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 >>
Milton, Florida - An acquaintance of the Indiana man at the center of a plane crash mystery says he's received an e-mail from the missing pilot saying the situation is a misunderstanding and he fears he will soon be dead.
Tom Britt received the e-mail Monday night from neighbor Marcus Schrenker, whose businesses are under investigation for possible securities violations. Britt believes the e-mail is real but says its authenticity hasn't been verified.
Authorities believe Schrenker let his plane crash in the Florida panhandle and apparently parachuted to safety.
Britt says Schrenker tells him the crash was an accident and he wanted his companies to succeed. Schrenker tells Britt he fears he will "be gone" by the time the e-mail is read and added, "I embarrassed my family for the last time."
The e-mail is the latest in a bizarre series of events that investigators say ended with the 38-year-old Schrenker making a life-or-death distress call before apparently parachuting out of his small plane over Alabama began long before Schrenker took off from Anderson's airport Sunday.
The Geist businessman left the Anderson airport alone in his six-seat plane bound for his family vacation home in Destin, Florida. The plane crashed in Milton, Florida Sunday night after Schrenker reported over Alabama that his windshield was blown into the aircraft and that he was bleeding.
After he stopped responding to air traffic controllers, military jets tried to intercept the plane. They noticed the door was open and the cockpit was dark and continued to follow it until it crashed in a bayou surrounded by homes.
But when investigators found the plane, its door was ajar and the wreckage showed no signs of blood or the blown windshield. The sheriff's office said Schrenker appeared to have put the aircraft into autopilot before parachuting out of his plane near Birmingham.
Bill and Debbie Timbie, whose house is less than 100 yards from where the plane crashed, were home Sunday night when they heard the jets flying overhead. Bill Timbie gave rescuers looking for the downed plane a ride through the swamp in his canoe.
"Now, after you think about it, it could have been real bad, it could have taken out two or three houses," he said Monday.
Leaving problems behind
Schrenker owns the Icon Group, a Geist-area investment company under investigation by the state. Neighbors and acquaintances say that on New Year's Eve day, investigators went to Schrenkers office and removed computers. They also seized computer from his home.
"We fully expect him to show up next week and face the music," said Jim Atterholt, state insurance commissioner. The department brought eight counts against Schrenker.
Indiana State police confirm to Eyewitness News that they assisted the Indiana secretary of state's office in a securities fraud investigation into Schrenker's Icon Group investment company.
Schrenker allegedly transferred client's insurance annuities to other accounts without telling them, earning huge "surrender penalties" for himself.
"Potentially a million dollars or more but certainly in the hundreds of thousands of dollars [lost by investors]," Atterholt said.
"He seemed to be very trustworthy," said investor David Smith.
Smith thought his money was going into what was then a hot stock market. Instead, he learned almost $850,000 went into an annuity that Schrenker later transferred, collecting $170,000 dollars in fees. Smith says Schrenker "conned family and friends into thinking he was just the guy to trust. Beware."
The state's raid came one day after documents show Schrenker's wife Michelle filed for divorce in Hamilton County.
"Why somebody would jump out of a plane and leave it on autopilot with his training and his background is beyond me. There's no reason for him to do it," said Britt, a Geist businessman.
Police say Schrenker turned up in Childersburg, Alabama. He told a police officer he'd been in a canoeing accident with friends. Officers say Schrenker was only wet from the knees down and had no other injuries. Schrenker also had some goggles that looked like they were made for flying, police said.
"I said, 'Do they have his body? Call the police and tell them to pull the teeth out of it, because if there's a body in that plane, I guarantee that's not Marc Schrenker,"' Britt said.
At that point the officers in that area were unaware of the plane crash and took Schrenker to a hotel. When they learned of the crash, they contacted the Santa Rosa County sheriff and confirmed that their subject had the same name as that of the pilot in the crash.
"Guy come walking up to the door, said he turned a boat over, him and his buddies, there in the river," said a man who saw Schrenker Sunday night. "He wanted me to carry him to Harpersville, so I took him to Childersburg."
Childersburg Police went to the hotel where Schrenker was dropped off., but he wasn't there.
After checking into the motel, paying cash and giving an assumed name, Schrenker changed clothes, put on a dark hat and took off into the woods. He left behind military food rations, the goggles and an invitation to a graduation at Indiana State University.
His plane hit the ground miles away, empty.
Numerous local, state, and federal agencies are assisting in Alabama, Indiana, and Florida in the effort to locate Schrenker.
The FAA and the NTSB are investigating at the crash site.
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 >>