Temperatures this morning dipped into the 50s across central Indiana. Indy got down to 58 degrees which is the lowest temperature since June 25th. Lots of sunshine will continue with highs in the low 80s.
Just before 4pm, I received news of a leadership change at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. Steven Libman, the man who has been in charge of the complex — with the Palladium as its centerpiece — submitted his resignation.
I’m told Libman describes his decision as a “personal matter.” He’s also saying “after a great deal of reflection, I have decided to pursue other opportunities … the time demands have become enormous.”
Frank Basile, a board member of the Center — and a supporter of the local arts community — will serve as the Interim President and CEO . We caught up with Basile Friday night as he attended an event at the Indiana History Center in downtown Indianapolis. He told us Libman’s resignation “came as a surprise to us” and he praised Libman for doing “a spectacular job” during his two years with The Center for the Performing Arts.
Basile said he anticipates no difficulty during the transition. He is a board member at the center. So, he understands how it functions. Beyond that, “we have a competent, loyal, energetic staff. So, “I think we’re going to have more of the same … top notch entertainment” and “a relatively full house for every performance.”
Basile told us the committee that selected Libman will conduct a national search to find his replacement.
Indiana State Police say the shooting happened just after 7 a.m. when the suspect, a suspended student, opened fire with a handgun.
Police tell 24-Hour News 8 that one person, also a student, has been shot twice in the stomach. He was flown from the scene to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. There is no word as to the extent of his injuries.
All Martinsville schools are on lockdown as police continue to investigate. Police say there is no immediate danger. Parents were told the school was on lockdown via text message.
We spoke to one parent who said her daughter was able to call her and said that she was ok.
Martinsville Police, Morgan County Sheriff’s Deputies and Indiana State Police are investigating the incident. They say they aren’t sure of a motive in the case and are “looking into social media aspects to figure out what happened and why.”
Indiana State Police Public Information Officer Curt Durnil told 24-Hour News 8 that investigators are “looking into social media aspects to figure out what happened and why.”
24-Hour News 8 found the suspected gunman’s Facebook page where the most recent post was from this morning it reads “Today is the day.”
Friends were writing on the suspected gunman’s wall, who has not been named since he has yet to be charged as an adult, asking him why.
“Seeings how you were suppose to be my frined (sic). My Friends dont shoot people,” one person wrote while another simply asked “why dude.”
All Purdue University students studying in Japan will be back in the U.S. by Thursday, after the university decided to bring them back.
The university announced the decision on Monday. It’s bringing back six students who were studying in Japan and rescinding permission for two students to leave this week to study in Japan.
“All of our students are safe,” said Brian Harley, Purdue’s associate dean of international programs and director of the Office of Programs for Study Abroad. “We were able to reach them shortly after the earthquake. Since then, we’ve monitored the situation and have now determined that it is in their best interest to return home or defer plans for traveling to Japan.”
Purdue officials said one factor in their decision is the U.S. Department of State’s travel warning relating to Japan’s earthquake, tsunami and radiation threat because of the damaged nuclear power plant in Fukushima. Another concern that led to the decision is Japan’s current uncertainty about food availability and issues with electricity and gas throughout the country.
The university will work with the students to help with their return and, looking forward, to see if they can be placed in another country for their spring semester or over the summer.
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Wild Beaver Saloon is in hot water after a female bartender alleges she was fired because of her pregnancy.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit on the woman’s behalf in U.S. District Court alleging the company violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employment discrimination based on sex, including pregnancy.
“Employees who become pregnant should not lose their jobs because of their condition,” said Laurie A. Young, regional attorney of the Indianapolis District Office. “The Commission will vigorously prosecute employers who engage in pregnancy discrimination or other forms of sex discrimination.”
The EEOC is seeking compensatory and punitive damages against the Wild Beaver Saloon.
SULLIVAN, Ind. (WISH) – Indiana State Police report the 8-year-old girl who disappeared during dinner Sunday has been found safe.
Sullivan City Police say Ashlee Samagaio and her father were eating dinner in their home in the 300 block of West Beech Street around 7 p.m. Her father told police he left the room for a minute, and when he went back in, the girl was gone.
Monday, Indiana State Police announced the girl had been found hiding underneath a bed at her step-grandparents’ home nearby. Police say they searched the house, about a mile from her home, last evening but did not find the girl.
State Police say the girl was upset over having to do household chores and ran to the relatives’ home to hide.
The right lane of southbound Interstate 465 re-opened on Tuesday afternoon near Indiana 67 and Kentucky Avenue after being closed because of a crash.
The incident occurred at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
A house fire in downtown Marion, Ind. filled the area with smoke Tuesday afternoon.
The fire on Sixth Street started at around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. It’s unclear if anyone was injured.
The Wayne County Emergency Management Agency Tuesday announced a Level 1 Travel Advisory effective until 10 a.m. Wednesday morning due to blowing and drifting snow.
The travel advisory is in effect for county roads as well as the streets of Richmond and Centerville.
Forecasts of winds blowing between 20 and 30 MPH are expected to cause significant drifting of snow over night and Wednesday.
The advisory serves to warn those who must travel on Wayne County roadways to use extreme caution due to blowing and drifting snow.
A school bus driver was injured Tuesday afternoon when the Indianapolis Public Schools bus he was driving crashed.
The crash was in the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 near Interstate 465 at about 2:30 p.m.
Although the driver suffered injuries, no children were on the bus. Two lanes of I-70 were still closed as of about 4 p.m. Tuesday while crews cleaned up the crash.