Grant cash will broaden well being entry in Indianapolis’ Burmese neighborhood – WISH-TV | Indianapolis Information | Indiana Climate

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – New grant funds will help improve the health outcomes of the growing Burmese population in Indianapolis.

Franciscan Health says it has worked with the community for more than 10 years. The new funding will enable better individual support.

Around 25,000 Burmese refugees live in the Indianapolis area. According to Franciscan Health, Burmese have some of the highest poverty rates and lowest rates in English proficiency at the national level, and both are often incorporated into medical access. Removing these barriers, the organizers hope, will result in longer and healthier lives.

Burmese refugees made their way to Indianapolis in large numbers about 10 years ago. Many chose to live on the south side of Indianapolis. But coming from Burma, health care was often not a priority or easily accessible.

“Back in Burma there was no health care. In general, medical care was not available. So there is no annual or just general screening, ”said Burmese health advocate Nancy Sui.

Sui is from Burma. She said that access to health care can be difficult for everyone, but especially the elderly.

“Of course there is definitely a language barrier in the community because many older generations don’t speak.”

At the start of the new year, Franciscan Health received nearly $ 185,000 to improve health care. The money will provide culturally appropriate personal support by helping patients gain access to health and human services. Support will also come from Burmese health workers and other agencies, including the Burmese American Community Institute and the Indiana Chin Community.

“Like many Catholic hospitals, Franciscan Health is truly committed to the health of the most vulnerable in all of our communities,” said Kate Hill-Johnson, administrative director for community health improvement at Franciscan Health.

Representatives said the hospital has served the Burmese community since the arrival of the largest groups of refugees about 10 years ago, and needs have changed over time.

“Now let’s look at these traditional chronic diseases that occur in old age,” said Hill-Johnson.

With the list of asylum seekers, the Burmese population should continue to grow. Lawyers said the time has come to strengthen health systems.

Mental health, like some other communities, remains a taboo subject. In addition to the grants, Burmese advocates will increase mental health support.

Purchasing And Model – Indianapolis Month-to-month

New Retail District

When Bottleworks District debuted last winter, the hotel and food hall seemed to get all the attention. But the area’s boutiques shouldn’t be overlooked—especially with gift-giving season upon us.


Inside The Garage, Pumkinfish (906 Carrollton Ave., 317-974-9167) is fully stocked with items to make your recipients blush. Or at least laugh, at picks like the memory game Do You Look Like Your Dog?; pencils that ask “Where’s Your Frickin’ Father?” for merely “Okay Moms”; and a cheeky “You Tried” trophy to applaud efforts that fell short. Pair those with a bag of sweet snacks from South Bend Chocolate Co., a Real Housewives of Indianapolis wine tumbler, Snoop Dogg’s cookbook, or cocktail accessories and mixology kits. That RHOI cup won’t fill itself.

Good Neighbor

J. Crew meets Coachella at this new boutique (850 Massachusetts Ave., 317-220-8750), a Detroit transplant with a focus on do-good brands for men and women. Most of the looks lean casual via matching sets, loungewear, and classic Levi’s denim jackets. If you want to dress things up a little more, shop the cozy plaid and corduroy shackets, sporty Gola sneakers and heeled ankle boots, chunky knit cardigans, and sweet midi-length floral dresses.

Becker Supply Co.

If Good Neighbor is for your trend-conscious sister, Becker Supply Co. (906 Carrollton Ave., 317-719-2044) is for your hiking boot–wearing, trail mix–snacking sibling. Soft tees in earthy tones tout the Hoosier National Forest, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and state parks, while teakwood shampoo and conditioner, juniper and oud–scented bar soaps, and candles that evoke a log cabin make the wait for more ideal camping weather a little more bearable.

Brick & Mortar Barbershop

In addition to being one of the city’s trendiest places to get a haircut, Brick & Mortar (906 Carrollton Ave., 317-929-1179) carries some excellent, fragrant merch. Boy Smells candles come in robust, complex scents, while the plant-based hair care lines—including O’Doud’s CBD-infused products and Firsthand Supply’s pomades—have a more natural aroma.

