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5 things to know this morning

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RAIN MOVES OUT: Early Friday morning, heavy rain fell in the area and winds were strong. For instance, in Kokomo, winds were clocked at 56 miles per hour. Look for sun today, rain and snow Saturday, and more sun and 60-degree-weather Sunday.

MARCH MADNESS IN INDY: March Madness has arrived in Indianapolis. The NCAA Midwest Regional games tip off tonight at Lucas Oil Stadium. Not only are there powerhouse match-ups on the court, but also some huge celebrations downtown. Having that strong rivalry being dubbed by some as the Battle of the Bluegrass between Kentucky and Louisville only boosts what's expected to be some big numbers from fans who love to travel and don't have that far to drive. Georgia Street is ready to host a couple tailgate parties today! On the West block, the Bud Light Tailgate Party, sponsored by Emmis Communications, runs from noon to nine tonight. It includes music, food, games and the event is free. On the east block, the Kilroy's Sweet 16 Tent Party and that starts an hour earlier at 11.

HIT AND RUN SUSPECT ARRESTED: Police arrested a driver who fled from the scene of a fatal crash on the northwest side of Indianapolis Thursday evening. Officers arrived on the scene of the crash near the intersection of W. 34th Street and Georgetown Road around 6 p.m. When they arrived, they found the driver of a small compact car suffering from "extensive injuries." The man was later pronounced dead at the scene of his injuries. Investigators believe a white truck driven by 33-year-old William Edwards of Indianapolis was traveling north on Georgetown Road when it struck the unidentified victim's vehicle, which was traveling west on W. 34th Street. Two other vehicles were also struck in the crash, but those drivers were not hurt.

OFFICER ARRESTED: A grand jury indicted an Indianapolis Metro Police officer for official misconduct, and the man in trouble is the son of the police union's president. Officer Cory Owensby, 33, faces five counts of official misconduct (Class D felony), three counts of false informing (Class B misdemeanor) and five counts of criminal conversion (Class A misdemeanor - related to the mishandling of evidence).

INDY CAR SEASON KICKS OFF: And it is the official opening of the Indy Car Season. Today Indianapolis Mayor Ballard will be at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to Place Flags on Wing and Wheel Logo. The first race is this weekend in St. Petersburg Florida.

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