5 things you need to know for Tuesday, March 13


INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Good morning. Here are five things you need to know today:

1) A Johnson County veteran is warning others about a contractor scam. Bill Sudkamp was sitting in his garage when a man walked up his driveway offering to trim his trees. Sudkamp walked with him around the house to the back yard to check out the trees that needed to be trimmed, the man got on his phone. Sudkamp assumed it was his company, but it turned out to be a partner who had gone into Sudkamp's home through the garage while the first man distracted him, stealing all the valuable jewelry inside. He said they even knew the difference, leaving behind his wife's costume jewelry. Anyone with information about the suspects is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS (8477).

2) The City-County Council last night unanimously approved emergency funding to help fill potholes in Indianapolis. The council approved more than $14 million for the Department of Public Works to continue their blitz on more than 160,000 potholes in the Circle City. In the past three days alone, DPW workers have filled over 6,000 potholes. The new funding will not only help fill potholes, but more permanent road repairs.

3) Preliminary work is underway for widening a 14-mile section of Interstate 65 to six lanes in southern Indiana. INDOT says the first steps include installing traffic signals and right turn lanes on SR-58 near Columbus for the ramps for I-65. That comes as contractors have been hired for the project adding a lane for both northbound and southbound traffic between US-50 in Seymour and SR-58. Resurfacing work is also planned between the SR-58 interchange and SR-46 in Columbus. Workers are expected to finish in 2020.

4) It's a cold and mostly clear start to the day with wind chills beginning in the lower 20s. Lindsey Monroe says clouds increase mid-morning and scattered snow showers and snow squalls will be likely through the afternoon. These snow squalls will quickly reduce visibility and bring a coating of snow, leaving untreated roads snow-covered and slick. Afternoon temperatures will only reach the middle and upper 30s. Most areas will see a coating to locally 1 inch under a heavier snow band.

5) Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States, but may be underreported as it is estimated that 1 in 4 Americans are unaware they have it. If not caught early or controlled, diabetes can lead to serious health complications including premature death, vision loss, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and amputation of toes, feet, or legs. For this month's Checkup 13, we're teaming up with the St. Vincent Wound Care Center to offer free foot checks and tests to detect warning signs of diabetes and circulation problems. Click here to find out if you should get the test and how to sign up.

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