Art on walls

Hidden Art Stash

If you know the significance of a plastic clock shaped like a funny blue whale and why it would cost $150, you’ll want to beat a path to Sheafer + King Modern (1103 E. 52nd St., 317-983-3575), located just off an unassuming intersection of the Monon Trail in SoBro. Part of the Solomon Paris Antiques building, the new gallery contains about 500 to 600 works from the 1950s to 1980s (including the Vitra “Zoo Timers” clock by George Nelson), with a focus on paintings, numbered lithographs, and ceramics. Signed Robert Indiana posters from the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s 1970 opening are currently on offer ($1,200), along with a newly acquired collection of Walter Sorge oils and prints.

New Magazine Shop

Liz Foster put all the things she loves into Dear Mom (2121 E. 10th St.), her eastside destination that’s part grocery, part record store, and the best magazine shop this town has had since SoBro’s dearly departed Northside News. The walls are lined with magazines you won’t see in a supermarket, including Lunch Lady, a food publication from Australia, and Apartamento, a Spanish interior design title. Foster once ran the front-of-house at Milktooth, and spent years working at Luna Music, which explains the excellent selection of snacks and LPs at Dear Mom.

Style For All Sizes

Not long after Lisa Bennett opened Black Sheep Gifts in Irvington in 2010, her sister Tracey asked if she’d be interested in a partner. At the time, Lisa demurred. But the two have joined forces recently on a new venture in the same neighborhood: Josephine’s in Irvington (5620 E. Washington St., 317-775-0157). The shop opened in April, and from the beginning, its focus has been on stylish women’s clothing available in a wide variety of sizes. Modern blouses with ruching and side knots add texture and flatter curves. Flowy cardigans and jackets help to elongate and hide problem areas. The sisters know shopping can be a dreaded task for some, and they hope to make it more fun. If you really want to know, though, they will tell you if your butt looks big in those jeans.

Milk-Dyed Textiles

Neutral colors; natural textiles like cotton, silk, and linen; and a bohemian vibe are what Mama Ochre is all about. Owner Gretchen Foster started making the milk-dyed T-shirts and sheets in early 2020. And while her online shop has expanded to include jewelry, hairclips, home decor, and air fresheners, those fabrics remain her most popular items. Currently, her soft pink “strawberry milk” shower curtain is the best-seller. Her two-piece bedding sets are also steadily in demand. The textiles may require a little more care when washing, but the organic process of making them has almost no carbon footprint.

Sustainable Fashion

Sustainability is a focus of the fashion industry right now, and local designer Paris Colby is tapping into it with her streetwear label Broken Needles. Colby upcycles old Carhartt pants, jean jackets, and utility vests with a unique sewing technique. Her years of practicing Sashiko—a process of needlework resulting in rice-like stitches—is getting noticed. When Pattern magazine enlisted two prominent streetwear designers to give away $1,000 at their annual Indiana Fashion Week design competition this year, the judges noted the sustainability of Colby’s collection and awarded her the check.

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Plant Paradise

When the owners of Square Cat Vinyl decided to grow their business earlier this year, they did so literally, laying down roots next door with Fountain Square’s only full–service garden center. Snakeroot Botanicals (1052 Virginia Ave., 317-604-7562) is a breath of fresh air in the concrete jungle just outside of downtown, and welcomes green thumbs and novice plant owners alike into a narrow yet cozy conservatory. Whether you’re into succulents or Sansevierias, ficus or philodendron, the knowledgeable staff is happy to help with selection, education, and advice.

