5 things you need to know for Thursday, Oct. 12


INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Happy Thursday! Here are five things you need to know this morning:

1) A person of interest in a southeastern Ohio triple homicide and stabbing is on the loose - and an 8-year-old boy who was supposed be at the home where the crimes happened is missing. A witness told police they saw 23-year-old Aaron Lawson on foot near the crime scene and he hasn't been seen since. The 8-year-old, Devin Holston, is described as 4-foot-8, weighing 80 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes, and is believed to be in danger or injured. The three people who died were shot and killed in a Pedro, Ohio home last night. That's near the West Virginia border and about 130 miles southeast of Cincinnati. A fourth person was stabbed.

2) A central Indiana teenager has been missing for a year, and her family is frustrated with a lack of answers about her disappearance - and what they call a lack of community support to find her. Karena McClerkin was 18 years old when she was last seen last October walking along a busy street south of Kokomo's downtown area. Gerry McClerkin tells our partners at the Kokomo Tribune she's convinced her granddaughter is dead and is at "wit's end" on where else to look after numerous searches over the past year. The search was even featured on NBC's "Dateline." Kokomo police Capt. Tonda Cockrell says the disappearance remains an active investigation and urged anyone with information to contact the department.

3) Sen. Todd Young will call for changes at the VA today. He wants the VA to act faster on appeals. According to Young's office, there are several cases in Indiana that have been on appeal for more than five years. His news conference is scheduled for 3 p.m. today.

4) Studies show Baby Boomers are skipping flu shots more than any other generation even though they have one of the biggest risks of getting the virus. The flu shot is covered by Medicare, and most professionals suggest seniors get the vaccine to protect themselves. If you are in the Indianapolis area and haven't gotten a flu shot yet, Community Hospital East is offering free flu shots today and tomorrow. They'll also have free flu shots at the Irvington Halloween festival Oct. 28. The Marion County Public Health Department is offering low-cost flu shots for children ages 2 to 18 at eight walk-in clinics in the upcoming weeks. Click here to see a list of locations and times where you can get the $20 flu shot. Flu shots for children younger than 2 are free.

5) It will be cloudy with pockets of drizzle all morning long. Chuck Lofton says it will be cool, too, with afternoon temperatures only reaching the middle and upper 60s. Tomorrow afternoon looks simply awesome. There is some sunshine in the Friday forecast and it will be warmer. Temperatures rebound back into the 70s for the afternoon. We are forecasting mainly clear skies and evening temperatures in the 60s for high school football. Remember, the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival starts tomorrow, too.

Filed under: