Kim’s Headlines: Far Westside Shooting Friday AM; Men Injured in Crash Through Downtown Hotel; Free Job Fair Today, Tomorrow; Fever In Action Tonight; More

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Here’s what’s going on in the headlines Friday…

Metro police are investigating a shooting that occurred around 3:30 a.m. Friday morning in the 1700 block of Countryside Drive on the city’s far west side. The male victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the abdomen and is in critical condition at Eskenazi Hospital. The victim and the suspect who is a relative of the victim’s girlfriend are both their late 20’s. This incident stemmed from an argument after a night out at a bar. It’s unknown what caused the argument.

Three men are injured from a fight that sent two of them crashing through a hotel window.  Indianapolis police say it started last night where two rival amateur basketball teams were hanging out at the Wild Beaver Saloon on Maryland Street. They say the dispute progressed and ended up in a fight at a Hampton Inn early Friday morning. That’s where the brawlers crashed through that large front glass window. One of them is listed in serious condition.  

Former Lawrence North basketball star and NBA player Greg Oden is out of jail following his arrest for allegedly punching his ex-girlfriend in the face. The former number one draft pick was taken into custody early Thursday morning at his mother’s home in Lawrence and was later released on a $10,000 bond.  Oden and the victim reportedly dated about two years, but split a few months ago.

Two of Indiana’s representatives to Congress are vowing to do their part in helping to reduce crime in Indianapolis. On Thursday, Mayor Ballard met with Congressman Andre Carson and Congresswoman Susan Brooks to discuss the public safety plan he introduced last month.  Brooks says she likes that the initiative puts focus on dropout prevention because when teenagers drop out of school, “they lose hope.” Carson says that while the meeting was in “no way an endorsement” of Mayor Ballard’s plan, he looks forward to working with city leaders on ensuring that Indy remains a great city. 

Butler University is boosting security on its urban campus in time for the upcoming semester. Campus police say they have about 70 surveillance cameras everywhere from parking lots to trails, and they plan on adding more. They say they’ll mostly review what cameras witnessed because they don’t have the staff to monitor them 24-7.  

TODAY: Dust off your power suit and grab your updated resume. At least 58 Fortune 1000 companies are joining forces with the Black Data Processing Associates for a major career fair in downtown Indy at the J.W. Marriott. This two-day career fair begins at noon and runs until 6 p.m. Friday. You’ll get another chance to impress on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. It’s free and the professional organization of African American information technology pros is here in Indy for their annual convention. 

Mike’s Carwash is being reorganized and splitting into two companies. Twenty-six locations in Indianapolis, Lafayette, Kokomo, Terre Haute, Anderson and Columbus will operate under the name “Crew Carwash.”  Fifteen locations in Evansville, Fort Wayne, Mishawaka and Ohio will keep the Mike’s name, but will get a new branded look. 

President Obama is authorizing “targeted airstrikes” in Iraq to protect U.S. personnel and facilities in the country. Addressing the nation from the White House, the President said he also ordered humanitarian airdrops to help thousands of Iraqis stranded on top of a mountain after they fled a violent surge by Islamist militants.  

The World Health Organization is declaring the Ebola epidemic an international health risk. The Geneva-based health agency also said today that the Ebola virus is an “extraordinary event” that is “particularly serious” because it’s already killed almost one thousand people in four West African countries.  

A Detroit man is guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting of a young woman on his front porch. Theodore Wafer killed Renisha McBride with a shotgun blast to the face last November.  Wafer fired on the unarmed 19-year-old when she banged on the front door of his Dearborn Heights home after she was involved in a nearby car accident. Claiming self-defense as his defense in court, did not work and Wafer now faces up to life in prison.  

People with heavy medical debts could see their credit scores go up. The nation’s top credit score provider, FICO, is coming out with a new scoring model that doesn’t penalize people for medical debts. 

In Sports:

TONIGHT: The Fever take on the Mystics Friday night, at home, in Bankers Life Fieldhouse.  Indiana has lost two in-a-row to drop to a 13-and-16 record. The Fever defeated Washington 80-77 just over a month ago in this, head coach Lin Dunn’s last season.

The two New York quarterbacks were the story as the Jets pulled out a 13-10 win over the Colts in each team’s preseason opener at MetLife Stadium. Andrew Luck played only one possession completing 4-of-5 passes for 53 yards. Trent Richardson wasn’t able to get anything going, being held to 13 yards on five carries. The Colts host the Giants on next Saturday, August 16th at Lucas Oil Stadium. 

Friday Weather: 

Cooler today with scattered thunderstorms moving through the area leaving cloudy skies and a high of 71 degrees.

Catch me this Sunday here on sister station 106.7 WTLC-FM on “Access Indy” at 8 a.m. Eastern. I’ll talk with some of the African American information technology pros that are convening here in Indy and the students that they’re training with STEM education. Also tech commentator Mario Armstrong joins me with some back-to-school suggestions you need to know about.

Make it a great day as you listen to us all day on “Indy’s Inspiration & Praise Station” AM-1310 The Light and here online at praiseindy.com.

I’m Kim Wells.  KimWellsMedia Headshot

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