Holiday Cookie Boxes

Carrie Abbott of Newfangled Confections (The Fashion Mall, 317-721-5525) bought The Best Chocolate in Town during the pandemic, and she was surprised to realize that one of the biggest sellers for the business was old-school treats like Oreos, Nutter Butters, and marshmallows dipped in chocolate. Abbott decided to elevate the treats by offering holiday-themed boxes, with cookies that are hand-decorated by her team of chocolatiers downtown. It has become the most popular gift item on her website and at her retail location at The Fashion Mall. “It’s a way to give a gift that is familiar to people,” Abbott says, “but it visually surprises them and puts them in a seasonal mood when they open the box.”

New Bookstore

When the Indianapolis Public Library branch in Fountain Square closed last year, there was understandable concern about what effect it might have on the neighborhood. Fortuitously, rising rent on the north end of Mass Ave had Indy Reads looking for a second chapter in a new location. The popular indie literature destination has found the perfect home in the old library branch (1066 Virginia Ave., 317-384-1496), which opened last month. In addition to the focus on local authors and the support for an adult literacy program, the new Indy Reads outpost feels like a welcoming community center. It’s almost like the library never left.

High-End Streetwear

Although it’s the second location of a store based in Cincinnati, Corporate (245 S. McCrea St., 317-426-3813) feels about as local as it gets. The streetwear and sneaker shop hosts a huge mural of Reggie Miller taunting Spike Lee with “the choke.” What’s more, owner Matt Tomamichel is a regular at Gainbridge Fieldhouse and is working with the Pacers on a collection commemorating the NBA’s 75th anniversary. Corporate may have a locker room vibe, but it sells perhaps the best collection of exclusive kicks and high-end streetwear labels, such as Pharrell’s Billionaire Boys Club, in the city.

Handbag Line

A name like “Donna Dee Bird” shouldn’t go to waste, so Carmel’s Bird used it for the label of her and her daughter Amanda’s new tote-bag line, DD Bird. There’s only one design—available in two sizes, a few neutral colors, and either nylon, leather, or velvet—but when it’s this perfect, you don’t need many options. The DD Bird is made from cruelty-free material, and thoughtful features include front zippered pockets for sunglasses and a coffee tumbler, a strap long enough that you won’t fight with it, and a luggage sleeve on the back, to slip the bag onto the handle of a roller suitcase for the airport.

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Personalized Toy

Amanda Seibert’s maternal instinct triggered a business instinct when she noticed that the lullabies she sang to her toddlers soothed them in a way little else could. The Meridian-Kessler resident invented Mama Sing My Song, a service that creates a personalized lullaby and loads it into a stuffed animal for your child. Parents choose a tune from a music library, then one of her songwriters—some with major-record-label credentials—comes up with lyrics, works in the child’s name, and makes a recording of the melody that parents can then croon on top of. The options start at $45 and go up to $1,500 for a completely original song, elements of which will never be used for another customer.

Cocktail Glasses

Since opening her shop in 2018, Nine + Roxy (Carmel City Center, 317-459-7604) owner Tracy Main has assembled a gorgeous collection of home decor items. But perhaps no product line is as striking as her vintage glassware. The brands include Libbey tumblers ($40), Carlo Moretti Murano coupe glasses ($800), and Richard Gerard compote dishes ($250 each). The finds—sourced at estate sales, antique shops, and yard sales—have been popular additions to at-home cocktail bars during the pandemic. At the beginning of next year, the shop will move to SoBro, adding to the growing hub of decor boutiques in the area.

New Gift Shop

With as many pop-up shops and local festivals as her T-shirts, jewelry, and funky gift items had appeared in, it almost seemed as if local retailer Martha Latta already had a brick-and-mortar. But that didn’t happen until developers Tom and Ed Battista finished renovating the darling late-1800s Windsor Park house where Latta opened Stomping Ground (1625 Nowland Ave., 317-220-8344) last winter. And while her Sunday Afternoon Housewife brand has always focused on screenprinted apparel and pins with empowering messages, what makes the new shop special is how Latta has gradually curated her inventory to meet the needs of the neighborhood, from books, games, and children’s items to a surprisingly comprehensive selection of houseplants.

