >>
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. 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 6:49 PM EST2013-12-11 23:49:01 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 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 >>
WTHR sent anchor Scott Swan and photographer Steve Rhodes to Russia ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Here's a little insight into their trip from Scott:
6pm in Moscow.
No luggage yet. It's our 3rd day in the same clothes. We each bought a light jacket at a mall and still need to get toiletries tonight.
9pm in Moscow.
We're back at the hotel after grabbing a bite to eat and spraying a little video before the rain moved in.
Finnair still cannot determine where our three suitcases (with all our clothes, toiletries and tripods) are located. We have our Russia-based tour guide looking into it. The website says "tracing underway - please check back." We will. So, we are limited to the clothes on our backs for now. I will look at the travel insurance card to see how/if they pay for clothing and toiletries.
"On The Go Tours" called Steve and said they have located a cheap tripod to rent that requires a $600 cash deposit. That may work for our Kremlin shoot tomorrow morning.
We're getting a variety of predictions from "experts" in what/how we will be able to shoot Saturday. One prediction is we will have the run of the place with our accreditation from Ministry of Foreign Ministry. Our "fixer" says there is no way we'd be allowed to bring a tripod - suggesting we pretend to be tourists. We will know at 10am Saturday.
Tonight, we had a pork wrap for dinner and listened to live outdoor music before wandering thru Red Square in light drizzle.
Steve's phone is receiving phone calls. Mine only receives emails - when I'm on wifi. Apparently, I didn't hit *228 before departing Indy. Suggestions of powering on/off have not worked. I have "no service" showing on my upper left screen. Steve has MTSRUS showing up on his screen.
Its been a long day (actually 2 days). I'm falling asleep at the keyboard. Hopefully those suitcases show up tomorrow!
Tonight went really well. Steve and I ventured back into Red Square and captured beautiful footage of the St. Basil church (over my left shoulder) and the Kremlin which are lit up tonight. No rain tonight. No hassles about bringing a tripod. Now we are in a pizza place and enjoying a well-deserved dinner. We walk home after dinner and are up and at 'em Sunday morning.
This photo is a highlight of a challenging trip. We're inside the Kremlin with a tripod - something many here doubted could happen. It rained during a good portion of our visit which limited our ability to capture extended b-roll - REALLY challenging shooting in rain.
Weather has been lousy. After watching temps hover near 80 and sunshine for the last month, we arrive to gloomy, cold and wet conditions - less than ideal when the only clothes you have is one golf shirt and shorts.
We had some success shooting around Red Square and feel our best story so far is the romance of brides/grooms taking photos near these historic landmarks including Moscow's wedding bridge where couples put padlocks on trees and toss the key into the river for good luck. Pretty good interviews and good pictures.
Since we are still without tripods, Steve rented a tripod at Russia's version of "Robert's Cameras" - only discovered by our tour organizer in a highly industrial area of Moscow. It's $15 a day but required us to leave one of our small cameras as collateral.
We will have to be creative once we head to our next town on Tuesday.
Sunday, we have our ballet and symphony shoots. Those seem firm. Will be interesting to see what these cultural icons think if unshaven reporters wearing golf shirts and shorts. Certainly wasn't the impression I wanted to make (haha!). Plus, we plan to get more shots of the wedding bridge and an outdoor market - weather permitting - unfortunately its a 60% chance of showers - figures.
Food is interesting. We get a good, free breakfast in the hotel (eggs, yogurt, tea, etc) and had crepes for lunch at a food court because everything else looked disgusting.
Tour guide and driver REALLY help. We have a couple of upcoming days without them because of budget restraints. We will use taxis and be fine.
Back to the luggage issue. The Finnair website still says "tracking continues - check back." No clue if the bags have been returned to Indy, found at one of the 4 airports we went thru or if they are en route. It's amazing they can't put update - ANY update. We leave Tuesday Aug 27 for Nitzgy Novgorod where we will be until we arrive in St Petersburg Thursday Aug 29.
As for clothes, we will buy a couple of things to hold us. We are going through money on the debit card faster because of our luggage problem that created additional charges (ie; delaying airport transfer, clothing purchases, etc)
Bags arrived tonight! Amazing - this morning we were told the bags didn't make it out of Chicago. By afternoon, we got another call that they were at Moscow airport. Drove an hour, found the bags in a room of misfit bags and drove 2 hours through traffic to the hotel. Moscow traffic is worse than LA.
Earlier today, shot a nice story on Russian ballet and finished our really cool story on the wedding bridge where couples put padlocks of love on trees before flinging the keys into the canal for good luck. We think that's a home run. So, our story count is growing, we are no longer handcuffed technically and we have fresh clothes. Life is MUCH better.
Thanks for everybody's support and prayer. Heading to dinner. Tomorrow, it's a Russian violin maker - our last day in Moscow.
It's like something out of central casting. A 78-year-old Russian violin master creating violins.
"My aunt handed me a violin as a boy and said I would become a musician."
After becoming too old to play, he's now one of the only violin makers in Russia. He worries its a dying art in his homeland. He calls each of his violins his "children" and is happy "each of his 70 children are in the hands of someone."
Pure gold. The reason I love these pretrips. This is the heartbeat of Russia. Authentic people who love what they do. Really excited about this story. And, our first story with all of the cameras and tripods so we are at "full strength."
Lots of sunshine in Moscow today - first time we've seen blue sky and no rain. We're rolling!
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 >>