Here’s What’s Going on in the Headlines on Wednesday…
The young woman who gave birth, then abandoned her baby in a business’s bathroom is due in court on this Wednesday. Twenty-two-year-old Briana Holland gave birth to the baby last Friday at the United Technology Carrier Corporation building on West Morris Street. There, is where a maintenance worker found that newborn in a trash can. Court documents say she covered his body in brown paper bags, wrapped toilet paper around his neck, and stuffed a tampon and tissue in his mouth. That maintenance worker is being credited for saving the baby’s life with the discovery and a slap to his bottom because he’d stopped breathing. Holland faces preliminary charges of neglect of a dependent. The baby is now in the custody of the Department of Child Services and is doing well after receiving treatment at Riley Hospital for Children.
Three people are dead after a shooting outside a northern central Indiana business. Police say it happened Tuesday morning outside Jordan Manufacturing—a furniture business located in Monticello. A man was found dead in a car and another on the ground in the company’s parking lot. A woman found in the car’s passenger seat died later at the hospital. Investigators tell the “Indianapolis Star” the shooter could be among the dead and jealousy could be a motive.
Here in the city, a man has been shot early this Wednesday morning in the 5900 block of Parkwood Court on Indy’s northwest side. Police found the man inside a vehicle shortly after 3 a.m. The victim was taken to I-U Methodist Hospital and is in critical, but stable condition. This shooting is under investigation.
City leaders are encouraging neighbors to get to know each other and to get involved. During Tuesday night’s National Night Out, Mayor Greg Ballard, IMPD Chief Rick Hite and dozens of police officers attended events throughout the city in an effort to form bonds with the community. Hite said reporting suspicious activity either directly to an officer or on a tip line is instrumental in reducing crime.
The Ten Point Coalition frequently goes into high-risk neighborhoods to keep the people there safe, but now someone wants to make sure the volunteers walking the city’s roughest streets are safe. An anonymous donor has given the coalition a bulletproof vest. Reverend Charles Harrison says he’s always encouraged by community support and the donation gives him a sense that people care about what the coalition does.
A 77-year-old man who was killed in a house fire, may have been smoking in bed. Investigators say the blaze on Tuesday night trapped the man in a second story bedroom. He was taken to Eskenazi Hospital in critical condition, but later passed away. He becomes the 13th fire-related death so far this year in the area served by the Indianapolis Fire Department.
Indiana is losing funding for a program that’s helped thousands of people battle drug addiction. The “Access To Recovery” federal grant provides millions of dollars to help those in poverty, military veterans, and people in the criminal justice system. Organizers say the loss will hurt clients and many employees will lose their jobs.
The Pentagon is identifying the officer killed in an attack in Afghanistan. U.S. officials say Major General Harold J. Greene was killed when a man believed to be an Afghan soldier opened fire at a military academy in Kabul. Greene is the highest ranking U.S. service member killed in Iraq or Afghanistan. Greene’s killing is now raising new concerns about whether the United States can trust its Afghan allies. More than a dozen were injured in the shooting incident where Greene lost his life.
The Gaza ceasefire is holding for a second day, as diplomats outside of the Palestinian territory and Israel are working to find a longer-lasting peace. Secretary of State John Kerry is supporting Israel’s position that ending a blockade of Gaza depends on Hamas militants giving up the rockets they fire at Israel. Israeli officials are in Egypt, which is sponsoring talks to come up with a more permanent truce.
Back here at home there’s some fun stuff to do in the Circle City:
It’s Indiana Pork Day at the Indiana State Fair today!! If you happen to have the coupon that ran in the “Indianapolis Star” on Monday, you get free admission.
If you’re hanging out downtown, the Indianapolis City Farmers Market is going on. Activities begin at 9:30 a.m. on Market Street between Alabama and Delaware streets. It’s a Wednesday weekly thing that runs through October!
And while you’re downtown, you can swing by Bankers Life Fieldhouse to sign the giant banner sending your well-wishes to injured Pacers star Paul George. George is continuing to recover from a broken leg. The banner will be up until Friday night. If you’d like to just send George a card, you may do so by dropping one in the mail to:
Get Well PG, 125 South Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis 46204.
In other sports:
The San Antonio Spurs are hiring a coach and making history at the same time. The team is adding retiring WNBA star Becky Hammon to the coaching staff. Hammon will be the first full-time woman assistant in NBA history. She’s a six-time WNBA All-Star.
A mixture of clouds and sun during the AM hours. The sun will fade and skies turn cloudy during the afternoon. The high 83 degrees.
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.