Quirky Home Decor

Adam Hampton refers to his idiosyncratic new Hampton Designs Studio and Shop (5515 E. Washington St., 317-372-2372) as the “living room of Irvington.” Everyone has a standing invitation to check out his nook in the close-knit community’s historic Masonic Lodge. Feel free to hang around awhile—this eclectic treasure trove contains candles, crystals, jewelry, vintage wares, sassy kitchen accessories, and funky furniture in addition to output from several dozen Indiana makers. The free-to-attend monthly drag shows with live DJs offer an added incentive to stop by and take in the scene.

Bolo Ties  

In Indiana, it’s hard to find a handcrafted “Texas tie” to wear with your Western wear. That’s why we were so excited to discover Tribe 79, the passion project of local maker Lisa Swieczkowski. Despite her Polish surname, Swieczkowski is a tribal member of the Potawatomi, and she leans into her Native American roots as she incorporates bones and hide in her bolo ties. But there’s plenty of silver and turquoise to dress them up. The eastside artisan sells her work online, and at Midland and 1979 Co.

Wooden ArtNew Artisan Market

Ross Tuggle’s spectacular geometric wood murals alone make a trip to Tuggle’s Gifts & Goods (1016 Virginia Ave.) worthwhile. But the Fountain Square shop, which opened late last year, stocks work by dozens of other local makers. Co-owner Brooke Tuggle sells her polymer-clay earrings there, and you can find leather-bound journals, textiles, and stationery from Indy artists. And if you have your heart set on one of those giant wood murals, you can buy hangers at the hardware place right next door.

New Vintage Market

When Beck Holladay moved to Indy from the West Coast, she brought an expertise in American vintage clothing as an exporter to countries where ’90s fashion is in high demand. There are plenty of Levi’s 501s and ski jackets to go around, though, so Holladay started a street market tapping into her network of premium dealers and local favorites like Rebel Vintage. This Must Be It attracted 125 stalls downtown this summer, and was an instant hit. It moves to an as-yet-unannounced indoor location this winter. If you regret tossing your Pearl Jam concert tee, about every ’90s arena tour is on the racks, some with a copyright date so you know it’s the real deal.

New Skate Shop

If skateboarding were a religion, Solace Skateshop (1633 Nowland Ave, 317-418-5856) would be its temple. At least that’s how owner Ryan Emerson Graves refers to his place, which opened in April. Solace occupies one of three cute, renovated Windsor Park cottages near Kan-Kan Cinema. Inside, the walls are painted by graffiti artists and covered with skateboard decks, shoes, clothes, and art. A vintage workbench sits in the shop, where you can watch Graves putting together boards. Hours vary, so be sure to check the Facebook page for “The temple is open” alerts.

Artisanal Candles

As the decorative trend catches fire, we rounded up the best local wax whizzes.

Abboo Candle Co.

What started as a creative outlet for Fortville stay-at-home mom Michelle Schreiber has evolved into a child of its own. Abboo Candle Co., which takes its name from her grandfather’s sobriquet for her, offers unique scent profiles such as a rich tobacco and caramel blend. And the minimal design allows Abboo’s candles to fit in almost anywhere. 

MOCO Candles

Graphic designer Morgan Conner leans into her artsy side to label her candles in thick, fluid typography. MOCO Candles are known for their intoxicating scents such as Home Grown, with hemp, rosemary, and shea butter notes. Her best-seller is a candle based on the popular matcha milk drinks, with hints of sweet green tea and vanilla.

Melange Du Jour

Carla Veras isn’t making the candles her mom made in college. Veras’s business, Melange Du Jour, uses molds to create anatomically correct physiques available in two sizes and eight colors and scents. Other forms include cubed candles, wavy candlesticks, and half-circles to add shape and texture to any tablescape.

Bossy Pants Candles

At Bossy Pants, Irvington business owner Lauren Ebel crafts sassy candles with labels to match. The Fruit Loops–scented one with “You’re the Tits” on the outside, for example, surely elicits a few laughs. Bawdy sense of humor aside, the two wicks on her candles ensure an even burn—a smart design.

