INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Good morning. Here are five things you need to know today:
1) Authorities called in a mobile DNA lab and anthropologists to help identify the dead as the search went on for victims of the most destructive wildfire in California history. The overall death toll from the outbreak of fires at both ends of the state stood at 25 last night but is likely to climb. If you're interested in donating to help the victims and their families, remember to check Charity Navigator to make sure you're donating to credible groups. The California Fire Foundation is also taking donations to help firefighters and the communities they serve.
2) We've seen some snow showing up on Live Doppler 13 radar northwest of Indy this morning, but most of the day is just going to be cloudy and cold. Chuck Lofton says a quick-hitting system will spread snow into central Indiana this evening. Though it may initially mix with rain, much of what falls between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. tomorrow will be frozen. Accumulations around Indy should be less than one inch with lighter amounts south and 1"-2" potential along and north of a Crawfordsville-Noblesville-Muncie line. Tomorrow looks chilly with highs in the 30s and the rest of the week remains much colder than average.
3) As U.S. Catholic bishops gather for their national assembly this week, the clergy sex abuse crisis dominates their agenda amid calls from critics that church leaders finally bring about meaningful reforms to root out abusive priests. Bishops have several reforms under consideration to craft a stronger response to the scandals, but some Catholic activists are demanding further steps, including releasing the names of all clergy accused of abuse and giving a greater voice to abuse victims.
4) Metro Police are looking for a pair of car thieves who drove off with an SUV that was just dropped off at an auto shop on the south side. It happened early Friday morning at Ramsey Automotive on Emerson. The car's owner wasn't sure if she would see her car again but just two days later, the SUV was found abandoned in a neighborhood pond near Thompson and Keystone. She doesn't know if it will still run and was told she’ll have to pay nearly $300 to get it back.
5) People on social media are loving an Indy nurse's video showing something that's all too relatable if you've ever worked in nursing. Careah Bell McPeek is a nurse at an Indianapolis hospital who found herself struggling to get sheets on the hospital's new beds. "When the hospital spends $30K on a new bed but the sheets are 30 years old," she captioned the video on Facebook. In less than a day of being on Facebook, the post had been viewed more than 200,000 times and shared more than 4,500 times.