9 indicted in Indianapolis drug dealing, cash laundering investigation

Posted: 09/21/2021 / 9:51 AM EDT
Updated: 9/21/2021 / 9:52 AM EDT

FILE – This Thursday, June 14, 2018, the file photo shows the FBI seal at a press conference held at FBI headquarters in Washington. In a warning on Wednesday, October 28, 2020, the FBI and other federal agencies warned that cyber criminals are unleashing a wave of blackmail attempts against the U.S. healthcare system that could lock down their information systems as well as nationwide cases of COVID-19. (AP Photo / Jose Luis Magana, File)

INDIANAPOLIS – A federal grand jury in Indianapolis has dismissed drug trafficking charges against nine people.

The FBI and IRS launched an investigation into drug trafficking and money laundering in late 2020. Investigators found that people from California and Mexico allegedly sent methamphetamine, cocaine and fentanyl to someone in the far east of Indianapolis.

The Indianapolis resident would then supposedly sell the drugs and send money back to California. Federal agencies claim more than $ 780,000 was exchanged during the investigation.

25 arrested in Johnson County nationwide drug sweep

As part of the investigation, search warrants were served and 15 small arms, three rifles, two shotguns, $ 42,000, 274 grams of cocaine and 150 pounds of marijuana were confiscated. In addition, the investigators secured four vehicles.

The following people will be charged as follows:

  • Martin Herrera-Diaz Jr., 29, Indianapolis: Laundering money, possession with intent to distribute controlled substances.
  • Sandra Herrera, 22, Indianapolis: Money Laundering
  • Jerzon Herrera, 28, Indianapolis: Money laundering, cocaine distribution
  • Antonio Partida-Chavez, 29, Mexico: Five cases of controlled substance distribution
  • Andy Partida-Chavez, 25, Indianapolis: Distribution of Controlled Substances
  • Brandon Vidal, 27, Indianapolis: Controlled Substance Distribution
  • Miriam Rodriguez Arguello, 32, Indianapolis: Distribution of Controlled Substances
  • Eric Martinez, 25, Indianapolis: Controlled Substance Distribution
  • Arnoldo Gonzalez Chavez, 23, Indianapolis: Controlled Substance Distribution

Those charged with money laundering face up to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $ 250,000, and up to three years’ prudential release if convicted.

Suspects charged with distributing controlled substances face 10 years in prison, fined $ 10,000,000 and no less than five years’ supervised release if convicted.

Authorities say Jerzon Herrera faces an additional 20 years in prison, a $ 1,000,000 fine and no less than three years supervised release for distributing cocaine allegations. Martin Herrera-Diaz Jr. faces an additional 10 years of life imprisonment, a $ 10,000,000 fine, and no less than 5 years’ supervised release for possession with intent to circulate a controlled substance charge.


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Lucci’s Home Bully Rescue elevating cash by means of bike experience – WISH-TV | Indianapolis Information | Indiana Climate

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Motorcyclists will be setting off on a ride in Southport on Sunday to help out local misfits.

The Mars Hill Charity Riders will take to the sidewalk to support Lucci’s House Bully Rescue.

Laurie Collins started Lucci’s House Bully Rescue after her dog died from being mistreated by a veterinarian.

“When [my dog] was killed, we promised no tyrant would be left and now we’re just trying to save as many worries as possible, “said Collins.

The group website says her mission is “to help as many pit bull breeds as possible and to clear up and prevent the widespread misconceptions about bully breeds. Lucci’s House will fight until no tyrant remains. “

The charity ride starts around noon. Registration begins at 10 a.m. at Southside Harley Davidson (4930 Southport Crossing Place).

If people can’t make it or don’t ride, they can still help by donate online.

In 2020, more than $ 7,000 was raised to help the group. The money raised on Sunday will help promote and pay the vet bills for pit bulls.

Circle Metropolis Wiffle Ball All-Star Evening raises cash for childhood most cancers fund – WISH-TV | Indianapolis Information | Indiana Climate

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – When Brendan Dudas first decided to do the Circle City Wiffle Ball League, it was just a way to keep in touch with some of his childhood friends.

In middle school, he invited friends to play in his parents’ garden.

Now, a few years later, his league has eight teams, sponsors, and the same field he grew up in is now called “The Dirtyard,” which has come to be known as one of the best in the country for the sport. During the season they compete against each other until they crown a league champion, but what Dudas can look forward to the most is what happens shortly afterwards.

They’ve been watching the league since 2014 All-star night grow with the thing behind it: “Wifflin ‘For Whitley”.

The fundraiser is named after Dudas’ niece, who died in 2015 fighting a rare form of brain tumor called DIPG. All of the money they raise at the event goes towards research and projects allocated to the Whitley’s Wishes Fund. Dudas says it is a way to make people aware of cancer while keeping their memories alive.

He says there were 18 people in attendance on their first All-Star Night in 2014, but in seven years he has seen support for the event and cause grow significantly.

“Now people are lining the fence with fireworks,” said Dudas. “It’s wonderful. I can’t put into words what it means, and it’s on the back of everyone in the community and all of the players who come here and really care about what we do.”

Check out the videos to learn more from Dudas and League Deputy Commissioner Rudy Lyon, who also got to test some of his best pitches at News 8’s Randall Newsome.

click here to get tickets to the Circle City Wiffle All-Star Night.

Echoing QAnon boards, Michael Flynn seems to recommend Myanmar-style coup ought to occur in United States – WISH-TV | Indianapolis Information | Indiana Climate

(CNN) – Michael Flynn, the first national security adviser to former President Donald Trump, appeared to be supporting a Myanmar-style coup in the United States on Sunday.

For months now, QAnon and Trump supportive online forums have been celebrating the deadly military coup in Myanmar, suggesting that the same should happen in the United States so that Trump could be reinstated as president.

Flynn made the comments at an event in Dallas on Sunday that attended prominent peddlers of the QAnon conspiracy theory and Big Lie.

“I want to know why what happened in Minamar (sic) can’t happen here?” Asked a member of the audience who identified himself as a Marine, Flynn.

“No reason, I mean it should happen here. No reason. That’s right, ”Flynn replied.

A message posted on Monday to a Parler account used by Flynn claimed Flynn’s words were twisted and he was not calling for a coup.

Attorney Sidney Powell, who has represented Flynn in the past, said Monday that he had in no way promoted “acts of violence or military uprisings.” She claimed the media “grossly skewed” Flynn’s comments. She didn’t explain why Flynn had answered the question the way he did.

Powell was present at a meeting in the Oval Office in the last few weeks of Trump’s presidency at which Flynn suggested that Trump could call martial law as part of his efforts to overturn the elections, CNN has reported. It wasn’t clear if Trump supported the idea, but others in the room forcibly pushed them back and shot them down.

Some QAnon followers are obsessed with the idea that the U.S. military will somehow get Trump back in office. Some believed and hoped that Trump would proclaim martial law on inauguration day to prevent Joe Biden from entering the White House.

Earlier this weekend at the same event in Dallas, Flynn falsely claimed, “Trump won. He won the referendum and he won the election of the electoral college. “

GOP Representative Liz Cheney from Wyoming, for whom Republicans recently voted in the House of Representatives, to be removed from their leadership position after publicly and repeatedly denying Trump’s election claims, tweeted Monday afternoon: “No American should advocate or support the violent overthrow of the United States.” A link to an article with the news of Flynn’s Sunday utterances accompanied the tweet.

Rep. Elaine Luria, a Virginia Democrat who is vice chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said later Monday that Flynn’s comments were “dangerous” and “incredibly worrying,” adding that she believed official measures were taken against him should be considered.

“Flynn’s remarks border on rebellion. There is certainly some behavior that is inappropriate for an officer. These are both things that can be attempted under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and I think as a retired military man this should certainly be a route that we believe has ramifications for those kinds of words, “Luria, a retired Marine commandant, said CNN’s Anderson Cooper on “AC360”.

Flynn is considered the hero of the QAnon movement. Last summer, Flynn posted a video with QAnon slogans. In a recent interview, Flynn tried to distinguish between the QAnon movement, known for outlandish conspiracy theories, and its followers: “What I tell people is to look at the people involved. Look at the values ​​they represent and let’s move on. “

The event in Dallas, entitled “For God & and Country Patriot Roundup,” had been planned for months. Concerns about the event contributed to the decision by the Department of Health and Welfare to transfer unaccompanied migrant children from a nearby location in the city, CNN Reported at the beginning of the month.

Powell, who has often spread the lie that Trump was re-elected, also appeared at the event, saying Trump should “just be reinstated” and that a “new inauguration day” will be set.

Talks among Trump supporters about a coup are not only taking place online; CNN spoke to supporters of the former president in Ventura, California in February who said they wanted to see a Myanmar-style coup d’état here.

Indianapolis July 4th fireworks present wants new launch web site | Leisure

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The organizers of a fireworks show that lights up on July 4th each year in downtown Indianapolis are looking for a new launch site for pyrotechnics a year after the pandemic canceled the long-running event.

Downtown Indy must find a new location as longtime hosts, Regions Tower announced on Wednesday that the event could no longer be admitted from the roof of the 36-story building as the fireworks could pose a threat to new housing developments nearby .

The nonprofit said it is working to find a convenient downtown location to launch fireworks and is working with the Indianapolis Fire Department, other city officials and pyrotechnics professionals.

Downtown Indy said if it finds a new location it probably wouldn’t host a major community viewing event due to social distancing rules. But residents could watch from nearby locations.

Mayor Joe Hogsett said in a statement the city hopes to “restore our special tradition of July 4th fireworks,” which create a “spectacle” over downtown the city.

Downtown Indy is also looking for sponsors to help fund the fireworks display that took place half a century before the pandemic-triggered cancellation last year.

Prior to the pandemic, the event was led by Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications, which transferred responsibility to Downtown Indy. The group said they will continue to work with Emmis as their media partner so that future celebrations can continue to be synced to music on local radio.

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Indianapolis Mass Shooter Legally Bought 2 Assault-Model Weapons Regardless of FBI Considerations

The teenage police say eight people fatally shot in a FedEx warehouse Indianapolis this week legally bought the two semi-automatic rifles he was using, even though those The FBI questioned him last year after a disturbing warning from his mother, the local police chief said.

Agents interviewed 19-year-old Brandon Hole after his mother told the FBI that she feared her son might create a dangerous situation “Police suicide.” Hole took his own life after the FedEx shoot.

The teenager was apparently not arrested after interrogation by the FBI last year. Paul Keenan, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Indianapolis branch, said the agents had found no evidence of a crime.

But the Indianapolis police at that time seized a shotgun hole Randal Taylor, chief of the city police, had bought the New York Times 24 hours earlier because of concerns about his mental state. He was also taken to a local hospital for examination.

Nevertheless, according to the police, Hole was able to legally buy the two powerful offensive weapons last July and September.

The state’s red flag law was not used to keep firearms out of Hole’s possession. Such laws, which exist in at least a dozen states, prohibit people from putting themselves or others at risk if they have weapons.

It was not immediately clear whether officials had ever opened a trial under the law to exclude Hole from gun possession, or whether a judge might have ruled against such a lawsuit. In any case, the red flag laws only temporarily restrict gun ownership.

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FEMA begins providing cash to households to pay for funerals of COVID victims – WISH-TV | Indianapolis Information | Indiana Climate

INDIANAPOLIS (WUNSCH / CNN) – The Federal Agency for Disaster Protection pays up to $ 9,000 for a funeral and nearly $ 35,000 for families who have buried multiple people who have died of COVID-19.

The money is intended for families who have paid the funeral expenses out of their own pocket. However, the program’s debut on Monday was marked by busy signals and “technical issues,” the agency said on Monday, noting that it had received “thousands of calls” on the first day of operation.

“We ask applicants to be patient as we work to fix these issues and have all relevant documents ready when they call to apply,” said FEMA. “Please note that there is no application deadline and that applicants have the opportunity to open a case.”

More than 562,000 people in the United States had died from the coronavirus as of Monday Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering Dashboard. A total of 12,746 Hoosiers have died of COVID-19 as of Monday. according to Indiana health officials.

Amy Sloan buried her father Charlie in April 2020. Charlie Sloan had a modest life insurance policy to cover some of the costs associated with his death. Amy, her sister, and her mother had to pay a few thousand dollars in funeral expenses that were not covered by the policy.

“Is my mother entitled to get some of this money back because the wording is very vague?” Sloan asked News 8.

When Charlie Sloan was hospitalized last year, his family was told that he was infected with the virus. Charlie Sloan’s family received a call in the middle of the night that it was time to take him off life support.

“The entire funeral was covered for the funeral home because the funerals were so small at the time that we technically didn’t have to pay for a service because there weren’t enough people to hold a service, and then we interfered for the entire funeral . the land cost for the cemetery and its stone, ”Sloan said.

FEMA assumes the costs for the coffin, the funeral, the transport of the deceased, the burial site and the burial or cremation for people who died of COVID-19 after January 20, 2020 The death must have occurred in the United States or in the US territories. The person seeking assistance must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen, or a qualified alien or immigrant.

Andy Clayton, the managing director of Indiana Funeral Directors Associationsaid his group provides information to funeral homes and families. FEMA funeral aid money is paid directly to families, not funeral homes.

Clayton said, “You don’t have to be a citizen of the United States to be eligible if someone is in this country on a work visa or may be illegal and has died of COVID and it is listed on your death certificate as a contributing factor.”

People cannot apply for assistance online. You have to call 844-684-6333 and FEMA warns that there is already fraud;; Nobody is going to call to offer people to sign you up. The TTY number is 800-462-7585. Both numbers are open to callers on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET.

While FEMA has a history of helping families with disaster-related funeral expenses, CNN reports, the COVID-19 effort is the largest of its kind. Approximately $ 2 billion was raised from the $ 900 billion Congress approved in December, while the Democrats’ $ 1.9 trillion package last month backed the agency with an additional $ 50 billion in coronavirus costs.

Some downtown bars made more cash in March than earlier than pandemic – WISH-TV | Indianapolis Information | Indiana Climate

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Cheering fans from all over the country can still be found in the bars of Indianapolis.

District Tap general manager Jeff Huron said the bar made more money in March than it did before the pandemic.

He said the business tripled weekly.

Now the bar, along with other downtown businesses, is preparing for a loss of revenue after the NCAA tournament ends on Monday.

Huron said after the teams and their fans packed and left town, he was counting on his local customers to fill the void.

“We’re going to see a bath, you know it won’t be an event anymore. But we’ve tidied it up a bit, it’s safer, a lot of people are out and about. I think it’s a really good time to get back downtown and show people that downtown Indy is a safe and fun place, ”said Huron.

Fans from other cities seemed to believe, Huron said, that lines took to the streets for several weeks in a row.

“We had a good hour, an hour and a half waiting. I hate keeping our guests waiting, but with limited capacity people want to stay and watch the game as soon as those seats are full, ”said Huron.

Huron believes visitors enjoyed more than just the games and hopes it won’t be long before another big event hits town.

“I hope we’ve been a good example to the rest of the country in the rest of the sports world that you can run these big events that you can open. You can have guests in the stands and still be safe and I think we did, ”said Huron.

Employees at other companies downtown couldn’t meet up on News 8 because they were so busy on Sunday. However, some told us over the phone that they were also concerned about what will happen when the tournament ends.